Tips & Tricks for Scarves

Casting on

The method of casting on is not crucial to the “fit” of the scarf.  This is a great opportunity to try some new cast on methods, if you like.  Here are a few:

Needles

The size of the needle doesn’t really  matter with scarves, as long as you get to the suggested length and width.  If you use small needles or hooks you will need more stitches, if you use larger needles or hooks you will use less.  Smaller stitches makes the scarf more flexible and soft. Larger stitches usually make the scarf stiff and less soft, but this totally depends on the yarn.

Length

Scarves should be between 48 and 72 inches long.  If they are too short they can’t wrap around a child’s neck to keep them warm, if they are too long they might present a trip hazard.

Width

Scarves should be between 7 and 12 inches wide.  This is the width that is most comfortable to most children.

Decoration

You can decorate the scarf with any stitch pattern you choose, of course, but here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Stripes are lovely.
  • Knitted ribbing, garter stitch or a basket weave pattern doesn’t curl. Most crocheted scarves don’t roll either.
  • Patterns that are reversible are a good idea because they look the same on both sides.
  • Stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) will cause the scarf to roll and be less cozy so we don’t recommend it.
  • Don’t forget scarves may also be worked along the long way; in this case you need more stitches and fewer rows!

Ends

The ends may be left plain, or gathered and topped with a pom-pom or tassel. A fringe may be made with lengths of yarn wound around a book, cut to about 8-10 inch pieces, and pulled through the stitches on each end, two or three in a bunch, using a crochet hook, and knotted.

 Joining yarns

There are NO KNOTS in knitting. Please don’t EVER knot your yarn. Knots are ugly, they fall apart over time, can be uncomfortable to the wearer, and are just plain bad knitting! We are so happy to teach you better methods, PLEASE don’t use knots!!! Here are two methods our knitters like a lot.

  • Overlay the old and new yarns, and work two stitches with both. Remember to knit it as a single stitch as you come to it in the next row.
  • Another method is to split the yarn (both old and new) for about four inches, and overlap half the new and half the old for a couple of stitches (half of each will create a whole to knit with).

 Sewing in

There are NO KNOTS in knitting. Please don’t EVER knot your yarn. Knots are ugly, they fall apart over time, can be uncomfortable to the wearer, and are just plain bad knitting! We are so happy to teach you better methods, PLEASE don’t use knots!!!

  • Always leave about 4 inches minimum for each yarn end you create in your knitting
  • Split the yarn in half and sew in each end by skimming, on the underside of the project where it won’t be seen. Skim by putting your needle through just a few strands of a row of stitches. You can go horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. Better yet do it a couple of different ways!
  • Whether you are weaving in ends or sewing pieces together your sewing should be FLAT.  You should not ever create a bump.
  • Your sewing in should not be noticeable on the right side of the work.

Sizing

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