Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Free Knitting Pattern! The Gallatin Scarf

  Free Pattern! 

The Gallatin Scarf 
 ©2013 Kris Basta  
Gauge: 4 sts per inch in Stockinette st.                           

St = Stitch                   YO = yarn over 
P = Purl                       Beg = beginning  
K = Knit                                        
BO = Bind off
K2tog = Knit 2 together

One circular needle size 10 1/2 (6.5mm), You will use a circular needle not to knit in the round, but to work flat and accomodate the large number of stitches.  I used a 29" length.
1 skein of worsted weight yarn approx. 192 yds.
2 stitch markers (optional)

* To VIEW, DOWNLOAD OR PRINT THE PDF PATTERN, scroll down past the photos and you can click on the link to do so.

Cast on at beginning of the row, otherwise known as knitted cast-on. Tutorial video here:  

1.    Using Long-tail cast on, CO 4 sts.
2.    K4
3.    CO 4 sts at the beg of the row, K4, YO, K2tog, K2.
4.    CO 4 sts at the beg of the row, K4, *(YO, K2tog, K2), repeat * to end.
5.    Repeat step 4 until you have 96 sts.

You will now begin knitting stripes of stockinette and reverse stockinette
6.    CO 4 sts at the beg of the row, K4, (YO, K2tog, K2) 3x, K across to last 16 sts, work (YO, K2tog, K2) 4x.
7.    CO 4 sts at the beg of the row, K4, (YO, K2tog, K2) 3x, P across to last 16 sts, work (YO, K2tog, K2) 4x.
8.    Repeat steps 6 & 7 once more.
9.    Repeat step 7.
10. Repeat step 6.
11. Repeat steps 7 & 6 once more.
12. Work steps 6 – 11 two times more,  you will 192 sts.  You should have ended with a Knit row.
13. CO 4 sts at beg of the row, K4, (YO, K2tog, K2) 2x, K across to last 12 sts, work (YO, K2tog, K2) 3x.
14. CO 4 sts at beg of the row, K4, (YO, K2tog, K2) 1x, P across to last 8 sts, work (YO, K2tog, K2) 2x.
15. CO 4 sts at beg of the row, K across to end.   204 sts.
16. K across
17. BO knitwise.

I only lightly steamed mine, mostly on the top section where it is the stockinette/reverse stockinette stripes so it would lay flatter.  I did not block mine.  I love the drapey results.   Hope you enjoy the pattern. Pattern can be downloaded see below.

Here is the pattern

Click on the link below, you can download or print from there.  If this does not work for you, you may try switching from Firefox to Internet Explorer or vice versa.  Worst case senario you can copy and paste the directions into a word doc and print it out.  Enjoy!

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Lisa Grimes said...

I am delighted to see this beautiful scarf. As a person who is not even remotely a "cowl type" this makes for a lovely alternative. THANK YOU.

Renee Anne said...

Thanks for the earburn :) Can't wait to try it...must get some projects off the needles first!

Knitrageous said...

Very nice pattern! Thank you for sharing!

Mary Beth Brutz said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to get started on one. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Tighe said...

It is such a beautiful scarf, I can see it on someone who is thin on their hips and for someone like me, around my shoulders. If I can make it and it turns out as beautiful as yours I have a friend who will love it for church.

Shirley said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Is this done in a cotton yarn? It doesn't look like 'regular' worsted weight to me.Very cute pattern. I'd like to try it, but want to choose the right yarn to use.

Kriskrafter said...

Yes it is a cotton blend yarn. It is Berroco "Remix". I love the drape and feel of this yarn.

hoofprints said...

This is truly different and I love it..I love it natural and with the stripes..its got so much texture and i bet it lays nice and feels even better..thank you so much for such an awesome free pattern..Id be so proud of myself if i created something like this!!!

Anonymous said...

i love this pattern and have it half done in a pink. but i love the multi you have here! please if you can tell me what kind of yarn that is. is it a self striping yarn? -Marta

Kriskrafter said...

It is Plymouth yarn "Kudo". It is an
Aran weight yarn: 55% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 5% Silk.
It has a very soft feel and is very drapey and nice. I really like the yarn and it is relatively inexpensive as well - and only takes one skein!
Kris :)

Jean Mizener said...

Hi,... I love this scarf..... I'm kind of new to knitting.... I'm on row six.... And a little confused.... Knit to the end.... Then to I turn and work the opposite side?????

Kriskrafter said...

Jean Miziner - yes, just like with any knit pattern, you turn to the other side and knit on it.

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to make this scarf for my daughter. She is always wearing scarfs, and I think this will become one of her favorites.
Thank you so much for sharing this pattern.

Lynda the Guppy said...

Hi, there!

I saw this scarf in progress today, and I came here to download the pattern, except I seem unable to find the magic button/link to be able to do so. Am I missing something really obvious? All I seem able to do is either print the entire blog post (which isn't my first choice, as the images aren't conducive to easy pattern reading), or download each thumbnail of the pattern individually as image files. But if I make them larger, they're illegible.



Kriskrafter said...

