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How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners Step By Step

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Learn how to knit a scarf for beginners in this step-by-step video tutorial! This course is designed for complete newbies and beginners, so if you've never held yarn or needles before, then this is course for you! We'll go over each step of the knitting process (don't worry, there are only 3 steps!) so that you can knit a comfy scarf with any yarn and needles. _________________________________________________________________ /// WHAT YOU'LL LEARN /// 1. Cast On - involves getting the yarn onto your needles 2. Knit Stitch - the bread and butter of knitting. Get this stitch down and you can officially call yourself a knitter! 3. Cast Off - how do you get your scarf off your needles when it's long enough? With the cast off! BONUS TIPS: * How to choose yarn and needles * How to get a neat edge using a slipped selvedge * How to hold your needles (once you're comfortable knitting) * How to weave in your tail ends so that your scarf is neat and secure _________________________________________________________________ /// MATERIALS /// ⟡ around 350 grams of super bulky yarn. These are similar yarns: ⟡ Lana Grossa Ragazza Lei: https://www.loveknitting.com/lana-grossa-ragazza-lei?utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=22ca8fee ⟡ Wool and the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool: https://www.loveknitting.com/wool-and-the-gang-crazy-sexy-wool?utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=22ca8fee ⟡ Malabrigo Rasta: https://www.loveknitting.com/malabrigo-rasta?utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=22ca8fee ⟡10mm (US 15) knitting needles (plastic): https://www.loveknitting.com/pony-single-point-plastic-needles-30cm-1-pair?utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=22ca8fee ⟡ 10mm (US 15) knitting needles (rosewood): https://www.loveknitting.com/pony-single-point-rosewood-needles-35cm?utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=22ca8fee _________________________________________________________________ /// HOW I KNIT MY SCARF /// The scarf in the video is knit with around 350 grams of bulky weight yarn. I casted on 22 stitches and used a US 15/10mm bamboo needle to knit the scarf. The scarf ended up being 9.25" wide and 65" long. _________________________________________________________________ /// VIDEO CHAPTERS /// 0:32 Choosing Yarn and Needles 2:16 Cast On 7:33 Knit Stitch 13:46 Next Row and Pep Talk 16:01 How to Hold Your Needles 18:31 Slipped Selvedge 19:34 Cast Off 24:29 Weaving in Ends _________________________________________________________________ /// HELPFUL VIDEOS FOR BEGINNERS /// ➜ How to Join a New Ball of Yarn: https://youtu.be/I_cHO6R_MBc ➜ How to Fix Dropped Stitches: https://youtu.be/FcKrw4LcWgw ➜ How to Fix Extra Stitches: https://youtu.be/1oP6EyCT93g _________________________________________________________________ SAY HELLO ON THE INTERWEBS! This video course is brought to you by Sheep & Stitch! Visit us online and say hello! (or bonjour, hei, kon'nichiwa or hola! We love our international viewers!) Website: http://sheepandstitch.com Shop: http://sheepandstitch.com/shop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheepandstitch Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sheepandsti... _________________________________________________________________ Music used in the video: "Swimming" by Poddington Bear "Summertime" by YoWiLLLL * I want to be transparent that the links in the materials list are Amazon affiliate links. This means that, at no cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through the links. I’ve had success using them, which is why I recommend them. However, only buy what you need! Many knitters have used other materials, and their results are just as lovely. The materials list is just a suggestion based on what I have used.
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Harjeet Jaiswal (11 hours ago)
KO dhokla
Queen Anniyah (1 day ago)
this is a great video. I am just confused about the part where I am learning to make a cleaner edge. Do I slip off the first stitch of each row from the very beginning? or after I make the first row and?
Sheep & Stitch (1 day ago)
Yes, slip the first stitch from the very beginning, right after you cast on the stitches. Then continue slipping the first stitch of every row. That's it!
