Free Pattern: Spareribs – A Cowl

Spareribs - A Cowl

While I’m a big fan of the infinity scarf worn doubled, I love the feel of this shorter, wider shape. It’s a fun, warm hug of yarn around your neck!

Spareribs is the perfect cowl to take on this nasty winter. It matches Worm on a Hook and No More Snow! a hat, Spareribs is inspired by several similar looking knit patterns: Jane Richmond’s Welted Cowl, Churchmouse Yarns and Teas’ Welted Cowl & Infinity Loop, and of course Wurm done as a cowl. If you’re neck is in need of a warm yarn hug, give it a shot.

Spareribs and No More Snow

Here’s the pattern for Spareribs – A Cowl:

Materials:

375 yards of worsted weight yarn (I used around 1.7 skeins of Paton’s Classic Wool Worsted Weight )
J crochet hook (6.0 mm)
Tapestry Needle

 

Abbreviations:

BBL: Work in the Back Back Loop only. This is the loop BEHIND the back loop.

Top of work where you can see the work done in the BBL
1 – For HDC in BBL, YO, insert hook into BBL
2 – YO, pull up a loop
3 – YO, pull through all loops on hook

Ch: Chain

FHDC: Foundation Half Double Crochet

HDC: Half Double Crochet

RSC: Raised Single Crochet (special stitch). After using this stitch in the Fritillary Scarf, I did some research to see if there was an official name for this stitch. While I found the stitch mentioned in a few places, I did not see it named anywhere else, so I’ve used the name from the Fritillary Scarf (if it was in American terms). This is similar to a back post stitch. Insert hook from back to front, under top two loops of stitch, then from front to back, under top two loops of next stitch. Hook will be around the post. YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through both loops on hook.

Raised SC: 1 – Back to front under top loops of stitch
2 – Then from front to back under top loops of next stitch
3 – Your hook will now be around the post. Now YO, pull up a loop.
4 – YO, pull through both loops on hook, stitch is finished

RHDC: Raised Half Double Crochet (special stitch). Similar to the Raised Single Crochet, but this is the Half Double Crochet version. YO, insert hook from back to front, under top two loops of stitch, then from front to back, under top two loops of next stitch. Hook will be around the post. YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all loops on hook.

SS: Slip Stitch
Video tutorials for the special stitches used in this pattern can now be found on the Crochet Video Tutorial page.

Pattern:

Spareribs CowlThe body of the cowl is worked in the round. You will be joining at the end of each round. Do not turn at the end of the round.

First Ch 1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch.

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), 105 FHDC, then for final FHDC you will connect the foundation row. Make sure the foundation row is straight, put the two ends side by side, yo, insert hook into top two loops of chain of working side, then insert hook from the back to front of two loops of chain of the other side, yo, pull through both sides and pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook, ss to connect to top part of stitch. (106)

Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), RSC in each stitch around, SS to connect to top of first stitch (106)

Round 3: Ch 1, RHDC in each stitch around, SS to connect to top of first stitch (106)

Round 4: Ch 1, HDC in BBL of each stitch around, SS to connect to top of first stitch (106)

Round 5-28: Repeat Rounds 2-4 eight more times

Round 29-30: Repeat Rounds 2-3

Round 31: Ch 1, SC in BBL of each stitch around, SS to connect to top of first stitch (106)

Round 32: Turn, you are now working on the wrong side, SS around to tighten up the last row, SS to connect to top of first stitch (106)

FO and weave in the ends. Steam block to relax the yarn. This cowl done in Paton’s Classic Wool was CRAZY stiff before blocking. Paton’s Classic Wool also really softens up when you wet block it, so if steaming is still too stiff for you, wet block it.

Please note this pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell finished items from this pattern.

Free Pattern: Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf

Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf Wrapped

Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf

Wow, it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted. During that year I’ve been working a lot, still crocheting, and dabbling with the two stick thing (knitting).

I recently knit a Brioche Infinity Scarf and while I love the result, I felt like it took forever. To make it go faster, since  I was using an acrylic wool blend, I steamed the hell out of it to make it grow, which it did… but it also lost the squishiness that makes the Brioche Infinity Scarf so delicious.

