Here we have a couple of similar scarves, both of which are crocheted in checkerboard patterns using eyelash yarn. The checkerboard designs are created using the tapestry crochet technique. If you are not familiar with how to do tapestry crochet, you can click here to find tapestry crochet instructions. If you don't already know how to change colors in single crochet stitch, this linked tutorial will teach you how to do so.
These scarves are kid-friendly designs that can also be worn by teens and adults.
I've crocheted two different project samples that are similar but slightly different. On this page, I've posted the pattern for the version you see pictured. On page 2, I've posted a similar pattern for the scarf pictured on that page.
Crochet Skill Level: Intermediate
Yarn: My sample scarf was made using the following yarns:
- Color A: Bernat Softee baby yarn in the color called "Soft Lilac"; you'll need less than one 5 oz ball of Bernat Softee.
- Color B: Lion Brand Fun Fur in the print color known as "Fiji." This color has been discontinued, but there are many other interesting colors of Fun Fur still available for you to choose from. The Fiji color is bright shades of pink and purple; an interesting substitute would be the "Cotton Candy Stripes" color. If you prefer to try a solid color, the raspberry, orchid, violet, or magenta would all be nice substitutes in this design, or you could recolor it into a completely different colorway all together. Whatever you decide, you'll need 2-3 balls of Fun Fur for crocheting this scarf. The amounts you get per skein vary depending on which color you buy.
Crochet Hook: You'll need a large crochet hook; choose a hook that is large enough to accommodate two strands of yarn held together throughout, perhaps a size J or K hook.
Other: Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
11 sts = 4 inches when working in pattern.
I recommend taking the time to check your gauge, although matching my gauge is not absolutely critical for success with this project. Your scarf will be wearable even if it turns out to be a different size than my sample scarf, but you do want to make sure it isn't going to be way off.
Finished Scarf Size: 54.5 inches wide by 3.25 inches high
Before you begin crocheting, wind color A (the solid yarn) into two balls.
Color A is used throughout the entire scarf. It is held together with either a second strand of color A or a strand of color B (the eyelash yarn) throughout.
Remember to work in the tapestry crochet technique from the beginning. I recommend carrying your inactive yarns from the very first stitch in row 1.
Work 1 ch st between rows for your turning chains.
Using 2 strands of color A held together, ch 151.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in ea of the next 4 chs. Before completing the last step of the last st, change colors so that you are working with 1 strand of color B and 1 strand of color A. [Carring your inactive colors inside your stitches, work another 5 sts and then change colors again.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across the row.
Rows 2-5: Continue working in established color pattern.
Rows 6-10: Reverse the established color pattern to form the checkerboard; wherever you were using a strand of Color A plus B, use two strands of color A instead, and vice versa.
Finishing the Scarf
End off and weave in all loose ends. It is unnecessary to block this scarf; you can wear it as soon as you are finished.