Maybe you had a loved one teach you years ago, maybe you crochet and want to take the plunge into knitting, or maybe you've never owned a ball of yarn in your life! Either way, 2020 is the year YOU learn to knit, baby! And this long, chunky scarf is the perfect beginner project. It uses only the knit stitch and is made with super bulky yarn for quick and motivating progress that will keep you knitting until you've made something you can be proud of.
Fortunately for you visual learners, I have a video tutorial to get you started with the basics of yarn and needle selection, casting on, knitting and binding off! Please check it out here:
There is also a downloadable Free PDF for this pattern available HERE
Now let's get into the written tutorial.
For this pattern, you'll need to pick up at least 260 yards (240 meters) of size 6 "Super Bulky" weight yarn like Lionbrand Thick & Quick or Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky and size 9mm (US 13) circular knitting needles at least 16" long.
To begin, make a slip knot
Place the slip knot on your needle and use the "long tail cast on method" detailed below to cast on 20 stitches.
Wrap your yarn around you needle 20 times. Use that length of yarn for your tail. Fold the yarn, twist it once towards you to make a loop and reach into the loop and pull up a piece of the tail to make a slip knot. Place your slip knot on the needle.
Grab both strands of yarn coming off the slip knot in your hand and separate them with your index finger and thumb. Turn your palm up to make a heart shape. Reach the tip of your needle under the first strand on your thumb, over the next strand coming off of your thumb and under the 3rd strand around your index finger. With the needle, pull the strand from your index finger through the loop on your thumb and tighten the new stitch on your needle.