Are you new to knitting? Have you always wanted to learn how to knit a scarf? Well, keep reading because we have the answers for you.

Below we have compiled a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on how to knit a scarf. This is a guide ideal for both experts and beginners alike. We will cover what supplies you need, tips and tricks for first-timers, and more!

An Introduction to Knitting

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Are you interested in knitting? Knitting is a great past time that is enjoyed by many men and women across the globe. Many people even use knitting as their career or as a necessity to make clothing and other, everyday, items. Knitting can be described as working with yarn to create an everyday object like a sweater. Knitting loops fabric to create a seamless textile. It is important to note that there are many different types of knitting and stitching techniques.

History of Knitting

Many experts argue that knitting is older than crocheting. In fact, knitting is so old that archaeologists have found knitting needle cases that date back to the late 17th century. However, the title of the craft did not come into use in standard language until the 14th century but is believed to be much older than that.

Another surprising fact about the history of knitting is that it was a practice once preferred by the male gender. That’s right, this hobby that is now equated to little, old, women, was once a masculine, dominated, trade. The first knitting union cropped up in Paris in 1527 did not allow women to join.

Supplies, Tips, & More



Tip: Multi-colored Scarf

How to Knit a Scarf in 12 Simple Steps

Now that you know a bit more about knitting and the supplies you will need to get started you can begin. Learning how to knit a scarf is not a difficult task. All it really takes is patience and strict direction following to ensure success. Follow these simple 12 steps below to knit your very own scarf, at home.

Tip: Loose Stitching

Before you begin learning how to knit a scarf you will want to consider what you want the scarf to look like. We’re not talking about colors or fabrics here; instead, you will want to think about how the fabric and stitching itself looks. If you like the look of a chunky, knit scarf you will want to use a loose stitch, thick yarn, and larger knitting needles. If you like very tight knitting that flows seamlessly you will want to use thin, sturdy, yarn, and small, slender, knitting needles.

Step One: Gather Your Supplies

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The first step you will want to do before learning how to knit a scarf is to gather your supplies. For this tutorial, we will be using yarn, knitting needles, scissors, and a crochet hook. We will be showing you how to make a scarf with multiple colors throughout. If you do not wish to make your scarf multi-colored or you already have multi-colored yarn, you can skip the optional steps below.

Step Two: Comfy Cozy

​One of the biggest things to learn about knitting is that it can take a decent amount of time. Before you start figuring out how to knit a scarf you will want to settle into a comfortable location. Make sure you are warm and cozy so you won’t have to get up or adjust too many times. We always recommend having tea or a beverage nearby to stay hydrated, warm your hands up, and avoid distractions like getting up to go to the kitchen.

Tip: Poor Eyesight?

If you have poor eyesight or struggle to see well in poorly lit locations make lighting a priority before you knit. You don’t want to be straining your eyes in the dark as you knit, this will only give you a headache. Always make sure there is proper lighting before you begin.

Step Three: Plan Ahead

Make sure you have everything within reach before beginning. You don’t want to be halfway through your knitting and realize you need to go find the second yarn color. Planning ahead will only help further organize and streamline the knitting process. Many seasoned professionals will even go as far as to mock up their designs before beginning.

Step Four: Begin Casting

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You are finally ready to start casting. Start by casting roughly 10 to 40 stitches. If you have shorter or thicker knitting needles this number will fluctuate slightly for you. Make sure the length is as long as you desire your scarf to be. However, keep in mind that the wider the scarf, the longer it will take to complete.

Step Five: 12 Rows

The fifth step to learning how to knit a scarf is to continue knitting the first 12 rows. If you have another color you are adding in, stop after the 12 rows. If you do not want to switch colors skip the next two, optional, steps.

Step Six: (Optional) Add Another Color

The sixth step in this tutorial is optional. If you do not want to add another colored yarn to your scarf at this point, you can skip this step and the step below. If you do want to add another colored yard you will want to do so now after cutting the string of the first color. Leave the ends loose as you work the thread from left to right.

Step Seven: (Optional) Five Stitches

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If you are adding another color to your yarn, make sure you begin by stitching five full stitches and pull it taught. Make sure that each end has been stretched for a seamless transition into the next color. If you are not adding another color, skip this step.

Step Eight: Leave Ends Loose

You may be wondering what to do with the long string and end to your knitting. Don’t worry, these ends will be woven back into the scarf when you are done. For now, leave these ends loose and save them for the end.

Step Nine: Desired Length

You have almost learned everything there is to learn about how to knit a scarf. Now, all you need to do is continue knitting until you are done. Add as many colors as you would like and make the scarf as long as you desire.

Step Ten: Cast Off

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One of the last steps is to cast off your stitches. This means removing it from your knitting needles. Make sure to do this carefully if you are using a chunkier yarn.

Step Eleven: Hide Ends

One of the last things to do to make your scarf look complete is to weave in those ends that we left loose. We recommend using a crochet hook to weave it through the fabric. If you don’t have a crochet hook you can always simply knot the fabric.

Step Twelve: Complete

You have now successfully completed learning how to knit a scarf. All that is left to do now is to admire your handiwork. Scarves and other knit items make great gifts during the holiday season.  


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Learning how to knit a scarf can be easy. All it takes to learn how to knit is a little bit of time, patience, and practice to master this popular past time. Knitting is a useful and relaxing hobby to take up for any age range or gender. The best part is is that you can make things such as scarfs, sweaters, mug warmers, coasters, and more that are useful to your everyday life.

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