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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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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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Elinor Artsy January 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

This crochet project sounds awesome (and the mustard color is lovely!) – I will definitely be trying this project out as soon as I can get to the nearest Jo-Ann Fabrics to get that Wool-Ease!

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Denise January 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I will definitely try this! I’m a new knitter so that is my favorite right now!
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glidingcalm January 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

man i am too late!! booo
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Dee Dee Chambers January 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

its snowy and very cold in Almost Heaven West Virginia today. Can’t wait to get started! Looks like a lot of fun!

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Melanie January 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I LOVE it and I’m definitely going to make one (several!) I have a TON of that kind of yarn and am tired of making my cable “button” scarves… time for something new! I have been wanting to try some crocheting and this looks perfect! Thanks for sharing!
Melanie

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Jan January 18, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Love it! Have been looking for a pattern for one of these – and you did an EXCELLENT job of explaining step by step! Thank you!

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Irma January 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Wow! Your tutorial is amazing! Thank you for an excellent lesson. Almost feels like I’m getting one-to-one tutoring. Really want to try making this.

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Chelsie January 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I found a link to your site on Pinterest :) I just wanted to say how much I love the finished scarf AND your half moon manicure! Super cute!
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Melissa January 24, 2012 at 1:37 AM

this is great! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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Patricia February 6, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Beautiful pattern! Thank you so much for sharing!

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Tracey Tripp February 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Love the scarf – wanted to give it a try. But I went to Hobby Lobby to buy the 4 skeins of yard which were almost $8 apiece. Is there an online site maybe where it is more affordable?
Thanks!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 13, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Oh Hobby Lobby is the most expensive place to buy that yarn! It’s been on sale at JoAnn for $4/skein, and Michaels regularly has it for about that as well.

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erin March 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

i LOVE this! i just learned how to crochet, and attempted to do this very scarf…but yours looks way better. So stoked to try this next. Thanks so much for posting.
yay crocheting!

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Mara Fernandez March 31, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Lovely scarf!

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Denise September 4, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Where can i buy the yarn?? I live in Houston Tx, thanks

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 4, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I usually get mine at Michaels Craft Stores, or Jo-Ann Fabrics. Hobby Lobby does have it, but their color selection isn’t always great. Worst case, its available on lionbrand.com
Enjoy!

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Lisa September 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I really love this scarf, and I really really want to make it for my first crocheting project, but whenever I do it, it gets all twisty… why is that?! Also, if you could find it in your heart to make a video tutorial for this, or know of one with this same pattern, I’d love you foreeeeeverrrrrrrrrr.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

It’s funny, my husband just told me I should do a video! Maybe I will for this winter… Anyway, is the scarf twisting or curling up on itself? If its twisting, you’re likely forgetting the turning chains at the end of each row. If its ruffling, you’re adding too many stitches to each row. The “V” stitch goes in the space of the row below.., does that help??

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Lisa September 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM

PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE Make a video! I love this scarf and went out and bought the stuff for it and I just can’t get it right :( The crafting universe is against me lately. Honestly, just a simple, close-up video of how to do the chains and where to put the v-stitch and the the turning…you don’t have to show the same move over and over, I can use the rewind button :D

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paula October 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

a great pattern for beginners ! I love it thank you. would like to see a video. I’m having problems with “ending with a double crochet in the last stitch.”

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Rather than making a V stitch on the last stitch, there should be one double crochet, creating a nice border… Does that help?

cindy October 19, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I have been searching for a tutorial JUST like this!!! THANK YOU so much! I am a beginner and cannot wait to get started! I will let you know how it turns out. :)
Cindy
ps Your hands were not creepy! LOL

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 19, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Enjoy! Feel free to email if you have any questions!

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Debby Gwirtz October 31, 2012 at 1:16 PM

This will be my very first crochet project. My daughter is going to help me. I retired several yrs ago after working 44 yrs. I thought it was time to learn.

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Shelly November 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Just bought my supplies, wish me luck!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

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michelle November 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I am having a hard time on getting the second row right! Do i make the v stitch in every big hole left by the first row… or do i skip one?! This looks so pretty, I hope mine turns out!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

That’s exactly what you do! The next V stitch goes in the space left by the previous row.

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Michelle November 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

It keeps curling! ;(

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 5, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Is it curling up like a spiral?

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Michelle November 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Yes. Like the bottom keeps going into a spiral. I’ve taking it all apart and tried making it looser and it still does that. Any idea?

