Sep 9, 2013

Arm Knitting - DIY 30 Minute Arm Knit Infinity Scarf


I know the majority, okay pretty much all of my recent posts have been pregnancy/baby geared, but I am here to say, yes, I am still crafting and I will be posting more about crafts and recipes, too, don't worry! It hasn't turned into just a pregnancy blog. So, here is my first Fall craft for this season! It's still scorching hot here in Texas, so sadly I can't wear these just yet. But you know what they say about Texas weather, If you don't like it just wait a few minutes! I'm hoping that saying hold true and some cool weather heads out way soon!

After browsing Pinterest, as I so often do, I was pining for Fall weather after seeing so many cute chunky Fall scarf and sweater combos. I love buying new scarves each year to accessorize with, but with a baby on the way, shopping for anyone but him is out of the question...well, not really, but I like to save save save, so why not make them on my own right!?

I found a really beautiful arm knit scarf on Pinterest from Simply Maggie which led me to YouTube. After watching a few videos I grabbed some yarn that I had sitting in my craft closet and got started! Since it was my first it took more like an hour instead of 30 minutes, but hey, it turned out darn cute! The second scarf I made was so much easier to make after doing it just once and I was able to make that one in thirty minutes.

I shared my finished infinity scarf on Instagram and everyone loved it! I figured this would be a fun tutorial to share as we all gear up for Fall. This is the perfect craft to do on a rainy day, in the car while making the long drive to see family, or just anytime you have a free thirty minutes! This would make a great gift if you're on a budget and of course they're perfect for just you, because we can never have too many chunky cozy scarves, am I right?!

Below is the video that I created and posted on YouTube. Hopefully it's as easy to follow as I think it is. If you have any questions feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer them! Have fun!



SCARF SPECS:
12 stitches wide
20-25 links long

YARN:
Brand: Lions Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Super Bulky #6
Colors used: Lighter scarf - Oatmeal
Maroon/Red scarf - Spice

TIPS:
- 2 skeins of yarn are necessary
- The tail goes around your thumb as you are casting on and will get shorter as you go which is why we start with a really long tail.
- You can use 2 different colors!
- My scarf was 12 stitches wide and about 25-30 links long
- You can use less bulky yarn, but to achieve this look you will need #6 bulky


NEW SCARF!
DIY 30 Minute Striped Infinity Scarf
***UPDATE***

I had a few questions on how I combined the two ends of my scarf to turn it into an infinity scarf, so I created a follow-up video to show how I did this. Here it is below!

96 comments :

  1. Hi, Audra

    I love your scarf. I love knitting with the loom, it's my fav. I am praying all is well with you and your son. I know you are half way, so pray your delivery is great. Have a great week.

    Hugs,

    Vanessa

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  2. Great video tutorial! I'll definitely give it a try!

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  3. Any idea what wieght of yarn you used?

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    1. I use Red Heart for my plastic canvas crafts. Could I use that yarn for this?

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  4. Hi,

    Great video! I'm wondering how much yarn was left when you had finished the scarf?

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    1. I had half of each of my skeins left

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  5. Hello, your video was great, I was wondering if you can take the scarf off your arm without messing up the stitches, (in case you have to stop in the middle of it)

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    1. Yes, you can! I carefully slide it off my arm onto something like a hairspray bottle.

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  6. Great tutorial!!! I can't stop making them!! I made 3 in the past week lol!

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  7. Wonderful and easy to follow tutorial! I'm a crocheter but I think this my be my segway into knitting. Thanks for the inspiration. Please visit my blog post about this lovely scarf at http://yarnjunkies.com/2013/10/30/arm-knitting-who-knew/ and to view my scarf. Thanks Again!

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  8. I watched another video and I got so confused. After I saw your video I knew what I was doing. Thanks so much! I never knew there was such thing as arm knitting, after I saw your video I found scarves everywhere because I was knitting to much! thanks again!
    -Sarah-

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    1. That's great to hear! I am glad you liked the video :) Happy knitting!

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  9. About how much yarn does it take to make one? I want to make one for myself and one for my cousin as a Christmas gift and I'm wondering if I can make 2 from just 2 skeens of yarn or if I'll need to buy 4.

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    1. I can get two medium length scarves out of 2 skein. But if you want two long length infinity scarves I would say buy 4 skeins.

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  10. The tail goes around the forefinger, correct? Please reply. Thanks!

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    1. the tail goes around the thumb when the casting on which is why we make it so long in the beginning because it gets shorter as you cast on. Once you start knitting it will remain the same length until the end.

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  11. Audra... Love ur work!!!! Wanted to ask can i use two different colours of yarn?

