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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  

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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.  

Herringbone Stitch

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 I've stared at numerous stitches and projects as potential inspiration for what this yarn deserved and after awhile they all started looking the same!  Until I discovered a beautiful pattern on another knitting blog,  A Herringbone Cowl. It was love at first sight....knitting wise. (John my partner understands...right honey?)  I immediately rallied my energy to test this stitch out and I was pleasantly surprised by the out come.

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First Blog Realness

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Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.
— Elizabeth Zimmermann

     So, I’ve been racking my brain trying to narrow down introducing myself to the blogosphere, particularly in regards to knitting, which is what this site is focused on.  I’ve never been a blogger myself but I’ve looked for recipes online that are hosted by blogs. I scan through the junk that typically pervades the information I’m trying to get to.  I don’t ultimately care that apple pancakes take you back to that time when you were 8 and you skinned your knee in an orchard and the family dog licked your face as your family held you and told you it would all be ok, etc. etc. 

     With that in mind, this first blog is an open-ended question to anyone who cares to read this.  I’m by no means an expert on knitting but what I am interested in is learning and sharing that information to others.  My history as a teacher has a need to pass on the skills I acquire and I want to know from you.  What do you YOU want to know more about in regards to knitting?  All the information I’ve gathered over the years has been self-taught with my own twist of tips gained out of my own quirky necessities.  However, I want to learn more and I want to share that with interested readers such as you.  I’m not here to pour my life story out to you and relate it to a Lemon Merengue Pie, I want to facilitate discussion and conversation since when I DO look for recipes, for example, I immediately scroll to the comments section to see what people who tried it have to say about it.

     So please, feel free to make this place a platform to ask your questions and I will do my best to either answer myself or find someone who does know the answer.

Welcome and lets get started!