I was thinking it was kind of like the ribbed strand of the Hooked Holla Infinity Scarf, but when I tried it out, it was not.

So after some more testing and swatching, I came up with the Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf pattern:

Materials:

725 yards of DK weight yarn (I used around 1.8 skeins of Jo-Ann Sensations Cuddle)
J crochet hook (6.0 mm)
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:

SS: Slip stitch

CH: Chain

FHDC: Foundation Half Double Crochet

FPHDC: Front Post Half Double Crochet

Notes:

This pattern is worked in the round, but you will be turning at the end of each row.

You will be working in post stitches for most of this pattern, but unlike how post stitches are frequently used, you will not be connecting the post stitches. This will result in a much more flexible fabric than you see when you connect the post stitches.

Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf ModelPattern:

Row 1: Ch 2, 179 FHDC,  then for final FHDC you will connect the foundation row. Make sure the foundation row is straight, put the two ends side by side, yo, insert hook into top two loops of chain of working side, then insert hook from the back to front of two loops of chain of the other side, yo, pull through both sides and pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook, connect with SS.

Row 2: Turn, Ch 1, FPHDC across, connect with SS

Row 3-40: Repeat Row 2

Finish off and weave in ends.

Finished scarf is 54″ long and 6″ wide not blocked. I did not block my scarf because I did not want to lose the squishiness.

Variations:

Longer or shorter scarf: This foundation row is aprox. 60″ long and will shrink to 54″ in the final scarf. If you want a longer scarf, your foundation row should be 10% longer than your desired finished length.

Worsted Weight Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf

Worsted Weight Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf

Worsted Weight Yarn: I have also made one in Patons Classic Wool which took around 2.5 skeins (525 yds), using a K hook and did 142 stitches for the foundation row. It was around a 49″ foundation row and I did 32 rows. The final scarf was very dense so I steamed and steamed it to open it up. It’s now around the same length and width as the one I made in Cuddle. It is a thicker scarf though and the DK weight yarn has more drape.

Kid’s Version: I made one for my son in Red Heart Super Saver. He’s been having issues tying his scarf recently and the infinity scarf is easier for him to put on without choking himself. For his scarf I used a K hook, did a foundation row of 140 stitches, 11 rows, and did not block it.

Kid's Two Tone Scarf

Kid’s Two Tone Scarf

Two Tone: I made my son’s scarf two tone, one side Royal Blue and one side Lighter Blue. I alternated colors on every other row. At the end of the rows I did the join with SS and Ch 1 with both colors before dropping one and starting the next. The seam isn’t spectacular, but it beats weaving in all those ends.

Two Tone Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf

Two Tone Not a Brioche Infinity Scarf

 

Free Pattern: Sugared Ribs – An Infinity Scarf

Sugared Ribs - An Infinity Scarf

Sugared Ribs – An Infinity Scarf

I finally gave Kristen Hein Strohm’s Fritillary Scarf a shot for Christmas presents. Reading through it made no sense, but when I finally sat down to make it, it worked out fine and made a gorgeous infinity scarf. I would highly recommend the pattern from Inside Crochet’s August 2011 issue available through Yudu. The pattern is for a flat scarf, but works very well in the round.

Sugared Ribs Front View

Sugared Ribs Side View



So while I was making these, I kept thinking how great it would work as just a ribbed cowl. New Year’s Eve I kept playing around with stitches and stitch patterns and while I wasn’t convinced just a ribbed cowl was the way to go, by New Year’s Day, my new infinity scarf Sugared Ribs was complete and I totally love how it came out. Sugared Ribs starts off with 4 shallow ribs (or faux ribs depending on your point of view), then ends with a few rows of seed stitch. I love ribbing and am always up to try a new crochet method. I really like how this ribbing came out. The rib rows take a while, but you’ll sprint through the final rows of seed stitch and the combo works great together.



So here’s my New Year’s baby, Sugared Ribs – An Infinity Scarf:

Materials:

280 yards of worsted weight yarn (I used around 1.3 skeins of Berroco’s Vintage)
J crochet hook (6.0 mm)
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:

CH: Chain
CHSP: Chain Space
BBL: Work in the Back Back Loop only. This is the loop BEHIND the back loop.

