I’m generally a pretty organized person. But something happens right around the holidays and I procrastinate on getting or making gifts until the last minute. To save myself the embarrassment of giving a gift late, I designed the new Last Minute Scarf using my favorite loop yarn from JOANN plus their super fluffy pom poms. Now I don’t have to worry about showing up to Christmas dinner empty-handed!
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There’s a special kind of satisfaction that comes with making holiday and birthday gifts yourself. It’s like giving a gift and getting one at the same time! My heart swells when I see how happy someone is when receiving a handmade gift from me.
It’s even better if you can make something lovely with just a little bit of time. That was the inspiration for the Last Minute Scarf – all the reward while saving precious holiday time. (This also makes a great addition to your craft market table!)
Not a knitter? Not a problem! You can make this scarf with absolutely no prior knitting experience. I used new Bernat Alize EZ Wool, available at JOANN, to make my scarf. This yarn is constructed with a series of loops instead of just a straight strand of yarn. That means you get the look of knitting without any needles or hooks. Just your fingers will do! Keep scrolling for the Last Minute Scarf pattern to see how it’s done.
You only need 3 balls of Bernat Alize EZ Wool to make the purple scarf shown in these photos. You’ll also need a couple of pom poms to finish things off. I decided to use faux fur pom poms that I found at my local JOANN store. The selection is phenomenal, with options to match just about every color variation of yarn. There are a few available online, but I’d suggest heading into the store to see the entire range of colors.
The Last Minute Scarf is made in the round using wool-blend loop yarn for a luxurious feel and look. The ends of this tube scarf are cinched and a coordinating pom pom is added to each end. No knitting skills are needed, and you can easily adjust the width and length to your desired measurements.
Are you ready to make the Last Minute Scarf? Let’s get to it!
- 3 balls of Bernat Alize EZ Wool (color used is Berry Compote)
- 2 large faux fur pom poms
- Scrap yarn in a similar color to pom poms
- Sharp tapestry needle
- Tape measure (optional)
75″ long x 6.5″ wide, not including pom poms
Use this video to make your Last Minute Scarf from start to finish:
STEP 1: Remove the label from your first ball of yarn and find the end that is on the outside of the ball.
STEP 2: Count out 16 loops from the end of your yarn.
STEP 3: Push loop 17 from back-to-front through loop 1.
STEP 4: Push the next loop from the working yarn (the yarn coming from the ball) from back-to-front through the next loop on the scarf (which is to the RIGHT of loop 1).
STEP 5: Continue in this manner, working in the round. You will begin to see the classic knit stitches take shape and your scarf will look like a tube.
STEP 6: When it’s time to add another ball of yarn, hold the last loop from the old yarn together with the first loop from the new yarn, and push them through the next loop on the scarf as if they were one loop. Continue working in your loops in the round as you have done before.
STEP 7: Continue working loops in the round until the desired length or until you run out of all three balls of yarn.
STEP 8: Once you are ready to finish, using your scrap yarn, thread the end of the scrap yarn through all 16 live loops at the end of the scarf. Pull the ends tightly and double knot to seal off the end of the scarf. DO NOT CUT ENDS!
STEP 9: Cut the elastic off the bottom of one of the pom poms.
STEP 10: Thread the scrap yarn onto the tapestry needle, then thread the needle into the pom pom and out the other side, working through about 2″ of the pom pom.
STEP 11: Double knot the ends of the scrap yarn again, securing the pom pom to the end of the scarf. Cut the tails of the scrap yarn close to the knot.
STEP 12: Flip the scarf to work on the opposite end.
STEP 13: Thread the scrap yarn onto the tapestry needle, then thread the needle THROUGH the fibers of the stitches on the end of the scarf. Pull the ends tightly and double knot to seal off the end of the scarf. DO NOT CUT ENDS!
STEP 14: Repeat Steps 9, 10, and 11 for this end of the scarf.
Thanks for joining me to make the Last Minute Scarf! I hope it serves you well during the holiday and craft show seasons. Share your scarf progress by using hashtags #LastMinuteScarf and #TLYCMakers on Instagram and drop a few pics in the TLYC Makers Facebook group.
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