Back in the days when I lived alone with only cats to keep me company, I used to knit. A LOT. I made sweaters and dresses and hats and scarves and mittens. I made gifts for friends, and baby blankets and stuffed animals. These days I live with a man, a child, a dog, and 2 guinea pigs. So now, I mostly just make scarves. This scarf is crochet, which is even easier than knitting. I am a slow knitter/crocheter and I made this over the course of three nights. I used organic cotton, because wool makes me itch. For the length, I always wrap a tape measure around my neck to measure how long I want it. I usually subtract a few inches to account for stretch, especially with a heavy yarn like cotton or a worsted weight yarn. Don’t forget to subtract for fringe, too! This is incredibly easy to modify. To add more width, just add 2 stitches to the chain for every bobble you want, ending on an odd number. The finished dimensions for my scarf is 6″W x 75″L, with 6″ fringe on the edges.
- 2 skeins worsted weight organic cotton yarn
- size J crochet hook
Begin by making a chain of 17 stitches. Add 3 more stitches to the chain to make your first bobble. *Wrap yarn around your hook, insert hook into the 4th chain from the hook, wrap yarn around hook again(as if to double crochet) and pull through the stitch. Wrap yarn around the hook again and pull through the first 2 stitches on the hook, ending up with 2 stitches on your hook.(If this was a double crochet stitch, you would repeat to end up with 1 stitch on the hook). Leaving those 2 stitches on the hook, repeat from * 2 more times, so you have 3 stitches in the single chain stitch, and 4 stitches on your hook. Wrap yarn around the hook, and pull through all 4 stitches. You have completed the first bobble. Skip the next stitch on the chain, and repeat bobble stitch in the next one. Work your way across the chain until you reach the end, 9 bobbles. At the end of the row, turn work, make 3 chain stitches and start your first bobble in the 2nd stitch(the last skipped stitch of the previous row). Repeat this pattern of bobbles every other stitch and stitching into the skipped stitches of the last row until you have reached the length you want. Fasten off by cutting yarn and pulling through the last stitch.
To make fringe:
To make 6″ fringe, cut a piece of cardboard to 6″ long and about a foot wide. Wrap yarn around the cardboard until you have the number of strands you want. Cut yarn from skein, then cut on side of the yarn along the edge of the cardboard. Take the number of strands you want for your bobble, line them up and fold them in half. Put your crochet hook through the middle stitch on the bottom of your scarf.( I always start in the middle, then do the end stitches, and then fill in more fringe to see how it looks as I go. This scarf has 5 fringes on each side). Hook yarn around the crochet hook, and pull through the stitch until you have a small loop on the other side of the stitch. Pull yarn ends through the loop and tighten. Trim edges of the fringe to make them even.
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