Trisha Dey (1 day ago)
I have just completed my first ever scarf and I'm really very happy with that and feeling excited to wear that as well !!!!! Thank you so so much to you and for your video, this helped me a lot in this whole process..!!! Your guidance is just so awesome.. Thanks again !!! 😊😊😊😘😘
Deborah Jones (4 days ago)
Excellent tutorial! Thank you so much!!😀
Hieu Nguyen Quang (5 days ago)
Thank you so much !!! I made one for vanilla and she really loves it, i am very happy right now
Sheep & Stitch (3 days ago)
Awesome! Thanks for watching <3
Michelle (5 days ago)
So helpful! Thank you!
Samadhi CHANDRASENA (5 days ago)
Wait for the slipped selvedge, do we begin (at the very very beginning) also by dropping it off the needle? I'm a bit confused.
Samadhi CHANDRASENA (2 days ago)
+Sheep & Stitch Thank you so much! I've just finished a gorgeous scarf - cheers for the clarity! :)
Sheep & Stitch (3 days ago)
Yes, with the slipped selvedge, you can begin right on row 1, just after you cast on.
Cowie Thomas (8 days ago)
I'm a beginner and have recently started french knitting socks from thin acrylic yarn. Been going for a few weeks. I'm doing white and purple. I messed up the sewing of the white sock and didn't cast off properly. I want to learn all of the techniques and make an icy blue scarf next, before other things.
脑大黑帮 (11 days ago)
I have all the materials I don't have a boyfriend I don't have anything friends Why am I watching this I feel lonely now 🌚
Amy Smith (11 days ago)
Finger by the thumb is the index finger or the 1st finger. Next is the middle finger fallowed by the ring finger then the pinky finger. Not sure if someone in the comments mentioned that already or if you learned that since this was posted but it really bothered me that you couldn't name the fingers you were using
Sooo basically what i've done is essentially... Make a blanket?? 😔😥😭 If 22 rows constitutes a wide scarf what would 150 rows be considered and what sort of size am i looking at?? Using 8mm needles 🤔😘
Sahar Guerouache (13 days ago)
cindy s (13 days ago)
Great video and easy to see each new stitch. How do you add the next color or next ball of yarn? Are questions answered here ? I see below the same question. Thanks.
Akbar Chillin (14 days ago)
this was terrific and fun.
Katbrown1999 (15 days ago)
I have a question about knitting, why does the naked needle need to be on the right and the clothed needle the left?
KittyKitty427 AJ (15 days ago)
Who else is having trouble knitting a scarf from this vid?
Cecelia Stark (16 days ago)
Hands down best knitting video! Thank you!
Sarah's EPIC World (16 days ago)
I love her sound effect *oof* 9:21
Derpyghost 2000 (17 days ago)
This does not work
Dipi Goswami (17 days ago)
Thanks for the help I used to think that knitting was really difficult but it's really not
Lynn Bishop (19 days ago)
Your beginning "How to Knit a Scarf" video was so well done. I really appreciate the detailed explanations and encouragement your gave. I finished my first scarf yesterday and although it may be a little rough in spots I really am happy with it. Thank you so much. I hope to knit other things in the future!
Hilal Yanık (19 days ago)
Ayayayy what a pedagogic video! Thank you so much, and um gonna get started to knit as soon as possible (tomorrow) 🙆🙆🙆🙆🙆
Honeygirl28 (21 days ago)
This video is everything! I am actually knitting my first scarf. I've never knitted before in my life. It looks so good. Thank you so much for this video!
Mars12 (22 days ago)
ur a lifesaver! i couldnt figure it out from any other tutorial
sunita kaur (22 days ago)
Hi, is it after finishing knitting the length I want only move to the next step “slipped selvedge”? Or should I do slipped when I’m half way there?
Rattlehead420 (22 days ago)
I keep ending up with a giant loop at the end of the first needle transfer, when I bring the last loop over. Struggling horribly on the second needle transfer all together, but I feel like figuring out the first one will help work out the next ones. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, I'm following the steps to a T.
canEHdian (22 days ago)
this is too hard. im giving up before i break something
CrissiFishi (23 days ago)
I don’t know why, but every time I get all the stitches off of one needle onto the other I have this loop of extra fabric. Can someone tell me what I’m doing wrong?
