INFINITY SCARF Pattern for BEGINNERS (step-by-step tutorial)



today I'll show you how to knit the mistake rib infinity scarf this is a great scarf for beginners because it's made up entirely of knits and pearls it's also really quick to knit up because we're using super chunky yarn so download the full pattern in the description print it out and follow along I've also made video chapters in the description so you can easily navigate through this video so a note about construction this infinity scarf is not knit in the round it's knit slack like a scarf and at the end we'll just seam it up which I'll show you how to do later on for the scarf I used four balls of Lanna grossa ragazza yarn this is a super bulky merino yarn and it equals about a hundred and seventy six yards I knit up all the yarn before I could take a photo so that's why I'm using the product photo and I'll throw links to all the materials in the description I also used ten millimeter knitting needles I like bamboo needles because it grips the yarn and is less slippery to work with I also used a tapestry needle for seaming a tape measure and split ring stitch markers which are optional alright so I'm going to cast on 21 stitches I'll use the longtail cast on so I'm leaving like a bit of a tail here I think that's enough for 21 stitches and I'll make my slip knot here we go and place it on my needle now if you don't know how to do the longtail cast on then check out this video here where the eye is and you know learn how to do that and come back here and cast on your stitches okay so I'm casting on 21 stitches according to the pattern now if you're using like a thinner yarn or a thicker yarn and you want to cast on a different number of stitches like you want a less wide or a wider infinity scarf you can actually do that you can just cast on a multiple of four plus one okay so what does that mean all it means is that you need to cast on a multiple of 4 so 4 8 16 20 24 28 and then add one to it okay so you could cast on like 24 which is a multiple of 4 and then add one which is 25 so you could cast on 25 stitches for our infinity scarf I'm casting on 21 stitches 20 is multiple of 4 and I've added one to it so that's 21 alright so let's get into our stitch pattern okay so the stitch pattern is actually quite simple it is made up of two rows Row one and Row two so let's go through Row one first okay so what I'm gonna do is slip one knit wise so I'm gonna push my needle into my first stitch as if I were going to knit and then just slip it off of the left needle so next what I'm gonna do is knit one so here we go knit one cool and then I'm going to start my repeat okay so you can see this little asterisks here that basically signals the beginning of the repeat okay so it goes asterisks purl two so I'm gonna bring my yarn up front to do a purl two so here we're gonna purl one okay and then we're gonna purl choose is my second purl stitch so throw it up yeah alright and then we're going to knit two here we go knit one and knit two all right so now our instructions say to repeat from the star or the asterisks so that's what our repeat is basically purl two and knit two so we'll go all the way back to purl two all right here we go purl two and knit two so here we go knit two so it says that we need to repeat from start to last three stitches okay so I've just finished that repeat right I did purl two and then knit two so now I'm back to a purl two okay so we're gonna continue this pull two knit two until we get to our last three stitches at which point we're going to purl two and knit one so let's do that and now I've got my last three stitches so what I'm gonna do is purl two as my instructions say here's my little too cool and then here's my last stitch and I'm gonna knit one perfect okay so that is my Row one so I'm gonna turn my needle over and we're gonna work Row two so for Row two we're gonna slip 1 purlwise and what that means is I'm gonna take my right needle and go into this first stitch as if I were gonna purl when we purl we usually have our yarn in front right so I'm gonna slip my right needle into this first stitch make sure my yarn is in front okay so I'm just gonna throw it over my needle so my needle is behind my working yarn and then I'm just going to slip that first stitch off of my needle so that's a slip 1 purlwise alright so next I'm going to purl one and conveniently my yarn is already in the front so I'm just going to purl into it cool alright so now come the asterisks so the pattern goes asterisks knit two purl two so I'm gonna bring my yarn to the back cuz now we're doing into two so here we go knit two here we go knit two and then purl two so here we go purl two alright so that is basically our repeat so we're gonna repeat this knit two purl two across the whole row until we get to our last three stitches so let's just do that alright repeating a knit two purl two so it's actually very similar to Row one right and here we go that was my last purl two and now I've got three stitches left and I'm just going to knit two here we go and purl one awesome so that is our row two alright so now I would just turn my needle over and work Row one all over again right so that would just be a slip one knit one knit one and purl two alright so these two rows make up the mistake rib so you would just alternate between Row one and Row two so work these two rows until your scarf measures forty two inches if you plan on blocking or around 48 inches if you don't want to block all right so happy mistake rib knitting so the reason why you need to slip your first stitch purlwise and knit wise is so that you'll get this really nice selvage edge on your scarf so here