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How to Knit a Seafoam-Stitch Scarf

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After you’re comfortable knitting the garter stitch, you can knit the same stitch with a twist. In this kicked-up version of the garter-stitch scarf, you wrap the yarn two, three, and four times around the needle, but you make these different numbers of wraps all in the same row, creating an undulating pattern of elongated stitches.

[Credit: Photograph by Mark Madden/Kreber]
Credit: Photograph by Mark Madden/Kreber

Here are this project’s materials and vital statistics:

  • Yarn: Choose a bulky, single-ply yarn; 100–175 yards (90–160 meters); color of your choosing (the yarn used for the scarf shown in the photo has been discontinued, so exercise your creativity)

  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, or the size needed to match gauge

  • Other materials: Yarn needle for weaving in ends

  • Size: 5 inches wide by 62 inches long (13 by 157 centimeters)

  • Gauge: 16 stitches and 32 rows per 4 inches (2.5 centimeters) in garter stitch (matching gauge precisely isn’t critical for this project)

Here are the directions to knit this very quick and pretty variation:

  1. Cast on 27 sts (or try 17 sts with very fat yarn or 37 sts with thin yarns).

    You don’t need to use a larger needle to make the stitches loose; the extra wraps take care of that.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern:

    Rows 1 and 2: Knit.

    Row 3: K1, *k1 wrapping twice, k1 wrapping 3 times, k1 wrapping 4 times, k1 wrapping 3 times, k1 wrapping twice, k5, repeat from * to last st, ending the last repeat with k1 instead of k5.

    Row 4: Knit, dropping extra wraps as you go.

    Rows 5 and 6: Knit.

    Row 7: K6, *k1 wrapping twice, k1 wrapping 3 times, k1 wrapping 4 times, k1 wrapping 3 times, k1 wrapping twice, k5, repeat from * to last st, k1.

    Row 8: Knit, dropping extra wraps as you go.

    Repeat these 8 rows to form the seafoam stitch. Continue until the scarf measures approximately 62 inches, or desired length, ending with Row 6.

  3. Bind off and weave in ends.


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