Everyone likes a bit of style, but for a homeless individual the style best comes in the form of texture rather than color changes.
Here’s an adaptation of last week’s Simple Scarf, adding a row of x-stitches every fourth row to add a little texture.
A Bit Jazzier Scarf for a Homeless One
- Hook Size: G
- Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn
- FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
- BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
- X-stitch will be explained in the pattern
The Bit Jazzier Scarf begins just like the Simple Scarf, with 6 rows of ribbing.
Row 1: CH 28. DC in 3rd ch from hook, and every CH across. Turn. (26 st)
Initial Ribbing Rows
Row 2: CH 2 (counts as first dc in this row and all rows after). *BPDC around post of next dc. DC in next DC. Repeat from * to end of row. Turn. (26 st)
Row 3: CH 2. Beginning with first BPDC, *around BPDC, make a FPDC. DC in next DC.* Repeat **. (26 st)
Row 4: CH 2. Beginning with first FPDC, *around FPDC, make a BPDC. DC in next DC.* Repeat **. (26 st)
Raised post stitches should be one side and you should notice lovely hills and valleys forming.
Row 5: Repeat row 3. (26 st)
Row 6: Repeat row 4 Do not cut yarn, unless you want to change colors. (26 st)
Body of Scarf
Rows 7-9: CH 2. DC in each stitch across. (26 st)
Row 10: CH 2. Skipping a stitch, DC into 3rd DC from hook. DC into DC you just skipped, creating an x-stitch. * Skip next st, DC in next st. DC in st just skipped.* Repeat * across. (26 st)
Repeat Rows 7-10 until scarf is as long as you want it.
Length Clarification: (Many thanks to Noreen for pointing out the need for detail. 🙂 )
As far as the length goes, it really depends on how long one wants the scarf and how tight the stitches are crocheted.
Using a G hook, the average gauge seems to be 1 row of dc = 1/2 inch.
So, I would make about 90 rows of dc between the ribbing on both ends for both the Simple Scarf and the Bit Jazzier Scarf.
It really is a matter of personal preference and the weather in your area. Warm weather folks wouldn’t need a long, wide scarf, but those in the colder winter states might like being able to wrap around it a time or two.
End pattern after 3 rows of regular DC’s so your Final Ribbing Rows are built on a foundation of 3 DC rows for uniformity with the other end of the scarf.
Final Ribbing Rows (FRR) (see notes below)
FRR 1: CH 2 (counts as first dc in this row and all rows after). *BPDC around post of next DC. DC in next DC. Repeat from * to end of row. If you have an extra stitch at the end, make it a DC. Turn. (26 st)
FRR 2: CH 2. *Around BPDC, make a FPDC. DC in next DC.* Repeat **. (update –> If you have an extra stitch at the end, make it a DC.) (26 st)
FRR 3: CH 2. *Around FPDC, make a BPDC. DC in next DC.* Repeat **. (update –> If you have an extra stitch at the end, make it a DC.) (26 st)
FRR 4: Repeat FRR 2. (26 st)
FRR 5: Repeat FRR 3. (26 st)
FRR 6: CH 2. DC in each stitch across. Finish off. Weave in ends. (26 st)
Final Ribbing Notes
Make sure the final ribbing will end up on the same side as your initial ribbing:
The easiest way to figure out if you need to add another row of DCs before beginning the final ribbing is to lay the scarf out flat with the initial hills and valleys up and on the left side of the scarf.
Look at the right side of the scarf.
Is your working end of the yarn at the top? Then you are good to go on with the ribbing.
If the working yarn is at the bottom of the scarf, you’ll need to either add another row of DC, or take one out.
For the first row of the final ribbing, you will be working the hills onto the back of the fabric.
REALITY CHECK: I wish designing life were as easy as crocheting. Then again, maybe I forget Who holds the hook.
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Updated Jan 2015 for clarification.