Simple Rectangular Scarves and Shawls
Simple Scarves © Rita O'Connell 2004
These directions are for the “basics” on how to knit two
types of rectangular scarves or shawls, both of which are reversible (no
wrong side) when worked in garter stitch. They look great in basic yarns
or fancy furry or glitzy novelty yarns. The rectangular patterns can be
made in any width or length. Here is some basic terminology used here and
in most shawl/scarf patterns – a scarf is worn around the neck and is
usually rather small while a shawl is usually large enough to wrap the
shoulders. A shawl can be rectangular, round, triangular, square, etc. A
stole is a rectangular shawl.
entirely on your preference – can be narrow and long, wide and long,
narrow and short, etc.
REQUIRED: Beginner for garter stitch rectangle.
Advanced beginner for diagonal scarf.
Any yarn you want – from simple wools to handpainted and novelty
wools, silks, cottons, rayons, acrylics, and novelties. You can carry 2
or more strands of yarn, too, such as a thin “carry-along” strand of
furry, sequined, or metallic tread. You can make scarves out of a single
yarn throughout or using lots of different kinds in it.
Always a larger
size than you would choose for a stockinette stitch sweater – so
the scarf/shawl will drape well.
Darning needle. Optionally – you might like to thread beads on the
yarn (make sure the holes are big enough for the yarn to fit through).
Usually the first 10 or so rows of the scarf/shawl works
great as a gauge swatch – if you don’t like the feel (hand) of the fabric
or the width, just rip it out and start again with a different needle size
(larger size if you want the scarf looser or smaller size if you want the
scarf denser) or, for rectangular scarves/stoles such as in this pattern,
you can change the number of stitches (more stitches if you want the
project wider or fewer if you want the scarf narrower).
SIMPLE SIDEWAYS GARTER STITCH RECTANGLE
CO 15-40 sts, depending on how wide you want the scarf to
be. Much more if you want a wide stole.
Every Row: K across, turn. Work
to desired length. BO loosely in K, using a larger sized ndl if
EXAMPLE SHOWN IN PHOTO – 1
skein of Lion Brand Fun Fur with 15 sts on US Size 10-11 needles (6 -8 mm),
makes a scarf about 3.5 x 47 inches (9 x 120 cm).
slipping the first st of each row as if to P with yarn in front, then move
yarn to back between the ndl tips and K to end; this creates a lovely
chain-of-hearts up the side edge of the scarf. Try using 2 colors of yarn –
work 2 rows with one color, then 2 rows with the second color, always
carrying the unused yarn up the side of the scarf. Try working a simple
lacy pattern in garter stitch. Add a knotted fringe to the ends.
SIMPLE DIAGONAL GARTER STITCH RECTANGLE WITH DIAGONAL ENDS
Row 1: K across.
Row 2: K in front & back of first
st, K across. 1 more st than previous row.
Row 3: K2tog, K across.
Rpt Rows 2-3 for desired length, then BO in K. If desired,
use 2 colors, changing at the beginning of Row 2 (do not cut yarn, just
carry it up the side of the work.
EXAMPLE SHOWN IN PHOTO – I
skein of Fiesta LaBoheme divided into its 2 separate strands and knitted on
30 sts on US Size 10 needles (6 mm), creates a scarf about 7 x 104 inches
(18 x 265 cm).
VARIATIONS? Work all in one
color with beads. Work in a very simple lacy pattern in garter stitch.
Combine shaping sts within the rows to create chevron patterns, zig zags,
etc. Add tassels to the 2 points.
FOR ALL SCARVES: Weave in ends and
block if desired - this is especially important if the yarn is very fine
and/or if the work is very lacy.
Diagonal Garter Stitch Rectangle with Diagonal Ends
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