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Knitting a Scarf on the Knifty Knitter Loom

posted May 15, 2011, 3:30 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated May 17, 2011, 6:03 PM ]
They say experience is the best teacher and I wanted to share with you some of the Knifty Knitter scarves that I've made and what I learned about making scarves along the way.
When I began using Knifty Knitter looms, I read that the long looms are for making scarves on a pamphlet with the loom set. For the most part, I bought into the idea that round looms are for hats and mittens, not for scarves. It's not necessarily true. You can make beautiful scarves on the round looms also. In fact, one of my favorite scarves was made on the blue round loom.

Scarf Stitches that Won't Roll at the Edges
There are some stitches, such as the figure 8, ribbed stitch and the honeycomb stitch, that must be done on a long, or rectangular, loom. However, if you are using a basic knit stitch, like the ewrap, or the no wrap stitch, the round loom makes a perfect tube scarf that will not need to be blocked.

That brings me to the next thing that I wanted to say about making scarves. You can make a flat knit panel scarf using the ewrap, or no wrap stitches, but if you do this the edges of the scarf will roll. Other stitches (honeycomb, figure 8, and ribbed) do not have a tendency to roll at the edges. Because the knit (no wrap) and stockinette stitches (e wrap) do roll, I never recommend them for any flat piece of knit, unless it will later be joined with another panel. A blanket would be a good example of panel knit that is often joined with another panel. Scarves knitted as a panel are never joined to anything and will roll.

Here is a photo of one of the first scarves that I made with Nutmeg DK Swish yarn. I did it with the no wrap stitch and because it is panel knit (front and back side) it rolls at the edges. However, It is super soft yarn and I love the color.
For those new to knitting, there are blocking techniques that help a scarf to stop rolling at the edges. Basically, blocking is wetting the knit and allowing it to dry perfectly flat to help it hold the flat shape, setting something heavy on it as it dries can be done if necessary. The scarf can also be wet and ironed flat to help it hold it's shape.

If I were to make this scarf again, I would use the blue round loom or the pink long loom and simply knit continuously around the loom, rather than back and forth, to create tube knit, or a knit that has no back side. Think of tube knit as a sock. In this case it is a very long sock that has fringe tied to the ends. Knitting a scarf as a tube prevents rolling also, but allows you to use a no wrap or ewrap stitch.

Choosing the Yarn Fiber for Making Scarves on the Knifty Knitter Loom
The final thing that I have learned about making scarves on the Knifty Knitter loom is that the fiber of the yarn makes a big difference. Polyester and other synthetic yarns are beautiful, lofty and hold up well in the washing machine, but did you know that synthetic yarns also cause static cling? It's true and I haven't always know that dryer static is a product of synthetic fabrics.

If you take a load of all cotton, or linen fabric and dry them with no synthetic fabrics, you will not have static when you take them out, regardless of lacking fabric softener. If you have long hair that is prone to static, as I do, you will probably want to avoid synthetic fibers when making scarfs. They rub on your neck and can make static prone hair go wild if you use polyester. The DK swish used in the photo on the left is a super soft cotton fabric that will never cause static cling.