How to Knit a Circle Scarf

21 January 2013

how to knit a circle snood round infinity scarf

This post has been a long time coming, just over two years to be exact.  It's no secret that my most popular post doesn't include an outfit, day out or wishlist but is a tutorial on how to knit my favourite kind of scarf.  Infinity, circle, snood, whatever you may call it, I love a scarf without an end, that doesn't fly off your neck in high winds and makes you look a little bit like a sculpture.  I was first inspired to knit one back in 2009 after seeing them around the blogosphere and followed up with a shorter cowl a year later to test out a different stitch.  Ever since then I've wondered what to create next and how best to present it, so this time around I decided to take step-by-step photos of the process.  I started off with gusto at the beginning of December, experienced a lull in between and quickly wrapped things up once I saw that snow was on the horizon. 

1a choosing yarn for a circle scarf
1b choosing yarns
1. knitting needles and yarn

Choosing Yarns

I'm not a knitwear student any more but from looking at my room you wouldn't know it, there's still knit paraphernalia everywhere!  I decided to put the yarns lying around to good use and create a scarf with a random, multi-yarn effect.  By mixing in a combination of finer yarns with some thicker wool, numerous patterns are created as you knit and if you run out of a certain colour, you can just pop in something similar.  I decided on a comic-book colour palette of reds, blues and neutrals to contrast with the dark grey wool yarn.  If you want to achieve a similar effect I'd use a few extremely fine yarns or even threads along with a thicker yarn that is suitable for whatever needles you're using.  The amount you need depends on how long you'd like your scarf to be, 3-5 balls of 100g wool should be plenty.  Be prepared for your yarns to jiggle around on the floor when you're knitting, avoid tangles by keeping your yarns evenly grouped together and be prepared to wind back any that are loose.

1c knitting on cast on method
2. knitting on cast on method
4. take yarn around as if knitting
5. how to cast on stitches
6. making a loop
7. place loop on needle
8. cast on 30 stitches

Casting on

Create a slipknot and cast on 28 stitches using size 10mm needles.  I always use the 'knitting on' cast on method as it seems the most secure in my eyes, but choose whichever method you like

11. forming the knit stitch
8b forming the knit stitch
9. how to create double moss stitch
8a how to purl a stitch
11a how to form the purl stitch
10. how to purl

The Pattern

I liked the moss stitch in my last scarf so much, I decided to do it twice.  Double Moss Stitch is indeed a thing and creates a textured check pattern if done correctly.  Slip the first stitch of each row if you'd like a neater edge, but it's not necessary for an easier life.

Rows 1 and 2 - Knit 2, purl 2, repeat until the end of the row
Rows 3 and 4 - Purl 2, knit 2, repeat until the end of the row

After a while it should hopefully be clear which stitches are which and you can work out what comes next or whether you've made any mistakes.  Due to a few lapses in concentration I'd occasionally look down and realise that I'd messed up, luckily it was nothing a spot of unravelling couldn't fix.

16. double moss stitch circle scarf knit pattern
12. how to knit double moss stitch
double moss stitch scarf pattern
14. perfect length for a circle scarf snood tutorial
15. how long should a circle scarf be

The length your scarf can be is up to you. If you'd prefer a cowl, go for roughly 80cm and if you'd prefer a snood you can wrap around twice, try 160cm. Wrap the scarf around yourself every so often to see what feels comfortable and keep knitting until you can't take the cold any longer!

How to cast off two pieces together
16. how to join two ends of a scarf together
17. casting off a circle scarf
18. casting off two pieces
19. casting off knit two stitches and slip one
20. how to attach two ends of a circle scarf
22. how to finish a circle scarf
23. weave yarn ends in with a crochet hook

Casting Off & Finishing

To create a seamless finish it's best to join the ends of the scarf together by casting off.  It's like a typical cast off except you are treating the other end of the scarf the same as the stitches currently on the needle.  Arrange your scarf as if it were joined, bring your empty needle through the first stitch and then through the first hole you can see at the other end of the scarf (hopefully the picture explains this).  Knit this stitch, then the following stitch in the same way and then slip the first stitch over the second one on the right needle.  Knit another stitch, then slip again making sure you never have more than two stitches on your right needle.  Continue until one stitch remains, then cut your yarn, pull through and secure.  Weave in any loose threads with a crochet hook or latch tool then pop your scarf on and go about your business!

