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Tutorial: Spool-Knitted Infinity Scarf

Updated on May 29, 2017

Have You Ever Wondered What to Do with I-Cord?

I-cord is another name for the yarn tube you make when you french knit or use your knitting nancy. It's fun and easy to do, but then what? This page is dedicated to "what to do with i-cord."

I recently saw a woman wearing a loopy infinity scarf and immediately thought, I can make that. And, even though I had never done any spool knitting before, I created the scarf pictured here in just a few days. I will share a tutorial for my adaptation of that loopy infinity scarf, plus... You know how on some DVDs, you can watch an alternative ending? This scarf has three alternative endings and they're all happy! The finishing techniques build on one another, so you choose which one you like best, or create your own (and hopefully share it with me so I can add it to this page for others to see).

All photos on this page are my own unless otherwise credited.

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Consider a Spool Knitter that Feels Good in Your Hand

Lion Brand Yarn 400-5-7002 Knitting Spool Knitter or French Knitter
Lion Brand Yarn 400-5-7002 Knitting Spool Knitter or French Knitter

I like a spool knitter that feels good in my hand, and they're affordable so you can test a few options before narrowing it down to the one that works best for you. I like this one because it's cute and small for traveling. There are other larger models made of plastic or wood that you might also consider. Click on this model to see more options that are similar, ranging from simple and practical to beautifully crafted.

 
Knitting on a 5-Peg Spool
Knitting on a 5-Peg Spool

Step 2: French Knit a Long Chain

You have more choices to make right at the start.

1) How many colors do you want? - I went for a variable multi-colored effect, so I chose 2 colors - 2 skeins of yarn - to knit with at the same time. This is a little more challenging, but was worth it to me.

2) How thick do you want your cord? - Mine is about 1 inch in diameter. I used 5 pegs on my spool, which adds thickness. Using two colors of yarn also added some bulk.

3) How long do you want your cord? - Don't worry about measuring it. I just took 2 new skeins of yarn (223 yards long) and kept going until one was gone. However, if your cord is thinner (i.e. knitting on fewer pegs and/or using only one color of yarn), a skein will make a longer chain. So do you want a longer, skinnier chain with more loops, or a shorter, thicker chain with fewer loops?

When you have these questions answered, get going. Use the link below if you don't know how to get started. After you've learned to do the basic "stitch" it's simple repetition, so just keep stitching.

Step 3: Keep Going

Things to do while your hands keep working.

1) Listen to a book on tape.

2) Check out some new stations on Spotify.

3) Have a craft night with some friends.

4) Catch up on your DVR (if you can watch and knit at the same time).

5) Just be.

This project is very meditative and relaxing. Especially when you're knitting to inifinity... (insert echo-y voice)

Step 4: Finish Your Ends

My Lazy Method

I (officially) encourage you to use the correct method of casting off explained in the link above.

Unofficially, I have a lazy method of casting off. Since I used two yarns in my project, I threaded one strand of yarn on a darning needle, and stitched through each loop, taking it off the peg after it was securely on my needle. When all loops were on the strand (shown here), I threaded the other yarn color on the needle and stuck it straight through the end of the knitted chain so that the strands were coming out of opposite sides. Then, I simply tied them in a square knot (below).

I'm okay with the lazy way, because I'm going to hide this part anyway. But, again... officially, I recommend following the rules. :)

A Close-Up of the Square Knot Finish

A Close-Up of the Square Knot Finish
A Close-Up of the Square Knot Finish

Loom Knitting Tools

Take it from someone who spent the whole weekend french knitting with just my fingers. You want to use a tool for lifting loops. Your fingers will thank you!

Fox Run Brands Seafood Pick Set
Fox Run Brands Seafood Pick Set

You could buy a loom hook or a crochet hook to help lift your knit stitches over the pegs on your French knitter, but I like to use something I'm going to find useful for other things - like cracking nuts. Many people use nut/seafood picks for lifting stitches (and it works double duty when you have a walnut you need to dig out of the shell). Another option to consider is a simple crochet hook.

 
Stitched Ends of Infinity Scarf
Stitched Ends of Infinity Scarf

Infinity Method A: Simply Stitching the Ends Together

In the first method, I simply stitched the ends together. Nothing fancy or decorative. Just end to end.

What I like about this method is that my scarf loops around my neck can be varied - as long or as short, as many or as few as I like. However, I didn't like that the layers of loops around my neck felt rather bulky.

I decided to take my finishing technique to the next level, but if you like it, you can feel free to stop here.

Infinity Method B: Wrapped Yarn Cinch

With the ends stitched together (Method A), I created long loops similar to any other infinity scarf but with 4 long thin loops instead of 1 bulky one. Then, I took about 2 yards of yarn in one color and tied it tightly around the 4 loops near the spot where the ends were stitched together. I left one short end and one long end.