Top of work where you can see the work done in the BBL

 

1 – For HDC in BBL, YO, insert hook into BBL

 

2 – YO, pull up a loop

 

3 – YO, pull through all loops on hook



FHDC: Foundation Half Double Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
RSC: Raised Single Crochet (special stitch). After using this stitch in the Fritillary Scarf, I did some research to see if there was an official name for this stitch. While I found the stitch mentioned in a few places, I did not see it named anywhere else, so I’ve used the name from the Fritillary Scarf(if it was in American terms). This is similar to a back post stitch. Insert hook from back to front, under top two loops of stitch, then from front to back, under top two loops of next stitch. Hook will be around the post. YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through both loops on hook.

Raised SC: 1 – Back to front under top loops of stitch

 

2 – Then from front to back under top loops of next stitch

 

3 – Your hook will now be around the post. Now YO, pull up a loop.

 

4 – YO, pull through both loops on hook, stitch is finished



RHDC: Raised Half Double Crochet (special stitch). Similar to the Raised Single Crochet, but this is the Half Double Crochet version. YO, insert hook from back to front, under top two loops of stitch, then from front to back, under top two loops of next stitch. Hook will be around the post. YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all loops on hook.
SC: Single Crochet

Video tutorials for the special stitches used in this pattern can now be found on the Crochet Video Tutorial page.

Notes:

This pattern is worked in the round, just keep going at the end of each row.

Pattern:

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first HDC), 173 FHDC, then for final FHDC you will connect the foundation row. Make sure the foundation row is straight, put the two ends side by side, yo, insert hook into top two loops of chain of working side, then insert hook from the back to front of two loops of chain of the other side, yo, pull through both sides and pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook, you do not need to ss to connect to top part of stitch, just continue on with the next row. (175)

Row 2: RSC in each stitch around (175)

Row 3: RHDC in each stitch around (175)

Row 4: HDC in BBL of each stitch around (175)

Rows 5-10: Repeat Rows 2-4 two more times

Rows 11-12: Repeat Rows 2 and 3

Row 13: SC in BBL of each stitch around (175)

Row 14: SC, CH 1 (skip 1 SC) (175)

Row 15: SC in CHSP, CH 1 (skip SC) (175)

Rows 16-22: Repeat Row 15

Weave in ends.

Variations:

Only want the ribs (aka Sugar Free Ribs)? Repeat rows 2-4 until it’s as wide as you want it. you may want to end with a row of SS or SC.

This length is long enough to double, but you can make it shorter or longer, just use an odd number of stitches.

Please note this pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell finished items from this pattern.

Some more pictures of Sugared Ribs:






Free Pattern: Sleevy Scarf

Sleevy Scarf worn as Scarf with Sleeves

Sleevy Scarf worn as Scarf

 


So while I like the Ribbed SleevoScarf for what it is, what I really wanted to capture was the luxurious decadence of the overindulgent scarf MsNovak had sent me. Plus it keeps getting colder here in NY, so you need sleeves AND a scarf. This weekend I made a much wider, much longer version so you can wear it as sleeves and a scarf or just a super big scarf.

Here’s the pattern for the Sleevy Scarf:

Materials:
Aprox. 4.5 skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma (around 490 yards of Bulky weight yarn).
Tapestry Needle
10mm Crochet Hook

Gauge:

3″ x 4″ = 5 stitches x 7.5 rows

Abbreviations:

CH: Chain

FHDC: Foundation Half Double Crochet

HDC: Half Double Crochet

Sizing:

This pattern is much looser than the Ribbed SleevoScarf. It was made for someone 5′ 8″ tall who wears a large, but could be considered more of a one size fits all pattern. BUT if you are making this for someone much shorter, you may want to make this a few stitches shorter. If they are really skinny, maybe knock off 2 or 3 rows. I’ll ask one of my short and skinny friends to try it on and will post a sizing update in a few days.

