Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Alana Lacy Scarf, Free Crochet Pattern
















Once the summer sets in I am always thinking of crochet projects that are wearable on sunny days and a lacy scarf turned out to be the perfect project to feed my crochet addiction. You can hardly see me without my scarf and I think it is the perfect accessory to dress up any plain outfit. looking for a mother's day gift? Why not whip one of these real quick?  It is a fast growing crochet pattern with all the big gaps and the repetitive pattern would put you at ease instantly.  I tried them in acrylic and a blend of cotton, the cotton one came out gorgeous with more stitch definition as you can see in the purple scarf. The red one I whipped up with some leftover baby acrylic yarn and still looks beautiful and light.

Crochet Pattern

Materials
  1. DK weight, size 3 yarn. Cotton preferable.
  2. Hook G (4.25mm).
  3. Yarn needle to weave in the tails
Gauge
2 shells = 4 inches long

Finished Measurements
58 inches long and 6 ½ inches wide not measuring the tassels. Just keep repeating the rows if you want to make it wider. Each row will add ¾ inches to the width.

Yardage
Takes around 250 yards. If you plan to make the scarf wider add 30 yards for each row. Each row adds ¾ inches to the width of your scarf.

Stitch Abbreviations
Pattern is in standard American terms.
hdc- half double crochet
tr- triple crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
sk- skip
st- stitch 

Stitch Explanation
Triple crochet (tr): It is a taller than a double crochet and worked as follows:
Wrap the yarn around the hook 2 times, insert your hook in to the next st and pull up a loop, *(yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 3 times.------A triple crochet made.
Shells:I have used 2 types of shells in this pattern. Though they are very similar, mixing them up adds more dimension to the pattern.
Lacy shell: (tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr) all worked into the same st.
Solid Shell: ( tr, ch 1, 3 tr ) all worked into the same st.

Pattern

The scarf is worked lengthwise and you start with a very long chain. I found that the shells looked better worked this way :). Please see stitch explanation above for lacy and solid shell.

With G hook Chain 180 + 3 for turning chain. If you chain tightly, use the next size hook for your foundation chain.

Row 1: 1 hdc in 3rd chain from hook, * skip 2 ch , 1 lacy shell in next st, skip 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, * repeat from * to * till end. -----------30 shells

                      

Note: In the next round the beginning Ch 5 counts as the first (tr + ch 1 ) of a shell and the idea is to work a shell in the dip between each of the two shells of the previous round alternating with a hdc in the peak of each shell. See pic 1 on page 3.

Row 2 : ch 5 , 1 tr in first st, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st ( the middle tr at the peak of a shell), sk 2 st, *(1 lacy shell into the dip between next two shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in to next st on the peak of a shell, sk 2 st ) *, repeat from * to * ending with a (tr, ch 1, tr) in the last st.

Row 3 : Ch 2, 1 hdc in first st, sk 2 st, 1 solid shell in next st at the dip between 2 shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st at the peak of a shell*, repeat from *-* working last hdc into the top of beginning chain 3.

Row 4: row 2

Row 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc in first st, sk 2 st, 1 lacy shell in next st at the dip between 2 shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st at the peak of a shell*, repeat from *-* working last hdc into the top of beginning chain 3.

Row 6: ch 5 , 1 tr in first st, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in next st ( the middle tr at the peak of of a shell), sk 2 st, *(1 solid shell in to the dip between next two shells, sk 2 st, 1 hdc in to next st on the peak of a shell, sk 2 st ) *, repeat from * to * ending with a (tr, ch 1, tr) in the last st.

Row 7: Row 5

Row 8: Row 2

If you want to add to the width of your scarf, repeat rows 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 .

Tassels And Finishing
For tassels, cut 4 strands of 8 inches length. Fold at the middle of the strands and pull through the scarf to get a loop, yarn over grabbing all the strands and pull through the loop. Tighten the knot and trim as needed. I attached 5 tassels on each side. Weave in the ends.
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