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Scarf Knitting: How Long Should a Scarf Be?

By August 27, 2012

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After talking about hats all last week, it seemed appropriate to bring up another must-have fall and winter accessory: the scarf. I probably knit myself a couple of new scarves every year, and I just can't get enough of them.

Scarf knitting is usually a gateway project for knitters, in that it's the first project most of us make. It can also be a gateway project for designers, because it's easy to pick a stitch pattern, knit up a swatch, measure and figure out how big you want your scarf to be, cast on and go.

But that "figure out how big you want your scarf to be" part can be a little confusing for some. Is there a "right size" for a scarf? I have some thoughts on how long a scarf should be, but there's a lot of variation in styles. As long as the scarf can wrap around your neck and stay that way, it's long enough, but of course you can knit on and on almost indefinitely (Doctor Who's famous scarf was 14 feet long! And in Garter Stitch!) to make a scarf that's warmer and more dramatic.

Which kind of scarves do you prefer to knit or to wear? Do you like a long one or would you rather have a scarf with tails only long enough to tuck into your coat? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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