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How to Knit a Scarf for the Absolute Beginner



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hi everyone its Jennifer from fiber flux

in this video I am going to show you how

to knit a scarf for the absolute

beginner if you've never knitted

anything before I'm going to walk you

through this entire project step-by-step

this is a very easy scarf to make we're

gonna be using self striping yarn so

we're not even have to switch colors the

yarn is gonna do all the work for us and

we're just gonna be using a simple knit

stitch

so I'm going to show you how to cast on

how to knit the knit stitches used to

make the scarf and then how to bind off

your stitches and weave in the ends so

the finished scarf measures about sixty

inches long and about six and a half

inches wide so you can make your scarf

longer or shorter if you're making this

for a child obviously you wanna make it

shorter if you're making something for

someone who's very tall you want to make

yours longer of course I like to go by

the hip-to-hip I don't know if that's

what it's technically called but I like

to start at the hip go around the back

of the neck and back down to the hip

that's a good place to start if you want

to wrap the scarf around your neck

several times you'll want to make yours

longer so let's get started for this

project you'll need a pair of scissors a

tapestry needle a ruler or tape measure

is helpful so you can kind of measure as

you go along while you're working the

knitting needles I'm going to be using

are a six millimeter US ten knitting

needle now these are really cute and fun

for beginners they are made by Lion

Brand yarn and they are marketed as kids

knitting needles but I think they're so

perfect for any beginner knitting needle

they are on the shorter side so they're

not going to get caught up in much while

you're working they are plastic so

they're not as slippery as metal needles

and the other thing that's really great

about these being beginner needles is

that there are different colors so you

have a blue one and a red one I'm not

sure if they still make them anymore I

did a review a video review of these a

while back but when you knit you pass

the work from one needle to the other so

it's helpful for them to be a different

color when you're just starting out

another great type of knitting needle

that I love for beginner projects are

bamboo needles those work really nicely

in the yarn and stitches kind of stay

put while you're working so experiment

with different knitting needles as

you're starting out to see which one you

like best if you have a favorite

knitting needle please share it below so

all of you who are starting out can see

what everyone else uses as well the yarn

and I'm going to be using is called burn

at pop I'm gonna be using a colorway

called full spectrum it's like shades of

blues greens pink this bright pink this

like gold color to me it looks really

fallish so I thought it would be nice

and each one of these is let's see 280

yards and if you need to substitute yarn

look for something that's a 4 on the

yarn weight scale a medium now this burn

at pop does recommend a us 8 knitting

needle I'm gonna be using aus 10 I went

up a needle size or a millimeter rather

this is a 5 millimeter that it

recommends I'm using a 6 millimeter

I just want my scarf to have a little

bit more drape to it so it's gonna kind

of open up the stitches but you could

use either one would be fine you might

want to experiment a little bit as well

and this is one of those popular cake

yarns so we're gonna be doing the center

pool ball of yarn for that okay to begin

we're just gonna grab one of our

knitting needles and put the other one

aside for now we're gonna do our

stitches we're gonna put them on our

needle using the longtail cast on now if

you've never knitted before this is a

really easy basic Caston if you know how

to knit and you prefer a different cast

stone method please feel free to do that

alternatively as well so what we need to

do is sort of esta me so I'm gonna do

like an arm length of yarn as our tail

our long tail and then we can kind of

put that towards ourselves and then the

other yarn the other end is called the

working yarn that's the yarn that we'll

be feeding into the project the yarn

that is attached to the yarn ball so

what we need to do is put a slipknot

onto our needle wrap the yarn around

your fingers to make a loop

bring the are behind that loop reach

with your need knitting needle bring up

the loop and tighten

I picked the red needle so we could see

a lot of contrast here so what we're

gonna do is cast on our stitches we're

gonna do 24 stitches for our scarf now

we have no special stitch count so if

you want your scarf to be wider simply

cast on more stitches at this point if

you want a narrower scarf do less

stitches okay so what we need to do is

hold our needle kind of up a little bit

it's gonna make like an upside-down V

just like that now come in from the back

here with your index finger and your

thumb and then grab the yarn at the

bottom with your pinky and then open up

your index finger and your thumb so I

made like a diamond shape let's do that

one more time holding the needle up like

this come in from behind here reach in

with your index finger and your thumb

grab the bottom with your pinky open up

to make that diamond shape okay now grab

your knitting needle with your right

hand and come up under your thumb go

around your finger and then come through

that thumb loop okay now the Slipknot

that we did was our first stitch so we

just Caston stitch number two let's do

that one more time come in from behind

with your index finger and your thumb

grab the bottom to make that diamond now

