Infinity Scarf o’ Squish

Ready for a super snuggly infinity scarf pattern that will flex your knitting techniques? By using a cable technique with no defined edges, instead of a neat little cable, you get a fat twist in the fabric.

Infinity Scarf o' Squish

This was taken in the morning while trespassing again. Read on to see what was happening an hour later.

My problem with knit infinity scarves is that the size of the loop is often awkward, causing it to either strangle you, or hang limply, not doing much to keep you warm. Fat cables solve the problem, without even using a chunky yarn. Keep reading for my free pattern.

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Although the provisional cast on and Kitchener stitch finish are techniques that were a little out of my comfort zone (I used a crochet hook!) the actual pattern is simple enough that after a couple of cable rows, I didn’t even need to have the written pattern on hand.

So how did this scarf come to be, and why does it mean I suck at Selfish Knitting New Year?

Ballsack

Christmas present. From my mother-in-law. Awesome.

For Christmas, my wonderful mother-in law got me the cutest bag I had pinned on Pinterest, after we accidentally stumbled into an ongoing, inside joke about balls. I have a feeling this will be a theme in our ongoing relationship.

Inside the bag was a gift certificate to Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns, my favorite suburban LYS (Local Yarn Shop), which I still have not used, and 3 skeins of Berroco Vintage in this beautiful heathered purple color.

See, she had liked my Bed of Moss Infinity Scarf and The Meaning of Life Scarf, and wanted a cabled infinity scarf with that yarn. Problem was, I couldn’t just make up mashup of two previous patterns. I have a blog to run. And Knitting Pattern Central to submit stuff to.

Momma needs to save up for a wedding, honeymoon (hopefully?), and eventual maternity leave.

Infinity Scarf o' Squish

This was happening an hour later. See those two snow splotches on my head? That’s two flakes. Such flakes were EVERYWHERE. Fat snow.

Infinity Scarf o’ Squish

Written patterns do confound me on occasion. What can be a very simple idea turns into quantum physics in knitting pattern lingo. With that at mind, going forward, at top of each pattern, I’ll give you a quick rundown of what you will be doing and why.

Infinity Scarf o' Squish

Julie is a cool winter, so this color is perfect on her.

Picking it Apart

  • Provisional cast on: what you are doing is creating an unbound line of live stitches at the start of your project. At the end, you are going to seamlessly join those pieces. It looks so much nicer than an actual seam.
  • SL1:  This means “slip 1 stitch,” which you will do either knitwise or purlwise, depending on what you are doing in the rest of the row. This helps the ends curl in on themselves. Without this stitch at the start of every row, the edges lay straighter, which decreases the snuggle factor of this scarf.
  • In between * and *: On the rows where it begins with three stitches and a cable, you will follow that row with 11 rows of stockinette. On the rows where it begins with 19 stitches and then a cable, you will follow that row with 13 rows of stockinette.
  • Kitchener stitch: I have to look this one up every time. It seems complicated at first, but once you check out the tutorial and get going for a few stitches, remember it like this:
  • Knit front, remove
  • Purl front, leave
  • Purl back, remove
  • Knit back, leave

Gauge: 20 sts and 27 rows=4″ or 5 sts per inch

Size: Apx. 14.5″ wide flat, or apx. 8″ with cables

Materials: Berroco Vintage (worsted; 50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% nylon; 3.5 oz / 100 g.; 217 yds / 200 m) – 3 skeins in 5184 heathered purple (you will have plenty of leftover from the 3rd skein)

US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

Smaller straight knitting needles, apx half the size of main needles

Crochet hook (optional)

Yarn needle

Directions

Provisional CO 74 sts (see knit and crochet tutorials of the provisional cast on below)

Row 1: SL1, K73

Row 2: Sl1 purlwise, P73

Repeat rows (1 and 2) three more times.

*Row 9: SL1, K2, C8F, K20, C8F, K19

Repeat rows (2 and 1) 5 times, repeat row 2.

