I thought I would share with you a pattern for a crochet scarf that I have devised. I'm calling it the Marmalade scarf - because of the colours its worked in.
As the year starts to turn here in the UK, and autumn arrives I always get drawn to those really rich autumn leaf colours - gold, red, and orange tones. I wanted to make a scarf inspired by those kinds of colours, and the Marmalade scarf was the result! This scarf is worked lengthways, in striped bands of Kid Classic and Kidsilk Haze yarn. This pattern is also available from Ravelry.
Here's how I did it:
2x balls of Rowan Kid Classic shade Ochre 881
1x ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze shade Marmadlade 596
1x ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze shade Fudge 658
1x ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze shade Ember 644
6mm crochet hook
5mm crochet hook
Notes: this pattern uses UK crochet abbreviations. The pattern also requires you to work some rows using 2 strands of the same colour of Kidsilk Haze held together to double the thickness. You may find it easier to wind half the ball off into a separate ball before you start, for each of the Kidsilk Haze colours you use. This pattern is worked using a slightly larger hook size than suggested for the yarn, to give a very open, soft, airy scarf.
Using Kid Classic yarn and 6mm hook, loosely make a chain of 203.
Row 1: Work 1 treble into 3rd chain from hook. Continue working 1 treble into each chain until end.
Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as first stitch), skip first treble in row (becuase you already made your first stitch using the 3 chain), and work 1 treble into top of each stitch to end of row (you now have 2 rows of simple treble crochet).
Row 3: Change to the first of your shades of Kidsilk Haze. Holding the yarn double (see notes), work 4 chain (counts as first stitch and 1 chain). Skip first 2 trebles. Work 1 treble into next stitch, *then work 1 chain, skip next treble and work 1 treble into following stitch. Repeat from * to end of the row - you should end the row by working 1 treble into the last stitch of the row. You have now created a series of 1 chain spaces along the length of your scarf.
Row 4: Chain 3. *Work 2 treble into 1 chain space created in last row. Repeat from * to end of row, so that you work 2 trebles into every 1 chain space created in last row, running along the entire length of the scarf. Finish row by working 1 treble into top of the last treble stitch, to keep row end looking neat and even. You now have a series of clusters of 2 treble stitches along the row.
Row 5: Chain 4 (counts as first stitch plus 1 chain). Work 1 treble in between the first groups of 2 trebles from last row (note - your first group of trebles in the row will actually be 3 trebles instead of 2 because of the extra treble worked at the end of row 4.). *Chain 1, work 1 treble in-between the next 2 clusters of 2 trebles. Repeat from * to end of row, working your last treble into the top of last stitch in the row.
Row 6: Change back to Kid Classic yarn. Chain 3 (counts as first stitch), work 1 treble into top of each 1 chain and 1 treble into top of each treble from previous row, so that you switch back to another row of plain treble stitch.
Rows 7 - 10: Repeat rows 3 - 6 once more, using a different colour of Kidsilk Haze held double for rows 7-9.
Rows 11 - 14: Repeat rows 3 - 6 once more, using a different colour of Kidsilk Haze held double for rows 11-13.
Row 15. Chain 3 (counts as first stitch). Work 1 treble into each stitch to end of row. You should have finished with another 2 rows of simple treble stitch. Fasten off.
To tidy up ends of scarf work 2 rows of double crochet along short ends of scarf, using 5mm hook and Kid Classic yarn. You should work about 34 double crochet stitches evenly along each short end of the scarf, but it doesn't matter if you have slightly more or less stitches.