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Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf
An Easy Scarf for A Beginning Knitter!
An infinity scarf/cowl is a very easy project for a novice knitter. The scarf you see in the image did take me a long time (a month) to knit, but the end result was well worth it.
I am a beginning knitter who has made a lot of easy scarves in the past year. Making those scarves did help me practice my newly learned skill: knitting using the plain old garter stitch. This stitch is also known the "knit" stitch.
After making about a dozen scarves with just 12 cast on stitches and using one skein of yarn, I was ready to push my own knitter's "envelope". To begin, I created a Pinterest board that I named "Knit It". I saved the patterns that I liked and hoped to make one day. I was intrigued by the infinity scarf patterns and found quite a few I wanted to attempt. I finally chose one pattern that looked easy but I could not find the colorful mosaic yarn used by the blogger in my local craft store. I eventually substituted an inexpensive yarn that I thought might do nicely.
Do you think you might want to make an infinity scarf like mine? (A cheesy question, I know!) I bet you can. (Even cheesier comment!) Just keep on scrolling down to read how I made mine.
By the way, my scarf might also be called a mobius scarf. It would be a "fake" one, however, because a real mobius is knitted on circular knitting needles. I am not THAT ready to push my knitter's envelope.
Scroll down to see me modeling my infinity scarf as a shawl and a cowl.
The Cowl Image credit: Mickie Gee--that is me!
Basic Pattern for my Endless Infinity Scarf
Cast on 40 stitches (my scarf is aprox. 10" wide)
Knit using the garter (or knit) stitch until piece is about 53 inches long
Sew the ends of the "scarf" together
(See the details below)
The Mulitcolored Yarn I used for my Cowl: - 100% acrylic yarn from Red Heart
This yarn is great for a beginner to use because it is inexpensive. When one gets better, a more expensive yarn, non-acrylic yarn would be a good choice. This particular acrylic yarn is not the softest yarn on the market, but it is reasonably priced for a novice.
A good yarn for a beginner to use who is on a tight budget. The project on this page needs 2 skeins (balls) to finish this cowl infinity scarf.
How To Make the "Endless" Infinity Knitted Scarf:
The inspiration, the free pattern, the supplies
When I saw the "Super Easy Beginner's Knitting Cowl" free pattern on the [knit and bake] blog, I knew I had my next knitting project. The Endless Scarf used the garter stitch which I knew I could do. The garter is just the basic "knit" stitch and this 52" long cowl would give me plenty of practice using this common stitch.
I used a cheaper yarn than [knit and bake] and I did not test the gauge of my yarn to see if it matched the original endless scarf pattern there. The resulting scarf I made is not as pretty and probably not as soft as the one on the blog, but my scarf gets plenty of attention when I wear it.
I like the way my version turned out because it is a versatile scarf. I can wrap it around my neck two times and wear it like a muffler, or wear the wrapped scarf as a cowl by pulling part of it up over my head to cover my ears (as shown in the intro photo). I can also unwind it and wear it draped over my shoulders as a wrap when it is drafty indoors. Be sure to see the photo further down the page.
The changes I will make when I knit this easy pattern again:
(1) use a more expensive yarn for a softer finished product
(2) test the gauge to get the right size. This is a step I am not very good at doing or understanding.
I think my infinity scarf might be wider than the original free pattern.
Here is the basic pattern for the scarf you see me wearing in the image at the top of the page:
1. Cast on (CO) 40 stitches (for a scarf about 10 inches wide)
2. Using the garter stitch, knit until the piece is approximately 53" inches long
3. Bind off
4. Sew the ends together using matching yarn and a darning needle and away you go! BTW, that is a link to a video that shows you how to do sew the ends together.
Click and Watch Simple Moebus Scarf to learn one method for sewing the knitted ends of the scarf togetherThe video suggests that you twist the scarf before you sew the ends, but I did not do that with my scarf. Well, actually, I did the first time, but I was not crazy about how my "fake mobeus" scarf behaved. I took out the stitches and just laid the ends together flat before sewing.
Supplies I used:
Size #9 knitting needles
Click How to Knit a Circle Scarf for Beginners to be taken to a decent video that shares with the viewer (you) how to make a similar cowl. The video is eleven minutes long and will show you these four techniques: casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, casting off and hand stitching the ends together to make an infinity scarf.
(Photo Credit: yarn the blogger used Bernant Mosaic Yarn, Medusa.)
Bernat Yarn for an infinity knitted scarf:
How I sewed the scarf to make a cowl:
I used a darning needle to sew the ends of my scarf together to make it into an infinity. I just used left over yarn from the knitting project that was close to the color that I needed.
Just What Is An Infinity Scarf?
It is simply, a scarf that has no end.
The scarf is one continuous loop!
The style was inspired by the mobius strip.
A knitted scarf or a cowl?
While I was creating my knitted scarf I referred to it as a "cowl". Several of my friends asked me what a cowl was. I found that needed to do some research so I could correctly explain why I used that term. I discovered on The Free Dictionary, that a cowl is most certainly the hood of a monk's robe, but it also refers to just an item of clothing worn as a hood, especially a loose hood. I think that calling my infinity scarf a "cowl" lends it a bit of mystery.
If you have any comments or questions about the infinity scarf pattern, please add them here. I am happy to be of help if I can.
Learning to knit can be frustrating, but it is also a rewarding hobby. I am constantly finding new yarns to play with and will be sharing more of my projects here on Squidoo in the future.