The past week has been full of fun with family and friends, but I'm beginning to miss this blog and my sewing machines back in the city. Since it's going to be another week before I'm reunited with my sweeties and can start sewing again, there will be more knitting and style posts than usual over the course of next week.
Knitting is actually my second most favorite craft next to sewing. Every year I get the knitting itch as soon as the weather gets colder. Oddly, that didn't happen this year, and my knitting urge didn't kick in until November. I guess I had some catching up to do, because in December I've already knitted a hat for Anneliis, a scarf and wrist warmers for my teachers, and this cozy infinity scarf for Tamar as a Christmas present.
Since this infinity scarf was so simple in design, I thought I'd share the knitting process with you, so you could recreate it if you'd like. This would make a great first knitting project because it's pretty fool proof and uses only the very basic knitting techniques and stitches.
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Tamar's Infinity Scarf
Skill level: beginner
Yarn: Anything that has the expected gauge of 12-15 stitches per 10 cm should work (marked on the label, also named chunky or bulky yarn. Check this helpful table for all the info on yarn weights!). I used about 250g of yarn, but I would suggest stocking up at least 300g.
Alternatively, thinner yarn can be used, but then the needle size needs to match the yarn size, or you will have to knit 2 strands of yarn together to receive the thickness of a chunky yarn.
Needles: I used European size 6mm circular needles, but you can use any size depending on how chunky you want the knit to be. I'd recommend needle size > 4mm though.
Gauge: I hate checking for gauge, so I usually end up calculating the right number of stitches from my knitted swatch. And with this simple pattern, I'd recommend you do, too.
Start with knitting a sample swatch. Cast on about 25 stitches and work in knit stitch (knitting even rows and purling odd rows) for a few rows ( about 7-10 would suffice). Now you can measure your gauge. Take a ruler and count how many stitches fit into 10 cm of knit (horizontally).
Now take a tape measurer and measure the desired length of your infinity scarf. You should get a similar equation:
NOTE! This is simply an example, not the suggested number of cast ons. You should put in your own numbers (both gauge and desired length of your scarf) to get the correct number of cast ons.
10 cm of knit = 12 sts
120 cm (length of infinity scarf) = ? sts
In this case you should cast 144 stitches for your infinity scarf.
Please check your gauge!
The scarf in knitted round with circular needles, so that the initial number of stitches will make up the length of the scarf and the number of rows will determine the hight of the scarf. This way you can easily customize the length and the hight as you wish.
Once you've cast the number of stitches needed for your desired scarf length, connect the beginning and the end of the row and start working in circles.
1st row: knit (k) all stitches (sts)
2nd row: purl (p) all sts
3rd row: k all sts
4th row: p all sts
5th row: k all sts
6th row: p all sts
7th - 10th row: k all sts
11th - 13th row: p all sts
14th - 18th row: k all sts
work in a similar manner, knitting 3-6 rows and then purling 3-5 rows until you are 3-4 cm away from your desired hight. Then work rows 1-6 again to end the scarf. Be aware that this type of pattern will shorten the hight of the scarf naturally, so make the height a few rows higher to compensate.
Last row: loosely bind off. There's 2 ways to do this: *knit 2 together, slip sts back on the right hand needle*, *repeat*. OR knit 2, slip first sts over second, *knit 1, slip previous sts over knitted stitch*, *repeat*.
That's it! You're done and should now have a fabulously cozy infinity scarf.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments! I always do my best to clarify and follow up on your questions.