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Infinity scarves are definitively one of the big trends this winter. But did you know it’s very quick and easy to knit one of your own? Here’s how.
All you need is some yarn and knitting needles. It’s very easy to do, even for beginning knitters. In fact, it would be a good first project.
We’re talking knitting here, so you’ll need some yarn to start with. As this is meant to be a quick and easy project, go for some heavy yarn. Chunky or even super chunky.
Give some thought to look and feel. Just because this is an easy project doesn’t mean you have to use scratchy acrylics in neon colours.
For example example, a good choice would be this Lion Brand Yarn. It’s a wool and acrylic blend that’s lovely and soft. It’s easy to care for as well, you can throw it in the Washington machine and the dryer and you won’t have to worry about felting. It comes in a variety of colours, and even self striping too, if you like to get funky combinations of colours the easy way.
Of course, you don’t have to take my suggestions. There’s tons of lovely yarn out there. Go and explore. Try your local shops.
- How much yarn?
How much yarn you need depends on how big of a scarf you want to make. My advice is not to worry about it too much. With 100 yards of yarn you’ll be able to make a cowl type scarf that fits snuggly around your neck. With 600 yards you can create one that hangs all the way down to your waist.
The beauty of this project is that you can pretty much knit until you run out of yarn. So really, don’t worry about it.
Aside from yarn, you’ll obviously need knitting needles. Something that often confused and worries novice knitters is swatching and gauge. If you’re one of them, or if you don’t know what it is, stop thinking about it. Gauge is not important for this project.
Just use the needle size recommended for the yarn you’ve chosen. For the yarn mentioned above, you’d need US size 13 (9 mm) needles, such as these.
If you look at the label of your own yarn, you’ll find out what size needles you need.
- Cast on your scarf
So how do you actually knit the infinity scarf?
if using bulky yarn like my example above, cast on 36 stitches (Knitting Help has some brilliant videos to help you if you don’t know how). The amount of stitches will determine how wide your scarf is going to be. In my example, 36 stitches will mean about 16 inches. Your yarn and preference might be different. Again, check the label of the yarn, it will give you a general idea of how many stitches will make up an inch. Keep in mind though, that if you don’t swatch, your gauge might be different so your actual knitting might be tighter or looser. On a project like this, it does not matter a great deal.
Once you’ve cast on your stitches, simply knit ( Knitting Help video tutorials every row until you either:
- Run out of yarn
- Have a scarf with the length you desire (taking into account the fabric needs to be doubled up).
- Cast off and seam
When you reach point 1 or 2 below, you have to cast off.
What you have now is basically a rectangular scarf. In order to make it into an infinity scarf, all you need to do is sew the short edges together. Be careful not to twist the scarf while you do, unless of course that’s the look you’re going for!
Now, weave in the ends of your yarn and you’re done!
Congratulations, you’ve knit your very own infinity scarf.
- Complicating things
If you’ll forgive me a bit of knitting jargon, what you have just done is create a scarf in garter stitch.
It’s pretty much the least complicated stitch. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use a different stitch pattern.
If, for example, you were to alternate rows of knit stitches with rows of purl stitches, you’d get stockinette stitch; smooth on one side and bumpy on the other. This stitch might not be the most suitable for this particular project, as it will cause edges to curl.
There’s an almost endless number of knitting stitches. For ideas, have a browse through the free online stitch dictionaries that are listed here.
Not all stitches will work, but it’s fun to experiment and if it doesn’t look good you can always rip back and try again.
Be sure to share your creations with me!