Ny Duchess (24 days ago)
Thank you! You've made that super easy for me (beginner) to learn how to knit 💘💘💘
Bebe Leche (25 days ago)
Amazingly informative!! More power! Subscribed!
Perpetua .M (25 days ago)
What if the only needles we have are small? Could we still follow this tutorial?
CHOICETSSIMMER (23 days ago)
Perpetua .M Yep! Just make sure you have the right yarn and add more stitches to your preffered size
Nicholas Colbert (26 days ago)
Little to much explaining on simple things.. could of been a 10 minute video. Good job tho
Beth Kjar (26 days ago)
This is the best video I could find! I watched another videos but they were confusing. Thank you!
Maryam Sarrafan (30 days ago)
Excellent tutorial! My mom taught me to knit and since she passed I haven't really done it. Thanks for keeping the memories alive!❤️
menkar (30 days ago)
Sarah B (30 days ago)
Mine keep coming out too short even if I make them thinner
_NaNa Fei_ (1 month ago)
Im so nervous! And i dont even have the materials yet! I barely get things right.
_NaNa Fei_ (1 month ago)
How long does it normally take? Any tips for quicker process? I really want to make this for school. But i have a deadline.
CHOICETSSIMMER (23 days ago)
_NaNa Fei_ It takes around 2 days if you do it casually with other tasks. but maybe around a day if you have your whole day to do it + 3 day meals
규 규 (1 month ago)
you're an amazing teacher
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Thank you!
Vesna Kozina (1 month ago)
Thank You!
cashy3980 (1 month ago)
Your way of casting on is like the easiest I've ever seen in all the videos I've watched. THANK YOU
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
You're very welcome!
noona curea (1 month ago)
I know this video was made a while back but should I make this for my 8 year old step sister
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Yes you can! You can consider making the scarf a bit narrower if it's for an 8-year-old.
Business Crafts (1 month ago)
İ made a rainbow unicorn scarf
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Oooh! That sounds amazing! If you have instagram, please tag me so I can see your awesome-sounding scarf! I'm @sheepandstitch
HeyThere Lana (1 month ago)
Super good video
Little Bear (1 month ago)
What the hell are you supposed todo if it's too tight theres no bloody answer to that anywhere and im trying here
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Hi! Here's a video all about how to fix tight knitting: https://youtu.be/FtU6pcRzZBQ Good luck!
Addy Playz (1 month ago)
I cant even do the simplest thing 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Leafar Dimalanta (1 month ago)
Whenever I knit to my right hand, it keeps having that long yarn in the middle, and by the end of it, I have this weird large loop, and it can’t be tighten 😭
Kim Fowlkes (1 month ago)
Can"t wait to try this out!
NitWok (1 month ago)
I tried this out and I'm 42 inches in. It's super relaxing and I know this video is a little old but still SUPER helpful and I really hope you do more. You're so awesome and such a natural teacher. I'm gonna try your beanie next!
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
That's awesome! Thanks for your kind words :D I'm super impressed that you've already knit 42 inches! Kudos and keep it up!
optic disfunction (1 month ago)
Just finished my very first scarf thanks to your video! Thank you so much for this! Your instructions are so easy to follow 😍🙂
optic disfunction (1 month ago)
+Sheep & Stitch 👍😃
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Awesome!! Kudos on finishing your scarf!! (also love your thumbnail, big Ricky and Morty fan!)
