I have been knitting since the tender age of seven. I love the feel of yarn through my fingers. I have made numerous projects ranging from slippers to sweaters and from socks to bedspreads.
A few months before Christmas, I would begin to make items for family members. They would let me know if they wanted slippers, scarves, caps or other items. I would be informed about the color and type of yarn desired such as “fuzzy,” or “normal.” When the morning arrived, it was the soft packages they headed for first.
These scarves are easy to make, cost very little and will mean so much to the ones you make them for. As you make them, think about the person you’re knitting for. That’s the secret to “adding love” to the item.
If you do not know how to knit, there are many websites and books with free instruction. A friend who knits can also teach you.
This is a great way to use up scraps, odds and ends, and yarn you buy at yard sales and flea markets.
You will need:
- · Yarn
- · Scissors
- · Measuring tape
- · Pen and paper
Cast on 50 stitches. I used size 6 needles and sport yarn. You can use heavier yarn and larger needles. I would use fewer stitches. For smaller sized needles and yarn, add stitches to create the width you need.
Rows 1-5: K5 st, P5 st all the way across.
Rows 2-10: P5 st, K5 st all the way across.
Repeat the pattern rows until you reach the desired length. Cast off. If your checkerboard does not look square in the beginning, add or subtract rows until you have squares.
Initial Scarf With Border
You will need to use graph paper for this pattern. You can make any mark you like to denote knit or purl stitches. It will help to write your notes on your paper.
The first piece you make will be a test of your pattern. If you like it, you can continue to knit until you finish the scarf. If not, you can readjust your pattern until you get the letter the way you like it.
Mark an area 51 squares wide on your graph paper. Each square is a row. The first two stitches are always K, or knit. The next two stitches will be a stockinette stitch, that is, knit one row, purl the next.
So the first two squares are marked as K, the next two will be P (or K, depending on the row).
The bottom two rows will be marked as K. The next two rows will be stockinette up to the borders, then K the first and last two stitches. This gives you a border that will enhance the initial.
Count 5 to 10 rows up from your stockinette border and mark the center row. Center your initial on this row. It will be even. You can use script, regular writing or any type of initial you like. Each stitch will be knit one row, purl the next. Your initial will be in stockinette.
It will take practice to do this scarf, but the results are beautiful. Use the recipient’s favorite colors, team colors or school colors for even more effect.
This is a wonderful springy and cool-looking scarf. Use variegated yarns for even more effect.
Cast on 50 stitches.
All rows: K4, P4. You will end on four purl stitches. The next row begins knit stitches in the purl stitches, which creates the wonderful ribbing. Knit to length and cast off.
Twisted Knitting Scarf
This scarf will be the warmest you will ever own. It is spongy and stretches if you need it to.
Cast on 50 stitches. The scarf is worked in garter stitch, which means all rows are knit stitches. The secret is simple; work all stitches through the stitch’s back loop instead of the front. This twists the stitch and yarn. It looks amazing in variegated yarns.
Garter Stitch Stripes or Squares
The simplest scarf is all garter stitch. This is great for beginners to practice keeping an even number of stitches on the needles.
Practice switching colors to make stripes. You can also introduce colors within the knitting by carrying the yarns behind the stitches. There are books and videos which show how this is done.
Be sure to select yarns of the same size and type. For example, use all synthetic yarns of the same size, sport yarn for example. Do not mix rug yarn and fine silk yarn for example, or your work will look like a mess.
You can add beads, tassels, fringe, pom poms, crocheted or knitted edges to finish your work or leave it plain. Your recipients will thank you.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse forms of DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects, RV’ing and more.