you can see it on this side and right here you can see this really nice edge right so that's what slipping our stitches can do okay so you might be wondering like how am I gonna keep Row 1 and Row 2 straight in my head at some point you might just lose track right you might forget am I supposed to be working Row 1 here or Row 2 kind of hard to remember okay so I've got a little hack for you if the first stitch on your row is a purl stitch and I can tell by this little purl bump here then I should be working Row 2 right because I need to slip 1 purlwise on Row 2 on the other hand if the first stitch of the row is a knit stitch as you can see right here you can kind of see that little v-shape then you should be working in Row 1 okay so Row 1 I'm gonna slip 1 knit one and then knit 1 so I know that this is gonna be a Row one that I need to work because my first stitch on the row was a knit stitch alrighty so don't get confused just look to your knitting and it'll give you hints about what row you should be working so now my scarf measures around 42 inches look how long it is whoo so when I wrap it around my neck it looks a little short but I can fix that by blocking the scarf later on so I could knit this a little bit longer but I don't have any more yarn whoo I didn't buy enough which was a pretty dumb move but blocking this will give me five or six more inches so I'm okay for now so just FYI I used 150 yards of super bulky weight yarn so if you have more yarn you can always knit the scarf to the exact length that you like instead of blocking totally up to you so now it's time to cast off which means we're gonna get the scarf off of our needle so I'm gonna do a regular old cast off you don't need to make our cast off very nice because when we seam our cast off edge is gonna be hidden so there's no point making it really pretty so I've just knit two stitches and I'm gonna go under the first stitch and bring it over the second stitch and I've just cast it off one okay so here we go again I'm going to knit two on my right needle go into that first stitch and bring it over in the second stitch and just continue going so knit one and bring my needle into the first stitch over the second stitch so as you can see there's this nice cast off edge forming so we'll do that across the whole row until we reach our last stitch oh yeah so keep a loose hand as you're casting off don't grip your yarn too tightly keep it nice and loose and your cast off edge will be nice and stretchy alright so here I'm near the end of my row and here we go cool so normally you would just cut off like a length of yarn here snip snip and then like weave it into your scarf right but we're gonna do something a little bit different okay so just stay with me here do not cut off your yarn yet so what we're gonna do is just measure out a length of yarn that is seven times the width of our cast off edge okay at least seven times so we're just gonna go like this okay well measure out this yarn here's one one width okay two three four five whoops five six and seven okay cool so this is a length of yarn that is seven times the width of my cast-off edge and then once I have that I'm gonna just cut it off right there we go cool alrighty so now I can bring this yarn through this last ditch and fully cast off my scarf okay I just took the length of yarn here we go wrap it around my needle and then just bring this stitch on my needle over the yarn okay here it is and just pull pull the whole length of yarn through that last stitch pull it tight and now we're fully cast off whoo-hoo yeah okay so explanation time why do we need this long length of yarn it's weird and like what okay so what we're gonna do is we need to seam our scarf together right so that it actually becomes an infinity scarf so next we're actually going to put the two sides of our scarf together and then use this long length of yarn to seam the two ends together so that our scarf becomes an infinity scarf so you guessed it next we're gonna talk all about seaming ooh so before we see we need to weave in the ends of our yarn so this is the cast on edge of our scarf and this is the leftover from our cast on okay so we need to weave in this into our scarf before we seam our scarf together so let's do that real quick all right so let's do this I've got my tapestry needle here this is just like looks like a giant sewing needle and I can use this to weave in my ends okay so I'm gonna take my yarn tail here and just you know I try to thread it through my tapestry needle there we go cool so we're just gonna basically hide this length of yarn in our scarf so what I like to do is look for the little purl bumps purl bumps are a great place to camouflage our yarn so here I can see there's like a little bump here right so I'm just gonna go into this little purl bump here we go cool yeah alright and so I'll go into these little stitches like five or six times I basically just want to secure this yarn tail and kind of camouflage it in my yarn okay so let's take a look here the edge of my scarf I don't want to like disrupt this nice knit column so I'm just gonna go like underneath that knit stitch okay alright this is a pretty lawless I don't have any really hard or fast rules for weaving in the ends we're just securing this little yarn tail in place so let's see let's go in here little purl bump here's a little pearl bumpy and let's go in like one more time let's just go in another we'll just try and camouflage it right near that NIT column okay so that looks now looks pretty okay I mean you know if you're looking for it if you're really searching you could probably find a woven in tail but most people are not looking and I'm