Holding the short end along the scarf, I began wrapping the long end around and around the gathered loops, making sure to keep the wrapping tight. Each wrap laid neatly next to the one before until I had wrapped about 3 inches of the gathered loops. I then tied the long and short ends into a knot and tucked it under the wrapping.

This method was inspired by hair wrapping, so if it helps, you can use the video below to get a clearer idea of how this yarn wrapping method works.

I liked how the yarn wrapping controls the I-cord chain a bit, while leaving me a lot of freedom to play with my scarf. It also cinches the section at the neck to decrease the bulkiness.

Leather Cinch Finishing Technique
Leather Cinch Finishing Technique

Infinity Method C: Leather Cinch

For this method, I used some scrap leather I had on hand and cut a rectangle narrow enough that when wrapped, it would cinch the bulky yarn chain loops together. It helped a lot that I had already done the yarn wrapping which held everything in place. I punched holes (mine is a vintage hole punch, but I highly recommend the leather hole punch below as I have used that style too) along two edges of the leather and stitched them together as shown in the photo tutorial below. Using the "x" pattern allowed me to stitch more easily than the running stitch I originally thought of using.

Note: Some strong fabric will work for this method too if you have a color or pattern you like.

I like that the Leather Cinch adds a touch of decoration to the scarf and breaks up the monotony of the knitted chain. I think it looks a little more finished this way.

Leather Cinch Photo Tutorial

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Start with the yarn wrapping cinch to hold things in place.Cut your leather and punch the needed holes. I used 7, but do what makes sense for your project.Make sure the leather fits right before you start stitching.Your first stitch should have both ends (1 long and 1 short) inside the leather, so that you can tie a knot to secure them.Tuck the short end inside the leather, and use the long end to stitch x's along your leather cinch. I used 4 stitches for every crosspiece, to make sure it would stay secure.Here's how it looks on the back.And here's the whole scarf. Yay!
Start with the yarn wrapping cinch to hold things in place.
Start with the yarn wrapping cinch to hold things in place.
Cut your leather and punch the needed holes. I used 7, but do what makes sense for your project.
Cut your leather and punch the needed holes. I used 7, but do what makes sense for your project.
Make sure the leather fits right before you start stitching.
Make sure the leather fits right before you start stitching.
Your first stitch should have both ends (1 long and 1 short) inside the leather, so that you can tie a knot to secure them.
Your first stitch should have both ends (1 long and 1 short) inside the leather, so that you can tie a knot to secure them.
Tuck the short end inside the leather, and use the long end to stitch x's along your leather cinch. I used 4 stitches for every crosspiece, to make sure it would stay secure.
Tuck the short end inside the leather, and use the long end to stitch x's along your leather cinch. I used 4 stitches for every crosspiece, to make sure it would stay secure.
Here's how it looks on the back.
Here's how it looks on the back.
And here's the whole scarf. Yay!
And here's the whole scarf. Yay!

Leather Cinch Supplies

LEATHER SKIN HIDES FOR ARTS & CRAFTS (1 POUND)
LEATHER SKIN HIDES FOR ARTS & CRAFTS (1 POUND)

I like to have leather scraps on hand for a variety of projects. You just never know when it will come in handy, and these are an affordable way to get a bunch of different colors and weights of leather.

 
Another spool knit infinity scarf made with vareigated wool. This one made a beautiful Christmas gift!
Another spool knit infinity scarf made with vareigated wool. This one made a beautiful Christmas gift!

Let me know what you think of my infinity scarf project. - Or what you think of spool knitting in general.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Excellent tutorial *blessed

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      I love your project and all of the other great ideas here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great ideas on knitting...www,jankioiltools.com

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      thegreenninja 4 years ago

      I love the leather cinch!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I have seen these before but didn't know what they were!!!! Now I do! I think doing this type of knitting looks like fun! Angel Blessings to you!!!!

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      Blessed! So much I-Cord magic here! Lovely!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I've always admired those who can knit such beautiful garments

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      I think this something my sister would totally love, thanks for sharing!

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I crochet instead of knit, but that super cut scarf in the intro is enough to make me want to give knitting a try.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Very cool! I will have to learn how to spool knit... looks fun!

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      I really like the infinity scarf. I've never considered knitting one w/ french knitting. I think I will make one thanks to you!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I'd love to be able to do this. My gran tried to teach me loads of knitting techniques when I was a child but unfortunately I didn't pick any of them up properly.

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      BGrimes 4 years ago

      I'd love to learn how to knit! Your infinity scarf is gorgeous. My grandmother used to knit all the time, but she never taught me.

