How to arm knit an infinity scarf

This infinity scarf pattern is perfect for beginners since it’s made up entirely of knits and purls.

With just these two stitches, you can knit up a squishy, textured scarf using the mistake rib stitch. This is one of my favourite stitches because, despite looking complicated, it’s actually deceptively easy!

Best of all, this infinity scarf is knit up in super bulky weight yarn, making it a very quick knit.

A note about construction: this scarf is knit flat and then seamed together at the very end.

Materials & Notes

Yarn Used: 4 skeins of Lana Grossa Ragazza Lei (100% merino wool; each skein is 44 yds/50g; color Hellgrau Meliert #31)

Other Similar Yarns:

  • Malabrigo Rasta (gorgeous hand-painted yarn) in Cape Cod Grey or Sombras:
  • Wool & the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool (slightly thicker merino) in Tweed Grey
  • Lion Brand Hometown USA (a budget acrylic option) in Dallas Grey

Recommended Needles: one pair of 10mm needles

Notions:

Finished Measurements:

  • Width: 7.5”
  • Circumference: 48”

Gauge: Gauge: 9.5 sts = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch

How to arm knit an infinity scarfHandy notions for knitting the infinity scarf.

Infinity Scarf Knitting Instructions:

CO 21 sts (or a multiple of 4+1)

Row 1: Sl1 knitwise, K1, *P2, K2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, P2, K1

Row 2: Sl1 purlwise, P1, *K2, P2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, K2, P1

Repeat Rows 1-2 until scarf measures roughly 42” or your preferred length.

Cast off, but don’t cut the yarn from the cast off edge. With the yarn, measure a length that is 7 times the width of the cast off edge. Cut the yarn at that point.

This length of yarn will be used to seam the scarf together to make an infinity scarf.

Fold the scarf in half with right sides facing. Hold the two ends of the scarf evenly together.

Thread the length of yarn onto a tapestry needle and seam the two ends of the scarf together using the backstitch method. As you seam, make sure the knit columns of the pattern are lined up.

Weave in loose ends. Block the scarf so that it measures 48” in circumference and 7.5” in width, or to desired length.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on
K: knit
P: purl
Sl1 knitwise: slip one stitch as if to knit
Sl1 purlwise: slip one stitch as if to purl
* * : repeat instructions between asterisks the number of times indicated

Helpful Tutorials:

  • Longtail Cast On
  • How to Join a New Ball of Yarn
  • Seaming with Mattress Stitch (alternative to backstitch)
  • How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners

If you knit this infinity scarf, please tag me on Instagram @sheepandstitch (I would love to see your scarf!). If you’re on Ravelry, you can add your scarf to the Mistake Rib Infinity Scarf project page here.

Help Support Sheep & Stitch

While the pattern instructions and video tutorial are free and available above, for the price of a fancy coffee, you can support Sheep & Stitch by purchasing a PDF file of this pattern. This PDF file is beautifully laid out and ready to be printed!

Upon purchase, the pattern PDF file will be delivered to you by email. Thank you for your support!

Good morning! It’s spring… well, sort of. We still have snow falling this week. But hey – that’s Michigan for you. I know I’m a little biased toward northern accessories like a spring scarf (don’t laugh, all you readers down in Florida) but the truth is, a lightweight scarf like this one makes for a cute accessory year-round up here. You may have caught my preview of this project the other day when I posted some silly mother-daughter photos over the weekend. I’ve become an arm-knitting junkie. The first project I made was a blanket, and today I’m going to share a tutorial for a slightly smaller project: an arm-knit infinity scarf.

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

Because your arms are much larger than knitting needles, arm-knit projects work up really quickly. By my 3rd or 4th project, I was cranking out scarves in about 15-20 minutes, so you can do this on a lunch hour, during naptime, or while you watch your favorite TV show. All you need is your yarn and your arms! This project uses one skein that’s 35 yards for 18-20 rows of 8 stitches (I say 18-20 because it depends how large your arms are and how tight or loose you make your stitches. This isn’t as uniform as specifically-sized needles.) If you’ve chosen a yarn that’s only 30 yards, that should still work all right – you can always make your scarf 6 or 7 stitches wide instead.

