Chevron scarf pattern

I’m sure you’ve noticed the temperature dropping so it is the perfect time to start knitting a scarf for the winter months ahead. The design of this scarf makes it a suitable gift for both males and females.

As with my other knitting patterns, this scarf is a rectangle with no increases or decreases, so is suitable for those with basic knitting abilities – as well as being a quick project for the more experienced 😉

grey chevron knitted unisex scarf pattern beginnerAbbreviations I have not mentioned before are:

Sl1 – slip stitch knitwise (put right needle through stitch on left needle as if to knit but just slip it onto right needle without knitting)

Sl1p – slip stitch purlwise (put right needle through stitch on left needle as if to purl but just slip it onto right needle without purling)

Here is a video I found on Youtube that demonstrating slip stitches

By slipping, instead of working the first stitch on the row, you end up with a neater edge!

Chevron Scarf

I used 7mm needles & 100g chunky yarn to make a scarf approx 5″ wide & 44″ long. Use more yarn for a longer scarf.

As this is a scarf you do not need to check the gauge.

Cast on 24 sts

For beginning row only (RS): [K2, p2] 4 sts in brackets to be repeated 5 more times.

Now continue with Row 1 of 1st pattern

1st Pattern:
Row 1 : Sl1, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2
Row 2: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 3: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k2, p1
Row 4: Sl1, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 5: Sl1p, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 6: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 st3, k2, p1
Row 7: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 8: Sl1p, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2

Rows 1-8 of 1st pattern repeated (in total 16rows)

2nd pattern:

Row 1: Sl1, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2
Row 2: Sl1, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k2,p1
Row 3: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 4: Sl1p, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 5: Sl1p, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 6: Sl1p, [p2, k2] to last 3 st3, p2, k1
Row 7: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k2, p1
Row 8: Sl1, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2

Now repeat rows 1-8 of 2nd pattern (in total 16 rows)

Continue working as above: 1st pattern (8 rows) twice followed by 2nd pattern (8 rows) twice until desired length. For the best effect, try to finish at the end of the 2nd repeat of a pattern.

Cast off

Simple ribbed fingerless gloves

Take a look at these fingerless gloves if you are making the cowl and want gloves to match or just want to start on a smaller project.  As with the cowl there are no increases or decreases and the pattern uses only the basic ‘knit’ and ‘purl’ stitches.

tutorial gloves fingerless mittens mitts hand knit beginner knittingI used 4.5mm needles and less than 50g double knit acrylic yarn.

Cast on 44 stitches.

Knit stitch for 4 rows. This is called garter stitch – a wavy texture stitch on the front and back.

Knit stitch for one row, purl stitch for next row.You now have 2 rows of stocking stitch. The smooth arrow side is the front (right side) of the stitch. The wrong side (back) of the knitting has a wavy texture.

You then move onto the main area knitted in rib stitch.

Knit 2 stitches (move yarn to front of item) then purl 2 stitches and move the yarn to the back again. Repeat these 4 stitches for the rest of the row (11 times).

Repeat this row until you have 40 rows of rib stitch. Have you noticed that the front side of a knit stitch is the same as the back side of the purl stitch and vica versa? This means by alternating them you have the same rib pattern on the front (right side) and back (wrong side). This is useful to know if you want to make reversible items or where both sides are visible.

Knit stitch for 4 rows (garter stitch).

Bind/cast off all 44 stitches.

beginner tutorial hand knit rectangle glove projectYou will need to make two of these – one for each hand. They are identical.

The ‘tails’ of yarn left from where you cast on and bind/cast off will be on the left if the front side is facing you.

Fold your knitting in half lengthwise and with the front (right side) on the inside. Now you can see the wrong side, start from the top (where you cast off) and using your yarn; sew the side together for 6cm and finish.

Leave a gap of 4cm then start again, sew the rest of the edge together to the bottom (the cast on edge) and finish.

fingerless glove tutorial hand knit mitten rib rectangleTurn your ‘tube’ inside out, so the right side is now on the outside and the messier sides of the join are on the inside.

You will have realised that the different combination of knit and purl stitches make all the other stitches! You will also see that the rib stitch area stretches – very useful to create elasticated areas on items like cuffs on sleeves 🙂

If you haven’t already, you may want to make the cowl to match !

Knitting for beginners next stage – Ribbed cowl

After you have completed your phone cover, you may want to try something more challenging and practice the other stitch you have learnt – the purl stitch.

You will also learn that alternating between knit and purl stitch creates new textures in your knitting.

The changes in width and different textures in this knitted cowl make it look more complicated than it is. Most people learn to knit by making a scarf – this is basically a short scarf with the ends attached together. There are no increases or decreases and the pattern uses only the basic ‘knit’ and ‘purl’ stitches. It shows that adding buttons to an item (they are purely ornamental) can really make a difference!

I used 4.5mm needles and double knit acrylic yarn.

Cast on 38 stitches.

Knit stitch for 20 rows. This is called garter stitch – a wavy texture stitch on the front and back.

Knit stitch for one row, purl stitch for next row.

Repeat these two rows twice more.

