Crochet for a Cause: Even Jazzier Scarf for a Homeless One

                   Even Jazzier Scarf for a Homeless One

Homelessness is a big problem in the United States.  But not because there are people living on our streets, but because there are people living on our streets.

One way we humans deal with pain or discomfort in others is to dehumanize them.  One way we can help their pain and discomfort is to humanize them, which should be easy because they are.  Human, I mean.  🙂

Here’s a bit jazzier scarf to bring a little warmth to a whole human.  Adding a row of bobbles and extra ribbing gives the Simple Scarf even more style, without being over the top.

 

Even Jazzier Scarf for a Homeless One

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Foundation Row

Row 1: CH 28. DC in 3rd ch from hook, and every CH across. Turn. (26 st)

 

Initial Ribbing, Bobble, Ribbing Rows

Ribbing, Bobble, Ribbing

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 FPDCDC 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. (26 st)

Rows 7 & 8:  CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. Turn. (26 st)

Row 9:  CH 1 (does not count as a stitch). * SC, SC, Puff Stitch. * Repeat across.  End with SC in last st. (26 st)

Row 10 & 11:  CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. Turn. (26 st)

Row 12:  CH 2 (counts as first dc in this row and all rows after).  *FPDC around post of next dc.  DC in next DC.  Repeat from * to end of row.   Turn. (26 st)

Row 13:  CH 2. Beginning with first FPDC, *around FPDC, make a BPDC. DC in next DC.*  Repeat **. (26 st)

Row 14:  CH 2. Beginning with first BPDC, *around BPDC, make a FPDC.  DC in next DC.* Repeat **. (26 st)

Row 15:  Repeat Row 13. (26 st)

Row 16:  Repeat Row 14. (26 st)

 

Body of Scarf

Body of Scarf

 

CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. Turn. (26 st)

Repeat this row until the scarf is as long as you’d like 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.

The Even Jazzier Scarf is a bit longer than the Simple Scarf and Bit Jazzier Scarf because there are more rows to the decorative ends.  I would suggest making 70-80 rows between the beginning and final ribbing and bobble rows.

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.

 

Final Ribbing, Bobble, Ribbing Rows (FRBR) (see notes below)

Final Rows of Even Jazzier Scarf for a Homeless One

FRBR 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.   Turn.

FRBR 2: CH 2. Beginning with first BPDC, *around BPDC, make a FPDC.  DC in next DC.* Repeat **.

FRBR 3: CH 2. Beginning with first FPDC, *around FPDC, make a BPDC. DC in next DC.*  Repeat **.

Raised post stitches (initial and final) should all be on one side.

FRBR 4: Repeat row 2.

FRBR 5: Repeat row 3.

FRBR 6 & 7:  CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. Turn.

FRBR 8:  CH 1 (does not count as a stitch). * SC, SC, Puff Stitch. * Repeat across.  End with SC in last st.

FRBR 9 & 10:  CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. Turn.

FRBR 11:  CH 2 (counts as first dc in this row and all rows after).  *FPDC around post of next dc.  DC in next DC.  Repeat from * to end of row.   Turn.

FRBR 12:  CH 2. Beginning with first FPDC, *around FPDC, make a BPDC. DC in next DC.*  Repeat **.

FRBR 13:  CH 2. Beginning with first BPDC, *around BPDC, make a FPDC.  DC in next DC.* Repeat **.

FRBR 14:  Repeat Row 12.

FRBR 15:  Repeat Row 13.

FRBR 16: CH 2.  DC in each stitch across. Turn.

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 on the top 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.

 

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UPDATED December 26, 2014 to reflect correct stitch to make bobbles. Many thanks to Kate M. on Ravelry.

 

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Updated Jan 2015 for clarification.