Aug 28, 2011

Ribby Crochet Scarf - free pattern

I got asked about this scarf I made last year. It is a super simple project.
Needed to create a page with "pattern" to direst people to, so here it is.

Attributes: Worked lengthwise, crocheted.

Gauge: Not important at all

Yarn requirements: Any yarn you like. This sample was made in Zitron Filigran Lace (a very thin merino yarn) and 1.75 mm crochet hook and used over 500 yards.
(Another is in sock yarn and 3.25 mm crochet hook, about 400 yards). Choose a yarn you like and a hook that will produce fabric that is not too tigt, so the scarf stays squishy.

Decide how long a scarf is good for you.
Chain an amount of st that is the length you want (usually can be between 140 and 400 st, but if you use super bulky yanr, it might be less). This scarf was made with 350 st.
You will be working back and forth in rows.
Setup row: HDC (half double crochet) in each st.
Row 1: HDC into back loop of every HDC of previous row
(Explanation for the beginner: unlike single or double crochet, the HDC stitches appear to have an extra loop at the top. You will be using this to your advantage - in a few rows, you will realize that the two loops you have not been using form a "chain" along the length of the scarf.
It is very easy, just use the loop that is at the back of the stitch.
There is also a video tutorial on youtube by a kind soul for crocheting through the back loop, but it shows crocheting in the round which might be confusing, anyway, you can look here)
Repeat row 1 till the scarf is as wide as you want or you run out of yarn.
You might want to work one round of single crochet around the whole thing, so the edge looks neat, but it is not necessary.
Weave in ends.

Blocking is optional.
Enjoy your new scarf or give it to someone!

You are free to use this pattern for anything you like, also for teaching others how to crochet, etc. Of course you can make it much wider and have an afghan, etc., etc.
Ravelry pattern page is here.

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