pretty satisfied with that I'm just gonna stretch it out a little bit okay and then just snip it off right there cool get out of here I can't get the scissors off my hand okay here's our little tail and let's just get rid of it and now one end of our scarf looks awesome and you can barely even see where the yarn tail is cool so now we can see our scarf together so now you're gonna decide which side of your scarf you want to be the good side okay so that means the side that's gonna be facing out the side that everyone is gonna see right not the side that's facing your body okay so if you don't really have a preference and it doesn't really matter for me I kind of like this side a little bit better so what we're gonna do is put the right sides of our scarf together okay so again this is my right side or my good side and you know duh this side is also my right side so we're gonna place them together and then we're going to seam our scarf together here so I'm gonna get out my tapestry needle and just thread up this super long yarn tail here all right there we go got it on my needle cool and I've also got these little split ring stitch markers and what these are for is they're meant to help me line up my scarf okay so let's take a look here now you can see that we have these lovely columns of knit stitches right so I want these columns of knits to line up when I'm seaming it right I want it to be like really nicely aligned like this so what I'm gonna do with these little stitch markers is I'm going to match up those knit columns on the front in the back of my work here so here's a knit column right and here is my the corresponding knit column here so I'm just gonna match them up and I'm gonna use my stitch marker to just kind of not tie them in place but kind of just hold them in place there right and let's just go across this whole scarf now if you don't have these markers that's okay you can use like a safety pin or even like a bobby pin you can get kind of creative with that as well alright so there we go we can take a look at our two ends and I can see that yes the columns match up pretty nicely alright so yes I'm being like really careful kind of extra but that's because I want that seam to look almost invisible alright so let's get started so we're gonna use something called the backstitch method this is very common in hand sewing and I think it'll work really nicely with this scarf as well okay so I've got my yarn it's coming out of the back of my scarf and what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna go through the front of my scarf like this okay so I'm gonna go like half an inch from the edge okay and I'm gonna pull the needle through just like this okay and now you'll see the reason why this is called back stitch is we're gonna go back behind where the yarn came oh okay so here my needle is gonna go behind this yarn all the way to the edge pretty much right right up to the edge of my scarf okay pretty good and through to the other side and I'm gonna pull it through now I'm gonna bring my needle it's on the back now I'm gonna bring it just poke it in through to the front okay like about an inch or so from the edge okay poke it all the way through okay and then pull the yarn through cool alright so now our yarn is in the front again and we're gonna take our needle and go behind the yarn we're gonna go back okay so I'm just gonna go like a tiny bit back right on the right underneath the cast-off edge and I'm gonna poke my needle through to the other side and then I'm gonna grab okay a bit of fabric from the back just a tiny bit and then push my needle through to the front just like this okay so you can see there's like needle strand of yarn needle okay we've kind of sandwiched the strand of yarn with our needle and then I'm going to pull the yarn through BAM alright so I'm gonna give my yarn a bit of a tug just to tighten it okay tighten that seam and now you can see our yarn is in the front again and we're gonna go back behind it okay push that needle through alright to the other side to the back side and here's our knit column I'm just gonna make sure it's aligned on the front and it is okay so here we go we're on the back and we're just gonna grab a bit of fabric on the back push it into the front and now you can see that our needle is kind of sandwich in the strand of yarn we'll pull through tighten it up and tug okay and again our yarn is in the front we're gonna take our needle push it behind that strand of yarn okay to the back grab a little from the back and then push it the needle into the front okay so needle yarn strand meat'll and then hold it through again okay so we're gonna go again here's our strand of yarn we're gonna go behind it just like this through to the other side I just want to catch it right below the cast-off edge and then grab a bit from the back and then push into the front and then pull it through so you're kind of getting the hang of it you know what you need to do next here's the strand of yarn we're gonna go behind it alright like around II around here push it to the back grab a bit of the back push through to the front there we go needle yarn needle and pull it through okay so that's really all there is to back stitch okay strand of yarn go behind the surround of yarn a wee bit just believe it alright grab some from the back okay push into the front periodically take a look at the knit columns make sure they're lining up on front in the back and then just work your way seaming across the whole seam of your scarf alright so I'm nearing the end of my scarf and I'm just making sure that it lines up really neatly I'm just gonna hold it like that okay we're almost there here we go