Any DK weight yarn. We recommend Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton, or Erika Knight Studio Linen.
In your beginner kit, we’ve included enough yarn to make a 60" long scarf or cowl (if you choose to seam up the ends.
If you’re not using one of our kits, you will need at least 200 m (218 yds) of yarn.
Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS:
Size 9 millimeter straight needles (or US size 13)
Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends
Scissors (not included in the kit)
14 stitches & 16 rows = 4" in garter stitch, although matching gauge exactly isn’t necessary for this project.
6¾" wide, 57" long (or the length of your choice)
Row 1: Knit every stitch to the end of the row. CLICK HERE to see how to end a row.
Continue to knit every row. Knitting every row is called the “garter stitch” pattern. CLICK HERE to see a video example of a garter stitch.
Row House Pro Tip
When you are starting a new row, make sure you hold the yarn underneath and to the back of the needle, and make sure that you don’t accidentally create a new stitch by knitting into two loops of the first stitch.
Don’t worry if the knitting looks loose just under the first stitch, as this will resolve itself once you start the next row. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial on how start and end a row.
How much do I knit?
First, figure out how long you want your scarf to be. To do this, we recommend that you use a measuring tape to measure the length of a scarf that you like (or that the person you are making the scarf for likes).
It’s likely that you will need to use more than one skein to get the length you want. When you are nearing the end of your first skein, knit until you have an 8" tail left, then join your second skein and continue.
Joining a new skein
You can do this anywhere along your row, although you might find it easier a little bit away from the edge. Take a 6" tail of the second ball of yarn and hold that end in your left hand behind the work. Hold the new and old yarns together in your right hand and knit one stitch, then drop the old yarn and continue knitting with the new yarn only.
This is how you add in a new ball of yarn. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial on how to change balls of yarn.
You’ll have two 6" tails of yarn hanging (one from the old ball and one from the new ball), which you’ll weave in later.
Knit with the second ball of yarn to a few inches less than the desired length (so, if you want your scarf to be 60" long, then knit to 57"). Measure the length while GENTLY stretching the scarf.
Why am I stopping 3 inches short?
Knitted fabric (and especially garter stitch fabric) stretches. Based on our experience, if you use cotton or linen, this scarf will stretch about 3" in length and still maintain the right kind of feel.
Then on the next row, bind off (“BO”) all stitches. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial on how to bind off stitches.
Weave in ends of all yarn using a tapestry needle - both ends of the scarf, and any yarn changes in the middle of the scarf. You can see examples of how to weave in yarn ends HERE.
You may choose to seam up the two ends to make a cowl (as shown on our model). If so, you can CLICK HERE to see our video tutorial on how to seam together your knitting.
You are done. Stand back and admire your work. You are a knitter.
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