How long do I make my scarf?

422037_3461123247071_1240637707_3637748_1333270591_n-500x375Knitting and crocheting scarves is a great way for the beginner to practice new stitches and something veteran knitters and crocheters return to for simple gift ideas with mass appeal. Many times scarves are used as an easy project to work on while watching TV or commuting. You can lose track crafting these sort of projects until you reach the end of your ball of yarn… and suddenly you have a scarf that is comic-ly long.

So, just how long should a typical scarf be? Believe it or not, the answer isn’t always to knit until you run out of yarn. :P

  • How will the scarf be used? Summery, decorative scarves not intended for warmth are generally knit or crocheted with lightweight materials and made just long enough to twist into a decorative knot. Winter scarves meant to chase away the chill are knit or crocheted longer to allow for wrapping around the neck and face.
  • Consider your recipient’s height. A general rule of scarves (particularly those for cold weather) is to knit or crochet them to the same length as the height of the recipient.
  • Do you know their gender, but not their height? Look up the average heights for males and females in your geographic location. For example, the average US male is 5’10” and the average US female is 5’4″.
  • If you are knitting for charity or some other situation where you do not know the height of the recipient, lean toward making the scarf in lengths suited to a male. A female has the option to wrap the scarf in creative ways or for extra warmth.
  • A large amount of people prefer long scarves. If you know your recipient is in the habit of wrapping their scarf about their necks numerous times or if you want the best chance of pleasing just about any recipient… go with the average scarf length of six feet. It’s pretty much always a safe bet.

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