Friday, October 17, 2008

Crochet Scarf Patterns

You can make this scarf out of any five random chunky or bulky weight yarns of varying materials and texture. Note: chunky/bulky weight would give about 12 to 16 stitches per 10 cm (4 in) if you were knitting in stockinette stitch. You can also combine multiple strands of lighter weight yarns to achieve a chunky/bulky weight. I used the leftovers of the Siesta Blanket kit from Needful Yarns. Don't worry too much about exact amounts. You can adjust the frequency and width of the stripes to accommodate the yardage you have. With the materials I used, each 50g skein had about 60m to 100m of yarn. I had partial (but mostly full) skeins of each yarn and I had enough left over to make the mini scarf and blanket as well. Just make sure you have enough of the main colour, as that is used more frequently than the others.

Finished Measurements:
Scarf measures approximately 120 cm by 20 cm (48 in by 8 in) without fringe. The fringe adds another 40 cm (16 in). To change the length, increase or decrease the number of stitches in the base chain, and/or change the length of the fringe to suit.

Use the following yarns or any combination of 5 chunky or bulky weight yarns.
  • 2 50g skeins Needful Yarns Capri (nylon/cotton) -- main colour
  • 1 50g skein Filtes King Extra Stampato (merino wool)
  • 1 50g skein Needful Yarns Santa Ana (wool/nylon)
  • 1 50g skein Filtes King Knotty (nylon/wool/acrylic/alpaca)
  • 1 50g skein Lana Gatto Venus (mohair/nylon/wool), used double-stranded
  • An 8mm crochet hook
sc -- single crochet
MC -- main colour

Using an 8mm crochet hook, 10 sc = 10 cm (4 in).

Base row: using MC, make a slip knot, leaving a 20 cm (8 in) end. Chain 120. Cut yarn, leaving another 20 cm (8 in) end, and slip through last loop, pulling tight.
Next row: Using MC, make a slip knot, leaving a 20 cm (8 in) end. Sc in first chain of base row, and continue with an sc in each following chain to the end. Cut yarn, leaving a 20 cm (8 in) end, and slip through last loop, pulling tight.
Next row: Using one of the contrasting yarns, repeat the previous row, leaving a fringe on either end as before.
Next rows: Repeat, making stripes of one or more rows of any yarn as desired. If you make multiple rows of one yarn, make sure you do not turn after a row, but instead, finish off the row leaving the fringe. Use MC with approximately twice the frequency of each of the other yarns.
Continue in this way until the scarf is 19 cm (7.5 in) wide, or 1 cm (0.5 in) less than the desired width. Using MC, make two more rows.

Mini-Scarf Instructions:
With any left-over yarn, you can make this little scarf for your favourite stuffed animal in the same way. The scarf will be approximately 45 cm (18 in) long, not including the fringe. Using MC, chain 40 stitches for the base row and follow instructions as above. Leave 10 cm (4 in) of yarn on each end for the fringe. Work a few rows until the scarf is 2.5 cm (1 in) wide. Finish with a final row in MC.

Mini-Blanket Instructions:
I had enough yarn left over to make a blanket for the cow as well. Finished measurements of the blanket in the photo are approximately 20 cm (8 in) by 26 cm (10 in). Using MC, chain 25. Work sc in 2nd chain from beginning and following chains until the end. Ch1, turn, and work another row in MC. Continue doing rows in sc until desired length, changing yarns randomly to create stripes of varying width. Use MC with greater frequency and end with two or more rows of MC. Weave in yarn ends.


Ken Anderson said...

Do you happen to still have the pattern for the siesta blanket? I've been searching for it 'forever'. I would appreciate it soooooooooooooo much. :) Waiting to hear from you. Sue

Paulina said...

Sorry, I've given away my copy of the Siesta Blanket pattern. I believe it is out of print. However, you could try using a feather-and-fin pattern (or variation) and doing random stripes with a variety of yarns. You won't get the same blanket as the Siesta one, but you'll get a similar effect.