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How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners Step By Step



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Hey! I’m Davina from sheepandstitch.com, and today we’re going to learn how to knit

a beginners scarf step by step. This tutorial is for total beginners and complete newbies.

We’ll go through all the steps together, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. So if

you’ve always wanted to knit or you just need a little refresher, then this course

is for you. And if you’re already a seasoned knitter, then consider sharing this course

with someone who has yet to experience the joy of knitting. Share the love! And bring

them into the knitting fold. Are you ready to knit? Yeah? Okay, let’s start knitting.

Title: Choosing Yarn and Needles

Today I’m knitting with two skeins of TJOCKT Martta the Merino, which is a super delicious

merino yarn. It's a one ply and a bulky weight, which means it'll knit up really quickly.

I mean, look how thick that is, right? And this is a beautiful color called Pearl. And

you can get these at sheepandstitch.com. I'm also knitting with a pair of 10 mm needles.

Now the needles and yarn that you use can be anything that you have around. You don't

have to use this particular yarn or needle.

So the yarn that I'm knitting with is a bulky weight yarn. This is nice and thick and I

like this for beginners because it gives you something to hold onto.You can really grasp

this yarn and it's easy to manipulate. I would recommend that you use yarn that requires

needles that are at least 5 mm in size. Anything smaller than that is hard to manipulate for

a beginner. You want to stay away from yarns like this. This is a sock weight yarn. And

as you can see, it's really fine. It's going to be harder to knit with. So stay away from

yarns that are really thin like this. You'll want a worsted weight or an aran weight, all

the way up to a bulky weight like this or a super bulky weight. So the rule is bigger

yarns are better for beginners.

So what kind of needles should you use? The best place to look is your yarn label. My

yarn label here tells me that the needles I should use are between 10 and 15mm. So when

you're choosing a needle size, look to your yarn label first and use their recommended

needle size as a guide.

So once you've got your yarn and needles, then you're ready for the first leg of your

journey, which is casting on! Woohoo!

Title: The Cast On

So now we're going to cast on. Now casting on means we're going to get our yarn onto

our needles. Right now, our yarn and needles are separate from each other and we don't

want that. We need to get our yarn onto our needles so that we can knit into it, right?

Now obviously we're not going to wrap our yarn like that. That won't do. We need a way

to make stitches onto our needle. So that's what casting on does. We're going to take

our yarn and make a slipknot.

We're going to go in 7 or 8 inches from the tail end of our yarn here, and then we're

going to make a slipknot at this point. So i'm going to make a loop with my yarn like

this. So again, no loop and now we have a loop. So we'll make a loop with our yarn and

we'll take the tail end of our yarn and go behind that loop. Then we're going to pick

that strand of yarn through our loop. So here we go. Pick that through and then pull. And

now we have a slipknot. So let's do that again. I'll undo that slipknot and i'll go in about

7 or 8 inches from the tail end and make a simple loop.

I'll take my tail end and go behind that loop that i've just made and then pick that strand

of yarn through and pull out. And now I have a slipknot.

So now i'm going to take my needle and put it through the slipknot that i've just made.

So now my slipknot is on my needle. But the slipknot is really loose. It's flopping around.

It's not staying stationary. So I need to tighten it up. I'm going to take these two

strands of yarn and pull them together and that will tighten up my slipknot. So now you

can see it's sitting nice and snug, snug as a bug on my needle. Perfect.

So now this slipknot has made up my first stitch. This is my first cast on stitch. Pretty

cool, right? But we need to cast on more stitches onto our needle because we don't want a scarf

that is this wide. We want a scarf that's this wide, right? We need to cast on more

stitches. So what I’m going to do is take my finger

and put it down on my first stitch here because I don't want this to be rolling around. I

want it to stay in place. Lets put our finger down and we can start casting on. So first

i'm going to take my left hand and make a gun shape. Then i'm going to go underneath

that strand of yarn. So this is my strand of yarn that's attached to my ball of yarn.

It's not my tiny tail here. So i'm going to take my left hand, make a gun, go underneath

that strand of yarn that's attached to my ball of yarn and then i'm going to turn it

over to the left. So now you can see that i've made a loop on my finger. So i'm going

to use my needle and pick up that loop off of my finger. And I’ll drop it off onto

my needle and then pull down. Cool. So now I’ve just made one stitch. I've cast on

my second stitch. So let's continue doing this. We’ll cast on a couple more stitches.

