Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Upcycled Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf

Hey guys!  I made another infinity scarf! 

This one was a present for my mom. She's one of the only people I know that I hadn't made one for yet.  I thought that the big chunky knit of this sweater, especially with the metallic thread running through it, would make a better scarf than a sweater. It was actually more of a sweater coat:

Oops, I forgot to take a picture of it before I started cutting!

Which was great because it meant lots of material to work with. This is what I got when I chopped it up (removed trim and button plackets and cut along the seams):

I left the sleeves intact because I thought I might be able to use them for something else, but I ended up needing part of them for length after all.

I still have two little pieces of the sleeves left (see in the upper left?); not sure what I'll
use them for!  Arm warmers?  Coffee cup sleeves?  We'll see!
My total length was 108" (54 inches for each 3-piece side),and 7 inches wide. I based this on the length I liked when I made this cashmere scarf before, but if I use a knit that is this loose again, I will add a few inches, because I had to leave huge seam allowances to make sure I didn't have loose yarn. Seven inches is narrower than I had done before, but I maybe would have gone even narrower because of how thick the fabric was.

Anyway, once these pieces were cut, I followed these directions, except that as I mentioned before I had huge seam allowances--close to an inch!

You can see above how it came out when you snug it right up to your neck; below is pictured how you can loosen it up into more of a cowl. I think it would be great under a coat, but it's maybe not my favorite for just wearing around. Fortunately, my mom would never just wear a scarf with an outfit anyway, because it would cover up her jewelry! So a scarf that is meant to be outerwear is perfect for her.

There are links to all of the other infinity scarves I have upcycled on the accessories page, if you feel like taking a look!
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