A SUMPTUOUS SLIDING SCALE
Your chunky scarf may share DNA with a delicate baby sweater, since the same stitch can create both. The difference lies in the size of your needles and the weight of your yarn: The thicker and heavier they are, the heftier the result. (Worsted-weight yarn, like the middle one shown here, is easiest for beginners to manage.) These swatches use stockinette, a technique in which you alternate rows of V-shaped knitted stitches with bumpy purled ones.
Before you start: Stitches are similar to painters’ brushstrokes: Everyone’s are unique. That’s why the first step of any project is swatching - essentially knitting a square - to check your gauge (how many stitches fit in a certain number of inches or rows) against the patternmaker’s.