Think garter stitch scarves are just for beginners? Check out these knitting patterns for scarves knit primarily with garter stitch. Many of the patterns are free.
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Gradient Garter Scarf
Simple garter stitch wrap knit sideways alternating a solid with a gradient and finished with knitted on fringe. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Ann McDonald Kelly
Shifting Blocks Super Scarf
Easy color-blocked scarf knit in garter stitch with fringe. Perfect for beginners who want to try intarsia. Great for mini skeins or stashbusting. Quick knit in Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Caron
Easy diagonally striped scarf knit on the bias garter stitch. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Beginner level scarf knit in with checks created by 2 striped garter stitch stripes that are seamed. Great stashbuster. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand.
Garter Trap Scarf
Simple trapezoidal scarf/shawl uses garter stitch stripes of a solid and long-stripe yarns. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Great showcase for multicolor yarn. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Andra Asars
Up the Volume Scarf
Beginner level scarf knit in garter stitch with fringe. Great showcase for multicolor yarn. Quick knit in Jumbo weight yarn. Designed by Red Heart Design Team
Easy color-blocked scarf knit in garter stitch on the bias. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Jocelyn Tunney for O-Wool
Great Start Super Scarf
A learn to knit super scarf for absolute beginners with a video tutorial designed with the beginning knitter in mind. Designer goes through how to make a slip knot and cast on (two ways!), how to knit with the yarn held in either hand, how to bind off and how to weave in ends. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Michelle Greenberg
A garter stitch scarf with vertical stripe of stockinette. Rated easy by Ravelrers. DK weight yarn. Designed by Tin Can Knits
Classic garter-based unisex scarf or wrap, the striped pattern is created using German short-rows. Great first short row project. Any gauge weight yarn. Designed by Lyudmila Aksenik
More Free Patterns
Mondrian Colorblock Scarf
Color blocked garter stitch scarf knit in strips and seamed together. Great stashbuster. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Cate Carter-Evans
Gently Stirred, Never Shaken
Easy garter stitch scarf knit in the bias with color blending. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worked flat on the bias from the center out in your choice of 3 or 4 colors. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Mac and Joe
Cross Lines Scarf
Scarf features color blocks that change knitting direction on a simple garter stitch background. Designed for self-striping yarn, it would also work for stashbusting. Designed by Yarnspirations Design Studio. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Easy Keyhole Pom-Pom It Up Scarf
Garter stitch scarf with tapered ends and keyhole to slip the end through and hold the scarf in place. Suitable for beginners according to the designer. Designed by Lion Brand. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Round the Twist Scarf
Scarf knit with garter stitch shaped by short rows into semi-circles to make a twisty scarf. Designed by Frankie Brown. Aran weight yarn.
Level Up Blanket Scarf
Web version is free. Geometric slices of color add drama and intrigue to this simple garter stitch blanket scarf. Designed by Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wantds. Bulky weight yarn.
Watercolors Garter Hooded Scarf
Scarf with pockets and hood knit mostly in garter stitch. Scarf and Hood are worked separately then sewn together. Great showcase for self-striping or gradient yarn. Designed by Lion Brand. Uses about 500 yards(450 meters)of Bulky weight yarn.
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Garter stitch and short rows create colorful triangles on this wrap. Designed by Sarah E. Chapman for Fairmount Fibers. DK weight yarn.
Easy Short Row Scarf
Worked in short rows of garter stitch that create natural ruffles and ripples that showcases color change yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn. Worsted yarn weights. Pictured projects by the designer and Okiecowgirl.
On the Bias Scarf
Designed by Knit and Crochet Now, multi-colored yarn combines with short row sections to create a stunning scarf. This is a pattern that really cries out for multi-colored, self-striping, or variegated yarn. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
Patterns for Purchase
4 Animal Scarves
Fox, Monkey, Racoon, and Lion scarves knit mostly in garter stitch with keyhole opening to help it stay on. Sized for toddlers and children. Designed by Petrapatterns
Hooded Paw-cket Scarf
Easy scarf with hood and pockets knit in what looks like garter stitch with ears and paws added to make it cat-like. Leave those off for just a regular pocket scarf. Super bulky weight yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Kalurah Hudson
Oversized Tapered Knit Scarf
This beginner-friendly pattern creates a giant, color block scarf in garter stitch, with tapered ends that can be tied, tucked, or left hanging. Super bulky weight yarn. Designed by knitbrooks
Easy color blocked scarf knit in garter stitch checks. Knit in strips or with intarsia. Aran/Worsted weight yarn. Designed by TheDesignStudioKnits
Big Bow Scarf
Garter stitch scarf with a twist - it's held in place with a garter stitch bow. Knits up fast in 2 strands of chunky yarn or one of super bulky. Designed by Pretty Little Sheep
Giana Pocket Shawl
Easy, beginner friendly, shawl/wrap with pockets knit in garter stitch. Knits up fast in chunky yarn. Designed by ChristaCoDesign