Sarah November 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

This is such a beautiful and modern scarf! I used to crochet with my grandmother all the time, once she passed away I stopped and I haven’t been able to get the hang of it again! If I could this would be the first thing I would do! I’m sure my hall mates at college would get a kick out of watching me crochet also!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM

You should definitely try it! I started crocheting again when I was a freshman in college and freezing cold days stuck in the dorms made me SO bored!

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Rhonda Nuccio November 6, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I LOVE THIS!! We have a small battered women’s shelter here and I think these would make great gifts for the ladies there. I am a fast worker so I bet I can get many done before Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!!! :)

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Lisa November 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I keep trying to make this, but mine isn’t coming out how it should. My scarf keeps getting wider and wider with each row, and you can’t clearly see the holes in the pattern. I’ve tried redoing it holding the yarn much tauter as well as looser, and I can’t seem to make it look any better. What am I doing wrong? Yours looks so great – I want to make one that looks like that!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

If its getting wider, you’re doing too many stitches. You need to make sure that on your last DC, you’re only doing a DC and not a v-stitch. The end of each row should only be one double crochet.

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Michelle November 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I love this! Is it possible to use a less-thick yarn?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

absolutely! Just gauge the length; I would estimate an increase of at least 20 ch in the foundation chain for thinner, worsted weight yarn.

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Shellie November 7, 2012 at 5:13 AM

Thank you so much for your great Tut! I love this stitch and can’t wait to get going on a soft and warm infinity scarf. Thank you again!

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Molly Rae November 8, 2012 at 1:47 AM

I’m just new to knitting and crocheting – do you have any videos on youtube that I can follow? This looks amazing!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 8, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I don’t have any of my own, but there are some great tutorials out there! Allfreecrochet on you tube is my favorite.

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Michelle November 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

It wouldn’t let me reply on the comment again, but thanks for your help! I’m going to keep trying to see if the curling doesn’t mess it up! :)

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Mine always curls a bit, and I think its because I pull my yarn too tight, but I just deal with it :)

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Elyssa November 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

This is the greatest infinity scarf pattern! I just made this in a lilac color, I love it!!!! :) Thanks for posting.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I’m so glad you like it! Where did you find lilac?!

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Elyssa November 8, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I guess it’s not really a lilac…it’s a lightish purple. I wish I could post a picture on here to show you! It came out wonderfully.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 9, 2012 at 6:02 AM

You can email a pic my way at mara@imadedinner.net! I’d love to see!

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Courtney November 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Hi! I absolutely love this tutorial and this scarf but I think I’m doing something wrong – every row is creating an increase and curling my scarf into a circle. Its doesn’t have the nice smooth edges that yours has! Any idea what I could be doing wrong?

I’m pretty new to crocheting so I can’t seem to figure it out. Thank you!!

Courtney

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

If its getting wider, you’re doing too many stitches. You need to make sure that on your last DC, you’re only doing a DC and not a v-stitch. The end of each row should only be one double crochet

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Darla Bogdanoff November 10, 2012 at 1:20 AM

This looks like a fun pattern! I hope mine looks as good as your picture! I have a question: for an infiity scarf, don’t you have to twist the scarf before sewing the ends together?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

You certainly *can* twist the scarf before sewing but you don’t *have* to. Infinity refers to the loop… I think a twisted one is called a möbius scarf. Let me know how yours turns out!

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Shelly November 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Thank you for your pattern. I’m new to crocheting. I just finished this scarf, I love it. I am trying to seam it together now, but it is not lining up! I did my foundation chain of 31 which gives it 8 V-stitches in each row. I’ve checked the whole thing over, it’s consistent the whole way through and the width is lining up all the way, but I have way more chain loops on my last row then the foundation row, like 38 on the last row. Where are you placing your single stitches to seam it up? Any help would be appreciated! Thx

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Hmm, mine were always even at the ends. It sounds like you may have added an extra couple V-stitches but that’s ok! I would just overlap it a bit so it’s even, and then either slip stitch it together or sew it.

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Joyce Ketner November 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

This is a project I plan to try. I’m wondering what it might look like if I use various colors of yard I have left from other projects?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

It’s a great scrap project! Just try to keep the yarn thicknesses about the same

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Angela Norbury November 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Dear Mara, I found your scarf on Pinterest and absolutely love it. My grandmother taught basic crochet about a hundred years ago, but I put it down in elementary school and never picked up a hook again until I joined pinterest this year. Now I cannot stop. I will be trying this scarf! Cannot wait to see if it turns out as beautiful as yours. Thanks for the lesson.
Angela

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Enjoy!! Please share pics of your final product, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

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Lori November 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Would it be possible for you to email me the directions for the eternity scarf.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Do you mean the written-out pattern?

