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Free Pattern and Tutorial: Infinity Scarf

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Bamboo Infinity Scarf

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This pattern and tutorial is for our Infinity Scarf. I teach crochet classes and I believe the best way to learn is by using the tubular crochet method. This method allows a beginner to repeat one stitch without turning rows. The beginner is then able to master that one stitch and complete a project all at once! If you’ve never tried to crochet, I would suggest making our Coffee Cozy before attempting the Infinity Scarf. This pattern requires connecting rows, and the coffee cozy does not.

In the following tutorial, we combine steps from some of our previous projects to achieve the beautifully versatile Infinity Scarf.

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Wool and Bamboo Infinity Scarves included in a PDF combo in our Etsy shop. Click for more details. $3.99

Materials: Hook size (M/N-13) 9 mm, 176 yards of bulky weight yarn

STEP ONE: Hook hold and cast on.

There are two ways to hold a hook: pencil and knife. Pencil: hold the hook as you would a pencil. Knife: hold the hook as you would a knife. Pretty self-explanatory, right? I crochet with the knife hold. If you use this method, don’t pretend you are going to cut carrots. Either way you choose to hold the hook, hold it as gently as possible. Feel how it rolls in your hand and between your fingers. Think of it as an extension of your body.

Casting on and chaining are the very basic beginnings of any crochet project, whether simple or complex. To understand crochet, one must learn to chain because every stitch has this basic skill at its root. Of course, without casting on, you can’t do anything! Casting on is slightly more challenging than chaining and while there are a few ways to do it, I will share my method with you.

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Casting on:

1. Pull out a length of yarn and put the skein on the table between you and the hand holding the hook. Lay a length over the hook as shown in the picture above. The short length is called the tail. The length between you and the hook we will refer to as ‘yarn’. Place your forefinger on top of the yarn to secure (as shown above).
1. Pull out a length of yarn and put the skein on the table between you and the hand holding the hook. Lay a length over the hook as shown in the picture above. The short length is called the “tail.” The length between you and the hook we will refer to as “yarn.” Place your forefinger on top of the yarn to secure (as shown above).
2. Using your free hand, move the tail under the hook and cross over yarn. I pinch the tail and hold the yarn with my other fingers. Do what is comfortable for you.
2. Using your free hand, move the tail under the hook and cross over yarn. I pinch the tail and hold the yarn with my other fingers. Do what is comfortable for you.
3. Point the hook down between the tail and yarn. Lift hook under the yarn so it’s on the hook as shown in picture above. You have two loops on your hook.
3. Point the hook down between the tail and yarn. Lift hook under the yarn so it’s on the hook as shown in picture above. You have two loops on your hook.
4. Next, grab the loop on the left with the hook and draw it through the loop on the right.
4. Next, grab the loop on the left with the hook and draw it through the loop on the right.

Note: I am pinching the loop on the right as I draw through the loop on the left. Daintily show the loop who’s the boss!

Position your fingers in a way that is comfortable but lets you do what you want with the yarn and hook. Don’t be concerned about form or doing it the right way. You need to get used to the yarn and hook in your hand and really make it an extension of your body!

5. Pull on the yarn to tighten the loop on the hook- but not too tight. Notice how you can tighten by pulling the yarn and loosen by holding the tail and pulling up on the loop. It’s basically a slip knot! Take your hook out and pull on the tail and the yarn until the loop disappears - there shouldn’t be a knot. Try this process again (or your favorite way of casting on) and we will move on to chaining.
5. Pull on the yarn to tighten the loop on the hook – but not too tight. Notice how you can tighten by pulling the yarn and loosen by holding the tail and pulling up on the loop. It’s basically a slip knot! Take your hook out and pull on the tail and the yarn until the loop disappears – there shouldn’t be a knot. Try this process again (or your favorite way of casting on) and we will move on to chaining.

STEP TWO: Chaining

1. Begin by casting on. You have one loop on your hook (as shown above). Place finger on loop to hold. Wrap yarn over hook (Abbrev. yoh or YO) from back to front. (Or said another way: move yarn away from you, up, then toward you over the hook.)
1. Begin by casting on. You have one loop on your hook (as shown above). Place finger on loop to hold.
2. You now have two loops on your hook.
2. Wrap yarn over hook (abbreviated: yoh or YO) from back to front. (Or said another way: move yarn away from you, up, then toward you over the hook.) You now have two loops on your hook.
3. Draw the loop on the left through the loop on the right. It is the same movement you practiced while casting on.
3. Draw the loop on the left through the loop on the right. It is the same movement you practiced while casting on.
4. One chain made.
4. One chain made.

