Complete a Knitted Scarf
Imagine having a mindfulness practice that yielded physical results. Each meditation, focusing on one stitch at a time, results in tangible progress. As you grow more comfortable with the basic techniques of knitting, you find yourself getting lost in the simplicity of it. It becomes less about the activity itself and more about achieving a sense of timelessness. When the yarn runs out (or you decide it’s long enough), you have a lovely knitted scarf to wear that will keep you warm and remind you of your hours of meditation. Many crafters describe this relaxing flow state as one of the main reasons for loving their craft.
Knitting is a very accessible hobby to pick up because all you need is some yarn, a set of needles, and a willingness to love the process. While the sheer amount of time it takes to finish a project can be daunting, no matter how long it takes, we never feel like knitting is a waste of time. Even if it took you 30 or 40 hours, when all is said and done, you still have a beautiful knitted scarf, a one-of-a-kind hat, or a unique pair of socks!
How Do You Finish a Scarf?
If you want to get into knitting, scarves are a great place to start. In this article, the Garrett Wade knitting experts will teach you how to start and finish a scarf. We love a knitted scarf project because it only requires three basic techniques:
- Casting On (Starting Your Project)
- The Basic Knit Stitch
- Casting Off (Finishing)
You’ll knit the entire scarf with something called a garter stitch, meaning you will only be using the knit stitch back and forth on the project. The result is a loose, ribbed texture. This project is very simple and requires no pattern, so it’s the perfect thing to make if you’ve never knit before.
Ready to get started? Explore the tools and materials for our knitted scarf project below!
Tools & Materials
Before you start knitting, you will need yarn, straight needles, scissors, and an embroidery needle.
You can choose any type, color, and weight of yarn you want. We recommend a worsted weight (medium weight) wool yarn for this project. You should get about 400 yards to make sure you can finish your knitted scarf completely. If you want to use a heavier, thicker yard for this scarf, you can! You need less yarn, and your project will go faster because you’ll need fewer knitted rows and fewer stitches to achieve the same length. Find the yardage and weight on the label before buying.
Wool technology has come a long way in the past 100 years. Merino wool has exploded in popularity because of its softness, warmth, and versatility. We love Merino wool and suggest this as your first choice because cheaper synthetic yarn isn’t nearly as warm or cozy. Natural fibers are also much more environmentally friendly to produce and will result in a higher quality knitted scarf. When you’re spending so much time and energy on something, saving a few dollars on the materials simply isn’t worth compromising the comfort and quality of the end result!
A great place to find high-quality wool yarn is at your local yarn shop. They’re often independently run and staffed by incredibly kind and knowledgeable people that can answer any questions you might have. Most yarn shops also teach lessons and host knitting clubs if you want to progress further on your knitting journey.
Have you ever browsed knitting needles at your local craft store and seen the huge variation in size and width? This is because your yarn size and your needle size have to match! The yarn label will have the recommended needle size, so you can find the appropriate tools to complete your knitted scarf. With medium-weight wool yarn, the most common needle size is a seven (7).
There are tons of different types of needles out there, including aluminum, plastic, and more! We prefer using Brittany needles because they’re made from sustainably harvested birch and are lightweight yet durable. The heavier your needles, the more difficult it will be to knit for long periods of time. As with the yarn, we recommend starting with high-quality needles because you want them to be light and fun to use. If your needles are clunky or heavy, you won’t enjoy your time knitting. It will be so hard to finish your project that you’ll find yourself asking, “how do you even finish a scarf!”
Scissors & Embroidery Needles
For this project, your scissors and embroidery needles can be any basic pieces you have lying around the house. The quality of these tools probably won’t have any measurable effect on your finished project.
Steps & Instructions
As you follow along with our instructions and photos, please keep in mind that all the photos are ordered sequentially across from top left.
i.Prepare for Your Project: Read the Yarn Label