Introduction: How to Knit an Infinity Scarf on a Loom

This infinity scarf is a quick and easy knitting project that you can do on a rectangular or round loom - whatever you have around!

I've been working on this pattern for a couple weeks, and now I've streamlined the process enough you should be able to have a totally finished infinity scarf in 3-4 hours. The scarf pictured here came in just under three hours, but I think I've gotten super quick at it since it's the third one I've made in a week. ;)

Head to the last step to see more photos of finished infinity scarves!

P.S. I've also got up an instructable for making a knitted hat on a loom - check it out here!

Step 1: Materials Needed

The scarves shown in this instructable are made on 15 pegs and are 40-50 inches of knitting long.

If you choose to use variegated yarn, you'll have just enough for the scarf with two skeins - around 130 yards of yarn. If you choose a solid yarn you'll have closer to 160 yards of yarn per two skeins, so you can increase the number of pegs to 20 and keep the length of the knitting between 40-50 inches to make a thicker scarf.

Step 2: Anchor Your Work With a Slipknot

This will depend on the sort of loom you have.

Either place the slipknot on the horizontal peg on a round loom, or on a vertical peg to the left or right of where you'd like to knit on a rectangular or straight loom.

Step 3: Loop the Pegs Twice

Going to the left or right of the peg with the slipknot, (whichever feels best for you - I'm left handed so I'm going to move to the left!) loop 15 pegs twice each.

Hold the yarn taut when you reach the end.

Step 4: Bring the Bottom Loop on Each Peg Over the Top

Start from the last peg you wrapped (while holding the working yarn!) and bring the bottom loop of yarn over the top one until all pegs just have one loop of yarn on them.

Step 5: Start Your First Row of Knitting

This will be just like regular loom knitting, with one difference. Whenever you start a new row of knitting, you'll wrap the first peg in the row so the yarn is just going in front of the peg, while the rest of the pegs are wrapped back to front.

If you start from the left, you'll wrap the first peg counterclockwise, and the rest clockwise. Bring the bottom yarn over on each peg.

If you start from the right, you'll wrap the first peg clockwise, and the rest counterclockwise. Bring the bottom yarn over on each peg.

Except for that one difference, just keep wrapping the pegs and looping the bottom yarn over!

For a more in depth explanation of loom knitting, see my "how to knit a slouchy hat on a round loom" ible.

Step 6: Remove the Slip Knot From the Peg You Placed It On

Once you've knit a few rows, pull the slipknot loose. Leave the yarn tail hanging free.

Leaving it intact will make the finished knitting hang off the peg, which may warp it!

Step 7: Knit and Knit Some More

Keep on knitting - go until you hit the end of the yarn!

As you knit, the scarf edges will begin to curl. Let them do what they want - it makes the scarf look nice in the end. :D

Step 8: Adding the Second Skein of Yarn

When you've knitted far enough that you're left with a tail of yarn that's not long enough to finish another row, you need to add in the second skein of yarn.

There are loads of ways to start a new skein, but I'm choosing the do this the super easy way: by tying a knot! Because I'm using a chunky yarn it's not as obvious as it would normally be.

Just tie the end of the current working yarn to the beginning of the new yarn skein using a granny knot. Pull it as tight as you can - if the knot is still moving around, keep pulling it tight until it's stationary! Once it's as tight as you can get it, cut the yarn tails off.

Step 9: Knit Until It Reaches 40-50 Inches

40 inches will leave you with a snugly fitting infinity scarf - 50 inches will be a bit more loose. You can awkwardly try it on while it's still on the hoop to see what works for you.

End with your yarn on the left side to follow the next steps in the easiest way!

( But don't blame me when someone walks into the room and finds you trying to wrap the scarf around your neck twice and not smack yourself in the head with the hoop. I'm pretty sure my boyfriend caught me but was too nice to say how weird it was. D: )

Step 10: Loop the End of the Scarf Back Over the Pegs

Much like the brim of the knitted hat I did, we're going to bringing the very beginning of our knitting back over the pegs.