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

This project is a little different than the tutorials I’ve seen out there. Instead of using 2 skeins of a bulky yarn, I picked a yarn geared specifically toward scarf projects so that I could make it more lightweight and more suited for the changing weather. See, you don’t actually need several skeins of yarn to arm-knit. You will have a lot leftover. What you need more than one skein for is to double or triple the bulk going into your weave – to work with more than one strand to make your piece thicker – to compensate for the large knit. Less yarn also makes this a lot more cost-effective project: this scarf cost me $4.19. Granted, I used a 40% off coupon for my yarn, but you can do the same, and you don’t need ANY tools but the ones you were born with. 🙂

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

You ready? Let’s jump in!

Are you excited to get started? I had never knitted or crocheted before trying this technique, and I LOVE it! I hope you enjoy!

This infinity scarf pattern is perfect for beginners since it’s made up entirely of knits and purls.

With just these two stitches, you can knit up a squishy, textured scarf using the mistake rib stitch. This is one of my favourite stitches because, despite looking complicated, it’s actually deceptively easy!

Best of all, this infinity scarf is knit up in super bulky weight yarn, making it a very quick knit.

A note about construction: this scarf is knit flat and then seamed together at the very end.

Materials & Notes

Yarn Used: 4 skeins of Lana Grossa Ragazza Lei (100% merino wool; each skein is 44 yds/50g; color Hellgrau Meliert #31)

Other Similar Yarns:

  • Malabrigo Rasta (gorgeous hand-painted yarn) in Cape Cod Grey or Sombras:
  • Wool & the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool (slightly thicker merino) in Tweed Grey
  • Lion Brand Hometown USA (a budget acrylic option) in Dallas Grey

Recommended Needles: one pair of 10mm needles

Notions:

Finished Measurements:

  • Width: 7.5”
  • Circumference: 48”

Gauge: Gauge: 9.5 sts = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch

How to arm knit an infinity scarfHandy notions for knitting the infinity scarf.

Infinity Scarf Knitting Instructions:

CO 21 sts (or a multiple of 4+1)

Row 1: Sl1 knitwise, K1, *P2, K2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, P2, K1

Row 2: Sl1 purlwise, P1, *K2, P2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, K2, P1

Repeat Rows 1-2 until scarf measures roughly 42” or your preferred length.

Cast off, but don’t cut the yarn from the cast off edge. With the yarn, measure a length that is 7 times the width of the cast off edge. Cut the yarn at that point.

This length of yarn will be used to seam the scarf together to make an infinity scarf.

Fold the scarf in half with right sides facing. Hold the two ends of the scarf evenly together.

Thread the length of yarn onto a tapestry needle and seam the two ends of the scarf together using the backstitch method. As you seam, make sure the knit columns of the pattern are lined up.

Weave in loose ends. Block the scarf so that it measures 48” in circumference and 7.5” in width, or to desired length.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on
K: knit
P: purl
Sl1 knitwise: slip one stitch as if to knit
Sl1 purlwise: slip one stitch as if to purl
* * : repeat instructions between asterisks the number of times indicated

Helpful Tutorials:

  • Longtail Cast On
  • How to Join a New Ball of Yarn
  • Seaming with Mattress Stitch (alternative to backstitch)
  • How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners

If you knit this infinity scarf, please tag me on Instagram @sheepandstitch (I would love to see your scarf!). If you’re on Ravelry, you can add your scarf to the Mistake Rib Infinity Scarf project page here.

Help Support Sheep & Stitch

While the pattern instructions and video tutorial are free and available above, for the price of a fancy coffee, you can support Sheep & Stitch by purchasing a PDF file of this pattern. This PDF file is beautifully laid out and ready to be printed!

Upon purchase, the pattern PDF file will be delivered to you by email. Thank you for your support!

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

I know the majority, okay pretty much all of my recent posts have been pregnancy/baby geared, but I am here to say, yes, I am still crafting and I will be posting more about crafts and recipes, too, don’t worry! It hasn’t turned into just a pregnancy blog. So, here is my first Fall craft for this season! It’s still scorching hot here in Texas, so sadly I can’t wear these just yet. But you know what they say about Texas weather, If you don’t like it just wait a few minutes! I’m hoping that saying hold true and some cool weather heads out way soon!

