The cold weather has finally hit us in the UK this winter, and I realised that my two year old could really do with a scarf when we’re playing in the garden. I don’t know about you but I’m really picky about scarves for very young children, I don’t want a toddler scarf with any loose ends that can catch, and any toddler scarf has to be an itch free scarf because I hate itchy scarves and I don’t want anything irritating the delicate skin on my toddler’s neck.
After browsing loads online (because we’re in Tier 4 at the moment) I decided that the best thing to do would be to crochet a toddler infinity scarf, or what I used to call a snood! That way I would get a toddler scarf with no loose ends, and I could control the feel of the fabric so she didn’t get any skin irritation from it.
I chose Lion Brand Dream Maker Yarn in Dreamy to make the scarf, as it is a tubular yarn with a chain construction (so no itchy fibres to snag on skin) and the acrylic and nylon blend meant that it will wash well when she inevitably decides to dive in a puddle on our walks! Two balls made the perfect sized toddler scarf which I measured against a snood belonging to her older sister to get a good fit. For reference, I used a 6.5mm crochet hook, and the balls were 100m long each, so you’d need at least 200 meters of a similar sized wool to create a similar scarf.
To make an infinity toddler scarf, you need:
- 200-300m chunky yarn
- Crochet hook (I used 6.5mm but match this to your chosen yarn)
- Measuring tape
- Tapestry needle (optional if you crochet the scarf closed)
I didn’t use a pattern for this, and just freestyled a mixture of single and double chain crochet stitches to add texture measuring against my older daughter’s scarf, but if you want to make a similar toddler scarf, I’d say that you’d need to chain about 60cm in your first chain and keep your follow up chains roughly the same length, building this up until you have a long crochet rectangle which is about 60cm x 26 cm, you can then join the edges together with a chain of crochet (which is the method I used) or stich them together using a tapestry needle.
Toddlers are all different shapes and sizes, so I’d recommend bribing them with a treat after a few rows to let you check the fit of the rectangle length going over their heads – better to adjust the size of the scarf at a very early stage than have to unravel half of it when you decide the first attempt is way too big which is what I did!