and pull it through go behind our strand of yarn and here we go and like right at the edge here really close to finishing let's push pull our yarn through and let's just do like another what's it called another stitch I'm gonna pull the yarn through to the back just pull it all there and once I get to this little edge here I'm gonna be real careful to make sure I get all of the edge in okay so I'm just going through here again okay and maybe I'll just do another stitch all right here right at the edge because I want to make sure it's like perfectly kind of closed up here we go push that in here and here we go so it looks nice and closed and secured now let's take a look at our how our knit stitches line up and they look fabulous if I do say so myself I'm just gonna undo these little stitch markers and Wow it looks really nice I'm always like amazed when things turn out the way they're supposed to I don't know why but yeah it looks really nice right you can see that seam it's a little bit thick but that's because our you know our yarn is quite thick and this is what it looks like on the wrong side wrong side of our work in on the right side let's take a look hey oh not bad at all I can see that the knit stitches line up really nicely and you know like it's a little bit chunky but we can get rid of that chunkiness when we block out this scarf okay but let's finish up our seam okay we're getting a little ahead of ourselves okay so we've closed up the edge here and now I'm gonna weave in the ends of my yarn cool so I'm just gonna stick my needle into this little purl stitch here as I mentioned earlier I love using purl stitches to weave in my ends kind of camouflage the yarn here we go and do this like a couple times let's go into like five or six stitches here okay duh okay cool alright so I'm just gonna stretch out this area where I wove in my ends and now I'll take my little scissor and just cut it loose and whoo tada our scarf is now joined in the round I'm gonna turn it over to the right side and our seam looks not too bad at all looking pretty good on both sides if you're infinity scarf fits you exactly how you like then awesome you're basically done but if you're like me and your infinity scarf is a little bit shorter than what you'd like then you can block your infinity scarf which is what we're gonna do next so I've got a tub here that I've filled with some room-temperature water so it's not cold it's not warm it's just sort of like meh kind of water okay so I've got my infinity scarf here and I'm just gonna submerge it into this tub of water here we go whoa look at it go awesome so we just want to push the scarf under the water and kind of like trying to drown it that's a little bit sinister but you know I really want the fibers of my cowl to be submerged so the more that you need to stretch your cowl the longer it should stay in the tub okay so now it's like fully submerged and I'm just gonna leave it alone soaking in this tub for like 20 minutes so our scarf has been sitting here for about 20 minutes so now I'm just going to push out as much water as I can okay so whoopsie so I'm not like wringing out the scarf I'm kind of just pushing out the water or as much water as I can so here is my super wet scarf I just laid it out on top of a bath mat here and now I'm going to stretch out my scarf to the length that I want it to be okay so I know that my final length should be 48 inches that's the target circumference so 48 into 2 is a a 24 alright so this half of the scarf should measure out to 24 inches let's see and it's 23 right now so I need to stretch it out so that it's 24 and is that gonna do the trick and maybe a little bit more over here and there we go that is exactly 24 perfect all right so now that I know that the length is right I want to make sure that the width is exactly the same throughout the whole scarf okay so you can see over here where the edge is it's like splayed out in the middle it looks a little bit thinner so let's say I want it to be 7 and 1/2 inches so I'm gonna pull down this area here so that it's 7 and 1/2 and then just go across my whole scarf make sure that it is 7 and 1/2 all the way through it's a little bit thicker here so I'm just gonna like kind of scrunch it up a little bit so that's the great thing about blocking is that you can really manipulate your knitting when it's wet and when it dries your knitting will basically dry in that shape right so it's great you can kind of push and pull your scarf so that it becomes the shape that you want it to be all right so now it looks really nice and even so now all I need to do is just leave it alone make yourself a sandwich and relax come back the next day and you'll have a beautiful infinity scarf that you can wear alright so it's been about two days and my scarf is now fully dried oh it's so soft so it looks awesome it still measures 48 inches and it measures seven and a half inches down this way too so it dried exactly in the shape that I left it in it looks awesome and I also want to show you that the seam after blocking it's kind of flattened out a bit it used to be a little bit bumpy and after blocking it's nice and flat now the inside still has this big chunky seam but that's okay because it's on the in side of my infinity scarf so I can always hide it alright so that's pretty much it now I have an infinity scarf on my hands I could throw it over my head and wear it out and admire it and let everybody know that hey I just knit this oh yeah I'm kind of a domestic goddess now alright so I hope you enjoyed this tutorial I'm Davina from sheepandstitch.com thanks so much for watching keep warm happy knitting and I'll see you next time bye

