This big, luscious scarf was created as part of the design process of the “Easy Knit Blanket Sweater” pattern. I love the stitch and thought it would be awesome for the blanket sweater, but it turned into this “Traveler Infinicowl” knit scarf instead. Isn’t the color just beautiful? I love this soft taupe that goes with just about anything.
Small yarns are so elegant, but sometimes a chunky yarn really makes the stitches pop as is the case here. I love how this scarf is wide enough to lift over your head when the wind starts to kick up. Maybe it could be classified as a snood for that reason? It’s called the “Traveler Scarf” because I think the versatility of wearing it up, down or all around makes it a cozy choice to wear while your travelling by foot. It’s pretty big to pack in your carry-on for the airplane, but if you will be walking through the cold, this will be a welcome accessory.
While the stitch pattern is simple, the project itself is not as quick and simple as those that I often post. If you’re up for just a bit more of a challenge, I think that you will be really happy with how this stitch works up! You have to keep track of your rows to an extent, and it’s fairly large. It’s made on US Size 11 needles rather than the biggies which I typically use, so it’s slower going. There’s a bit more work and time involved with this project, but I think it’s well worth it!
One of my goals this year was to improve my photos and I must say that I can see some improvement since the year began, however I have a long way to go. You know that I love nature and want to do justice for not only the yarn projects that I share, but also the natural beauty of the outdoors. AND it would be super cool to take some great shots of my baby girl as she grows and changes. I recently decided to purchase a new camera lens and the hubs and I used it for the first time to photograph this scarf a few weeks ago. It was a challenge, not only because it was FREEZING cold outside, but we realized that we have a lot to learn. Since my daughter has been known to take some of my photos, I guess she needs to learn a few things too. Ha ha! For some reason camera technology doesn’t click for me. Can someone inject my brain with camera knowledge please? 😉
Okay, are you ready to knit this??
The Traveler Infinicowl Scarf uses a beautiful and mesh stitch pattern that creates a feminine, cozy texture when done with the chunky yarn. (You might remember that I used this mesh pattern in my Summer Vacation Knit Top Pattern) This chunky knit infinity scarf is made by knitting widthwise (bottom-up), rather than lengthwise. *Please refer to the notes section below to see how you can make a nearly identical scarf by knitting it with the more common method, from end to end.
You will need:
US Size 11 8.0 mm, 24” or 30” circular knitting needles
5 skeins of Lions Pride Woolspun Yarn in Taupe or comparable bulky weight 5 yarn (100 grams and 127 yards/116 m per skein) This pattern uses approximately 430 g of yarn
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
You can find the free pattern below (keep scrolling), or you can purchase an inexpensive, printable, ad-free version from my Etsy Shop HERE. Thank you so much!
Decrease – knit two together
k – knit
k2tog – knit two together (decrease)
yo – yarn over
Gauge: Just over 2 stitches per inch (mesh section)
(Gauge isn’t super important, but the size of your scarf may vary depending if you knit tighter or looser)
Approximately 60” inches long before seaming.
Top to bottom of infinity scarf/cowl is approximately 16” inches in length.
This project is worked flat, in rows, bottom-up on circular needles to accommodate the length. This scarf is worked from the bottom-up, much like how a cowl is typically knit. You then seam the the ends together. However, if you’d rather knit this with the more common method by knitting from end to end, see my note below.
**To work the scarf lengthwise, end to end (as is more common when knitting scarves), cast on an odd number of stitches such as 37 stitches, rather than 143 stitches, to US Size 11 knitting needles. Omit the first and last four rows of knitting, but otherwise follow the pattern until your scarf measures approximately 60” inches long. Follow the same finishing instructions.
**Also, I believe that this could be done in the round. For the first and last four rounds, you would need to alternate a knit round with a purl round to get the garter stitch edge. That would be the only modification that I can imagine you’d make.
There’s a couple of reasons that I didn’t make this pattern in the round. One of them being that when I was a new knitter, doing anything in the round really freaked me out. I do love knitting in the round now! However, I know there are some newer knitters that like to knit flat – whether it be hats, fingerless gloves, etc. The other reason this isn’t knit in the round is simply because of the way it began in the design process. It started with the idea of it being knit flat to possibly turn into a blanket sweater. I changed this, and thought it would make a cool scarf. For this reason, I stuck with it as it had been started which was knit flat.
CO 143 Stitches
Row 1 – 4 Knit across row
Row 5 Knit across row
Row 6 K1, *yo, k2tog*, repeat from * to * across row
Row 7 Knit across row
Row 8 K2, *yo, k2tog*, repeat from * to * across row to last stitch, k1.
Repeat rows 5-8 until piece measures approximately 15 inches from cast on edge.
Finish with 5 rows of knit stitch.
Cast off. Weave in ends.
Fold in half to join short ends in order to sew both ends together and make this into an infinity scarf! With a length of yarn and your tapestry needle, seam with a whip stitch or your preferred seaming method.
I hope that you enjoy this cozy infinity scarf!
Have you attempted knit mesh before? I think it’s quite simple and looks much more complicated than it is.
Happy, happy knitting to you my friend!