Quick & Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf

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Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas is just around the corner. There is still time to knit up this Quick & Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf for yourself or gifts! If you know the basics of knits and purls then you are well on your way! 

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 Knitting is an absolute favorite hobby of mine, but with life and blogging, I am finding less time for it. I have too many UFOs (unfinished objects) in my knitting armoire. I love intricate patterns! The problem….I start and never finish. I get bored and want instant gratification! Simple projects like this give you something you can wear in no time flat! 

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 I have found that smaller projects with bulky yarns are the trick for me. I want a pattern that I can quickly memorize and just get to knitting! It’s a sad reality!

My daughter loves wearing my knitted projects. I’ve made her several slouchy shrugs and accessories. I knew this one was a hit when she recently wore it and came home with requests from her friends with their preferred color choices! Oh, my! Maybe I should just host a knitting party for them so they can learn themselves! They are in 9th grade after all!  

I would say that this project is easily suitable for a beginner. I made this pattern up while at the beach this summer. It’s not fancy….nothing special really. The final product is great with just a bit of variation other than simply knitting every row! 

Here is what you will need!

2-1/2 skeins of Yarn Bee Debut or any bulky weight, soft yarn. This is #6 Bulky (88 yards each)

Size 15 knitting needles

tapestry needles (it has a blunt end with large eye)

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Basically you will be knitting a 72 inch scarf. My daughter is 5’10-1/2″ tall so I made it a little longer. I do like it longer because it allows you to wear it longer or looped an extra time to wear bulkier around the neck……my personal favorite of the two looks.

Simple Instructions

  1. Cast on 19 stitches with #15 size needles 
  2. Knit 10  straight rows
  3. Knit 3 sets of stockinette stitch (starting with a purl row) 
  4. Repeat #2 and #3 until you get to your desired length.
  5. I tested the length by wrapping it around my neck carefully with the needles still intact or you could secure with stitch holders.
  6. I did this one 72 inches long, but a standard infinity is around 60 inches….just check for personal preference.
  7. Important! End your scarf with the stockinette pattern if you are making an infinity scarf. That way you will be keeping with the alternating pattern when you stitch up the ends! If you are making a scarf, you should end with the knitted row pattern.
  8. Bind Off
  9. Using your tapestry needle, join the 2 ends together.           

**One set of stockinette stitch would be 1 purl row and 1 knit row**

So you will be doing the following for 3 sets of stockinette

purl row, knit row  repeating for a total of 6 rows 

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 Here is the scarf just looped twice for a longer look especially if you want to wear a necklace as well….more relaxed look. 

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 This is looped three times. This is great when extra warmth is needed. Looks great over a coat. I love this look especially with your hair pulled up! 

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Basically, if you can do basic knitting, this will be a simple project for you. It could easily be knitted in a few evenings of watching TV or traveling in the car.

UPDATE: My daughter had her varsity tennis banquet last night and wore it. The girls were asking where she got her scarf! She told them that her mom made it. Yes, I was the cool mom last night! The girls were asking me to teach them to knit. I told them to get a small group together over the Christmas break and I’d teach them.  I love teaching friends to knit. Middle school and teens are at a great age to learn. I am self-taught! Books and now the YouTube videos out there have been so helpful! 

I am by no means an expert knitter!!!! I’m not a pattern designer……just a little something easy and simple that I created.

 Happy Holidays!

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  1. Thank you for such a beautiful and easy pattern! I was looking for an easy scarf pattern using straight needles, but I don’t know stitches other than knit (and purl if I have step-by step pictures). This is exactly what I needed. I’m making one of these for a Christmas present for a friend. It’s coming together very quickly.

  2. Looks cool! Anyone know how to make this with crochet? I like the textured pattern. I’m a beginner.

  3. I am about halfway through this scarf using Thick and Quick in Fig.

    Thank you for sharing it. It is my first project and has been quick enough to keep my ADHD brain from wandering away to another project.