I'll take my left hand and make a gun and go underneath that strand of yarn and then

turn my hand to the left. And you can see that i've made a loop with that finger. I'll

use my needle to pick up that loop. Just like that. And then pull down. There we go. So

here is our third stitch. One, two, three. Three stitches that we've cast on. Pretty

cool, right? So we'll continue doing this – making a gun with our left hand, going

underneath that strand of yarn and turning it to the left. And then picking up that loop

with our needle. Just like that. Then i'm going to take my hand off and pull down.

Now a thing to remember is that when you're doing this, sometimes it will get tricky picking

up that loop of yarn. Sometimes the loop travels up on your finger. Ah! And it's off, right?

That was a close call. But if you find that you're having trouble picking up that yarn

loop, you can hold your yarn in place. Just grab it and then let the needle pick up that

loop off your finger, nice and steady. Then pull down.

So as you get comfortable doing this, you can go really, really fast. And when I do

it I'm just going like this. Really fast. Now the official name for this cast on method

is the backward loop cast on. I find that this method is really good for beginners.

It's much less involved than some other cast ons. So continue casting on stitches, and

cast on about 15 stitches and then we'll take stock of our stitches. So happy casting on.

This is the first leg of your journey. Once you've completed this, you've only got two

more to go. So cast on your stitches and meet me back here.

Title: The Knit Stitch

So now you've cast on 15 stitches onto your needle. Now let's take stock. So I'm going

to spread out my stitches like this and take a look at the width of my stitches. So basically

if we start knitting now, our scarf will be this width. If you're happy with this width,

then great. We can start knitting next. But if you feel that your scarf is too wide, then

you can take off some of your stitches. So let's say I wanted my scarf to be this wide,

then I would pop off some my stitches just like this. Pop them off the needle, there

we go. Gone, gone, gone. And now my scarf is a bit thinner.

Now let's say you want your scarf to be wider, then you would cast on more stitches. So the

width of your stitches is pretty close to the width of your scarf. Let's stay I want

a really wide scarf. Let's say I want the same width as the scarf at the beginning of

the video. That was 22 stitches. So, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21 and 22. So

let's say I want a really wide thick scarf, then I would cast on 22 stitches. And you

can see here that is a really big wide scarf. But I kind of love that. I love the coziness

of a big scarf.

So now, let's move on to the next leg of our journey, which is the knit stitch. Very exciting!

So when we work the knit stitch, we're going to use our right needle. And we're going to

go into the stitch from the bottom to the top. So i'm going to push my needle in like

that. Then i'll take my yarn and go from the back to the front of my needle. Then i'm going

to pull that strand of yarn that I just looped around my needle through this stitch on my

left needle, and i'll push my needle through and push it off the needle. Just drop it off.

Don't worry if you didn't catch that the first time. We'll go over this a couple more times

and you can always rewind this video.

So let's do this again. I'm going to take my right needle and go into the stitch on

my left needle and just push my needle through it. Just like that. And you can make really

big exaggerated movements. That's totally fine because you're just learning the steps

right now. Then i'll take my yarn and go around my right needle from the back to the front

and then I'm going to pull the loop that I've just made through the stitch on my left. Here

we go. You can see that loop right there. I want to catch that on my needle, so I'll

push my needle through and then drop that stitch off the needle. Cool. So I've just

knit two stitches.

So as we knit our stitches, we're kind of transporting them from the left needle to

our right needle. They're migrating over from here to here as we knit them. So let's keep

going. Now when you hold your yarn you can loop it around your finger the way i'm doing.

But if this process is making you nervous, you can just grab your yarn. You can just

grip it like this. Totally fine. We're just worried about getting the steps down and then

we can work on the finesse and the technique of holding your needles. But right now we're

just worried about steps. So if you want to do a caveman grip.

So we'll go from the bottom to the top into our stitch. So just push your needle through.

Then we'll take our yarn and go from the back to the front like this. Then we'll pull that

strand of yarn through our stitch and then drop it off the needle. So you can repeat

this to yourself as you knit. Go from the bottom to the top. Wow, that was a big one.

We'll push and then we'll take our yarn and go from the back to the front. Then we'll

pull that loop that we made through our left stitch. There it is! So we'll catch that guy,

push our needle through and then drop it off our left needle. So that's all there is to

the knit stitch. Bottom to the top. Yarn from the back to the front and then we'll pull

that loop through. Here it is. There's our guy. There it is. And we'll catch that with

our needle and drop it off the left needle. So, don't worry if you feel clumsy when you're

first starting out. You can use all kinds of gripping methods. Most of the people I

teach will grip their yarn like this, and that's fine. Whatever feels natural to you,

use that method. You really just want to get the steps down first. So, going from the bottom

to the top, using your yarn to go from the back to the front, and then picking out that

loop and dropping it off the needle. So these are all the steps involved with knitting.

