Loop Scarf Knitting Directions

    by Virginia Watson

    About the Author

    Based in New York City, Virginia Watson has been writing and editing professionally since 2004. Her work has appeared in magazines including "The Roanoker Magazine," "Blue Ridge Country," "Pinnacle Living" and the award-winning "Virginia State Travel Guide." Watson holds a Master of Arts in philosophy of education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.


    Loop scarves have recently come into fashion and are also known as cowls, infinity scarves and Moebius scarves. An experienced knitter can complete one in a matter of hours if the stitch is simple and the yarn is bulky. For a beginner, a cowl is a perfect project for learning a new stitch or cast-on technique. Loop scarves can be worn in a number of ways, including as a single loop around the neck, wrapped twice around, as a hood or as a shoulder warmer. They are stretchy, convenient and stylish garments.

    Things You'll Need

    • Yarn
    • Circular knitting needles
    • Stitch marker
    • Measuring tape
    • Scissors
    • Tapestry needle

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    Estimate the length of the scarf. Drape the measuring tape around your neck to determine the diameter of your loop scarf. Pull the beginning of the tape around your neck and down toward your belly button to get an accurate reading. Most loop scarves end somewhere between the bust line and the navel.

    Check your gauge. With your yarn and needles, knit a swatch in the stitch you plan to use. From your gauge swatch and your neck measurement, you will be able to determine how many stitches to cast on. For instance, if your neck measurement is 36 inches, and your gauge is 4 stitches per inch, you will need to cast on 144 stitches.

    Cast on loosely. Use a stretchy cast-on method such as the twisted German. In order for the loop scarf to be stretchy enough to loop twice or sit comfortably on your shoulders, the cast on should be flexible. If you tend to be a tighter knitter, consider casting on with a needle larger than you would normally use.

    Place a marker and join in the round. Take care not to twist your stitches when you join for knitting in the round. Knit until your loop scarf has reached your desired width. Generally, loop scarves are not more than 10 inches wide. You may also substitute stockinette for many other stitch patterns. Commonly used stitches are seed stitch and slip stitches.

    Bind off loosely. Use a stretchy method such as Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. Weave in all ends using a tapestry needle. You can block your scarf using the method of your choice, but loop scarves usually do not need the same kind of intensive blocking that sweaters and other garments do.

    • Try knitting with two colors or yarn fibers, but keep the tension loose.