Circle Scarf Tutorial

6 November 2009

As it's getting a lot chillier, I thought it'd be a good time to post the Circle Scarf tutorial.  The circle has quickly become my favourite kind of scarf, as not even the most determined gust of wind can separate it from your neck and there are numerous ways to wear it.  It's a simple 2x2 rib pattern, as you only need to know how to knit and purl and recognise the stitches to keep everything consistent. After a few rows, the pattern makes a bit more sense...

Diagrams taken from a really old book, the Readers Digest 'Complete Guide to Needlework'  More general knitting advice here.

I bought my yarn here.  Alternatively you could double up thinner 4ply yarns or even mix different shades of the same colour for a marl effect. It's best to do a tension swatch to check the knitting is neither too tight nor too loose. As a rule, 10 or 12mm needles work well with the yarn I specified.

Some more circle scarf imagery for you all; I'd really like to get creative with different stitches when I make my next one, as the possibilities are endless, just as long as you join it together when you finish.  Sources Hel Looks; Fashion Girl; Copenhagen Street Style; Glamcanyon

I'd love to know how you get on if you make this and let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.  My next aim is to knit one in moss stitch, but I'll be saving that one as a little project while I'm across the pond.  I hope it all makes sense!

Update 8/1/11: I know a lot of people using Google end up on this page, I'd really love to know if any of you made the scarf!  Leave a comment or e-mail me!

Update 23/1/13:  I've written an update to this for 2013, check it out here!

Follow on
Bloglovin  Facebook  Twitter Tumblr Pinterest
Instagram @fashionknitsta

31 comments:

  1. id love to buy one now! im too impatient to knit but buying a scarf well theres something im good at! x

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love circle scarfs and now i really want a knit one!

    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love snoods - there's a gorgeous (fake) fur one in Topshop at the moment, but yours is so lovely. I wish I had the patience to knit.

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm hitting myself on the head because I don't know how to knit :(

    On the bright side, I bought a book on knitting and I already got yarn. I will learn and tackle this tutorial.

    -meream

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm getting my Nan on the case to make me one =)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Those pictures are great! Cool blog. x

    ReplyDelete
  7. oh man, i wish i knew how to interpret those diagrams!

    i just made circle scarves out of thrifted ugly sweaters, it seemed to work the best for me, but really i wish i could knit!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I need to learn to knit....circle scarves are so cosy!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Arghh this really makes me want to learn to knit! I'm seriously that close to ordering some wool and knitting needles...but I keep thinking of all those bad experiences in textiles lessons back at school!

    Thanks for sharing those outfit pics btw, theyve inspired me to start wearing my scarf a bit differently from now on :) xxx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great tutorial, just goes to show browsing through old books can lead to some great finds!

    I've only just started to learn how to knit, but hopefully soon I'll be able to make my own snood :)


    www.jeniwren.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Knitting is brilliant!! I am an avid enthusiast. Great post!

    ReplyDelete
  12. oooh i'll definitely have a go at this, thanks for posting the instructions!

    ReplyDelete
  13. My nan taught me to knit when I was a kid, but I havent tried since. I intend to sit down this weekend and give this a go!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. umm i wish i had the brain capacity to endure this!!
    love those scarves

    ReplyDelete
  15. hey i was wondering if you could explain in more detail how to join the 2 ends together once finished knitting the length of the scarf?

    ReplyDelete
  16. Anonymous
    I will try and describe it as best as I can, I included the above diagram as it's very similar (although the other end is not on needles). When you decide to finish your scarf, grab the other end making sure it isn't twisted and that the wrong sides are together. Begin to knit the first stitch, taking the yarn through the stitch on the needle and the first stitch of the other end of the scarf. Cast off in this way, making sure to pick up stitches from the other end of the scarf thus joining both parts together. E-mail me if this still doesn't make sense.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I only just found out that circle scarves existed, but I think they are the best idea! After I found your tutorial yesterday, I went out and bought yarn and needles and taught myself how to knit by watching youtube videos :D
    My scarf is looking pretty good so far...Hopefully I can figure out how to cast off and attach the two ends once I'm finished :P You've given me a good Christmas Holidays project!

    ReplyDelete
  18. make a tumblr ? :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Anon: I have two :)

    http://kristabelloves.tumblr.com/

    http://fuckyearfashionknitwear.tumblr.com/

    ReplyDelete
  20. I just finished knitting this scarf according to your pattern, and it turned out beautifully. I used a maroon colored wool because that is what I had lying around, and the color is a perfect transition from winter to spring. Thank you so much for posting this!

    ReplyDelete
  21. That's great news Emma, glad it turned out well!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Anna Guðbjörg19 March 2011 at 00:33

    I made a circle scarf from instructions from this website and i'm really pleased with the outcome. Im pretty fast at knitting so it didnt take me long, though it did take me some time to figure out how to connect the ends. I didnt buy enough yarn to make it as big as you suggested, but I made it so that it hangs comfortably around my neck once and twice is for when its cold. Thanks for the great tips! I made this one with thick warm yarn, but Im thinking of making another one with thinner yarn for more of a spring time scarf. Thanks again!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. I've made this ribbed scarf several times and something that has helped me was to cast on a number of stitches so you're always ending your row with a set of pearls. It's easier to put the scarf down after you've finished a row because you're always starting with a set of knits! It has saved me from having to go back and count the rows that i have or fix some mistakes! Hope that helps!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I just finished this circle scarf, I love it! It'll be great for when autumn actually decides to hit London ad we don't have this absurd heat.
    I used smaller needles, though (6 1/2mm). I'm not used to 10mm!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I finished this in a maroon/burgundy color finally =) it was my first time knitting something, so I'm pretty proud of it!

    Thank you for the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Please make a video on it! I work better with seeing it! Please make one and send the link to me! Please?!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Please make a tutorial this! cus i work better seeing it then reading it! Please!? Send me the link when you do? :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hey Kristabel, I just want to thank you for posting this scarf pattern. I just bought a soft mauve coloured yarn and I've completed about 6 inches. Can't wait to wear it, as the weather is getting pretty chilly here in Canada. BTW you're my knitting idol!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I can't wait to try this! I haven't been knitting very long, just learned, but I do know how to knit and purl, so hopefully I can accomplish this!

    Can you show a little more about the casting off with combining both ends?

    Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hi!

    I found your site via google. I love this pattern, it's so simple and the result is beautiful! I just finished a plum colored scarf following your pattern (although mine was made with one 170g skein of yarn, so it's smaller and more close fitting) and it turned out great. I'm planning on making several more for Christmas gifts!

    Thanks for the great pattern!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I have a question, is there a way to make a circle using just a regular scarf and not having to sew it into a circle?

    ReplyDelete

 
Google+