Friday, October 3, 2014

So Simple Scarf

So Simple Scarf
a crochet pattern by Claudia A. Lowman


Photo: Yarn Bee Diva Yarn with sequins. Color: Bali

Description:
This crochet pattern is a winter scarf that can be made of your choice of yarn using any desired hook and to your preferred length. While you can use any hook size, larger sizes allow the scarf flexibility for comfortable wear.

This scarf is super easy and yet incredibly beautiful...and, it makes up quickly; it can be crocheted in a short evening from start to finish.

To access a printable version of this pattern CLICK HERE.

Here's a close up look at two of the scarves made of Yarn Bee Diva sequined yarn:


What you will need:
Yarn —Use any yarn that you think will make a nice scarf. Bulkier yarns (size 5) are a perfect density but regular worsted weight (size 4 density) is okay but if using this density, double strands works even better. Ombres are excellent for this project. As you can see from the photo, the rows almost look like they were crocheted with different colors instead of continuous yarn. You can also double strand this project pairing up two different yarns. For instance, pairing an eyelash, fun fur or other specialty yarn with a worsted weight yarn would make up beautifully. It is a good stash buster in this regard, to use what is on hand.

• The Diva Sequin yarn scarf above required only one skein (3.5 oz, 180 yards) including the fringe with just inches left over. The scarf measures about 60 inches long. More yardage/ounces will likely be required for most other yarns. While writing this pattern, I am using Loops and Threads Charisma yarn (a bulky yarn, size 5 density) in 3.5 oz skeins that will require a little more than one skein to finish it plus make the fringe.

Photo above: 3 different skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma yarn.

Should you crochet a scarf and then find there is not enough for fringe, you can make the fringe in a solid color yarn using another skein you have on hand.
Crochet hook: Size N (10.0 mm) for the body of the scarf; a size J or K for the fringe.
    It is important to use a large hook to make sure that the scarf is flexible for winding around the neck or making a simple knot. For bulky, size 5 yarns or double strand yarns, a size N (10.0 mm); for regular worsted weight yarn (size 4) single stranded, a size J (6.0 mm). If using regular worsted weight yarn, but double strands, use the size N.
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Handy Tip:
A good rule of thumb for determining the length of the starting chain is to make it a few inches taller than the height of the person for whom the scarf is intended. For example, a person who is 5 feet 4 inches tall, the starting chain might measure that heigh or a few inches more.

The Scarf:
1. Loosely chain a long length to start. Leave a long tail of about 8 inches (20 cm) to
   incorporate into the fringe at the end, instead of weaving in or securing
   otherwise.
2. Crochet 1 hdc in each chain. Ch 2, turn.
3. Crochet 1 hdc in the back loop of each of the hdc’s. Ch 2 and turn.
4. Continue step three until you have the desired width of the scarf which should
   measure at least 3.5—4+ inches across (9 to 13 cm) is a good width.
   Leave a long yarn tail to incorporate later into the fringe.

Fringe:
1. To make the fringe, the size N hook is too large. Use a size J or K.
2. Wind the yarn around and around a book and cut on one long edge. (see photo, right)  
3. Separate the cut lengths into units of three or four per section, depending on how full you want your fringe.
4. Using your crochet hook and starting at one lower corner, come up from the back to the front with your hook and place one unit of fringe (folded in half) around the hook and pull through enough to make a loop through which to pull the fringe. Remember to grab any yarn tail into this stitch to incorporate if one is at this position.  
 5. Complete both corners of one end and then place a fringe in the center. Add fringe between the corners and the center, then add one or two between each corner and the center.
6. Finally, when all the fringe has been added, trim the fringe ends to make a nice, even finished edge.

Other scarf ideas:
Team scarf: Use two school or team colors, such as green and yellow, to make stripes by crocheting 2 rows of green, 2 of yellow, and then back to green for 2 rows.

Stash busting: Crochet each row using a different color to use up small quantities of yarn.

Some scarf examples:



You are welcome to make scarves to keep, give or sell. I just ask that you do not claim the pattern as your own or reproduce it digitally or in print to sell.


 So Simple Scarf by Claudia A. Lowman, Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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