    I have made a couple of mistakes in the pattern but I left them in. I didn’t know how to back up and fix it. I doubt anyone other than me will ever notice.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

  4. What is your favorite yarn to use for these cute scarves?

  5. Hello! I’m a new knitter and I was wondering if I used size 17 or 19 needles with a 6 weight yarn would that make the scarf look holy? I want it to be bulky and fluffy but I don’t want big openings in it. I hope that makes sense lol

    • I’ve been doing some with 19 needles and size 6 yarn. Definitively makes it go by faster. I would go with 19 needle and 6 yarn for sure. Just keep checking the length to get it to work for your height. I’ve started making them a bit shorter in length to just wrap 2x around the neck. Have fun! ~Christy
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  6. You speak my knitting language. I love this pattern. Thanks for sharing!! Kashoan

  7. How many Cast Ons for smaller needle size? Is there a multiple?

    • Hi Margo,
      Honestly, you’d have to experiment with it. Are you using smaller needles and thinner yarn? I wouldn’t recommend a smaller needle with thick yarn. It would make it stiffer, not as soft. What size yarn and needles are you using?

      For example: I just finished making a few that used a 6 yarn size…super bulky. I went up to a US19 needle and decreased my stitches to 15. I hope this helps. ~Christy

  8. Christy,

    I am a very new knitter and this is my first time working with something other than worsted weight yarn. I just finished the first 16 rows and want to make sure I am doing it right. After completing the first set of stockinette, (I believe), it looks like there is a right side and a wrong side. Is this correct? I swear I purled a row, then knit a row, and repeated for a total of six rows. I was just surprised to see that at this point, the one side looks like there are just 2 distinct sections.

    I appreciate your help with such an elementary question. I love this pattern and want to make sure I do it right. Thank you! :)

    Amanda

    • Christy,

      No need to even approve my previous comment – I realized the error in my ways! For some reason, I was thinking the stockinette part would create the “bumpy” looking lines. I understand now! I have over a foot knitted in no time! Great project and I love that it’s taking a fraction of the time of my first scarf – rows of 52 stitches in worsted weight yarn on smaller needles. Thank you! :)

      • So glad you figured it out! It is a fun pattern. One thing that I’ve been doing when using an even thicker yarn is to move up to a size 19 needle and cast on 15 stitches then proceed to 63 inches. That makes it even faster! I need to add this variation to the post. Knitting one now in Lion Brand Hometown…very soft! Let me know if you need more help! XXOO Christy

    • Thanks so much! I replied in the other comment!

  9. This is adorable. I happened to already have size 15 needles so I went to Walmart and found Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn on a gorgeous charcoal color ( color #105) amd am working on it. I am so excited to wear it!

    • Thanks so much!!! How fun! I’m actually knitting one with the Hometown as well right now in a royal blue…high school colors. My daughter has me making them for her friends…on the last one…whew! I tried a little something different with these since I had so many to do and wanted to finish quicker. If using a thicker yarn like a 5 or 6 weight. Move up to a size 19 needle, cast on 15 stitches and follow the pattern for 63 inches. Has helped me complete 7 recently! XXOO Christy

  10. Nice job I love to knit as well been home for 2 years and all I have been doing is knitting scarves, afghans baby blankets you name it I have knit it, any good patterns out there to share.

    • You sound like me! I’ve knitted 6 of the infinity scarves this winter. Have you tried http://shop.phydeauxdesigns.com/ and sweater babe? LOVE Phydeaux. They are paid patterns, but well worth it! I’ll have to look to see what I have saved in my PDF files for you! I’ll let you know, Kim! Thanks so much!!! ~Christy

  11. Can you do this on circular needles? I would like to do this so you do not have a seam. Get back to me.

    • Hi, Sandee! Just getting caught up on comments! I am sure you can do it on circulars, but have no clue how to write the pattern for it. I’m a very basic knitter. You honestly don’t see the seam when you put it at the back of your neck. Then the second loop covers it! Good luck! XXOO Christy

  12. Hi Christy,

    I am knitting this scarf and at some point I did something weird and ended up with too many stitches so I ripped back to where it was correct. However, when I started again I apparently did the wrong stitch because my right side is now my wrong side. When I rip it out again how do I know which stitch to start with so it is correct? Appreciate your help. Love the pattern and it was going so quick!

