Granite Circle Scarf

Granite Circle Scarf

While at the mall with my friend Robin watching her admire the scarves for sale I said “I can do that.” How many times have you done that, my knitterly friend? Having said that, she then said that her birthday was coming up that very month, the next week even.

With a mission in mind I headed home and raided my stash and stitch pattern book. 3 days later I had a foot of lacy scarf and no more yarn.

Having lost time knitting something that couldn’t possible work I started again, this time with 3 skeins of Bernat Roving and size 10 1/2 needles. 2 days later, I was ripping it out again.

With all this drama on and off my needles again and again I returned to the mall to check out the scarf competition again and I saw the most beautiful, smooshy, delightful, gray (my most favorite non-color) thing. It was at Gap and it was a cowl or a circle scarf or just amazing.

Gray Gap Scarf

I apologize for taking someone else’s picture, so I cropped it to hide her.

I want one just looking at it. I examined it in the store, took measurement guesses, examined the stitch (most likely just a moss stitch) and said “I can do this.”

Granite Circle Scarf


approx 360 yards of Bulky yarn (I used Bernat Roving,almost 3 skeins)

10 1/2 needles straight or a circular at least 18″ long



Row 1: k1, p1 across

Row 2: p1, k1 across

Row 3: p1, k1 across

Row 4: k1, p1 across


Gauge isn’t hugely important, but I got about 3 1/3 stitches to the inch.

This scarf comes out to be 12 inches wide and 4 feet long before it is sewn together.


Cast on 40 stitches (or any even number of stitches around that). Follow  pattern as listed above until scarf is about 4 feet in length. Bind off. Fold scarf in half and sew the ends together (meaning the cast on end and the cast off end. Otherwise you would look like you were trying to put a giant straw on your head). Wear gloriously.

About sewing the edges together, I looked online for the best method of sewing the ends together and finally, just kinda sewed it up.

Praying for rain, sorta.

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17 thoughts on “Granite Circle Scarf

  1. i just bookmarked this to knit! i’ll be heading out tomorrow to buy some yarn–how has the bernat roving held up? i’m so excited about knitting this! thanks 🙂

    (i totally know what you mean about being in stores and saying, hey, i could knit this, why pay $$$ for this?! and then never doing anything about it…)

    • I really don’t know, I gave it to a friend as soon as it was done blocking and photos had been taken. I am surprised at how well the Bernat held up during knitting. I don’t knit loosely, my gauge is pretty average, but I never found it to separate or shred, it held together really well. Despite putting it on and taking it off a couple times I didn’t see much of a halo or pilling. I read the reviews on ravelry, it’s pretty well rated but does not do well when frogged, it can start to split or come apart. I can agree with that, when ever I had to pull out and redo a section the yarn was difficult to work with and wasn’t happy about being pulled apart.
      Another thing mentioned was that the yarn can shed. Since I only washed it to block it I can not say whether or not it has shed since then, but I do believe it. If I had the money, I would have used something fabulous like malabrigo chunky.

  2. I love your patterns. What a great looking scarf. I wish that I could look at an item & just know how to knit. Your friend is fortunate for you & I’m sure that she loves her gift.

    • Thank you, I went by the store several times to sneakily look at it and measure it before I made my own. And when I finally chose a stitch pattern, I chose one not like the original! Sometimes I confuse myself. I’m still learning to take things apart visually and reconstruct them with my own knitting, having knowledge of gauge helps a lot, but using a tape measure would help even more and I tent to not do that!

  3. Hi!
    Any idea what I may have done wrong; I casted on 40 stitches, used a bulky yarn and my width is 14 inches. Do you think that will be too wide?
    Thanks! Dawn

    • Hi Dawn, I think the really wide scarves and neck warmers are really popular this year with the hipsters. I would say go for it but I would suggest you make it longer before connecting it back to itself so that it isn’t too stiff or tight around your head.

  4. My mom is making this scarf for me, as I do not know how to knit. I am a larger-sized woman and wanted the scarf to hang around my waist when it was wrapped once around my neck or head. We found that to have that length, you need WAY more yarn. I picked Plymouth Yarn’s Baby Alpaca Grande. To get 80″ of scarf, we needed 6 skeins of yarn. Some thinner people might not need it that long, but the woman at my mom’s knitting shop said 60″ is the normal size, not 40″. Beautiful scarf, though! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    • 4 feet long = 48 inches. My gauge was 3.3 stitches per inch. 48×3.3=158 stitches to cast on.
      Recipe: on 10.5 circular needles cast on 158 stitches, join being sure not to twist. Knit according to pattern.
      On 11 circular needles cast on 144 stitches, join and follow pattern.

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