After browsing Pinterest, as I so often do, I was pining for Fall weather after seeing so many cute chunky Fall scarf and sweater combos. I love buying new scarves each year to accessorize with, but with a baby on the way, shopping for anyone but him is out of the question. well, not really, but I like to save save save, so why not make them on my own right!?

I found a really beautiful arm knit scarf on Pinterest from Simply Maggie which led me to YouTube. After watching a few videos I grabbed some yarn that I had sitting in my craft closet and got started! Since it was my first it took more like an hour instead of 30 minutes, but hey, it turned out darn cute! The second scarf I made was so much easier to make after doing it just once and I was able to make that one in thirty minutes.

I shared my finished infinity scarf on Instagram and everyone loved it! I figured this would be a fun tutorial to share as we all gear up for Fall. This is the perfect craft to do on a rainy day, in the car while making the long drive to see family, or just anytime you have a free thirty minutes! This would make a great gift if you’re on a budget and of course they’re perfect for just you, because we can never have too many chunky cozy scarves, am I right?!

Below is the video that I created and posted on YouTube. Hopefully it’s as easy to follow as I think it is. If you have any questions feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer them! Have fun!

SCARF SPECS:
12 stitches wide
20-25 links long

YARN:
Brand: Lions Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Super Bulky #6
Colors used: Lighter scarf – Oatmeal
Maroon/Red scarf – Spice

TIPS:
– 2 skeins of yarn are necessary
– The tail goes around your thumb as you are casting on and will get shorter as you go which is why we start with a really long tail.
– You can use 2 different colors!
– My scarf was 12 stitches wide and about 25-30 links long
– You can use less bulky yarn, but to achieve this look you will need #6 bulky


NEW SCARF! DIY 30 Minute Striped Infinity Scarf ***UPDATE***
I had a few questions on how I combined the two ends of my scarf to turn it into an infinity scarf, so I created a follow-up video to show how I did this. Here it is below!

Here is one of my newest patterns for Arm Knitting. So simple. Anyone can do it.


How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

The Yellow Yarn is Vanna’s Choice 100% Acrylic Bulky yarn in the color Topaz. (I used 3 skeins at a time so I could use 3 strands at a time.)

Maggie
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21 comments

I absolutely love these! Thank you for the great video! Question- have you even used two complementary colors in one scarf? Just curious what that would look like ?

I haven’t, but I have seen pictures and it comes out nice.

Maggie, do you have printed instructions? I don’t have Internet access at home but could download printed instructions and pull up on my home computer.
Thanks!

Hi Maggie – you are the best! Can’t wait to try this – and thanks for being so generous in teaching your magic!

Hi Maggie, I was wondering what size crochet hook I should get, which one would you recommend?

[…] wouldn’t have been able to finished without this blog and this youtube […]

Thnx Maggie for sharing! I love your instructions and it’s really easy. Just made one for my daughter with t-shirt yarn.

Thanks for sharing this. I just finished my first one. Could u tell me the band and color of the blue one? Thank you so much.

Maggie, do you have a video that shows you using 3 skeins at a time? I’m having a hard time visualizing how that would work.

This tutorial is great and the scarves come out so pretty! Super easy once I practiced for a little while. Thank you for sharing! I will be making these as gifts for all of the ladies in the family this Christmas. Thanks again for your great instruction.

p.s. your dog is adorable!

Hey Maggie!! I love all of your videos!! They have been so helpful! I have made a bunch of the arm knit scarves, and many of my friends have inquired about purchasing them. I wanted to check with you if it was ok to sell the scarves made with patterns that I have learned from your site and other similar sites. How do I go about purchasing patterns for resale? Thanks for your help!

I made this and it came out really cute! My bf wants me to make him a scarf now and I was wondering if you could do instructions for an easy men’s scarf? Christmas is coming up ?

Hi Maggie,
I had bought three different yarns to make a scarf. I was wondering how long and how many loops to make a scarf that looks like an “O” which you can twist it once putting on. I was having hard time hearing it (I wear hearing-aids). I would love to get start to make this for Christmas.
thanks.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. I have been looking for a pattern like this for so long! I wasn’t sure at the beginning with my not so awesome knitting skills but turned out great in the end. THANKS!