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    1. Yeah, I think that would look great!

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  12. Hey Audra! Great tutorial, I was looking up tips on knitting chunky scarves for beginners as I've never been able to knit well and I wanted something easy and cute for christmas gifts! Stumbled upon your tutorial and now I can't wait to make my own! Who knew you could knit with your arms?! not me anyway! I have a question though, for the infinity scarf do you 'sew' the ends together with both of the tails, or just one and cut the other one off? and also once you have 'sewn' along the length of the scarf with the tail, how do you finish it off? do you just tie a knot?

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    1. yes, I use the tails to knit the ends of the scarf together. Then I just tie a knot once I am done and trim any excess.

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  13. How many links do you recommend doing for an infinity scarve?
    P.S I am really excited to try this out as Christmas gifts!

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    1. I casted on 12 wide and then did about 20-25 long but I just depends how many times you want to wrap around your neck

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  14. Hi Audra! Love the tutorial thanks so much! I attempted this last night, when I began with the 12 stitches and started my knitting I had 4 strands in the middle and it didn't look like yours, also when I was knitting my last one the slip knot I had a big mess... Please help!!! :) thanks Heather

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    1. Im not sure where you went wrong, perhaps you wrapped the tail or working yarn around the wrong finger when casting on? I would try to cast on your 12 stitches again and pay close attention, making sure the tail is wrapping around your thumb when casting on. Hope that helps!

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    2. Audra, I am having the same problem. I'm not really sure how you tighten your strands when you are making your second links (switching to your other arm). Also, when I got to the end where there slip knot is, I can't tighten it up. What am I doing wrong? And how are you tightening the links up?

      Thanks,
      Audrey

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    3. You tighten the stitches by holding the working yarn in the hand you are creating the stitches on once you have put your hand through the loop and with the other hand push the stitch up so that it tightens on the new arm.

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  15. Is the tail supposed to get very short during casting? I think I am doing something wrong, but I can't figure out what. My stitches are very tight--can't keep them loose.

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    1. Yes, the tail will get shorter as you cast on, which is why me make such a long one in the beginning. How short it gets depends on how long you make it initially and also on how many stitches you cast on. Try a 4 foot tail and cast on 12 stitches. That was the ideal length and stitches for mine.

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  16. what do i do if my ends dont match up to do the weaving part. like they are on opposite sides how to i fix it? thanks :)

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    1. It's okay if they are on opposite sides, just weave one way and then the other, it will still work just fine!

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  17. How do you add the second skein?

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    1. You use both skeins the entire time, that it why you see two strands of yarn in my hand in the video :) Does that make sense?

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    2. Yes I realized after I asked the question

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  18. Audra...your tutorial was great...really easy to follow...thank you for posting. I'm halfway through my first one and can't wait to see it all finished!!

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  19. Hi Audra- thanks for tutorial help. I've never knit in my life and I went nuts at a Michael's sale yesterday!!! Merry Christmas to everyone I know! But not I have a little problem. I can't quite figure out what I'm doing wrong. I cast the tail on my thumb and working yarn around pointer finger. Then- I've tried this two ways. One when I go through, the tail makes a knot but the the working yarn wraps around my wrist loose so I just dump it back off, but the underside doesn't look right. That's the only way I can figure to get two strings each into 12 casts. OR I get both working yarn and tail to knot in the same move, but I end up with 4 strings in each cast instead of 2. Can anyone on here help diagnose this from reading it?

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    1. It sounds like you may be not going under and over the correct strings. Try watching the portion of the video in the beginning where I am shooting over my shoulder.

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  20. awesome video! great instructions! I've looked at almost every other link for how to make an infinity scarf by arm knitting. your video was by far the easiest to understand and also to follow. thank you so much! :)

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  21. I watched your video and went out and bought yarn the next day!! It took me about an hour, was so easy, and I'm addicted!!! :) definitely a good Christmas gift for my sister! Plus they are much cheaper to make than buy in the store (and mean more as a gift!)

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  22. Watched this video last night and I was hooked! Wanted to make one so bad I went to Michaels and bought yarn today! Only took me about 45 minutes! And this was my first time knitting anything. I mostly crochet amigurumi. it was a nice change of pace with almost instant satisfaction :D thanks for the awesome and very easy to follow tutorial!

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  23. Hey Audra, love your video! I'm currently watching it and trying to knit my scarf but I'm having some trouble at the part when youve passed your entire scarf onto your opposite hand. I've tried it twice and booth times, the last stitch is so loose that I know I;ve done something wrong,. I was thinking maybe i tied my slip knot wrong? No matter how many times i pull my working yarn to try to tighten it it doesnt work out:/ HELP!

