UPDATE: 05/19/2013: I have added some pictures to demonstrate how to carry along the unused portion of the yarn.
I recently decided to start selling my crochet items and WOW have I been amazed at how the orders just keep coming. I made this houndstooth scarf for a great customer of mine that has certainly kept me busy. She asked me if I knew how to make a hounds tooth scarf. I did a little research and like every other person that crochets, tweaked around with the yarn until I came up with something that I liked to fit the type of material I was using. Needless to say, there were at least 3 to 4 unraveling sessions. Don’t you just love that? My husband always tells me he hates to see me do that because he knows how much work it takes to create each item. I do admit though that I am really pleased with the end results.
As anything, I’m sure there are other patterns out there, but my creative side wanted to try to do something on my own and I gave it a try. Please bear in mind this will be my first written pattern, so anyone that uses this pattern would basically be a tester. Any questions, comments, or concerns about the pattern are very welcomed!
- I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn which is medium (4) worsted weight. My colors were off white and black. I definitely suggest a soft yarn for this project because otherwise the scarf will be very “stiff” due to the type of stitches used. I know this from personal experience. (Hint: I tried 2 other types of yarn prior to this one). I used one skein of each color to complete the scarf.
- Crochet Hook Size – I
- Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.
ch – chain
st – stitches
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
YO – yarn over
When changing colors do not cut your yarn! Instead, on your last dc, work the dc as normal but when you have the 2 loops left on your hook this is where you will want to change your color and then YO and draw through both loops on the hook then continue with the instructions. You will then just take the unused color and crochet it along in the row. It will allow for a sturdier scarf and save you from weaving in all the ends! You will be changing color at the end of each row.
Gauge: 9 stitches = approximately 2 inches or 5 cm
Row 1: Chain 23. Sc in second ch from hook, dc in next ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * across (change color and see special instructions for changing color) ch 1 and turn (22 sts)
Row 2: sc in first dc, dc in next sc *sc in next dc, dc in next sc; repeat from * across (change color and see special instructions for changing color) ch 1 and turn (22 sts)
Repeat Row 2 until you have the length desired. Once you have the desired length, you will want your last row to end with the opposite color. For example, if row 1 was black, you will want the last row in the scarf to be ivory. Leave a long tail and fasten off.
My scarf was an infinity scarf, so I had about 5’6” in length and approximately 4 1/2″ wide on completion. I sewed my ends together using my long tail and tapestry needle to join the side just fastened off working the front loop only of the stitch and the bottom loop of each sc and dc on the first row. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
This picture demonstrates working with the black yarn and you will crochet the white yarn along the row.
YO and insert the hook as you normally would do when working a sc or dc. You can see the white yarn is lying on top of the row.
This picture demonstrates once the hook has been inserted into the stitch and the dc needs to be completed. You can see the white yarn is lying on top of the stitch and is being crocheted in along the row.
This picture demonstrates the completed dc. I crocheted loosely to show how the white yarn is lying on top of the row but the black yarn is crocheted as usual.
Please feel free to make or sell products from this pattern! I believe in free enterprise but just ask to link back to my site. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.
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