James Walters and Sylvia Cosh popularized a technique of organic crochet patchwork which you can use to crochet freeform scarves or other projects. This way of working is free and creative; it does not require much pre-planning, and it doesn't tie you down to working from a pattern.
On the other hand, you never quite know what you'll get. Every project is a brand new adventure! So if you're an adventurous crocheter, this might be a fun idea for you to explore for making scarves or whatever else you might like to try.
If you want to crochet a scarf using this technique, follow the instructions given in their worksheet (linked above,) taking care to create your patchwork in a size and shape that would be suitable for a scarf.
Freeform Crochet Scarf Tutorials
The following tutorials are posted at other websites on the Internet:
- Carla's freeform crochet scarf tutorial
- Prudence Mapstone's freeform crochet tutorial -- This shows you Prudence's basic approach to freeform crochet, which you could apply to crocheting scarves or other projects.
- Renate Kirkpatrick's freeform tutorial -- Here's a similar tutorial that shows you Renate's approach to freeform crochet. Use this type of technique for crocheting scarves or just about anything else.
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References and External Links
I learned almost everything I know about freeform crochet by reading books written by Sylvia Cosh, James Walters and Del Pitt Feldman:
The Crochet Workbook
By Sylvia Cosh and James Walters
This book is hard to find; since it is out of print, you'll be at the mercy of the secondary market when looking for copies. If you can manage to find a copy of it, it's usually rather expensive. If you do not have access to a copy of the book, try reading through the freeform crochet worksheets at the authors' website; I highly recommend them.
Crochet: Discovery and Design
By Del Pitt Feldman
This is another out-of-print book that can be challenging to locate. This book was published in the 1970s, and looks it.