So, you’ve always wanted to knit a scarf but didn’t know where to start? Look no further! Knitting a scarf is a fun and rewarding project that even absolute beginners can tackle. In this guide, I will take you through the step-by-step process of knitting a basic scarf using the garter stitch. Trust me, it’s easier than you think!
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Before we start: Materials you need to knit a scarf
First things first, let’s gather the materials you’ll need for this project. You’ll need:
As a beginner, I recommend using good quality wool in your favorite color. Look for 100% sheep wool without any blend. For this tutorial, I used the Malabrigo Rasta yarn. If you’re unsure about which yarn to choose, check out my detailed guide on the best yarns for beginners.
2. Knitting needles
You’ll need a pair of bamboo single-pointed needles in size 15. Bamboo needles are great for beginners as they are less slippery. If you already have needles in that size, feel free to use them.
3. Scissors & Tapestry needle
Grab a pair of moderately sharp scissors for cutting the yarn and a tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.
Now that we have everything we need, let’s dive into the knitting process!
How long does it take to knit a scarf?
One of the first questions you might have is how long it will take to knit a scarf. On average, it will take you between 4-6 hours to complete a short scarf using the garter stitch. However, don’t worry about finishing it all in one go. Many knitters work on their projects for an hour or two in the evenings while watching TV. Take your time and enjoy the process.
Step 1: How to start knitting a scarf
To begin, you’ll need to cast on your stitches. If you’re not familiar with casting on, don’t worry. I have a detailed cast-on tutorial that will guide you through three easy methods for beginners. Check it out to find the one that suits you best.
Step 2: Knitting the Scarf
Once you’ve casted on your stitches, it’s time to start knitting! The garter stitch is perfect for beginners, as it only requires knowing how to knit the knit stitch. No complicated stitches involved. Here’s the pattern:
- Insert the needle from left to right.
- Wrap the yarn around the needle counter-clockwise.
- Pull the yarn through.
- Slip the stitch off your needles.
Continue repeating these four steps until you reach the desired length of your scarf. If you need further guidance, I have a very detailed knit stitch tutorial that demonstrates the fast and easy continental method.
Step 3: How to finish knitting a scarf
Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of your knitting journey. Now it’s time to bind off the stitches to prevent unravelling. Follow these steps:
- Knit two stitches.
- Lift the second stitch over the first one and drop it off the end of the needle. You should have one stitch left.
- Knit another stitch (two stitches on the right needle again).
- Lift the second stitch over the first one again.
Repeat these last two steps until you’ve bound off all the stitches. If you like, you can add fringes to your scarf by cutting strands of yarn and tying them with a simple cow hitch knot. It’s a personal preference, but fringes add a nice touch to the finished scarf.
To weave in any loose ends, use a tapestry needle and weave the yarn through the little ridges between the stitches. Cut away the excess yarn and lightly pull on the fabric to even it all out.
How to block a knitted scarf
If you want to take your scarf to the next level, you can block it. Blocking helps to bring out the stitches and gives your scarf a more polished look. Here’s how you can do it:
- Pin your scarf to a soft surface using blocking needles or standard pins. Shape it to your desired dimensions, ensuring both sides are parallel.
- You can either steam the scarf using the steam function on your electric iron (hover the iron over the work without touching it) or wet the scarf thoroughly with a dispenser and let it dry. The choice is yours.
Remember to be patient and not overstretch your project during blocking. You can achieve great results with just a few basic tools and some time.
Now that you know how to knit a scarf, why not try out this beginner-friendly project? Remember to enjoy the process and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Happy knitting!
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