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Colorful Beginner Crochet Scarf

Perfect your crochet skills with this Colorful Beginner Crochet Scarf. If you're still learning how to crochet, then this surprisingly simple crocheted scarf is a great design that will help you master the basic crochet stitches. This free crochet pattern includes helpful step-by-step diagrams of each basic crochet stitch including the chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and more. All you need is two skeins of Red Heart's Unforgettable yarn to complete this gorgeous, multicolored crochet pattern.

Beginner

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

MATERIALS:

  • Red Heart Boutique™ Unforgettable™: 2 skeins 3945 Parrot.
  • Crochet Hook: 6.0mm [US J-10].
  • 3 Stitch markers (2 matching markers, 1 unique marker)
  • yarn needle.

SIZE:
Scarf measures 50” long x 7¼” wide.

GAUGE:
14 sc = 4”.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain gauge

NOTES:
The main body of the scarf is worked from the center out. It is worked in the round, with increases at each end. Move stitch markers up to the next row as work progresses.

Stitches and Abbreviations Used
Yarn over (yo): Wrap the yarn from back to front over the hook (or hold the yarn still and maneuver the hook). This movement of the yarn over the hook is used over and over again in crochet.

Chain (ch)


Start with a slip knot on the hook. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the loop already on the hook to form a new loop. Be careful not to tighten the previous loop.

Repeat to form the number of chains specified in the instructions. Do not count the slip knot as a stitch. When working into the starting chain, you may work under one or two strands of chain loops as shown in the illustration. Either of these methods forms an even, firm bottom edge. Some people like to work into the “bump” on the back of the chain. This forms an even, stretchy bottom edge that is ideal for garments. Whichever method of working into the foundation you choose, be consistent. Work all the pieces of a project in the same manner.

Slip Stitch (slip st)

Insert the hook into the work. Yarn over and pull the yarn through both the work and the loop on the hook in one movement.

Single Crochet (sc)

Insert the hook into the work (second chain from hook on the starting chain), yarn over and draw yarn through the work only.

Yarn over again and pull the yarn through both loops on the hook. One sc made.

Half Double Crochet (hdc):

Yarn over and insert the hook into the work (third chain from hook on the starting chain)

Yarn over and draw through the work only.



Yarn over again and pull yarn through all three loops on the hook.



One hdc made.

Double Crochet (dc)

Yarn over and insert the hook into the work (fourth chain from hook on starting chain).



Yarn over and draw yarn through the work only



Yarn over and pull yarn through the first two loops only on the hook.



Yarn over and pull yarn through the last two loops on the hook.



One dc made

Shell
The shell stitch in this pattern is worked around the outside edge of the scarf after the last row of double crochet. 5 double crochets in one stitch equals a shell. The next stitch is skipped. A single crochet is worked in the next stitch then the next stitch is skipped. This series of stitches is repeated all the way around the scarf. The stitch before and after the shell is skipped to leave some room for the 5 stitches to fan out and become rounded. The single crochet is a smaller stitch than the double crochet so it draws the end of the shell down and helps to give the shell shape. A shell is used as a universal term for this type of shape in a pattern. The actual stitches can change but the beginning of the pattern will have instructions as to which combination of stitches to use.

SCARF
Chain 151.
Round 1: Sc in second chain from hook and each ch to last ch; 3 sc in last ch (inc made), place matching marker in second sc made; turn; working in free loops across bottom of chain, sc in each ch to last ch; 2 sc in last ch (increase made), place matching marker in second sc made; join with slip st to first sc; ch 1, place unique marker in ch-1 – 306 sc.
Round 2: Sc in each sc to first marked sc; 3 sc in marked sc; sc in each sc to second marked sc; 3 sc in marked sc; sc in each sc to third marked sc; join with slip st; ch 1 – 310 sc.
Round 3: Repeat Round 2 – 314 sc.
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in next sc and in each sc to first marked sc; 3 hdc in marked sc; hdc in each sc to second marked sc; 3 hdc into marked sc; hdc in each sc to third marker; join with slip st – 318 hdc.
Round 5 & 6: Repeat Round 4 – 326 hdc at end of Round 6.
Round 7: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next hdc and in each hdc to first marked hdc; 3 dc in marked hdc; dc in each hdc to second marked hdc; 3 dc in marked hdc; dc in each hdc to third marked hdc; join with slip st – 330 dc.
Round 8: Repeat Round 7 – 334 dc.

Shell Edging:
Ch 3; *5 dc into same dc, skip next dc; sc into next dc, skip next dc*; repeat from * to * around scarf; join with slip st to ch-3.
Fasten off. Weave in ends

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Now THIS is actually a beginners's pattern! It shows all the steps and gives great instructions. Wish more of the "easy" ones did the same! Anyone elese agree??

No, I can't say that I do agree. You can learn to make any stitch you want in a million places, there's no need to wade through instructions on how to make a chain in every beginner pattern. Perhaps each person could have bookmarks to the tutorials they need on their own personal computers, that way anybody can make any pattern they come across, and get only the help they need to do a stitch.

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