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Basic Pattern for my Endless Infinity Scarf

Cast on 40 stitches (my scarf is aprox. 10" wide)

Knit using the garter (or knit) stitch until piece is about 53 inches long

Bind off

Sew the ends of the "scarf" together

(See the details below)

The Mulitcolored Yarn I used for my Cowl:

100% acrylic yarn from Red Heart

This yarn is great for a beginner to use because it is inexpensive. When one gets better, a more expensive yarn, non-acrylic yarn would be a good choice. This particular acrylic yarn is not the softest yarn on the market, but it is reasonably priced for a novice.
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Primary E300-964; 3 Items/Order

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Primary E300-964; 3 Items/Order

A good yarn for a beginner to use who is on a tight budget. The project on this page needs 2 skeins (balls) to finish this cowl infinity scarf.

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How To Make the "Endless" Infinity Knitted Scarf:

The inspiration, the free pattern, the supplies

yarn to make a cowl infinity scarf from knit and bake blogWhen I saw the "Super Easy Beginner's Knitting Cowl" free pattern on the [knit and bake] blog, I knew I had my next knitting project. The Endless Scarf used the garter stitch which I knew I could do. The garter is just the basic "knit" stitch and this 52" long cowl would give me plenty of practice using this common stitch.

I used a cheaper yarn than [knit and bake] and I did not test the gauge of my yarn to see if it matched the original endless scarf pattern there. The resulting scarf I made is not as pretty and probably not as soft as the one on the blog, but my scarf gets plenty of attention when I wear it.

I like the way my version turned out because it is a versatile scarf. I can wrap it around my neck two times and wear it like a muffler, or wear the wrapped scarf as a cowl by pulling part of it up over my head to cover my ears (as shown in the intro photo). I can also unwind it and wear it draped over my shoulders as a wrap when it is drafty indoors. Be sure to see the photo further down the page.

The changes I will make when I knit this easy pattern again:
(1) use a more expensive yarn for a softer finished product
(2) test the gauge to get the right size. This is a step I am not very good at doing or understanding.
I think my infinity scarf might be wider than the original free pattern.

Here is the basic pattern for the scarf you see me wearing in the image at the top of the page:
1. Cast on (CO) 40 stitches (for a scarf about 10 inches wide)
2. Using the garter stitch, knit until the piece is approximately 53" inches long
3. Bind off
4. Sew the ends together using matching yarn and a darning needle and away you go! BTW, that is a link to a video that shows you how to do sew the ends together.

Click and Watch Simple Moebus Scarf to learn one method for sewing the knitted ends of the scarf togetherThe video suggests that you twist the scarf before you sew the ends, but I did not do that with my scarf. Well, actually, I did the first time, but I was not crazy about how my "fake mobeus" scarf behaved. I took out the stitches and just laid the ends together flat before sewing.

Supplies I used:
Size #9 knitting needles
2 skeins Red Heart E300.0964 Super Saver Economy Yarn, Primaryyarn for easy infinity cowl knitting project
Darning needle

Click How to Knit a Circle Scarf for Beginners to be taken to a decent video that shares with the viewer (you) how to make a similar cowl. The video is eleven minutes long and will show you these four techniques: casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, casting off and hand stitching the ends together to make an infinity scarf.

(Photo Credit: yarn the blogger used: Bernat Mosaic Yarn,Medusayarn to make infinity cowl) from Amazon.com

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How I sewed the scarf to make a cowl:

I used a darning needle to sew the ends of my scarf together to make it into an infinity. I just used left over yarn from the knitting project that was close to the color that I needed.

Sewing the finished ends of the scarf together to make an infinity
Wearing the infinity scarf as a cowl.

On My Wishlist: Bamboo Knitting Needles

Size #9 Bamboo

I actually used metal needles that I got on sale at Tuesday Morning, but I would have preferred these bamboo knitting needles. All the knitters I know say that needles made from bamboo are much nicer to use.
Clover Takumi 9-Inch Single point, Size 9

Clover Takumi 9-Inch Single point, Size 9

I would love to replace all of my knitting needles with ones made from Bamboo.

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Mickie_G wearing the knitted scarf as a shawl
Wearing my knitted infinity scarf as a shawl.

Just What Is An Infinity Scarf?

It is simply, a scarf that has no end.

The scarf is one continuous loop!

The style was inspired by the mobius strip.

This is a mobius strip:

M bius strip

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    Why is Growing Facial hair?
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    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem.

      Hair grow is partly linked to genetics but may also be attributed to hormones.

      Some ethnic groups just don't sprout much body hair, others grow in what the common consensus may consider the norm, and even fewer suffer from excessive hair growth (hyper tricosis).

      Just like with pattern hair loss, heredity can play a roll as well. Even if your father, brothers & cousins, etc. have full facial hair growth as expected by a certain chronological age, like baldness associated w/ age, it's possible for, what ever reason, the trend 2 skip a generation.

      In the case of hormones, increase in testosterone levels have been known to attribute to facial hair grow; however, the only cases I've evr heard of such phenomena, is where testosterone was introduced unnaturally i.e. injection for hormone treatment. [Don't get any ideas].

      P.S. A lot of females don't care so much 4 facial hair (at least not beards), and when u get older less facial hair may help u pass for still young. Enjoy that baby face while u got it : )

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