People often ask me where I bought this scarf from.
And when I tell them that I made it myself and that it was pretty easy and that I made six two Christmases ago, they’ll then ask, 1. Why didn’t you make me one? (Because I started going insane after making two) And 2. Can you teach me how to make it?
Now I’m typically am not a huge fan of crocheted scarves. I don’t really like how stiff and rigid they are, and how they’re too…neat.
So imagine my surprise when after finding this on Pinterest (original source here) I discovered that this was crocheted. How could a scarf so delightfully chunky, cozy, drapey, trendy, and non-rigid be crocheted?
And yet it was. And it wasn’t too difficult a project for a beginner crocheter like myself (my brother even made one for his girlfriend!). And it wasn’t too costly (between $8-$12, depending on what brand yarn and how many coupons you’ve got). And it didn’t take too long to make (about 4 hours straight if you have the discipline. That’s like 2.5 episodes of Sherlock!).
And it was…the best.
It’s time to share the love, my friends. How to make your own puff stitch infinity scarf and get a piece of this delightfully chunky, cozy, drapey, trendy, non-rigid action.
- 5mm crochet hook
- 3 things (skeins? balls??) of yarn, medium weight
For this project, I prefer Vanna’s Choice brand yarn (yes, Vanna White has her own line of yarn!) because it’s got a good feel to it and it comes in all sorts of trendy colors, like burnt orange (pictured), mustard, and linen (pictured above).
To start the project, chain 26 (if you don’t know what this means, check out this tutorial). Be sure to chain it very loosely, otherwise the next row will give you hell.
How To Crochet A Puff Stitch
Before I get into how to start the scarf, I’m going to try to the best of my non-expert-crocheter ability to describe how to crochet a puff stitch.
To make a puff stitch, yarn over (the crochet hook that is, for you newbies), then insert the hook into the appropriate “hole” (that’s the clinical term, right Megan?), then draw up a loop (AKA, hook the yarn and pull it through the hole) so that there are now 3 loops on the crochet hook.
Yarn over again, insert the hook into the same hole, then draw up another loop.
Repeat this two more times until there are 9 loops total on the crochet hook.
Yarn over and draw through the first 8 loops on the crochet hook so that there are now 2 loops remaining on the hook.
Yarn over, draw through the remaining 2 loops to close up the puff.
Now if you’re kind of like me, you read all of that and was like, “So…like…what?”
Well, good news! For you visual learners, I’ve also made a video demonstrating how to crochet a puff stitch. In teaching others, I’ve found that the best way they’ve learned is by watching me crochet the puff stitch from the crocheter’s vantage point over and over and over again. In this video, I also throw in some tips to make crocheting the puff stitch easier. Many thanks to my husband for hovering over my shoulder for like half an hour to get such a vantage point on video, even despite a thrown out back! You win cookies and some sweet lovin!
<cringe> I always get so awkwarded out listening to my voice in video and audio recordings.
Work the puff stitch in the fourth chain from the hook. *Chain 1, skip the next chain, puff stitch in the next chain,* repeat 11 times for a total of 12 puffs.
Chain 3, *puff stitch in the next chain-1 space, chain 1,* repeat 11 times. The last puff stitch will be in the chain-3 space at the end of the row.
Repeat Row 2 until the scarf is the desired length, or until you’re done with the three things of yarn.
Leave enough yarn at the end to be able to sew the two ends of the scarf together to form an infinity scarf. You can either sew the ends together by first laying the scarf flat on the floor and then connecting the ends or by laying the scarf flat on the floor, turning one end of the scarf over, and then sewing together the ends. I’ve done it both ways and like them both the same, but have received more compliments on the scarf that had one end flipped.
You may find that one end is a little thinner than the other. Line up the two ends to the best of your ability and sew them together regardless. If the scarf being cinched in a bit bothers you, you can hide it behind your neck. Personally, I’ve found that the cinching adds a bit of a stylistic element to the scarf, so I don’t mind if it peeks out.
And there you have it! Your very own puff stitch infinity scarf!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you finished a scarf, be sure to show me the finished product! And if this tutorial was helpful, please be sure to pin it or share with friends! :)
Thanks for reading and thanks for the love!