How to Knit a Multicolored Scarf for Beginners

Written by janet beal
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Even beginner knitters can use their new skills to work in a whole rainbow of colours. Whether you know just how to knit or can both knit and purl, that's all you need to make a beautiful multicoloured scarf. Follow the first set of steps to make a multicoloured scarf out of yarn that is already multicoloured (you can find dark, bright, and pastel tones of multicoloured yarn). Follow the second set of steps to make a scarf with multicoloured stripes of plain yarn.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 227gr. skeins of multicoloured yarn (acrylic or wool-and-nylon, 3-ply or worsted weight) for a 6-inch wide long outdoor scarf
  • OR 4 113gr. skeins of the same kind of yarn in 4 different colours for a same-size striped scarf
  • 1 pair 14-16 inch #10 needles
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Crochet hook

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    Multicolour Scarf in One Take

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    Cast on approximately 30 stitches. Before you do, check the stitch-gauge on your yarn package--it will tell you how many stitches your yarn makes per inch on different-sized needles. (For example, the yarn that makes 5 stitches per inch on a #10 needle, might need 8 or 9 stitches cast on per inch.) So, using your stitch-gauge, cast on the number of stitches you need for 6 inches.

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    Decide, depending on your skills, whether you want just to knit or knit-and-purl. K-and-p will make a flatter, sweater-style surface, but plain knitting makes a great scarf, too--and the little ridges from plain knitting can even make your scarf a bit warmer. Once you've decided, get going, and keep going till your scarf is as long as you want. Cast off, tuck in loose ends with your crochet hook, and you're done.

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    Solve blotching easily. It's the only problem you're likely to encounter in this project. Sometimes the width of your project and the length of the multicolour patches on your yarn fit a little to closely together. As a result, it will seem that every time you start a new row, you're knitting blue stitches, instead of green, lavender or white, all of which are in your yarn. That turns your multicolour tweedy look into a multicolour blotch look. To de-blotch your scarf, every few rows, cut the yarn, leaving a 2-inch loose end, and make your starting stitch with a new colour a little farther down on the yarn. Knit a couple of stitches, then knot the old and new loose ends together. When you're tucking in other loose ends at the end of the project, you can tuck these in too.

    Using Stripes for a Multicolored Scarf

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    Begin by casting on stitches in one colour of yarn. Knit as many rows as you want to make a stripe (blue, for example). Cut the yarn, leaving a loose end of 2 inches at the end of a row. Begin your next row with a new colour, knitting a few stitches, then tying the old and new loose ends together (blue and green). Knit another stripe and do your joining thing again (green to yellow); do it again (yellow to red) and repeat until you've reached the length you want.

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    Plan to keep your stripes the same number of rows while you're learning to do this---that way your yarn will come out even. Next time, you'll be up to the math for planning the grey background and narrow accents of black, white and hot pink. If your scarf is knit-and-purl, plan your stripes so that you start each new one either on the knit side or the purl side. Knit and purl joins look different and using the same join every time makes your work look neater.

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    Use this strategy to keep your scarf from curling if you know how to knit and purl. Purl rows will be just that---purled. At the beginning and end of each knit row, use two purl stitches, then knit the rest of the row. This makes a small ridged border that keeps your flat scarf from rolling up into a tube.

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    Cast off your stitches when you've got the length you want. Go back with your crochet hook and tuck in your loose ends.

Tips and warnings

  • To tuck in loose ends with a crochet hook, loop the yarn over the hook and weave it into the knitted stitches for at least an inch. Cut off long trailing ends.
  • When you're tucking in ends on a striped scarf, remember to tuck loose ends into stitches of the same colour---otherwise they'll show through.

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