The Kids Loop Scarf is perfect for your littles because it’s easy to put on and actually stays on!
Edited: I’ve added a printable version of the pattern, scroll down to get your copy.
I’m totally a scarf person. Are you a scarf person? I tend to be cold anyway and even thin scarves always make me feel better. Plus there are so many cute ones! Ok, maybe my scarf collection is a little too extensive….I plead the fifth. But I have terrible feet and can’t collect shoes, so scarves it is!
Anyway, when it’s really chilly, I like for O to wear a scarf too. I’m always scared, when I zip up his coats in the winter, that if I zip it too high it will bother him or I’ll accidentally pinch his adorable double chin. But it’s kind of hard to find a kids scarf that’s not way too long for a small child. And I don’t really love the idea of winding it around his neck multiple times. And anyway if it’s always coming unwound or dragging and getting is his way, he’s not going to want to wear it.
So enter the perfect solution from my friend Amanda from Simplified Mom who made a version of this Kids Loop Scarf for O when he was younger. I think it’s brilliant and since she doesn’t really blog about crafty things, she’s been kind enough to let me share my version of her pattern with you here! It’s actually really easy, the basic idea is to have a short scarf with a loop on one end. The scarf goes around the child’s neck and the one end pulls through the loop at the other end, keeping the scarf secure. There is only one dangling end and because of the loop it doesn’t need to be that long so it won’t get in your little one’s way! And it’s not going to come undone either! I love this scarf!
Note: I am frequently asked for a printable version of this pattern. Instead of trying to print the whole website, I made you an ad-free ONE-PAGE printable PDF version of this pattern to print and keep in your knitting bag. You can purchase it via Etsy HERE. It’s an instant download and will be available to download and print as soon as you complete your purchase. There is a very small fee for this PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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Kids Loop Scarf Knitting Pattern
Light Worsted Weight Yarn
As always, please be careful putting anything around kids necks. Do not use scarf unsupervised.
Using the long-tail cast on, cast on 25 stitches.
Knit all rows until the scarf is about 27 inches long. End on a right side row.
Stripes are optional. For my first scarf, I knit with each yarn color for 6 rows and then switched to the other color and repeated for the length of the scarf. Weave in all loose ends when you’re finished.
Joining the Loop:
Bind off, fold one end of the scarf over by 5 inches and using your yarn needle, neatly whipstitch the end to the body of the scarf to form the loop.
I should start by saying that I don’t actually think this is like a real “official” knitting technique. But it works great and is how Amanda recommended doing it so I’m sharing it here.
1. First, before binding off, lay your scarf down wrong side up and fold fold the working end of your scarf over by about 5 inches. (You will be simultaneously picking up stitches on the body of the scarf to join the loop AND binding off. It combines all steps into one which is why I like it. )
2. As you knit across the scarf, first use your left needle to pick up a stitch from the body of the scarf.
5. At this point you will have just one stitch on your right needle again and you can repeat steps 2-4 again all the way across the scarf. Make sure you are picking up stitches from the same row on the body of the scarf each time so that your seam is straight.
6. When you get to the last stitch, cut your yarn and pull the end through the loop to secure. Then weave in your end using a yarn needle.
Here’s one in gray too (and a cute little baby O!), you can do any variety of solid or stripes that you want!
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