Row 21: SL1, K18, C8B, K20, C8B, K3

Repeat rows (2 and 1) 6 times, repeat row 2.*

Repeat * to * 10 times.

Repeat rows (1 and 2) 2 times, repeat row 1.

Finish with Kitchener stitch.

Infinity Scarf o' Squish

So warm and snuggly, no matter how you wear it.

I hope you love it as much as she does. Now, off to make something for me. I’m committed.

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Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    I love that you explain why you’re doing what you’re doing. Very few patterns explain that. It helps a lot with the learning –says the novice knitter here.
    Lovely scarf, will try it out!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! I usually have this thing I do when knitting the patterns of others – I start it two or three times, think there is a mistake in the pattern or something, try to do it my way and “fix it” a few times, then realize I’m being an idiot, it was right the first time, and then it’s a big old spiral of dumb. Especially with cables. Someone literally needs to spell out for me what I’m going to be doing so I can get it straight in my head.

      Let me know if you have any questions along the way!

  2. I love this pattern! When I get a chance to make something for myself…(might be a while) I fully intend on making this lovely scarf. I’ve never cabled before and your instructions and linked tutorial were very informative.
    Just to be clear, C8F means place 4 stitches on a cable needle and hold to front, right? As opposed to C8B which would mean hold them in back. Thanks!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Thanks for the love Nikki! Don’t worry, cabling is super easy once you see it done once or twice.

      As far as the C8F, think bigger! You will be slipping a full 8 stitches onto the cable needle and holding it to the front, so you will be making cables that each involve 16 stitches. FAT cables! So snuggly.

      • Oh I see, thanks 🙂 Also, I just sat down to work the gauge for this and I see you have two gauges listed, one for 2.2 st per in and one for 5 st per in. Which should it be? Thank you!

        • Natalie Webb says:

          Eep! Good catch! It seems when I was copy/pasting things to keep the same formatting as my last infinity scarf pattern, I left a wee remnant. It was the 5 sts per inch. All fixed, and thank you!

          • Got it, thanks! I’m using a totally different yarn so I wanted to be sure. I’ve just started row 21…cabling is surprising easy! I’ve been knitting/crocheting ever since I was preteen but this is the first project I’ve ever made for myself! Feels surprisingly naughty.

  3. Sherry in Idaho says:

    I used that yarn, that color, to make a lovely sweater, using a berocco pattern. You will not be sorry

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Well, my mother in law isn’t sorry she picked it, but I’m really sorry I don’t get to keep it! My next project is being made for me, according to the Selfish Knitting New Year directives, I promise. I’d love to see that sweater though! Want to post a photo to the Leave Me to My Projects Facebook page? I have still never committed to a project as big and time intensive as a sweater, perhaps I just need some inspiration!

  4. Tania says:

    This is a lovely looking scarf, but I have one question, after Row 9: SL1, K2, C8F, K20, C8F, K19, what do I do with the 16 stiches left?
    Thanks (:

  5. Tania says:

    Ah! nevermind about the 16 stiches haha I remember how you do cable now (:

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Cabling instructions seem to be written differently all over the place, I just sort of settled on that version when I started writing all these cabling patterns. Next pattern, no cables, I’m switching it up! When you finish, I would love it if you would share a picture with us!

  6. Hi! I am currently working on this project. My first cable project and my first kitchner stitch project! Anyway, I am just starting the 7th round of repeats and am looking ahead at the end of the project. The way it is written, you end the repeats on a purl round and then start the final section on another purl round. Is this correct?? It seems like you would start on a knit. And if you do that, how many rows total do you do before the end because that adjustment would mean either adding a row or subtracting a row. Thank you!!!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Right you are Bria, I have made the change! I’d love to see it when you’re done. What kind of yarn are you using? Thanks again for bringing the error to my attention!