Kripa Ravikimar (1 month ago)
Hey. Your explanation is super. Awesomely done. I suddenly was inspired to learn knitting or crochet and happen to check your channel. I was always averse to stitching and would never bother to even look into how it’s done. But this made it look so easy. It definitely will take time to get a hang of it but it isn’t scary anymore. Thank you thank you for your super help. I’m gonna try this as soon as I can. Looking forward for more such videos from you. Happy 2019 btw 🥳🥳🥳
Lily Huang (1 month ago)
I made a scarf for my boyfriend with this tutorial, it was super helpful!!! I've always been good with my hands but you were really clear and I really liked how you showed the same step multiple times. But the only problem for me was that occasionally I'd take longer to do something and I kept having to pause, maybe consider showing the same step but slow mo that segment? I used a yarn that suggested 10mm needles, and everything worked out great! For my scarf I only cast on 14 stitches and it's definitely wide enough haha
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
+Lily Huang I do! I've got one on a seed stitch cowl or scarf: https://youtu.be/J64WrUkaU0o and another on mistake rib stitch on an infinity scarf: https://youtu.be/o10eT67E1hc Here's my pattern tutorial playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSZARCc5KSoSmPKl_wIPAMw4CDnHVMUHF Enjoy!
Lily Huang (1 month ago)
+Sheep & Stitch he loves it! Do you have a tutorial for other knitting stitches too?
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Awesome! Thanks for your comment! Hope your boyfriend loves the scarf!
Brad Liu (1 month ago)
I am gonna knit one for my mom, thank you so much for your sharing. HAPPY~
Vy Nguyen (1 month ago)
I just finished cast the first scarf of my life.😁😭thank you so so much. I am so happy 😆
Ilan Cruz (1 month ago)
This was VERY detailed. I can’t wait to start knitting.😁
Jacq Men (1 month ago)
I cant make a casting knot and its making me so mad 😭😭😭🥺🥺🥺😫😫😫😫. I keep making actual knots.
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Sorry you're having trouble! You can try watching this video on making a cast on: https://youtu.be/1vm6oaYzHyA (skip ahead to the 00:40 mark for the tutorial). It's a good beginner cast on that's an alternative to the one I show in this video. Good luck!
Deanna Lynn (1 month ago)
The dislikes are 9/11
Odette Alomar (1 month ago)
Thank you for this video!! I’m getting my materials tomorrow to make this scarf!!
C.R. Evans (1 month ago)
What this is literally the worst tutorial I have seen the internet every other one I have tried has worked expect this one 👎👎👎
Mari (1 month ago)
Great Video....super easy to follow without over explanation! Thank you!!
No connection (1 month ago)
what happens when you run out of yarn and new to switch to a new ball of yarn
Daviana Wright (1 month ago)
I ever made
Daviana Wright (1 month ago)
This was fun making it it was my first scarf
Maxaboy Maxiboi (1 month ago)
I couldn't
Katy Pryde (1 month ago)
I'm two rows in and I have an extra stitch....already!! 😩
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Don't panic! This is totally normal for new knitters. This video may help you understand how you added in that extra stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oP6EyCT93g Since you're only two rows in, you can either keep going and treat the first ten rows or so as practice. Then, rip it out once you feel confident knitting, and start all over again. Or you can rip out your work now and start all over again. Totally up to you! Good luck!
Shoptorshi (1 month ago)
Can we just cut the tail off?
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
I wouldn't recommend doing that because the knot may unravel, which would lead to the scarf unravelling. If you don't have a tapestry needle, try to weave in the yarn tail into a few stitches by using the knitting needle to nudge it into the stitches. I think that'll be more secure.
Emanuele 668 (1 month ago)
my stich just drops
Megan Jackson (1 month ago)
This is a fantastic tutorial that I used to finish my first ever knitting project. I did a smaller scarf of 15 stitches but a heads up that I used 3 whole skeins and the video says she used 2. I’m glad I bought extra!
Lily The werewolf (1 month ago)
I don’t know the 2 step
Lil Taufi (1 month ago)
First time knitting.. randomly decided to make my grandma a scarf at 10pm last night lol ..by far the easiest beginners vid! Ive watched about 11 before i found this. Once i seen how easy you explained how to cast on i subscribed! Thank you so much for this.
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Awesome! Good luck with your scarf! Hope grandma loves it!
