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Knitting 101: Easy Mistake Stitch Infinite Scarf

Holy cow. It is April. Can you believe it? All I can say is that just because it is unlikely that the snowflakes will fall, there is no reason to stash the cozy knit scarves away for the season. April has been known to have some chilly days. Break the chilly air (and your urge to knit, knit, knit) with this fool proof pattern for a thick, cozy, and quick-to-knit infinite scarf.

A while back, I saw a darling photo on Pinterest (of course) of a deep maroon purple scarf paired with a light blue collared shirt. I was instantly drawn to the combo. Maybe it is the artist coming out in me, but the contrast between the two colours was captivating. Not long after, I came across the perfect coloured wool on sale at Michaels and decided to knit one up for myself. Maybe you should give ‘er a try too!

If you’re a beginner knitter, this is the perfect project for you! I am not an old-pro at knitting and haven’t dared tackling the circular needles yet. Instead, I make my infinite scarves by knitting a regular scarf and then sewing the two ends together at the end. This is a very easy solution for those who aren’t comfortable with circular needles. There is a seam, but if sewn neatly, it looks uniformed and is usually tucked into the collar of my shirt or covered by my hair anyways.

This pattern was adapted into an infinite scarf from a pattern on The Purl Bee. As long as you know how to do a simple knit and purl stitch, it is essentially fool-proof.

For this project, you will need the following:

  • A set of 7mm straight knitting needles
  • Two balls of thick wool in your desired colour (I used Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick in Claret)
  • A large sewing needle

Cast on 39 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 2, Purl 2, K2, P2 (continue to repeat), finish on a P1

Row 2-end: Repeat the previous row over and over again.

That’s it. I know–easy, right? Continue to follow this pattern over and over again until you have reached a desired length. I have found that a good length requires nearly two full balls of wool. However, ensure that you have enough wool left to sew in the end. When you have reached your desired length, cast the scarf off your needles. Using the extra wool and a large needle, sew the two ends together. When finished, sew in the loose ends. And there you have it–a cozy, thick-ribbed knit infinite scarf.

If you desire alternating the pattern in any way (such as making it thicker or thinner), use increments of 4 +3 stitches. For example, if you would like to make it thicker, cast on 43, 47, or 51 initial stitches. Or to make it thinner, cast on 35, 31, or 27 initial stitches.

I just needed to share this photo that shows a very small fraction of my scarf collection. The scarf on the left is this Easy Mistake Stitch Infinite Scarf. You can never have too many cozy scarfs…that’s all I’m saying!

There you have it, friends. It is such an easy scarf to knit up. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. It may also be useful to reference the original pattern from The Purl Bee (you can do that by clicking HERE). Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you enjoy what April brings for you, whether it’s chilly or not!

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Knitting 101: Double-Wrap Infinite Scarf

It’s almost the end of February. The sun may be staying out longer but the crisp air sure seems to be getting cooler with each passing day. Although we winter-haters can’t change the work of the weather clouds, we can make our bitter cold days a little bit cozier with a little handmade loving.

My friends will be the first to tell you that I have a scarf addiction. Not a day goes by without (what I like to call) a “fluffy” scarf wrapped around my neck. It could be a comfort thing, but the coziness of scarves help me get through these cold winter days (along with a few cups of tea, of course). Fun colours help make my day, and outfit, a little brighter.

This pattern is an adaption of a pattern on the back of a wool label. It is extremely easy if you know how do both knits and purls. I personally like really thick scarves so I opted to use a nice thick wool. One brand that has proven to be a wonderful brand for thick scarves is LOOPS & THREADS CHARISMA. You will most likely find it at any Michael’s Craft Store. It can prove to be a little bit expensive but if you are an avid flyer-browser you will quite often come across it on sale every now and then. If you can’t justify the price, check out some other brands too. Just look at the thickness and softness of the strand. I have used BERNAT ROVING and LOOPS & THREADS COUNTRY LOOM for other knitting projects in the past and they work pretty well too.

Another important thing to consider when making a thick and fluffy scarf is needle size. In my opinion, bigger is better. But remember that if you are going to use big needles, you need to have a thick wool.

 Alright. All of that is said and done–so let’s get to the goods!

MATERIALS

  • 2 balls of a thick wool, in any desired colour (the scarf in the picture is Copper)
  • A pair of 10mm straight knitting needles

PROCESS

Cast on 26 stitches. Starting with the first row, continuously repeat this pattern:

Row 1: Knit 2, Purl 2 (should end on a K2)

Row 2: P2, K2 (should end on a P2)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Continue this pattern through both balls of wool. When you have either reached your desired length or you are fairly close to the end of your second ball, finish the scarf on Row 2 before you cast the scarf off your needles. The scarf will be fairly long because it is designed to be a double-wrapped scarf. Finish the scarf by sewing the two ends together with the excess string of the wool. Sew in all loose ends (such as where the two balls were joined). Voila–you have a cozy new (and extremely easy to make) infinite scarf!

 VARIATIONS

Single-Wrapped Infinite: If you can’t handle being tangled in a double-wrapped infinite scarf, try adding more initial stitches to make the scarf wider. Add stitches in increments of 4 (such as 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50…etc.). If you use 50 initial stitches, it will most likely take the same amount of wool. Then just follow the pattern as stated above. Make it long enough so it wraps around your neck once.

Regular Scarf: If you hate infinite scarves and/or would rather have a regular scarf, this pattern can be adapted to do that. Just follow the pattern as instructed but don’t sew the two ends together at the end. Instead, just leave them as sharp edges or sew in strands of extra wool to the ends and tie. Be creative to determine different ways in which it can be “finished” to give it a unique quality.

There you have it. Even if you despise these cold winter days, this scarf will hopefully make your days a little more bearable. Now I’m off to have my cup of tea…

Happy Knitting!

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