Stripes are my jam, so I knew I had to make a striped scarf for Scarf Week.
I really like how it helps each row of color to pop out on opposite sides, adding even more interest to the scarf.
First, the modified camel stitch or ribbed hdc.
If you remember the knit look cowl I made yesterday, it is essentially the same camel stitch, but the work is turned instead of crocheted in a looped row; thus creating the same ribbed, knit look texture on both sides of the scarf. You also have the choice to work in the third loop from the back or the front, since it’s reversible either way. Working the third loop from the front is much easier, so that is the way I recommend for this project. Little Monkey’s Crochet has a great tutorial on how to create the ribbed hdc or camel stitch worked in turned rows. Please note, that in this pattern I will still simply refer to it as a camel hdc.– Begin the stitch in the color you are already using. – Yarn over, and start to work your half double crochet. Before yarning over and pulling it through all three loops, drop your current color and pick up your new color, leaving an 8 inch tail for the new color. – Cut the color you just dropped from the skein, also leaving an 8 inch tail. – Pull the stitch nice and tight. You may need to pull on the tail and the new yarn in alternating tugs to get it to cinch up. Now you are ready to work the next row.
Okay. Enough of the shop talk, let’s get to the pattern!Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in True Black, and Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn in Fisherman. Ideally you want both yarns to be the same weight, but I ordered my yarn online and forgot to check the weights to make sure they matched. To compensate I simply loosened my gauge for the lighter yarn to match the size 6 yarn. If you decide to do this on purpose ;), make sure your dominate color (in my case, black) is the heavier weight yarn.
4 x4 inch square = 6 stitches x 7 rows
ABBREVIATIONSch = chain sc = single crochet hdc = half double crochet
NOTESColor A = black Color B = cream
PATTERNFoundation chain: Ch 87 with Color A. Row 1: Turn. Skip 2 ch, hdc in next, and hdc in each stitch across, change colors in last stitch. (85) Row 2: With Color B, ch 1, turn, camel hdc in next stitch, camel in next 82 stitches, regular hdc in last stitch and change colors. (85) Row 3: With Color A, ch 1, turn, camel hdc in next stitch, camel in next 82 stitches, regular hdc in last stitch and change colors. (85) (Repeat this pattern for the next several rows, changing color every row.) Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16: Repeat row 2 Rows 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15: Repeat row 3. Row 17: With Color A, ch 1, turn, camel hdc in next stitch, camel in next 82 stitches, regular hdc in last stitch. (85) Row 18: Ch 1, sc in next stitch, sc across each stitch to the end of the row. Tie off end, but leave tail. Now it’s time for fringe. Cut two 16″ long pieces of yarn for each stripe of color. 16 pieces of cream 19 pieces of black** **One of the Color A stripes (black) will need three fringe pieces instead of two. Which I will explain in a minute. Please note: These pictures show me using three strands of yarn for the fringe. I found this to be too thick for this super bulky yarn, so I slimmed down the number of strands after I took these pictures. The reason we did not weave the tails back into the scarf, is because we are going to include the tails in each of the fringe tails. This adds some extra volume to the fringe, except for one of the end Color A rows. This is where the extra strand of yarn comes into play. It makes the fullness of the fringe more consistent and balanced. 1. To add fringe, take two strands of yarn (even though the pictures show three). Even them up with each other and then fold them equally in half. 2. Pull the halved and folded yarn through the end loops with your crochet hook. Make sure to the pull the yarn through from the front to the back. 3. Then luggage tag tie the fringe loosely. 4. Pull any matching tail threads into the fringe, before tightening in place. 5. Repeat, until each stripe or row has a tail of fringe. 6. Trim fringe to even it out. The finished fringe tails should be about 6-7 inches long.
Wrap it around yourself and get your cozy on.
I’m taking a break from Scarf Week for the weekend, but I’ll be back next week with a new free pattern that incorporates leather. (insert raise the roof emoji) I’m super stoked about it. See you then!