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Infinity Scarf

I’ve seen a lot of people wearing these great looking scarves around lately that kind of twist around their necks and seemed to be one piece. I even found a knitting pattern for one to try, but of course messed it up within the first row or two and gave up (anything beyond a simple scarf or hat and I’m lost when it comes to knitting). The other day I got an email from Craftstylish and there was a pattern for making an infinity scarf (although they called is a Mobius scarf as well).

This was super easy to make, didn’t require a lot of fabric and can be done with so many different fabrics – a soft fleece, a sweater knit, faux fur, or I even made one for Amanda out of a bucle knit. The one issue I did run into is that the pattern called for the fabric to be 72″ long, and that is a very difficult length to find. I think if you want a lot of drape in your scarf you’d need it to be that long, but would probably have to piece to sections together to create that length.

What you will need:

  1. Marking Charlk and ruler
  2. a 72″ long x 21″ wide rectangle of fabric.
  3. Scissors
  4. Thread
  5. Sewing Machine

Cut a 72-inch-long by 21-inch-wide rectangle of fabric (see note above about fabric length). Since fabric at stores never seems to be cut quite evenly, I find it safer to order either 5/8 of a yard (22-1/2″) or 2/3 of a yard (24″) just to be safe. When you get the fabric home, lay it out in one long length and fold it in half to get it evenly on center. From that center point you can measure up 11-1/2″ and mark that along several places of your fabric length. Using a ruler draw that line across and cut to get an even 21″ length. The fabric I used for these photos was very straight on one end and quite en-even on the other so I just measured up 21″ and marked along that line.

With right sides together and long edges aligned, fold the scarf in half. I cut off the manufacturer’s printed edge too. I also pinned the edges together. Especially with a thicker fabric like a fleece I find the fabric tends to ‘creep’ as you sew and this helps prevent it. machine-sew the long edge with a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance.

Add a twist. Turn the scarf right side out. Twist one end of the scarf to add a kink in the design.

Join the short ends. Fold the scarf in half by pulling it over itself as shown with right sides together and the short raw edges aligned. It will look like a long tube with the fold at one end and the raw edges at the other. Machine-sew around the raw edges with a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance, leaving a 4-inch-long opening.

Finish the scarf. Turn the scarf right side out through the opening. Hand-sew the opening shut.

Make your scarf as long or as short as you like. Wrap it a few times as shown, or wear it long and loosely draped. If you only use a 60″ length of fabric though you won’t have much of a choice about that – you can get two loops around your neck, but depending on the weight and thickness of fabric you choose, there won’t be too much “loose draping going on”.

Excuse Amanda's appearance here - it was about 10:00 on the night before she was leaving to go back to school from Christmas break and had been packing all day.

Excuse Maia's appearance here - she was on her way to bed when I threw this thing over her neck that I'd just finished sewing. Her hair was so dry and staticky she was practically electricfied.

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