    Carla

  13. Hi Christy,

    I’m a relatively new knitter, but have done several hats and scarves over the holiday break. I have a group of ladies that I want to make scarves for asap and your pattern looks perfect. Unfortunately, I needed a specific color of yarn, so I’m hoping the pattern will fit the yarn – I bought the Lion Brand #6 Super Bulky and have size 13 circular needles. Would this pattern work with this or do you suggest larger/smaller needles?

    Thank you!
    Erin

    • SO sorry, Erin! Just getting caught up on comments! That yarn is perfect, but for a softer scarf I’d move up to a size 19 needle and reduce cast on to 15. The 13 will be a bit small and as a result the scarf won’t be a soft and loose. Does that make sense? Again sorry I am just getting to your comment! XXOO Christy

  14. Thank you for a very basic pattern. So many out there are too complicated for me. But this I know I can do!

  15. Elizabeth Alexander says:

    What gage yarn is the yarn you use?

    • Hi! Here is a link to the yarn. It states that for a 4×4 ” square with US15 needles that it is 7 sc and 10 R. I confess that when knitting easy bulky scarves, I don’t look at guage. I just knit. It would probably save me some trial and error though. I am making one right now with Lion Brand Thick and Quick. I moved up to a US17 needle and started with 15 cast on stitches. Look down in the comments from Ursula. She has been knitting them like crazy. She mentioned other yarns as well. I hope this helps! I am no expert….just something easy I played around with and worked out! Let me know if I can help further. Happy knitting. I have 7 to make for my teen daughters friends so I’ve been knitting like crazy! ~Christy

      http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/cornsilk-debut-yarn-108613/

  16. Hi!

    This pattern looks so lovely! I’m a beginner, so I have a quick question. What stitch did you do for the first 10 rows? I’ve found tutorials for the stockinette stitch but wasn’t sure what to look up for the other part. Thanks!

    • Hi Brittany. The first 10 rows you just knit each row. Then you switch to the Stockinette stitch starting with the purl row. It would be a total of 6 rows for that part….purl row, knit row, purl row, knit row, purl row, knit row then start knitting the 10 straight knit rows…keep repeating. I’m self taught and I use You Tube all the time for help with new stitches! Let me know if I can help further. If you are just learning….I’d start with just knitting all the rows. You can still stitch up in the end to make the infinity scarf. I taught a friend and that was her first project. Get that knit stitch perfected first before learning the purls. ~Christy

  17. Just wanted to let you know that I am getting a lot of wonderful compliments on your infinity scarf pattern. I recently tried the pattern with bit of a lighter weight yarn (category 5) -Lion Brand Jiffy. I cast on the same amount of stitches (19) and used size 11 needles. I made it 60 inches long for it to wrap twice. This made a less bulkier scarf that I wore all day indoors on top of my turtleneck. I live in Pennsylvania…and it’s cold here. The scarf I made first with your original pattern I use for outdoors on top of my winter jacket.

    Thanks so much again for sharing this wonderful pattern!
    Happy Holidays!
    Ursula

    • I love Jiffy. It is so soft! I’m knitting one right now in the Thick and Quick Wool Ease. I did move to US17 needles and dropped down to 15 stitches. Looking great and fast! Can’t wait to try the Jiffy….I may have some on hand. Merry Christmas, friend! ~Christy

  18. Do you ever block your scarves? If you do, do you block before or after you attach end to end? Have you ever twisted your scarf before connecting them end to end?

    • I only block if the pattern calls for it. I’d block before joining ends. I did an infinity with a twist last year! Fun!!! ~Christy

  19. Hi Christy!

    I found your blog while searching for an infinity scarf knitting pattern. I followed your pattern and I just finished my lovely new scarf! I will definitely be knitting more of these for Christmas gifts and in more colors for myself, also. Thank you so much for sharing this quick and beautiful pattern. Please continue to share more patterns.

