Knitting an Infinity Scarf Pattern
First off there are many ways to make an infinity scarf from using curricular knitting needles to using straight needles. For this particular project that I will be describing I used curricular knitting needles size 11. You can use any type of yarn or wool that you want a long with any size needle. For this particular scarf I used a bright yellow yarn by Red Heart. There are so many different colors that could be used as well as yarn weight. I usually do not worry about yarn weight and just pick it based on color. I would recommend using curricular knitting needles for bigger projects like infinity scarves. If you only have straight needles then there will need to be some changes made to the pattern in order for it to look the same.
You will need to start off by casting on 180 stitches. If you want your scarf to hang down longer then add more stitches before continuing the rest of the pattern. If you want it a little shorter then cast on less stitches. It is all about perference and what you like when determine the length and width of the scarf.
To cast on stitches you have to make a slipknot and then use the technique you usually use to add more stitches. If you are new to knitting then I will show you my way of casting on stitches.
*If you are using straight needles then the stitches added will be the width and not the length.*
This is the slipknot that starts off the casting process. The pictures below demonstrate how I cast on stitches step by step. Which is done by starting to garter but instead of bring the new stitch on to the right needle I pick it back up with the left needle then repeat.
After you have casted on 180 stitches then start knitting a garter stitch. It is important to mark your starting point because it will help make things easier when you switch from one stitch type to another. For this project I knitted three garter stitch rows before switching to a purl stitch (unless you are using straight needles). If you want the rows thicker or narrower then either add more rows or less rows to the pattern. For example if you want it five rows thick then garter five rows and purl five rows though out the project.
-A garter stitch is where you leave the yarn tail you are working with behind the right knitting needle. It is a very basic stitch and can be easily learned.
-A purl stitch is where you move the yarn tail that you will be working with in front of the right knitting needle and insert the right needle (working needle) through the top front of the stitch on the left needle.
*If you are using straight needles then you will need to garter the same three rows then purl the next row. After you purl one row garter the next then purl the last row. Follow this pattern for the remainder of the scarf. This will help keep the wave look that you get with curricular needles. After you have reach the length you want end off the scarf and sew the two ends together to create an infinity scarf.*
Garter Stitch picture instructions follow.
Purl stitches picture instructions follow.
When you have garter stitched three rows switch to a purl stitch at the beginning of the row. This is where your marker comes into play because it will help you keep track of where the beginning is as well as how many rows you have completed. Purl for three rows then switch back to the garter stitch. Follow this pattern of switching very three rows all the way through until the scarf has reach your desired width. When you have reached the desired width then you will need to end of the scarf. This is done by knitting the first two stitches then taking the stitch closest to the bottom of the needles and pulling it over the second stitch and off the needle. You should only have two stitches on your working needle at a time in this phase. Do this for the remaining stitches. The last stitch will be used to create a knot so that your scarf does not unravel.
Switching between these two stitches makes a really pretty wave that you can feel. It will look the same on both sides, so there is no need to worry about which sides will be display side.