How to knit a scarf
This is the ideal project for a knitting novice. A scarf is simple to work, 'grows' quickly and produces a luxurious result. One size fits all, so no gauge (tension) swatch is needed.
This project only uses the knit stitch, so it is a great way to practise.
Materials for your scarf
- 3 x 100g balls of Rowan Big Wool in colour of your choice
- 10mm (US 15) needles
- Tapestry needle
- 2 x 220cm lengths of narrow silk ribbon
cm - centimetres
g - gram
in - inches
k - knit
sl - slip
rep - repeat
st - stitch
1. Make a slip knot 50cm from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method, cast on 30 sts.
Row 1 Slip 1 (sl1) knitwise.
2. Knit (k) to end of row. Rep row 1 until you are nearing the end of the first ball of yarn.
3. Make a knot in the new yarn 10cm (4in) from the end. Draw the end of the old yarn through the knot and pull the knot tight at the base of the last stitch in the previous row.
4. Knit until all three balls have been used. cast off. Cut the yarn leaving a tail and thread the cut end through the last stitch.
5. Tie a knot at one end of a ribbon and trim near the knot. Thread the other end into the tapestry needle. Take the needle through the loop of the third stitch along the cast-on edge and then through the ribbon, just above the knot. Pull the ribbon so the end is wrapped tightly round the stitch.
6. Work running stitch up the edge of the scarf. Make sure that you go under the same stitch in from the edge each time to keep the running stitch straight.
7. Secure the ribbon by knotting it tightly around a stitch on the cast off edge. Rep with the second ribbon.
Project tips for knitting a scarf
- When working the running stitch, keep the knitting flat and do not pull the stitches tight or the edge of the knitting will distort.
- Do not allow the ribbon to become twisted.
- To slip 1 stitch (sl1) knitwise, insert the right needle into the next stitch as if you were going to knit it, and slip it off onto the right needle. Continue working the pattern.
The content on this page is taken from First Knits, published by LoveCrafts.
To buy, visit LoveCrafts.co.uk and get 25% off. Just add Mumsnet at the checkout.