Introduction: Magic Scarf/Cowl

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This tutorial will show you how to make a scarf that can also be worn as a cowl!

To make this magical accessory, we're going to knit a long tube on very large needles in a 1 by 1 rib stitch.

This will make the material very stretchy so that you can wear it stretched out as a scarf or scrunched up as a cowl.

This project is simpler than it looks and makes a great gift! It also works up really quickly (I made this in a single afternoon).

Step 1: Materials

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chunky yarn (I recommend about two skeines)
Size 15 circular knitting needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle for weaving in ends (not pictured)

Step 2: Cast on an Even Number of Stitches

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I cast on 50 stitches.

Step 3: Join the Last Stitch to the First Stitches to Make a Loop

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Knit into your first cast on stitch. Be careful not to twist your loop before you join the first and last stitch together (if it's twisted, you'll end up with a möbius scarf).

Place a stitch marker on the joining stitch. This will mark the start of each round.

Step 4: Knit 1 Purl 1 All the Way Around

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Since you used a knit stitch to join your loop, your next stitch is a purl. After going all the way around, you should end on a purl stitch.

Step 5: Repeat Until Desired Length

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Here it is after about ten rows.

Step 6: After 20 Rows...

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Step 7: After 30 Rows...

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Step 8: After 40 Rows...

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Step 9: After 50 Rows...

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Step 10: After 60 Rows...

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Step 11: After 70 Rows...

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Step 12: After 80 Rows...

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Step 13: After 90 Rows...

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Step 14: After 100 Rows...

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Step 15: After 110 Rows...

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Step 16: Cast Off

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You need a super stretchy cast off. I used Jen's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.

Remember to leave plenty of yarn for this cast off. I used about 210 inches for my cast-off.

Step 17: Weave in the Ends

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Step 18: Enjoy Your Scarf/Cowl!

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You can stretch it out and wear it as a scarf, or scrunch it up and put your head through the hole to make a thick, cozy cowl.

You can add a little flair to yours by adding tassels.

Mine turned out about 50 inches long and 4.5 inches wide when stretched out. The opening can stretch up to 25 inches (plenty of room to get over my head).

For me, this width is perfect, but if I were to do it again I'd add another 20-40 rows.


Mar HK made it! (author)2017-02-01

I decided to make a neck-warmer with this pattern. I used 6.5 mm needles with 70 stitches cast on and Lion Brand Thick & Quick yarn, "Hudson Bay" coloured. 1 skein was perfect for the shorter length and it's super stretchy and warm!

GeekCrafterGirlz432 (author)2016-11-25

You should enter this into first time authors contest... Also when I mad w this I just knit all the rows and it had looked like I did the stockinet pattern!

midlife (author)2016-11-17

looks great! nice color.
Programing, web development, and.... knitting?!!!! like it!

SanRenei (author)midlife2016-11-18

Thanks! Here's a link to the yarn I used:

I used the Spectrum colorway.

Swansong (author)2016-11-14

This is really pretty! I love the yarn you chose :)

SanRenei (author)Swansong2016-11-18

Thanks! I used Red Heart Treasure in the Spectrum colorway.

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