Yarn Picks the Person Infinity Scarf

When deciding which knitting project to work on, sometimes I start with the pattern and sometimes I start with the yarn. When I found this chunky, variegated, green, wool yarn, I knew immediately who it was meant for. Using an easy rib pattern, I knit this infinity scarf as a holiday gift for my niece’s fiancé, Cherie. Looking forward the day when this pandemic is over and we can attend and celebrate the postponed wedding of she and Aline!

Want to know how talented Cherie, the stage manager for Hadestown, is? Click here to see all of her professional pursuits?

Happy holidays, hon!

 

Cold Weather Cowls, Squishy Soft Infinity Scarves

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Eli wearing her infinity scarf.

Holiday gifts for two of my beautiful nieces? Check!

Yay to knitting two more infinity scarves and finishing them in time to give as holiday gifts! I made both using the pattern below, but I made Gavi’s taller. When I’m done needlepointing a canvas that will become a pillow, I might knit another scarf…or a hat…or a sweater…or those cool, fingerless gloves…

So many fun projects to consider!

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Eli’s scarf.

Gavi’s scarf.

 

 

 

 

 

Squishy Soft Cowl

Yarn: about 120 yards

Needle: 18″ to 24″ circular, sized to work with yarn

Finished Size: approximately 30 inches in circumference and 6 inches tall

Directions:

  1. Using a long tail cast on, cast on 87 stitches.
  2. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist your work.
  3. *K4, P4, K4, P4.* Continue in pattern until about 3 yards remain.
  4. Bind off in Purl.

Source: Jill June at Studio June Yarn, studiojuneyarn@sbcglobal.net

Warm and Cozy Knit Infinity Scarf

Honey Cowl.
Honey Cowl.

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I made this Infinity Scarf, called a “Honey Cowl,” last year and wanted to knit it again. This time, I followed the pattern for the shorter version. The Simplicity yarn color “49 Shades of Gray” has a hint of mint green and is a Merino wool blend. It was a pleasure to work with.

Happy knitting, hon.

Infinity Scarf, Honeycomb Cowl

Finished Measurements:  22 inches in length by 12 inches in width for short version (44 inches in length by 12 inches in width for longer version)

Yarn:  55% Merino Superwash merino, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon, 140 yards (128 meters), 2 (4) skeins (double check amount of yarn needed depending on type of yarn and yardage.)

Needles:  One US 8 (5.0mm) 26″ (66 cm) circular needle for short version or One US 8 (5.0 mm) 36″ (91 cm) circular needle for longer version.  Change needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Notions:  One stitch marker for beginning of round. One yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge:  5 sts = 1 inch (10 cm) in honeycomb pattern.

Notes:  For an in-between size, 1 skein and 160 sts will create a 32 inch long by 8 inch wide cowl.  2 skeins at 160 sts will create a 32 inch long by 16 inch wide cowl.

Pattern Stitch:  Slip Stitch Honeycomb

Note:  When working rounds 2 and 4, slip as if to purl and keep yarn in front)

Round 1:  Knit

Round 2:  *Purl 1, slip 1 wyif* repeat across round

Round 3:  Knit

Round 4:  *Slip 1 wyif, Purl 1* repeat across round

Directions:

Cast on 110 (220) stitches.  Being careful not to twist stitches, place marker and join for working in the round.  Knit 4 rounds.

Repeat the 4 rounds of “Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern” above until work measures approximately 11 inches.  Make sure that you have enough yarn left over for the following:  Knit 3 rounds and bind off loosely.

Source:  Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/honey-cowl/people

 

Easy Two Stitch Infinity Scarf

93 yards
70 yards

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Two Stitch Infinity Scarf
Two Stitch Infinity Scarf

Sew Handy

I learned how to needlepoint and embroider in Girl Scouts when Girl Scout badges were earned by practicing “traditional girl activities.”  My mom taught me how to use a sewing machine and, in fifth grade, I learned how to knit. I’m not sorry about learning Victorian-age  skills, though, because they provide instant stress relief and a sense of accomplishment. Knitting, especially, has taught me…

It’s okay to make mistakes.

Miss a stitch? Rip out rows. Yarn’s knotted up? Untangle it. Don’t care for a pattern? Try a different one. Sometimes, I re-start a project several times and–guess what–I don’t yell non G-rated words (click here if you want to know when I do yell non G-rated words.)

Easy Two-Stitch Infinity Scarf Directions

  1. Using a size 10 1/2 inch circular needle, cast on 60 stitches. Place a stitch counter to mark the end of the round. Gauge doesn’t matter.
  2. K2 P2 for 4 rows.
  3. Knit in the round until yarn is almost finished, but leaving enough to rib until the end.
  4. K2 P2 for 4 rows.
  5. Bind off loosely, Weave in loose ends.

Finished scarf–mine measures 9 inches wide.

Show -n- Tell (more projects)

I recently finished needlepoints for my niece and nephew. Here they are made into pillows.

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Infinity Scarf, Honey Cowl

Honeycomb patterned cowl.
Honeycomb patterned cowl.

Beautiful yarn.
Beautiful yarn.

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If you want something warm for winter or a pretty gift to give, this was an easy, enjoyable pattern. I made this as a gift for my sister-in-law (shout out to Kim).

