How to Knit Holes in Scarves

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A knitted hole can be worked into any stitch pattern.
A knitted hole can be worked into any stitch pattern. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Knitting a hole in a scarf is a simple technique that will add an interesting look to your project. The hole is made by working a yarn over and knitting or purling two stitches together to make a decrease without losing any stitches. Also known as an eyelet, you can work a hole as soon as you have cast on into any row or section of the scarf to create a unique garment.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles

Cast on the number of stitches, according to your pattern, and work until you are ready to make a hole.

Work a yarn over by bringing the yarn forward so that is in front of your needles. This creates a new stitch to replace the decrease that you are about to make.

Knit the next two stitches together, if you are on a knit row. To do this, insert the working needle into the front of the next two stitches. Wrap the yarn over the right needle and knit the two stitches as you would for one.

Purl the next two stitches together, if you are on a purl row. To do this, bring the yarn to the front of your work and insert the working needle into the front of the next two stitches. Wrap the yarn over the needle and purl the two stitches as you would for one.

Continue to knit or purl the next stitch or make another hole.

Keep the yarn over on the needle and knit or purl it on the next row, according to your scarf pattern instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can create holes with any number of stitches on a row.

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References

  • Knitting VISUAL Quick Tips; Sharon Turner
  • Teach Me To Knit; Leisure Arts
  • Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design; Sharon Turner
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