I didnt understand anything
I’m stuck in 9:26 😫😫😩😩😡
Lily The werewolf (1 month ago)
I’m 12 years old and I’m going to try to make it
Mountain Climber (1 month ago)
Thanks a ton! My 11 year old tried this and it worked out perfect. The scarfs make awesome last minute Christmas presents
Kiran c (1 month ago)
hi, how to I add a new ball of yarn when the first one finishes? this scarf is pretty long right? I dont think 1 ball of yarn would be enough
Roxanne K (1 month ago)
So far I’m getting the hang of it, but I started off w/ 22 stitches and I counted again after my last row and it’s up to 30 stitches now, I don’t know why it’s gotten wider :(
Nick (1 month ago)
How many yards or feet I don’t know how they measure it but how many yards of yarn is needed to make that length of a scarf.
Sam Terwel (1 month ago)
This was really helpful! This is all I need to begin a new hobby.
Pooja Thatte (1 month ago)
Hello Devina, thank you so much for such a wonderful tutorial. I completed my first knit scarf around 7 ft long with the help of your video. And for someone who had never held knitting needles and yarn in her hands, my scarf turned out to be just perfect. All thanks to you. You made it so easy for me. And it’s not only in how you teach the technique, but you also address the nervousness a first time knitter faces through your brilliantly put up video. Thanks 😍
MoeMoe (1 month ago)
Nice easy casting.because I’m trying to learn how to knit the other videos was so difficult to follow but you’re casting is great👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
MoeMoe (1 month ago)
Thanks.you are a good teacher 🤗
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Awesome to hear! Keep at it! 💪
Jessica Hemric (1 month ago)
You mention slipping the first stitch to keep a neat border along the sides, but what do you do if you’re switching colors? Do you still skip the first stitch with the new color or do you knit the first stitch?
Elise Calimar (1 month ago)
I really want to try and knit since it seems like a fun, relaxing thing to do when I have nothing else to do. I'm so glad I found your tutorial. I was planning to buy a Sims 4 expansion pack, but now I need to save up for materials. My mom is going to have a bomb scarf when I do this
Elise Calimar (1 month ago)
+Sheep & Stitch Thank you so much! I'll hit up one Michaels since I'm on winter break and check out what they have.
Sheep & Stitch (1 month ago)
Woohoo! While I'm also a fan of the Sims, I'm glad you're planning to knit! If you go to Michaels or Joann's (in the States), the acrylic yarn isn't too expensive. Good luck!
Leafar Dimalanta (1 month ago)
The ONLY video that I was able to follow and learn something from!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
afertador (1 month ago)
Guys wish me luck, im gonna do this as a last minute xmas gift, in 3 days, fingercrossed
small footprint (1 month ago)
Guess I'm on the right track. Seems very heavy. I'm using Wool-Ease Thick and Quick bulky yarn and 10mm needles. In your video, you show you cast on 15 stitches. I cast on 20 but I see in the written, you say 22, so I'm ok there. I chose this yarn to match a hat I made for her (my daughter.) Not sure it's right.... but... now I see that you made yours 65" long. I'm trying to get this done for Christmas. If I have enough time, and enough yarn, I'd like to try to add fringes... I'll just make them up. Not sure how to do them, but can't be too hard. Trouble is I have 3 balls, and it looks like it's going to take it all to get to 60". We'll see how it looks. Thanks for posting this.
small footprint (1 month ago)
Thanks for having a link to "how to join" I noticed it just in time. I used the 2nd option... It worked... so excited.
wade gibson (2 months ago)
I’m a guy and need to unwind, and make Xmas gifts for next year, I can do that! Thanks
Lilia lili (2 months ago)
thanks to this video i made two scarfs in just 4 days and they look amazing and everyone loved them and so do i <3 thank you so much
Nida Riaz (2 months ago)
My stitches kept increasing x.x
Haylo.IS.NOT.Halo:p (2 months ago)
You are phenomenal at teaching. Im subscribing. Ive never really gotten the hang of this through video before. You make me feel like i can do this without even trying. Thank you. Your confidence inspires my confidence.
M Wischnewski (2 months ago)
Thank you for this video. I did run into a problem. As I got to an end of the row, I knit the the stitch and started the other direction, started to knit onto the 'naked needle'. A couple of rows into it, my stitches dropped off from the needle (number of stitches) and my scarf got wider (from when I started). Can you tell me what I'm doing wrong. I can't tell from the video. I'm not sure what I'm missing. Thank you.
