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Learn to Knit Sampler Scarf

We love this idea for a beginner scarf pattern!

By: Amy Gunderson from
Learn to Knit Sampler Scarf
Learn to Knit Sampler Scarf
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Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Then you're in the right place! This simple knit scarf pattern has sections for several of the most popular knitting stitches so that you can learn to master them all. You'll learn how to knit the garter stitch, the stockinette stitch, the seed stitch, the broken rib stitch, and the moss stitch. Plus, you can make this pretty practice scarf in your favorite shade of beautiful merino wool!

Pattern Notes: "Designed to be an introduction to different combinations of knit and purl stitches, this scarf can be anything you want it to be!

This scarf begins with a garter stitch section - just plain knitting every row. From there, the mighty purl stitch is introduced in the stockinette section. Following this, different combinations of knit and purl patterns come into play to show you just a little of what they can do. 

You might choose to knit your scarf entirely in garter stitch, which could be a great choice! Developing that muscle memory and learning how to tension yarn can be challenging at first. Or, you might want to change stitch patterns every couple of inches instead of every 6”!

However you decide to knit your scarf, we hope you have a blast doing it. Be sure to check out the abbreviations guide at the end of this pattern for any unfamiliar terms or abbreviations!"

PLUS! Enter to win the Jimmy Beans Out of This World Knit Kit Giveaway as part of our 10 Days of Thanks Giveaway as well as our 10 Days Grand Prize!


GaugeThis is practice - don’t worry too much about your tension! Tension and gauge mean the same thing, and refer to how loose or dense your stitches are. But again, this is a topic for a later date!

Finished SizeApprox 7” wide x 60” long

Materials List

  • 2 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash Merino (100% superwash merino wool; 100g/220 yds) - Shown in 044 Dark Violet
  • US 7 (4.5mm) needle, US 8 (5.0mm) needle, OR US 9 (5.5mm) needle. It doesn't matter too much with this pattern!
  • Notions: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



  1. Cast on 32 sts.

Garter Stitch Section

  1. Knit every row until piece measures 6” from cast-on edge.

Stockinette Stitch Section

  1. Row 1 (RS): Knit.

  2. Row 2 (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.

  3. Rep Rows 1 & 2 until Stockinette Stitch section measures 6”.

Seed Stitch Section

  1. Row 1 (RS): K3, * k1, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

  2. Row 2 (WS): K3, * p1, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

  3. Rep Rows 1 & 2 until Seed Stitch section measures 6”

Broken Rib Section

  1. Row 1 (RS): K3, * k1, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

  2. Row 2 (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.

  3. Rep Rows 1 & 2 until Broken Rib section measures 6”

Moss Stitch Section

  1. Rows 1 (RS): K3, * k1, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

  2. Row 2 (WS): K3, * k1, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

  3. Row 3: K3, * p1, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

  4. Row 4: K3, * p1, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

  5. Rep Rows 1-4 until Moss Stitch section measures 6”.

Repeat the last 5 sections (Garter, Stockinette, Seed Stitch, Broken Rib, and Moss Stitch) 1 more time. Then knit 6 rows (garter stitch) Bind off all stitches! Congratulations: you have mastered the basics of knitting!


Thread any tails through a tapestry needle and weave them into your project. You’ll find that “blocking” your project will help to even out the stitches and improve the appearance. The easiest way to do this with your scarf is this:

  1. Soak in cool water with a mild soap for 30 minutes

  2. Carefully squeeze out the excess water (do not wring!)

  3. Place your scarf on special blocking boards, a mattress, an unfolded cardboard box, a towel - anyplace you can find!

  4. Gently stretch and pat your scarf into a rectangle

  5. Let dry

  6. Wear proudly!


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