[Para las instrucciones en español: Bufanda Infinito Arriba-Abajo]
This is an infinity scarf (no beginning nor end), knit with circular needles, and hold together with a garter buttoned tab when folded.
For this scarf, you will need:* Medium, worsted yarn (but you can actually use other similar yarns).
If you want to make a multicolored scarf, you can choose 8 colors, using each color just once, except the first which will be repeated at the end. This can be a great stash-buster project, because you just need a little of each color. Or you can use less colors and repeat them, or even just one color.
Note: Just keep in mind that, given the design of the scarf, some colors will appear on one side, and other in the opposite side.
For example, if you use 8 colors:
Colors A, C, E, G, I will be predominant on one side
Colors B, D, F, H, A will show on the other side.
* One marker: To keep track of the start/end of each row.
This scarf is a rather easy knit. The hardest part is the cast on, since it is done length-wise. But once you have achieved that, it is a piece of cake. And the outcome is worth the effort.
1. Cast on 200 St (180 st for a shorter scarf) on long circular knitting needles.[Tip: When counting the stitches, mark with a pin every 50 st. This helps in the counting, so you will not get lost with so many stitches.]
Here are some YouTube videos on how to CAST ON, which are methods that can be used for casting many stitches, different from the popular “long-tail method”.
* With 2 knitting needles: Cast on: SlowVersion* With circular knitting needles: Knitting On Cast-on Method - Continental
* With the help of a crochet hook: Stretchy Knitted Cast-on, or Crochet Cast on #1 , or Crochet Caston # 2
When you have finished casting the 200 st, join with a simple knot the yarn end at the beginning and end of the cast on, just to secure it. Place a marker to keep track of start/end of each row. Make sure the stitches are not twisted. Now you are ready to start knitting your scarf on the round…
Row 1-4> (With COLOR A) All knit. Pass marker (pm).
There are 4 rows of every color. When changing color, you also change the stitch (from K to P, or from P to K)…
Row 5-8> (With COLOR B) All purl. (pm)
Repeat 1-4 with COLOR C
Repeat 5-8 with COLOR D
Repeat 1-4 with COLOR E
Repeat 5-8 with COLOR F
Repeat 1-4 with COLOR G
Repeat 5-8 with COLOR H
Repeat 1-4 with COLOR A
If you want a wider scarf, repeat rows 1-8 once or twice, with 2 or 4 other colors, or repeat some of the previously used.
Cast off. Weave in ends.
BUTTON TAB (Optional)
Using COLOR A (the color of both borders), cast on 14 st.
41> K2, [k2tog + make 1—for the button hole], K5, [k2tog + make 1], k3
42-46> All knit
47> Cast off.
Place buttons on the opposite side of the button holes.