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Let’s knit a scarf

June 14, 2013

Sometimes it can seem daunting to learn something new, so let’s take it one step at a time, and knit a simple scarf together.  Be sure to click the links for detailed tutorials illustrating each technique.

First, download the Wheat scarf pattern, gather your materials, and let’s get started!

The Materials ::: knit with yarn that you love

For our scarf, we used Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in the colourway ‘spanish coin’ and 5mm circular needles (if you don’t know a thing about yarn or needles check out this post <coming soon>). There are many yarns and needles that will work for your first scarf so we recommend a trip to your local yarn store if you have one. Bring the pattern and they will set you up with everything you need.

Your Local Yarn Store ::: the best place to begin

If you are lucky enough to have a yarn shop near you it can be a wonderful resource. The LYS (local yarn store) often has friendly and helpful staff, classes you can take, or knit nights when you can drop in. While it is a faux pas to assume the staff can give you a knitting lesson on the spot, they can often help with smaller issues, point you in the right direction, and they can certainly help you choose your project materials.

The Pattern ::: we are keepin’ it real simple to start

Back to our scarf. Following the pattern instructions, cast on 35 stitches and knit each row until your piece measures 3 inches from the cast on. Once you have reached this point, your knitting will look like this:

Next we will place markers to indicate where the ribbing goes in this scarf. Both ribbing and garter stitch look the same on both sides so having both in a scarf makes for a simple design and a reversible finished project. You will place your markers by slipping them over the needles. Markers go on your needles BETWEEN the stitches. You never knit into them, simply slide them from your left-hand (LH) needle to your right-hand (RH) needle as you come to them. For more information on purling (which you will need to accomplish your ribbing), see this tutorial.

Once you have placed your 2 markers, your work will look like this:

Once you have worked a few rows with both garter and ribbing, the pattern will start to form like this:

Although you are only a 4 inches into your scarf you have already learned almost everything you need to know! You will keep going, working the ribbing between the markers and garter stitch everywhere else. Unless you have an unusually large ball of yarn, you will need to start a new ball of yarn <link> at some point in your scarf, at least once.

Once your scarf reaches 57 inches (or 3 inches short of your desired length), you remove your markers and knit every row for 3 inches.

Bind off all stitches and cut your yarn, leaving a 4 or 5 inch tail. Voila a scarf! You will notice 2 things about your new garment, the first is that there are some literal loose ends, and the second is that it seems to ‘pinch in’ where there is ribbing. There are 2 simple finishing steps to take: blocking and weaving in your ends.

While this tutorial looked specifically at the Wheat Scarf, all of the techniques apply to the Malt Blanket, our other beginner knitting pattern.  Check it out!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. asterix permalink
    March 8, 2014 6:57 pm

    I’m doing this as my first knitting project and I really like the way you’ve written the article! The explanations and linked-to tutorials are great, but I think you missed one: “start a new ball of yarn at some point”. I’m having a lot of fun with this so far! :)

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