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Scarf Knitting
Instructions

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Before starting on our scarf project, we will practice first to build your skills with the following techniques:

1. Tie a Slipknot

2. Casting On

3. Knit Stitch/Garter Stitch Pattern

4. Casting Off 

Once you've mastered these, you are ready to start knitting your scarf. Make sure to unravel your yarn after you are done practicing, so you'll have enough yarn to complete your knitting project.

Practice #1 - Tie A Slip Knot

Tying a Slip Knot is the first step in knitting and it is a very simple process. Here are the steps:

1. Begin by forming a loop with the yarn, leaving a tail of about 4-6 inches. Note: This measurement will depend on each project.

2. Hold the loop in your left hand, with the ball end yarn hanging down.

3. With your right hand, reach through the loop from behind and grab the ball end yarn with your fingers.

4. Pull the ball end yarn through the loop, creating a new loop. Keep the loop loose enough so you can easily slip it onto your knitting needle.

5. Slip the loop onto your needle, and then gently tighten the knot by either pulling on the tail end of the yarn or the ball end of the yarn. TipThe slip knot can be adjusted on your needle by gently tugging on the tail end of the yarn or the working yarn. That's it! You are now one step closer to making your first project. Now on to the next one!

Practice #2 - Casting On

Casting On is the process of creating the first loops of yarn on your needle. There are many ways to cast on, and some techniques are easier than others.

 

Here are several videos to help you get started:

1.       Knitted Cast On

2.       Single Cast On

3.       Backward Loop Cast On

4.       Long Tail Cast On

We will be giving step by step instructions for the Long Tail Cast On.

IMPORTANT TIP: Whether you've accidentally dropped a stitch or two or pulled your yarn too tight, don't panic! Mistakes are a common incident and it's one of the ways we learn & improve our skills. Try to backtrack and do it again. If it seems like it's not working out, it's ALWAYS BETTER to start all over again than to continue with a wrong stitch. So don’t give up and keep on knitting!

1. Make a slip knot and put it on the needle.

2. Hold both strands in the left hand.

3. Insert the thumb and finger between the two strands.

4. Open the thumb and finger, and tilt your hand back to create the two loops.

5. Swing the needle under the outer thumb strand, and up through the thumb loop.

6. Swing over to grab the inner finger strand.

7. Pivot over the inner thumb strand, and down through the thumb loop.

8. Release the loop from the thumb, and tighten the knot either by pulling on the ball end yarn or tail end yarn. 

Repeat steps 4-8 until you get the hang of it. Then flip your work over so we can begin on the next practice technique: the Knit Stitch.

Practice #3 - Knit Stitch/Garter Stitch Pattern

The Knit Stitch is usually the very first stitch that beginners learn when starting their knitting journey.

Here are videos to help you with your Knit Stitch and Garter Sttich Pattern:

1.       Knit Stitch 

2.       Garter Stitch Pattern

 

Don't worry if you struggle with the knit stitch at first - practice makes perfect! Keep at it and before you know it, you'll have the rhythm down pat.

1. Insert the right needle into the first stitch through its loop. Your right needle should be below your left needle. 

2. Leaving the tail end alone, wrap the ball end yarn counterclockwise around the right needle.

3. You will end up with the ball end yarn over the loops & in between your needles. Draw the loop of yarn through the stitch.

4. The right needle will be in front of the left needle.

5. Slide the stitch off the left needle.

6. Your first ever knit stitch is complete! Before proceeding to the second stitch, put the tail end in front so you can avoid yarn entanglement. (Note: This step is only applicable for every 1st row). Repeat these steps until you have knit all of the stitches on the left-hand needle. Once you complete a row of knit stitches, you have made a Garter Stitch Pattern.  Make sure to count the stitches in your row, as each new row you stitch needs to have the same number of stitches. To count knit stitches accurately, utilize the locking markers provided. Simply place a marker on every 10th stitch or at any desired interval.

7. To turn your work, simply swap the needles around so that the one with the stitches is in your left hand and the empty one is in your right. Now you're all set to begin knitting the next row. Continue practicing the knit stitch until you are comfortable to proceed.

