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Loom Knit a Cowl Scarf

Updated on July 26, 2014

Knit a Cowl Scarf on a Homemade Knitting Loom: A Single-Skein, Low-Budget Project

Here's a quick gift project idea for you. It costs very little money, but does not look cheap. It takes very little time to make (by a knitter's standards), but looks like you spent a ton of time being incredibly thoughtful. And it is soft, comfortable, and casual.

On this page, I will share how to create your own round knitting loom using materials from around the house. Then I will provide a photo tutorial for how to create this cowl scarf.

All photos on this page are my own.

Loom Knitting Kit

Making your own knitting loom isn't for everyone, so if you prefer to purchase a knitter, I highly recommend this kit. It gives you loads of options for not a lot of money.

Photo Tutorial - From making the knitting loom to knitting the cowl...

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To make a knitting loom, choose a rounded object a little larger than your project. Tape pegs securely to the top of the object about an inch apart.Cast on your project. If you have never done any loom knitting before, you can easily learn to cast on following the instructions in the videos below.Keep knitting around. You'll be amazed how quickly it starts to take shape.Knit until you have a yard or two of your yarn skein left. For this project, you want it to be about 1.5 feet long, almost to the bucket's bottom.See video below for the "right" way to cast off or scroll down further to learn my easy "cheater's method" of casting off.Finish the scarf by stitching the ends into the knit pattern, hiding them. The scarf is ready to wear.
To make a knitting loom, choose a rounded object a little larger than your project. Tape pegs securely to the top of the object about an inch apart.
To make a knitting loom, choose a rounded object a little larger than your project. Tape pegs securely to the top of the object about an inch apart.
Cast on your project. If you have never done any loom knitting before, you can easily learn to cast on following the instructions in the videos below.
Cast on your project. If you have never done any loom knitting before, you can easily learn to cast on following the instructions in the videos below.
Keep knitting around. You'll be amazed how quickly it starts to take shape.
Keep knitting around. You'll be amazed how quickly it starts to take shape.
Knit until you have a yard or two of your yarn skein left. For this project, you want it to be about 1.5 feet long, almost to the bucket's bottom.
Knit until you have a yard or two of your yarn skein left. For this project, you want it to be about 1.5 feet long, almost to the bucket's bottom.
See video below for the "right" way to cast off or scroll down further to learn my easy "cheater's method" of casting off.
See video below for the "right" way to cast off or scroll down further to learn my easy "cheater's method" of casting off.
Finish the scarf by stitching the ends into the knit pattern, hiding them. The scarf is ready to wear.
Finish the scarf by stitching the ends into the knit pattern, hiding them. The scarf is ready to wear.

Teach Yourself to Knit with a Round Knitting Loom in 3 Easy Steps - Casting on, Knitting, & Casting off

The first video shows you how to cast on (or get started) and how to continue knitting from there. The second video shows you the proper way to cast off - in case you don't want to use my "cheater method."

Bamboo Yarn - Perfectly soft for any scarf project!

Bamboo yarn is renewable and incredibly soft and warm. I highly recommend it for a cowl scarf project like this.

Patons Silk Bamboo Yarn - Stone
Patons Silk Bamboo Yarn - Stone

Patons blends natural , renewable bamboo with silk for this lovely soft yarn. It comes in more than 10 different colors, so click here then choose your favorite.

 
Caron Simply Soft Eco Yarn, 5 Ounces/249 Yards, Sprig, Single Ball
Caron Simply Soft Eco Yarn, 5 Ounces/249 Yards, Sprig, Single Ball

Here's another great yarn option - a blend of soft acrylic and a fiber derived from recycled plastic bottles. Love knitting green! Also comes in a variety of colors so click here to see more.

 
Patons Silk Bamboo Yarn - Orchid
Patons Silk Bamboo Yarn - Orchid

I love this orchid color - a mix of rich purple and black.

 
BambooMN Brand - 2 Skeins of Soft and Slim Color 993 Mint Dark Chocolate
BambooMN Brand - 2 Skeins of Soft and Slim Color 993 Mint Dark Chocolate

Check out this cool vareigated bamboo/wool/rayon blend. Beautiful!!

 
instruction photo for casting off
instruction photo for casting off

Casting Off

My "Cheater" Method

There’s a proper way to cast off (see video below), but my pegs were a bit too far apart for me to make it work, so I developed this cheater method.

1) Wrap the remaining tail around the peg as you would to continue knitting.

2) Pull loop 1 over loop 2.

3) Then thread a darning needle with the tail end and stitch it down through loop 2, pulling it off the peg as you do.

4) Cinch the loop tight, and move on to knit the next peg, repeating all the way around the loom.

Far be it from me to encourage anyone to cheat, but... the "cheating" isn't noticeable anyway. And then when you wear the scarf, most people won't even see the edge.

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Would you like to knit your own cowl scarf, on either a homemade or store-bought knitting loom?

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      Sure Temp 3 years ago

      be able to make my own and be self sufficient:) and be able to make them as gifts for others would be nice

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      peggildonley 2 years ago

      I have been making infant hats to donate to a hospital, but would like to try something more challenging. A scarfd or shawl..

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      erleneamat 2 years ago

      You always have such interesting craft projects. Thanks so much for sharing them on #MerryMonday

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