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Back to Basics: How to Knit a Scarf in 3 Easy Steps (with Videos!)

September 21st, 2012

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The first project that most knitters and crocheters take on is a scarf. This is because it’s a nice long rectangle that allows you to practice your basics.

If you’re a beginner, sometimes it can be helpful to have each step broken out for you. So first off, check out our Beginner Scarf pattern on I’ve chosen it because it’s a super-bulky yarn (thick yarn = quick project), it’s acrylic (a fiber that has bounce or “give”), and because it’s a beginner-level pattern (meaning that we don’t use any abbreviations in the pattern).

You’ll see that the directions for making the scarf are (1) to cast on, (2) work in garter stitch (in other words, knit every stitch in each row), and (3) then cast off.

See the videos below to see how to do each of these steps.

How to cast on

Tip: Once you’ve cast on the number of stitches stated in the pattern, keep the needle with the stitches in your left hand and you’re ready to knit!

How to knit

How to cast off

Tip: Once you’ve cast off, you can weave the tail (the yarn left after cutting) into the fabric so that it’s hidden.

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  • amanda .d.

    thank you this helped a lot i just started learning to knit and crochet at my high school and so i got in to knitting