How to Knit a Scarf

How to knit a scarf may seem perfectly simple.

In fact, it’s one of the nicest things to do, to knit. And something that pops right to mind when you think of knitting. Which makes me remember way back when I was just learning to knit.

I was lucky enough to be best friends with a girl who loved to do handcrafts just like me. Back when we went to high school, we had those courses called “Home Economics” and “Shop” for the boys. Expectations back in the 1960s wasn’t what it is today; and I still think there’s something very good about knowing how to do things with your hands.

weaving loom with shuttleThink about what those things could be. Flower-arranging, quilting, gardening, canning, knitting painting, weaving, crocheting, sewing. You see it especially when you go to craft and holiday fairs; there’s always a table with sewing delights, then another with homemade soup or jar mixes. Walk around to the hand and body lotions to find anything you want, and there’s a table filled with handknit goods always!

That’s another thing I don’t remember much from the 60s; if there was anything it was a flea market with used stuff usually thrown around on a driveway or a very snooty juried craft fair. But nothing in-between. That has all changed today. Yet, the ability to learn a craft was very overt back in the day. So, usually we would wait for a warm afternoon before walking from the high school into town. There was a sewing store there, and she had a corner with yarn with in it and we would browse around and buy something which caught our eye. Usually just a skein, because whoever thought about knitting something that would require any more than just one?

I like the idea that knitting has stayed with me all these years. I’ve delved into other things; sewing class was a biggie, too and we all learned how to use a sewing machine. And for about ten years I loved to do all manner of needlepoint kits. They seem to have fallen out of favor; just look where they used to have pride of place in any craft store, and now you don’t see them there at all. Of course, if you really have an interest, you can go online. Cross-stitch was another favorite; I always preferred stamped over counted (which would drive me nuts!).

I always returned to my knitting. 

And got better and better at it. Learned new stitches and new ways to knit something, tried patterns I knew were way too advanced for me, but tried them anyway. And watched as new yarns just kept showing up. Now aside from wool, cotton and acrylic, there is silk, mohair, bamboo, nylon, and lots of blends and specialty yarns. They keep coming and I try to keep up, but as long as I find what I’m looking for when I start a new pattern, I’m happy! 🙂

So, how to knit a scarf? Well, it’s easier than you think.

You can knit a scarf in 4 easy steps.

step by step iconsStep One:  Find the best scarf pattern for you. That simply means if you are a beginner, then start simple. Stick with knit and purl stitches, no yarnovers, no adding or decreasing stitches, no cable stitches. Simple.

Step Two:  Find all you need. You will need yarn, needles, scissors and possibly a crochet hook. For a typical scarf, 600-800 yards of yarn will do. Just about any yarn will do, but don’t get involved with the fun furs or really bulky or super-chunky yarn; you’ll be pulling your hair out! (That goes for ruffle yarn, too. There is a specific way to knit with those, which I don’t consider real knitting. Just saying.)  I like my scarves to be knit with needles between sizes 6-10.

Step Three:  Cast on, follow the pattern directions, make your yarn as long or as short as you desire, and bind off.

Step Four:  Weave in all ends and fringe it if you like. And you have your scarf!

But, why knit when you can buy? I’ll leave that question up to my readers. You tell ME why you knit when it’s so easy to just run to Walmart and pickup something pretty and frilly. Facebook or Tweet me. 🙂

How to knit a scarf is one of life’s most pleasurable moments.

If you don’t believe me, then try it for yourself! Click on through to all of the scarf patterns here on Scarf Knitting and pick one.

As always, take your knitting to heart!                                 Glitter heart

P.S. Looking for the perfect yarn for your scarf? Give the carousel below a whirl! Then click through for yours. . .



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