Knitting a scarf involves first determine how wide and long it should be, choosing between one and three balls of yarn and casting on with the appropriate number of stitches for the width. Knit a scarf, using a very smooth, easy-to-use yarn for beginners, with a demonstration from an advanced knitter in this free video on knitting.
Hi, I'm Allison from ImagiKnit and I wanted to talk to you about how to knit a scarf. The first thing you need is just the yarn and the needles. Once you've picked the yarn and needles for your scarf, you need to determine how long and how wide you'd like it. Your local yarn store can help you in determining how much yarn you might need to purchase, probably just one to three balls, depending on the size of your scarf. Most scarfs are probably about five inches, but they can definitely range from two to three inches up to maybe eight to ten inches. I like about five inches like this one here. First thing you'll do is cast on your stitches and then you'll go ahead and in this example just knit. This yarn actually changes color so it looks really fancy but you can be a beginning knitter and make something like this. For your first scarf, make sure to choose a yarn that's really nice and smooth, just a regular looking yarn and not something that's really fuzzy like this that has a very skinny core to it. As you can see here it's just a very thin thread and most of the yarn is just fuzz so it's very easy to make errors and drop stitches on this type of a yarn. It's also very slippery. The other type to stay away from is a fuzzy yarn like this because if you make a mistake it's very very difficult to unknit because the yarn sticks on itself. When you come to the length that you desire for your scarf, just leave enough yarn for approximately one or two more rows as if you were going to knit but then you'll just cast off those... cast off or bind off those stitches at the end. To weave the ends in, just thread your yarn needle. It's easiest if you double that over the needle and then push through. Then just follow along either the cast on or the bind off edge, just follow along with the other stitches, just like that. The bent end on the needle is easier to use, but you can use a straight needle as well. So just continue on as far as you can even if the scarf bunches up and then go ahead and pull the end through and then unbunch the yarn and there you have it. The tail should be well hidden. If it ever pops back out, you can just trim it off.