[…] so I was worried that it would still be too time intensive. Then I found this tutorial by Simply Maggie on how to arm-knit an infinity […]

Love the way your scarf turned out. Your tutorial is great but I’m confused.
When switching to arm knitting the first such is turned towards you but the rest are just looped over the other hand. Is there a reason for this?
Also as I switch hands my stiches are becoming loose. Say I’m going from left to right. As I start going to the right, the stiches on the left loosen on my left arm? I grab the first 2 and the last 4 are loose. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? I make sure the stiches as tight as I can but still moving.
Thanks!

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

This pattern for the beginner infinity scarf is for all those knitters out there that can’t stand just going for it and knitting anything that comes to mind. They like rules, and they like to know exactly how something is going to look when it’s done. That’s the kind of knitter I was starting out. I literally googled the “average scarf length” and “average scarf width.” So if you’re an experienced knitter and just want a super quick and easy knit, or a brand new knitter who doesn’t quite understand the magic of making a scarf quite yet, here you go…

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

Yarn Needed for the Beginner Infinity Scarf:

Two skeins of Knit Picks Chroma Twist Bulky in Surf’s Up. You of course can choose any color you prefer, but Surf’s Up is in all the photos and videos on this page.

Knitting Needles Needed:

Size 10 US Size, or 6 mm.

10″ Sunstruck Straight Needles used in all photos and videos on this page.

For more on basic supplies you should buy when first learning to knit, check out my post Basic Knitting Supplies.

Notions Needed:

Optional Good Things to Know:

It’s a scarf, so if yours comes out differently then mine, it’s totally fine and not a big deal at all. Knitters naturally have different styles and tensions. But…if you’d like to know the specifics of the scarf I knitted here you go. Keep in mind all measurements were taken after I washed the scarf.

Finished Measurements:

58 inches total. Folded over, after it was sewn, 29 inches.

Gauge:

14 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch, machine washed and air dried.

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

The Beginner Infinity Scarf Pattern:

Cable cast on 28 stitches.

Knit every row! How to do the knit stitch:

For more on how to knit check out my original How to Knit post. You are going to knit both skeins of yarn. When you notice you’re getting to end of your first skein of yarn, join your yarn, like this:

For more tips on joining yarn, check out my original How to Join Yarn post.

Knit until you have about five feet left of the second skein. How do you know you have about five feet left of the second skein of yarn? Just measure against your body. Is it about your height? Cool, plenty of yarn left. The tail should be long enough to bind off and to sew together.

Cast off all your stitches:

For more tips on casting off, check out original post How to Cast Off the Easy Way!

How do you sew it together? However you darn well please. I twisted my scarf once because I think it drapes better.

Fine, if you insist here’s how I sewed mine together:

If you want to help yourself keep it even while sewing, use a safety pin (without a coil, like this) to pin the ends together while you sew.

Weave in your ends in 2 directions for 1-2 inches. Then cut off end. Don’t stress and don’t knot!

Once you’re done, you’ll want to machine wash your Beginner Infinity Scarf. I prefer to put mine in a delicates bag to make sure it doesn’t catch on any of my other laundry, and wash on cold/delicate. Do not be surprised when it comes out way longer! Superwash wool has a tendency to STRETCH. The magic of washing your scarf will be all of your stitches will significantly even out. This is called blocking in knitting. I air dried my scarf flat. Enjoy your beautiful new scarf! Be sure to add your project photos to Ravelry! (New to Ravelry? Check out my guide to this awesome social network here.)

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Do you have the written pattern for beginner infinity scarf eagerly won’t pull it up and have looked every where pls help thank you

I’d love to help. You have commented on the page with the pattern, so I’m not sure what you need. Please give more details and hopefully I can help.

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

I’m so excited to share this fun craft with you today! It takes no time, and is the perfect winter DIY.

Arm Knit Infinity Scarf:

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

You’ll Need:

3 skeins Super Bulky Yarn (I used ASAP by MadeleineTosh)

Cast On:

You will be working from 3 skeins of bulky yarn at the same time. the ends together and treat it as if it were one strand of thick yarn. Before you start, make sure your yarn can unfurl from your skeins easily.

About 1.5 yards from the end of the yarn, make a loop by taking the working yarn over the tail.

Pull the working yarn through the loop. .

