Make Personalised Scarves For Your Winter Traveller
How To Knit A Unique Scarf For Beginners
Why you should get started on your first scarf-making knitting project, and how to produce a truly unique creation.
With the sub-zero temperatures that the UK has experienced since the New Year, no-one would argue against the need to keep wrapped up. In fact, the coldest night of 2018 so far plunged to -13.7C in some parts of the country. Yet, it might be surprising to sun-loving beach-goers that some Brits choose this time of year to visit countries even colder than our own. Whether hoping to see the Aurora Borealis in northern Scandinavia, enjoying a ski trip, or perhaps visiting Sweden’s romantic Ice Hotel, there are some fantastic opportunities awaiting the winter traveller. However, a big part of enjoying these amazing trips is dressing appropriately and for comfort. If you or someone you know is heading to a colder climate, consider making a personalised scarf to take along for the ride.
Making Your Scarf 100% Unique
Unlike mass-produced scarves that you buy from the high street, the individual touch that comes from wearing a personalised garment is so much more charming. You can customise it with jewels, a colour scheme that means something to you and complements your style, or buy scarf wool that has an unusual and quality texture to it.
Knitting your scarf is one of the easiest ways to produce this cosy accessory. If you’re brand new to knitting, then luckily scarf-making is an ideal first project for you, as it’s quite straightforward to master. Armed with your knitting needles and yarn, first you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the basic techniques of casting on, knitting a basic stitch and then binding off. There are plenty of online tutorials on YouTube or social media to help you learn the ropes, or if you prefer a more sociable learning environment then why not head down to a local Stitch and Bitch group where there will be many seasoned knitters who are willing to lend a helping hand.
Know Your Stitches
A garter stitch is one of the easiest techniques to master. To make a scarf using the garter stitch, you might cast on twelve stitches, or more if you’re going for a chunkier look. You can then knit every garter stitch and row until the scarf has either reached the desired length, or if you’re nearing the end of your yarn. Try and leave about a yard at the end for you to bind off and then leave a short tail of about 6 inches. At this point, you’ll need to use a croquet hook to weave in the ends of the wool at the top and bottom of your scarf to finish it. Of course, don’t let the size of the yarn ball limit you. If you would prefer a longer length scarf, then you can easily add another ball half-way through your project.
As you progress with your scarf-making, you can become more adventurous with the types of stitches that you try, opting for purl, brioche rib or a reverse stockinette for instance. A personalised scarf has no limits, so make the project your own in whatever way you wish. Or better still, why not make several and let your friends and family benefit from your homely creations?