And I just want you to get familiar with the steps and then you can worry about how to

hold your needles and how to hold your yarn in a way that's more efficient. All that kind

of stuff, we can work on that later. Think of it like dancing. When you're learning how

to dance you want to get the choreography down. You want to get the steps down and then

you can work on technique and having more style and panache. But when you're first starting

out, you just need to know the steps. So it's the same with knitting. So work on the knit

stitch and you'll want to knit all the stitches on your left needle. Then we can move on to

the next step.

Title: Next Row and Pep Talk

So now I'm nearing the end of my first row. I've just go two stitches left on my left

needle. So let's knit into these two stitches. I'm going to go from the back to the front,

and then pick that stitch through and then off the needle. And here's my last stitch.

Oh my gosh. So, here's my last stitch and there we go. Woohoo! So now we've just knit

our first row. Pretty awesome, right? Look at this beautiful first row. So great.

So once you've finished your first row, you can turn your needle around. So i'm going

to take my needle and bring it to my left hand, and take my “naked” needle, the

needle that doesn't have stitches on it, into my right hand. So that's what you do when

you finish a row of knitting. You always transfer it back to your left hand. Your left hand

is for all your stitches. Your right hand is for your working needle or your “naked”

needle. So now we're going to do the exact same thing

that we just did. We're going to continue knitting into our stitches. So, bottom to

the top. The yarn goes from the back to the front, and then we'll pick up that loop, push

it through our needle, and then drop it off. So that's all there is. We would keep on knitting.

Learning how to knit is a lot like learning a new language for your hands.

If this is your first time knitting, your hands have never held yarn and needles and

tried to manipulate them at the same time. It's a lot to get used to. So in the same

way that when you're learning a new language, you wouldn't expect to be fluent in a day,

you can't expect to be an expert knitter in a day, even if you practice a lot. Your hands

need to get used to the rhythm of knitting, and that takes some time and practice. So

don't be discouraged if your first couple rows are a little bit funny and maybe there's

some weird holes in them. Just take the time to practice. Give it some time and don't be

too worried if you make mistakes. Practice and have fun with it. Your hands are really

smart. They'll find their way around your yarn and needles as you practice.

Title: How to hold your needles (once you're comfortable with the knit stitch)

Once your hands are comfortable holding your needles and speaking the language of knitting,

then you can hold your needles in a way that's less clumsy. How I hold my yarn is I’ll

take my right hand and this finger, the one thats beside my pinky finger, and I'll grab

my yarn and wrap it around my finger like this. And you can wrap it around once or twice.

It doesn't really matter. Just find what works for you. I usually go once like this. So I’ll

take my finger and go around my yarn once like this. Then I'll use this finger beside

my thumb and go underneath that strand of yarn. So my hand configuration looks like this.

Then when I knit my stitches, I just move my hand up. I'm going to move my hand up and

then wrap it around my yarn and go through the stitch like that. That way I'm not grabbing

my yarn and moving my whole hand in that motion. Instead I’m just moving my hand. So I'm

really just moving my hand upwards and catching the yarn onto the needle and pulling it through

in one really fluid movement.

So I'll show you how I wrap my yarn again. Here's my finger. Just wrap it around and

I’ll take this finger and go underneath that yarn. So that gives the yarn a bit of

tension and when I knit I just move my hand up and drop it off. And move my hand up and

catch the needle with it and just move it and pick it off like that. So when you're

first starting out, do not feel bad about holding your yarn like this: going into your

needle, going all the way around and pulling it through. It’s okay. Okay? It's totally

okay. You have to learn the steps first and then you can work on how you want to hold

your needles and all that fancy stuff.

So continue knitting until your scarf is the length that you like, and by the end of this

you'll be an expert in the knit stitch.

Title: Slipped Selvedge

Now if you like the look of this clean edge here, well it’s really easy to achieve that.

All you need to do is slip the first stitch of every row. Basically, when you get to the

first stitch of your row, instead of knitting it as you normally would do like this, you

would put your needle into it as if you were going to knit, and then drop it off the needle.

Continue knitting the rest of the stitches. That's all there is to getting a nice clean

edge to your knitting. So here we go. I'm nearing the end of my row here, and here's

my last stitch. Now I'm going to turn my work around. On the first stitch of this row, I'm

going to slip it. I’ll go into this stitch as if I were going to knit it, and then slip

it right off. And continue knitting. And that's all there is to getting a nice clean edge.

Just slip the first stitch of every row.

