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To infinity and beyond

I made several infinity scarves for Holiday gifts this year. I had NO IDEA there were so many ways to knit a circular piece of cloth.

1) Knitting in the round from the start.
2) Knitting the scarf starting with a provisional cast on, picking up the stitches upon completion, then joining using kitchener stitch.
3) Use a permanent cast on then join by using mattress stitch.

I discovered I really like the reversible look. There seem to be many ways to accomplish this as well:

1) Double knitting – I tried this and totally failed because I couldn’t figure out a way to keep the tension equal on both sides. That was a project that was totally frogged and is currently awaiting a rebirth.
2) Knitting a piece twice as wide as you’d like in the end, making a purl stitch column/row in the middle so you can fold it in half when wearing.
3) Knit the scarf twice – but the inside version was 2 inches shorter than the outside version. Join the two to create a reversible look.

I can’t say as I totally won with my projects. Once they were knit I ran into another challenge – how do you wash and block an infinity scarf? Here’s what I did:

1) If knitting then joining by mattress or kitchener stitch, just wash and block, then join as the last step.
2) If knitting in the round, use your yarn swift.

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Do you have any insights into infinity scarf knitting? I could definitely use all the help I can get!