How to Knit a Scarf

Learning how to knit a scarf can be a fun pass time or a lovely bonding moment between family and friends. The art of knitting scarves is quite possibly as old as time, and while the purposes may have changed from necessity to recreational, knitting scarves is always a welcomed pass time.


  • Yarn
  • Needles (nickel needles are recommended, they are lightweight and durable, some even come with interchangeable tips).
  • Crochet hook (purchase these hooks according to the thickness of your yarn, the store clerk will best advise you)
  • Scissors

Casting on

Before one can start knitting, casting of the yarn on the needle needs to be done first.

  1. Start by making a slip knot over one of the needles.
  2. Hold needle and knot in one hand and with the other hand pass the other needle into the knot so that it rests under the original needle.
  3. The original needle should be used as a reference point. Use the other needle to bring the yarn over and under itself then draw the yarn through the same needle to make your stitch.
  4. Push the original needle through the stitch, making both needles parallel to each other, then pull the needle used to make the stitch out while pulling on the yarn (this tightens the stitch).
  5. Repeat the process to make another stitch.

How to knit a monocolored scarf

After you have casted on the stitches, the knitting starts. Depending on how wide the scarf is going to be that is how many stitches the casting on process will take. The recommendation is usually 24 stitches.

  1. After casting the 24 stitches onto your left needle, insert the right needle into the first stitch on the needle in your left hand and bring it infront of the left needle to behind it.
  2. Bring the yarn over and under the right needle point using the right index finger, then draw the yarn through the stitch by using the right needle.
  3. The loop previously made on the left needle should be slipped onto the right needle and the process in steps 1 and 2 continued until the row is completed and subsequently your scarf.

How to knit a multicolored scarf

Multi colored scarves especially in block patterns are easy to knit. The process is just like your mono colored scarf.

  1. Cast on 24 stitches of yarn in one color and continue with the knitting process until there are sufficient rows to your liking.
  2. Cut the yarn at this point leaving a string more than one inch long.
  3. Cast on another 24 stitches of a different color yarn and continue the knitting process until this new color block is the same size as the previous.
  4. Cut your new yarn also leaving more than an inch of string, then tie both blocks together using the strings. Make sure the strings are tightly held together and cut away any left overs to give a clean finished look.


Casting on may be the most challenging part of the knitting process. Practice casting on for a while using how to videos. This will put you on the right track, and ensure that the end result of your scarf looks neatly done.

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