Dimensions: 89 inches long x 9.5 inches wide at neck. Since this is ribbed, it has a lot of stretch, but unlike the Ribbed SleevoScarf, the Sleevy Scarf does not have negative ease.

Pattern:

Row 1:  CH 2 (Counts as first HDC here and throughout), 149 FHDC, turn (150)

(The easier version of Row 1 if you are afraid of FHDC: Ch 151, HDC in back hump of the third chain from hook, HDC in the back hump of each chain across to end, turn (150))

Row 2: CH 2, skip first stitch, 149 HDC BLO across, turn (150)

Rows 3-17: Repeat row 2

Row 18: CH 2, fold right sides together, slip stitch through both loops of turning chain from opposite side (foundation row).
You will now be working on the opposite side (foundation row). [Insert hook in back loop, yo, insert hook in back loop on other side of work (your 17th row), yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook], repeat for 15.25” (31 stitches including chain).
Turn right side out, you will now be working into your 17th row only. Work HDC in BLO until 15.25” (31 stitches) left. Turn inside out and fold right sides together. [Insert hook in back loop, yo, insert hook in back loop on other side of work, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook], repeat to end.

Weave in the ends and consider using Mary Jane Hall’s tip to secure the ends after you weave them in.

Wear as a scarf until your arms get cold, then put on your sleeves too.

Sleevy Scarf worn as Scarf with Sleeves







Sleevy Scarf finished flat view



I am still working on the Worsted weight version of this scarf. Be on the lookout for the pattern soon.

Free Pattern: Supersized See My Stitches Scarf

Supersized See My Stitches Scarf

Supersized See My Stitches Scarf

Supersized Side View

Supersized Side View



One of the first patterns I favorited on Ravelry was Lorraine Hern’s Bionic Wrap Scarf (pattern available on Ravelry and My PDF Patterns). Well… when I was about to pay for the pattern, I realized you needed two needles and not a hook to make this scarf. It was a knit pattern, so much for that idea. Over the months, I’ve continued to love the oversized stitch look and have been drawn back to this scarf time and time again.

The Bionic Wrap Scarf was the inspiration behind my crocheted Supersized See My Stitches Scarf which I had a blast making and LOVE wearing. I have decided this is my favorite scarf and I want to make a zillion more. It’s very simple and a lot of fun.

Supersized See My Stitches Scarf Closeup

Supersized See My Stitches Scarf Closeup

Materials:

2 skeins Charisma by Loops & Threads (218 yards Bulky weight yarn, a fun bright multi color yarn is highly recommended, uses exactly all the yarn)

16mm crochet hook

Abbreviations (US terms used):

Ch = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

FHDC = Foundation Half Double Crochet

BLO = Back Loops Only

Supersized See My Stitches Scarf Pattern:

Hold 2 strands of yarn together throughout the entire pattern.

Leave a 6.5″-7″ tail when starting, this will become part of the fringe.

Row 1: Ch 2, 95 FHDC  (super easy alternative: you can Ch 97, then 95 HDC if you are afraid of FHDC, but I really recommend FHDC)

Row 2: Ch 2, HDC in BLO

Row 3-4: repeat Row 2

Finish off leaving a 6.5″-7″ tail.

Then add the fringe.

Fringe:

Cut 18 13” strands.
Incorporate starting and ending ends of the scarf into the fringe so you don’t have to weave them in.
Thread 4 sets of 2 strands on the side with the ends and 5 sets of 2 strands on the other end of the scarf, push the loop in, then bring all the loops together and pull all the ends through at one time so it makes one big knot and one big fringe on each end.

Fringe Step 1:  Pull Up Loops

Fringe Step 1: Pull Up Loops

Fringe Step 1: Another view

Fringe Step 1: Another view

Fringe Step 2: Get all loops together

Fringe Step 2: Get all loops together

Fringe Step 3: Pull all loops through at the same time

Fringe Step 3: Pull all loops through at the same time

Fringe Step 4: Pull tight

Fringe Step 4: Pull tight

Final Fringe

Final Fringe

Uses EXACTLY all the yarn.

It’s a party of color.
Final Supersized Scarf

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