Don't want to knit? Weave a scarf instead!
Knitting has made quite a comeback. But for some, the struggle with needles, purling, and all that is just too complicated. Here is a wonderful alternative that you can grasp in a jiffy. You can make a scarf with no knitting, just weaving: and people will love it.
Unfurl the yarn across the width of the table. Pull the end under the table back toward you and then add enough extra to tie the two ends together. Cut this length and then measure out and cut nine more pieces the same length. (It's better if the pieces are a little too long than too short.)
So now you have 10 pieces of yarn a bit more than double the width of the table.
Lay all the pieces next to each other across the table with the ends hanging down to the floor on one end.
One by one, pull the long ends under the table and tie each one to its short end. Make sure they're not overlapping, tangled, or too loose.
Now slide them together keeping them even on both table ends.
Now for the weaving: choose a place to begin and pull out a few inches of yarn from your remaining ball as a safety that should stay hanging out from your starting point. First, weave your hand in and out of the 10 tied threads, so under 1, over 2, under 3, over 4, and so on. Gently raise the strands on top and pull the ball through. Repeat in the other direction! And keep going... and going.
Take a moment early on to pull the yarn to the tightness you want in your scarf, and every so often comb the cross-strands back toward you with your fingers so the scarf stays dense enough.
Once you've got a half-table's worth of scarf in front of you, pull the finished part toward you shifting it under the table until you have fresh strands to weave in front of you. Then get back to work. If you run out of wool on your first ball, tie the end of the thread to the beginning of the next ball, cut the tie-ends neatly, and continue.
To leave room for a fringe at both ends, you don't want to keep weaving right to where you began. Instead, measure out the length of fringe you want on each side and stop when you're at the right distance from the end.
Then cut the strands halfway between scarf ends, tie them together two by two, and trim them down to your desired length.
Watch the whole process in this great little video:
You'll be asking yourself why you haven't done this before. It's just too easy: weave yourself or your friends a cozy scarf and you're all set and ready for winter!