Note: When counting chains, never count the loop on your hook. Only count the ones hanging down. In this picture, there is only one chain made.

Chains are made in two steps: yarn over hook (yoh), then draw yoh through loop.

Practice making chains until you are comfortable with the process. Once you feel comfortable making chains and casting on, let’s get to the fun part – creating your infinity scarf. I know, your brain feels full right now, but you just have one stitch and a few techniques to learn!

STEP THREE: Chain (ch) 125 (or  number of chains to reach desired length)

STEP FOUR: Connect your chain with a slip stitch (sl st)

First, make sure the right side of the chain is facing you. When held horizontally, the chain should look like sideways “V’s”.
Your 125 chains made with your bulky yarn will be MUCH longer than this. But use these photos as a guide to help you notice the loops of the chain. First, make sure the right side of the chain is facing you. When held horizontally, the chain should look like sideways V’s.
The other side, or the wrong side, of the chain has a ridge along the middle.
The other side, or the wrong side, of the chain has a ridge along the middle.
After making sure your chain is straight, insert hook into the first chain made.
1. After making sure your chain is straight, insert hook into the first chain made.
Hook inserted into first chain made. Two loops on hook.
2. Hook inserted into first chain made. Two loops on hook.
Yarn over hook (yoh).
3. Yarn over hook (yoh).
Pull the yoh through both loops on hook.
4. Pull the yoh through both loops on hook.
One loop on hook. Your chain is now connected!
5. One loop on hook. Your chain is now connected!

STEP FIVE: Chain (ch) 3, double crochet (dc) in each ch loop

Note: A chain has three different loops. We will be working in the top loop that is the loosest and most easy to work under. Once stitches are worked in the chain, the other two loops appear to be twisted together at the bottom of the chain.

Click on the picture above to get a closer look. Or, better yet, observe your own chain and notice the way it loops. The front of the chain looks like a series of sideways V’s. The back has a ridge. The top loop of the sideways V is where we work one stitch before we move to the next top loop and work another stitch.

Observe where you pulled up the last loop when you connected your chain. As you can see in the picture above, you will insert your hook in the chain loop right beneath the loop you just pulled through. Turn the chain so it is horizontal and the sideways V’s are facing you.

Row 1: Follow picture directions below. Please note on this row you are working in the chain and not in the stitch. The photos show the steps for a double crochet in the stitch. Read the instructions to help you with the distinction.

To Begin: One loop on hook.
To Begin: One loop on hook.
Second: Yarn Over Hook (yoh) so the yarn hangs in front of the hook as pictured.
Second: Yarn Over Hook (yoh) so the yarn hangs in front of the hook as pictured.
Third: Insert hook into next stitch (st) under both loops (Unless directed otherwise, always work under both loops). Next, yoh.
Third: Insert hook into next stitch (st) under both loops (Unless directed otherwise, always work under both loops.) If working the first row in the chain, insert hook into the top loop of chain. Next, yoh.
Fourth: Pull yoh through the st (3 loops on hook)
Fourth: Pull yoh through the st (3 loops on hook).
Fifth: yoh
Fifth: yoh
Sixth: Pull yoh through first and second loop.
Sixth: Pull yoh through first and second loop.
Seventh: Two loops remain on hook.
Seventh: Two loops remain on hook.
Eighth: yoh
Eighth: yoh
Ninth: Pull yoh through two remaining loops.
Ninth: Pull yoh through two remaining loops.
Tenth: One double crochet (dc) complete.
Tenth: One double crochet (dc) complete.

To create the next stitch, repeat steps 1 – 10 in the next chain space or stitch.

Row 1 is complete once a dc is worked in each chain around the circle.

STEP SIX: Connect row with a slip stitch (sl st).

starting+ending dc row-09
Now you need to connect the last and first stitch of the row with a slip stitch (sl st).
starting+ending dc row-10
Insert hook into first stitch made.
starting+ending dc row-11
Yoh and draw loop through stitch.
starting+ending dc row-12
Draw the loop on the left through the loop on the right. Finish off if this is your sixth row.
starting+ending dc row-13
Chain 3 to begin next row.

