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Free Crochet Pattern for a Lacy Striped Scarf

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Lacy Striped Crocheted Scarf

Lacy Striped Crocheted Scarf

Photo © Michael Solovay

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Project Introduction:

I’m delighted to share this lacy striped scarf pattern with you. It is crocheted using the three-color striped version of lacy interrupted V-stitch.

The scarf works up quickly, and is an interesting and enjoyable craft project.

Materials:

Yarn:

I’ve chosen to make my sample scarf using Nature’s Choice organic cotton yarn by Lion Brand. This yarn is soft and touchable. If you like wearing cotton garments, you’ll definitely enjoy this one; it's a pleasure wearing this scarf next to bare skin.

You’ll also feel good knowing that the yarn is produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides or toxic chemicals which harm the environment.

Compare prices for this yarn.

You can, of course, feel free to substitute similar yarn if you prefer. If you do, please take the time to check your gauge to ensure that your scarf will turn out to be a wearable size.

Yarn Colors:

You'll need 3 different colors of yarn to crochet this lacy striped scarf as shown:

  • Color A: In my sample scarf, color A is "pecan," which is a lovely warm brown color
  • Color B: As shown, color B is "olive," which is a gorgeous natural green color
  • Color C: In my sample scarf, color C is "spice," which is a dusty orange color

You have many choices for color combinations using this yarn; there are 14 different colors available, and all of them are wearable.Choosing a different yarn extends your color options even further.

One ball of each color was more than enough to make this scarf.

Crochet Hook:

A size J-10 (6 mm) crochet hook is the recommended starting point for this project. This hook size might or might not be the size that will work best for this project in combination with your unique way of crocheting. Please check your gauge before working the entire project, and make hook size adjustments as necessary.

Size of the Finished Scarf:

My sample scarf measures 68.5" x 4".

Feel free to adjust the measurements of your own scarf if you like. The starting chain will be a multiple of 4 + 9 stitches, and you can add as many rows as you like. If you decide to add rows, I recommend ending with a V-stitch row of color A to make sure that your scarf has a straight upper edge and a balanced look.

Gauge:

Gauge is not crucial for achieving success with this project. Scarves come in a wide variety of sizes, and you can make any size scarf you'd like. If you want your scarf to be exactly the same size as mine, you can feel free to match my gauge, which is given below. It is not strictly necessary to do so. If you are off by a little bit, your scarf should still turn out fine.

If your scarf will turn out to be significantly wider or longer than mine, you might need to buy additional yarn so that you do not run out.

My Gauge: When working in pattern, 3 stitch repeats = 5"; 7 rows = 4".

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

V Stitch Definition

Work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in same ch or sp.

Design Notes:

Anticipate color changes at the end of every row. When you reach the last stitch in each row, work all the steps except the last step in the old color. To complete the stitch, draw through a loop of the new color. Work your turning chain and the next row in the new color.

If you'd like to avoid weaving in extra loose ends, you can carry your unused colors up the sides of your work. The linked tutorial shows the basic idea while working in single crochet, but you can use the same sort of technique with the stitch used here.

This process will leave some long strands along the sides which will need to be dealt with during the finishing process. That part is easy; you'll work a row of single crochet stitches overtop of the carried strands to hide them.

Instructions for How to Crochet the Scarf:

Using color A, ch 169.

Row 1: Working in color A, dc in 4th ch from hook, (ch 1, skip next 3 chs, V-st in 4th ch from hook.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, work a dc in each of the last 2 chs. Change colors to color B.

Row 2: Working in color B, ch 1, turn.

Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color C.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn.

Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color A.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn.

Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color B.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn.

Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color C.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn.

Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color A.

Row 7: Ch 3, turn.

Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Do not cut yarn yet.

Finishing the Scarf

Using color A, ch 1 and crochet a row of evenly-spaced single crochet stitches across the end of the scarf. If you carried your yarns up the sides of your work, be sure to crochet overtop of the carried yarns to hide them. Otherwise the carried yarns might snag on things when you wear the scarf.

When I was finished with this, I ended up with 11 sc stitches total at each end; I put two stitches in each V-stitch row and 1 stitch in each row of scs and chains. This number is not set in stone, so if you come up with a few stitches more or a few stitches less it will not matter as long as you are satisfied with the way it looks.

When you are finished this row, cut the yarn and weave in all your loose ends.

Attach color A to the other end of your scarf and work another row of evenly spaced sc across the remaining end. Weave in your remaining loose ends.

Block your scarf if desired.

I didn't add fringe to my scarf, but you can if you'd like to. In this video, Edna Kurtzman demonstrates an easy technique for adding fringe to a crochet project such as this one.

I hope you will enjoy your scarf.

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