Infinity Scarf CAL #1 - The Beginning

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentines! Let us do the first part of the StoneGnome Infinity Scarf. I have released the new video for the CAL.

StoneGnomes Crocheted Infinity Scarf - The Beginning

I'll recommend that you watch the full video at least once. There are several tips in there, you might need. Later, you can get back here and use the notes for a better overview.

The full video is also present almost at the bottom of this post. PLUS, I'm adding links below to specific positions in the video. This should make it easier for you to find the exact parts you want to have a closer look at.

Your Sample

If you have made a sample with a yarn/hook that suits you, CONGRATULATIONS !

If you didn't make a sample yet, head to the introduction page to see how to make the required sample, so you can figure out what yarn and hook works for you.

Now, look at the wrong side of your sample. The stitches should be placed kind of inside each other. And the stitch pattern should show on the wrong side too. If the wrong side doesn't look right, then you might be inserting the hook wrong.

The back of your crocheted waistcoat stitches
The wrong side of the sample.


It can be difficult to get it right every single time. It took me quite a while to get there and I still check the back of my work very often, to make sure it is OK.

If most of your stitches are off, make a new sample. If most of your stitches are OK, then keep it and be happy, that you know what to pay attention to. If ALL of your stitches are OK, then WOW! You are way better to this than I am and I practiced A LOT.

Direct Video Link: [01:28] Your Sample

TIPs

Tips for improving the accuracy of inserting the hook:
  • Use the lip/nose of the hook instead of the pointed tip of the head.
  • Before you insert the tip of the hook head, then turn your work a little sideways (right-handed: left side towards you and right side away from you).
  • Feel the back bar with your hand holding the yarn, so you know where it is.
  • Check the wrong side very often.
  • Practice.
If you have more tips, please share them with the rest of us.

How many stitches to start with?

Using the word GAUGE sometimes scare people off. BUT, finding your gauge is pretty easy here and you are not meant to adjust it. (unless you figure out it is very weird after reading this part). You just need to know what your gauge is.

Follow the steps below to figure out how many stitches you need to start with - and how you adjust this amount of stitches, so you can make an even amount of repeats. Thing is, the last cable-like stitch pattern has repeats of 8 stitches and half repeats will look pretty clumsy.

Don't be afraid off this part. Just take one step at the time - OR use the cheat sheet further down, once you've figured out your gauge in step 1.

  1. Find out how many stitches you have in a 10cm (4in) long row. Measure this in the middle of your sample. This is your gauge.
    (Example 19.5 stitches).
  2. For a big scarf, you will need 18 times your gauge. For a medium-sized scarf, you will need 14 times your gauge.
    (Example - big scarf - 18x 19.5 = 351 sts).
  3. Next, check if this supports the repeats in the cable-like stitch patterns. The last cable-like stitch pattern has repeats of 8.
    (Example 351sts /8 = 43.875).
  4. If you don't get an integer (whole number) here, then round up/down what-ever number you get.
    (Example 43.875 ~ 44).
  5. If you make this many repeats, how many stitches do you need in total?
    (Example 44 x8 = 352).

Cheat Sheet

For your convenience, I've calculated how many stitches are needed for a range of gauges.

Cheat Sheet for Chain Row length

The Pattern

Work in a spiral.

Foundation row.
Make the amount of chains you figured out you needed (look right above here).
Join with a slip stitch. Make sure not to twist the very long chain row (see a tip for this in the video).

Direct Video Link: [09:37] The Chain Row

The Border
The border is bold and adds weight to the edge of the scarf without being too sturdy or stiff. It is also a bit flexible like the rest of the scarf. It can be skipped if you have other plans with the scarf or if you are using the stitch patterns for garments or likewise.

1) Slip stitches in the back bump all the way.
2) Slip stitches in the SAME back bump all the way.

Direct Video Link: [11:36] The Border

The Transition Round
3) *Slip stitch in back bumps, chain, skip*. Repeat ** all the way.

Direct Video Link: [18:20] Transition Round

The Basic Stitch Pattern
4) *Single crochet AROUND the slip stitch, chain, skip*. Repeat ** all the way.
5) *Waistcoat stitch, chain, skip*. Repeat ** all the way.

Repeat #5 till you are satisfied with the width of this first part of the infinity scarf.

How Many Rounds?

The basic stitch pattern is used at the beginning, the end and in the middle of the scarf.

Closeup of the Infinity Scarf patterns

The big scarf should be around 30cm (12in) wide and the smaller one maybe 25cm (10in). The two cable-like parts take up less than 10cm (4in) each. That leaves us with more than 10cm (4 in) of space for the basic stitch pattern. Half for the smaller scarf.

All in all, the beginning of the scarf - and using the basic stitch pattern - could be around 4cm (1.6in) wide. (Again, half for the smaller scarf).

Direct Video Link: [28:09] How many rounds?

The FULL Video

You can watch the full video here and wind/rewind through the parts, you would like to re-visit.


Next Time

Next week, I'll show you how to do the first cable-like stitch pattern plus how to change color. I hope to see you again there :)

Questions?

If you have questions, please ask, ask, ask. I need to learn here too and I'm very interested in what you think.




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