21 comments

  1. Gotta pause this at the 8:00 mark to say BLESS YOU FOR TELLING ME HOW TO KEEP TRACK. This is why I never finish projects and end up starting over again.

  2. Wonderful tutorial but I messed up and now all my perfectly lined stitches moved over to the left one. How do I fix that? I tried going back to the moment of the mistake but because of the slip one it only brings me right back to my mistake. Is there a video to help me cause I'm pretty far and I'd hate to redo the entire thing

  3. Question! Is there a reason why the ends are stitched together in this way, and not in the same way that you show the joining/sewing in your hat tutorial (which looks a little more subtle)? I'm knitting this for a friend and would like to have the joining part extremely subtle!

  4. I love this scarf (and this tutorial!) I keep ending up with too many stitches though and I'm not sure why. Like suddenly I have 22 or 23 instead of 21. I try to follow your movements exactly so I don't know where I'm going wrong. Any ideas?

  5. If you decide to do more tutorials, could you please do sweaters, hooded cloaks, socks, and the like?

    I love the way you explain everything. It just makes so much sense.

    All of your hat tutorials were amazing. Thank you so much~

  6. Best and easiest tutorial ever. Thank you. My daughter and daughter-in-law will be thrilled with their winter infinities!

  7. I’m so confused does the first stitch from the slip knot count as a stitch? I’m new to this and honestly really want to try this pattern.

  8. Already planning on buying the yarn to make my own scarf! For the next video would you consider teaching us how to knit a loose cardigan as the next challenge? Thanks ^-^

  9. Hi ! Your the best tutorial . I have made ne scarf for my boyfriend and he loves it so much .. and I told him .i got inspired from u learning .

  10. Fantastic Tutorial!! I created a beautiful orange infinity scarf with it. My husband thought it was so lovely Im making him an Apple Green one now haha!!!

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