So here it is. The scarf I made for my dear sweet husband 🙂 I finished it just in time to post it as the free pattern for the first “Free Pattern Friday”. The colors appear a bit off in the photo, but that’s thanks to poor lighting and a once good but now not-so-good smartphone camera, lol.
This scarf is pretty basic. It’s made of two halves which are identical to each other (all hdc’s), and then joined together in the middle with a few simple stitches with yarn and a yarn needle.
I decided to construct the scarf in this manner, rather than just crocheting one long piece, because I wanted both ends of the scarf to look the same. I did not want to include a fringe on it to cover up the difference between the foundation chain end and the fastening off end. Perhaps there is a different way to make both ends of a scarf look the same, but I do not know it.
Meet In the Middle Scarf
© Amanda Bryant 2015
Red Heart Super Saver (I used “Medium Thyme” as Color A, and “Black” as Color B.) medium worsted weight yarn.
6.5 mm hook
**Tip- after completing Row 1, use a safety pin to mark the “RS” (right side) of the work, to make it easier to join the two halves in the end.
Dimensions of finished scarf- approximately 62 inches long x 7 inches wide. (each half is about 31 inches long, each color block is about 3 1/2 inches long)
Gauge- 6 hdc=2 inches; 5 rows= 2 inches
(Make 2 halves)
With Color A, ch 21
Row 1 (RS)- hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of the next 19 ch’s across, ch 1, turn (20 hdc)
Row 2- hdc in each hdc across, ch 1, turn (20 hdc)
Repeat Row 2 six more times, for a total of 8 rows of Color A from the beginning of the piece. At the end of the 8th row change to Color B.
Next- *In Color B, repeat Row 2 eight times. At the end of the 8th row, change to Color A. In Color A, repeat Row 2 eight times. At the end of the 8th row change to color B.*
Repeat from * to * until there are five blocks of Color A and four blocks of Color B.
Next- In Color B, repeat Row 2 four times (=4 rows of Color B). Fasten off.
Now, repeat this half over again so that you have 2 scarf halves.
Joining the two halves-
To join the two halves, lie the scarf halves down end to end (meeting in the middle) with each other, with the RS facing down and the WS facing up toward you. With Color B and a yarn needle, join the two pieces with a simple whip stitch through the BACK LOOPS ONLY of the final row of each half (so, first you will thread the yarn through only the back loop of the first stitch of one scarf half, and then through only the back loop of the first stitch of the second scarf half. Then you will repeat this with the second stitch, and all the way across all 20 stitches). When completed, the join will look like this (nearly invisible):
When the scarf is joined in the middle, next comes the daunting task of tying in all the loose ends from the color changes (unless of course you decided to tie them in as your work progressed, which might be a good idea if tying in a lot of loose ends at once stresses you out 🙂 )
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Enjoy your weekend!