Crafty Tutorial: Super-Chunky Crocheted Infinity Scarf [Free Pattern Download!]

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 9, 2012

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By popular demand, you can now download the PDF for this pattern here!!!

I got a bunch of emails, comments, and tweets asking me to do a tutorial for the giant bulky infinity scarves I’ve been crocheting. Usually, when I get a request for something, even if it’s just one of you, I’ll go for it…

So, this is my infinity scarf that I made for myself, though I haven’t worn it yet. It’s been far too warm for a big bulky scarf like this.

infinity scarf tutorial

infinity scarf tutorial

infinity scarf tutorial

This post was an entire weekend in the making. I bought the yarn on the way home from work Friday, started working on the tutorial right then, and worked most of my free time over the weekend on it. I’m not saying that it’s hard to make the scarf, because it’s not! The hard part is photographing each step!

Before we get started, if you would like some simple background tutorials on basic crocheting, check out this one and this one. I hate being on camera, and couldn’t figure out how to film myself anyway, so you get a photo tutorial.

First, you’ll need to buy your yarn. I’m a huge fan of the Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick wool and acrylic blend yarn. I got a fun butterscotch color for this project.

infinity scarf tutorial

To make the exact scarf I’m showing you, you’ll need 4 skeins of this yarn and an N-gauge hook. For a smaller scarf, you’ll only need 2 or 3. It’s kind of up to you.

How do I know what gauge hook to use? It says right on the yarn!

infinity scarf tutorial

Generally, a bigger hook will yield a bigger or looser stitch, and a smaller hook will make a smaller or tighter stitch. You’ll have to make sure the hook fits the yarn though.

infinity scarf tutorial

Start by making a slip knot at the end of your yarn, leaving a small tail.

infinity scarf tutorial

Insert your hook into the slip knot, and hold the yarn in your other hand.

infinity scarf tutorial

Create a foundation chain by wrapping the yarn halfway around the hook, then pulling it through the previous loop. (Ignore my creepy hand in this one)

infinity scarf tutorial

Do this 41 times. This would be called “chain 40″ in a crochet pattern. To reduce the width of the scarf, reduce the stitches by 10. My white scarf up there was a chain of 31.

infinity scarf tutorial

There are some single loops on the back side of your chain. Use these to start the first real row. Count 6 stitches from the hook, then double crochet. This is done by wrapping the yarn around the hook one full time, then pulling the yarn through two loops at a time until only one loop remains.

infinity scarf tutorial

infinity scarf tutorial

infinity scarf tutorial

The end will look a little wonky, but just roll with it. Next, chain two stitches just like your foundation chain, then do another double crochet in the same spot as the last one. This creates a V-stitch.

infinity scarf tutorial

Do this all the way across your chain, skipping two chains between each V-stitch, ending with a double crochet in the last stitch.

infinity scarf tutorial

Next, chain 3, then flip your work over so the hook is on the right again. Don’t forget the chain 3 at the end of each row so that your scarf stays an even width all the way across!

infinity scarf tutorial

You’re going to make that same V-stitch (double crochet, chain two, double crochet) in the space made by the chain two of the previous row. So, in normal English, your next row of V-stitches goes in the open end of the V-stitch below it. Edit: If you find that your scarf is getting wider row after row, you are doing too many V-stitches in each row. You may need to skip the first actual “space” and go to the first “chain two” space.” 

infinity scarf tutorial

Again, do the same thing all the way across, ending with a double crochet in the 2nd loop of the double crochet in the row below.

infinity scarf tutorial

Repeat the same thing over, and over, and over, and over…

infinity scarf tutorial

Are you wondering about what happens when the yarn runs out in one skein? This is a great tutorial. I sometimes get lazy and just knot the yarn, especially when its more of the same color.

And over and over and over… until your scarf is the length you want. I wanted mine to be a fairly loose double loop, so it was about 48″ long. Then, fold the scarf in half, lining up the four corners.

infinity scarf tutorial

With the hook in the back, use a single crochet stitch along both sides of the scarf to create a nice and neat seam. Is there a nicer way to do this? Sure. But this is easier and is almost invisible.

infinity scarf tutorial

Finish off by cutting the yarn, feeding the end of the yarn through the final loop, and pulling tight. Go back through the scarf and weave in any free ends sticking out, and prepare to stay warm as can be in your new cozy infinity scarf!

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What I love about these is that, in all honesty, they only take a couple hours to whip up once you get the hang of the stitch.

By popular demand, you can now download the PDF for this pattern here!!!

Have a great Tuesday!

xoxo

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Rachel September 27, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Thanks – this was such an easy tutorial to follow. It was my first “big” crochet project and it turned out beautifully!!

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Joan Paisley October 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

beautiful

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mandy October 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Love the scarf. This is my first big project, and I just feel like after a few rows it starts to look messy. and when I go to the second row am I supposed to be doing the V stitches into the into the big space of the v stitches below? My when I get through a couple rows it just looks like circles, instead of neat stitches.

Any ideas?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 12, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Hi there!
To answer your questions: make sure you ARE crocheting each V-stitch in the big space of the V of the row before. THe biggest cause of things looking messy is forgetting to do your one double crochet at the end of the row! Give that a try!

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Charmane November 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Are you saying to single crochet the two sides together after you fold them over all the way around after you join the ends of the scarf?

Thank you

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Yes, sc the two short ends together to make a loop.

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Candace December 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Mine gets shorter on every row I do. Do you have any idea what I’m doing wrong?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Usually that’s from not doing the one DC at the end of each row. Even if you end on a V-stitch and it looks “right”, still do the one DC at the end. It makes for a rectangle instead of a triangle!

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Karen January 4, 2014 at 1:38 AM

How wide are the sample scarves? Mine seems very wide

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

They’re very wide. The white one was about 18″ wide and the yellow was about 30″.

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jra January 8, 2014 at 11:38 PM

This pattern is wonderful and the scarf is so fun and easy to make! Do you permit folks to sell scarves made based on your patten? I tried to search your site to see if you have any rules/restrictions on this, but couldn’t find any info, so thought I’d ask. Thanks! :)

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM

You may sell scarves based on the pattern, just please credit this site for the pattern! Thanks!

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Donna January 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I am doing something wrong and no clue what….I did the double crochet, chain two, double crochet (in same spot) skip two, repeat…all way across and it was bunchy and curvy by time I got to end of first row….second row makes it worse.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

That tends to happen when your foundation chain is too tight. Your best bet is to do your chain with one size hook bigger, or just make sure its SUPER loose. Another option is to do the V-stitch with DC, CH 1, DC instead of a ch 2 in the middle. Also, make sure your last stitch in each row is a normal DC, not a V-Stitch. This will keep the sides straight and not angled outward.

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