This eye-catching scarf is crocheted in red, white and blue. You can wear it with pride all year long, or make it especially for Fourth of July. I chose a chunky textured organic cotton yarn for this scarf; in some parts of the USA, the temperature drops enough after sundown for a cotton scarf like this one to be wearable even during the month of July.
If you live in an area where July weather is hot and humid 24 hours a day, you might want to make this kind of scarf for a different occasion; perhaps try the Christmas version, or the Valentine version. Also, feel free to re-color the design; it would be a great project to crochet for team sports enthusiasts, because you can crochet the scarf using yarns in your favorite team's colors.
Skill Level: EasySupplies:
You'll need a chunky textured cotton yarn, such as Classic Elite's organic cotton yarn called "Sprout." Feel free to make substitutions if there's a different yarn you'd rather use; for best results, try to 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
- Baby blue eyes, color #4357
- Summer cloud, (white) color #4301
One hank of each color was more than needed to crochet the sample scarf.
Learn more about Sprout yarn and see a picture at 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 inches by approximately 38 inches. The row gauge is not critical for this pattern; the stitch gauge is more important. To crochet a scarf measuring 38 inches long, you'll have a gauge of approximately 13 stitches per five inches.
If you'd like to crochet a shorter scarf, measuring approximately 36 inches, 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 crochet a longer scarf. Check your gauge to ensure that your scarf will turn out to be the correct size. Change hooks if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
You'll crochet this scarf in long horizontal rows, starting at the center; then you'll flip the scarf over in order to work back across the foundation chain. The second half of the scarf is a mirror image of the first half.
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 a tutorial with photos and instructions here: how to change colors.
Cut the old color after each color change.
Crocheting over the yarn ends after each color change might save you some time. It's a technique that can help you to avoid excessive weaving in of ends. Be aware that this technique works better for crafters who crochet tightly, and might not be effective for people who crochet loosely.
Directions for Crocheting the Fourth of July Scarf:
Using white yarn, ch 100. Optional: When crocheting the first row, you might want to work into the back part of your ch sts, leaving both the front and back loops free; later, when you work row 7, you'll appreciate having those loops free.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook; work the rest of the row in sc st.
ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Work this whole row in sc. At the end of the row, change colors to blue.
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 blue.
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.) Repeat the sequence in parentheses across the entire row. End the 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 starting 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 Fourth of July Scarf:
Finish off; secure and weave in loose ends. Blocking is optional.
I consulted the following resources when designing this Fourth of July 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 stitch dictionary is used in rows 3 and 8 of the Fourth of July scarf.