Garter Stitch Skinny Scarf

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Garter Stitch Skinny Scarf
Garter Stitch Skinny Scarf. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to, Inc.

If you're looking for a great first project for teaching a child to knit (or an adult, for that matter), this simple skinny scarf is a great way to go.

Knit with an easy working wool yarn on decent sized needles, it will knit up quick even for a new knitter and can be used as a scarf or belt and made to whatever length you like.

It provides lots of practice on the knit stitch and a little extra fun with the tassels.


  • about 100 yards medium weight wool or medium weight yarn of your choice (I used Cascade 220 The Heathers in color 2433)
  • one pair size 8 U.S. knitting needles
  • ruler or tape measure
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • crochet hook similar to size of yarn


Gauge is not critical, but I got 5 stitches per inch in Garter Stitch.


Scarf is 2 inches wide and 48 inches long before adding fringe. You can make it as long as you like.


  1. Cast on 10 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch (knit every row) until piece measures 48 inches or length of your choice.
  3. Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.
  4. Measure and cut 30 pieces of yarn 12 inches long (or length of your choice; finished fringe will be about half as long as the pieces). Divide into 10 groups of 3 pieces each.
  5. For each group, fold the yarn in half, hook the crochet hook through the last row of stitches, catch the loop, pull it through and loop the ends of the tassel through the loop. Pull tight. Put 5 sections on each end of the scarf.