It seems that a lot of us are thinking about knitting lately, Cat's posted this handy video tutorial on her blog which should hopefully make things crystal clear.  If you're still stuck, feel free to comment, e-mail me or tweet me and I'll do my best to help out.

Let me know how you get on!  Now all I need is a matching hat...

Update: I've posted an update and video for 2015. come and take a look!  If you're arriving from Facebook, please let me know how you found me!


  1. What a beautiful scarf! I am so inspired; my housemate started knitting this year and seeing all the work and patience that goes in really must make it so rewarding when you are wearing your own creation! x

  2. I love this! I've recently become really into knitting! haha.
    I knitted my sister and my boyfriend scarves for Christmas and I really want to try something more challenging when I manage to find time!
    Follow back?

  3. This is so, so amazing! I love the colours you chose.

    Even with these super instructions it's just NEVER going to happen for me!

    Becky |

  4. You are so clever! I knitted a scarf when I was 12 (I'm nearly 17 now) but I might try again sometime.
    Katie xx

  5. this is such a great idea for a post :D I loved reading it :) xx

  6. Such a great idea! I would love to be able to knit and my boyfriend's wee sister got me a 'knit your own tea cozy' for Christmas, so might try that and then attempt your scarf. Knitting always looks really hard but must be so fun to wear something you have made. Thanks for sharing...this will be Febuary's task before it gets warm again :-)
    Lianne x

  7. This is amazing! I've wanted to learn how to knit for so long but have never got around to actually starting. This tutorial is great I has inspired me to learn so one day I can make one of these - thank you!
    Jodie xx | Future Freaks Me

  8. I'm on my lunchbreak at work and I can't help but comment. I can appreciate just how much time and effort went into this post - super detailed and your scarf is lovely. Have to say that for a complete knitting noob like myself, I thought all those KP's in that diagram you made was in reference to yourself! Brilliant.

  9. You've made me even more determined to master knitting! xx

  10. I love how you used all the multiple yarns together! That is such a clever idea. The scarf looks awesome. I love the first photo of you out in the snow! xx

  11. This has gone straight into my favourites, I'm definitely giving it a try! Thanks for posting it xx

  12. This is amazing! You've definitely inspired me to pick up a pair of knitting needles!

  13. I'm so so glad I found this, I really want to learn how to knit, it just looks quite difficult, but I get you just get to know and it becomes second nature? It's totally worth it because your scarf is just so beautiful

    Please come and check out my latest post if you have a few minutes spare :)



  14. I love this, I will try it once my knitting skills improve!

    Maria xxx

  15. I only knitted a very loose scarf once, some years ago and I loved it! Wouldn't mind to pick it up. Need to get me a book.
    Your snood looks great!

  16. IT must be total fate that I came to your site today, I literally just placed an order for some wool and a couple of straight needles, all day i've been looking at youtube tutorials, casting on, casting off, ribbing and lots of other stuff that's making my head spin! I am taking up knitting this year, first time ever and the first thing I would like to make is a snood!! I have been practicing today with a pen and some embroidery thread, struggling already! Worried I'll make a mess if I even attempt to use the wool. This is a really great tutorial, I'll have to come back to further my knowledge!! X

  17. Amazing!!!!! I need to learn to knit xxx

  18. I really admire your sense of style

  19. It looks like we both have the knitting bug! I LOVE your scarf, much more complex than my little knit/purl snood...I'm going to give it go!

    And thank you for the link to my video :) xxx

  20. I have been knitting a bunch of snoods on circular needles but can never get the length exactly right, even the shortest cable is slightly too big for a once-over cowl so this casting off two pieces technique is great to learn! Thanks for introducing me to it, I might have to put it into practice soon (although knitting with circular needles is somehow much more fun and also quicker, oh well). I have also never thought about adding different colour threads in, it looks really lovely in your finished piece.

  21. Nice to see you are still knitting! Great idea to strand up all those cones of fine yarn!!! Now I have a load upstairs somewhere.....!! XX