The Harley Scarf


A step-by-step guide to knitting the cosy-chic Harley Scarf

Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?” We have 🙋‍♀️

That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the knitting process. 

Even if you've never knitted before, we'll take you from zero to knitting hero in no time 🦸‍♀️

When it comes to knitting, practice makes perfect

Before we start the pattern, we suggest you spend some time learning the basic techniques you’ll need to complete your masterpiece 🤓

The Harley Scarf is a dream to knit up and the perfect beginner project. She's made using just one (yes one!) stitch type - the famous knit stitch. You'll want to be confident with the knit stitch before we start. You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and casting on your stitches which is the first step in any knitting project. 

You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll fly through your beanie.

🧶 A note on your yarn. Our Chunky Mohair yarn is super soft and luxe. She's also a lot thinner than our Chunky Merino. As you practice just make sure you count your stitches every few rows to make sure you haven't accidentally added or dropped a stitch. 

Total beginner? 👩‍🏫 

For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of knitting visit our Learn How To Knit page. 

🥣 Test your tension

While we're practising and before you start your project, you'll want to make sure your tension (how tightly or loosely your knitting is) is juuuust right. We do this by knitting a “tension swatch”. It's a bit like goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your piece will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold its shape and might be too big. 

Gauge: Your 10x10cm knitted swatch should be 15 stitches wide and 22 rows high when knitted in garter stitch (knit stitch) on your 6mm needles. 

To test this, jump on your needles and cast on 20 stitches, then knit every stitch in every row for 24 rows. Then measure a 10x10cm square and count your stitches and rows within that space to make sure you're knitting at the correct tension. 

If you've got more stitches or rows than the instructions say you should have, your knitting is a little too tight, and if you've got less your knitting is too loose. Adjust your tension by holding the yarn a little more tightly/loosely as you knit.

Onto the scarf!

⚡️What you'll need

Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;

  • 6mm needles
  • 3 x balls Cardigang Chunky Mohair
  • A darning needle
  • Made by me tag

You also want to have a pair of scissors handy. 

🧶 Let's knit our way to cosy-town!

Time to get click-clacking and whip up your warm-as-toast scarf.

Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature! 💪

If you need a reminder of the techniques, just head back up the page and watch the videos again. 


To start, we're going to cast on our stitches using our 6mm needles and colour 1 (the colour you've got 2 balls of). 

💭 A note on your needles. Your needles are connected by a tube which makes them what we call 'circular needles'. For our purposes, we're going to use them as if they are straight needles. So we'll knit our work back and forth from your left needle to your right. 

Hot tip: your piece will 'grow' as you knit so don't be alarmed if it looks like you're knitting a baby's beanie to start with! 


We make our scarf in knit stitch (otherwise known as garter stitch). So you're going to knit through the first 2 balls. Just. Keep. Knitting! 🚀


Yay! You're onto the second colour. You're going to change to colour 2 before you start the next row 🌈🕺

🎬 Watch How To Change Colour

Then knit until you've got a handful of yarn left. 


Time to cast off your stitches! 

When you've got just one stitch left on your right needle, simply cut your yarn from the ball (leaving about 20cm) and thread it back through your last stitch to secure it. 

Use your darning needle to weave in any loose ends. 

D.O.N.E! You've finished your scarf, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever knitting project or one of many, we hope you had a blast click-clacking and making your masterpiece 💥❤️

Looking for something a little more personal? 

Sign up for a one-on-one knitting or crochet session with the Cardigang Hotline ☎️. These sessions are designed to help give you the skills you need to create a masterpiece. Whether you're just starting out, or you've got a specific question or problem (dropped a stitch, no stress!), we're here to get you out of a bind.