I know, I know — what the heck am I doing “knitting” a scarf in the dead heat of summer?
I don’t really have an answer other than, “I had the yarn, so I made the scarf.”
If you’ve been reading my blog or if you’re a friend or family member, you know my husband and I love to go camping. This is our month to have our little camping trailer out at a campground that’s less than an hour from home, so we leave it there set up waiting for us to go out to it on Friday evenings and we stay until Sunday afternoon. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and it’s close to home. We feel as though we’re getting away for the weekend (in fact, every weekend in June), but without all the hassle of towing it every Friday and Sunday. It’s perfect.
I remember the very first time I ever camped. It was when I was in Girl Scouts and I was in Juniors — back then, that’s when we were considered old enough for overnights. I packed up all my stuff in my little tiny overnight suitcase, which I still have today.
How cute is that? I keep it on the top shelf in my craft room, with my two raggedy dolls inside. It had just enough space inside for my jammies, clean undies, socks, and t-shirt, soap, towel, tooth brush, and toothpaste. Because we couldn’t afford a sleeping bag, I used regular bedding that was rolled up and tied with string.
And so began my wonderful memories of scouting and camping.
What do camping and “knitting” a scarf have in common?
Well, I always take some craft projects with me when we go camping — it’s relaxing and enjoyable for me. This time I took some yarn I happened to have laying around and made this scarf.
The only thing you need is one skein of looped yarn. By now you’ve all seen the chunky blankets that have become so popular, not only because they are beautiful, but also because they are so simple to make. Well, someone came up with the great idea to create a yarn that already has the loops sewn into the yarn. The yarn is much smaller than the big chunky yarns, but you could definitely make a baby’s blanket. I purchased mine at A.C. Moore for $2.47 and it took about 2-hours to complete the scarf. You don’t need any knitting skills or knitting needles.
Anyway, let’s get started…
My scarf is 10 loops across, so my instructions will be based upon that. However, it’s YOUR project, so feel free to make yours as narrow or as wide as you like. (If you make it wider, you’ll likely need another skein of yarn.)
Here we go:
Count out 10 loops starting at the end of the yarn. The first 10 loops will be your first row of loops. Look at that! You have your first row completed! Celebrate!
Counting from left to right, the first loop on your left is loop 1 and the 10th loop is — wait for it — loop 10. For the second row, with your thumb and forefinger reach through loop 10, grab the next loop (which is loop 11) and pull it through loop 10. Now just let go of it.
Moving to your left, reach through the next loop in the original line of loops (loop 9), and pull through the next loop in your working yarn (loop 12). Repeat this process until all 10 loops from the first row have been worked.
You have just completed your second row. Celebrate!!
Now it’s time to start your third row. Do not turn your work. Just work the rows left to right, then right to left.
Reach through the first loop from the last row you just completed – this will be the same loop you just pulled through. Grab the next loop attached to the ball (just as you did for the second row), pull it through the loop and let go. Again, repeat this process until all 10 loops from the second row have been worked.
You just completed your third row! Celebrate!!!
Continue to add rows to your scarf until you have about 15 loops remaining in the ball of yarn.
If you’ve made a chunky blanket, you know that this is basically the same process.
You want to keep an eye on the back of your project, because if you miss or skip a loop, it will look like this:
And then you’ll have to pull out some of your rows until you get back to the mistake, then start looping again.
Here’s how the front of the scarf will look — nice and smooth with each stitch the same size.
Completing the whole scarf should take about 2-2 ½ hours. I made this one in one sitting, but I’m still working on my second one.
When you’ve worked down to the last 15 loops, it’s time to “cast-off.” Before you begin to do that, let’s assign a number to each of the loops, beginning with the one you just finished working on. That one can be loop 1 and the one next to it is loop 2, so on.
Casting or binding off is very similar to creating a whole new row, except you drop a stitch as you go. So, as if you are creating a new row, and like you’ve done at the start of each row, reach through the first loop from the last row you just completed – this will be the same loop you just pulled through (loop 1), and pull through the next loop on the yarn. Then repeat the process with loop 2.
Now, holding that new loop that you just formed on loop 2, bend it towards the first loop and put it through that first loop. You have just cast-off your first stitch. Let it go and now go to loop 3. Reach through loop 3 and pull through the next loop on the ball of yarn. Holding that new loop that you just formed, bend it towards what is now the first loop and put it through that loop. You have just cast-off your second loop. Let it go and now go to loop 4 and repeat the process until you are down to the last loop.
Then to keep your work from unraveling, cut off all but one of the remaining loops in the remainder of the yarn. Then cut through the bottom of the loose loop that is still attached to the scarf. This will form a piece of yarn that is about 4 inches long and you can pull it through and form a knot to tie off the end of your scarf.
A nice warm winter scarf that you definitely don’t need right now.
Now, go outside and enjoy the fresh air!