Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beginner's Knit Scarf - Leolani Super Scarf

 

I don't know why I had such a hard time figuring out what to make my bestie for her birthday. There are so many stitches and so many things I could make but then in the end, I decided on a simple knit scarf - The Leolani Super Scarf. She wanted a neutral, long scarf so I headed to Hobby Lobby because their cotton yarn is so soft! Since I used a worsted weight yarn, I doubled up by using 2 strands with the 8mm needles. 

Note: You can easily adjust by using a bulky yarn and the 8mm needles. You can also choose any size yarn and suggested needles however you will need to decide what your cast on number is to achieve desired width.

Example: Worsted - 5-6mm needles | Bulky - 8-9mm needles | Super Bulky - 9-10mm needles

I just love the simplicity of the garter stitch which makes this pattern easy for beginners. All you need to know is how to cast on, knit & cast off. That's it! If you're looking at one side, it's alternating rows of knits and purls. The purl stitches are just the back side of the knit stitches. You will not need to do any purl stitches for this pattern.

I don't have any beginner video tutorials so you will be linked to my favorite tutorials on YouTube.



Materials:

Yarn - Use 2 strands together | 4 Skeins total | I Love this Yarn (Hobby Lobby) | Dove
8mm Straight Needles or Circular Nneedles (worked back and forth)
Scissors
Yarn Needle (with large eye)

Leolani Super Scarf Pattern: Finished scarf is 9" wide and 88" long.

1) Cast on 28 using 2 strands
2) Knit all Stitches back and forth until desired length
3) Bind/Cast off
4) Weave in ends with yarn needle

See below for more details (Remember that 2 of the strands count as ONE stitch)

1) Using 2 strands of yarn together, start by doing a long tail cast on | Video Tutorial from Sheep and Stitch
Cast on 28 stitches - This gave me a width of 9 inches. 
Note: If you want a wider or narrower scarf, cast on less or more stitches

2) Knit all 28 stitches across | Video Tutorial from Howcast 
Turn your work, knit back across all 28 stitches

That's it! You just repeat by knitting all 28 stitches in each row until you reach desired length. I used up 4 skeins of the cotton yarn which measured 88 inches. Remember that a super scarf is just a long scarf. 

3) Bind/Cast off: Now you are ready to complete the scarf. To do that you "Bind off" or "Cast off" | Video Tutorial from VeryPinkKnits

4) Weave in all ends with yarn needle | Video Tutorial from VeryPinkKnits