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Darby
01-21-2009, 06:17 PM
I just bought some beautiful yarn on sale - merino wool and I want to knit a basic scarf. Which stitch should I use so there is no curl on the ends and looks the same on both sides??

sorifes
01-21-2009, 06:30 PM
Continually knit, AKA make a Garter Stich. That'll make it same on the both sides and not curl and it's uber easy. I make scarves between 35 and 50 inches long so somewhere int here is generally a good length

Spokaloo
01-21-2009, 06:49 PM
When I want to make a scarf, I just use a 2x2 rib. The fabric comes out stretchy so I can wear the scarf a lot of different ways. I can stretch it to cover my head or scruch it up so it's thick to cover my mouth in extreme cold.

Ellieblue
01-21-2009, 06:55 PM
I am making a scarf right now with a super simple pattern. It won't be the same on both sides, but both sides will have a nice pattern. Row 1 P1,*sl1,p1 * repeat between *. row 2 * P1,K1* END p1.
rOW 3 k . ROW 4 p Hope this helps.

knitpurlgurl
01-21-2009, 07:30 PM
I'd go all garter stitch for a basic scarf. You could do stockinette if you add a garter st border.

Marria
01-21-2009, 08:26 PM
A basketweave stitch (http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/basketweave3.htm) scarf might be nice.

Plantgoddess+
01-21-2009, 09:40 PM
The Yarn Harlot has a pretty scarf pattern with only one row of pattern.
http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/10/12/one_row_handspun_scarf.html

globaltraveler
01-21-2009, 10:14 PM
I love that scarf. I've been keeping an eye out for a yarn that I have to use in it, but so far no luck. Other than really really expensive yarn, of course. :)

jill65
01-21-2009, 10:36 PM
I love that scarf. I've been keeping an eye out for a yarn that I have to use in it, but so far no luck. Other than really really expensive yarn, of course. :)

I used Patons Classic Merino Wool for the scarf I made of that pattern

suzeeq
01-21-2009, 11:23 PM
Other than really really expensive yarn, of course.

But with really expensive yarn, you could probably get a scarf out of one skein, so you could justify the splurge. Thought if it's really really expensive, maybe not.... ;)

globaltraveler
01-22-2009, 05:14 AM
The other day I was stroking a gorgeous piece of bamboo yarn from Japan and thought, wow, there's so much of it here, it probably works out okay...until I realized that with the exchange rate it basically came out to about $120... :shock:

Craw
01-22-2009, 11:42 AM
I love that basketweave stitch. Thanks for posting that Marria!
I like to do moss (a.k.a seed) stitch in scarves. It doesn't curl. There's a video for it here.

sakura-panda
01-22-2009, 01:40 PM
I'm working on one now that is similar to a basketweave, but not quite the same. I love this pattern so much that I am working on my third scarf using it! :lol:

This is scarf #1:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2218/2197562289_cf34d7d076.jpg?v=0

This is the stitch I learned to knit on, so I don't have a pattern, but it goes something like this:

Row 1,3,5: K5, P5, K5, P5, K5
Row 2, 4: P5, K5, P5, K5, P5

Repeat rows 1-5.

Cirrus
01-22-2009, 07:15 PM
Martha Stewart's basic scarf is a good one. Lays nice and flat. Very simple pattern, too.

http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-home/martha-stewart/article.aspx?cp-documentid=16049705