Who doesn’t love a good scarf?! Nobody, that’s who.
I taught myself to knit last year via YouTube videos (like this one) and am hooked on it. I’ve made a handful of projects but so far, I’ve made more scarves than anything for one main reason – they’re so easy! Once you learn the basics of knitting, you can whip one of these puppies out over one or two good Netflix binges. PS – They make great gifts!
This pattern is a great one to get you started because you don’t have to worry too much about needle size, yarn weight, gauge, etc… You just knit until it’s as long as you want. If it’s not working, pull it apart and start over. If this is your first knit project, I recommend doing some practice runs to get used to the feel of the needles and yarn in your hands. Don’t get discouraged if your stitches look terrible – everyone’s look like crap at first. Just keep going and you’ll get the hang of it :)
Beginner’s Cowl Scarf
1 skein (ball) medium weight yarn (I used “Charisma” yarn by Loops & Threads)
1 set large knitting needles (I used a huge pair – size US 17)
1 yarn needle
Cast on 15 stitches (like this). Then begin doing a basic knit stitch until you reach the end of the row. Rotate your needles so that the project is in your left hand. Knit stitch (like this) across the entire row. Rotate and continue this process until your scarf measures about 4 feet long*. Cast off (like this) your stitches leaving about 4 inches of yarn as a tail. Snip off the excess yarn and use your yarn needle to weave the tail you created into the project to hide it. Do the same for the tail that was leftover from your cast on. Give it a lil’ stretch & tug and viola – you made a cowl scarf!
* If you’d like this to be an infinity scarf instead of a cowl, use 2 skeins of yarn and knit until the scarf is much longer – 6-8 feet.