I've been told perfection is boring. Well, I'm certainly not boring (just ask my friends) and I'm definitely not perfect (just ask my kids)! Because of this I have a standing policy of rewarding people who nicely bring an error to my attention with a free single pattern download from my Ravelry pattern store.

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The Ubiquitous First Garter Stitch Scarf

Skill level: Beginner

Suggested Needle(s): US #10 (6mm)

Sizes Offered: One size (can be worked to any length)

Yarn Weight: #5 Bulky

Yardage Required: 144 yards in each of 2 colors

Techniques Used: Cast on, bind off, knit.

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“What do you want to make?”…Queenie


I have taught many people how to knit.  Whenever I ask this question I’m inevitably told “a scarf”.  This first scarf is worked in garter stitch (every row is knit) and is perhaps the most important project in the life of a knitter.  This is where they will flourish or flounder in the craft.  This is where they make an almost metaphysical transformation…they become (cue drum roll) “A Knitter”.

When I decided to offer a free garter stitch pattern to celebrate the release of “The Queen’s Garters”,  I realized there was no better herald to a garter stitch collection than a tutorial for that Ubiquitous First Garter Stitch Scarf.  Relying on my years of (mostly successful) teaching, I’ve divided this tutorial is into 4 sessions.  Each session offers tasks, tricks and tips as well as common mistakes to avoid. By the time you bind off you will be “A Knitter” and have a scarf that you can be proud to both show off and wear.