Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Faux Knit Infinity Scarf

I tried to learn how to knit a few years back. Honestly, I did.

My sister-in-law gave me a video for Christmas that was a tutorial on how to knit. I learned how to cast on, I learned how to knit and purl. And then I came to the end of my first skein of yarn and had no clue. I didn't break out the DVD again. The scarf just sat. And sat. Until the day I unraveled it and crocheted a scarf instead.

Someday I'll get back around to learning how to knit. In the meantime, I'll keep crocheting. :)

The idea for this cowl came from Frayed Knot's 15 Minute Coffee Sleeve.

Faux Knit Infinity Scarf
Note: Feel free to experiment with yarn types and hook sizes. I would be really curious to know what this looks like with a bigger hook or chunkier yarn. 

  • size J(10) Hook
  • a little less than 1 skein (about 371 yards/339 meters) of worsted weight yarn. I used Big Twist Yarns: Value in dark teal. 
  • scissors
  • ch: chain stitch
  • slst: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
To begin: Loosly chain 150 (or however long you wish to make your scarf) I figured out the length of my starting chain by looping it around my head the number of times I wanted it to wrap (twice). Join with a slst to the top of first ch to form a ring (be careful not to twist). 

Round 1:  hdc in the back ridge loop of each chain. (This is the slowest part.) When you get to the end of the round, do not join. 

hdc in the back ridge loops

Round 2: Without joining, hdc in the back loop of the first hdc of the previous row. Slide a piece of yarn of a different color in that stitch to mark it. Continue placing hdc stitches in the back loop of each hdc stitch in the round. 

Round 3 (and until you're almost out of yarn, or your scarf is wide enough): repeat round 2. 

Final round: Without joining, sc in the back loop of each hdc in the round. (Be sure to move your thread up to mark the first sc!) Finally, join with a slst to the top of your first sc. Cut your yarn and weave in your ends.

This pattern is a quick one. It turns out fairly thick and by wrapping it around twice, it makes for a cozy cowl scarf. It's still too summery outside to wear, but I'll have something to look forward to when the weather turns chilly this fall. 


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