How to Knit a Colorful Scarf - dummies

By Mary Scott Huff

Worked at a very fine gauge, this slip-stitch scarf takes advantage of the yarn’s softness, in addition to highlighting its magical color changes. As you knit, watch the colors shift and change throughout both skeins. The geometric tessellations of this slip-stitch pattern trick the eye, while the drape of the fabric delights the touch.


  • Size: Finished measurements: 9″ wide × 34-1⁄2″ long

  • Yarn: Fingering-weight yarn (shown: Crystal Palace Yarns Sausalito, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, 198 yd.)

    MC: #8306 Firebird (reds), 2 balls

    CC: #8307 French Roast (grays), 2 balls

  • Gauge: 42 sts and 73 rows = 4″ in patt st

  • Needles: Size 1 (2.25mm) needles, or size needed to achieve gauge

  • Notions: Tapestry needle


With about 18 rows to the inch, this scarf grows very slowly as you work. The finished result is worthy of your patience.


  1. Work the lower edge.

    With MC, CO 80 sts. Work in garter st for 10 rows.

  2. Work the body.

    Rep Rows 1–16 of noir chart until scarf measures 34″, or desired length.

  3. Work the upper edge.

    Break MC and weave in end. Cont with CC only, work 10 rows in garter st. BO.

  4. Work the side bands.

    With MC, pick up and knit 324 sts along one edge of scarf. Work 10 rows in garter st. BO.

    Rep with CC along opposite edge.

  5. To finish weave in ends and block.