How to Make and Wear a Knotted Scarf for Fall
No-Knit, No-Crochet Scarf that Anyone Can Make
One day, in a gift shop, I noticed a display of scarves that were made of strands and strands of different yarns that were knotted together. Interesting, I thought. Then, a friend on vacation sent me a picture of a display of scarves that were created with strands of ladder yarn simply knotted together. "Why aren't you making these?" she wondered.
I was scrolling through new craft patterns on a yarn manufacturer's website and I saw the name, "knotted scarf." Ah ha! A search on Etsy showed a variety of knotted scarves all based on the simple concept of strands of novelty yarns knotted together. All you need to do is measure lengths of yarn, line them up, and knot them in a strategic location.
This is a simple enough project that a preteen could do on her own. If you don't know how to knit or crochet, you finally have the opportunity to design and craft your own handmade scarf. Even if you do know how to knit or crochet, I think you'd still love to make one (or several) of these scarves because you can use your yarn stash while playing with beautiful textures and colors.
Don't have a yarn stash? Don't worry, you can still purchase the supplies for this type of scarf without going broke.
A knotted scarf seems perfect for autumn when you don't necessarily want to wear a bulky winter scarf. Depending on how many strands of yarn you use, this could be a lightweight scarf or a chunky creation.
Scarf and Photo by Susan Caplan McCarthy
Have You Seen Knotted Scarves in Stores?
Knotted Scarf or Fringe Scarf - Both Names Work
Have you heard about knotted scarves? Maybe now that you've seen the pictures in this article you realize that you've seen these scarves but didn't know what they were called. I've also heard the scarves called "fringe scarves" because they are constructed of strands of long fringe.
Ladder Yarn Knotted Scarf and Photo by Susan Caplan McCarthy
Are You Ready to Make a Knotted Scarf?
This is a fantastic deal on this yarn as you can't go into a store and find feather yarn for less than $2 a skein. I love the soft and slightly sleek texture of feather yarns.
Select a Color Theme for Your Scarf
One of the fun parts
The first thing to do when it comes to making a knotted scarf is to decide what colors you want to work with. Because you will be using many strands of different yarns, you'll be working with a color theme. You may decide that you want to work with a single color, for example red. However, you will quickly notice that there is quite a lot of variety when it comes to red yarns. In the case of a knotted scarf, this variety will work in your favor, adding depth and visual interest to your scarf.
You could also decide to work with a color and a neutral. For example, blue and gray, purple and black, pink and white, etc. Again, there will be a variety of tints and shades for each color, so you'll still get a lot of variety.
Think of the color wheel when working with several colors. Colors that are next to one another on the color wheel complement one another. So, red, orange, and yellow will look great together as would green, blue, and purple. If you see a multicolor yarn that you like, use that as inspiration for selecting your colors.
Scarf and Photo by Susan Caplan McCarthy
Ruffle yarns are strips of mesh fabric that add bulk to your scarf without fuzziness. Just cut the strip to the desired length and use as is; it isn't necessary to knit or crochet the yarn into a ruffle.
Buy Yarn in a Variety of Textures
The other really fun part
Once you've selected the colors that you want to work with, you now want to look for yarn in a variety of textures. Although you may decide to make a simple scarf based on a single type of yarn, these scarves look great when you are working with 6, 12, or even 20 different yarns. Of course, if you don't have a stash of yarn, you'll probably want to limit the different types of yarns you will use.
Keep in mind that fuzzier yarns (like eyelash and feather yarns) as well as pompom yarns lend a bohemian, free spirit quality to the scarf. Smooth yarns feel more sophisticated. You can (and should) combine different textures, but you can decide where you want your scarf to fall on the smooth to fuzzy continuum.
Scarf and photo by Susan Caplan McCarthy
Eyelash yarns definitely add a bohemian feel to your scarf if you use several strands of this yarn in your scarf.
Think Color and Texture - Yummy yarns
Since this type of scarf doesn't rely upon complicated stitch patterns to grant it its eye appeal, you want to select yarns that make you want to run your fingers along the material.
You've already selected your color theme, so stay focused when shopping and look for a wide variety of yarns in different weights and textures. Remember, you are looking at texture, so don't get caught into buying yarns with similar textures. Don't worry if the colors aren't perfect matches as the differences will help the different types of yarn to stand out from one another.
More Inspiration for Easy to Create Scarves
- Make a Trendy Knotted Scarf
I wrote this article for Yahoo! which describes some ways you can save money on yarn if you plan on making several of these scarves for gifts.
- Free Pattern - Yarn Scarves
This pattern features ladder and ribbon yarns for an almost necklace-like quality.
- Go Team Hand Chain Scarf Fun crafts Pattern | Red Heart
Another pattern using finger crocheting. This give you an idea how a very simple process can look so different just by the yarn you use. And, you can even work together a few yarns to create another look.
Although I keep mentioning novelty yarns with interesting textures, you can also use smooth yarns as these add bulk and shape to your scarves.
Make a Knotted Scarf - Super easy directions
You will want to cut 25 to 50 strands of yarn to approximately 60" in length. Yes, you can use a yarn more than once; I tend to add two-to-six strands of a yarn, depending upon how distinctive the yarn is and how chunky the yarn is.
Line up all of the strands at one end. Fold the final piece in half. You can add a single knot at the back or place knots so they fall just below the collarbone. If desired, add another knot or two down the ends, leaving approximately 12" of fringe.
Really, it's that easy! You can check out these directions as well as some variations on this style scarf at these different sites.
Creative, One of a Kind Scarves
It seems like every year the yarn manufacturer's come out with a yarn that would be perfect for scarves. If you are a crafter, chances are you've followed the trends. I love the knotted, or fringe, scarves because you get to use a lot of different types of yarn and each scarf is truly unique.
Keep Thinking Color and Texture
More beautiful colors to add to an autumn themed scarf ... although by combining this yarn with brighter colors, if would work for summer or spring, as well.