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Granny Square Scarf Pattern

This crochet scarf is my first opportunity to join in Julia Crossland’s Being Creative Project. The theme for September is Autumn and I’ve noticed there’s a nip in the air which means  the leaves are starting to turn  red and golden and soon it will be  time to snuggle up in warm, soft layers and indulge in plans for winter knitting and crochet. The deep reds of autumn inspired  my colour choice for this simple project.

This  pattern can easily be tackled by someone new to crochet as the skills required are simply Double Crochet and the ability to make a granny square. The yarn and pattern notes can be found at the bottom of this post.  This would make an ideal gift for a loved one and is bound to impress – the secret is in choosing great colours and letting the recipient imagine the hours you spent creating it! I loved choosing the colours for this, shame it’s going to end up as a gift, I’m already a little bit in love with it. It would make a great partner for the crochet mittens (pattern in the process of being proof read) – and maybe a slouchy hat – let me know if you have a favourite pattern?

Tracey x

Crochet Scarf pattern:

Yarn: 4 balls Drops Nepal ( 2 in each shade) Photographed in shades 0500 (Light Grey Mix)  and 3608 (Deep Red)

3.75 mm crochet hook (I used a smaller hook than you would expect for this Aran  weight to make a sturdy scarf that holds it’s shape and because my tension is always looser than you would expect).

Tension:

14 DC to 10cm

Finished dimensions (after blocking):

length: 160cm

Width: 10cm

Abbreviations:

DC = Double Crochet (Pattern written using English crochet terms)

Yarn substitution:

Any Aran weight yarn will work for this pattern. The total length I used was 300m. If you make your scarf longer or wider you will need extra yarn. But as Drops Nepal retails at £2.00 a ball it’s possible to make a great scarf for under £10.00

Using yarn A (in these photos, shade 0500) begin by making a 180 chain, to make a longer scarf simply make your chain longer.

Work in Double Crochet throughout, except for granny square

Work 4 rows of DC in yarn A

Fasten off and work 4 rows in yarn B

Fasten off and work 4 rows in yarn A

Work 4 more rows in B and finish with 4 rows in A. 20 rows in all. To make wider scarf, simply work more rows.

Make 2 granny squares, starting with 1 round in A, followed by 1 round in B, work a further row in A and finish with a row in B.

Fasten one square to each end of the scarf using double crochet with right sides facing. Work one row of double crochet in yarn B around the outside of the scarf to give a neat edge.

Weave in all ends and block by soaking in cold water for 10 minutes, squeeze out using towels and lay flat, pinning the granny squares to match the width of the scarf. (Alternative blocking: pin to shape and spray with cold water, easing the granny squares into shape).

Once dry, wear or give with pride

* Instructions to make a Granny Square (uses American terms)

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8 Comments

  1. The scarf looks lovely ….. every time I see a crochet scarf, I know I should have a go and resurrect my crochet skills – in my younger days I even crocheted two dresses!!
    Have a good weekend, Anne x

  2. francesandsophia

     /  September 24, 2011

    I love it! And it certainly does look very doable. I think this would also be great for kids.

  3. Lovely scarf..and well done on nice new layout of Blog. Did I inspire you to change it? It’s good to have a change from time to time :)

  4. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 25, 2011

    - funnily enough, it is for a 12 year old :)

  5. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 25, 2011

    Thanks, just a new header and tidying up the side bars – the beauty of wordpress – my header changes with the seasons :)

  6. I love this scarf and have started mine now!!! Hurrah! – so pleased to have the pattern x

  7. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 25, 2011

    I can’t wait to see a photo of your scarf, the patern is on Ravelry so you can pop it up on your projects page when it’s done :)

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