Knitting For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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This scarf is a straightforward garter stitch pattern that has an increase at the beginning of a row and a decrease at the end of a row to create bias fabric. A bias knit simply means that you knit diagonally rather than up and down or side to side. By using a long color-changing yarn, you make the scarf look like you used a variety of colored yarns when you actually used only one yarn and one color.

[Credit: ©Marly Bird]
Credit: ©Marly Bird

Here are the materials and vital statistics for this project:

  • Measurements: 5 inches x 72 inches

  • Yarn: 100% acrylic yarn, approximately 279 yards per 3.5 ounces (100 grams), 2 skeins

  • Needles: One pair of size US 8 (5 mm) needles

  • Gauge: 24 stitches and 34 rows per 4 inches in bias garter stitch pattern

Create a bias scarf:

  1. Cast on 30 sts.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern:

    Row 1 (RS): Knit front and back into first stitch, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

    Row 2 (WS): Knit.

    Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approximately 72 inches, ending with a RS row.

    Next row (WS): Bind off all stitches.

  3. Weave in any loose ends and block scarf gently.

Don't like weaving in ends? Not a problem; just tie a knot in the tails of the old and new yarn at the change and leave the tails loose to create fringe along the length of the scarf. Bingo-bango — you've just added your very own design feature.

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Pam Allen is a knitwear designer and founder of Quince & Co. Shannon Okey is an author and knitwear designer. Find her at knitgrrl.com. Tracy Barr has been an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on several Dummies books. Marlaina "Marly" Bird hosts her own YouTube channel, where she instructs viewers on knitting and crochet.

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