Charity projects, News, Patterns, Tips

Top tips for scarf knitting

We are off to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, where our lovely volunteers will be teaching people to knit and crochet, and our Yarn Doctor will be solving your technique and pattern problems. You can find us in the Royal Hall near the stage and the Christmas tree.

You can also join us to help make mini stockings for care homes, lunch clubs and other places that would benefit from some knitted Christmas cheer.

Also at the show, BBC Radio York will be collecting scarves for its Knit for North Yorkshire appeal. The scarves will go to older people, homeless people and families using food banks.

To help the appeal out, our Yarn Doctor will be sharing her top tips on scarf knitting and getting people started every day at noon. Plus we will have a few scarves cast on that you can add some rows to.

With this in mind, here is our guide to making a stashbusting cosy scarf you could make for a charity appeal.

You can make a cosy scarf easily with 150g of DK, Aran or chunky weight yarn. Choose one or more colours of yarn of the same weight but remember to choose colours that look good together (you want the recipient to enjoy the scarf).

For DK yarn use 4mm needles, for Aran yarn use 5mm and for chunky 6mm needles.

For a 20cm wide scarf, cast on sts as follows:  DK – 45, Aran – 37, Chunky – 29.

You can find help with casting on here

For a basic scarf work in garter stitch (knitting) every row until the scarf in long enough to be worn – good tip is that a scarf should reach at least from your nose to the floor.

You can find help with garter stitch here.

Once your scarf is long enough cast off. Follow the casting on link for tips on this.

Other stitches and stripes

If you want to use stocking stitch or moss stitch etc, it is a good idea to work two or three stitches on each side in garter stitch.

If you are using more than one colour in stripes, when you change colour DO NOT knot the yarns. Instead, leave a 8cm tail of at the beginning and end of each yarn and secure them later by weaving in the ends with a needle.

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