STEP SEVEN: dc in each dc around each row until you have six completed rows.

Double crochet steps:

1. Yarn over hook (yoh).

2. Insert hook under both loops of next stitch.

2. Yoh.

3. Draw yoh through stitch.

4. Yoh.

5. Draw yoh through two loops on hook.

6. Yoh.

7. Draw yoh through two remaining loops.

8. One loop remains; one dc complete.

STEP EIGHT: Finish off and tie

If you want to read all about why I tie the loose ends of yarn instead of weaving them in, you can visit the Finish off and tie tutorial. But if you are ready to finish your infinity scarf, continue scrolling. The tutorial for our coffee cozy finishes in exactly the same way, so let’s review finishing and tying techniques. You are almost done!

Finish off:

1. After completing your last stitch, cut yarn. Normally you want to have 10″ of yarn. For this cozy I just needed about 4″.
1. After completing your last stitch, cut yarn. Normally you want to have 10″ of yarn.
2. Yarn is cut... get ready to pull up on your hook.
2. Yarn is cut… get ready to pull up on your hook.
3. With your hook in the last loop, pull the hook upward so the yarn slips through as shown.
3. With your hook in the last loop, pull the hook upward so the yarn slips through as shown.
4. Insert hook into the last stitch from back to front. (The right side of the work is facing you)
4. Insert hook into the last stitch from back to front. (The right side of the work is facing you.)
5. Working this direction, you are kind of yuh (yarn under hook) instead of yoh (yarn over hook).
5. Working this direction, you are kind of yuh (yarn under hook) instead of yoh (yarn over hook).
6. Pull the tail of yarn through the stitch.
6. Pull the tail of yarn through the stitch.

Tie:

1. Turn project inside out.
1. Turn project inside out.
2. Insert hook into a few stitch loops between the tail and the center of project.
2. Insert hook into a few stitch loops between the tail and the center of project.
3. Draw yarn through loops. Do the same with the tail of yarn on the other side (tail created while casting on).
3. Draw yarn through loops. Do the same with the tail of yarn on the other side (tail created while casting on). Then find a discrete place to tie off or weave in ends.

Congratulations! You’ve completed your Infinity Scarf! See below for a simplified version of the pattern.

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This bulky cowl is an awesome first time project because it works up so quickly!
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Bamboo Infinity Scarf

Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee “Debut” (2 skeins)

Yarn Weight: 5 Bulky

Color: Aquamarine

Hook: Size (M/N-13) 9 mm

Gauge:  9 sts and 4 rows = 4” in dc

Skill Level: 1 Beginner (first time crocheter)

Necessary skills: Basic stitches

Abbreviations:

chain (ch)

double crochet (dc)

each (ea)

slip stitch (sl st)

stitch (st)

Pattern:

Ch 125.

Join ch (sl st in 1st ch made).

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in ea ch loop, sl st in 1st dc made to connect row (125 total).

Rows 2-6: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in ea st, sl st in 1st dc made to connect row (125 total).

Finish off, weave in ends.

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7 thoughts on “Free Pattern and Tutorial: Infinity Scarf”

  1. this is the best demonstration of how to crochet that I have seen. My mother taught me to crochet, so I have never had instructions. It is great for beginners, thank you

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  2. Since retiring last year I have become addicted to crocheting! I have enjoyed making simple scarves, hats, place mats and shawls but I stick to the “easy” patterns. I learned by reading crochet books; however, I want you to know that this tutorial is absolutely wonderful! I wish I had seen it when I first began. It would have saved hours of frustration in figuring it out on my own! I have printed this and will share it with a friend who is just choosing the color of her yarn to make a first project! Many thanks for your kindness and generosity in sharing your knowledge with all of us!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pattern and tutorial. We come out with new free patterns about once a month and have Etsy and Ravelry shops full of patterns for sale. I spend a lot of time teaching people to crochet – both seasoned and first timers! I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t for a first time project. The only trick with this pattern is getting the chain and initial row straight, then after that it’s super easy:) I hope your friend enjoys it!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Abbey

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  3. Thanks for sharing this free tutorial, especially for the beginner. It is very informative, and you detailed very well all the steps everyone needs to know. It is a worth-reading article; no one will be bored reading and following this tutorial. Keep it up and wishing you all the best for your success.

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