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