Learn to Knit Your First Scarf

Here it is – the pattern and video tutorial for brand-new knitters. This tutorial will teach you to knit, and get you started on your first project at the same time. Pattern includes links to 7 instructional videos.

This tutorial covers all of the basics, which will set you up well for future projects! We learn slip knot, casting-on, knit stitch, purl stitch, binding off, pattern reading, and how to alternate knits and purls in the same row.

Materials Needed:
• one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted (widely available at craft stores), or 200 yards of another worsted-weight yarn, preferably wool or wool-blend
• size 10.5 US needles (preferably wooden ones)
• a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends

This pattern is available in three different formats, each includes links to 7-part video tutorial:

1. PDF Pattern, traditional and printable. $8.00 via PayPal

2. Amazon Kindle digital download (suitable for Kindle devices and devices that use the Kindle app): $6.00 US.

3. eReader (For non-Kindle eReaders, like Sony eReader and Barnes & Noble Nook, or any device using the Google Play Books app) $6.72 US

Information on things you’ll see in the video:
The scarf on the mannequin is my Learn to Knit an Aran Shawl, pattern + video tutorial.
The sweater I’m wearing is the Featherweight Cardigan, knit with Malabrigo Lace.

Part 7 of the video series is a private video, and the link is provided within the pattern.

62 comments on “Learn to Knit Your First Scarf

  1. Hi Jason – if your Kindle isn’t the kind that allows for web browsing, you will need to look at the video parts on another device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone, etc.). You can just type out the links you see into a browser…the first six video segments are available here on this page where you commented.

    S t a c i

  2. You are by far my favorite to teach me how to knit & help me thru knitting problems. There is no other who gets to the process & explains everything at a pace that is not rushed and shows clearly in your videos what your hands are doing while knitting. Thanks so very much for your video instructions, I would be lost without them & you. Thanks so very much as I start my beginning to learn how to knit.

  3. A lady was wearing a shawl type sweater and she said it was knit in 3 triangles and sewn together…I cannot seem to find the pattern anywhere, would you know of anything like that??

    Thank you very much.
    Leah Schonemann

  4. Very very thankful for these videos… they helped me in my quest to begin to learn to knit again. I’m now making a Doctor Who dishcloth and, like the nerd I am, I’m very excited about it XD. You have my sincere gratitude!

  5. Hi Stacie,
    Thanks so much for your tutorials. Your a great teacher. I am new to knitting but I think i’m ready to make this scarf. My one question is how do you get your end stitches from being to loose? When I turn my work to start the next row that first stitch always seems to be looser than the other stitchers. Can you give me any tips on how to correct this? Thanks, Barb

  6. Barbara – getting good edge tension takes practice, and until it comes automatically, you really have to pay attention to the tension on the first and last stitch of each row. If you’re using wool or a wool blend, you’ll find that washing and blocking takes care of most little tension issues. Keep practicing, and good luck!

    S t a c i

  7. Hello, I have a kindle fire and your videos can’t be shown. Is there a way to support a flash drive for your site or provide printed steps?

  8. Elizabeth – sorry, I’m not all that familiar with Kindle Fires. My videos are normal YouTube videos, so you may want to try Kindle Support and/or YouTube support.

    S t a c i

  9. I so appreciate your youtube videos and am a subscriber.
    I am trying to learn your “flicking technique” but cannot figure out how to create tension in right hand.
    Do you have the yarn wrapped around your little finger coming over your fourth finger?
    I so hope you can help me.

  10. Kay – most people do wrap the working yarn around their pinkie to keep tension. I do not…I just hold the working yarn sort of in a fist with my ring and pinkie fingers. You just have to find what works for you.

    S t a c i

  11. Hi Staci,

    I love your tutorials. I am a beginner knitter and you make the instructions easy to follow. Thank you so much.

    I have a question regarding gauge. When you check gauge do you knit the swatch in the pattern you are getting ready to knit? I bought your pattern for the beginner scarf and I’m not sure about knitting the swatch. Thank you and keep those tutorials coming.

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