How to Knit an Infinity Scarf

    by Beth Celli

    About the Author

    Beth Celli is a native New Yorker who is now based in Delaware. She has a varied background in both health care and education, having worked in several different hospitals and medical centers prior to teaching allied health classes. She attended New York University and her writing has appeared on various online publications.


    Infinity scarves, or cowls, are popular fashion accessories. Basically a scarf with no loose ends, an infinity scarf can be worn around the neck or pulled up over the head as a hood. Cowls may be knit using a wide variety of yarn types and in colors to match every outfit. They are quick to knit and make great gifts for friends and family.

    Things You'll Need

    • 400 yards of worsted weight yarn
    • Size 7, 24-inch circular knitting needles
    • Stitch marker
    • Scissors
    • Yarn needle

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    Cast on 200 stitches.

    Place marker and join in the round, being very careful not to twist the stitches.

    Work round one in a K1, P1 pattern, knitting one stitch, then purling the next stitch, around the entire 200 stitches.

    Work round two in a P1, K1 pattern, purling one stitch, then knitting the next stitch, around the entire 200 stitches.

    Repeat rounds one and two until the cowl is about 2 inches wide. These rows create a seed stitch border that also keeps the long edges from rolling.

    Knit in stockinette stitch, knitting every stitch, until the cowl is about 5 1/2 inches wide. The stockinette stitch creates a smooth center panel for the cowl.

    Repeat the seed stitch pattern 2 inches.

    Bind of all stitches loosely.

    Cut your working yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail.

    Weave in the ends with the yarn needle.

    • Use two strands of worsted weight yarn held together as one and size 13 knitting needles for a quicker project. If doing so, only cast on 120 stitches to begin. Work the rest of the pattern the same.
    • Substitute bulky or chunky yarn for two strands of worsted weight yarn if desired.
    • Experiment with various yarn types and colors to find the perfect combination.
    • This pattern will result in a scarf about fifty inches long. Cast on more stitches to create a longer scarf, or fewer to make a shorter one.
    • If you like a wider cowl, knit the stockinette area for 7 or 8 inches.

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