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Knitting has always been my favorite hobby of all time. Creating swatches of fabric out of just a ball of yarn always makes me happy. And it is the perfect craft to do while watching tv with family, isn’t it?
Here I will walk you through the basic knitting terms, just enough for you to learn how to knit a simple scarf. You will need a pair of knitting needles (I used size 10 here), a ball of bulky yarn and a pair of Fiskars knitting scissors.
To cast on: To begin your scarf create a loop of yarn as shown. Now insert your right hand thumb and forefinger into this loop and pull the yarn tail through to form another loop.
Pull tightly till you have a small not at the base of the loop. Now slip this loop onto your knitting needle.
Now slide the knot up till you have a somewhat tight stitch on your needle. There is no need to tighten it too much, tighten it just a tad.
Next hold this needle in your left hand and pick up the other empty knitting needle in your right hand. Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle. With your right hand pick up and loop the yarn around the tip of the right needle and pull this yarn through the existing stitch. You should now have one stitch on your right needle. Slip this stitch onto the left hand needle. You have now cast on two stitches.
Repeat this pattern of insert needle, loop yarn, pull yarn through stitch, slip stitch from right needle onto left needle till you have cast on the desired number of stitches. For this simple scarf, you will need to cast on 18 stitches.
To knit: You now have 18 stitches on one needle. Hold this needle in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand.
Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle. With your right hand loop the yarn around the tip of the right needle and pull this yarn through the existing stitch. You should now have one stitch on your right needle. Slip the first stitch of the left hand needle off the needle. You have now knit one stitch.
Continue in this manner, insert needle, loop yarn, pull yarn through stitch, slip stitch off the left needle till all the stitches from the left needle have been transferred to the right hand needle.
You have now knit one row. To make a scarf, you will be creating a long narrow rectangular piece of yarn fabric. Continue knitting each row, transferring stitches from needle to another till you have achieved the desired length of your scarf.
To cast off: Once you have a long enough scarf, it’s time to cast off the stitches. Knit the first two stitches of the row. You should how have two stitches on your right hand needle. Insert your left hand needle into the stitch farthest from the tip and pull it over the stitch that is closer to the tip of the needle. You have now successfully cast off one stitch.
Knit the next stitch and slip it off the left needle. As you did before, slip the farthest stitch. You should be left with one stitch remaining on the right hand needle. Continue in this manner till you have knit and cast off all the stitches and only one stitch remains on the right hand needle. Cut the yarn leaving a small tail, and pull the tail through this final stitch.
Your scarf is now ready!