How to Make a Hand-Knit Scarf

comments (10) 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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Step 4: Drop Stitch and Garter Stitch
Tie on ladder and ribbon yarns. With ladder and ribbon yarns together, drop stitch as described in Step 2. Then, cut only the ladder yarn, and tie on the eyelash yarn. With the eyelash and ribbon yarns together work four rows of garter stitch as described in Step 1.

  Use eyelash and ribbon yarn together for this step.


Step 5: Repeat
Repeat steps 1-5. On the very last section of the scarf, instead of knitting garter stitches for four rows (as described in Step 4), work it for six rows. This will match the six rows of garter stitch you knitted at the very beginning of the scarf.

Step 6: Finish by binding off
To get the scarf off the needles and to secure the ends so that it doesn't unravel, bind off. The long tails might be a bit uneven (which adds to the scarf's charm), but if you want a neater look, give them a little haircut.

  The long tails just add to the scarf's charm.


Photos by: Scott Phillips

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Comments (10)

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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