Monday, December 10, 2012

December Seed Stitch Infinity Circle Scarf [ free knitting pattern ]



About the December Seed Stitch Infinity Circle Scarf: 
I love infinity circle scarves and I also love knitting with chunky yarn -- so this is probably one of my favorite projects thus far! I decided to go with the seed stitch to give the scarf a textured pattern. This is a great scarf pattern for beginner knitters since it is not only easy/quick to knit with chunky yarn, but the seed stitch can be knit up with just two basic stitches: knit and purl (watch the knit stitch 'how to' tutorial here, and the purl stitch tutorial here).
My scarf ended up being about 48 inches in circumference and 6 inches in width, thus allowing it to comfortably wrap around twice and provide ultimate warmth during the winter months.


Materials I Used:
- 36'' US size 15 circular needles
- Lion Brand Hometown USA (color: Dallas Grey);  ~2 skeins (~160 yards)
By the way, Lion Brand's Hometown USA is my all-time favorite yarn because it's chunky & extremely soft!





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The December Seed Stitch Infinity Circle Scarf Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]

Using 36'' US 15 circular needles, cast on 100 stitches in the round.
(click here for a video tutorial to learn how to cast on)

Round 1: *K1,P1*
Round 2: *P1, K1*
Keep knitting in the round until desired width. (I went on for 21 rounds.)
Bind off.


Abbreviations Used:
K1= knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch


More photos:








If you try this pattern out, please tweet or instagram a picture of it to me!
I'd love to see what colors you all chose to use : )
twitter: L_LIN // instagram: L_LIN

Happy Knitting!

44 comments:

  1. Hey, I would really like to try this knitting pattern. Thanks for posting it up! However, I have a question - are you supposed to knit round 1, then round 2, then back to round 1, then round 2, and so on and so forth? Or just round 1, then round 2 the rest of the way? Thanks for your help! :)

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      For the pattern, it is: knit round 1, then round 2, then back to round 1, then round 2, and so on and so forth : )

      Sorry for any confusion! I think the formatting that I posted made it confusing. I'll put that "keep knitting..." part on the line below to make it less confusing for the future : )

      Good luck! Send me pics if you do make it : )

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    2. Hey, I've tried doing the knit stick for one stitch then the purl stitch for the next and so on. Is it supposed to be alternating one stitch knit and one purl or is it one knit stitch round and then purl stitch round? I'm going crazy over here!

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    3. It should be one stitch knit, then one stitch purl.
      (So sorry for the extremely late reply! I hope this at least helps someone who has the same question)

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  2. Hey Lisa. Is it possible for you to do a video on how you join a new skein of yarn? I want to know how you do it!

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    1. I actually JUST edited a video on this, it should be up by tomorrow : ) please stay tuned @ http://www.youtube.com/purllinknitting

      Thanks!

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    2. The tutorial about how to join a new skein of yarn is now live on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRD4iey8jCA Hope this helps!

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  3. Did you use 2 strands of yarn held together for this?

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    1. Nope, the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn is very chunky/thick so 1 strand of yarn for knitting gives you the chunky scarf look : )

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  4. I love this pattern! I want to make it for my friend but the nearby Joann's only had Lion Brand Homespun (and the other chunky yarns were not the right color/softness). I was wondering if you had a gauge for this pattern or any tips for me. Thanks!

    ~ Scatty

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    1. Hi Scatty!
      I know you tweeted me this question & I tweeted back -- but just wanted to post the answer here in the comments so any readers can use the information as well : )

      Scatty's Q: "I'm making your dec seed st infinity scarf but using lion brand homespun and 10 1/2 size needles. What would you suggest for sts #"

      Purllin: "hmm, I'm not sure about exact stitch #, but u would think using the same stitch pattern should be ok. :) I don't think it'll end up w same measurements, but it shouldn't make too much of a difference. I'd add more just to b safe. and since it will be layered (wrapped around the neck more than once, it should be ok!"

      Scatty: "Here's the cowls I made :) Thanks for posting your patterns. http://hungryraptor.tumblr.com/post/41217263020/here-are-the-cowls-that-i-made-for-my-friends-this "

      The cowls are absolutely beautiful, Scatty! You did amazing!!!

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  5. Hiiii, the yarn you used. Is it simply the "Chunky" kind or is it the like the "Super Chunky/Bulky" kind. I have Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky.

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    1. The yarn I used suggested knitting needles US size 13. I'd consider it more super chunky/super bulky than regular chunky. The lion brand "thick & quick" is a size more similar to the yarn I used. Hope this helps!

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  6. Hi Lisa, I really like this scarf! I'm new to knitting...so this question might seem silly, but I was just wondering if this pattern would work with 32" circular needles? I couldn't find any with 36". Will I be able to wrap the scarf around my neck twice still if the length is shorter? And do I cast on less number of stitches, instead of the 100?
    Thank you!! :)

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    1. Hi there!
      You can most definitely make it work with 32'' circular needles! Cast on the same number of stitches and follow the pattern as written : ) the only difference will be that your stitches may seem more "crowded" on your needle since it's 4'' shorter than the needle I used. But it will definitely work : )
      Have fun! Good luck!

