To go along with the boot cuffs pattern I shared recently and the lovely cool autumn weather we’ve had here in NWO the last few days, I thought I would share with you the pattern for my tunisian crochet infinity scarf (finally!). This scarf has been sitting, all but finished, for nearly a month now – I just never seem to find the time to take the pictures for the tutorial.
If you aren’t familiar with the tunisian stitch (also called afghan stitch), its actually quite easy, though very different from traditional crochet. Rather than working each stitch individually, you work across the row, keeping loops on your hook, then work in the opposite direction, taking loops off the hook. I love this stitch because it makes a nice thick fabric that is still soft, rather than dense and stiff. There are longer hooks specifically for use in tunisian crochet, but as we’re only working across a few stitches, a tunisian hook won’t be needed.
Tunisian Crochet Infinity Scarf Tutorial
- 2 balls bulky weight 5 yarn – I used Charisma in off-white
- crochet hook size P (unfortunately my hook is unmarked and I’ve had it for years, so I’m not 100% sure on the size. It’s about the same diameter as a marker)
To start, we will do the foundation row, which consists of a forward pass and a return pass.
Start the foundation row with the forward pass. You will pull up a loop in the back bump of each chain, keeping the loops on the hook all the way across the beginning chain.
Insert hook into 1st st from hook and pull up loop. You will now have 2 loops on your hook.
Repeat across all 13 chains. You will have 14 loops on the hook.
The return pass works left to right, working the loops off the hook until only 1 loop remains.
Yarn over, draw through 2. (Note: this 1st step in the return pass is different from some techniques – or maybe even the proper technique of drawing through only 1 loop for the first stitch of the return pass. I found that my method gives an edge that better matches the right edge of the work).
Continue to yarn over and pull through 2 loops until 1 loop remains on hook. (You will yo, draw through 2 a total of 13 times for the return pass).
The foundation row is now complete.
The following row 1, also consisting of a forward pass and return pass, will be used for the rest of the scarf.
Start with the forward pass. Insert hook into the 1st vertical bar from the previous row.
Yarn over and draw up a loop. There are now 2 loops on your hook.
Repeat across until you reach the last vertical bar (You will have pulled up a loop from a vertical bar 12 times). Here we will insert the hook into not only the last vertical bar, but also under the closest vertical strand of the stitch. This will result in 2 loops along the left edge that will better match the other edges of the scarf. There will now be a total of 14 loops on hook.
Now time for the return pass. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.
Repeat across for a total of 13 times. This completes row 1.
Repeat row 1 (forward and return pass) until scarf measures 5ft, or desired length.
Once you reach the desired length, you’ll need to bind off. This is very similar to how you bind off in knitting.
Insert hook into vertical bar as you would to start a forward pass.
Yarn over, and draw through both loops on hook.
Repeat across. Make sure to insert hook under 2 strands for last stitch. Do not cut yarn.
To join ends of scarf, turn work so you are looking at the wrong side with edges matched up, the “live” end of the scarf closest to you.
Insert hook into 1st chain of foundation chain from the back (right side) of the work.
Draw through all loops on hook.
Insert hook into next stitch of “live” edge from the front (wrong side), passing under 2 horizontal bars of yarn (just like normal crochet).
Insert hook into next stitch on foundation end from the back, passing under 2 horizontal bars.
Yarn over, draw through all 5 loops on hook.
Cut yarn and weave in all ends.
And ta-da! You have a brand new, soft and cozy infinity scarf, just in time for fall!
As always, comments and questions are welcome! I’d love to see your versions of my tunisian infinity scarf. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!