10 October 2016

Skinny Scarf Monday

I'm mixin' it up a bit today with something new and different because today's project has some pink for October, because embellishments could include snowflakes (or smileys, hearts or skulls), because Christmas gift-giving is just around the corner and because I found this awesome yarn that wouldn't let me walk out of the store without it!

The first thing I saw in my head when I found this colorway was a patchwork project that looked like I'd worked in equal-sized stripes without having to tie or weave in any knots. It took me several tries to get the near-squares I wanted for this project. I kept unraveling and adjusting by one or two stitches until I finally found the right formula.

Some of the color changes were inconsistent, or else my tension changed throughout the project, because well into the first Skinny Scarf, some of the color sections were two to three stitches off, but then it would even out again and then get crooked again just a bit later. In the end, I decided the randomness was as attractive as the clean stripes I'd wanted to create, so I didn't stress after the first 18 inches or so.

I worked this project with Red Heart Super Saver worsted yarn in the Neon Stripes colorway. The color changes in other brands of yarn may not match the length of Red Heart, so this pattern may not have the same visual effect when other yarn is used. It doesn't have the same effect with other Red Heart Super Saver ombres, but I tested a couple of other colorways, and six single crochet across will make single row stripes, which are appealing in their own way.

Icelandic Skinny Scarf

More than halfway into the project, I decided black appliques on the neon blocks would look cool for a kid, and I'd decided the prototype was going to be for my 7-year-old neighbor (Shhh! Don't tell her!), so I started playing with black size 10 crochet thread and my trusty size 7 steel hook to make some symbols my little garden helper might enjoy.

The pattern for the smiley motifs is located here.

Here are some 1.5-inch snowflake patterns:

Baby Snowflake 3

Garden 22 Snowflake

Garden 5 Snowflake

Garden 11 Snowflake

Lifesaver Snowflake

Although not shown in photographs here, here's the heart motif pattern I used.

Here's a cute Sugar Skull pattern that works up the right size for a Skinny Scarf if you use crochet thread and a small steel hook instead of worsted yarn.

You may do whatever you'd like with Skinny Scarves you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 76 inches long and 2 inches wide
Materials: Worsted yarn (I used Red Heart in Neon Stripes colorway), size H crochet hook (or size required to obtain correct gauge), optional 1-inch or smaller applique embellishment such as buttons, patches, crocheted motifs (I used crocheted black hearts, smileys and snowflakes), pompoms, tassels or beads/beaded motifs, needle and coordinating thread or fabric glue
Gauge: 7 sc=2 inches; 6 rows of sc=2 inches

Skinny Scarf Instructions

Ch 8.

NOTE: I chained 8, pinched the yarn to hold my spot, unraveled and measured how much yarn 8 chains take, then measured 12 inches (my gauge) back from the start of the first black section of yarn to begin my chain. An alternative is to work the chain and the first 6 rows with black (or solid to coordinate with the colorway you are using), then join the skein for the first Round.

Round 1: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each of the next 6 ch; ch 1, turn.

Rounds 2-244 (or desired length): 1 sc in each sc across; ch 1, turn.

Round 245: 1 sc in each sc across; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: To block an acrylic scarf, preheat steam iron and fill with distilled water (or use spray bottle to mist scarf lightly). Fold scarf in half to position and shape on ironing board. Hold iron 1 to 2 inches above scarf and move up and down the length without touching the iron to the yarn. Allow steam to contact scarf as much as possible, but be careful not to burn yourself on that same steam. After two or three generous passes, turn off iron and set aside safely. Allow Skinny Scarf to cool.

Apply applique to scarf using small stitches if sewing on by hand. Follow application instructions if using fabric glue and allow to dry thoroughly.

Wrap scarf around neck, or use as belt, or just hang it over a bed post. The colors are too beautiful to stick in the closet!


  1. Bet that will keep one warm as the snow begins to fly from upon high.

  2. Cozy and warm! I love the colors.

  3. Those are great colours! The happy faces really make them pop. I hope she likes it. :)


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