After all the pics, see the statement:
You can download and Print this pattern here:

There should be a box with the pattern in it. At the upper right hand of the box there are symbols, one of them is an arrow, if you click on it it will enlarge and then you click on "file", then click on "download".

Julie Allegra said...

I love the pattern but on the row that is purled, doing the YO after a purl stitch creates a large hole that is not consistent with the rest of the lace pattern. Can this be corrected in any way?

Kriskrafter said...

Dear Julie Allegra,
I am wondering if perhaps on the purl side you are doing your yarn over incorrectly. Your holes should be the same size no matter which side you are on. Here is a good video showing yarn overs for both knit and purl. Hopefully this will help;

I know for the longest time, years ago, I was doing my yarn overs wrong and I would end up with big gaping holes.

Karen Keith said...

Thank you for this great pattern! I have done one Gallatin scarf so far, and plan on doing a few more for hostess gifts this holiday season. Will also give your other scarf patterns a try.

Anonymous said...

What does CO mean? Its not listed in the abbreviations. Should it be BO?

Kriskrafter said...

CO simply means Cast on. It is a common knitting term.

Maria said...

Hi, this scarf it is simply wonderfull. I'm looking at it for over a month now and I still can't get past the 3rd row.
Maybe you can clear things for me :(
So I cast 4 on the first row, on the next row I knit the 4 sts that I had previously cast and, on the 3rd row, I cast 4 new sts at the beginning, then knit the 4 sts that I had cast on the 1st row, I get the YO, but k2tog and k2 from were? there are no sts on my needle? what am I missing?

Kriskrafter said...


1. Your cast-on is 4 sts.
2. Next row, you knit them.
3. At the beg of the next row you will cast on 4 sts, now you have 8 sts. K4, YO, K2tog, K2. (8 sts).

Claudia said...

Gracias por este bonito patrón, lo tejeré pronto :)

deb said...

thank you so much for offering this pattern for free. :) deb

acorn said...

OMG this is gorgeous and easy to follow. Thank you so much. I have a lovely yarn that has been waiting patiently for a pattern just like this!

Katie M. said...

I just came across this from AllFree knitting - just what I've been looking for! Thank you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

The Plymouth Kudos is a beautiful yarn ... I am using it for an entrelac long cardigan (which is not yet finished).

Perhaps I'll use that yarn for your shawl - it would be gorgeous!

TY so much!

Marny (not Anonymous)

Bonna said...

I love the Definitely Diagonal Scarf Pattern. I have seen references made to a Definitely Diagonal Shawl. Is there another pattern to make it a shawl?

Looking forward to hearing from you as I'm ready with yarn and needle. Thanks so much, Bonna

Kriskrafter said...

re: definitely diagonal scarf. I think some people use it as a mini shawl and therefore refer to it as "shawl" rather than scarf. There is only the one pattern - the Definitely Diagonal scarf.

maria fagerlie said...

Thank You so much for sharing this beautiful scarf. I finished mine today. I used a ribbon looking yarn (100%polyamide) and turned out gorgeous! Thanks again.

Cilion said...

I seem to be as stuck as Maria. The above explanation works through the second row, but by the end of the third there's an extra stitch without anywhere to go!
After #3 above: CO 4, then K4 ( leaving 8 stitches on the needle) YO, K2tog, K2 (leaving 3 stitches left on the first needle). You can't repeat it again as it requires 4 stitches. What are we missing?

Kriskrafter said...


I really am perplexed at your question:
"After #3 above: CO 4, then K4 ( leaving 8 stitches on the needle) YO, K2tog, K2 (leaving 3 stitches left on the first needle). You can't repeat it again as it requires 4 stitches. What are we missing?"
If you have 4 sts on your needle. then, you cast on 4 sts at the beg of the row, you now have 8. You knit 4 (these are the ones you just cast on), then you yarn over (this now ADDS a st, not takes one away, there are still 4 sts left. You then k2tog, now there are 2 left, then you k2.
That's it.
This pattern has been thoroughly tested by a group of Ravelry testers, and has been knit successfully by hundreds of people. There are already 286 projects on Ravelry. I am wondering if perhaps you aren't getting all 4 sts cast on at the beg of the row. Cannot think why you would have one less.

Elizabeth OByrne said...

I just wanted to say thank you for letting us have your patterns for free. That is very generous of you. I've been downloading everything you have offered this afternoon. I love everything and I'm looking forward to making them.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful scarf! I am a beginning knitter, but would love to make this for my daughter. I love the yarn, which you said is Plymouth Kudo. Can you please tell me which color number it is? There are many lovely color choices in this yarn, but I want to you the color you used as it is just stunning! Thank you so much!
P. :)

Kriskrafter said...

I believe the Kudos colorway was #49.

Dancingintherain said...

I have been knitting this scarf all day and iam almost done, i have some extra yarn and i am planing to make it a little larger. I am your number one fun I have make all of your patterns.

justlikewater said...

I've made a few of these for gifts and I'm so pleased. I love this go-to pattern for a quick easy knit!

