I have a couple more doll accessory posts left to do but I decided to take a little break from that and post a new crochet scarf pattern. This pattern was originally inspired by a pattern that I saw in a crochet stitch book, Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia, that I borrowed from the library. In that book I found a stitch pattern called Blackberry Jam, which is basically the middle section of my scarf. After I saw it I immediately thought it would be fun to make a scarf using that stitch as my inspiration. The name Blackberry Jam made me want to make it in a dark purple. As I was thinking about it I remembered that I had seen that Red Heart's Unforgettable yarn comes in a purple colorway called Petunia with pinkish purples to dark purples. I have wanted to try that yarn out for a while and decided that it would be perfect for this project.
Then came Christmas time and all of the craziness of trying to get presents finished. I didn't really have any time to make a scarf just to try out a pattern and a yarn. So, the idea got pushed back, the library book returned and the yarn was never bought. For Christmas I was given a couple of gift cards and when I went to look for the things that I wanted to buy I decided that one of the things I really wanted was a crochet stitch dictionary. I love looking at different stitches, every time I look through one of those books I feel like my mind is overflowing with new ideas of how to use each stitch in a new way. I found Crochet Stitch Dictionary and decided to buy it. I was so excited the day that it came in the mail. I looked through it, thinking of all of the things that I could make using each different stitch. One of the stitches in the book was called Strawberry Lace and when I looked at it I realized that it was the exact same stitch as Blackberry Jam in the other book.
I decided it was time to try out the idea I had had to make a scarf using this stitch. I bought the yarn that I wanted to try and then I played around with it a little bit to get what I wanted. The stitch repeat is really big so my first attempt ended up really wide. I'm sure it would be really nice for some things but it wasn't what I was envisioning so I tried again and this pattern is what I came up with. I think the stitch looks more like blackberries than strawberries but since I found the pattern under both names I just called it the Berry Scarf.
It was fun to see all of the different shades of purple appear as I worked on the scarf. I had heard nice things about this yarn so I was excited to try it. I liked working with it. I think this is the first time I have worked with a yarn with longer runs of color. Most multicolored yarns I have used are the variegated yarns with short color runs and I never like the way they look when the colors clump together. I think the seeing the different colors was my favorite part of working with this yarn.
Now onto the pattern:
My finished scarf was approximately 6 inches wide and 72 inches long.
You will need:
1 skein Red Heart Unforgettable (or and worsted weight yarn)
I crochet hook
To begin ch 22 (21 plus 1 turning chain)
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, skip 5 ch, in the next stitch [dc (ch 1, dc) 4 times] (you should have 5 dc and 4 ch spaces), ch 3, skip next 5 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in last ch
Row 2: ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next sc, ch 1, [sc in ch space, ch 3] 3 times, sc in ch space, ch 1, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next sc, 3 dc in last stitch
Row 3: ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch 1 space, ch 2, [sc in ch 3 space, ch 3] 2 times, sc in ch 3 space, ch 2, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch 1 space, 3 dc in last stitch
Row 4: ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch 1 space, ch 3, sc in ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in ch 3 space, ch 3, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch 1 space, 3 dc in last stitch
Row 5: ch 1, sc in first stitch, ch 3, sc in ch 1 space, ch 3, [dc (ch 1, dc) 4 times] in ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in ch 1 space, ch 3, sc in last stitch
Repeat rows 2-5 until scarf is about as long as you want it, ending with row 4. Finish with final row.
Final Row: ch 1, sc in first stitch, ch 3, [dc (ch 1, dc) 2 times] in ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in ch 1 space, ch 3, sc in last stitch
The last row should straighten out then end of the scarf.
Now you are done, it is probably a good idea to block this scarf since it has a lacy pattern and blocking will help open it up. I tried blocking mine but I don't think I did a very good job. I have only tried blocking things a few times so I don't know if I did it right or if the yarn just didn't block well. I have heard mixed reviews about the ability to block acrylic yarn so that may have been the problem.