      • I will send a pic when I get it finished! I am using Sensations Angel Hair yarn in a really soft green color. It seems like it knits up a little bit bulkier than the yarn you used (comparing it to the pictures) but the soft, snuggliness of it seemed like a good match for the squishiness of the scarf. 🙂

  7. Holly Rose says:

    I love this pattern! And I thought it was perfect for the yarn I fell in love with: Feza Fanatic, in a weird chartreuse-to-chocolate brown ombre. http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=3369 But I’m about 1/10 of the way into the pattern now, and I’m realizing this is way too thick! I’m thinking that if I just remove five or six stitches in there somewhere (or 8? or 10?) it might come back down to a manageable size. I am still a novice knitter–have never altered a pattern myself, so I wanted to know if you had any advice? I still want to use your pattern *and* my yarn. They just seem to be meant for each other!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Hello Holly! I will totally help you with this one if you need, but learning to alter a pattern is so important in taking the next steps in knitting. Here is a conversation I had by email with someone who had a similar issue. Give it a look and see if you can figure out how to alter it for your yarn!

      Reader used yarn with these measurements: 13.5 stitiches, 19 rows to 4″, needle US 10.5

      “You want to bring it down to around 50 stitches wide, so for stitches, divide the pattern numbers by 1.48. For rows, it’s 1.42. Following that, it looks like your cables should be about 10 stitches wide instead of 16, with about 13 stitches between that cables instead of 20. Then for the 5 repeats plus one row on line 5 of the pattern, it should now be 3 repeats plus one row. Likewise, 6 repeats plus one row is now 4 repeats plus one row.”

      Happy puzzling, and let me know if you need any help!

      • Holly Rose says:

        Thanks for the reply! That is about what I was figuring, so thanks for letting me know I’m on the right track. I’m going to do some figuring on graph paper and then get back to *my project*!!! I’ll post a photo when I finish.
        thanks!
        HR

  8. PUNKYCOT says:

    I am entranced by your notion of LMTMP as I always knit/create Xmas gifts to chldren grandchildren and hopefully soon a new great-grand. Then I find myself wearing hats, gloes and scarves made for me years ago!Now that it is January, I would love to knit something for myself that will take more dedication than a few hour scarf..for example, a yummy soft sweater in RED cash/merino type yarn with big needles. Or even a “STASH THROW to use up sofdt leftovers!
    I tried to join but it did not work. Hope this does.
    I am snobound in NH now but as long as I have a knitting project I do nt feel guilty about listening to music or TV.

    • Natalie Webb says:

      You say as I work along to Downton Abbey. Definitely get some cashmere to work with though! That’s what Selfish Knitting New Year is all about!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      And you totally are signed up, you did it right!

  9. I can[‘t seem to print this pattern. My printer just puts out blank pages. I just selected the actual pattern part I wanted to print so I wouldn’t get pages of ads, etc. is it available in another format?
    Thanks.

    • Natalie Webb says:

      I’m not sure what’s going wrong for you, but you’re right, these patterns should be available as a simple printable. Check back Monday, okay?

  10. Penny Bollero says:

    I finished the body of the squishy scarf and love it. I’m ready to start the kitchener stitch. Is there a rule of thumb regarding how long a tail of working year should we leave? I’m so concerned about not having enough to get through all 74 stitches.

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Oh wonderful, I’m so glad! As for how much of a tail to leave, I have read that you should leave three times the width of your piece, but I usually do four to be safe. If you’re really unsure, use five, why the heck not? I would love to see it when you’re done!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Oh wonderful, I’m so glad! As for how much of a tail to leave, I have read that you should leave three times the width of your piece, but I usually do four to be safe. If you’re really unsure, use five, why the heck not? I would love to see it when you’re done!

  11. Orangegirl9 says:

    Hi Natalie
    Love your website. Have had a rough few years after a bus accident. Only a few weeks to go until all the legal stuff is over: was looking at a veeeery long week when I found your site.
    Thanks – your spirit is going to carry me thru these last few – interminable – days.
    I can feel the infinity scarf reinventing me with every stitch!

    My cables are a bit holey though… Out of practise!

    OG

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. Silver lining, plenty of time for crafting, right? So glad you’re enjoying the scarf!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. Silver lining, plenty of time for crafting, right? So glad you’re enjoying the scarf!