Free Pattern Friday (A Day Late) – Dark Forest Scarf

scarf 3If there’s one thing I love most about crocheting, it’s doing custom orders. I love to know the person who will be receiving an item before I make it. Because there’s just something special about tailoring it to their preferences, about creating something that will match their style and personality.

This is the most recent custom order I did, for my friend Heather.

After a lot of question about colors, patterns, and styles, I sent her some pictures of several different types of yarns in the color combinations she was thinking of, either green and gold or blue and white. She ended up deciding on black and green – in particular, Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in black and forest.

Then comes the hardest and yet my favorite part – finding a pattern to suit the yarn. Some yarns are best suited for creating intricate patterns, others are best showcased with simple stitches that allow the yarn’s beauty to stand out.

Sometimes I adapt a pattern to suit my needs, but more and more I’ve been creating my own. This, however, is one I adapted, so I want to credit the creator here over at Dabbles and Babbles.

scarfHeather wanted the colors mixed, like the cashmere scarves in my Etsy shop. But I didn’t want a plain pattern, I wanted to give the piece some texture, which is why I chose this pattern.

So I crocheted this using an N Hook while holding both strands together.

Here’s what I did:

  • Foundation Chain: Counting by 3, I chained enough stitches to make the scarf 80 inches long. Homespun can be a little tough to work with your first time, it all tends to blend together, but be careful not to twist the chain and join your first stitch with a slip stitch to form a ring.
  • First Round: Then I double crocheted (dc) in every chain, and joined the first double crochet with a slip stitch (sl st).
  • Second Round: Chain 3, skip the first 3 dc, and single crochet (sc) in the space after the 3rd dc, before the 4th. Chain 3, skip the next 3 dc, and sc in the space. Repeat all the way around, and join your first chain with a sl st.
  • Third Round: Double crochet into the first three chains. Skip the single crochet. And repeat, essentially double crocheting into only the chain stitches. Join your first double crochet with a sl st.
  • Repeat second and third rounds until the scarf is the desired thickness. Then fasten off and weave in ends.

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