The crochet infinity scarf is a must-have accessory to learn as a crafter. Looped around the neck multiple times, the infinity scarf is warm enough to protect you from even the coldest winter chill. On the other hand, leaving it looser allows it to work as an accessory in the warmer months as well.
This crochet infinity scarf is a very simple free scarf pattern. However, it has a smart design with shell stitching that gives it a little bit of feminine flair. The free scarf pattern is easy so even a beginner could tackle this project with relative ease.
What is an Infinity Scarf?
An "infinity scarf" is a bit different than a traditional scarf. Instead of being a long rectangle of fabric that's tied around the neck, an infinity scarf loops around your neck, circling around and around. Thus, the name: infinity.
Why Crochet an Infinity Scarf?
A crochet infinity scarf has definite advantages over a traditional scarf. It's nice not having to worry about how to tie your scarf. It's also lovely to simply loop the scarf around your neck and be off, without having to fuss over it. You also won't have to worry about your scarf slipping off. Loop it once for a long scarf or several times to create a cowl.
This crochet infinity scarf pattern is very easy. It uses basic crochet stitches. It doesn't require any shaping.
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Materials, Notes, and Abbreviations
This crochet infinity scarf is designed to use two 246-yard/100-gram skeins of "Bare Swish DK Yarn" by Knitpicks. It is shown using three 123-yard 50-gram skeins of "Swish DK Yarn" by Knitpicks.
That said, any DK weight yarn will work for this project. You could also use worsted weight yarn for a finished scarf that will be a bit larger in size. If you're making a scarf to wear in warmer months, you might try cotton yarn.
Use a size I-9 hook or whichever hook you need to achieve the correct gauge.
You will need a tapestry needle for weaving in ends
The finished scarf measures approximately 61 inches in circumference. When laid flat with one half on top of the other, it is approximately 30.5 inches. It measures about 7.5 inches wide.
19 stitches = 5 inches. This breaks down to being a bit less than 4 stitches an inch.
Stitch gauge is important in this pattern; row gauge is not as critical for success.
There are many different sizes that would work well for this particular style of scarf. This size is a good basic scarf but it works as both a smaller and larger scarf. Please do take your own personal preferences into consideration when you measure your work and check your gauge.
The two main concerns here are achieving sizing that you'd be happy with, and at the same time, not running out of yarn if working to make a larger scarf. For example, if you make your scarf larger, you would need a fourth skein of Swish DK Yarn.
To change the size of your scarf, you will have to change the size of your starting chain. If you want the scarf to be longer so you can form more loops, begin with a longer starting chain. You can also make the scarf shorter by using a shorter starting chain. To make these adjustments, the starting chain should have a number of stitches that is divisible by both 6 and 4. For example, 216 chains works, and so does 240 chains.
This crochet infinity scarf pattern is written using US crochet terms including the following abbreviations:
- beg = beginning
- ch = chain
- ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space created when you worked a chain stitch in the previous round.
- ch-2 sp = chain-2 space, the space created when you worked 2 chain stitches in the previous round.
- dc = double crochet
- ea = each
- hdc = half double crochet
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
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Crochet Infinity Scarf Free Pattern
- Ch 228. Note that this number varies if you want a shorter / longer scarf; see design notes above.
- Sl st to join the end of the chain to the beg, being careful to keep the chain straight. Do not allow it to twist.
- Round 1: ch 1. Work 1 sc in ea ch around for a total of 228 sc. Sl st to join the work to the first sc st in the round.
- Round 2: ch 3. This counts as the first dc in the round. Dc in next st, [ch 2, skip next 2 chs, work 1 dc in ea of the next 2 dc.] rep the sequence in brackets all the way around. Sl st to join the end of the round to the beg. You’ll end up with a total of 114 dc sts and 57 ch-2 spaces in the round.
- Round 3: ch 1. Work sc all the way around as follows: work 1 sc in ea dc and 2 sc in ea ch-2 sp. Sl st to join the end of the round to the beg. You’ll end up with a total of 228 sc sts in the round.
- Round 4: ch 3. This counts as 1 hdc plus 1 ch. Skip next st, [hdc in next st, ch 1.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around. Sl st to join the work to the second ch st in the round. You’ll end up with a total of 114 hdc sts and 114 ch-1 spaces in the round.
- Round 5: sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 3. This counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch. [hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around. Sl st to join to the second ch st in the round.
- Rounds 6 through14: Rep round 5. If you want to adjust the height of your scarf, this is the best place to do it. For a skinnier scarf, omit one or more of these rows. For a fatter scarf, rep round 5 additional times.
- Round 15: sl st in next ch-2 sp. Then work sc all the way around as follows: ch 1, [sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next hdc.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around.
- Round 16: Rep round 2.
- Round 17: Rep round 3.
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Crochet Shell Stitch
Begin with your crochet hook in the active loop. [Skip the next 2 sts. In the next st, work a shell as follows: dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc. Then skip the next 2 chs. Sl st in next st.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around. You should end up with 38 crochet shells total.
When you are finished working the round of shell sts, work a round of surface crochet slip stitches all the way around. The first time you work this round, work the surface crochet in the spot where the last round, round 17, touches the shell stitch edging round. On the other side, work this round in the spot where round 1 touches the shell stitch edging round.
Rep these two edging rounds on the other side, working back across the free loops in your starting chain. To get your work started, you will need to create an active loop. There are different ways you could do this. Try inserting the hook into one of the free loops in the starting chain and pulling up a loop, leaving an extra long tail of yarn to weave in.
Weave in all loose ends. Block if desired.