Place the slip knot on your right hand with the tail closer to you and the working yarn farther from you.

Make a loop with the tail, so that the remainder of the tail hangs in front of the loop.

Hold the top of the loop with your right hand. Put your left hand through the loop and grab the working yarn.

Pull it through the loop. Drop the yarn you held with your right hand. // Put your new loop over your right hand.

Pull the working yarn and tail apart to tighten the stitch on your arm. // Repeat this process for as many stitches as you’d like.

Pick up the working yarn and place it over your thumb on your right hand. (You won’t be using the tail any more.)

To keep the fabric full, continue to make the stitches fairly snug to your arm. It helps to grab the working yarn close to the hand/arm you are moving your stitches to. This helps the stitches stay close together.

Continue knitting until piece measures approximately 60” or you run out of yarn. Make sure you stop witha minimum of 4 yards remaining to bind off and seam the cowl.

Start with all the stitches on your left arm (you can bind off either way, but this direction is more typical). //Knit two stitches on to your right arm. . .

Tip: Keep yarn bunched up on your wrists to prevent stretching and keep your hands close together

Tip: Pull on your stitch to tighten before starting the next one.

Tip: To stop knitting, use a slim belt to hold onto everything.

Binding off:

knit the next stitch from your left arm. You should have two stitches on your right arm again. Pick up the first stitch on your right hand again. Pull it up and over the stitch you just put on. The stitches you bind off will chain with one another over the top of the yarn. Continue this process to bind off stitches until there is one left.

When binding off, keep the stitches loose enough to match the width of the stitches below. It’s easy to make it too tight.

Weave the two sides together on the purl side. Tuck yarn under the seam and cut ends. Do this with the tail and any excess yarn.

You don’t have to know anything about knitting to make a beautiful arm knit scarf! Here is my how to arm knit step by step tutorial. Be sure to check out all the parts below which include pictures and instructional videos.

You’ll find that this is a great gift idea that is quick and easy to make. Once you get started it’ll be hard to stop!

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

I would love for you to share your scarf pictures on my Facebook page! And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram, too!

What You Need:

This scarf is a really quick and easy project. You’ll only need about an hour of time, a little practice, and of course, your two arms. I’ve found the best results in using two strands of bulky yarn at the same time.

Here are a few of the bulky weight yarns I recommend:

  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
  • Lion Brand Hometown USA
  • more bulky yarn options

You’ll need two skeins of bulky yarn at approximately 100 yards each.

How to Arm Knit – Part 1: Make a Slip Knot

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

Learn how to make a slip knot to get your arm knit scarf started. Make sure to have your two skeins of yarn ready to go.

You can go straight to the How to Arm Knit Part 1 video or click the link below to view all written and visual instructions.

How to Arm Knit – Part 2: Cast on Row One

How to arm knit an infinity scarfNow that you’ve made your slip knot, you’re ready to start row one. This is the foundation row of your arm knit infinity scarf/cowl.

You can go straight to the How to Arm Knit Part 2 video or click the link below to view all written and visual instructions.

How to Arm Knit – Part 3: Work Row Two

How to arm knit an infinity scarfHow to arm knit an infinity scarfWith row one complete on your right arm, you can now start working row two. You’ll basically be doing the same stitch, just on your left arm instead of the right.

You can go straight to the How to Arm Knit Part 3 video or click the link below to view all written and visual instructions.

How to Arm Knit Step by Step: Part 4 – Repeat to Length

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

Now that you know the basic stitches, you can repeat the entire length. Check out the special instructions and side notes.

You can go straight to the How to Arm Knit Part 4 video or click the link below to view all written and visual instructions.

How to Arm Knit Step by Step: Part 5 – Binding Off

How to arm knit an infinity scarfYou’re almost done. Time to bind off and prepare for connecting the ends so we can turn this thing into an infinity scarf!

You can go straight to the How to Arm Knit Part 5 video or click the link below to view all written and visual instructions.

How to Arm Knit Step by Step: Part 6 – Joining the Ends

How to arm knit an infinity scarf

Time to join the ends together. Once this is done you’ll be happy to enjoy the warmth of your new arm knit scarf or pass it along as a gift! Enjoy!

You can go straight to the How to Arm Knit Part 6 video or click the link below to view all written and visual instructions.