October 27, 2012

{SavourTheSeason} Day 27: Odds and Ends Scarf

What better way to savour the fall than to curl up and crochet a cute little scarf for a friend?

Even if you don't know how to crochet yet, this is so easy.  I taught myself how to crochet using youtube videos a couple years ago and this  scarf only requires two simple stitches: a chain stitch and a double crochet.  Click the links for some youtube videos showing you how to make those stitches.

I started with a bunch of odds and ends of yarn.  I don't do enough crocheting to have scraps in all of these fun colours, so I put a call out among my facebook friends for their yarn scraps too!

Start by creating a chain the length you want your scarf to be. I like long scarves so I made a chain of 250 using a 5.00mm (8/H) hook.

Starting in the third chain in, do a double crochet in each hole.  At the end of each row, turn your work, chain 2 and start your next double crochet stitch in the 2nd stitch from the end of your previous row.  This will keep the ends of your scarf all nice and square.

By the way, it's often recommended to chain 3, not 2 at the end of each row when crocheting with the double crochet stitch.  I often do only 2 because it looks neater and tidier, but this will depend on the size of needle and yarn you are using, so experiment and see which works better for each project.

Keep going, tying in a new colour of yarn whenever another runs out, until your scarf is as wide as you'd like it or you've almost run out of odds and ends.

When finished, weave all your loose ends into your scarf so that they don't show.

Cut a bunch of 6 inch strips of yarn.

And use your crochet hook to thread them, three at a time,through the final stitch in each row.  Knot them there to make your fringe.

Roll up, tie with a bow, and you have a fun gift for good a friend!

[This is day 27 in a 31 day series about celebrating autumn. Click here for more Autumn-y goodness!]
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  1. Very cool, Kelly! I've been itching to make a new scarf - I've made PacMan and Harry Potter Scarves recently - but not made a fun one for myself. This might just be my next one - so simple and quick. :)

  2. Very cute scarf!

    I just wanted to stop by and say that I made your apple pie jam the other day! I love it! Most jams are made with summer fruit, so it is nice to have a little change and have a fallish jam. :)

  3. I was just realizing today that I was going to end up with a bunch of "scraps" of different colors of yarn with the other scarf projects I have planned and wasn't sure how I'd use them up. Now I know! What a great idea! And this would be a fun gift for me to give my niece - she's 8 and loves fun and funky things.

  4. What a great idea!I always make dish cloths with leftovers this seems much better!

    Stephie N

  5. I love it! I'am now knitting a scarf.

  6. I made one yesterday! I love the hodge podge look - thanks for the idea!

  7. Thanks for encouragingme to pull out my knitting needles! Maybe one of these days I'll tackle crochet.

  8. I made my first attempt at this scarf a few days ago, and ended up unravelling it because my initial chain row was too tight. What are your suggestions for making the initial chain lose enough so its not tight on one side of the scarf? Thanks! :) (I just started following your blog last week and I really appreciate how simple your projects and ideas are!)

    1. When you make your chain, the crochet hook should be slipping freely through, it shouldn't be super tight. Just loosen your grip on the yarn a little bit :D

    2. I will occasionally use a crochet hook that is one size bigger for my chain... :) (Just depends on my project.)


  9. I just finished a scarf... I used to knit and had to look at your very helpful YOUTUBE suggestions to figure out crochet, but it looks FANTASTIC. I bought all of my "scrap yarn" because I wanted one to color coordinate with her coat. Now I have scrap to make another one that truly IS with scraps! Hahaha! THANK YOU for your wonderful ideas and for posting it early enough in the season that it is ready for me to give before CHRISTMAS!!!


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