2 Recommended Changes to Fifth Avenue Infinity Scarf

Fifth Avenue Scarf Ever since my friend Enid sent me the news that snoods and cowls were the must have fashion accessory this fall, I have had a number of these projects on my to knit list. One of them is the Fifth Avenue Infinity Scarf by Margaux Pena. It uses two skeins (about 400 yards) of worsted wool.

Since the fuschia worsted Malabrigo yarn that I bought at Chix With Stix is perfect for this project and coordinates well with a number of pieces in my winter wardrobe, I couldn’t wait to start the project. Having had trouble with the size of my Purple Malabrigo Mobius, I decided to swatch the yarn. ¬†(Note: I don’t always do this for scarves and shawls.) ¬†Based on my swatch (which I knit flat and the scarf is knit in the round), I reduced the number of stitches to 199.

Two Fifth Avenue Infinity Scarf Modifications

While the Fifth Avenue Infinity Scarf pattern is relatively easy to follow and consists of a four row repeat, knitters should make two changes to the pattern.

  • Add four rows of knit stitch to create a garter border that keeps the scarf from rolling. I added four rows of garter stitch which means that you knit one row and purl one row when knitting in the round to prevent my scarf from rolling.
  • Use an even number of stitches. Interestingly, there is discussion about the decreases on Ravelry but no mention of the fact that the stitch pattern doesn’t take into account that it is knit in the round. When using this stitch pattern for flat knitting, it requires an extra stitch. When knit in the round, this extra stitch causes a seam where the row begins. This isn’t necessary when the scarf is knit in the round on circular needles. To avoid this problem, use an even number of stitches. The single knit stitch at the beginning or end of the row depending on the pattern row should be eliminated.¬†Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until I had knit two repeats of the pattern. With close to 200 stitches, I had no desire to rip back to the second row!

Overall, I am very happy with this scarf which was a quick knit due to the needle size and the happy color of the yarn. I do think that it will stretch longer but I can’t wait to wear it!

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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