How To Knit A Basketweave Scarf

In December, my dad shared his hand-carved wooden buttons on Scissors & Sage.  I was so excited to use a button for a knitting project, so I quickly got to work!  I’ve been meaning to share this scarf for a few weeks now.  At long last, here it is!  It knit up quickly, as it’s big yarn and a relatively short scarf.  I used the basketweave stitch for my first time, and really like how soft and thick it makes the yarn feel.  Below is the tutorial.

The Materials:

  • 1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn (I chose the Starlight color)
  • Size US 13 straight needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • White thread
  • Sewing needle
  • 1 oblong button for closure

How To Knit The Scarf:

  1. Cast on 15 stitches
  2. Knit 3 / purl 3 / knit 3 / purl 3 / knit 3 *repeat this for 7 more rows
  3. Purl 3 / knit 3 / purl 3 / knit 3 / purl 3 *repeat this for 7 more rows
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the scarf reaches approximately 30-32 inches long
  5. Cast off 15 stitches
  6. Weave in ends with a tapestry needle

How To Add A Button:

  1. Place the scarf around your neck to determine where you’d like the button closure to be.
  2. Sew the oblong button onto one end of the scarf.  (If using a round button, sew it onto the scarf so that the scarf is permanently closed.  You won’t be able to feed a round button through your stitches, but you can simply pull the scarf down over your head.)
  3. Feed the oblong button through the other end of the scarf at a point where four boxes meet.  (The stitches are bigger here and can accommodate the button more easily.)

Here’s an impromptu picture of me wearing the scarf.  I find it to be incredibly cozy.  It’s almost a hybrid scarf/neck warmer!

MATERIALS FROM: Jo-Ann Fabric

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