Title: The Cast Off

Hey! So look at my scarf! It's super long. Look at this sea of knit stitch. I can't wait

to wear this out. So now i'm ready to cast off my stitches. What casting off means is

getting your knitting off of your needles so you can wear this in public. You don't

want to walking around with a pair of needles attached to your scarf. That's kind of weird.

Good conversation starter, but still kind of weird. So we want to get our scarf off

of our needles, and that's what a cast off will do.

So we're going to knit two stitches. So we'll go one, knit one, and then knit two. So now

we're going to take our left needle and go into the first stitch that we just knit. Then

bring it over our second stitch. So here we go. I'm just going to drop it and you can

see my second stitch is right here. I’m going to drop it over the second stitch. So

I've just cast off one stitch now. I only have one stitch left on my needle . The other

stitch has been cast off right here. And you can see this as we move on. So now i've got

one stitch on my right needle and I'm going to knit another stitch. So in order to cast

off you always need to have two stitches on your right needle. So i'm going to take my

left needle and go underneath that first stitch and then bring it over my second stitch. So

I'm going to go over. There it is. So now i've brought it over and now I once again

have one stitch on my right needle and my second stitch has been cast off right here.

So let's do this again.w e would basically work across our whole row like this. Once

again I have two stitches on my right needle and i'm going to bring my left needle into

that first stitch. If you're worried about both of your stitches falling off your needle

when you bring it over, you can always tighten that second stitch by pulling on your yarn.

And now your stitch here is really tight against your needle, and when you pull your second

stitch over it, it won't fall off because you're pulling really tight on this yarn.

So we would continue doing this. Knit one stitch so that you've got two stitches on

your right needle. Then go into that first stitch that you just knit and bring it over

the second stitch. And that's all there is to casting off. Two stitches on your right

needle, bring your needle into that first stitch and then over your second stitch just

like this. And if you're worried you can always use your hand to grab a hold of yours stitch

so it doesn't fall off. You can use any method that you want that makes you feel comfortable.

Now you can see that as we've casted off, this is the edge of our knitting and it's

being cast off of our needle nice and safely. It looks really beautiful on this nice edge

here. And that's what happening as you cast off. You're binding off your stitches so that

they're secure and they won't unravel. So cast off all the stitches on this row and

meet me back here when you have one stitch left.

We'll knit up this last stitch. So now I have one stitch left on my row and you can see

that the rest of my row has been cast off, and it looks so great! I can't wait to wear

this scarf. So now we have one stitch left on our needle, and we're going to get out

our scissors. So i've got a pair right here. I'm going to cut off my tail end, but i'm

going to leave five or six inches, maybe seven inches, of my tail end. Then i'm going to

cut if off. So now i'm going to bring my tail end and bring it to the front of my needle.

Then i'm going to take my stitch and bring it over that tail end of my yarn and then

just pull it through. Woohoo! I'll pull tightly on that. And now i've just cast off my scarf.

Can yo believe it? My scarf is off the needles, and now I can wear it out into the world.

Except for one last thing, which is this little yarn tail right here and the yarn tail at

the beginning of our work. We need to weave in this end so that its nice and neat and

hidden into our scarf. So we're going to do that next.

Title: Weaving in Ends

So here's my tail end. I want to weave this into my scarf so that it's secure and also

invisible. So i'm going to use a tapestry needle for this. You can get this at most

craft stores. It's pretty inexpensive and very handy. So if you plan on doing any more

knitting you'll want to invest in a tapestry needle.

I'm going to take the tail end of my yarn and push it into the eye of this needle. And

now we're going to weave this tail end into our work. So the great thing about this fabric

is that it has all these little bumps in it, which is great for camouflaging things like

your tail end. So i'm going to take my needle and go into a little bump that's close to

my tail end. So I'm going to go into one that's close by, and i'll pull it down to make it

even. I'll move into this next little bump to the left of it, and i'm going to go down

one of these bumps. So i'm going up and down. I'm not pulling really tightly. Im just keeping

the same tension as the knitting. So i'm going to go up into one of these bumps, and then

I'm going to go down into one of these bumps. So I'm going to go in five or six times. That's

pretty good. Maybe I’ll go in one more time here. That looks pretty good to me. So after

I do this, I like to stretch it out a little bit so that the tail end isn't pulling at

the fabric. That looks good. So lets look on the other side. It looks practically invisible

on this side as well. The whole point of this is to hide the tail end and to secure it in

place. So now I'm going to take out my scissors and cut off that tail end. Wow. So now you

can wear your scarf out into the world, keep warm and enjoy! And that is how you knit a

beginner scarf.

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it for me. I’m Davina of sheepandstitch.com. Have a great day and happy knitting!