November 21, 2011

Simple Braided Scarf Tutorial

I love making my own gifts to hand out at Christmas, so coming up with something fun and relatively simple (cute doesn't hurt either) is right up my alley for the holidays. 

Scarves are definitely the "in" trend right now, and I have a super simple
Braided Scarf Tutorial
to share with you today!

This scarf is completely no-sew and can be made in less than 20 minutes.

The supplies for this scarf are very basic:

Yarn, scissors, and a clipboard.

For your yarn, choose 7 or 8 skeins in the color scheme of choice.
You are looking to select yarn in various textures. 
This will help the scarf look more full and warm.

Cut 3 yards of each yarn twice.

(You can cut more of each if you like, it just depends on how thick you want your scarf to be.)

1. Lay your yarn our straight and divide it into the 3 sections you will use for the braid.

2. Gently push the 3 "strands" of yarn together trying to keep some semblance of the earlier divisions you made.

3. Approximately 6 inches from one end of the gathered yarn, tie a knot.
It does not have to be super tight.

4. Attach the end of the yarn to the clipboard to keep it from moving around while you braid.
(You can use a heavy book or anything else heavy as an alternative to the clipboard.)

5. Carefully recreate the 3 "strands" you made previously in the yarn.

6. Begin a simple 3-strand braid with the yarn.
(You can use any type of braid you choose.
I would probably have used a 4-strand brad if I knew how!)

7. Continue the braid until you are about 7 inches from the end of the yarn. 
Once again, knot the yarn.
You will want to trim the ends of the yarn in a staggered fashion so all of the ends are not perfectly even.

And you're done!

There are so many ways to wear this scarf! 
And its the perfect accessory for a plain shirt.

And with only using 6 yards of each yarn in one scarf, 
you have enough left over to make several for gifts!
(And maybe keep one for yourself!)

This post was originally a guest post at The Country Chic Cottage.

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  1. Very cute! And it looks really easy to make. I love making my own gifts too! Pop on over and check out my giveaway if you have time :)

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  2. This is so cute Michele!! I love the yarns you used - they are such a fun mix of textures and colors!

  3. That looks super cute and easy. Something I could actually MAKE from yarn - I have never gotten the hang of knitting.

  4. Thanks for sharing! I'm totally making a few of these for holiday gifts.

  5. Somewhere saved in my to do bookmarks (I refuse to Pinterest, I have a version of this that's three of what you made braided together to form a thicker scarf.

    I like both, and maybe someday, I'll make one!

    This week, my focus is figuring out how to teach my class of 23 to make mini yarn wreaths for their parents' Christmas gifts. Oh, that and learning a new science unit...

  6. How CUTE is this!! The colors totally scream you, Michele! :) I love the fuzziness of it. So clever!!

  7. oooooooo soooo cute! I love the colors and I love how simple this is! Great idea Michele!!

  8. What a cute scarf!! It turned out adorable!! I would love for you to come share this at our link

  9. I love this!! The colors are perfect!! I am going to make this for myself!! :)

  10. ooh, quick and easy, my kinda project!
    I would love for you to come and link this up to our Christmas blog hop!

  11. Great idea. Very cute and unique!

  12. I just wanted to let you know that I love your project and I featured it today at "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" on my blog. You can see it here:

    Awesome job, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

    Jamie @

  13. CUTE!!! I love all the textures and colors you incorporated and it looks amazing braided!


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