How to Crochet an Infinity Scarf

crochet infinity scarf

The Spruce / Mollie Johanson

Overview
  • Total Time: 3 hrs
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $10

Instead of being a long rectangle of fabric that's tied around the neck like a traditional scarf, an infinity scarf is one continuous circle that you loop around your neck. A crochet infinity scarf is fairly quick and easy to make even if you're a beginner, though you should know basic crochet stitches. This tutorial uses shell stitching to add a decorative touch. The finished scarf measures approximately 61 inches in circumference and about 7.5 inches wide. These scarves are great to customize with your favorite yarn, and they can be thoughtful homemade gifts.

Tip

To adjust the size of your scarf, you will have to change the length of your starting chain. If you want the scarf to be longer, 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 works and so does 240.

Crochet Abbreviations

This crochet infinity scarf pattern is written using U.S. 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 two 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
yarn and crochet hook
The Spruce / Mollie Johanson

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Crochet hook (size I-9 recommended)
  • Tapestry needle (for weaving in the ends)

Materials

  • 2 skeins DK weight yarn

Instructions

  1. Begin the Infinity Scarf

    Ch 228. (Note that this number can vary if you want a shorter or longer scarf.)

    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.

  2. Form 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.

  3. Form 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.

  4. Form 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.

  5. Form 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.

  6. Form 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.

  7. Form Rounds 6 to 14

    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.

    crocheting the infinity scarf
    The Spruce / Mollie Johanson
  8. Form 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.

  9. Form Round 16

    Rep round 2.

  10. Form Round 17

    Rep round 3.

  11. Form the Edging

    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. Insert the hook into one of the free loops in the starting chain and pull up a loop, leaving an extra long tail of yarn to weave in. Weave in all loose ends with the tapestry needle.

    finished crochet infinity scarf
    The Spruce / Mollie Johanson