come up under your thumb go around and

under that finger like that and through

the thumb loop that's three okay I'm

gonna pick up speed now but if you need

to see this very slowly a few more times

just back up the video a little bit okay

so let's do again 24 stitches so that's

three under around through under around

through under around through under

around and through that thumb loop two

four six seven stitches so far so we

have eight nine ten eleven twelve

thirteen

14 we can push these back if we need to

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 push them

back and 24 so here is our cast on

stitches and we still have this long

tail if you want to what I'll use

usually do is trim it just so you have

about six inches this will be plenty of

space to get that end woven in later but

you don't need all that excess it'll

just kind of get in the way okay let's

begin Row 1 Row 1 is the row we will

repeat for the entire project okay this

is just a really simple scarf using just

knit stitches if you guys want to see

something more intricate or complicated

with knitting I know a lot of you have

been asking for beginner knitting

projects you want to learn some more

stitches I do have a knitting stitch

library as a playlist on the You Tube

channel and if you have any special

requests just let me know and we'll make

a video for that as well okay so I have

my needle with my cast on stitches in my

left hand and I just grabbed my other

needle with my right hand

now you can kind of see how these

color-coded needles are going to be

helpful but not necessary you you know

you'll pick it up quick enough all right

so we can slide our stitches up a little

bit if we need to so take the needle the

empty needle in your right hand and what

we're gonna do remember the working yarn

is attached to our yarn ball so come up

under that first stitch so our blue

needles on the bottom wrap the yarn

around the bottom needle now bring the

needle from back to front but while we

do that we're gonna catch that loop so I

caught that loop there that's the stitch

and then push it off okay so once again

come up under with the blue needle or

the needle on the right let me just

tighten that up a little bit wrap the

yarn around the bottom needle only now

we're gonna slide the needle from back

front catching that little loop there as

we see it okay come up under the yarn

around the bottom needle slide it from

the back to the front and there's our

stitch and then push it off okay now I'm

going to pick up a little bit of speed

again if you want to see this in slow

motion just back the video up a little

bit okay so wrap the yarn around and

knit AB under around bring it back to

front AB under around bring it from back

to front push it off up under around

bring it from back to front push it off

and we're just gonna do this all the way

across now a lot of times beginner

knitters will make things a little bit

tight I did the same thing and I had the

worst time trying to knit my first row

so as you cast on and knit that first

row try to keep your hands relaxed and

nice and loose and that will keep your

work from being too tight to work with

as a side note a little hint I can give

you is when you remember when we did the

long tail cast on where we cast on all

the stitches here go up a needle size

just to cast on and then you can go back

to your regular size when you start to

work the rest of your project okay so

I'm just hitting those last few stitches

and again this is what we're going to be

doing for the whole scarf now this is a

self striping yarn that I'm using so

changing colors it's going to be a total

breeze okay so we just finished our row

I knit that very last stitch and Row one

is complete now to finish your scarf

you're just gonna be repeating Row one

over and over and over but I'm going to

show you how to switch hands and start

up that next row so if you need to see

row one again again just back up the

video a little bit so what we're gonna

do sometimes you need to slide your

stitches up a little bit don't do that

too much or they could pop kind of pop

off so did you

I took the blue needle and I put it in

my left hand I'm gonna get it a little

bit of yarn to get us started and now

the red needle is in my right hand and

in tempting

so I passed my work from one needle to

the other so once again we're gonna do

the same thing come up under wrap the

yarn bring it from back to front and

push it off we're just gonna be doing

this all the way across this is a

wonderfully relaxing SuperDuper easy

project that you can really master the

beautiful art of knitting which I

actually I learned how to knit before I

learn how to crochet so it's really fun

to be able to be teaching you how to do

this because it's really wonderful and

relaxing and when you knit for a long

time and you get a lot of practice in

these really basic stitches you can do

without even looking so you can watch a

movie or do whatever but in the meantime

just focus on getting everything in the

right spot and the speed will come it'll

it'll definitely come in no time and

actually even though I did learn how to

knit first I'm notoriously slow knitter

so I'm a little faster at crochet so

we're just again we're just working Row

one over and over and over until we get

to the end of the row okay so let's

continue working Row one and then we'll

rejoin in just a moment and I'm going to

show you how to do a couple things I'm

going to show you how to bind off so

once you're done knitting and you've

used up all your yarn then what do you

do with all of these stitches they're

just still sitting on your needle so I'm

going to show you how to bind off and

then we're going to learn how to deal

