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5 Tips on How to Design and Make a Scarf

October 24th, 2011

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Whether you’re a beginner interested in making your first project special or an experienced designer looking for a new endeavor, designing your own scarf is a wonderful project. Scarves can be as plain or complex as you like, and since you won’t have to worry about fit, scarf projects are the perfect opportunity to try out new skills or yarns. If you have made scarves before and want to try designing your own scarf from scratch, the tips below can help get you started. If you prefer working with a pattern and modifying as you go, click here to see all the scarf patterns available for free online at LionBrand.com.

Try these 5 tips to design a scarf that is perfect for your taste and style.

Metropolis Scarf Easily Customize Length & StyleMost scarves are designed to be a single, long strip of material. If you already have a favorite scarf pattern that you’d like to make in a new way, try making that strip into a new shape. You can get the look of an extra long scarf like the Metropolis Scarf to the left by adding more rows of the stitch pattern. If you feel adventurous, you can even sew the ends together to make a long infinity-style scarf.
Craft with Yarn Learn a New CraftIf you normally stick to one craft, a new scarf is a  perfect opportunity to try out knitting, loom knitting, crochet, or weaving. If you’re interested in learning a new craft or just brushing up on your skills, click these links to Learn to Crochet and Learn to Knit, and watch our videos on Loom Knitting and Weaving.
Stitch Patterns Try a New Stitch PatternBecause scarves are typically a simple rectangle, a new stitch pattern can make all the difference to the look of your project. Take a look at the Lion Brand.com  Stitch Finder for inspiration.
Yarns Choose a Yarn You LoveA new scarf is a great opportunity to work with a new yarn for the first time. Because scarves tend to be of simpler construction, so be sure to pick a yarn that you love to make a scarf you’ll love wearing. Click here to see all the colors and styles of yarn on LionBrand.com
Make Tassels Add Details and AdornmentsClever details like tassels, fringe, appliques and buttons are part of what makes designer scarves so highly coveted. They can also make your handmade scarf uniquely you. Click here to learn how to make your own tassels like the ones to the left. You can add buttons, beads, patches, trims or pockets to your scarf, the sky is the limit.

Choosing new yarns, trying out stitch patterns and adding details will truly make your scarf one of a kind and uniquely perfect for you.

Have you ever designed or modified a scarf? Share your story in the comments section below!

  • Annelise Guest

    Thank you for this post. I’m a relatively novice knitter but I’ve always designed my own scarves, I just love the thrill of wearing something I have designed and made. I’ve recently found it’s almost as easy to design simple beanies and modify sweater patterns to make them extremely personal garments. The things you design and make yourself will always be significant and meaningful.

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