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free knit infinity scarf pattern

Kid Merino Infinity Scarf:
to seam or not to seam

Designed by Laura Andersson for Crystal Palace Yarns
Level: Advanced Beginner-Intermediate

Introduction: I love knitting scarves the long way - across many stitches for just a few rows. Seems there's faster progress and one never becomes bored. This scarf is a tonal collection of lovely Kid Merino colors based loosely around the new colorway Feldspar. It includes a mix of colors, both lights & brights & is almost 12 in wide. Finally as it is not joined in knitting, you have the choice to join - for a trendy Infinity scarf now, and then to open the seam for a lovely long scarf later.

Abbreviations: CO: cast on; dec: decrease; K: knit; K2tog: knit 2 sts together; P: purl; rem: remain(ing); rep: repeat; st(s): stitch(es); St st: stockinette st, knit every round; rnd: round.

Needles: #11 US 35" circular Crystal Palace Bamboo needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: with 2 strands Kid Merino held together,
~2.75-3 sts/in (11 sts/10 cm) on US #11 over St st
See another colorway (cocoa blues)_of this Infinity Scarf here.

Crystal Palace Kid Merino, 1-50 g ball of each color desired (a minimum of 5 colors is suggested), all tonally based around one color.
MC = 8116, feldspar; CC1 = 4678, black; CC2 = 6011, sangria; CC3 = 2107 raisin reds; CC4 = 4684 copper;
CC5 = 436 chocolate almonds; CC6 = 4683, canyon; CC 7 = 5449, kiwi; CC8 = 9800, painted iris.

The model shown here is based around the print ‘Feldspar'. Add at least one colors from the ‘base yarn' (black), several contrasts (sage green, iris print) and several coordinating but non-matching colors (sangria, copper, canyon). The use of several prints adds additional depth of tone and color.

Size: scarf shown is 10 in wide by 50 in long (folded in half) - this means it will easily loop and drape prettily around your neck 3 times or more!
Designer's notes:
1. The scarf is worked using 2 strands of Kid Merino - 2 strands of same color or 1 strand two different colors. Shifting colors 1 strand at a time provides a lovely soft tonal progression.
2. Stitch pattern used is ‘Variety Rib':
K1 rnd, P1 rnd, K2P2 1 rnd, P2K2 1 rnd, K4P4 1 rnd, & P4K4 1 rnd.
Change the st used every rnd randomly to provide textural and tonal variation. Remember that colors appear different in tone when viewed as P vs. K, so utilize this property to your advantage.

3. The exact color progression used for model is listed here; note that the MC, Feldspar, was used the most in the scarf and thus very little left of full ball. Other yarns had sufficient leftovers to make another scarf, or hat ...
A hint: if you add a color and don't care for how it looks, don't rip it out! Just make it a single row, and later you will discover your ‘non-favorite' color has added a nice line of contrast.

Cast-On: With #11 circular needle, and CC1, cast on 324 sts. P 1 row. Place marker to indicate “front".

Feldspar Color Pattern:

a) Cast On row, 324 sts:
P1 row, & 2 rows K2P2 with 2 strands CC1
b) 1 rnd K2P2 rib with 1 strand CC1
& 1 strand MC
c) 4 rnds - 2 strands MC
d) 1 rnd - 1 strand MC & 1 strand CC2
e) 2 rnds - 2 strands CC2
f) 2 rnds - CC3
g) 2 rnds MC
h) 2 rnds - 1 strand MC & 1 strand CC4
i) 2 rnds - 2 strands CC4
j) 1 rnd - CC5
k) 4 rnds - CC6
l) 2 rnds - 2 strands CC7
m) 2 rnds - 2 strands MC
n) 2 rnds - 1 strand MC & 1 strand CC8
o) 4 rnds - 2 strands CC8
p) 3 rnds - 1 strand CC6 & 1 strand CC7
q) 1 rnds - 1 strand CC6 & 1 strand CC3
r) 4 rnds - 2 strands CC3
s) 2 rnds - CC5
t) 2 rnds - CC7
u) 2 rnds - CC4
v) 2 rnds - MC
w) 2 rnds - CC6
x) 2 rnds - CC8
y) 1 rnd MC; loosely BO in P with MC
A loose bind off is important to keep the
edge from curling. Use larger needle to
help keep bind off loose.

Finishing: work all ends in on reverse side so they don't' show. A crochet hook does this very rapidly.

If joining the scarf, carefully pin the two ends together. Sew with mattress st, using a large eyed tapestry needle and one strand of the KM that you feel is the most “invisible" choice.

Laura Andersson is the editor (and author-designer) of 50 Socks- 50 States and More [a CD/book released (12/09)] by Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at drlauraATsiriusknittingDOTcom (change the AT to @ & DOT to . to send email).

copyright 2010 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. & Dr. Laura Andersson - We are happy to share this free knitting pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format nor online in forums or blogs without permission.
Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Kid Merino are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns. Please do not use CPY patterns to teach classes or workshops using non-CPY yarns.

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Last revision of this page February 07, 2012