Garter-Stitch Scarf & Sideways Handwarmers by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Garter-Stitch Scarf & Sideways Handwarmers

June 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
100 - 440 yards (91 - 402 m)
Scarf: Approx 6.5"/16.5cm wide x 60"/153cm long; Handwarmers: Approx. 6"/15cm around x 7"/18cm long.
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This Churchmouse Classroom First Projects pattern is about as simple as it gets—just knit, knit, knit. When you turn garter stitch on its side, the little ridges create a ribbed effect that is nice and stretchy, making the handwarmers easy to fit, with just a wee bit of seaming around the thumbs. Handsome on men and women alike, these easy pieces make great gifts. From you, the knitter!

PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN: • The anatomy of garter stitch. • Mattress-stitch seaming in garter stitch, end-to-end.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: the long-tail cast-on method, the knit stitch, adding a new ball, binding off, and weaving in tails. Need help with any of these techniques? See our Learn-To-Knit Companion booklet.

Our First Projects patterns are intended for newer knitters wanting to get a solid understanding of the basics. Each pattern is a “twosie” -- two projects in one, and includes more photo tutorials for the techniques particular to those projects. While simple, these projects create accessories that even advanced knitters will want to wear. Beginners (and those who want to coach new knitters) should refer to the Churchmouse Classroom Learn-To-Knit Companion, an instructional booklet not available here (because it’s not a pattern) but found at many Local Yarn Shops and online at

Scarf: Approx. 6½“/16.5cm wide x 60”/153cm long.
Handwarmers: Approx. 6”/15cm around x 7”/18cm long. Note: Circumference can be adjusted for larger or smaller hands by adding or subtracting rows.

Scarf: Approx. 440 yds/400m of worsted-weight yarn (ball band should suggest a gauge of approx. 18 stitches = 4”/10cm).
We used 2 skeins Manos del Uruguay Maxima (219 yds/200m each) in Color 2590 Natural.
Handwarmers: Approx. 100 yds/91m of worsted-weight yarn (ball band should suggest a gauge of approx. 18 stitches = 4”/10cm.)
We used 1 skein Manos del Uruguay Maxima (219 yds/200m) in Color 2590 Natural.

Scarf & Handwarmers: US 8 (5mm) needles (straight or circular), or size needed to obtain gauge.
Locking marker or safety pin (handwarmers only).
Blunt darning needle to finish.

Scarf & Handwarmers: Approx. 18 stitches = 4”/10cm in garter stitch.