This unique crochet scarf pattern uses the spike stitch to create a woven look. The final texture of the fabric almost looks like a basket. It is a beautiful result, especially when using a yarn like Lion Brand Re-Spekt that has a slightly heathered tone.
Why I chose to Color Block This Pattern
Whenever you start a crochet project, one of the decisions to be made is to choose the yarn color design. If you are using a yarn that is a solid color (not variegated or self-striping), you have to decide if you’re picking one solid color to use for the entire project, or choosing a few colors to create a striping pattern or, as in this case, go with color blocking.
Color blocking is simply the method of using one color for more than one or two rows to create a “block” or large section of one color. Usually the pattern will be repeated to create a sequence of color blocks of the same few colors.
I decided to go with color blocking for this unique crochet scarf patten because frankly, I knew I wanted to use the Lion Brand Re-Spekt yarn, but couldn’t decide which color I liked the best. I loved them all and I really liked how the different colors in the line complemented each other. Each color is a beautiful earth tone that sits beautifully with all the others.
Lion Brand Re-Spekt Yarn
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Besides the beautiful colors of the Lion Brand Re-Spekt yarn, I also was really drawn to the heathered tone of each color. If you look closely at the yarn, you can see strands of the main color (blue, pink or magenta), but also strands of white. And on some you can also see a strand of brown or tan.
This mix of colored strands really creates a depth and texture for your project. I felt like this texture enhanced the way the stitch pattern looks like a woven basket.
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- 723 Yards Size 3 Yarn in 3 colors (241 yards of each color. I used Lion Brand Re-Spekt in Cornflower, Plumberry and Mesa)
- US I9/ 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle
6 ¼” x 6 ¼” square according to pattern directions = 20 stitches x 7 ½ rows
(in other words, crochet for 8 rows of the pattern and then you can compare to these gauge measurements)
6 ¼” wide x 76” long
(dc2tog) double crochet two together
(tr) treble crochet
(SPtr) spike treble crochet
Beginning chain of each row does not count as a stitch.
Gauge is not terribly important for this pattern since it is not a fitted piece. However, just for reference, I tend to crochet tightly. Some people find they even need to go down two hook sizes to meet my gauge. If you feel your stitches are too loose, try going down a hook size or two. If you feel they are too tight, try a larger hook.
Using your first color, chain 24.
Row 1: Tr in the 4th chain from the hook. Dc2tog in the next 2 stitches. *Tr in the same stitch that you finished your dc2tog in. Dc2tog in the next 2 stitches*. Repeat from * to * across, ending on a dc2tog. (20)
Row 2: Ch 2 and turn. Dc2tog in the same stitch and the next. Sptr. (Your spike stitch will be inserted into stitches from the previous row. Insert hook directly between the 2 stitches in the previous row that are just beneath the center of the dc2tog you just completed in the current row.) *Dc2tog in next 2 stitches. Sptr in the same manner as just described.* Repeat from * to * across, ending on a Sptr. (20)
Note: The “spike” of the spike stitch should have a slight diagonal slant to the left. If your spike is straight up and down, you may not be inserting your hook far enough to the right in the previous row, or you might be stitching too tightly, not leaving enough slack for the stitch to stretch to the left.
Rows 3 – 8: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 9 – 16: Change to your second color and repeat Row 2 for each row.
Rows 17 – 24: Change to your third color and repeat Row 2 for each row.
For the remainder of the pattern, continue to repeat Row 2 and change colors every 8 rows. Continue your color changes in the same sequence as you did for the first 3 sections.
For my scarf I completed 144 rows, which was a total of 18 sections of 8 rows. The total length of my scarf was about 76 inches, which is quite long. You can adjust the length to your preference by adding or removing rows.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Optional: add fringe or tassels.
Note: Feel free to sell finished products made with this pattern. If finished products are posted online, please include a reference/credit to this pattern. Do not distribute or claim the pattern as your own, or alter and use my photos to market your finished products
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