Gorgeous No-Knit One-Hour DIY Scarf Anyone Can Make

No-knit yarn projects to bust your stash.

Here’s a DIY scarf anyone can make. Seriously, anyone.

Whether an avid knitter or not, many crafters are stuck with stashes of beautiful yarn and too many knitting projects from which to choose. No-knit yarn projects are the ideal solution for knitters and non-knitters alike. No-knit yarn projects are the perfect way to use up your yarn stashes without ever picking up a needle. They are also often not too complicated and an awesome way to keep your hands busy while catching up with your favorite shows!

What if you need inspiration though? Enter “KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects,” a new book by Laura McFadden that features great projects for any crafter, beginner or advanced. From rehabbing old chairs to adding a DIY touch to a plain lamp shade, it’s a book for people who love yarn, but who don’t always have the time (or the advanced skills) to knit!

Among the super easy yarn projects is for a no-knit DIY scarf. There are two variations: one that involves sewing, and a no-knit AND no-sew version that is a super quick project. Both would be perfect ways to use up some yarn and add some wonderful texture and color to your fall wardrobe. Or if you are feeling generous, make up a bunch to gift this holiday season!

No-Knit One-Hour DIY Scarf


  • Scissors
  • 123 yards super bulky weight yarn (teal)
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing thread (gray


  1. Cut the bulky weight yarn into 63-inch pieces. Use up all of the yarn.
  1. Align the pieces side by side on your work surface. Feed the whole bundle underneath the presser foot of your sewing machine, placing the needle about 7 inches in from the cut ends on one side.
  1. Sew perpendicularly across the yarn, holding on to the yarn bundle tightly as you run it through the sewing machine.
  1. Sew back and forth from edge to edge about six times, not worrying about the stitches being even. The uneven nature of the sewing will make it feel even more handmade.
  1. Repeat Step 4 every 6 inches, sewing across the yarn bundle to secure the strands of yarn. Do this nine times total.
  1. Trim the edges of the yarn evenly.

No-knit yarn projects to bust your stash.

VARIATION: An even simpler “no-sew” version can be made by using 3 different colors of yarn. Measure and cut out six 100-foot strands of each color. Take the three different colors of yarn and twist them into a spiral. Gather the ends with a piece of yarn, leaving an excess tail of 14 inches. Tie the pieces together tightly. Trim the tail ends at various lengths to get a cascading effect.

No-knit yarn projects to bust your stash.

Other cool yarn projects from “KNITLESS” range from home décor and accessories to gift ideas and yarn art. Projects include the Braided Yarn Rug, Yarn-Wrapped Air Plant Displays, and Ombre Tassel Necklace. We love them all!

No-knit yarn projects to bust your stash.

No-knit yarn projects to bust your stash.

Tutorial is reprinted with permission from “KNITLESS” © 2015 by Laura McFadden, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

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All Images: KNITLESS © 2015 by Laura McFadden, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group

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