    Happy Holidays!
    Ursula

    • Thank you so much!!!! You are fast! I actually started one last night! I am so happy you liked it? Please share the yarn you used if different! Love discovering new yarns! Big Hug! ~Christy

      • I was looking for the same yarn you used. I discovered that Yarn Bee is a Hobby Lobby product. I do not have a Hobby Lobby store in my area and I did not want to wait to order it. So, for my scarf I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick. Even though size 13 needles are suggested on the label, I used size 15. It turned out great! I love the textured look. I am going to be knitting more for Christmas gifts and will need to purchase more yarn. I am thinking of buying Lion Brand Hometown USA. It is also a super bulky category 6 yarn.
        Thanks again!

        Ursula

        • Yes, it is from Hobby Lobby, but didn’t realize it was exclusive to them. Thanks for letting me know! I absolutely love the Wool Ease (use this a lot!) and Hometown. You might even be able to experiment with a larger needle to get them out quick. Another that I love is the Lion Brand Organic Cotton, but it’s a bit pricier! Thanks bunches for the update. You are getting busy! Love it!!! ~Christy

          I love this site for patterns. They aren’t free, but not expensive and she runs email specials. They are easy and quick knits!

          http://shop.phydeauxdesigns.com/collections/knitting-patterns

          • Thanks, Christy for all the suggestions and sending me the link to phydeauxdesigns. I have never seen that site before. There are definitely some beautiful patterns on there. I love your site, too! I will be sure to check it often.

            Take care!

            Ursula

          • Thanks, Ursula! Happy knitting this weekend! ~Christy

  20. Nice cowl! I love crocheting & knitting cowls. I also really like that Yarn Bee Debut yarn. I have used it to crochet some cowls and just recently finished a crochet motif jacket using that yarn. I plan to post it on my blog but haven’ gotten it on there yet.
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    • Oooo, I bet your jacket is beautiful! I’ll check your blog out. I can’t wait to see the jacket. Thanks on the cowl! Simple and fast. ~Christy

  21. Elizabeth Capwell says:

    Don’t be so modest! You ARE a pattern designer, trust me! I’ve been looking all afternoon for an easy infinity scarf pattern that uses big needles and knits up quick, so I can make several in time for Christmas. Yours is the best I found by far: A pattern easy enough to remember that is also visually and texturally interresting.
    I’m a fairly experienced knitter but I don’t like to think while I knit. I like projects I can take with me and work on whenever my hands are free, while I’m talking to people or watching TV.

    • You are so sweet!!!!! I just received a sweet note from someone that just completed it! Let me know how it goes and what yard you go with! I’d love a pic too! Yes, I love simple no-brainers for TV time and travel! So happy you stopped by. ~Christy :)

  22. Great, simple pattern. I was looking for something quick to make for my teenage sister who loves infinity scarves. With the bulky yarn trick maybe I can crank out a few for other family members before xmas. Thanks!

    • Thanks! It really is fast! My teen daughter loves her and wants me to make more just like it! Happy knitting! ~Christy

  23. Love it Christy!! You make it sound so easy too! ;) I love that you were the “cool” mom…isn’t that the best?! (but aren’t we always?? lol )

    Thanks for sharing the great tutorial!
    Nancy
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  24. As I was reading your post and found that your daughter is 5′ 10 1/2″, I thought to myself that she must dominate on the tennis court. Being tall is such a great advantage! I loved reading that she wore this to her tennis banquet and that the other girls liked it. You are going to have so much fun doing a knitting group with them over Christmas break.
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  25. I have no idea how to knit and don’t have the ability with my hands. This is so very pretty and the color is gorgeous!!

    Cynthia
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  26. I love this! I’m sure my girl would rave over this! Have a great weekend! ~Sonya
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  27. Wow, Christy this is so cute!! I want to learn how to make one! Oh if you only lived closer. :-(. Great job my friend!

    • YouTube makes it easy! You and your daughter could learn together!!! Thanks, friend!!! AND I do wish we lived close!!!

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