How to Make a Hand-Knit Scarf

comments (11) September 14th, 2012     

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Fabulous yarn and a simple stitch combine to make a stunning, one-of-a-kind scarf.
The basic stockinette stitch (knit a row, purl a row) forms several of the bands on this scarf.
Learn to make a drop stitch--this forms the bands of long, open stitches in the scarf.
Fabulous yarn and a simple stitch combine to make a stunning, one-of-a-kind scarf.

Fabulous yarn and a simple stitch combine to make a stunning, one-of-a-kind scarf.

Photo: Scott Phillips
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This trendy, furry, knit scarf accommodates many types of yarn. The stitches may be simple, but the end result is anything but! And with these simple instructions, you can make enough scarves to diminish your extravagant yarn stash, and what's better, the more scarves you make, the more you can give.

The yarns make this scarf special. The knitting is easy: you just need to create four sections and then repeat as described in the following steps for the scarf length you desire. For clarity, we used plain yarns in the step-by-step photos.

Things You'll Need:
Size 13 knitting needles
1 ball ladder yarn
1 ball eyelash yarn
1 ball feather yarn
1 ball ribbon yarn
1 ball microfiber yarn

Step 1: Garter Stitch
Cast on 15 to 22 stitches, depending on how wide you want the scarf. Don't worry about gauge. With ribbon and eyelash yarns together, knit six rows of garter stitch (knit every row). After each section, cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Tie on the next yarn, also leaving a 6-inch tail.

  This is the first of four sections used to create this easy to make scarf.
  After each section, cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail; tie on the next yarn, also leaving a 6-inch tail.

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Comments (11)

EdWallace writes: I think I might be using this for making some decorative
Posted: 2:49 am on June 27th
GreyBird writes: I like to knit but am not very good at it. This looks like a great project for me. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting!
Posted: 12:07 pm on September 16th
sunfleur1 writes: you can also buy yarns that have different fibers mixed in to get the same effect... look up component yarns. ICE yarns makes one, and Numei also makes one, and Prizm yarns has a version and Be Sweet also makes a wonderful one. I have been making scarves like this one for years... and i love them!
Posted: 6:49 pm on July 25th
sews4fun writes: I have to say, I'm not much of a scarf person but this gorgeous work of art tempts me!
Posted: 6:34 pm on July 23rd
Koral123 writes: Where can you buy the trellis ladder ribbon yarn? We can no longer buy it in the craft stores that used to sell it.
Posted: 10:51 pm on November 4th
celtica98 writes: Love this scarf, can't wait to try it, but also confused a bit on the yarns listed. "Leader" yarn is mentioned in the list of materials, but "Ladder" yarn is mentioned in the instructions. Any clarification? Thanks
Posted: 11:13 pm on February 6th
mammerman writes: The first yarn listed in your pattern is 1 ball leader yarn. Is this yarn carried through out the scarf adding the other 4 yarns as you knit each section? Thanks!
Posted: 3:44 pm on September 14th
calendergirls writes: love the idea for using scraps of left over yarn. I love to make scarves. prehapes I'll try knitting a purse to match.
Posted: 5:42 pm on July 18th
ChristineDesigns writes: Thanks for the idea & the clear instructions! I have lots of left over yarn just waiting to be used!
Posted: 3:47 pm on May 2nd
sukitu writes: Great Pattern, your instructions and illustrations are excellant. What a great way to use left over yarns.
I'm not really sukitu, that's my yorkie puppy. Can't figure out how to change that.
Posted: 9:03 pm on May 1st
MomtoZoe writes: Wow, I love this scarf. I can't wait to finish up the 2 I am working on and give this one a shot.
Thanks for the clear and concise directions and great photographs to go with!
Posted: 2:01 pm on April 8th
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