You now have 6 rows of stocking stitch. The smooth arrow side is the front (right side) of the stitch. The wrong side (back) of the knitting has a wavy texture.

You then move onto the main area knitted in rib stitch.

  1. Purl 2 stitches (move yarn to back of item) then knit 2 stitches and move the yarn to the front again. Repeat these 4 stitches for the rest of the row (8 times) ending with 2 purl stitches.
  2. Knit 2 stitches (move yarn to front of item) then purl 2 stitches and move the yarn to the back again. Repeat these 4 stitches for the rest of the row (8 times) ending with 2 knit stitches.

Repeat the 2 rows above until you have 142 rows of rib stitch.

Knit stitch for one row, purl stitch for next row.

Repeat these two rows twice more (6 rows of stocking stitch)

Bind/cast off all 38 stitches.

Loop the length of knitting and sew the last stocking stitch area (where you cast off) behind (on the back of) the first set of stocking stitches. This makes the cowl shape.

You will have realised that the different combination of knit and purl stitches make all the other stitches! You will also see that the rib stitch area of knitting isn’t as wide as the garter stitch area so you have a change in shape without increasing the amount of stitches used. This creates the flared area.

hand knitted simple rib cowl purl stitch buttons

Sew the button detail onto the front of the 'flared' area (see image above), going through the rib knitting behind too

N.B. I already had two buttons – if you are going to buy some especially it might look better with three (an extra in the centre).

If you want fingerless gloves to match take a look here 🙂

Knitting for beginners – cast off

To cast off (also known as binding off) means to remove the stitches from your needle.

You do this when you have finished knitting the section of fabric you are working on. This is how to do it:

cast off knitting tutorial beginner step 1

On a knit row, knit the first two stitches so that they end up on the right needle

cast off knitting beginner step 2

Push the left needle through the front of first stitch on the right needle

cast off knitting tutorial beginner step 3

Pull this stitch up and over the other stitch and then completely off the needle - the other stitch should remain on the right needle. This can be a bit fiddly, so take your time

You will end up with one stitch on the right hand needle, as shown. Knit another stitch, then repeat steps 2 to 4 until you have one stitch remaining on the right needle. The final step is to cut the yarn (leaving about 10cm attached to your knitted piece) and to thread the end through the last stitch, pull it off the needle and pull tight

Knitting for beginners – purl stitch

Once you can purl stitch you will be able to start creating some great textured patterns using the two stitches you have learnt.

Here is a step by step explanation of this common knitting stitch. As with knit stitch, hold the needle with stitches on in your left hand:

purl stitch tutorial beginner step 1

Bring the yarn to the front of your needles

purl stitch tutorial beginner step 2a

Push the right needle through the front of the first stitch and take the yarn in your right hand.

purl stitch tutorial beginner step 2b

Wrap the yarn in an anti-clockwise direction around your right needle

purl stitch tutorial beginner step 3a

Push your right needle back through the stitch

Catch this new loop of yarn with the tip of the right hand needle

purl stitch tutorial beginner step 4

Pull the top stitch up and off the left needle. Repeat the steps above for each stitch on the left hand needle

Knitting for beginners – knit stitch

So now you have learned how to cast on, how do you start creating your first piece of knitting?

The next stage is to learn the basic knitting stitch

Here are some step by step instructions to guide you on your way 🙂

knit stitch tutorial beginner step 1

Push the right hand needle through the first loop and behind the left hand needle

knit stitch tutorial step 2

Ensure the yarn is at the rear of the needles

knit stitch tutorial beginner step 2b

Wind the yarn round the rear (right hand) needle in an anti-clockwise direction

knit stitch tutorial beginner step 3

Catching the yarn with the right needle, pull a loop of the yarn through the first stitch, bringing the right needle in front of the left needle. You will end up with a loop on the right needle and all the stitches on the left needle

knit stitch tutorial step 4

Now pull only the top stitch off the left needle by pulling on the right needle

Repeat the above steps for each stitch on the left hand needle. Here is a picture of what your work will look like after knitting your first two stitches

Knitting for beginners – casting on

Now you have a slip stitch the next step is to ‘cast on’

To “cast on” means to add the required number of stitches to your knitting needle. Find out how many stitches you need by reading your pattern. Alternatively, if you are just experimenting, start with at least 15 stitches.

There are several different ways to add stitches, but I find the following method the easiest:

cast on knitting tutorial step 1

Take your needle with your first stitch (slip knot) on it in your left hand. Push the other needle behind it, through the back of the loop

cast on knitting tutorial step 2a

Holding the needles in your left hand, with your right hand, wind the yarn around the back of the rear needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 2b

Pull the yarn so it is taut

cast on knitting step 3

Pull the rear (right) needle towards you, catching the wrapped yarn and hooking it through the first stitch

cast on knitting step 4

Lift the right needle upwards so that you now have one loop on each needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 5

Push the left hand needle into the middle of the loop on the right hand needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 6

Now pull the loop across by removing the right hand needle, so that you have two stitches on the left hand needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 7

Just repeat these steps until you have added as many stitches as you need. When you have finished, your stitches will look something like this

Congratulations – you have successfully cast on and added your first row!