How to Knit a Scarf with the Box Stitch

By Kristi Porter

Learning how to knit a scarf is exciting and allows you to create amazing garments to wear or give to family and friends as authentic gifts. You don’t need to be an expert to get started with knitting; even beginners can pick up on this craft easily. This basic box-stitch scarf is simple to make, has many variations, and is a great project for beginners. After you’re comfortable with this box-stitch scarf project, make it your own by changing things up.


Knitting materials and vital statistics

Here’s what you’ll need to get knitting on your box-stitch scarf:

  • 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

How to knit a box-stitch scarf

Follow these steps to start and complete your knitting project:

  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.