How to Make a Long Scarf on a Knitting Loom

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How to Make a Long Scarf on a Knitting Loom
Knit a long scarf using a rectangular loom. (winter boy image by Ivanna Buldakova from

A long scarf that can be wrapped around your neck several times is a popular style. You can create a scarf like this using a knitting loom. Looms are perfect for people who have no knitting experience as well as for more experienced crafters. There are a myriad of yarn choices to help you individualise your project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rectangular loom
  • Yarn
  • Loom tool
  • Scissor
  • Crochet hook

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    Use a rectangular loom to create a long, fashionable scarf. You will need a loom with about 12 to 18 pegs. The Knifty Knitter pink rectangular loom is a good one to use to make a scarf.

  2. 2

    Choose your yarn. You can use one strand of a bulky or chunky weight yarn, or two strands of a lighter weight yarn held together. For a really loose knit, airy scarf, you can use just one strand of a lightweight yarn. For a really long scarf, you will want three or more skeins of yarn. Be sure to match the lot numbers if you are using the same colour throughout.

  3. 3

    Create a slipknot and anchor your yarn onto the peg at the end of the loom. Pull your working yarn up next to the first peg. Consider even number pegs to be on one side of the loom and odd number pegs on the other side.

  4. 4

    Wrap your loom using the figure-eight pattern. Beginning with the yarn between peg 1 and peg 3, wrap the yarn around peg 1. Then bring the yarn across the board between pegs 2 and 4 and wrap peg 2. Then wrap peg 3 after bringing the working yarn back across between pegs 3 and 5. Provo Craft and other websites have detailed instructional photos.

  5. 5

    Continue until the last even numbered peg you wish to use. Typically peg 12, 14, 16 or 18 will be the ending point for a scarf. Wrap this peg and pull the yarn right across to the coordinating odd numbered peg.

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    Wrap the odd numbered peg, creating a second loop on this peg.

  7. 7

    Move diagonally to wrap the even numbered peg that is directly diagonal from the odd peg you just wrapped, not the one across from the odd peg.

  8. 8

    Continue wrapping in this figure eight pattern until you get back to peg 1. This will leave two loops on each peg you are using. Then pull the yarn across between pegs 2 and 4. Secure the working yarn to ensure that your stitches will not unravel.

  9. 9

    Knit off each peg by using the loom tool to pull the bottom loop up and over the top loop of each peg.

  10. 10

    Wrap your pegs again, using the same pattern as before. You should be able to follow the yarn that is already on the loom to make it easier. Continue knitting off and wrapping rows until the scarf is the length you would like.

  11. 11

    With only one loop left on each peg, cut the end of the working yarn, leaving three to four inches. Take a crochet hook and beginning at the end opposite your yarn tail, lift the yarn loop off the odd numbered peg. Hold that loop on your crochet hook.

  12. 12

    Move directly across the loom to the even numbered peg and remove that loop and place it on your crochet hook, leaving two loops on the hook. Pull the second loop through the first, leaving just one loop on the crochet hook. Take the crochet hook and pull the wrapping yarn through the loop from underneath. Continue for all stitches. This will remove the scarf from the loom.

Tips and warnings

  • Add fringe or tassels if you wish.
  • Experiment with different yarn types to make a wide variety of scarves.
  • Do not wrap your pegs too tightly. If you do, it will be difficult to knit off each row.

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