It’s officially winter! I know that it could be a dark, dull, depressing time in the year for some people. However, it is also the best time of the year to stay indoors, warm yourself up with a nice cup of hot chocolate, and knit.

I wanted to begin the year by knitting something useful, so I knit a chunky garter stitch scarf.

garter stitch scarf bunched

The garter stitch scarf is easy to knit, so it’s a perfect beginner project. All you need to do is knit all the stitches on each row.

The garter stitch scarf is very warm and cozy. It’s also extra long, so you could wrap it around your neck a couple of times.

I used Lion Brand’s Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn in Desert Sun Mix because I love the interchange of colors as the pattern progresses. You could use any color that you want, but a nice, bright color will cheer you up during the dark, cold winter.

If you’re ready to dive into scarf knitting for the first time, then this garter stitch scarf project is for you.

Here are the instructions:

Garter Stitch Scarf


materials for garter stitch scarf

Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun (3oz/85g; 108yd/99m; 80% acrylic, 20% wool) in Desert Sun Mix (2 skeins) (this yarn has been discontinued, but you can find a substitute here)

2  US 10.5 (6.5mm) straight or double point needles

tapestry needle or crochet needle


gauge: 7 stitches/2” (6 rows/2”) in garter stitch pattern

dimensions: 5.5” wide x 90″ long


CO – cast-on

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

K – knit

BO – bind off

Note: The Woolspun yarn has 12 plies, so it has a very soft drape. Any fabric knitted with this yarn will expand a few inches after washing and blocking. Therefore, please keep this in mind when you are knitting the scarf.

Also, when you add another skein, add it at the beginning of the row you are knitting.


CO 21 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method.

K every stitch on every row.

Continue until you use up the yarn.

BO on WS knitwise then cut off excess.

Weave in the leftover strand with either a crochet needle or a tapestry needle.

Wash and block scarf.

Wear your new scarf and brave the cold weather.


I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please contact me through the Comments section below.

If you love knitting, then check out my other knitting projects.

Until next time, keep crafting and sharing.

Thanks for visiting!

Spinster Simone 🙂


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