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      Myreda Johnson 4 years ago from Ohio USA

      Spool knitting is what got me interested in knitting in the beginning. I learned how to spool knit at camp.

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      nicey 4 years ago

      Nice.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      I have become very fond on infinity scarves and have knitted several. Thanks for a new idea for me to try.

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      religions7 4 years ago

      I did spool knitting in primary school - never thought you could make such a cute scarf out of it.

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      I have an infinity scarve and I love it. Maybe I can make one myself after I learn the spool knitting. Thanks for sharing.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I used the i-cord for my felted wool purses. Infinity scarves are something new to me. Thanks for the ideas.

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      escapebox 4 years ago

      This is a very cool idea. I'd be sure to try it.

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      Great lens, blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      CrystalNici LM 4 years ago

      I am about to teach my young son to French Knit and this article will be very useful, thanks!

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      Shiponblog 4 years ago

      @EmmaCooper LM: I agree with you :) .It's a useful Post

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      I learned French knitting as a child but never knew what to do with the results.

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      candy47 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens for experienced knitters and it's an inspiration for those of us who don't knit! I love the idea of an infinity scarf...I think I can do it!! Thanks for an in depth lens! Blessed.

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      The-Quirky-Banana 4 years ago

      Wowww... this looks great! I have some wool somewhere- this looks like a great use of it! :) Great lens- very creative, informative, and colourful!

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Children love to do French knitting. The scarf is a terrific idea.

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      SEOgeek1 4 years ago

      Nice one

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      asiliveandbreathe 4 years ago

      I use my chains to weave in & out of crochet or knitted pieces, for decoration eg round a neckline, the brim of a hat, cushions or on a wall-hanging.

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      I like to make various ornaments for my house. It always looks rather original.

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Wow! Really interesting lens - loads of info and I loved all the step by step guides and wonderful different options and styles - your passion for this project shines through :-)

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Great lens and wonderful projects to work on. I will come back for more info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great projects. Several ideas for me to work on now. Thanks

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Great tutorial, might forward this to my wife! :D

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      birdsdword 4 years ago

      This will be good for my mother in law...just came from her house and she has yarn every where. I will facebook this to her...thanks

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      I learned something new today. Thnx. :-)

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      CherylTiegs 4 years ago

      Do you have any video guide? If you do, I would like to have a look.

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      SiochainGraSonas 4 years ago

      Beautiful scarf. I am more likely to purchase already made than make it myself. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sunflower2423 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I loved the scarf and tutorials. I will have to try doing this if I can. Very nice information on this lens. :)

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      youndyd lm 4 years ago

      Very informational lens. Thanks for the tutorial.

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Nice Lens! Shared it to my wife :) She's going to love this scarf.

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      TheLoneWriter LM 4 years ago

      Neato! Guess l just found myself a new hobby! Not that I need another one...writing, carving, playing piano and violin, baking...it's no wonder my room is a mess and I'm behind on my homework. ;)

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      For a second I thought it's a sausage lacklace! Great illusion :) Keep it up, lensmaster.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @MichaelDubrovnik: ha ha... That's really funny! My husband thought it looked like a sausage when I was making it too! Thanks for visiting!

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      WhiteIsland 4 years ago

      I've never done this before, but I love the scarf, so I think I'd like to try! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I learned when I was a kid. I used an empty thread spool and put 4 nails in one end and away I went. Place mats and rugs were my thing. My mother did the sewing. Great lens. It takes me back a long time. Thank you.

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      street2linen 4 years ago

      How fun! I can't wait to try it!

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I learnt it then forgot it... I love the French Knit Flowers :)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      I like your lens and thank you for the directions on spool knitting, its very interesting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good ideas for me :)

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      this looks interesting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just noticed that in this you use 5 we only used 4 nails(for stitches) more work than when we did it. Shows how I must be lazy as I see the easier way hey.

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      Lens is so interesting and helpful.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Verrrry creative! My daughter is starting to crochet and I'm tempted to get her one of these spool knitters. She would love it!

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      Tracie-Fisher 4 years ago

      Thanks, I've always wondered how spool knitting was done. Nice work.

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      inkymama 4 years ago

      Nice lens! I love to knit, but have never tried this method. I think this would be fun for a kid, too.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      This is new to me! I learned how to do loom knitting but didn't know about spool knitting. Not sure how it escaped me. Very nice article with lots of tutorials and inspiration! :)

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens.

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      JJNW 4 years ago from USA

      So cool! I love your leather cinch idea. That gives it a lot more fashion oomph. lol. SquidAngel Blessed and "Liked" by a Giant Squid : )!

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I make my I-cord faster with a pair of double-pointed needles. I still have lots of spools and looms, though, in case my daughters want to knit in the round. They use straight and circular needles, but I haven't taught them to use DPNs yet.

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