FREE INFINITY SCARF PATTERN FOR BEGINNERS

As promised, here is my free infinity scarf pattern for beginners! You too can knit something trendy and fun. I have been so excited to share this with you all and its finally here!

FREE INFINITY SCARF PATTERN

SEED STITCH INFINITY SCARF

Materials you will need:
  • 3 hanks / 300g of Billow by KnitPicks 
  • size 11 US straight needles that are at least 10 inches in length
  • scissors
  • darning needle
Turn your hank into a ball by following my instructions here. If you are an advanced knitter and would like to make a substitution this is a bulky weight super soft pima cotton yarn with a thick and thin texture. If you are not familiar with US needle sizes you can find my conversion chart here

Gauge:

6.5 stitches x 8 rows = 2 inches square

I know we haven't talked about gauge yet, so for the purpose of this pattern I only want you to use this as a rough guide. If the gauge of your knitted piece is slightly different that's ok because this is a very stretchy knit.

Pattern:

Cast on 33 stitches (click here for instructions on how to cast on).

CAST ON
This scarf is knit in what's called a seed stitch pattern. This pattern is created by alternating one knit stitch (k1) and one purl stitch (p1). You can find my instructions on how to knit here, and how to purl here. You'll have to remember to bring your working yarn (the yarn you wrap around the needle) from the front of your work to the back of your work when alternating between knitting and purling.

SEED STITCH

First row: (k1, p1) repeat until one stitch remains on your needle, k1. Turn work over.

Repeat the first row until your scarf measures 62 inches in length or approximately 232 rows (width is 10.5 inches).

Cast off (click here for instructions on how to cast off). Use scissors to break yarn, leaving a long tail of approximately 22 inches for stitching together the two ends of your scarf.

To complete your infinity scarf, lay it on a flat surface and bring the two ends together (while still lying flat) so that they meet. Stitch the two ends together using the tail from your cast off edge. Next darn in any ends using a darning needle. DO NOT trim your ends with scissors without darning them in first as all your hard work will unravel. If this sounds complicated, don't worry, I'll have a post on how to do this later on.

Want to download a printable copy of this pattern? Click here.

Style and wear how you like! I'll post pics soon on the many ways to wear this lovely seed stitch infinity scarf (you can find that post here). Let me know you've cast on by leaving a comment below or tweeting me @tinselmint. I can't wait to see your progress, happy knitting.


109 comments:

  1. Not really a knitter, I am acrocheter. Know the basics. Cant wait to try this!

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  2. How many inches wide is this scarf? I've very new to knitting but I'd love to make this scarf. I have size 13 US needles. Should I still cast on 33 stitches?

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    1. If you are using the same yarn as I used, I think a size 13US needle will make the scarf very loose and lacy. I would suggest sizing down your needles. But, if you are ok with loose and lacy I would suggest casting on less stitches...try 23 stitches and see how that looks.

      Happy Knitting

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  3. Been looking for a easy pattern to make those new scarfs, Thanks June

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  4. How do you cast off?

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    1. You can check out my casting off post with video following the link below:

      http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/04/how-to-knit-casting-off-for-beginners.html

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  5. Easy mittens please

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    1. I've been hoping to work on this! Thanks for the suggestion :)

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  6. would love to make this, however not a fan of k1,p1.,.....I will make too many mistakes. Would the integrity of the scarf change if I did basic knit stich for the entire scarf?

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    1. You can most definitely change the stitch pattern to a basic knit stitch. It will possibly change the width of the scarf, but if you are ok with that just go for it!
      If you are up for it, you could try knitting a test swatch in the knit stitch to see what you gauge is and compare it to the gauge in the pattern about.
      Let me know how it goes and happy knitting.

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  7. Can I knit this on a circular needle

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    1. It is possible, although I haven't tried it myself. Here is what I have calculated:

      My scarf measures 10.5 inches across and is 33 stitches...that's roughly 3 stitches per inch. If we use this ratio to convert the expected finished length of the scarf (61 inches) to stitches so we know how many to cast on. 61 multiplied by 3 is 183 stitches.

      I would try casting on 183 stitches unto circular needles then k1p1 continuously and that should work. Also, knit until the width of the scarf measures 10.5 inches and then cast off.

      Let me know how this turns out for you ;)

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    2. I would like to try this on a circular needle as well thanks for doing the math!

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    3. could also do circular, but without attaching the ends, ie creating it lengthwise - I prefer circular needles, not as cumbersome as long needles

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  8. TY for such a fun project. Looking forward to try this during a long winter.

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  9. love it, can't wait to get started,thanks

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  10. I am so ready for a new scarf pattern and this looks so easy. Just hope I can find the yarn as I live in Nova Scotia Canada. I am sure I can substitute the yarn if need be. Thanks.

