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Knit Your Own Circle Scarf

Learning to knit can seem like a really time consuming, sometimes daunting, even tedious task- but if you learn to knit a single thing, you should try this super easy circle scarf! Soft, chunky, fast-knitting yarn and oversized needles make this an extremely quick project. Once you get the first few rows in place, it moves along so quickly you will have it done and ready to wear in a day or two…

PlumScarf1

Before I get into the specifics,  I would like to take a minute to welcome you back to the Collective and to explain my October through December hiatus.  The past few months have been pretty crazy for me, as they are for most around the holidays.  From moving to a new apartment and transitioning my fine art studio into a home studio, to working through the holidays, including studying for the level 1 Sommelier certification, I felt as though I was barely staying afloat. Now that the holidays are over and things have gotten back to a somewhat “normal” pace, I am finally finding the time to focus on all the posts that I have been anxiously saving. So, thank you for waiting patiently, sending notes of support, and checking in on the Collective when you can. I can’t wait to show you more of what I’ve been up to!

Now on to the real reason for this post- learning to knit a simple circle (infinity) scarf! Many of you may be asking why you should bother with knitting your own circle scarf when you can go to just about any clothing retailer and buy one for little to nothing. With the popularity of the infinity scarf soaring this year, I asked myself that very question.  After thinking about how to best explain it, I realized that deep down I would rather have a scarf customized to my specific color and size preferences than to buy one pre-made.  In addition, a lot of the scarves out there right now are made out of some pretty terrible yarn, comprised of almost all acrylic, rayon, or polyester, which end up looking pretty ragged after you wear them a few times. With all the amazing yarns for sale now, it was easy to find heavier weight yarn in an amazing range of hues, made of natural fibers and deliciously soft wool in addition to synthetic fibers.  The combination of a good quality yarn, and the attention to detail of a hand knit garment make this project a great gift for a friend, or for yourself, that will last much longer than the store-bought version…

Skill Level: Beginner

Gauge: 9 stitches and 18 rows = 4in/10cm in Seed Stitch

Materials You Will Need:

  • Size #15 or #17 circular knitting needles
  • 2 Skeins Bulky or Roving weight yarn (Pictured above is Bernat- Roving in “Plum”)
Notes: The cream scarf pictured below was made a little differently using Lion Brand Yarn- Alpine Wool in “Oatmeal” on #15 circular needles with the yarn doubled, which simply means knitting with two skeins at once for an extra thick and cozy knit. However, this did increase the amount of yarn i needed for the scarf by 2 extra skeins.

Directions:

Start with a basic slip knot

Cast on 135 stitches (An odd number of stitches is key in order to keep seed stitch pattern when knitting in the round, on circular needles!)

If you don’t know how to cast on, there are some great youtube.com and Instructables.com videos to help you quickly pick up the skill.

Once you have your 135 stitches cast on, join the work on your circular needles by knitting into the first stitch you put on your needle.

Then knit 1, purl 1 to the end of the round, then knit 1. Every round following, you should automatically be knitting on the purl stitches from the last row and purling on the knit stitches.  This keeps the seed stitch pattern when knitting in the round.

Continue until you get down to about the last 6 inches of yarn on your first skein and then join in the new skein of yarn, leaving the tails to weave in later.  Continue to k1, p1 until you run out of yarn or have enough left to finish the last row.

Bind off in seed stitch.

Trim and weave in the ends.

Neutral2

NeutralScarf3

If you get stuck or have trouble getting started, I recommend doing an online search for some “how-to” tutorials because there are so many videos and photo tutorials that will help you through the seemingly complicated hand/needle maneuvers when you are just starting out. I originally learned to knit from the photo tutorials in Melanie Falick’s “Kids Knitting” book and then re-learned later on referencing “The Big Book of Knitting” by Katharina Buss. Once you get the hang of it, this scarf will take you less than 24 hours to make. The original inspiration for this wrap infinity scarf pattern comes from a modified version of Jane Richmond’s “Marian” single cowl circle scarf on Ravelry.com. Jane Richmond also has an awesome website if you are looking for more inspiration and technical help at janerichmond.blogspot.com.

Good luck!

Additional Credits: The plum circle scarf was knit and gifted by Michele Joseph, a Collective contributor. The artwork displayed in the oatmeal circle scarf images was created by visual artist Mat Daniluk.
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