Pull the beginning of the scarf through the hoop as shown above. Make sure it doesn't get twisted!

Now you'll want to bring the loops at the very beginning of the scarf over the pegs. It might take a couple tries to get a loop on each peg - they can be tricksy!

Keep in mind that one of the loops is a little hidden on the end next to the yarn tail from the slipknot. You might need to use the loom hook to get that one. (see picture three to see which loop I mean)

Step 11: Loop Over the Bottom Part of the Scarf

Once you have all the loops placed on the pegs, bring the bottom loops over the top so you've only got one loop on each of the pegs.

Now we'll cast off!

Step 12: Casting Off

This is the best way I've seen to finish your loom knitting so it's nice and neat! We're essentially going to work on two pegs at a time, looping and removing the loops to the right as we go.

I highly recommend checking out this video by the awesome Sophia Burns to see it in action. It might help my photos and explanation make better sense. :)

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Starting from the left, wrap the first peg counterclockwise and the second peg clockwise.
  2. Bring the bottom loops over the top loops on both pegs.
  3. Take the loop from the second peg and put it on the first and pull the thread so it's not as loose.
  4. Bring the bottom loop over the top one.
  5. Take the lone loop off the first peg and transfer to the second peg.
  6. Wrap the third peg clockwise.
  7. Bring the bottom loop on the third peg over the top loop.
  8. Transfer the loop on the third peg over to the second peg and tighten. Loop over.
  9. Bring the loop left on the second peg to the third peg.
  10. Repeat the wrapping, looping and transferring to the right until you're left with one peg.
  11. Wrap once more and bring the bottom loop over the top one.

Now you can grab that last loop and pull it off the loom. Keep the loop between your fingers so you know where it is. We'll tidy it up on the next step!

Check out that sweet seam you just made!! So professional. :D

Step 13: Secure the Loop

Pull at the loop so it becomes a little bigger, and slip the working yarn tail through it and pull it tight.

If you lucked out and ended up with the slipknot tail and the tail from the working yarn on the same side, knot those together.

Step 14: Weave in the Loose Ends and You're Done!

Now you'll need to weave in the loose ends with a yarn needle - both the working yarn tail from the middle seam and the short tail from the slipknot we made first thing. Thread a yarn needle with the end of the yarn and weave it into the scarf.

Try to make sure you aren't bringing the yarn through to the front of the work - keep it on the back side and make lots of tiny stitches. Tie knots when you're done - just wherever they'll be less obvious. If you have a yarn you can untwist, divide it into two sections and tie it off.

Enjoy! You just knitted a super warm and awesome scarf!

Step 15: More Photos of the Scarves

Just because I'm really proud of them :D

The black, grey and purple scarves were made 15 pegs wide, the cream scarf was made 20 pegs wide.

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hayleyrhelm made it! (author)2017-02-18

I made a chunkier infinity scarf using 20 pegs. It's so warm and beautiful! Thanks for the great instructable :)

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CherylinOhio (author)2017-02-08

I love this idea of putting the beginning row back on the loom pegs to finish it! My eyesight isn't great so sometimes I use a loom to knit but wrap around a pair of pegs, not just one. You have to use bulky yarn for it to work, but no need to use a hook; just use your fingers to grab the yarn and knit over. I've made quite a few double knit scarves and headbands this way; now I know how to finish them even easier!

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JanaR26 made it! (author)2017-01-17

I found out that for the yarn I was using (loops & threads facets), 18 pegs was the sweet spot for length and width of the scarf (the picture shows the first attempt on 15 pegs). Everybody got a scarf this Christmas thanks to you, Jessy! :)

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JamesCM (author)2017-01-13

I've been looping the entire loom, is that bad or it there a way to finish off the scarf the way I did it?

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chambers213 made it! (author)2016-12-31

Well it took me at least 10 hours and the yarn was brutal to work with but I made my first infinity scarf...I absolutely love it, thanks for the amazingly easy tutorial!

