How to Knit a Scarf on the Knifty Knitter Looms With the No-Wrap Stitch
This scarf features the "no-wrap" stitch and can be made on either the pink long or blue round Knifty Knitter loom. True to its name, the "no-wrap" stitch only requires the loom to be wrapped for the first row. After that, there is no wrapping. The result is a dense knit perfect for a scarf to keep a neck warm in the winter.
The photo on the left is a scarf I made myself using the Knifty Knitter pink long loom and one strand of Peaches 'N Creme black cotton worsted weight yarn. It takes a novice loom knitter a few days to make this scarf and an experienced loom knitter about eight hours.
Step 1: Casting On
Prepare the Knifty Knitter Loom
The first step to knitting a scarf, or any project, is to "cast on." Casting on involves wrapping the pegs with the yarn. Create a slipknot and secure it to the anchor peg on the side of the loom. (The anchor peg is the one that is perpendicular to the rest of the pegs.)
Once the slip knot is secure, wrap each peg once going around the loom in a clock-wise direction. To "wrap" a peg, circle it with yarn, then move on to the next peg. The yarn wraps around each peg in a pattern that resembles a lowercase cursive letter e. The top of the cursive e should face the outside of the loom and the yarn should cross (the bottom of the e) on the inside of the loom.
When each peg is wrapped once, continue to the next step.
Note: When wrapping a loom, you can use two yarns as one for heavier knit. However, the scarf in the photo above was made using only one yarn.
Step 2: Knitting Off
The No-Wrap Stitch
To knit off, simply stretch the working yarn across the top of the first peg you wrapped. The yarn should be stretched just above the loop on the peg. Use the Knifty Knitter hook to pull the bottom loop toward you, then gently lift it up and over the yarn stretched above it. Finally, release it off the top of the peg toward the inside of the loom.
With a quick look at the peg, you will notice that it still has one loop of yarn on it. The loop of yarn remaining was the strand of yarn you had stretched across the peg before knitting off.
Continue to work around the loom in a clock-wise direction. Knit off by pulling each loop up and over the working yarn. Knit in this fashion until your scarf reaches the desired length, or approximately five to six feet.
Step 3: Bind Off
Binding off is removing the knit from the Knifty Knitter loom. This is a process of taking the remaining row of loops off each peg in a way that will not allow the knit to unravel when it's removed.
The best way to bind off the scarf when using the no-wrap stitch is to:
- Cut the working yarn two feet from the knit.
- Lift each loop of the peg and sew through it with the working yarn threaded through a yarn needle. Begin with the peg closest to the working yarn and sew around the loom.
- Alternatively, you can slip stitch through each loop as you remove it from the peg with a crochet hook.
Step 4: Adding Fringe to the End of a No-Wrap Scarf
Embellishing a Scarf from the Knifty Knitter Loom
- The fringe is added to the end of the scarf by folding three pieces of 12" yarn (cut in the beginning of the project) in half.
- Insert a crochet hook at the end of the scarf and use the hook to grab the folded part of the yarn and pull it through a stitch at the end of the scarf. Pull the folded pieces of yarn through the stitch just far enough for them to form a loop.
- Pick up the ends of the yarn and feed all 6 of them through the loop created in the previous step. You now have your first tail of fringe.
- Repeat steps 1 - 3 eight times at each end of the scarf.
Video Tutorial for the No-Wrap Stitch
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