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    1. As far as I know, Billow is only available online through KnitPicks. If you are hesitant about ordering from them, know that I ordered mine online and it came quickly and without any hassle. Please feel free to substitute though and send me pics...I would love to see it!

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    2. You Can Purchase the yarn at Atlantic fabritics in new Glasgow just tell them u r making the infinity scarf they will tell u the right yarn I did this and it is soft and it wrks nicely it is there brand different colors to choose fr. too enjoy knitting I do good luck fr. Linda

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    3. I also live in New Glasgow, NS.. went there today and they had no idea what I was talking about.. spoke about the posting from a person on here about their store.. but no avail.. so if you happen to visit here again.. can you pls tell me the type and brand name of yarn you bought there that works for this scarf..tks..

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    4. Hi Debbie

      I'm sure if you ask the staff to help you find a bulky weight yarn / number 5 they will be able to help you find something suitable. Billow, the yarn I used, also has a thick and thin texture so you would even be ok with choosing from a medium weight yarn / number 4. Billow is cotton but use whatever you prefer and like the feel of (ie: wool, alpaca, bamboo, acrylic). Let me know what you choose and happy knitting!

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    5. I live in Riverview, NB, Canada and went to the Cricket Cove Ltd. store on Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB. They knew instantly what I was looking for but do not sell KnitPicks. She brought up this pattern on their computer and compared details to be sure. I ended up buying Briggs & Little SOFTSPUN - am half way through knitting the scarf and love it.

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  11. Will try to knit this.......................................

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  12. I don't think it really matters how "wide" your scarf is - I started making one myself this week and went with personal preference. As far as the needle size - you can use size 13 US needs, but depending on the yarn, your scarf may have a more "relaxed" look to it.

    Remember, there is no wrong way, work with what you have to get the look you'd like. I hope you enjoy your scarf!

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    1. I used Red Heart wool and it turned out beautiful!

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  13. can you do this on round needles and twist with the first row?

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean by twisting the first row.
      Please see my instructions above (in the comments) for attempting this pattern on circulars.

      Happy knitting.

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  14. Thank you everyone for all the positive comments! I hope you all send me pics of your finished scarves :)

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    1. If billow is not available what would be a good substitute?

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    2. You can substitute with any yarn that has the same weight. Billow is a "bulky" weight yarn or a "five". You can find this info on the yarn label.

      Read my SIZE MATTERS post and take a look at the YARN STANDARDS CHART by following the link below:

      http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/04/size-matters-yarn-and-knitting-needles.html


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  15. Could this be knit on circular needles?

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      This answer is yes! Please see the earlier comments as someone else has asked the same question. I will try to add this to a new post soon as it seems to be a common question.

      Happy knitting :)

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  16. cant wait to try this.Im not sure of needle size though and cant seem to find conversion Thanx so much

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    1. What type of needles do you have? Metric, American, European, Canadian, or Japanese? I have a conversion chart available in an earlier post called SIZE MATTERS. You can find it at the link below:

      http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/04/size-matters-yarn-and-knitting-needles.html

      Hope this helps ;)

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  17. Just a quick question. When you complete Row 1 and turn it over and complete the second row, am I just continuing on or do I turn it over again for Row 3? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Yes. You will continue to turn your work over after every row is complete. Good question!

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  18. What yarn could I use instead of Billow?

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  19. You can substitute with any yarn that has the same weight. Billow is a "bulky" weight yarn or a "five". You can find this info on the yarn label.

    Read my SIZE MATTERS post and take a look at the YARN STANDARDS CHART by following the link below:

    http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/04/size-matters-yarn-and-knitting-needles.html

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  20. Started this project yesterday. Found a verigated yarn that is looking awesome with this pattern. My 15 year old loves it.

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  21. Do I only need 300 grams of wool to complete the scarf?

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    1. Yes. Actually I ended up using slightly less than that of Billow.

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  22. Oh my God, I think I can actually make that!!

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  23. I would love to see some pics of the different ways you can wear this scarf!! :)

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    1. I have a whole post on that! :) You can find it by following the link below:

      http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/07/how-to-wear-infinity-scarf.html

      I've also updated the post above so you can click a direct link to the post.

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  24. I cannot buy the billow in knitpicks ,can you suggest maybe a wool that is similar,,please

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    1. Please read the above comments as others have had the same question. I have only knit the pattern with Billow, but I have mentioned suggestions above on picking out a similar yarn to use as a substitute.

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  25. Having a problem finding billow wool in knitpicks .could you suggest a wool that would give me the same end resultsl PLEASE

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    1. I have linked directly to Billow by KnitPicks in the post above. The link will take you directly to their page.
      Please read the above comments as others have had the same question. I have only knit the pattern with Billow, but I have mentioned suggestions above on picking out a similar yarn to use as a substitute

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  26. I have a 6 weight yarn, what size needle should I use?

