Do you want to know a little known fact about me? I was a major girl scout. Besides learning to sell a mean box of cookies, I learned how to knit a scarf or two. These days, I don’t have ALL the time in the world so I picked up a couple other “non-knitting” techniques to make scarves.
I made myself a traditional infinity scarf cowl using the “arm-knit” technique and an on-trend pom-pom scarf for baby Scarlett. Let me tell you—it is way easier than it looks! It’s also a great stress reliever. In other words, be prepared to be “tied” up for awhile because it gets addicting! I know, bad joke. But I had to!
See below for step-by-steps to make each style:
(P.S: it’s not just for kids!)
- Yarn- 3 skeins/colors I used pink and white, one super chunky weight
- Pom-Pom maker (optional) or cardboard
- Determine the desired length of the scarf and cut 6 strands of the chunky yarn
- Tie a knot approximately 4 inches on both ends of each strand
- Cut 2 approximately 8 inch strands and securely tie around just below the knots on one end. This will create a tassel for the end of the scarf.
- Braid from the secure end to the knots on the opposite end doubling up the strands.
- Securely tie above the knots once braiding is complete, this will be the “body” of the scarf.
For pom-poms you can buy a commercially made pom-pom maker or you can make your own:
- To make your own, draw 3 different sized circles the size of the pom-poms you want and cut 2 of each
- Cut out a center circle opening (like a doughnut!)
- Generously wrap yarn around both of the same sized circles from outside in through the center hole
- Cut the yarn at the outside of the circle being careful to keep together
- Securely tie by inserting a strand between the 2 pieces of cardboard, leave a tail of a couple inches, you may need to trip the pom-poms to make more unified or denser
Secure the pom-poms to the scarf with the tails and trim. I concentrated the pom-poms near the ends and less around the neck.
DIY Infinity Arm Cowl Scarf
I had never tried this before so I used this tutorial to learn! Since it’s hard to actually take pictures of myself doing this (because it requires both arms) it’s easier to sit in front of the computer and watch. I’ve also included step-by-step below!
- 2 Skeins of Super Chunky yarn
- Your arms!
- Take your yarn and measure about four or five arm lengths and set it to the side (this is your tail and the park coming from the balls of yarn is called the working yarn) Make a slip knot by making a loop and pulling the yarn through it. Slip your dominant hand through the slip knot and make it snug on your wrist (but not too tight)
- Grab the working yarn with your left hand (the right if you are a lefty) and with your thumb go over the working yarn (while still holding it in hand) and up (like in pictures) then with the two fingers closest to your thumb grab the tail so it looks like in the picture.
- Slip your hand between the working yarn on your thumb over and through the tail on your other fingers and back through the working yarn (look at pictures) and tighten around your wrist. Do this same thing about 11 more times until you have twelve stitches on your wrist.
- With your right hand grab the working yarn and slide the stitch closest to your hand off your hand and pull the working yarn through making a loop. Slide your other wrist through the loop. Do this again with all of your stitches including the slip-knot (which is the same method as the rest of the stitches) do this until all of your stitches have been transferred onto your left (or right if your dominant hand is left) hand.
- This step is repeated on the other hand as well just that you grab the working yarn with your other hand and put the loop on your right (or left if lefty) hand.
- Keep going this on each hand until you have your desired length for your infinity scarf. (It will be about 12 stitches for one wrap and around 20 for a double wrap)
- To bind off you start the same as knitting. You grab the working yarn, make the loop and slide onto other hand. Do this twice so that your other hand has two of the stitches on it. Drop the working yarn. Now take the stitch closest to your body and slip it off so that there is only one stitch remaining. Add another stitch like before and take the stitch closest to your body and pull it off. Keep doing this until the last one on your hand is the slip knot. Take this off your hand and pull tightly and tie it off.
- To attach your ends together, first fold the scarf in half and line up the ends. Take your leftover tail or your slip knot stitch you just tied off and begin to sew the ends together with your hands. (If your tail or slip knot is not long enough to do this, use a big sewing needle and string some of the same color yarn through and sew it together)
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