Friday, November 16, 2012

Infinity Scarf Knitting Pattern

My good friend Leilani's favorite color is yellow because it's the color of sunshine (and french fries). In honor of her birthday, which was on Wednesday, I made her a big, comfy sunshine-colored scarf to help keep her winter days warm and cheery.


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Pattern:
Throughout this whole pattern, hold the two colors of yarn together and knit with them as if they were one strand of yarn.

  • Cast on 16 stitches
  • Row 1: (knit 1, purl 1) repeat until end of row
  • Row 2: (purl 1, knit 1) repeat until end of row
  • Repeat these two rows until the scarf is 58 inches long
  • Bind off
  • Line up the cast on edge with the bound off edge and use mattress stitch to make a seam. The scarf should now be one big loop.
  • Weave in ends

I think seed stitch (the alternating knit/purl technique used in this pattern) is perfect for big scarves like this for two reasons. First, it is reversible so it looks good no matter how it's piled on your neck. Second, all the little purl bumps add volume to the scarf, making it seem even bigger and cozier than it would otherwise.

Also, this is a very quick, easy knit because the needles are so big and the pattern is so simple. I would highly recommend this pattern to beginner knitters or to anyone who is looking for a nice break from their more difficult knitting projects. (Before this, I was working on this elephant with size 3 needles, so it was super fun for me to switch to the size 19s and fly through this scarf.)


I think Leilani really liked it!

Here she is modeling it, mid-laugh, at her party on Wednesday:


Unfortunately, I only had the camera on my phone with me at her party, as I'm sure you can tell. My new goal for myself is to work on remembering to bring my real camera along with me on a more regular basis.

Happy birthday, Leilani!
xoxo
Laura

29 comments:

  1. The scarf looks really comfy and warm! I would love to make one for myself - maybe after my baby is born and my fingers won't get numb whenever I start knitting...
    I'm sure, Leilani loves her new scarf!

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  2. How can I make that scarf shorter

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    1. To make it less wide, cast on fewer stitches (in increments of 2 so that you always cast on an even number of stitches). To make it shorter, knit a few less rows so that it will be less than 58 inches long.

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  3. I was going to try this as my first scarf. I have very little experience knitting. I went my local yarn shop was was sold 2 skeins of yarn and size 19 circular plastic needles. The needles are driving me crazy!! Did you use straight needles and would a smaller needle change the looks? i think this scarf is so near

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    1. I used straight needles for this scarf, and I would definitely recommend switching to them; I find them a little less cumbersome. Using a smaller needle size will make the stitches tighter so the whole scarf will be smaller. I hope this helps! Good luck with your first scarf. =)

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    2. Thank you! going to buy new needles

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  4. You do good work girl! So pretty...gonna start one today. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love the Scarf!!!! I have been looking for a really cute pattern and I love yours!!! Would you be able to use this pattern with thinner wool.... not have it quite as thick?? Would you just use a little bit smaller knitting needles then???

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    1. Yes and yes! This is possible to make with any yarn thickness, just use smaller needles for thinner yarn. =)

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  6. Beautiful scarf Laura :) love the chunky knit

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  7. I would like to make this using circular needles. Any suggestions on how many stiches to cast on?? Many thanks!

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    1. That is a VERY good question. Hmmm... I'm not sure. I'll think about it...

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  8. Could it be made using an odd number of stitches so each row would be the same and you wouldn't have to remember where you left off when you put it aside?

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  9. Beautiful scarf! I love yellow and have really taken a shine to this... happy happy happy :D

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  10. What size needles would you suggest for Sayelle 4 Ply yarn? Maybe size 10 or so?

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    1. Sorry for the late response! I think 10s would work well.

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  11. I love this scarf and would like to make it for my mother who will be 100 years old in Nov. Her neck isn't very big so could you please let me know if I can use smaller needles and thinner yarn?

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    1. Wow, happy birthday to your mother! This is definitely a chunky scarf if you knit it according to the pattern. Using thinner yarn and smaller needles is a great way to make it fit your mother better. If I were you, I'd use a bulky yarn and a worsted weight yarn and I'd use needles around size 10. I hope this helps. =)

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  12. Hi Laura, the knitting needles you use in your projects are they US/UK or metric sizing? Thanks much

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    1. The needles are a size 19 in US sizing.

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  13. What other brand yarn could I use in place of Loops N Threads Baby Charisma as this only comes in pastel shades and the scarf I'm making is Lions Brand bulky in color Barley?

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    1. Any other brand of yarn will work as long as it's bulky weight.

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  14. Hey I wanted to make this scarf with just bulky weight yarn from knitpicks, and I think 19 would be overkill. Would you suggest like 12's? I was thinking that or smaller. Thanks!

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    1. Yep, I think 12s would work. I wouldn't go any smaller than that because it will make the stitches tighter and the scarf stiffer.

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    2. ok dang, I only have 11s, guess I will have to go shopping!

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    3. It wouldn't hurt to make a swatch with your 11s before you buy more needles. Maybe you'll end up being happy with it!

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  15. How long about did it take to make this. 3 hrs

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  16. How wide was the scarf?

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