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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Instructions for Crocheted Infinity Scarves: Double Crochet

It's Fall! Is it cooling off yet where you live? It's chilly here today but the forecast shows some 70s coming up. Scarf weather isn't here quite yet, but it won't be long now. 

Whether or not you're ready to wear scarves, it's time to make some. We'll want them soon where I live, and they'd be great holiday gifts this winter. 

Now that looks like a Fall outfit! Cozy layers and neutral colors with a pop of red - I like it. A scarf can either blend in with your outfit or liven it up. 

These crocheted infinity scarves are easy to make and don't take too long. I spent a couple evenings on each one. You can make them as long as you like, and as wide as you prefer. 

What you need: 

3 skeins of bulky or super bulky yarn (weight 5 or 6)
Size 8mm or 9mm crochet hook (L or M)
Darning needle

What you do:

Leaving a 6-inch tail, chain 100-130. When you get to 100, carefully loop the chain around your neck a couple times and see if it's long enough for your taste. Three chain links will be skipped, so factor that into your calculations (once you find the right length, chain three more times). You'll probably want the finished scarf to be between 60 and 72 inches long (and 6 to 10 inches wide). If you already have an infinity scarf that you love, you can measure it and make your new one the same size. 

I made my first one too short (around 50 inches) and I knew I'd never wear it so I unraveled the whole thing and started over! It really doesn't take that long to make this scarf, so it was worth it to re-do it correctly. But, please, learn from my mistake. Rein in your excitement to get started and measure well when you're still at the chain stage. It's much easier to add or subtract then. 

Row 1: Double crochet in the fourth chain stitch. (Skipping the first three gives you the height to turn the corner). Repeat double crochet down the entire chain.

Here are some great instructions  and pictures showing how to make the double crochet stitch. There is a video, too.

Row 2: Chain three to turn. Double crochet in each stitch, all the way to the end.

Rows 3 - 6: Repeat Row 2.

Now check the width. Do you like it? The two scarves in my photos each have 10 rows, so they can be folded in half. If you like that look, keep on crocheting!

Rows 7 - 10: Chain three to turn. Double crochet in each stitch of the previous row.

To finish: Leave a two-foot long tail. Carefully remove the crotchet hook and pull the tail through the loop where the hook was a second ago. Fold the scarf in half so the short ends match up and right sides are facing. With the yarn needle, use the tail to sew the ends together. Weave in the leftover tail end. Weave in the tail from the beginning of the scarf. Weave in any other tails from adding new skeins of yarn. 

Turn the scarf inside out, and it's ready to wear or to wrap up as a gift.  

Just a warning: as soon as you're done, you'll probably want to make a second one in a different color. They come together quickly, it's easy to get a great outcome, and they're useful - they're perfect projects!

Here are the instructions without any extra commentary:

You will need:
3 skeins of bulky or super bulky yarn (weight 5 or 6)
Size 8mm or 9mm crochet hook (L or M)
Darning needle

Necessary stitches:
Chain stitch (Ch)
Double Crochet (Dc)

Chain 115

Row 1: Skip first 3 stitches; Dc in 4th stitch. Dc in each Ch stitch

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, Dc in each Dc of Row 1

Rows 3 - 10: Repeat Row 2

Finish: Leave a 2-foot long tail. Remove the hook and pull the tail through that loop to lock the stitches. Fold the scarf in half, right sides together, matching up the short ends. Use tail and yarn needle to sew the ends together. Weave in all ends, and it's done!

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