Saturday, September 18, 2010

How to crochet a simple scarf

I am still learning how to crochet and really enjoy it. Earlier this year, I ventured out from my granny squares to learn how to make crochet fabrics. I made a scarf for a local charity, which was really rewarding.

To make a scarf, you must start with a row of foundation chain stitches. The number of chain depends on the desired width of the scarf - I think 30 to 40 works well. But some people like skinny scarfs and some people like wide ones. Once you have completed your foundation row of chain, you must work back along this line to create your first row. I used treble stitch in my scarf. From here on in, you make rows and rows of treble till you have the desired length. It is important to turn your work over at the end of each row so that the hook / row starts from the right-hand side and you work towards the left.

So in a nutshell:

  • Foundation row - make a row of chain stitches (for example 30).
  • Row 1 - miss 3 chain and treble into the next. Treble stitch to the end of the row.
  • Turning stitch - it is important to work your last treble into the top of the last stitch of the previous row to anchor your work. Then make 3 chain, which will act a 'substitute' treble for the start of next row. Now turn your work over.
  • Row 2 - starting from the right side of your work, treble till the end of the row.
  • Additional rows - continue this pattern till you have the desired length of fabric for your scarf.
  • Fasten off - you will still have a working loop on your hook when you have finished the desired length of fabric. Remove the hook and cut the yarn. Draw the yarn through the loop and tighten.

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to have to get you to go over crochet again at some stage. Tried to pick up the granny squares some time ago but it had been too long since the last time and compeltly forgot how to do it. In no rush, have a little going on at the moment LOL



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