Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ashlea Scarf



This is a very easy scarf pattern. Although the lacy stitch pattern looks a little complicated, it uses only chains, and single and double crochet stitches. Once you establish the pattern, it is only a simple one row repeat, which is easy to memorize. It is simple to make this design wider or narrower, and I think it would make a pretty shawl also.



Notes:

I used WW weight yarn and a K hook. The stitch pattern is quite dense in places, so it drapes better if you use a hook that seems a little large for the yarn. I crochet loosely.

This pattern uses a stitch multiple of 4 plus 1. Then you add 3 more to your beginning chain for the turning chain. (which in this case means that your beginning chain has to be a multiple of 4.) This means that you could make a narrower scarf by subtracting 4 stitches or make a wider scarf or a shawl, by adding stitches in multiples of 4.

My scarf turned out to be 7 inches wide. If I made it again, I might make it a little narrower, but this scarf is going to a "warm the homeless project" that was organized by one of my co-workers so the width will be welcome for warmth.

Stitches used:
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet

Special stitches:
cluster: 1 dc and 1 sc both in same chain or stitch
v stitch: 1 dc, ch1, 1 dc all done in the same chain or stitch

V stitch in v stitch means that you make a v stitch in the chain 1 space of the v stitch in the previous row.

The chain 3 that starts each row is there to give the scalloped effect along the edge of the scarf and is not used as a working stitch. Just ignore it when you get to the end of the row. The last cluster is worked into the last actual stitch of the row, not the turning chain.

The Pattern:

Chain 20. Remember to use a hook that is a couple of sizes larger than the yarn calls for, so that your scarf will drape nicely.

Row 1: Make cluster into the 4th ch from the hook), **skip a ch, v stitch in the next ch, skip a chain, cluster into the next ch**, repeat from ** to **. You should end with a cluster in the last chain. Ch 3, turn

Row 2: Skip the first sc, make a cluster in the next st, (which is the dc of the cluster below),
**v stitch into the v stitch below, cluster into the DC of the cluster below**, repeat from ** to **, ending with a cluster in the last DC of the last cluster. Do not stitch into the ch 3 turning chain.
ch 3, turn.

Repeat row 2 until your scarf is as long as you want it to be.

The pattern consists of clusters worked in the DC of the clusters in the row beneath alternating with v stitches worked in the chain 1 space of the v stitch in the previous row.

If you don't want the scalloped edge, using a ch 2 as a turning chain will make the edge straighter. If you choose this option, you would need to subtract one chain from the beginning chain.

Pattern is untested, except by myself. Please let me know if something is unclear, or you find a mistake.
You may sell one or two items made from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern or publish it anywhere else. Please link to the pattern if you post a picture elsewhere.

33 comments:

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  2. This is a pretty scarf. I am going to try and crochet it soon. Thanks for the pattern. I appreciate it.

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  3. You're welcome. Thanks for the compliment.

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  4. Hello,
    I added this project and thumbnail to our site and linked to you. We are looking for more scarf patterns as well as other crochet patterns, so if you have any similar projects please feel free to let me know.
    Thanks,
    Christine
    cweiher@primecp.com
    Editor, www.AllFreeCrochet.com

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  5. Am just now finishing this scarf for a friend, it's beautiful. Thank you for the pattern!

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  6. Happy New Year! I finished this project a couple of days ago and agree that it would be better in a more narrow pattern...I just am not sure where to stop and how many chains to delete. I am a newbie and found this pattern fun and easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hi, Susan, thanks for the compliment. You can make the scarf narrower by subtracting 4 or 8 stitches from the beginning chain. When a pattern is a multiple of 4 (as this one is), you can just subtract chains in multiples of 4 to make the item smaller, and add in multiples of 4 to make it larger.

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  8. I am daughter to Ruth who knits and granddaughter to Agda who could make (sew, knit, crochet) literally anything.

    I am also a nurse and my hospital gives away blankets & shawls to patients through our volunteer service. My husband had a liver transplant in 09 & doing well. His blanket is a constant reminder of the people who cared for us. It's inspired me to learn how to crochet. Your scarf pattern will be my first attempt before I jump into blankets for donation. The scarf is for me ;-)

    Thank You for Sharing!

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  9. You're welcome. Glad to hear that your husband is doing well after his transplant. I hope you are successful at making the scarf, and that you enjoy using it.

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  10. I was going to try to make this pattern into a baby blanket. What do you think? It is so pretty.

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  11. Hmm, I hadn't considered a baby blanket. I think you'd need to use a smaller hook than you'd use for a scarf, because it might be too holey to be practical with the large hook.

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  12. This scarf pattern is all time favorite of mine. Just an awesome pattern. Thanks for sharing..

