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Scarves Meet Bows

If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you probably know that I love fashion–the colors, the cuts, and the creative (re)use of classics–and I love coming across ideas that I can use to spice up my own wardrobe! Browsing one of the design blogs I like, I came across photos of New Zealand designer Juliette Hogan’s Winter 2010 Collection, which included this very creative styling of a classic garter stitch scarf, which she simply ties around the neck in a big bow!

What I love is that the simple texture of the knitting stands out, it’s very elegant, and it’s not your everyday use of a scarf! Plus, most knitters have a garter stitch scarf that has probably been relegated to the back of the closet in favor of more advanced projects–well, here’s your chance to revive it and wear it proudly!

PLUS, if you have a fashion-forward friend you want to teach to knit, you can show her this photo for inspiration! A garter stitch scarf is the perfect first project! Click here for a beginner pattern for a garter stitch scarf. Tip: For this bow look, you may want to add an additional ball of yarn to this pattern and make it longer, so you have more length to work with as you tie the bow around your neck. (Bonus tip: If you need help tying a perfect bow, just go to and look up the many tutorials on tying a perfect bow. My mother always ties perfect bows, but sometimes the rest of us need a little reminder of just how to make that happen.)

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  • Great post! Thanks!

  • Yes, great post! I love seeing knits styled well online and in fashion magazines & I immediately started to deconstruct this garter scarf…. I’m thinking fisherman wool or baby alpaca, or even one of the new sock-ease solids. Knit in a slightly loose gauge to get a nice drape. I’d recommend new knitters use a larger needle as they tend to knit tightly at first.

  • Very cool way to spice up an outfit. I’m a huge fan of bows, too. I’m new to knitting so this might be a great first project to try out. Thanks!

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