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Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf


RELEASE DATE:  January 2001 -- This pattern was originally designed for Alpacas Magazine for its Spring 2001 issue.

DESCRIPTION:  This garter stitch scarf is worked back and forth diagonally from one corner. It is reversible, and the pattern looks the same on both sides when it is worked in one color. It can be worked in a narrow width to wear as a muffler with a winter coat. Or it can be worked loosely and wide for a lacy stole. Both examples are shown in the picture. The pattern is a variation of the diagonal washcloth pattern that I learned years ago.



  • YARN:  It’s best to use a single-color yarn for either project (it can be a solid color or variegated, heathered, or space-dyed). For the stole it also looks wonderful if there are very slight differences from skein to skein in color, thickness, or texture of the yarn used (e.g., handspun or close shadings of natural fiber colors), because these will show up as subtle diagonal stripings.
    • For Stole:
      • Yarn:  Choose a worsted weight or lighter weight yarn, preferably in a lovely luxury yarn such as alpaca, mohair, etc. Yardage needed will vary, depending on the weight of the yarn and the needle-size you select – the thinner the yarn you choose and the smaller the needle, the more yards you will need. My stole is made of a light-weight mohair yarn approximately of double-knitting weight. The stole is about 24 inches wide and 80 inches long and I used about 1600 yards of yarn on size 10 needles.
      • Needles:  One pair (straight or circular) of a size much larger than you would normally use for the yarn you’ve chosen.  For example, size 7-10 for sport weight yarn, and 10-13 for worsted weight yarn. 
    • For Muffler:
      • Yarn:  Sport weight or similar weight yarn in a warm yarn such as alpaca, wool, etc. Yardage will vary, depending on the size muffler you wish to make. My muffler is about 7 inches wide and 66 inches long. It required about 550 yards of sport-weight yarn on size 6 needles.
      • Needles:  One pair (straight or circular) in a size just slightly larger than you would normally use for the yarn you’ve chosen, so that the scarf will keep its shape and still drape well. For example, size 6 with a sport-weight yarn.
  • MISCELLANEOUS, for both
    • Stitch marker
    • Darning needle to weave in ends.

GAUGE:  Not critical for either project, you just don’t want it too tight and stiff -

  • Stole: You want your project to drape well around your shoulders – the garter stitch gauge for my project is 14 stitches per 4 inches.
  • Muffler:  You want your project to be flexible enough to wrap snugly around the neck, but also be dense enough to be warm – the garter stitch gauge for my project is 20 stitches per 4 inches.

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