It’s homecoming season all across the USA! Do you have anything to show off your local school spirit? We didn’t so I whipped up a couple of of these Super Simple Homecoming Scarves.
Walmart asked me to come up with a fall craft, and this was perfect–simple, fast and inexpensive. Trust me, even if you have only the most basic of knitting skills, you can pull off this scarf in a couple of hours. The trick is the yarn–Lion’s Hometown USA yarn from Walmart. It’s so soft and thick that the pattern works up in no time!
This scarf is approximately 4 feet long and 2 1/2 inches wide. That’s almost 3 stitches per inch, just in case you want to make it longer. You can make it in any combination of colors for your favorite school or sports team, or skip the stripes and make a solid fashion scarf.
2 skeins (in your school colors) of Lion’s Hometown USA yarn from Walmart
note: This is enough to make two scarves–if you are making a solid colored scarf, it’s a one skein project!
Size 13 Circular Needles
note: My mom bought me the Needlemaster knitting needle kit from Boye years ago as a Christmas present–it’s got interchangeable needle tips and extensions for the plastic cable–so basically I always have every knitting needle size! It’s not cheap, but it is reasonable and as far as I’m concerned one of the best knitting items I have.
You are knitting this scarf starting on the long side–this gives you those long stripes!
1) Loosely cast on 100 stitches in color A. (green in my photo)
2) Knit 1 row.
3) Change to color B (yellow in my photo) and knit 2 rows. Do not cut color A–just leave it hanging. We will travel it up the side to minimize weaving in.
You will now be back at the side where your color A is still attached to your knitting. To change colors, simply drop the yarn for color B, pick up the yarn for color A and knit.
4) Change to color A and Knit 2 rows
5) Change to color B and Knit 2 rows
6) Change to color A and Knit 2 rows
7) Change to color B and Knit 2 rows
8) Change to color A and Knit 1 row
9) Loosely bind off with color A.
10) Cut a long tail for both colors and weave all ends into the scarf.
That’s it! You are basically knitting 2 rows of each color, with the cast on row counting as part of the first set of 2 and the bind off row counting as part of the last set of 2.
I made a second scarf and simply reversed the colors–it gives it a different look!
I’m now making a couple for my sister’s kids. Shhhh. Don’t tell them. It’s a Christmas present!