Knit an Infinity Scarf
Some time ago I was fortunate to win an Instagram giveaway offered by Kathryn at The Australian wool Store. I won a hand dyed skein of beautiful 100% Superwash Merino. I was so thrilled with the prize that I decided to knit an Infinity Scarf for myself and to find a pattern I looked to spin the pins. So here it is – my Spin the Pins to knit an Infinity Scarf.
I decided on a scarf but thought that it would need to be ‘lacy’ to ensure that I had enough (being hand dyed the skein is unique).
I should tell you that I was experiencing a bad ‘Fibro’ time so that’s my excuse! I was at the local Spotlight store and thought “Oh I need some circular needles – mm I think it was size 19” and so home I came with 19mm needles.
I started to wonder when I couldn’t find the pattern that I was so sure used 19mm needles (I thought Pinterest must have hidden it!!) so I thought I would experiment a little. You can see that I had wound the skein into a lovely woollen ball.
Well that was a big NO-NO (read failure) but you have to love the fluro green needles!
I searched the pins again and decided on the Emerald Isle Cowl by Linda at Natural Suburbia.
I finally got back to the shops to end up with the right size needles and started again. I think over the next few days I knitted, unpulled, knitted, unpulled until Poppy said ” I’d just put the scissors through it!” I explained (very patiently) that it was not about the unpulling and restarting but rather the process. It was making me feel like I was doing something useful while the rain continued and the fibro flared and it was actually keeping my mind busy. I know fellow fibro warriors will appreciate my efforts.
Anyway, I did get started, I did continue and I did complete my project.
I followed the pattern as stated. (I should add my problems were not due to the pattern – just my fibromyalgia and foggy brain)
I reminded myself of these things to think about when using circular needles:
- When you join the cast on stitches, you want to use a method that will avoid a gap etc.
- Before you join the cast on stitches, make sure you have no twists in the length. I think it is easier to see what I mean in this photo
I loved it when the pattern began emerging
and I loved how the colours were appearing.
To avoid the “Oh I hope I don’t run out before I cast off” thoughts, I decided that I should prepare for the casting off requirements. As I was using wool from the centre of my ball, I took the other end and measured out 4 x the length of the project, rolled it up and secured it and continued on with confidence.
The pattern was looking great – open, with a little bit of interest, without taking away from the effect of the gorgeous hand dyed wool.
When It was time to cast off I decided to try a new method (to me) as demonstrated by Knit Purl Hunter called Grandma’s Favorite Bind Off (Loose Bind Off) .
I used a larger needle and it worked beautifully.
So, after all that, I am happy to report that I did finish my Infinity Scarf and I love it!
Thank you to Australian wool Store for the gorgeous Merino wool, Linda for the easy to follow pattern and Knit Purl Hunter for the great video instruction – what a great Spin the Pins!
Until next time