Shortening A Finished Scarf

I just completed my first scarf. The thing is… it’s way too long. Does anyone know how I can shorten the scarf from either end. The pattern on the cast on side is less desirable than the other end so I would like to remove length from that side. Is it possible to shorten my scarf from the cast on side?

thanks in advance,


Welcome to the Forum!

It is pretty simple to shorten from the cast-off end, but if you want to shorten from the cast-on edge, it can be done, too.

You can’t pull out a cast-on edge, so you’d have to cut it off. Then unravel until you get to where you want to be–actually a row before you want to be. Then pop the stitches out one at a time and reinsert your needle. You can bind those stitches off.

thank you so much. i am so new to all of this. is going well but little things like this i just don’t know yet.

you are the best! off to try it.

you could fold up both ends, seam the sides and make them pockets. I guess it would depend on how thin/thick your scarf is though. It probably wouldn’t work on a thin (lighter weight) yarn.

Or, if it’s a lighter weight, could you run a thread up each side and pull it so that it’s kind of ruffled?

That’s what I’d do!
Then, I’d put MONEY in the pockets, and go shopping!:mrgreen:

AGAIN with the cutting! How scary is THAT??:frog:

I did some unraveling today, it turned out well. I use stiff, acrylic yarn, and the loops stayed up, and in place, until I stuck the needle back thru them.
GOOD SAVE!!!:yay: