How to Knit a Circle Scarf for Beginners

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A circle scarf is an elegant alternative to a traditional scarf. Rather than a long rectangle, a circle scarf is a large loop of knit fabric that the wearer hangs around her neck. Although knitting a seamless loop of fabric may seem daunting, it's simple if you have the correct tools. By using circular needles, you can knit an infinity scarf as easily as a traditional scarf. The simplest pattern for a circle scarf uses seed stitches, but once you get the hang of knitting on circular needles, you can adapt any pattern you like.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 skeins yarn
  • Size 9 circular needles (at least 3 feet long)
  • Stitch marker or safety pin
  • Yarn needle
  • Cast on 320 stitches.

  • Lay your needles in a straight line. Check to make sure that all the cast-on stitches are on the same side of the needles. Turn any that are twisted the wrong way. If you have a twisted stitch on circular needles, it will not eventually correct itself as it does on straight needles, so you must fix it immediately.

  • Place a stitch marker or safety pin on your last stitch. This will help you see when you start a new row.

  • Knit one, purl one across the first row. When you reach the last stitch, knit it to the first stitch. Your stitches will be knit together into a large circle instead of a straight line.

  • Continue to knit one, purl one until your scarf is 10 inches wide, purling your final stitch in the same row as your stitch marker.

  • Bind off in pattern. Sew in any loose ends with the yarn needle.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you use circular needles, you are always knitting on the right side of the pattern. If you want to convert a scarf pattern for straight needles into a circle scarf pattern, always use knit stitches in place of purl stitches and purl stitches in place of knit stitches when knitting even-numbered rows.
  • If you have trouble with circular needles, you can also knit a traditional scarf and sew the ends together. This allows you to use straight needles, but leaves a visible seam in the scarf.

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References

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting: Second Edition; Barbara Breiter and Gail Diven
  • Red Heart: Infinity Scarf
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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