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  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this pattern. I have so much yarn in my stash that I can make some beautiful scarves with this pattern for Christmasx. I can't wait - even if I don't give them all to family, they will be given to a doc in my daughter's town who sends pkgs to an Indian reservation each year - I know for a fact they truly appreciate them, as I've sent them the last 4-5 years. Thanks again.

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  14. Very lovely scarf. Made it for my daughter, and she loves it.

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  15. You are wonderful and oh soooo considerate!!!
    Thank you for putting all your patterns in pdf.

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  16. This scarf is light and lacey. I sewed the ends together for an infinitey scarf. It's perfect!! Thank you!

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  17. Happy New Year, and thanks for pattern.
    Our group (Grits and Grins--girls raised in the South and girls raised in the North--make hats and scarfs for school children. This will be a
    nice addition to the pile.
    Our ages are from 8 to 85. What a blessing to share with those less fortunate.

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  18. Happy New Year. Thanks for pattern. Our group (Grits and Grins-Girls raised in the South and Girls raised in the North)--knit and crochet for servicemen and school children. Our ages are from 8 to 85.
    It is a blessing to give to others.

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  19. Thanks for posting this pattern. I made this scarf as my 3rd project. It was easy enough for a beginner, but looks intricate. I love it.

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  20. I don't remember seeing such a lovely scarf in a long time! It is breathtaking and can easily go from "every day" to "special day/purpose" without a probem! I have projects to finish off (both knitting and crochet) but when done, I plan to make this. I'm even going to get real gutsy and see how this will work done with crochet thread. I'll let you know how it works out...but give me awhile because my volunteer work keeps me rather busy too. Thanks again, and by the way I salute you and all nurses and doctors for the work you do day in and day out. You're one special breed of people; right up there with the armed forces! Anonymous2

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  21. I am in the process of making this scarf right now, and I have a question. I have noticed this with other things I make so I know it is not your pattern it is something I do. As I work my way up from the chain, I find that the bottom is curling. Also when I hold the scarf up, it seems to look like it gets narrower as it gets closer to the chain. I know that it isn't any smaller at that end, because all the stitches fit. It just seems to "look" that way. Any suggestions on what I could be doing wrong?
    Thank you

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    1. I'm a long ways from being an expert and I'm not really sure what would cause this. My best guess is that your beginning chain is more tightly crocheted than the rest of your work. This would cause that end to curl and look narrower as work progresses. You could try using a bigger hook for your beginning chain, and then using a smaller hook for the rest of the pattern. Hope that idea works for you.

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    2. I understand that you aren't an expert, but I like getting thoughts from other crocheters. I figure other people might think of something I didn't, and it worked!! Thank you for the idea of using a larger hook, that's a great idea! I am too far into this one to start over and it doesn't seem TOO bad with this one. But when I do the next one, I just love this pattern it's beautiful, I will definitely try the larger hook to start. Thank You very much for your thoughts!

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  22. I am finishing up this scarf. Very pretty but my question is: The beginning end with the chains is straight, the ending end has scallops. How do I get a straight edge on the finishing end? Hope this makes since. My daughter also wants fringe on hers. Yes, I should have made it more narrow, will for sure the next one!!!

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  23. JOAnn, It's been a long time since I made this scarf, and I donated the ones I made to charity, so I don't have one to look at. I don't have time right now to make up the scarf and try to make the end straight, but the first thing I would try is to make all the stitches in the last row the same height. By that I mean either do all DC's or all SC's instead of the combination of stitches that the pattern calls for. If you choose to do all SC's you probably should do either a ch 1 or a ch 2 to start that row. You may need to do a little experimenting to see what works best.

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  24. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern . I made this scarf as a gift for my mother inlaw for her birthday. So very easy i was able to make it in two days. I've made alot of intricate lacy patterns that are very time consuming this pattern works up fast . I know I will be making lots of these for christmas gifts. And also going to make a bunch to donate as this is a fun scarf to keep me busy through the long up coming winter.

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  25. I started working this pattern and it is really beautiful and easy! I notice you say to use multiples of 4 plus 1 and I had trouble with that, because you posted in your pattern to ch 20. Shouldn't that be 21 to start? Anyway, that's the only problem I could see and I had to be pretty knitpicky to find it (pardon the pun!).

    I teach crochet at my local yarn store. Would you mind if I shared this pattern and your blog spot?

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  26. I made this for my sister last Christmas turned out just beautiful and was so easy. Thank you for sharing this pattern.

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  27. Greetings. This night, I was seeking a beautiful stitch for a scarf. To find the Ashlea Scarf is a God Send. I am so Thankful and Grateful. The scarf and the stitches are simply Beautiful. Thank You for sharing it, and Your Joy.

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  28. I am going to try this scarf also as I find it beautiful and it seems so easy to make. One question: about how much yarn is needed?

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    1. It's been a long time since I made this scarf. It was probably less than 6 oz of yarn. A lot depends on what size you end up making your scarf.

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