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    1. Read my SIZE MATTERS post and take a look at the YARN STANDARDS CHART by following the link below (I've also linked to it in the post above):

      http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/04/size-matters-yarn-and-knitting-needles.html

      You should still be able to use the size 11 US needle but you can also use larger. Keep in mind using a larger yarn and/or larger needles will not give you the same results as the scarf I've knit. Your scarf will be chunkier and the size will be larger overall.

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  27. sounds nice and easy.....I love to use round needles (joined) could this not be done on them? and possibly eliminate the need to sew it together?? that would be so great.. I am not an experienced "knitter" but have made sweaters on those needles and really like them.

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    1. Please read the comments above as others have asked the same question. ;)

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  28. I want to make this scarf ,where can i buy the yarn? and is it 3 balls of 100g?

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    1. KnitPicks.com sells the yarn online. Yes it is 3 balls (it actually comes in hanks and you have to wind it into a ball...and yes :) I have a post on that too) of 100g.

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  29. This design was super helpful and easy as I'm very much a beginner. However, I've reached the part where I'm 'stitching' the two ends together. Is this simply done by taking the tail end and threading it through the other end? Similar to darning in an end type thing? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, using the long tail I suggest leaving at the end you can stitch up the two pieces. Check out my post (link below) on finishing the scarf off for more details :)

      http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/07/finishing-off-how-to-complete-your.html

      Happy Knitting!

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  30. your website is adorable, thanks for the great tips!

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  31. This is great - thank you! I'm now working up my first infinity scarf, in Gryffindor stripes :) I'd love to see a pattern for easy knitted slippers.

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    1. Please send a pic...would love to see it when it's done :)

      As for slippers I recently knit a super easy pair. The pattern is free and is available on Ravelry via the address below.

      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-garter-stitch-slippers

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  32. First time knitter and WOW this is super easy started tonight and 20 rows in...thank you...my daughter will love this! Your easy videos made learning a snap...

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  33. How long did it take you to knit this?

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    1. It took me somewhere around 8 days. Keep in mind I was also writing the pattern while knitting and doing instructional pictures and posts. Also everyone is different and it may take one person a day or another a month. Go at your own pace. This is a great pattern for beginners to practice as it involves repetition of the same stitch pattern.

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  34. Hi
    Thank you for this pattern. I already have worsted weight 4 yard (2 balls of 140 grams) which comes with a recommendation to use size US 8 needles. Can I still use this pattern as long as the width is approximately 10-11 inches? How many stitches should I cast on?

    Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hi there :)

      A worsted weight yarn is a number 4 / medium weight yarn which is slightly smaller than a number 5 / bulky weight yarn that is recommended for this pattern...However, given that Billow (the yarn I used) has a thick and thin texture, I think you would be ok to use the worsted weight yarn. Try casting on the suggested number of stitches and knitting a few rows to see how the width turns out. If it is not wide enough (10.5 inches) than I would even suggest just going up a needle size to a US 9 as worsted weight yarn needle sizes are generally anywhere from a 7-9 US.
      I hope this helps and happy knitting!

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  35. do you wrap this around your neck twice or just once?

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    1. You can do both. Please check out my post on how to wear an infinity scarf by following the link below.

      http://www.tinselmint.com/2013/07/how-to-wear-infinity-scarf.html

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    2. So, if I wanted to make a wider scarf, say approx. 15 inches, how many stitches should I cast on? Thanks!!

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    3. I would try casting on 45 or 47 stitches instead of 33 :)

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  36. i just finished the infinity scarf for a friend i love doing the seed stitch i am doing a dish cloth prayer shawl in the seed stitch to make it a little different from the garter st., thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  37. I haven't knit in years. This sounds doable and fun!!! Thanks!!:-):-)


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    1. Can't wait to see your results! You can do it!

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  38. Can you make an infinity scarf on circular needles?

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    1. Yes you can. Please see the comments close to the top as others have asked the same question.

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  39. This pattern looks great - is it possible to make it on circular needles?

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    1. Yes you can. Please see the comments close to the top as others have asked the same question.

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  40. If i use a bulky yarn, would I use less?? Also, are you supposed to twist the scarf before stitching the ends together??

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    1. Bulky is the type of yarn called for in the pattern. So, the answer to your question is no. And no you do not need to twist the scarf before stitching the ends together. The twisting happens as you wrap the scarf around your neck once its complete.

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  41. I haven't knitted for years but am excited to try this!!!!!

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    1. I'm so happy you feel inspired to knit again!