Silvia said...

Totally in love with this Pattern I made it twice already. One for myself! Thank you so much for your generosity in making your patterns available.

Anonymous said...

I love your ideas, Thankyou so much for sharing them.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful scarf. thank you for sharing your designs. I'm so excited that i found your site, I can't wait to get started. What yarn did you use for the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison?

Kriskrafter said...

I have used, and really like the Berroco "Remix" and the Plymouth "Kudo" yarn for these.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this beautiful, free pattern!
My son who lives in Bozeman sent me yarn from Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Co. in Belgrade MT. When I saw the name of this pattern, I knew that's what it was meant for.
It knit up beautifully and I can't wait to wear it.

Anonymous said...

So you don't drop the YOs from the last row? You just knit them as a part of the K2?

Kriskrafter said...

Dear Anonymous,
No you do not drop any yarn overs. They are worked as a stitch in the next row.

Rosy P said...

Love this scarf! I won some Noro Mossa yarn over Christmas as a Facebook giveaway and I had NO idea what to make with it. So very glad I found this pattern as it's absolutely PERFECT for the yarn. Not a complex Lacey pattern that would get lost, and the stocking and reverse stocking stitch stripes showcase the different colours amazingly. Would be delighted to offer a picture of the finished product if you'd be interested in it. c:

Anonymous said...

What yarn did you use for the white shawl shown at the top? I have read the names of two different yarns. I have some Berroco Remix left over from another project and this pattern might work! Thanks for sharing.

Kriskrafter said...

Dear Annonymous - I love Berroco Remix and that is what I used.

Anonymous said...

Not sure the what your wool size is, I would like to know what ply it is. Lovely pattern.

Kriskrafter said...

Hi Annonymous,
I didn't use wool yarn, it is a cotton blend. See the instructions, the yarn is worsted weight, 4 sts to the inch.


Sandy said...

I'm loving this pattern! I'm at 80 sts on my needle and am thinking I may want to increase the size a bit. What multiple should I use for increase in the lace section…4, 8?
When the lace section is complete (96 sts or more), does the piece represent the final length or does it grow with the ridge section?


Kriskrafter said...

I am not sure which way you want to make it bigger - it does widen (grow) some more in the ridge section. As you can see it will continue to grow 4 sts each and every row so it widens pretty fast. If you are wanting to make wider you can either go longer than 96 sts in the lace section or more in the ridge section. As long as you continue to do the co 4 sts at the beginning of the row.

Xelo Dia said...

Just adding my thanks to so many others. This was the perfect amount of difficulty for my level of distraction while knitting, while producing a pretty result. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Love your pattern. Quick and easy to knit up. I've made two so far and it drapes beautifully. Thank you for sharing ....

Anonymous said...

I love the Gallatin Scarf pattern and have made it in a worsted weight on size 10 needles. Found some beautiful yarn that is not worsted weight, and recommends size 5 needles. Wanted your thoughts on using the pattern for the Fine (2) weight yarn and the size 5 needles.

kriskrafter said...

Annonymous, I get this question quite frequently, folks wanting to make it in different yarn weights, or different needle sizes. Unfortunately without having made one myself in all the different sizes it would only be a guess.

Just Another Old Geezer said...

This is so beautiful, unique and feminine...Thanks for sharing!

sahra smith said...

This happened to me. I realized I didn't YO or I YO wrong. The YO should create another loop on your needle

The Rudys said...

I just knit this lovely pattern. I followed the directions but it turned out MUCH shorter than the picture. What did I do wrong? I had 96 stitches before I started the stockinette and reverse stockinette stitches. The picture has the tails coming to the waist, which is what I want. But my tails barely extend beyond the upper shoulder. Thanks.

kriskrafter said...

Dear The Rudys
This would be impossible for me to answer without knowing what was your gauge, what needles did you use, what yarn did you use. Did you do a gauge swatch first? etc. If your gauge was not the same as mine, if your needles were smaller/bigger, or if yarn was a different thickness then definitely you would end up with a different size scarf. In order to knit the same size as mine you'd need to perform a gauge swatch and make sure yours matches.

Sue said...

I'm going to try this using some DK yak yarn (210 yds) on 4.5 mm needles. I've been having a hard time finding a pattern that would make a long enough scarf and I only have one skein (it was pricey!) Even if it isn't as long, it should be longer than my previous attempts. I'll try to come back to let you know how it works out.

Julie said...

Hi just stumbled upon this beautiful pattern, going to make it! Saw you used Berroco Remix for the cream colored scarf. Do you remember what color it was? They have two light colors, Birch and Almond. I am assuming it is the Almond color. But computers sometimes don't show the colors right. Thanks can't wait to start it!


kriskrafter said...

Julie, I'm pretty sure the Berroco Remix that I used for the Gallatin was Almond. :)

Amy Underwood said...

Which cast on method do you use for the 4 stitches on each row?
Backward loop, knitted cast on??

kriskrafter said...

See up where it says "references" right before the instructions - it says to use knitted cast-on. A backward loop cast on will not look good at all.
Good luck!