How to Make a Scarf With Large Knitting Needles

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Scarves that are knit using large needles make for a quick and satisfying knitting project. Bulky scarves also make a dramatic statement, especially when knit in a strong color. Because scarves knit on large knitting needles can be completed relatively quickly, you can make a few in different colors to add variety to an outdoor winter wardrobe.

Things You'll Need

  • 250 yards of bulky weight yarn
  • U.S. Size 13 knitting needles, or size needed to get nine stitches to 4 inches
  • Darning needle
  • Cast on 18 stitches.

  • Knit one stitch and purl one stitch. Repeat the last two stitches eight times more.

  • Purl one stitch and knit one stitch. Repeat the last two stitches eight more times. Be sure that you are purling into a stitch that was purled on the previous row and appears as a knit stitch when facing you, and knitting into a stitch that was knit on the previous row and appears as a purl stitch when facing you. This stitch pattern is often called "Seed Stitch" and does not curl like plain knitting or contract like ribbing.

  • Repeat the last two rows until the scarf measures 54 inches in length, or your desired length.

  • Bind off all stitches. Weave in any loose ends. Wash the scarf according to the directions on the ball band and lay it flat. When the scarf is dry, it is ready to wear.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a yarn that is very soft as scarves are worn directly next to the delicate skin of the throat.
  • Cast on more stitches in an even number, or use needles and yarn that yield less than nine stitches to 4 inches, to make a wider scarf. Cast on fewer stitches in an even number, or use needles and yarn that yield more than nine stitches to 4 inches to make a narrower scarf.

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