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Chain Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

You'll love this lightweight scarf any time of year! The chain stitch creates a soft texture in this free scarf knitting pattern from Bernat Yarns. This scarf is quick and easy to make. You can knit it lengthwise on circular needles.

Gorgeous knitting patterns like this are great projects for people who are new to knitting to start with. This cute scarf also makes a great Christmas or birthday gift for a friend or family member. Choose a neutral color and wear your scarf all year long. 

Knit Chain Stitch Scarf

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  • Yarn: Bernat Bamboo (60 g / 2.1 oz) 2 balls of #92425 (Rosehip)
  • Circular Knitting Needle: Size 6 mm (U.S. 10) 16 ins 40 cm long or size needed to obtain gauge.


Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins 10 cm in stocking st.


Measurements: 5 x 50 ins 12.5 x 127 cm


Cast on 171 sts. Do not join in rnd. Working back and forth in rows, proceed as follows:

1st row: (WS). Knit.

2nd row: *P1. Sl1P. Rep from * to last st. P1.

3rd row: K2. *Sl1. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

4th to 7th rows: Beg with a knit row, work in stocking st.

Rep 2nd to 7th rows for 5 ins [12.5 cm], then 2nd and 3rd rows once.

Next row: Knit. Cast off knitwise (WS).


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Thanks for the free pattern for the chain stitch scarf. I have a problem. 1st row went well. At end of 2nd row the yarn was connected to other end of circular needle. Do I cut off the yarn to continue on to 3rd row? I wan to give this scarf to my son by Christmas. Please help! Can you e-mail solution to Thanks again. Nina

The only way that your yarn would become connected is if you joined in the round, the scarf is not knit in the round, it is knit flat using a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. Cutting the yarn in the middle of a join is not an option, you will have to tear out what you have done and start over without joining in the round.

When I bought the yarn, I bought a third skein because I didn't think two would be enough. I was right. I needed three. I opted for a multi-color yarn and although it looks nice, it would have been better in a solid color. I also was expecting a different look based on the picture, but I like the result I got anyway.

such a beautiful scarf

I had no problem with this pattern other than it needed to be twice as long. Row 1..Knit across Row 2.. P1, SL1(as to purl) continue this across ending with P1 Row 3.. K2, SL1(as to knit), K1 continue to SL1, K1 across ending with K2 (you will have a K2 at the beginnning and end) Rows 4 thru 7 Knit 1 row Purl 1 row repeat rows 2 thru 7 Don't think I can upload a picture here. You can get with me at Hope this helps

where are the answers to these questions? I have the same questions and am not finding the help.

Just went on the Bernat website the pattern is there. They have a section with all the abbreviations and Sl1p means slip purlwise. Hope this helps. It looks like a very nice scarf when finished.

I read the instructions and this is my interpretation.... Row 2 Purl 1, slip 1 as if to purl.....I think that is what they mean Row 3 Knit 2, slip 2, knit 1. I think you have to try a few rows see if it works. I cant seem to enlarge the photo to see the pattern. Can you do this?

you are never slipping more than 1 stitch in each row that calls for it. on the purl row you slip purl wise, on the knit row you slip knit wise. I've made several of these and it does take a row or two to get the hang of slipping after you've worked stitches. hope this helps someone. Happy knitting!

I have started this patteren a few times now and it doesn't turn out like the picture at all. Do you think that maybe the picture is incorrect for this patteren or vice visa? Please let me know if I am wrong. I would love to make this but want it to be just like the picture.

I understand row 2 as purl 1 st, slip 1 st as to purl, across Row 3 k2, (here is my question slip next st as to purl or knit??? Please advise. Thank you. Joyce McCarthy

CUuuUTTTTE FOR ME I love knitting knitters are great ppl


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