8 helpful tips when you are knitting the Flowery Infinity Scarf
Starting a new knitting project can feel both exciting and daunting at the same time, especially if you are throwing in some new knitting techniques, or stitches. Today on the blog I wanted to answer some customer service questions and give you some confidence to try one of my most popular knitting kits, the Flowery Infinity Scarf.
The Flowery Infinity Scarf: The story of a knitting kit
The beautiful Flowery Infinity Scarf was designed exclusively for Perran Yarns by The Feminine Touch and is actually part of a knitting kit I created for the shop.
I wanted something that would show off our amazingly soft baby alpaca/linen/silk blend yarn. It had to be open and airy, to show off the drape and luxurious feel of the yarn. I have worked with Sandra Nesbitt, the knitwear designer behind The Feminine Touch on several patterns now and so it was an easy choice when thinking about how best to show off this particular yarn, and to bring you something new and exciting to knit.
The Flowery Infinity Scarf kit includes the written pattern and one skein of Egyptian double knitting yarn (DK) in a colour of your choosing.
As you can see there is plenty of choice in colour!
Let me tell you a bit more about the yarn, because I know you are going to really love this base. The 50% Baby Alpaca, 25% Linen, 25% Silk (Egyptian DK) is incredibly easy to work with and really takes to lace stitches easily, because of the structure that the linen gives the yarn twists.
The silk content allows for a drape that means a scarf like this falls lightly around your neck, without feeling stiff and uncomfortable.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the baby alpaca is super soft and warm, making the yarn perfect for knits you will want to wear with in winter, or on those cooler summer evenings.
“Beautiful yarn & lovely, easy to follow pattern for the Flowery Infinity Scarf kit. Can’t wait to get knitting. Really fast delivery too.”
~ Jo W. 30 Apr, 2020
5 out of 5 stars
8 simple tips for knitting the Flowery Infinity Scarf Kit
When tackling the Flowery Infinity Scarf kit for the first time there are a few tips I want to give you, to make sure your knit is something you will treasure forever.
- You will need to knit using circular needles – You cannot knit this pattern on straight needles, because it is worked around in a circle with many stitches and few rows. In other words the knitting is worked sideways as you look at the picture of the finished scarf.
- Wrap tip – On the ‘wrap’ rounds, ensure that you wrap the yarn LOOSELY around the thickest part of the needle for the wrap stitches. Do not pull the stitches tight when you slide them onto the cable. The linen blend yarn has very little stretch, so this is important, so as to allow the yarn room to fall open into the flower elements as you drop the wraps in the next row.
- If your wrapping feels tight – If it feels like the wrapped stitches are stuck on the needle after the first ‘wrap’ round, gently massage them back onto the other needle with your fingers as you work the next round. It may take a little jiggling but you will find that this eases the wraps, allowing you to move them across the needle end, cable and the next needle as you knit circularly. If you find your tension is really tight, then go back and loosen it through reknitting those wraps.
- Worried you have too many stitches? – The ‘wrap’ round increases the stitch count massively, so don’t panic, that is correct! On the next round you will drop all these extra stitches and return to the original stitch count.
- Struggling with the first full pattern repeat? – You will probably find the first pattern repeat is a bit of a struggle but please do not be put off. It will settle down and become a lot easier as you do the other repeats, more intuitive if you like – and the finished scarf is so worth it!
- Do not cut the yarn – You will need the full skein of yarn to finish the scarf to its intended size, so don’t cut the yarn during the project.
- Cast off tip – When you have finished knitting, cast off in the standard way. Keep the stitches fairly loose so as not to create a tight edge to your scarf. This will allow for easy blocking.
- Do you need to fully block the finished scarf? – Full blocking, with pins and a backing board is not essential. However I do find that a final bit of TLC evens out the knitting and ensures your new scarf looks its best. To block, simply wet the scarf, squeeze out excess water gently, then drape it gently over an airer or similar to dry fairly flat.
Where is the Flowery Infinity Scarf kit available?
As always all of my knitting kits, including the Flowery Infinity Scarf, are available via my Etsy shop.
The kit is priced £21 (as of February 2021) and all you need are the knitting needles, which I can also supply.
If you have any other questions about the Flowery Infinity Scarf kit, contact me and I’ll add further tips to this post.