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Practice #4 - Casting Off

The last step is Casting Off, also known as binding off. This is the process of securing your stitches while gradually separating them from your knitting needles so that your project will not unravel. The result of this step is your finished knitted project. Here is a video to help with Casting Off:

1.     How to Cast Off Knitwise

In the following instructions, you will learn how to cast off your knitting to give your project a tidy and clean edge! Remember, practice is key, so do not be disheartened if it takes a few attempts to master the technique. With persistence, you will be able to cast off your knitting like a professional in no time! Let’s get started!

1. Knit the first two stitches.

2. Insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle.

3. Lift the first stitch over the second stitch.

4. Drop the stitch from the left needle. One stitch has been cast off. Make sure to maintain even tension on the yarn as you cast off. Avoid pulling the stitches too tightly or leaving them too loose, as this can result in an uneven edge. Take your time to ensure that you're casting  off each stitch correctly and neatly.

5. Knit the next stitch on the left needle as normal.

6. Repeat steps 2-5 until one stitch remains.

7. Cut the yarn leaving a tail of about 6 inches. Thread the yarn tail through the last stitch, and pull to secure.

8. Weave in the ends using a tapestry needle through the fabric. You will need to do this several times to secure the yarn.

 

You have now mastered the practice techniques and you are ready to begin your scarf project!

Scarf Instructions

Now that you know how to do the basic knitting techniques, it’s time to start making your scarf.

 

Here is a video to help you:

1.       Making a Scarf  

Materials needed:

Finished Size:

Instructions:

  1. Make a slip knot.

  2. Cast on 25 stitches onto your knitting needle using your preferred cast on technique. If you are going to use long tail cast on, do not forget to leave a tail of 20 inches before starting to cast on your stitches.

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3. Proceed to knit every stitch and every row. This will create a beautiful garter stitch pattern.

4. After finishing your first row, flip your work, switching the needles in your hands, to begin the next row. You are now making a Garter Stitch Pattern.

5. Continue repeating the process from step 3, knitting every stitch, until your piece reaches the desired length. When you have reached the desired length of your scarf, cast off all stitches. If you run out of yarn, you will need to join in a new yarn. Instructions on this technique are immediately after the Scarf Project Instructions.

6. Weave in the ends using your tapestry needle to ensure that your finished project looks neat, and the loose ends won't unravel over time.

How to Join In a New Yarn

It is not uncommon that you might run out of yarn as you dive into your knitting projects. There are several options to join in a new yarn but we recommend the Fisherman's Knot, also known as Magic Knot.

Here are a few videos on how to join in a new yarn:

1.      How to join in a New Yarn - 10 easy techniques

2.      Fisherman’s Knot / Magic Knot   

Here are the instructions for how to join in a new yarn using the Fisherman's Knot. 

1. Grab the working end of your new yarn and tie a loose knot

2. Now grab the working end of your old yarn and pass it through the loop of your new yarn’s loose knot. Then create a loose knot with your old yarn around the new yarn. Gently tighten both knots.

3. Pull the standing parts of both yarns in opposite directions to draw the two knots together.

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You’ve successfully made your knitting project! We are so proud of you! Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect the first time. With practice, you'll improve your knitting skills and create even better projects. Thank you for taking the time to learn the basics of knitting. Congratulations, you are now a full-fledged knitter! 

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What's Next?

  • Take on new & exciting knitting projects! Check out our 3-Pattern Knitting Kit & embrace the thrill. Sharpen your knitting skills with a fabulous new scarf. Then, level up your crafting game by fashioning chic fingerless gloves together with a stylish hat to complete the ensemble!

  • Knit with a friend or a family member. Spending quality time over knitting is a great way to bond! Enjoy endless conversations and grow deeper in your relationship!

  • Join a local knitting group community and meet fellow knitters who can encourage you and cheer you on along your knitting journey. You might even learn a new technique or two.

  • Connect with other knitters across the web! There are tons of online communities for knitting enthusiasts and experts! Find the right one for you and chime in on the latest trending patterns. It’s cool to be part of a community that uplifts and encourages you to grow in your knitting journey knowing you’re not alone. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can totally pursue new challenging patterns from the community and embark on new knitting adventures together!

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