How to Knit a Cowl Scarf

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Knitting a cowl scarf is also referred to as knitting a loop or infinity scarf. Knit a cowl scarf with help from an experienced knitter and designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Gina Hills and I'm here at Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, I will be talking about how to knit a cowl scarf. Sometimes you'll hear it refer to as an infinity scarf or a loop scarf; they're basically two ways to do this. One is to knit it flat and then graft it together. This one is a sage cowl and I knit this when flat. I used a provisional cast on and then at the very end, I grafted it together using a kitchener stitch. It's very easy to do, but you may need a little bit of help. And so, this you can do any length; I love this one, I made this out of linen. And then finally, you got the cowl that you do in the round or circ, using circular needles, like this one here, and this. So, basically what you do is you have dump or circular needles that are between 16 and 24 inches, depending on how big your cowl is. This one I'll probably use a 16-inch needle on, but the bigger one I would have used a 24-inch needle. So, you cast on your stitches and then it's really important that when you join and around that you make sure that your work is not twisting. So, you can see here that my work is twisted, so you need to straighten it out, so all the stitches are going in one direction. And then holding your yarn that you're going to use on your right, you simply knit into the first stitch, and that is how you close that cowl up, like so. And now, I'm knitting in a round. You can see that this is just going around in a circle. So, having the yarn on your right, making sure that your stitches are all going in the same direction. If they're not, if you got a twist in your, in your knitting, then your cowl will have a turn in it. And actually, this is a good option if you choose to do this, but if you want it to be just a straight cowl like this, then you need to make sure that it's not twisted. So, those are the two ways to make a, a knit cowl. One is to knit it flat and sew it or graft it together or to join and knit in the round like my purple one.

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