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Free Pattern:: Quick knit Infinity Scarf


An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space. 
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

This is the EMILY SCARF.  She saw me knitting the cowl for my niece and said, "Well, when are you going to make an infinity scarf for me?! (note pout and pathetic look)  You know I get cold while standing outside waiting for the bus at 5:30am." My daughter is subtle as a sledge hammer. So while talking with a friend about Christmas, I realized that I didn't have much for my daughter.  We decided to have a lean Christmas this year as we have all we really need and well, funds are tight.  But my daughter needed an infinity scarf!  I had the prefect yarn.  A friend at my knitting ministry restashed some luscious Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky.  It is buttery soft and Alpaca is one of the warmest fibers on the market. Sweet Pea will no longer be cold while waiting for the bus, not on this mom's watch!!!!!!  So shhhhhh, don't tell her about the scarf. It's a surprise, though the sneak walked into my studio as I was trying it on for the first time.  She exclaimed- THAT's MINE! I WANT IT!  Again, subtle as a sledgehammer.   At least I know my last minute knitting will be appreciated!  This cowl took about 4 hours from beginning to end.  As its a chunky yarn, it  is a fairly quick knit and a good almost last minute present.

I wanted a quick knit with lots of texture.  I contemplated cables, but the yarn is soft, so the cables didn't have the pop I wanted, so I settled on a rib, but then half way through, I got bored and switched to welts.  As a result there are vertical ribs and horizontal ribs.  I like how the textures play against each other.


You will need:
2 skeins of Cascade Yarn's Baby Alpaca Chunky, 100g / 3.5oz 108yds /100m in color 0558 ( velvet leaf)  Alpaca has a fabulous drape, so working this pattern up in another yarn will lead to a garment with quite a different flow and drape.   
#9 26" circular needles.
Tapestry needle
stitch marker

Gauge: 3.5 sts to the inch an 4 rows to the inch.


Let's Create!

Cast on 176 stitches using long tail or cable cast on method.

Begin 2x2 rib: place a stitch marker (K2, P2) repeat across the round, ending with a P2.   Be careful on the first round not to twist your stitches. (I twist the cast on edge to the inside of the ring, so I can keep track of my stitches.) 

Continue working in the 2x2 rib for the next 4 inches.

*Knit for the next 6 rounds.

Purl for the next 4 rounds.*

Repeat from * to * ending with a knit round of 6.  

Bind off all stitches.  Sew in tails.

An infinity scarf doesn't really need to be blocked.  So, wrap and give!

Inifinity scarf

 What I especially love is that if she once again forgets a hat, she can pull up a bit of the scarf to act as a hat or hoodie.  Toasty warm!



Ps. Your 4x4 rib will end up horizontal when you form it into a ring after knitting on straights.


I would like to make this a little softer. Could I use a smaller needle like 6 to 8 and maybe a dk yarn. thank you
and about how many sts to cast on


The yarn is a bulky Cascade alpaca and very soft. I don't what yarn you are using and your guage. If using circulars, a classic DK gauge is 5 sts to the inch, so 248. If using straights then about 40.



Take your yarn and cast on 32 and knit a 4" x 4" swatch with your chosen yarn. Then measure the number of Sts per inch. This will tell me if you are a loose or tight knitter. I gave the above numbers for an average tension knitter.

Peggy Olson

Hi...Why does it look like ribbing on the top in the "cowl" picturers?
Want to.make this...just need to find right yarn and I am on an island without good postal access!

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