Snowflakes are a popular wintertime motif featured on hats, sweaters, mittens, scarves and other cold weather gear. You can create your own scarf with snowflakes by using a basic knitting stitch pattern and embroidering stylised snowflakes over the finished piece. This method of making a decorative accessory saves you from having to worry about colour charts and complex knitting techniques. The garter stitch pattern that is used in this project consists of knitting every stitch of every row, making this scarf a good choice for beginners.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Worsted or bulky weight yarn
- Pair of US size 9 straight knitting needles
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread
Use the yarn to cast on 15 stitches onto one of the knitting needles. Cast on by making a slipknot and placing it on the needle. Then make a small loop in the yarn so that the free end is lying on top of the yarn coming off the needle. Place the loop on the needle next to the slipknot, pulling the yarn tight to secure it in place. Keep making these loops until you have 15 stitches on the needle.
Knit the first row of stitches. The knit stitch is made by inserting the right-hand needle upward into the first stitch on the left-hand needle. Wrap the yarn from back to front around the right-hand needle tip, then guide the right-hand needle back down through the stitch, taking the wrapped yarn with it. This will pull a new loop up onto the right-hand needle. Drop the worked stitch off of the left-hand needle. Do this for each of the 15 stitches on the row.
Continue knitting rows until the scarf reaches its desired length. Then bind off the stitches. Begin to bind off by knitting the first two stitches of the last row. Then use the tip of the left-hand needle to lift the first stitch you made up and over the second stitch, dropping it off the needle. Knit the next stitch on the left-hand needle, then use the left-hand needle tip to lift the first stitch up, over and off the second. Continue doing this until you have one stitch remaining. Cut the yarn with the scissors and pull the end from left to right through the last stitch. Use the tapestry needle to weave in the loose ends.
Use the tapestry needle and embroidery thread to embroider snowflakes onto the scarf. You can cover the scarf with flakes or focus on both ends. Make sure that you embroider all of your snowflakes on the same side. Make retro-chic snowflakes by embroidering four straight, intersecting lines. Make the vertical and horizontal lines longer than the two diagonal lines. Make your snowflakes different sizes for an optimal falling snow effect.
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