I have met so many people who want to know how to knit or crochet so badly but always say that they are too busy or learning something so complicated feels overwhelming. Do not be overwhelmed. You can make this Beautiful Beginner Loom Knit Scarf with zero knitting skills. <—- I mean it. Zero. Nada. No skills.
And you will become comfortable so quickly that you will soon be able to make a scarf while you binge watch Netflix.
You might have learned to knit on a round loom for the Colorful Knit Cap. Now you are going to learn to work on a long loom. Like the round looms, you can pick up a set with lots of different sizes for about $25.
Beautiful Loom Knit Scarf that is Perfect for Beginners
This Beautiful Loom Knit Scarf uses a stitch called a stockinette stitch – sometimes you will also hear people call it a figure eight stitch. It is made literally by making a figure eight shape between the two lines of pegs on the loom.
Once you learn how to start the project – called casting on – you can really determine the length you want for your scarf on your own. Use a narrower loom for younger kids and a wider loom for adults. I generally just get started and determine the length of the scarf based on who the recipient will be. <— Obviously my 5-year-old will need a shorter scarf than my mother… make sense?
Also, play around with different yarns to see the type of scarf it creates. A heavier, chunky yarn will make a thick, stretchy knit scarf. Great for cold weather!
A super light yarn will create a lace effect with the same stitch, more appropriate for fashion than warmth.
What You Need:
1-2 skeins of worsted weight, colorful variegated yarn
1 straight knitting loom (You can purchase in a set for about $20 – and 8-inch straight loom is a good size.)
1 loom pick (should come with your loom
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
What You Do to Make the Loom Knit Scarf:
- Create a slip knot and attach it to the anchor peg. That is the lonely little peg on the outside of your loom. Leave 2 inches of yarn tail at the end to weave in later.
- Circle each peg winding behind the top peg first and down around the bottom peg (clockwise) before moving to the next peg on the top. You will be making a figure eight with the yarn.
- At the end of the row, turn the loom and make the second round around the loom so that you should have 2 sets of yarn circles on each peg.
- Using the loom pick, pull the bottom yarn loop over the top of the first yarn loop (and off the top of the peg). Work your way completely around the loom until you are back at the 1st peg. This is the first round (and is called casting on).
- For the second round, loop the yarn around each peg again, working top to bottom and around each peg. Use the loom pick to pull each bottom yarn loop over the top.
- As you continue to make rows, you can release the slip knot on the anchor peg so it does not pull on the stitches in the loom.
- Continue this way until the scarf is the length you desire. Then you will need to cast off the stitches.
- Pull the yarn loop from the top peg over the corresponding peg on the bottom peg. So you will have two yarn loops on one side of the straight loom. Pull the bottom loop over the top. You will now only have loops on the bottom line of the loom.
- Starting on the right side of the loom, pull the next to last loop over the last loop, pull the bottom yarn loop over the top, then move the remaining loop left one peg.
- Repeat the process until you are on your last peg with only one yarn loop.
- Trim the connected yarn, 2 inches from the last loop. pull the yarn through the last loop and weave in the ends.