    Thanks=)

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    1. Nvm i figured it out:) i was pulling too much when i was trying to pasds it over and it was drawing extra yarn from the tail on the first link which would make my last link super funky

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  24. Hey I was wondering how long (and how much yarn to use) to make the scarf if I want it to wrap around my neck twice. And what size would you recommend for a medium weight scarf (not chunky)? Thanks for the tutorial and any help would be great!

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    1. try 6 stitches wide and 25 or 30 long

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  25. When I cast on, my tail and my working yarn end up moving apart instead of together, so that when I finish casting on the tail is at the bottom and the working yarn is at the top. I kept going to try knitting but I can't seem to tighten the loops on my arm correctly (I can tighten it by moving my two arms apart).... it feels like I'm knitting backwards... help?

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    1. I'm not sure that I know how to answer this question. Try watching the video again where I shoot over my shoulder for a closer look at where I place my hands and strings.

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  26. Great video! You were very clear with your instruction. I can't wait to try this.

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  27. You are an amazing teacher!!! I just made it and I'm so excited!!! Thank you so much!!!

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  28. This video was very helpful, however I'm going to try it with a less bulky yarn next time and go shorter so that it is still an infinity scarf I just wont have to wrap it around my neck.

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  29. love the scarf, one problem why is my last stitch as I finish a row so much wider? I can't seem to make them all the same, well really just that last stitch on each row. help please. these are Christmas presents.
    Thanks for the great gift idea!! Mona

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    1. The last stitch is always the hardest to tighten, I don't think you're doing anything wrong. Just do your best to tighten it as much as possible before knitting the next row.

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  30. When doing two different colors would we do it in the beginning with the knot wherr you tied both skeins together?

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    1. You shouldn't be tying the skeins together? If you mean when you create the slip knot, then yes, that is when you combine them.

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  31. I have been trying with some yarn I have lying around at home (not the right kind though), but I am trying to cast and I think I have it right, but when I pull through and tighten, one stitch has four strands compared to the first starting stitch that has two. Do you happen to know what it is I am doing wrong?

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    1. It sounds like you grabbed two stitches (a total of 4 strands) instead of one stitch (a total of 2 strands) when going from one arm to the next.

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  32. I am currently in the middle of my scarf and just realized that one my skeins had a length shorter than I need how should I add an other skein to it???

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    1. Try the Russian join. See YouTube for instructions.

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  33. Audra, the medium scarf is 25 to 30 inches or 25 to 30 times?

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  34. What is the minimum amount of yards you need to make a scarf like shown above? I bought a bunch of skeins and just realized they're all different lengths and wanted to make sure they were long enough before I start!

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  35. I have made 3 since I found your video a few days ago. Love them!

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  36. Every time I start to knit I'm fine until my very last cast on-my slip knot. It will not tighten like the rest. I'm left with a big loop of yarn. Any idea on what I'm doing wrong?

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    1. i've had the same problem! does anyone know why/how to fix this? when i'm bringing my last knot over to my not-dominant hand it's just a big loop and won't tighten.

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  38. Hi Audra, I've enjoyed your video and am trying to make some of these scarves for friends! While watching the video, I saw your ring on your right hand. It looks like a Saint Mary's College ring. I'm a Belle and was wondering if you were too? :)

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  39. Audra, I stumbled across your video while looking for beginners knitting. I never got out my new needles. :-) I'm addicted! I made my first in about an hour and can't wait to go get more yarn :-). The best thing is that with the loose weave, it has a lot of forgiveness for imperfect/slightly inconsistent stitches. Have you done a blanket? Wondering what dimensions work best and what the finished size is?

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  40. Just made my first scarf and it came out great. The only thing that I might do for the next one is buy chunkier yarn as I used a soft 100% acrylic blend. I will try and find the same type as you used at Michaels :)

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  41. love this tutorial!! so helpful! i'm addicted now!! thanks so much :)

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  42. My husband and I just started knitting, and I found this video a week or so ago. I've made about 20 of these so far! Everyone I see LOVES them! I did alter one thing. I only make mine 6 stitches wide. I've actually even made a couple with sashay yarn and they look FABULOUS! But, those I only do 4 stitches wide (the yarn isn't long enough to do any wider). Gives me a great alternative to the usual ruffle scarf.

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  43. You are a phenomenal communicator. I am impressed with your ability to explain and continue to knit. I anticipate making my own. Thanks for sharing your brilliance.

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  44. Love the video, very clear instructions. Can hardly wait to try it with multiple yarns, 4 or more. diff. textures and colors. Thank you.