Infinity Scarf, Honeycomb Cowl

Finished Measurements:  22 inches in length by 12 inches in width for short version (44 inches in length by 12 inches in width for longer version)

Yarn:  100% superwash merino wool, 225 yards (206 meters), 1 (2) skeins

Needles:  One US 8 (5.0mm) 26″ (66 cm) circular needle for short version or One US 8 (5.0 mm) 36″ (91 cm) circular needle for longer version.  Change needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Notions:  One stitch marker for beginning of round. One yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge:  5 sts = 1 inch (10 cm) in honeycomb pattern.

Notes:  For an in-between size, 1 skein and 160 sts will create a 32 inch long by 8 inch wide cowl.  2 skeins at 160 sts will create a 32 inch long by 16 inch wide cowl.

Pattern Stitch:  Slip Stitch Honeycomb

Note:  When working rounds 2 and 4, slip as if to purl and keep yarn in front)

Round 1:  Knit

Round 2:  *Purl 1, slip 1 wyif* repeat across round

Round 3:  Knit.

Round 4:  *Slip 1 wyif, Purl 1* repeat across round

Directions:

Cast on 110 (220) stitches.  Being careful not to twist stitches, place marker and join for working in the round.  Knit 4 rounds.

Repeat the 4 rounds of “Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern” above until work measures approximately 11 inches.  Make sure that you have enough yarn left over for the following:  Knit 3 rounds and bind off loosely.

Source:

Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/honey-cowl/people

 

Keep Calm and Carry Yarn/ Potato Chip Scarf Pattern

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Texture + Color = Possibilities

I love yarn shops!  Vivid colors and scrumptious textures call out from the bins and shelves. (“Pick me, pick me!”).  I might walk in with a project in mind, or I might let the yarn decide what it wants to be.  I give it creative license!

Gorgeous Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky blue/aqua and purple/berry variegated yarn caught my eye this fall.  I had recently finished a Potato Chip Scarf (so called because it’s ruffled) for me and wanted to knit another with chunkier yarn.  One teen daughter got a Potato Chip scarf and one got an  Infinity scarf.

Potato Chip Scarf knit with chunky merino wool.
Potato Chip Scarf knit with chunky merino wool.

Potato Chip Scarf knit in a finer wool, strands doubled.
Potato Chip Scarf knit with finer wool, strands doubled.

Infinity Scarf knit with chunky merino wool.
Infinity Scarf knit with chunky merino wool.

Infinity Scarf knit with chunky merino wool.
Infinity Scarf knit with chunky merino wool.

Petit Point pillow that may have caused me to need reading glasses!
Petit Point pillow that may have caused me to need reading glasses!

I also, finally, finished a petit point canvas and had it made into a pillow.  Petit point is comprised of smaller stitches than needlepoint.  The stitches were so small, I needed a magnifying light to see what I was doing!

I found this easy Potato Chip scarf pattern on Ravelry.

Potato Chip Scarf Pattern:

Yarn weight:  Aran/ 10 ply (8 wpi)

Needle size:  US 8  (5.0 mm)

Yardage:  300-310 yards (274 – 283 m)

Cast on 20 stitches.

Row 1:  knit 8, turn, knit back to beginning.

Row 2:  knit 6, turn, knit back to beginning.

Row 3:  Knit 4, turn, knit back to beginning.

Knit across all 20 stitches.

Repeat these rows until desired length is reaches.  Bind off.

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Infinity Scarf Post–Infinity scarf pattern.

Ravelry-The pattern I used is by Connor Thompson.

The Stitching Bee–Shout out to the yarn shop in Chatham, New Jersey

Happy knitting, Hon!

Infinity Scarf

Here I am wearing my Infinity Scarf.  So comfy!
Here I am wearing my Infinity Scarf. So comfy!

Infinity Scarf laid out.
Infinity Scarf laid out.

Knit and purl side are visible.
Knit and purl sides are visible.

Hon, I found only one skein of this gorgeous, hand painted Schaefer yarn/ Elaine, color Nellie Bly (99% Merino Wool, 1% Nylon), and the idea of an Infinity Scarf was born.  I had knit a bunch of hats and mittens for my kids (I’m still working on another hat) and decided I could use a little warmth this winter.

I started knitting the scarf working in seed stitch (K1, P1) but then the slubs of the yarn were hidden.  So, I unraveled the seed stitches and started over.  I knit every round instead.  Both the knit side and purl side are visible when the scarf is worn.  This is an easy way to show off beautiful color and texture.

Pattern:

Using size 11 circular needles (or whatever size the gauge of your yarn calls for), cast on 131 stitches.

Join in the round.

Knit each round until scarf measures about 15 inches.  In this case, I used up the ball of yarn.

Bind off and weave in the ends.

Blocking and Setting the Color:

Pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a sink with filled with cold water.

Let the scarf sit for a bit.

Rinse the scarf out.

Lay flat to dry, pinning the edges to a towel with straight pins.  Blocking this way flattenens the edges somewhat.  I wanted some curl since the edges aren’t ribbed, but at the same time, they were curling too much.

When only slightly damp, I fluffed the scarf in my dryer on “Air Only” for about 15 minutes.

With the yarn softened and color set, the scarf was ready to wear.