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Lori November 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Whoops! Infinity scarf…

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Nicole Downing November 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I love this pattern! Thank you for sharing. I’m picking up crochet again and I think I just found my next project. Cross your fingers for me! Btw, you have nice hands.:)

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Kellie November 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

So, are you saying that your creme-colored scarf is 10 stitches narrower than the gold scarf? Also, is this scarf long enough to double wrap or only hang in a single loop?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Yes, the cream colored one is 10 stitches narrower and half as long. The two-skein one is a loose single loop or a tighter more cowl-type double loop. The longer 4-skein version is a nice double loop.

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marie evans November 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

beautiful scarf I would love to wear it!! Making it well that would take some time. My thing is gardening grow lots of garlic make salsa and pickles it would be nice to trade for a scarf :)

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Tiffany November 14, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Beautiful scarf! I have all the supplies and am going to attempt one! I have never ever crocheted before, wish me luck!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 15, 2012 at 5:48 AM

You’ll do great!!!

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Sandyj November 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Love this project. I will be making this for Christmas presents.

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Julie November 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Hi Mara,
First, thank you so much for this tutorial! I have finished half of the scarf at 41 stitch and it seems really bulky to me. I love the pattern, but feel like I must have done something wrong. The only N needle I could find was an N15(10mm). Do you have a photo of someone wearing the finished scarf so i can get an idea if I am on the right track? Right now, my scarf looks like the one in your photo at half the length and perhaps even bulkier than your photo.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hi Julie,
The scarf at 41 is very bulky! If you look at the picture of the yellow one, its doubled over. The white one at 31 is less bulky.

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Kendra September 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

My hook is also a 10MM not a 9 like her pic and instructions show. Mine is turning out fine

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Lori November 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Beautiful stitch and I love this color! Quick and easy

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Sunny Collins November 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I am making this scarf! And I’m just wondering how long you made it?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Have fun!!! I made mine about 60 inches, but I like a looser cowl. Anything over 48″ is good though!

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Kerry November 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I told my daughter I would make her an infinity scarf, I’ll try this pattern! Thanks so much for the pdf.
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Amy December 3, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Hi there :)

I becan this scarf this morning, I’m using Lion Brand super bulky with the N13 hook. My scarf is so huge! The one in your photo looks smaller and less bulky. I did the 31 chain and its 11″ wide. Does that sound right?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Yeah it’s pretty ginormous. The yellow one is nearly double that!! The upside is that it’s super warm :)

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Karen December 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I’m a beginner in crochet & this was my first solo unsupervised project. Great directions & photos!! I finished it tonight & can’t wait to show it off at work tomorrow, it turned out beautifully!!!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 5, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I’m so glad it went well!

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Michelle December 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM

This may be a silly question, but after the first V stich, am I supposed to chain 2 as well? Then skip 2 chains from the foundation chain and double crochet in the 3rd stitch?

I finished the first row and the row is curving…not sure what I did wrong. The top off the V stitches and chain 2s seem longer thank the foundation chain row and its curving around it. Can you help? Thank you!!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 6, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Hi Michelle, no, you don’t chain 2 between each V stitch. It should just be double crochet, chain 2, double crochet, and then skip 2 chains and go immediately into the next v-stitch. Hope that helps!

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Jenn January 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I am definitely going to make several of these in many colors to give as gifts! Thanks for sharing. Please email me any new ideas for crocheting. I love to crochet scarves and throws and I’m always looking for new patterns. I really want to find a pattern for crocheting a beanie cap for my kids.

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Michele February 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Thank you very much, very easy to follow being a beginner!!!!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

So glad you liked the tutorial!!

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shelly March 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I am an experienced crocheter but needed some inspiration to get started up again. I have a huge stash of all kinds of yarn, and I love Lion Brand yarns. I needed to use up some yarn and decided to make gifts for the women at the senior citizen center in my town.
This super-chunky infinity scarf pattern worked up beautifully and quickly, but I can’t find the “Butterscotch” color at Michaels or AC Moore. I used “Charcoal and “Blossom” because that’s what I already had.
Keep up the good work! I am now on a roll.
Thank you so much.

Shelly

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Christine March 16, 2013 at 2:57 AM

This is wonderful! This was the first thing I crocheted and it’s beautiful! Thanks! It was so easy to follow and understand! I did one in charcoal and now I have to make one in every color!!!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I’m so glad you enjoyed the pattern!

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