with these ends okay so I kept going

with my rows and all of the colors have

really played out beautifully there's

this bright blue and this olive green

and this kind of gold copper color so

anyway now we're ready to cast off our

project now you want to make sure you

have a little bit of yarn to enable you

to do that because you really need to

knit one more row as your cast off row

okay so what we're gonna do is we're

going to cast off and then

we're going to weave the ends in and

then our project will be finished

okay so casting off is super easy all

we're going to do is slide our project

up a little bit is we're going to knit a

stitch same way we normally would and

then we're going to knit another stitch

and then what you're gonna do is reach

back with your left needle and go into

that first loop that's first stitch you

made and go in there with your needle

and bring it up over top of the other

stitch and off the needle okay now

repeat that again knit another stitch

now take that other needle pick that up

lift it up over top of the other stitch

and off the needle and then you're just

gonna do this all the way across okay

lift it up over and off knit a stitch

take your left needle lift up over and

off now if you have a preferred way that

you like to cast off obviously feel free

to do that this is a really easy

beginner way to do it okay and we're

just doing that all the way across so

knit a stitch and then take your left

needle which it up over and off and then

just do that all the way across and if

we stopped for just a moment we can see

that part of our scarf has already come

off the needle okay so we're just gonna

continue across casting off our scarf

here put it up over and off and a stitch

lift it up over and off I'm just doing

this all the way across and as you can

see only a little bit of yarn to get you

through I saved more than enough yarn

probably too much I probably could have

put a few more rows in before I cast off

but I really do like the length that I

got and the colors how they played out

okay we are moving right along with our

scarf lift it up over

off knit another stitch lift it up over

and off up over and off I mean see choo

that casting off this way gives a nice

neat edge as well okay just a few

stitches left to go and this is a really

fun if you're learning how to knit this

is a really nice gift scarf as well if

you want to give this to someone and

show them that you've learned how to

knit this is a wonderful gift idea super

easy you don't have to size it in

particular for anyone and ruin our last

stitch so we're just going to knit that

one as well and do the same thing lift

it up over and off now we can put this

needle aside and we have just one stitch

left so what we can do now is take our

scissors and cut the yarn leaving I have

about eight inches there and now we're

finished with that yarn if you have some

scrap yarn like I do save it for those

kind of leftover yarn projects or small

projects you can also use it to stuff

decorative pillows or amigurumi

something like that but I always save my

yarn remnants like this okay so next

what we want to do is kind of wiggle

your needle so it creates a larger loop

and then you can just take the yarn end

and send it through that loop and then

tighten it down nice and snug all the

way to the bottom as far as you can get

that downward okay now we're ready to

leave and now ends so if you did a Garn

cake like me and let the yarn switch

colors for you you'll have two ends if

you put stripes in yourself you may have

some more ends than I did so what we're

gonna do is we're gonna thread our

Chapas tree needle and when we weave our

ends in we don't want to go into this

blue area when we want to stay in the

green area with the green tail because

it'll stand out and

look as nice if you try to go into a

different color okay so we're just gonna

go in a little ways with our tail and

sometimes I like to twist side to side

to get it through there my tapestry

needle is a little big for this project

but it still works

okay and then I like to come back in the

other direction and that will help lock

that tail into place and then once you

pull that through be nice and gentle

don't pull too hard it'll distort your

scarf if you pull too much it'll kind of

draw it in and then you can just trim

that tail off and your tail is woven in

on this side and then we're gonna do the

same thing on the other side now it just

so happened that we started n ended on

green so you were I found with yarn

cakes of the same colorway sometimes

your colors will be in a different order

than mine so if you buy this same exact

cake in the same colorway you might have

different colors a different order of

colors or you might start or end on a

different color as well okay so we're

just bringing that tail in the other

direction and then we can just snip it

and our project is complete so let's get

this all laid out so we can see the

whole thing and again this is a great

first project it's a simple long

rectangle and it's super easy to whip up

and we let all of the yarn colors do the

work for us we didn't even have to

switch colors so that is how you make a

knit scarf for an absolute beginner and

I've been knitting for many years and I

have to say I really enjoyed this

project as well so even if you've been

knitting for a while or you've made a

few projects under your belt this is

still a very fun project and this is a

project that I like to do if you're

watching a movie in the dark and if

you've been knitting for a while you can

just knit all knit stitches and not have

to look down at your work so much so

this is a great project for either

beginners or more advanced knitters as

well

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