If you'd like to crochet a pretty scarf to wear on Valentine's Day, this one is a great choice. I crocheted my sample scarf in Valentine-friendly colors - red, white and pink. It's easy to make color changes if you'd rather crochet a scarf for a different occasion, or if Valentine colors aren't your thing.
Be sure to check out the Fourth of July scarf, which is a re-colored version of this pattern; the Christmas scarf pattern is a similar design made using different colors of the same yarn. The yarn I used comes in a delightful palette of colors, and there are many other interesting colorways you could come up with if you want to personalize your scarf a bit more.
Skill Level: EasySupplies:
Recommended yarn: Classic Elite's organic cotton called "Sprout," which is from the "Verde" collection. This yarn is machine washable. It is a chunky weight yarn. Feel free to substitute yarns if you can find another yarn that will give you the same gauge. I used the following colors of Sprout yarn to crochet the sample scarf:
- Salvia red, color #4358
- Candy tuft, (pink) color #4389
- Summer cloud, (white) color #4301
One hank of each color was plenty to crochet the sample scarf.
Want to see a picture of Sprout yarn, or find out where to buy the yarn? Check out this page: Sprout yarn information
I used a size J / 6.0 mm crochet hook to crochet the sample scarf. Use either this size hook, or whatever size you need to get the correct gauge.Other:
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
Finished Size / Gauge:
The finished scarf measures approximately 4.5" by approximately 38". The row gauge is not critical for this pattern; the stitch gauge is more important. To crochet a scarf measuring 38" long, you'll have a gauge of approximately 13 sts per five inches.
To make a shorter scarf measuring 36", you could work at a gauge of 11 stitches per 4 inches.
I wouldn't recommend making the scarf any shorter than that; it could be made longer if you like, assuming you have enough yarn to complete a longer scarf. Be sure to check your gauge to make sure your scarf will turn out to be a usable size.
Crochet Abbreviations You'll Need for This Pattern:
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
You'll be starting this scarf in the center and working long horizontal rows upwards. Then you'll flip the scarf over so that you can work back across the starting chain to create a mirror image of the first half of the scarf.
When changing colors, work up through the last step of the last stitch in the old color, then work the last step of the last stitch in the new color. See complete instructions with pictures here: changing colors in crochet.
Cut the old color after each color change.
To save time, you can crochet over your yarn ends after each color change. That will help you to secure the ends, while eliminating the need to do so much weaving in of ends. Be aware that this technique works better for people who crochet tightly, and might not be effective for crocheters who work loosely.
Directions for Crocheting the Valentine Scarf:
Using white yarn, ch 100. Optional: When crocheting the first row, you might want to work into the back part of these chain stitches, leaving both the front and back loops free; later, you'll appreciate having those loops free when you crochet the second half of the scarf.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across the entire row.
ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Work this whole row in sc. At the end of the row, change colors to pink.
ch 3, turn.
Row 3: Skip first st, (dc in next st, sl st in next st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. At the end of the row, change colors to red.
ch 3, turn.
Row 4: Work this whole row in dc. At the end of the row, change colors to white.
ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Work this whole row in sc. At the end of the row, change colors to pink.
ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Edging Row - sl st in first st. (Skip next st, 5 hdc in next st, skip next st, sl st in next st.) Keep repeating the sequence in parentheses until you have completed the row. You'll end this edging row with a sl st. End off and weave in ends.
Row 7: Turn the scarf over so that you can work back across your foundation chain. Attach the white yarn with a slip knot. Repeat row 2.
Row 8: Repeat row 3.
Row 9: Repeat row 4.
Row 10: Repeat row 5.
Row 11: Repeat row 6.
Finishing the Valentine Scarf:
Finish off; secure and weave in loose ends. Blocking is optional.
The following works were used as references to create this Valentine scarf pattern:
- The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches
James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
1986 Lyric Books Limited
ISBN# 0 7111 0028 4
- Classic Elite yarn labels for the Sprout yarn
"Floret stitch" from this book is used in rows 3 and 8 of the Valentine scarf.