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How to Knit a Scarf with the Box Stitch

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This basic box-stitch scarf is easy to make and has many variations. After you're comfortable with this box-stitch scarf project, make it your own by changing things up.


Here are the materials and vital statistics for this project:

  • Yarn: Rowan Kid Classic (70% lambswool, 26% kid mohair, 4% nylon); 151 yards (140 meters) per 50 grams; 2 balls; color: Straw

  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm) needles, or the size needed to match gauge

  • Other materials: Yarn needle for weaving in ends

  • Size: 6 inches wide by 60 inches long

  • Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Create a box stitch scarf:

  1. Cast on 28 sts.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern:

    Rows 1, 3, and 5: *K4, p4, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Rows 2 and 4: *P4, k4, repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4.

    You now switch so that the boxes that were purled are now knit and vice versa.

    Rows 6, 8, and 10: *K4, p4, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Rows 7 and 9: *P4, k4, repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4.

    Repeat these 10 rows until scarf measures 60 inches, or your desired length, ending with Row 5 or Row 10.

  3. Bind off and weave in ends.

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