Tutorial: Getting Clean, Straight Edges on a Knitted Tube Scarf

Nice, clean edges. Optional fringe can be added.

Nice, clean edges. Optional fringe can be added.

I love the double thickness of a tube scarf but getting the ends nice and neat is a challenge. I’ve finally found a solution I like and it can be done with knitting needles OR a crochet hook!

If you’re a knitter (which I am NOT), you’ll be familiar with the Three Needle Bind Off. That’s what you’ll do to finish your scarf ends. For me, a crocheter, I watched the video, got out the knitting needles, managed to get it done BUT… in the process, I learned exactly what was going on and realized that the same thing can be achieved with a crochet hook! Even my knitting friends say they find this easier to do.

If this is sounding familiar, I’ve already done a blog and video on this technique while seaming a square baby hat. But rather than putting right sides together, we’ll reverse that for our scarf ends so we’ll have the resulting chain lying across the end.

Here’s a demo and this is GREAT for Addi Express knitting machine scarves:

18 thoughts on “Tutorial: Getting Clean, Straight Edges on a Knitted Tube Scarf

    • Margaret a better idea for addi express table is buy a cheap snack table and make a round hole in it. Then put masking tape on the edges so the yarn won’t get caught. It works great I have 2 tables one for the king and one for the small addi. Dianne

      • Oh, well… too late for me to try this but I AM happy with the tool bench. I’ve got it all arranged like I like it now!

      • Hi Margaret!
        Our local Harbor Freight does carry the little work bench, but has been out of stock for over a month. I called yesterday… three left. I am literally running to Harbor Freight to finally purchase it. Please make an updated video for me explaining your final set up and additional clamps needed to anchor both Addi Express machines to the bench.

  1. Hi Margaret! I have been watching your tutorials for a few weeks and really do enjoy them. I also like to crochet for others, hats mostly. I purchased an Addi Express king-size machine a few days ago and am practicing on it. So far, I have had to take apart every hat I made. Thanks for your encouragement and tips on using the Addi. Maybe I will get better. I sure hope so. Take care, Margaret!
    Sylvia Morton
    Owensboro, KY

    • Hmmm… why have you had to frog your hats? What’s going wrong with them?? Maybe we can figure this out together. Thanks for the kind words, Sylvia!

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  4. Margaret, thank you so much for your tutorials. I have learned so much from you! I am very new to this. I have finished a tubular scarf and wanted to do the crochet finish. I was set to go to add my waste yarn but became confused on the opposing end. Should I have started with waste yarn? I didn’t find this tutorial until after I had started the scarf of course.
    Thanks again!

    • Yes, waste yarn on both ends ensures more even stitches and gives you a clear view of which yarn to pick up. (If you’re a traditional knitter, you could probably get it done by tightening your cast on end to match your knitted gauge and you would be able to read your knitting to know which loops to pick up.) But if not, I’d suggest finishing your scarf the way you intended before you found this tutorial and start another with waste yarn for this technique. Have fun!

      • Thankyou so much! No I do not knit, jyst crochetπŸ˜€. I did do 2 Snake scarves for granddaughters but have no idea how to share!πŸ˜€

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