M Wischnewski (2 months ago)
I'm just going to rip back (for the second time) and start over trying to pay more attention to what you talked about. I had some of those funny looking stitches but I thought it was just forgot where I was in the process and kept moving on. As a 61 year old male with a brain injury, it may take awhile, but by golly, I'm going to figure this out. Thank you so much for your help!
Sheep & Stitch (2 months ago)
Hi! If your scarf is getting wider, there's a chance that you're accidentally adding new stitches. I go into how this happens in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oP6EyCT93g If you've added a lot of new stitches, then I suggest your rip back your knitting to the point where you've got the original number of stitches. Then, continue knitting, being sure not to make the mistake of adding new stitches. Hope that helps!
Mori Mori (2 months ago)
it took me three years to finish mine
Elizabeth Corrigan (28 days ago)
LOL me tooooooo but i haven’t finished yet xD
Teo De Grox (1 month ago)
How long of a yarn did you use for it?
Gregory James (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for this lesson video!! I learned how to knit! I really can't believe I'm knitting 😁 thanks so much!
Sheep & Stitch (2 months ago)
Awesome! You've got this! 🤩
Anna Nirom (2 months ago)
I loved this video, it was very helpful! I learned way back in fourth grade how to knit, but I never did it again up until now (I’m a high school sophomore) when I had the sudden urge to make a scarf. I only had one issue: After completing the first row of knit stitches, I would have a large loop connected to my slip-knot stitch. It wasn’t a loose stitch, it was just the yarn that extended between my casts on my left needle to the stitches on my right needle creating this loop. I couldn’t tighten it and it only became a nuisance if I tried to keep going. I found a solution, if anyone else is having the same problem. Instead of creating a slip knot in the beginning, just drape the tail of the yard over the needle and begin casting on. The tail may end up a little long, but that’s okay. When you begin knit stitching your first row, treat it as a regular stitch and just knit it like you would if you were using the slip knot. Just be sure to hold onto the tail the first couple of rows to make sure it doesn’t get too loose and undo itself, but it should hold as you go on. And I do recommend the slipped selvedge for clean edges! I hope that was some help!
Sheep & Stitch (2 months ago)
Thanks for sharing that tip! I'm not sure what that loop could be, but I'm glad you figured out a good workaround!
TS MS (2 months ago)
Hi this was the best tutorial I've ever seen, can you please make tutorial on knitting gloves, thank u
Trezha VB (2 months ago)
Sheep & Stitch (2 months ago)
No worries! The slipped stitches make the edge look a bit nicer, but nothing bad will happen if you don't slip them. It's not super obvious unless you're actively looking at the edge. No one needs to know! 🙈
Monique B. (2 months ago)
Thank you so much! I am learning how to knit, so I recently joined a knitting group. However, I just couldn't seem to catch on, because they were showing me how to do a butterfly cast on, which was very difficult for a beginner such as myself. Thank goodness I found your site, and learned very quickly the backward loop cast on. So now I am on my way to making a beautiful scarf.
Sheep & Stitch (2 months ago)
That's great! I'm not sure what a butterfly cast on is... I suspect it might be the long tail cast on, but either way I'm glad you found a cast on that works for you! Happy knitting!
Bobby Cream (2 months ago)
Im in the process of making the scarf and I don't have the sticks and now I'm using pencils. Still works
Sheep & Stitch (2 months ago)
Chopsticks, pencils, a whittled down tree branch - they all work! Kudos for your resourcefulness!
C G (2 months ago)
This is my first time knitting, and i thought i'd give it a try to give as a christmas gift cuz I like making my own gifts. I'm having trouble after the part where you switch it to the other needle, its kind of tight getting the needle through and the yarn onto the next needle. How tight does the yarn have to be?
Arsh Verma (2 months ago)
this really helped
Mallika Willson (2 months ago)
Thank u super simple and easy

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