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SherryM60 (author)2016-12-02

I see one is called Cheyenne wild iris, but what is the other one called please?

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Dmeloche56 (author)2016-11-08

I like your colors of this scarf and I want to make one.Is it done with all ewrapping?

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emlu.voon made it! (author)2015-03-02

Jessy thank you for so much awesomeness <3 wearing this scarf and also a hat from your loom hat Ible ;)

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jessyratfink (author)emlu.voon2016-11-02

I never saw this comment until right now, so I just wanted to say HI and also YAAAAAAYYY! :D

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KingGigabyte (author)2016-10-07

Thank you for making this ! I was gifted a yarn loom a while back and had no honest clue what to use it for but now that i've seen this I know exactly what i'm going to be making friends and family.

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icupkn87 (author)2016-09-05

do you think the smaller loom will work for a toddler

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AmyA64 made it! (author)2016-07-14

It took me a while of brief evening knitting sessions, but finally its done! ? Thank you for your instructions! They were wondefully simple to follow ❤

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jessyratfink (author)AmyA642016-07-15

Yay!! It looks great :D

I love your glasses, too!

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thundrepance (author)2016-01-01

hi! is there any way to keep it from rolling into a tube?? i have a narrow knitted scarf that does that, no matter what i try to flatten it. i don't like how it looks or feels; it drives me CRAZY! x^/

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You can try blocking it! Depending on the type of yarn you used it may work. Here's a tutorial over that: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/05/blocking-knitting-tutorial/

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thank-you! :^)

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OnyxSwirl made it! (author)2016-01-18

Here is mine! Thanks so much for the tutorial :)

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jessyratfink (author)OnyxSwirl2016-01-19

Ohhh I love that color! :D

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OnyxSwirl (author)jessyratfink2016-01-19

Thank you so much!

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KaysCupcakes made it! (author)2016-01-04

Thanks for the great tutorial! Here's mine ?

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Lauriebitz (author)2015-12-29

I can't wait to try this. Thank you for the great pictures.

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DanielaR1 (author)2015-11-17

Great tutorial! Thank you!

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SJC1251 (author)2015-08-28

Great pattern. Thanks! I used a fluffy varigated wool :) (can't get the photo to upload for some reason!)

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timjenny.saunders.1 (author)2015-08-25

Super easy and very polished looking scarf! Will be making more!!!

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nuthara (author)2015-04-20

good job and good idea too! for using a round loom to make it!

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astrahm kennedy made it! (author)2015-01-26

I just finished my first one. Cannot wait to make the next one. Great instructions. Thanks!

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Ohhhh I love that color :D

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jmyers1 (author)2015-01-24

Lovely! Even stitching and beautiful finish.

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Sofiaan (author)2015-01-23

Good job! I like it!)

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jjsims (author)2015-01-23

Very cool. beautiful color combination.

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indeepknit (author)2015-01-22

Thank you for this! I think I'll make some for people at work :)

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kisangi (author)2015-01-22

I have been looking for something just like this!! Thanks for taking the time to figure it out and then to share it so clearly and concisely. You Rock!! Big Time! :)

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HandiGirl (author)2015-01-22

Thankyou for sharing! My daughter really wanted me to get for her an eternity scarf.....all the girls in her Grade 6 are flaunting their stylish scarf......so thanks to your great instructable I can make her one. You're the best for sharing!

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Suzanne in Orting (author)2015-01-22

Lovely Instructible. One help, if you knit your first row over a piece of contrasting waste yarn, or weave it through the first stitches, it may help to delineate the stitches for easier pick up in the end. I haven't tried it on a loom knit piece, but it works on stick knit.

I've also used the bring-the-first-stitches-back-over-the-pegs to make a nice cuffed edge on a hat, but never thought to use it to join a seam. Thanks for the hint.

Suzanne in Orting, WA

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antoniraj (author)2015-01-22

jessy, it is so beautifull... nicely done

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babybayrs (author)2015-01-21

Wow, nicely documented. You look good wearing it too.

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