I'm fascinated with the idea of crocheting quick scarves out of simple, basic stitches. This design fits into that theme; it's beginner-friendly and works up reasonably quickly.
This scarf is similar to several others I've posted on our website. It's much like the easy mesh scarf; the main difference is that this scarf is worked in the vertical direction. Comparing the two designs, it's easier to adjust the length on this scarf; you can simply stop crocheting when the scarf reaches the length you want it to be.
Another minor difference: the stitches stretch a bit differently. Gravity affects them differently since they drape in different directions. This scarf is really drapey and "fluid", as is the other mesh scarf.
Skill Level: Beginner
Pattern Errata: This pattern was updated on 9/24/ 2012. If your copy is older than that, you are invited to print out a new copy with the update. There was a mistake in row 1 that has now been corrected. I am terribly sorry for any confusion or inconvenience that resulted from this mistake!
Yarn: For my sample scarf, I used Caron Simply Soft in the "Autumn Red" color. My sample scarf required approximately 4.5 oz / 128 g of Simply Soft.
Simply Soft is a worsted weight yarn. If you make substitutions, be sure to choose a similar soft yarn that will drape well.
Size I crochet hook, or size needed to obtain the correct gauge.
Finished Scarf Size:My sample scarf measures approximately 3 inches by 46 inches.
Gauge is not critical for success with this project, but you still may want to check your gauge. Crochet the first 6 inches of the scarf and then measure the width. If it's 3" wide, you've matched my gauge exactly. If it's wider, you may wish to switch to a smaller crochet hook and start over. If it's narrower, you may wish to start over with a larger crochet hook. That's entirely up to you; if you like the width your scarf is turning out, there's no need to start over. However, if your scarf ends up being wider / heavier than mine, you will use more yarn than the amount specified in the pattern.
Design Notes: The brackets, , denote a set of instructions within the pattern that needs to be repeated.
Throughout this project, think of the turning chains in the previous row as you would a dc stitch. When you work your last stitch in each row, you will crochet into the top of the turning chain.
Row 1: dc in 6th ch from hook. The skipped ch sts count as follows: the first skipped ch counts as a ch st. The next 3 skipped ch sts count as 1 dc st. The next skipped ch counts as a ch st. Next, [ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch after the skipped ch.] Rep instructions in brackets 5 more times. You'll end up with a total of 8 dc sts in the row. Be sure to to count the chs at the beg as one of your dc sts.
Row 2: ch 4, turn. The first 3 ch sts count as 1 dc st; the 4th ch counts as a ch st. skip the 1st ch. dc in next dc [ch 1, dc in next dc.] Rep the instructions in brackets 5 more times across the row. You'll end up with a total of 8 dc sts in the row.
Rows 3 and Up: Rep row 2.
Finishing the Scarf:
Weave in your loose ends. If you used wool, alpaca, cotton or another natural fiber for crocheting your scarf, you may wish to block it before wearing it. If you used synthetic yarn such as acrylic, there's no urgent need to block the scarf; you can wear it immediately if you like, or give it as a gift.