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The Knitty Gritty NYC the home of my custom knitwear shop.  I create custom, one of a kind knitwear accessories, apparel, as well as custom dyed yarns.  I also offer a gallery of stitches for knitters looking for inspiration, private in person knitting lessons in New York as well as other knitting resources through my personal knitting blog.



My blog chronicles my numerous knitting projects and my pursuit for more knitting knowledge.  To go where no self-taught, male, gay, culturally jewish, professional dancing, opera singing knitter has ever gone before!  I love saturated colors, mustaches and beards, boots, soft yarn, cute men, abstract & pop art, and  

Pattern - Faux Crocheted Infinity Scarf

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Faux-Crocheted Infinity Scarf Pattern

'Is that crocheted?" people will ask, and you will promptly reply, ' NO! its knitted to LOOK like crochet! Gotcha!!"  just kidding.  You'll probably be a bit more civil in your response OR no one will even ask that question of you...

I had made one prior to this and it was my absolute favorite comfy scarf until I left it on an airplane.  It was a sad day. I just hope there's some flight attendant out there enjoying the softness and lightness of the baby alpaca I unwillingly yet clumsily donated to them.

NONETHELESS! This is how you make this infinity scarf.  It is a fairly basic pattern made with chunky yarn so you should be able to finish this fairly quickly.  Mine took about 8 hours (roughly).

The final measurement of my scarf before I knitted the two ends together was 87" long and 5.5" wide. If you want a wider scarf simply cast on extra stitches.  The stitch pattern is in multiples of 2 and each 2 stitches adds 1/4" to the width.  

You will need the following:

- 2 Skeins of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky

- US 13 Straight Needles 

Easy right? Only yarn and a pair of needles, who could ask for anything more! The pattern is in 6 easy rows with a couple terms in the pattern you'll want to be familiar with if you're not already.


yf = Yarn Front : This means bring your working yarn to the front of your work.

yb = Yarn Back : This means bring your working yarn to the back of your work.

yo = Yarn Over : This means wrapping your yarn around your right needle as if to knit without            inserting the needle into a stitch.  You are essentially creating a stitch on your right needle by doing this. 

k2tog = Knit 2 Stitches Together : This means what it sounds like. Insert your needles knitwise through 2 stitches and knit, then slip both stitches off the left needle.

sl = Slip : This means to carry a stitch over from the left to the right needle w/o creating a new loop through it. Simply insert your right needle into the stitch as if to purl (right to left) and slip the stitch off the left needle.

Cast on 28 Stitches

1st Row(right side): Purl all stitches.

2nd Row: Knit all stitches.

3rd Row: K2, *sl 1, k1; rep from * to end of row.

4th Row: *K1, yf, sl 1, yb; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

5th Row: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.

6th Row: Purl all stitches.

repeat these 6 rows until you've used almost all of your 2 skeins of yarn.  When I completed my scarf it measured approx. 68" in length and 7" in width. Bind Off from your needles. 

Before Blocking

Before Blocking



Pins | Spray Bottle with Water

To achieve your desired dimensions you will have to spray block your scarf before knitting your ends together.  You'll notice by now the scarf is extremely stretchy and malleable.  Find an expanse of space in your home preferably a surface you don't mind getting a tad wet.  If you use carpet as a surface you can place towels down to absorb the excess water you'll be spraying.  

Start by pinning one end to the carpet with straight pins.  You want to set the end up to be your desired width for the scarf.  Go to the unpinned end of your scarf and lightly stretch the scarf to gentle tension or the desired length.  As a reminder my final dimensions were 87" Long x 5.5" in width.  You will then pin the opposite end of the scarf down as well.  

Next you will walk up and down the length of the scarf pulling on the sides to 'Hand-Block' or even our your stitches.  Spray your work with the water bottle until its reasonably saturated and repeat the hand blocking to achieve your width.  You will notice that the fibers relax and soften considerably once the water is added.  Once, you've hand blocked enough that your piece looks even from one end to the next, leave it to dry fully after which, you can remove the pins and sew your ends together to complete the circle of the infinity scarf!




After Blocking

After Blocking

* You have a lot of play with this stitch when blocking! Stretching the piece like this is also known as 'Hand Blocking'.  By doing this you are helping to even out inconsistencies in your stitches.  

* You have a lot of play with this stitch when blocking! Stretching the piece like this is also known as 'Hand Blocking'.  By doing this you are helping to even out inconsistencies in your stitches.  

You've got to Cast On - Fundamentals - 3 Methods for beginning your projects

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Casting on is essential to all your project because you won't have loops to knit with otherwise.  I wish when I had started, that someone would've warned me just how much counting was involved in knitting.  I've lost track of the amount of times I wasn't paying enough attention or didn't check to make sure I cast on the right amount of stitches for my projects.  You will do much casting on in your knitting life and the better you are at it, the less precious the process becomes.  I've been known to tear out new designs several rows into a project cause I don't like the way its coming out.  I go back to the drawing board and make the necessary adjustments (Im kind of a control, perfectionist, detail-oriented type).  However, my comfort level with various cast on methods has made has made this much less daunting.

There are many different ways to cast on your project and each has a slightly different feel and look to them.  As a beginner I will explain 3 relatively easy Cast On Methods from easiest to most complex.  I will reserve more advanced cast on methods for future blog posts once you have a handle on these.  Enjoy and don't worry! These things take time and practice to get better but entering into something new with an open mind and relaxed approach can make all the difference! 

Single Cast On

Single Cast on is probably the quickest and most basic method.  It's also known as the backwards loop method or e- loop method.  You will see why in a moment.  Pay extra attention to the slip knot part as well at the beginning of the tutorial.  You will need to know how to make a slip knot for all types of cast on methods.

Level: Basic

Elasticity: Flexible

Benefits: Quick and Easy

Draw Backs: Difficult to keep tension and can create an uneven first row.  This is not as much of a concern for beginners but as you progress, other more complex cast on methods will fix this problem.  

Long Tail Cast On

Long Tail Cast on is the most popular cast on method and is widely used for a its clean attractive edge.  You will only need one needle to achieve this cast on.

Level: Intermediate

Elasticity: Slightly less flexible.  You can remedy this by using slightly larger needles to cast on.

Benefits: Quick and Clean Looking

Draw Backs: The only draw back with the long tail cast on is not leaving enough of a tail for the amount of stitches.  The rule of thumb is to measure about 1" for each stitch you're casting on.  Also be aware of which strand is on what side when casting on. The strand around your pointer finger makes the loops and the strand around your thumb makes the chain underneath the loops.  

Knit Cast On

The Knit Cast on is the cast on method I learned first and therefore the one I've used the most.  Learning this method is a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone cause you will already to know how to achieve a knit stitch.  That being said this method requires 2 needles to achieve.

Level: Intermediate

Elasticity: Flexible

Benefits: Clean and great Knit Practice.

Draw Backs: I'm a bit biased so I can't think of too many draw backs with this one other than it's a tad more time consuming. 

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