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  45. I can't wait to try this!!! I'm not a knitter but I think I can do this!! The ONLY thing I know how to do is crochet the "frilly" scarves and some other craft items so if I can make these and add them to my collection of items I sell. THANK YOU!!!

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  46. Just made one, turned out beautiful! It came out in garter stitch, is there a way to arm knit in stockinette stitch?

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  47. Thank you for the tutorial! It was easy to follow.
    The only thing I can't seem to get down is that my sides seem less tight. Do you have any tips on the last stitch?

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  48. So awesome... I just made 2 of these tonight :)

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  49. So awesome... I just made 2 of these tonight :)

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  50. For those who are having trouble getting theirs to work out, I suggest another trip to Michael's or JoAnne's or even Walmart to get their loopy yarn or cut-loop yarn that is made specially for crocheting over your hand----in 15 minutes! Yes! The inside of the package tells how to anchor the doubled yarn over your hand with a half-hitch knot, then form the chain by just looping the doubled yarn over your hand: each loop goes in front of the one already there. The back one then gets pulled over the new one, dropping it off your fingers, where it adds to the chain! Just give the chain a gentle tug downward then loop your hand again for the next "stitch" ! Had my teen class, then later all my siblings---brother, too--- doing it after Thanksgiving dinner! This yarn costs $4.50-$5.99, but can be purchased with their coupons cheaper, of course. Only one skein needed. Knot the end as you like to secure it to previous stitches or join to the other end as an infinity scarf.

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  51. Audra your tutorial was detailed and helpful but I cannot see during the casting on stage where my hand is supposed to go after I go through the thumb. Any chance I could get a little help on the next part?

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  52. I know am a little late to the arm knitting party since I just found this on New Year's Day, but WOW! I've been churning these out and wishing that I started before Christmas because EVERYONE would have gotten a chunky infinity scarf from me! Your tutorial is awesome - I was so appreciative of the other camera angle behind you because I am not a knitter and was having trouble with the casting on. You're the best - so glad I found you!

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  53. Audra, what are links!
    I just got curious!

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  54. Please tell the yardage of the skeins you used & about how much was left. You are a very good teacher but this is the most important info lol & how long would this infinity scarf be if you didn't join it together? I want to make a normal scarf about 4.5 ft long & without any yardage info it's difficult to figure out. I have 2 skeins of 64yrds each. I want to know if I can double them like you did & maybe only cast on 6 or so..or if I should only use one & join them if the first runs out.. Thanks so much!

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  55. I have made my first one. I would love to share a photo. I'm not sure how to wrap it.

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  56. Great tutorial :) Thank you :) I made one for myself :) Pozdrawiam ;)

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  57. Howdy Audra! I've been looking all through Pinterest for a tutorial to make these kinds of scarves and I couldn't be happier to have found yours! Especially after seeing that Aggie ring flashing the camera and the colors you were using, Maroon and White! From that moment I knew you had to be an Aggie! From a fellow Aggie( Class of 2017) who's been searching for a cute and affordable maroon scarf, thank you!! I will now be making maroon scarves for my entire family! Lol Wish you the best :)

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  58. Hi! From Italy: http://handmade.style.it/2014/03/03/vorrei-ma-posso/. :-)

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  59. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but my ends (the cast on row and the bind off row) seem to be so tight together that it looks pinched when I put them together and the rest of the area where it is knight is open like it is supposed to be. Any ideas?

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  60. Merci beaucoup,
    j'ai fais le mien selon vos instruction et c'est super !
    Votre blog est vraiment intéressant !

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  61. Beautiful......ingenious.....though im from Singapore where it's just sun or rain, or both, im intrigued by this style of knitting. Gonna experiment n maybe I can send a couple to my relos who are in colder climatic regions. Tq for the super easy to follow tutorial.
    Cheers! - Denise.

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  62. Hi there,
    I'm new to knitting so sorry if this is a silly question! I know you say that the yarn should be super chunky #6 but are you able to translate that into ply please? I'm guessing it would be at least 12 ply - is it possible to get bigger that 12 ply wool in Australia? I've never come across any...
    Thank you! :) Ev

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  63. just discovered this on facebook! thanks a lot, tis scarf is beautifull! :)
    Nathalie from France

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  64. Wow, thank you so much for this tutorial, I absolutely LOVE the Infinity Scarf, it looks AMAZING! I am definitely going to try this myself, and even attempt to give it as a gift to someone, thank you heaps! Beautiful blog, love it!

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  65. This tutorial is amazing! And just in time for my mums birthday next week. (as I'm a student its cheap and cheerful, perfect!) I was just wondering how you join the two skeins? Is it half way through? How do they go together? It only shows you using one skein in the video.

    Thanks!

    Jess

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