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How to Knit a Twins Box-Stitch Scarf

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The twins box stitch scarf is a variation of the traditional knitted box-stitch scarf. Instead of all the boxes standing in straight rows, the boxes in the second half of the scarf lean left and right. In this project, you alternate between knits and purls.

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

Here are this project’s materials and vital statistics:

  • 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 (15 by 152 centimeters)

  • Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (10 centimeters) in stockinette stitch

Knit your twins box stitch scarf:

  1. Cast on 28 sts.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern for the first half of the scarf; this stitch pattern is the same as the basic box-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 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 your scarf measures 30 inches (76 centimeters), or half the desired length, ending with Row 10 of the box stitch pattern.

  3. Switch to the leaning box stitch as follows:

    Row 1: *K4, p4, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Row 2: K1, *p4, k4, repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.

    Row 3: K2, *p4, k4, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2.

    Row 4: K3, *p4, k4, repeat from * to last st, p1.

    Row 5: *P4, k4, repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4.

    Now the boxes switch from knit to purl and switch to lean the opposite direction.

    Row 6: P4, *k4, p4, repeat from * to end.

    Row 7: P1, *k4, p4, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.

    Row 8: P2, *k4, p4, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.

    Row 9: P3, *k4, p4, repeat from * to last st, k1.

    Row 10: *K4, p4, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Repeat Rows 1–10 of leaning box stitch until scarf measures 60 inches (152 centimeters), or your desired length, ending with Row 5 or Row 10.

  4. Bind off and weave in ends.


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