Friday, January 6, 2012

Garter Stitch Eternity Scarf

This kind of scarf/cowl has been in the back of my mind since the fall when many stores began debuting their fall lines. It seemed everywhere I went there were these lovely, chunky cowls in a simple textured stitch. Being the knitter I am, I would stop and admire/investigate each one thinking, "I could totally make one of these". While lovely, they always tended to be knit in some kind of acrylic or acrylic blend yarn. In my mind I was imagining one knit in a yarn similar to that of my favorite scarf. I finally got my act together a couple weeks ago and did a quick gauge swatch and then knit this cowl up. It is so warm and cozy, the must have kind of accessory if you live in a cold weather climate.

You can wear this a couple of ways: long and loose (as seen in the top photo), kind of tucked into your coat like a real scarf; wrapped double into a cushy cowl; or folded in half, one end pulled through the other. I'm favoring the second and third option since I prefer my scarf to be wrapped up as close to my face as possible.

For this scarf I used over two hanks of Misti Alpaca Chunky but you could probably get away with two if you cast on fewer stitches.

Garter Stitch Eternity Scarf
Finished Size: 48" circumference and approximately 8" width

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky, 3 hanks

Gauge: 14sts = 4"

Needles: US10.5 40" circulars

CO 168, join for knitting in the round by purling first stitch. Be careful not to twist stitches!
(Purl 1 round, knit 1 round) repeat 6 times.
Knit 3 rounds.
(Purl 1 round, knit 1 round) repeat 3 times.
(Knit 1 round, purl 1 round) repeat 3 times.
Knit 4 round.
(Purl 1 round, knit 1 round) repeat 6 times.
Purl 1 round.
Bind of in purl stitch.

Weave in ends and wear with pride!

Ravelry Link


  1. Hmm..I think I have some Misti Alpaca Chucky ...3 skeins that I bought cuz it was's a variegate...may have to cast on!

  2. Very cozy! Thanks for the pattern.

  3. That is one seriously lovely scarf! Thank you for the pattern, it is brilliant.

  4. This is so simple, yet so cute! Thanks for the pattern!

  5. oooh i love it!
    it looks so squishy and warm!!

    thanks for sharing the pattern!

  6. Gorgeous cowl and the red sweater peeking out from under it is very beautiful.
    Happy Weekend,

  7. Really nice! I think often the simplest things are the loveliest, and my favorite to knit (& the ones that get worn the most, ultimately). Also, I'm going to make myself sound dumb, but it never occurred to me that you could pull an eternity scarf through its own loop like that -- thanks for the inspiration!


  8. Beautiful, Andrea! I love it. It looks so snuggly and cozy. It was sweet of you to share the pattern!

  9. I am just getting back into knitting and I love this scarf. Looks easy enough so I am going to give it a try.Thanks so much for sharing...........

  10. I am a huge fan of this scarf! I really like the pattern, it's not too fussy, but beautiful and feminine at the same time!
    Doing this in a mohair yarn would be soo pretty for the summer or over a little black dress, maybe little less wide and long..
    Anyways, It's very nice, thanks for sharing the pattern!

  11. I just finished making this. Love It! I will be making more of these for gifts. Thank you for such a nice pattern.

  12. I love this pattern. Made it for DD2 and she loves it too. Thank you.

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  14. Hi Andrea,
    If i want to make this with two needles, what would the instructions be?
    Thank you,
    Very nice pattern, thanks for sharing....

    1. I have to be honest, I really wouldn't recommend doing this flat. You'd have to cast on 168 sts and then work back and forth, working the garter sections as knit every row and the stockinette sections as knit a row, purl a row. Then seam up the short side. I'd imagine this might be too bulky and heavy to do flat. Either way, good luck!

    2. Thank you so much for your quick reply...

  15. Making this right now! Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Love this and want to make it right NOW but I can't find 40" circular needles, only 29" - will that work or am I going to run out of space?

  17. I am about 15 rows into this and am using 29" circulars. It is bulky and a little squished but seems to be working fine.

  18. I love your garter cowl. thank you for providing a free pattern! But I also love the sweater you are wearing. Can you divulge the pattern and the yarn you used? It's just lovely! Patty


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