Infinity scarves are awesome. For one thing, they don’t fall off like traditional scarves do sometimes. You can wear them as a single loop, or wrap them double to keep your neck and ears super cosy.
The Leap Yearn Infinity scarf, is so named because of the way the stitches leap over each other. It’s also in tribute to the extra day we have this February. My nephew is a leap year baby so it’s a bit of a special one – this year he turns 12 and gets his 4th ‘proper’ birthday!)
This pattern is great for stash busting because, although I have used repeating colour changes in the version you see here, you can work it in any colour combinations you choose!
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Hook: 4mm crochet hook
Yarn: 375 – 400m (412-440yd), 150g of dk weight yarn
Recommended: Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK (100% cotton, 50g balls, 125m/137yds
- 1 x Colour A: Bubblegum Pink
- 1 x Colour B: Champagne White
- 1 x Colour C: Washed Teal
- 1 x Colour D: Marine Blue
- 1 x Colour E: Kingfisher Blue
I used about 30g of each colour (a little more of A and less of E).
Note that colour E in the item pictured is Scheepjes Linen Soft in shade 607 because I had a small amount in my stash I wanted to use. I have recommended the closest Paintbox shade in the materials section. (the remaining colours are Paintbox as recommended)
This pattern works with pretty much any yarn weight. Simply alter your hook size, the length of your foundation round and the number of rounds to suit your yarn preference.
In terms of fibre, I used cotton, but it would work with bamboo, acrylic, wool or alpaca, to name a few just make sure it’s something you’re happy to wear against your skin.
You may find this post useful in choosing a substitute yarn.
Other: Tape measure, yarn needle & scissors
This is a beginner friendly pattern with a few interesting, fun techniques newbies may not have tried before. It requires:
- Knowledge of basic crochet stitches and terminology
- Foundation rows (modification given) – learn about chainless foundation rows here.
- Working into rounds below the previous round
The finished scarf measures approximately 105cm in circumference and 21cm wide.
If you would like to make a longer scarf (I like mine snug when they are wrapped double round my neck but you may prefer yours looser!) then simply add a multiple of 4 stitches to the starting chain.
Note that the more rounds you add, the longer your scarf needs to be to accommodate the width when you double it around your neck.
If you are working with a thicker / heavier weight yarn then you may need fewer stitches in your foundation round.
You could also work fewer stitches in your foundation round to turn it into a cowl.
- Please read all the pattern notes before starting your project
- This pattern uses US crochet terms (UK equivalents are given in brackets in the abbreviations list)
- Numbers at the end of a round indicate the number of stitches in that round – for this pattern, the stitch count remains constant
- Starting chains do not count as stitches
- Do not turn at the end of your round
- Instructions written after * asterisks should be repeated as indicated
- Unless otherwise indicated stitches should be worked in consecutive stitches
- The first stitch of each round is worked in the top of the first stitch from the previous round
- This infinity scarf is worked in the round without turning
- You can alter the length of the scarf by changing the length of the starting round, ensuring you use a multiple of 4 stitches
Whilst gauge is not essential for this pattern (you can work until you reach your desired size), this design has been created based on the following gauge measurement:
16 sts and 12 rows in 10cm of the stitch pattern (see below) using a 4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
The stitch pattern is a simplified version of Larks Foot Stitch. Should you wish to swatch, work Rounds 1 – 4 of the pattern (using a multiple of 4 sts for your foundation round) then repeat Rounds 3 and 4 until your swatch reaches size.
Stitches & Abbreviations: US terms
(UK Equivalent in Brackets)
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet (UK treble)
- fsc = foundation single crochet (UK foundation double) – see special stitches
- rep = repeat
- rs = right side
- sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
- sk = skip (UK miss)
- sp = space
- ss = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- yo = yarn over
Foundation Single Crochet (fsc)
You can find more details on chinless foundation rows including a tutorial in the Crochet Resources Section of my website.
I have chosen to use the foundation single crochet stitch in this pattern because it allows more stretch than a traditional chain.
If you struggle with this technique it can be replaced with the following:
Make a chain of the number of sts given, ss to the first ch to form a loop. Ch1, work 1sc in each ch around, ss to top of the first st to complete Round 1
You may want to increase the length of your starting chain by a multiple of 4 stitches to ensure your scarf will fit when wrapped double around your neck.
Long Stitches / Spiked Stitches (long dc and long sc)
In this pattern, you will need to work some stitches (mostly double crochets) into stitches in the round below the previous round. These are called long or spiked stitches.
Long stitches are worked the same as the traditional stitch but because they skip a round, when you first pull your yarn through, you’ll pull up a longer loop so that your hook reaches the same height as the current round you’re working on.
This is what creates the spiked effect in the pattern.
I advise changing colours by using the new colour for the pull through on the slip stitch you use to join the previous round.
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The Leap Yarn Infinity Scarf Pattern
Using a 4mm hook and A;
Round 1 (RS): Make 168fsc, without twisting, ss to top of first st to make a long loop, do not turn. 168 sts
Make sure you can get your loop twisted twice round your head with plenty of room to spare (the infinity scarf will get tighter as you work more rows)
Round 2: Ch2 (does not count as st throughout), *1dc, ch1, sk 1 st, 1dc in next 2 sts; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st
Change to B
Round 3: Ch2, *1dc, 1 long dc in st below ch1-sp from previous round, 1dc in next dc, ch1, sk 1 st; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st
Change to C
Round 4: Ch2, *1dc, ch1, sk 1 st, 1dc, 1 long dc in st below ch1-sp from previous rnd; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st
Change to D
Round 5: as Round 3
Change to E
Round 6: As Round 4
Change to D
Round 7: As Round 3
Change to C
Round 8: As Round 4
Change to B
Round 9: As Round 3
Change to A
Rounds 10: As Round 4
Change to B
Rounds 11 – 26: Repeat Rounds 3 -10 twice
Continuing in A
Round 27 (final round): Ch1, *1sc (does not count as a st), 1 long sc in st below ch-1 sp, 1sc in next 2 sts; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st
Fasten off, sew in ends
Sharing your finished makes
I love seeing your finished makes – it gives me all the happy feels!
Here’s how you can share them on social media, if that’s your cup of tea!
- On Instagram, you can use the hashtag #HookMeHappy or #LeapYearScarf or just tag me @doradexplored
- You can tweet me your pictures, or add them to my Facebook page
- If you have the bug for creating garments, why not join my dedicated facebook group “My Crochet Wardrobe” and share them there?
- If Pinterest is your happy place, you can add them there too – check out my Pinterest account for lots more crochet inspiration from makers across the web!
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