In our wool shop, very often we welcome beginner knitters who ask us if we have a pattern to knit a scarf or an infinity scarf.
No need to use a pattern to dictate how to knit a scarf. Just follow these tips:
1- Choose a knitting stitch
First you have to choose a knitting stitch. You can find a multitude on the web, as for example on the site Three Small Stitches which contains a good repertoire of popular knitting stitches.
If this is your first scarf, I suggest you choose an easy knitting stitch.
The garter stitch is one that allows new knitters to use their hands and practice their tension to obtain a beautiful knit composed of regular stitches.
You do not know how to knit the garter stitch? It's easy: when you knit in rows, you have to knit all the rows at the right side, and knit all the stitches on the wrong side of your scarf! You can also watch this video to learn how to knit the garter stitch.
Avoid stitches that roll on the sides such as Stockinette stitch. The Stockinette stitch is obtained when you knit all the stitches on the right side of the work and purl all the stitches on the wrong side of the work.
Even if you block your knitting or you knit a few stitches in garter stitch on the ends, there’s nothing you can do: the Stockinette stitch rolls and rolls and rolls ...!
If you absolutely want to incorporate the Stockinette stitch into your scarf, you can do it alternately with a garter stitch.
You will get a result that is out of the ordinary as illustrated in the image opposite. Alternating the Stockinette stitch and the garter stitch is also a great exercise to learn how to purl stitches.
The result is charming: how beauty is often in simplicity;)
2- Choose the woolThis is the best part and it is also the easiest when you want to knit a scarf without a pattern: you can afford any wool without worrying about its size and its gauge. To learn how to knit in joy, nothing better than to go with your favorite!
To this we add "two warnings":
- Know that the finer the wool and knit with small needles, the longer the scarf will take to knit. This is not a problem in itself but it is an aspect that is not to be neglected when you are learning to knit. Some beginner knitters might become discouraged along the way and get tired of knitting the same project.Psssst: If you ever find yourself in this situation, fold back your stitches and put together the beginning and the end of the scarf with a fine seam to turn your knit into a neck warmer or infinity scarf! You will become a star of knitting without anyone guessing that you have quit your scarf !!
- If you are one of those who will wash everything without reading the washing instructions, be sure to select a wool that has been treated to be machine washable. Superwash(also identified as SW or "anti-felting" in French) means that the wool has been chemically treated to prevent felting so that you can wash your clothes in the machine. In any case, it is best to dry flat.
3- Calculate the number of stitches necessary
Once you have selected your stitches, your wool and you know how to knit your scarf, you need to determine the number of stitches to be cast on.
In store, we are often asked the ideal width to knit a scarf. There is as much answer to this question as there are people to wear them !! It's a question of taste. Something: choose a scarf you already have and measure the width.
We will use the following elements to calculate the number of stitches to cast on:
A = The desired width for example: 15 cm
B =The gauge suggested on the label of the wool for example: 18 stitches = 10 cm.Now we are going to use a small mathematical formula (which bore the name, in my younger days, as "rule of three" and which my children now know as "cross product"):
First step (in red): multiple the number of stitches in the gauge by the desired width: 18x15=270
Second step (in blue): divide the result obtained by the width of the gauge: 270÷10=27
So you have to cast on 27 stitches to knit a 15 cm scarf! Obviously, this result is approximate since it can vary depending on your tension (if you knit tight or rather loose) and the knitting stitch you chose (the ribs or the twisted tend to thin the knit) but it is still a good start.
If you want to learn more knit stitches while knitting your scarf, we offer you the free pattern The Sorcerer's Apprentice Scarf :)This knitting pattern is perfect for the beginner knitter. You first start by knitting an easy stitch and then new stitches are added as you progress. You will learn how to knit garter stitch, vertical ribs, horizontal ribs, lace pattern, twists, wheat stitch, wicker stitch, rice stitch, napkins, honeycomb stitch and how to knit in Fairisle!That's it, now that you know how to knit a scarf, get your needles and happy knitting