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  42. Well I have knitted most of my life but I've never graduated over knit one purl one and have only ever made dishcloths. lol So I went straight to knit picks and ordered the yarn and a new set of #11 needles and we'll see how it goes. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern and I so appreciate all of your teaching videos. BTW you might want to consider a side line business...you should make cd's for people to use when they can't fall asleep! You have the most soothing voice I have ever heard! :) Kelly

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    1. Hi Kelly,
      Your comment made me smile! I hope this inspires you to reach beyond the knit one pearl one in your future knits because really you have the basics down and the rest is just different combinations of those basics. LOL so funny you mentioned my voice as soothing...I wanted to make an instructional video but was dreading the voice over part.
      Happy Knitting!

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  43. you said size 11 US needles but in your other post it says size 10 US which one is correct

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    1. The correct size, as listed in the actual pattern above, is size 11 US needles.

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  44. So your doing a basic K1 P1 stitch correct? So if I turn it over and it should be a pearl I do a Knit? That's what makes the pattern right? My confusion is that if I do one row and turn it over then I should do opposite of what the stitch should be is that correct?

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    1. That is correct...it is a basic K1 P1 stitch. When you turn your work over your first stitch will be a knit stitch. The reason this is possible is a result of the number of stitches cast on. When working K1 P1 you should always cast on an uneven number of stitches (just like in my pattern) so that each row is knit the same. If there was an even number of stitches cast on you would, like you suggested, have to knit the reverse (P1 K1) on the second row.
      I hope this helps dissolve the confusion :)

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  45. WOW: looking at all the comments, I see you are making a lot of people happy. I had thought an infinity scarf should be one piece, with the twist, not sewed together. For that a circular needle would be required. Is this correct?

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    1. Hi Erma,
      I hope so :) That is correct, although the twist is optional (some patterns have it some don't). For the purpose of teaching beginners how to knit I thought straight needles would be best. However, if you are familiar with using circulars needles, they are a great choice for creating a "no seam" infinity scarf. If you are looking to try it, I make suggestions for this pattern on circulars in the comments above.

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  46. Am a beginner to knitting so, love your very detailed directions and site. Was wondering if you have a pattern for a "teen" instead of just adult. My granddaughter would love this and in fact has already picked out yarn! Was thinking of only casting on 16 stitches, what do you think? Thanks

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    1. How old is your granddaughter? By casting on less stitches you change the width of the scarf when perhaps it may be better to change the length. I would suggest keeping the original cast on and then shortening the length / number of rows knit. Ideally when the scarf is hanging in a single loop around her neck it should hit a couple of inches above her belly button. This will allow enough room for doubling the scarf around her neck. Try knitting until you've reached 50 inches and then measure it against her.
      Also if you do decide to cast on less stitches and make the scarf narrower, you should always cast on an uneven number of stitches.
      Hope this helps and happy knitting.

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  47. I have just finished scarf for my daughter and she would like a slouchy seed stitch hat to go with it. I used the Lions Brand Hometown USA yarn and size 15 needles. I have been looking on line but can not find a pattern for hat. Do you happen to have a pattern for a seed knit slouchy hat that could go with this? I have more of the Lions Brand Hometown USA yarn left to match the scarf so would need pattern that would be acceptable with the yarn. Thank you

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    1. At the moment, no I do not...Maybe sometime in the future.

      If you are inclined to give it a go with out a pattern I would suggest casting on enough stitches to have it go around her head on circular needles. Then knit several rounds until it is nice and long (the length makes it slouchy). Once it's long enough, draw the yarn through the remaining stitches to make a gathered top (no need to worry about tapering with a slouchy hat).

      Happy knitting!

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  48. Just love your link...would you also have a pattern for some tame or berret, not a bonnet..please advise

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    1. Sorry no, not at the moment...but I have been working on one. :)

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  49. Do you have a knitted pattern for the newsboys hat for little girls?

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    1. No, I'm sorry I do not. Please check out Ravelry.com as they have a wealth of patterns. It's my go to site when I need a pattern :)

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  50. I have a lot of red heart yarn needs to b used, may, I used that yarn? Thank U..

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      You can use red heart yarn...others who've comment above have used it. It will give the scarf a bit of a different look and feel but it will be good to use up that yarn! If it looks too thin try doubling it.

      All the best,

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  51. Thank u for joining the ranks of the awesome people who share knowledge so freely and willingly!

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  52. Hello! This scarf pattern is my very first knitting project!!! Love it! I am on my second scarf! The first one I had a huge ball of yarn! This one I am using three! How do I add the other balls on?

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    1. Great question Erin!
      The easiest method is to add the new ball at the beginning of a row. So, when you see you are getting close to running out of yarn, finish that row if you can, or go back if you can't. At the beginning of your next row ignore the old yarn and start with the new ball. Be sure to leave a bit of a tail so that you have something to darn in later. Once you've knit a a row, you can tie the two tails at the beginning of the row together to keep them from unraveling while you work. I like to untie them later when I'm darning in my tails for a cleaner finish.

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