Its that point in December where you may have started thinking about presents to give your friends and family, so over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some cheap homemade present inspiration as well as a gift guide for cheap and ethical presents. This is the first instalment, as knitting this scarf may take you up to Christmas Eve to finish. But fear not! This is one of the easiest and cheapest knitting projects I’ve ever done and is perfect for the beginner knitter or as a quick project if you’re already a knitting master.
There is no way that I can explain how to knit as well as youtube, so if you’ve never knitted before, here are some videos I’ve found useful:
- How to cast on stitches, and a slower version
- How to knit, continental style and English/American style. I prefer the continental method because that is how I learned
Yarn comes in hundreds of different styles/colours/materials, which gives you a lot more flexibility than if you’re buying a scarf from a shop. There are plenty of online shops selling hand-spun and dyed wool, recycled yarn – all it takes is a little internet searching to find something that fits your budget/requirements. I used this wool, and the final product cost me about £ 15.
Here are some interesting online wool shops I’ve found:
British wool shop supporting British sheep farmers
Peruvian wool supporting community projects
Black sheep wools – offers a huge selection to suit many budgets/styles and ships worldwide.
What you need:
- 10mm needles (I use the kind that are connected)
- 300g wool suited to 10mm needles
- Cast on 30 stitches
- Knit every row for about 120 cm or until the scarf is long enough to wrap around twice
- When the scarf is long enough, bind off and sew the short ends together using leftover wool and a plastic needle designed to be large enough to use with wool. I sewed mine together to form a moebius strip because apparently this makes the scarf lie better when you wear it.
Alternatively, you can cast on only 20 stitches and make the scarf long enough to wrap around 3 times.