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how to make a scarf with a crochet stitch pattern

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as promised on instagram i try to explain how to crochet this stitch pattern.

below might look like a lot of blah blah blah, but for a non experienced crocheter it can be useful to read all the notes before you start crocheting :) especially since this is not a comprehensive tutorial, not even a pattern.

stitches
if you are able to crochet the basic stitches and you know how to weave in the yarn ends, i think you will succeed to crochet a scarf. crocheting this stitch pattern is a great way to practice the following stitches:

in american english terms:

ch = chain, chains
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
extra: beg linked dc = beginning linked double crochet
instead of the beginning 3 chains of the rows with the double crochets you make a beginning linked double crochet. with beginning double crochets you avoid gaps in your work and also you avoid working into the top of the beginning chains on the opposite end of the row. 

you can do two things:

a. at the end of the row make 3 chains, turn
or 
b. at the end of the row turn and make 3 chains
for this stitch pattern i prefer b.
how to make the beg linked dc?

turn, make 3 ch, insert hook in the second chain from hook, yarn over and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into the first stitch of the row (= the last sc of the previous row) and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yarn over, draw through 2 loops) twice.

vashti braha has a good tutorial for a neat beginning linked double crochet with photos, see here.
what you need to make the scarf
to make the scarf you need: yarn with a suitable size crochet hook, a needle with a blunt tip and scissors.
what about the yarn?
any yarn is suitable, but to my opinion a somewhat thicker yarn that is a little woolly or fluffy gives a beautiful effect. 
the mustard yellow yarn i use is micro grande of smc which is suitable for crochet hook size 3.5 – 4.5 mm. i work with size 4.5 mm. i love the yarn, but it doesn’t drape very well, my scarf is therefore a bit stiff. the balls of micro grande yarn are 100 grams and circa 200 m and i need about 2.5 – 3 balls. this yarn has been rebranded as original micro grande, more info here
my scarf is not finished at the moment but it measures about 181 cm long and about 22 – 23 cm wide.
 
so concerning the yarn my advice is simple: make a little wish list
  • what yarn do i like to wear around my neck / on my skin 
  • what yarn do i like to crochet with
  • how long and how wide do i want my scarf (measure it) to be
  • how do i like to wear my scarf (this choice influences the length and width)
  • i prefer to make short rows (working widthwise like the blanket) * see extra info
  • i prefer to make long rows (working lengthwise like the mustard yellow scarf)

for this stitch pattern it is best not to work too tight but also not too loose, test which hook size is best for your way of crocheting. 

if you are not sure about how much you need of the yarn of your choice, please ask your yarn supplier. the amount depends on how long and wide you like your scarf to be.
* extra info:

for a blanket i used the same stitch pattern and inexpensive acrylic yarn and the result looks like this. 

crochet strips blue green white by elisabeth andrée

crochet strips blue green white by elisabeth andrée

on the picture you can see that i used the same stitch pattern but that i worked widthwise (the blanket is made of long strips) and for my current scarf i work lengthwise. which effect do you like most? 

more info about the blanket and photos you can find here. 

let’s start 
how to crochet the scarf – part 1.
first crochet as many chains until you have a length that you want for your scarf and for sure make some extra chains. at the end of row 1 you probably will keep some chains unworked**, don’t worry about it. you simply can loosen these chains with a needle and then weave in the yarn end. see here for the tutorial. 
row 1. 
make 1 sc into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc in next chain, *make 2 ch, skip next 2 ch, 1 sc in next 2 ch*,
repeat between * and * until the end of your chains.
if you have some chains unworked, see ** 
row 2.
make a beg linked dc, 1 dc in next sc, *2 ch, skip next 2-ch space, 1 dc in next two sc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 1 ch, turn
row 3.
make 1 sc in first two dc, *make 2 ch, skip next 2-ch space, 1 sc in next two dc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, turn

row 4. and further 

keep crocheting rows 2 and 3 until your scarf has the width (or length) you like to have.

next week i will post part two.
until then, best of luck with crocheting!
work in progress crochet scarf by elisabeth andrée

work in progress crochet scarf by elisabeth andrée

UPDATE:  joining creative friday at natural suburbia

UPDATE 2: part two of the explanations for making the scarf is online here

9 thoughts on “how to make a scarf with a crochet stitch pattern

  1. grazie Andree’!!!! I need to crochet one with cotton yarn ….. summer is approaching!!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

  2. awesome instructions and tute. appreciate your sharing!

  3. Very useful information and tips for beginners like me! Elisabeth… Thank you for this post! TC! Keep smiling🙂

  4. Thank you much for sharing. I plan on keeping note and using tips when I work.

  5. I love this pattern, thank you for sharing…pinned!