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  7. I want to make an even bulkier infinity scarf. Could I just increase the pattern to cast on say 150 stitches so that I could loop it three times around the neck instead of just two times? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, if you cast on 150 stitches instead of the 100 called for in this pattern -- it will wrap around 3 times. It will essentially be this pattern I have on my blog from earlier: http://purllin.blogspot.com/2011/12/triple-layer-infinity-circle-scarf.html
      Hope this helps!

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  8. Hi Lisa!

    Please forgive me if this is a stupid question but I am very new to knitting. I casted on 100 stitches and held it up around my neck. Am I supposed to cast on more to get it to wrap around my neck twice? It seems that it will only go around once the way I have it now...

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    1. Not a stupid question at all! The stitches casted on the needle will look "shorter" when on the needle -- but once you cast off, you will see that the work will appear a lot longer. How much longer will depend on the size of yarn and needle. As long as you use the same size needle as the pattern calls for, and yarn that is weight category: 6 or calls for needle size US 13 (9mm) -- this pattern should work out for you and fit : ) Hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks Lisa!

      Also, when using circular needles, is it necessary to 'join' the two ends in the round before beginning the pattern? Again, very new to all of this. Thank you!:)

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    3. Yes -- in this pattern you do have the "join" the two ends in the round after you cast on : )

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  9. Hey there,

    I really love this pattern and I would like to try it out, but I was wondering if it is possible to create it with strait size 13 needles?

    Thank you!

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    1. Yes you can use straight needles US size 13 -- however, you will need to join the two ends once you complete the work since it'll look like a straight scarf.

      You will probably want to cast on 20 stitches on your US size 13 needles.
      For row 1: *K1,P1*
      For row 2: *P1, K1*

      And just continue this pattern until you have your desired length (you can determine this by wrapping around your neck as you knit to see if it's "long" enough for creating an infinity circle scarf). Then join the two ends together.

      Hope this helps!

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    2. I was just looking to see if someone had asked this! I'm going to try this pattern with size 35 needles and see how it goes.

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  10. Hi Lisa,

    Im working on this infinity circle scarf and all of a sudden (have no clue how) it's no longer looking like a seed stitch :- / It is more like a rib stitch now. What did I do wrong? Can you please help. Thanks

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    1. I think you may have dropped (or added) a stitch by accident in one of your rounds. If the pattern is off by one stitch, it will start looking like the rib stitch. How far have you gone with it looking like a rib stitch? If it's only a few stitches, you may be able to fix it by going back and un-doing the stitches.
      To keep the seed stitch you want to make sure you purl your knits (from the previous row) and knit the purl stitches (from your previous row).
      Hope this helps! Good luck : )

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  11. I may have gone 3 to 4 rows with this stitch. I'll try to unravel to save it.
    Thank you so much for your help.

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    1. best of luck!! if you complete your project definitely send me a pic via twitter or tag my on instagram! http://www.twitter.com/L_LIN or http://www.instagram.com/L_LIN

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  12. I just made this for my friend. This was easy and great, and my first circular knitting project. I used all your tutorials to start it, finish it, and everything. Thanks so much!

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    1. Wow, this is great to hear : ) I'm so glad my tutorials are helpful for working up my knitting patterns : ) yay! I'm sure your friend will love the handmade gift! If you have twitter/instagram, I'd love to see a completed picture!! http://www.twitter.com/L_LIN or http://www.instagram.com/L_LIN <3

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  13. Hi! this looks amazing! any tips on how to size down for a baby? thanks :)

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    1. I would probably cast on 60 stitches instead of 100 for a toddler :)

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  14. I would love to make this with medium weight yarn instead on chunky. Any suggestions on what I should change other then needle size?

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    1. It depends on the weight of the yarn and what size needles you would like to use! If you can give me some more details about the needle size and the yarn you're using, I can try to give you a recommendation : )

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    2. Started with help of a friend. I'm using WW yarn and decided to use 10 needles and 192 cast on. So far so good

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    3. Great! Hope to see a post of the finished product :D
      Feel free to tweet me the finished product (@L_LIN)

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  15. HI Lisa ¡¡¡ your tutorials are really helpful i`ll try and send a picture of the project....thanks for sharing your knowledge ¡¡¡¡

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    1. : ) I'm glad to hear you have found the tutorials helpful! I love seeing others' knitting projects so yes, please send them over to me!! :: )

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  16. Making this today. Tip, a stitch marker helps to differentiate between rows.

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  17. Lisa, I'm a very, very beginning knitter just finishing up this scarf in Malabrigo Rasta yarn, and it looks amazing, but I'm not on Twitter or Instagram. How can I get you a photo?

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  18. Lisa- Your pattern calls for #15 circular needles, but in the comments you mention using #13 circular needles. Which would you suggest? Thank you for your time.

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  19. Hi Lisa! I love this pattern and have made three scarves from it, two were gifts for friends who specifically asked for a scarf like this. They both loved it! I am looking to make a little extra cash and would like to sell ready made scarves from this pattern on my instagram. However, I do not want to infringe on any copyrights so I wanted to check with you first. Please let me know if I have your permission. I can always include a link to your website! Look forward to hearing from you soon :)
    Sincerely,
    K.O.

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  20. Hi Lisa, could not find the same yarn. So i bought Lion Brand bulk, (5). What needle number should i work with and how many stiches to cast on. Would like the same size of yours. Thank you so much for your help. Cheers. Geny

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