How to Make a Hand-Knit Scarfcomments (10) September 14th, 2012
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.
Step 2: Drop Stitch
Tie on feather yarn. Then knit across, wrapping the yarn around twice for each stitch. (You're doubling the number of stitches you originally cast on.) Turn your work, and purl back, dropping the extra yarn loop as you go. (You'll now have the original number of stitches, but they'll be elongated).
a. Knit across
Insert the right needle into the end loop of the left needle. Wrap twice. Pull both loops through.
b. Purl back
Insert the right needle into the end loop and wrap once. Pull through, and drop the next loop of the left needle.
Step 3: Stockinette Stitch
Tie on the microfiber yarn. Then work four rows of stockinette stitch (knit a row; then purl a row)
a. Knit a row
Insert the right needle into the end loop of the left needle from left to right. Wrap Once. Pull the loop through.
b. Purl a row
Insert the right needle in the end loop from right to left. Wrap once. Pull through.
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.
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.
Photos by: Scott Phillips
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