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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.

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