How to Crochet a Self-Striping Infinity Scarf – The EASY WAY!

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How to Crochet a Self-Striping Infinity Scarf – The EASY WAY!

Well, hellllo.

I am thrilled, delighted and tickled pink that you’re here right now.

I have the coolest thing to show you. How to take your favorite hand-painted yarn and create this awesome self-striping infinity scarf/cowl. It couldn’t be easier.

If you’ve ever used hand-painted yarns before, or even if you haven’t, you might know that the colors are usually dyed in short bursts.

So you get a mottled, variegated look when using them. Usually. But not today!!! Today we’re going to coax those colors to line up and create stripes! Are you excited yet?

I show you how in the video, along with one of the beautiful parks we found here in Charlotte.. oh la la! Nature is so spectacular.

Instructions: Grab a size G hook and some hand-painted lace weight yarn. I’m using 1 skein of my limited edition Bohemian Tapestry silk lace yarn. I haven’t finished it yet but I show you my progress to give you an idea.

As explained, pull out a few yards of your yarn and see how the colors repeat. Chain until you have several full color repeats. So if your skein is dyed purple, pink, blue, yellow, then that’s one full color repeat. Chain until the cowl/scarf is a good length to wrap around your neck and that it hangs to where you like. I chained 185 for 3 full color repeats. Then MAKE SURE to not twist your chain. Get that long chain all straightened out so you don’t end up with a crazy twisted cowl, and slip stitch to the first chain.

The Secret:  Now. Chain until you reach the next color change (so when your purple starts to fade to pink) and then slip stitch into one of the chains in the round below where the purple meets the pink. No need to count. Just eye ball it. Chain again until the next color shift. So when your pink shifts into blue. Then slip stitch into the round below where the pink shifts into the blue. Again, just eye ball it. If it bothers you not to count and have everything perfect, then feel free. And do this. Over and over. Round and round. In a big spiral. Until your scarf is as wide as you like it.

My scarf is already getting pretty wide and I’ve barely used any of the skein. Hurray for lace weight! Don’t be afraid of it! Lace weight is thin and awesome. You get tons of yardage and it’s no more difficult to work with than thicker yarns. You can create thinner fabrics, and thus a lot more out of one skein. I always loved lace weight even as a little girl. You can use tiny needles and hooks or just bigger ones and get a loopier look! Or hold the yarn double for more of a fingering/sock weight yarn. Lots of options and nothing to be afraid of. Try it!

But if you like, you can use this technique with any thickness of hand-painted yarn and it will work. I can’t wait to see your projects!

Please do show them on all my social places! Links to the right. Enjoy your day. Thanks for watching! We love filming these free how-to videos for you. If you want to subscribe to my YouTube channel, feel free!

I’m totally shocked we’ve had over 1.3 million views and over 24,o00 subscribers. What? Crazy town.

So thanks! I appreciate it immensely.

Have a splendid day! Chandi

By | 2018-02-19T21:11:57+00:00 October 31st, 2014|Crochet, Scarves and Cowls, Silk Yarn, Video Tutorials|9 Comments


  1. Andrea Young October 31, 2014 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Love it!

  2. Deb November 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    That is sooooooo cool. I am definitely making one. Thanks for idea.

  3. Mandy L November 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I would love to find a way to do this in a chevron pattern, rather than stripes, but this is beautiful!

  4. Erica J. November 7, 2014 at 6:18 am - Reply


    I just absolutely love your blogs and tutorial videos. And of course I just love all of the yarns that you create!! I can’t help to drool just a little every time I see a new color pop up in my Facebook newsfeed. I started crocheting about four years ago and now I just can’t stop 🙂 A few weeks ago I made a knitted cowl scarf and really wanted to crochet one but I couldn’t find a pattern that just stole my heart… So you can guess how happy I was when I received your newsletter with the tutorial attached!!! I haven’t had the pleasure of working with your yarn yet, but I know when I do it will be like slipping into a little piece of Chandi made Heaven 🙂 I found your website when I was looking for a knitting tutorial. And I owe you a big thank you because of your video knitting finally stuck 🙂 and now every time I pick up my knitting needles that was passed on to me from my friend’s grandmother I don’t have to watch a refresher video 🙂

    I look forward to the next newsletter. I can’t help to smile as I read because it is like receiving an email from a life long friend.

    Many Blessings!!!

    ~Erica J.

  5. Anne November 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I love love love ths!

    While I’m waiting for my silk lace yarn to arrive I thought I’d try the technique with the only other painted yarn I have which is a worsted weight wool. Obviously it won’t lay the same but I figured it’d be an note resting experiment. The colors changes are not even however which has made it an even more “interesting experiment. I don’t really mind that there is no way the colors will end up in an even stripe/block but I do think I’m going to need to count the chains or at least be more attentive than I had planned so that the slip stitch joins are relatively even.

    Thanks for the cool idea!

  6. sarah February 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love this scarf!! Beautiful and instructions are so simple to create this piece! Must get the silk lace yarn!
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Olivia Tanner March 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi! I found your website because I’ve been looking for patterns for an infinity scarf. I have two skeins of beautifully dyed yarn with many shades of purple, indigo, and pink that I’ve been wanting to make something with for a long time now, and I think I’ve found the perfect pattern for my scarf. This is such a great idea! I’ve been crocheting for 5 years now and have never thought of trying to make the colors in dyed yarns match up like this! I’ve been looking for something that was light and airy so that I could wear it when it’s warm outside, but also something that I can wrap around my neck a few times and wear when it’s cold. This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this Chandi! 😀

  8. Sierra May 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve already made a scarf like this. I had 4 color repeats of purple, pink, green and blue worsted weight yarn, but not in that order. I don’t know because I’ve already used it all up! I only did 15 rounds with a size H hook. I wore it to school one day and no one was surprised because I crochet all the time and always bring my projects there. I can only wrap the scarf around my neck twice, but now I’m using another skein of yarn with 5 color repeats. It’s called Iceland by Red Heart and it has beautiful shades of ice blue, sky blue, dark stone grey and crystal white. I haven’t worked on it for quite a while, but I should soon. In fact, the more I type the more I want to run up to my room and hook my heart out! I’ve only been crocheting for less than a year, but Chandi always inspires me. I’m hoping to get some money by crocheting with her sock yarn in color way LATTE, because there’s a pretty expensive thing I want and I’m going to get it.

    “Determination. Confidence. Those are the things that will get you what you want.”

  9. Sandy September 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Loved your video on how to wind yarn. I’ll give it a try!

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