5 Little Monsters: Mossy Blocks Scarf

Mossy Blocks Scarf

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Last year I shared a dishcloth pattern that I called the Mossy Blocks Dishcloth because the stitch pattern kind of made me think of a cross between the moss stitch and a granny stitch or block stitch. Instead of one single crochet, one chain, with the single crochets worked in the chain spaces like with the actual moss stitch (or linen stitch, woven stitch, granite stitch, or whatever name you like to use), this stitch is made by working 2 single crochet stitches, one chain, with the single crochets worked in the chain spaces. 

I mentioned in that post that I had originally planned to make a scarf with that stitch, but when I was just over halfway done with the scarf I found out that the company that made the yarn I was using went out of business so the yarn would no longer be available. I don't really like using discontinued yarn for my patterns, even though it is inevitable that some yarns that I use may eventually be discontinued. But when I know it has been discontinued before I even finish the project that is a different story. 

Because of that I kind of just set the scarf aside and never finished it. But as the weather again turned cold and I started thinking of making hats and scarves I thought I would go back to that scarf and remake it using different yarn. 

I sometimes like to use self striping yarns for scarves because it gives you some fun color changes without having to change yarn, and for me that helps keep it interesting. Sometimes when a project is repetitive like a stitch or a blanket that uses the same stitch throughout, it starts to get boring to me. That is why I often make smaller projects, so I can finish them quickly. But having those color changes helps keep it interesting. 

I used Lion Brand Mandala in the color Hades for my scarf. The cool purples and blues are perfect for winter. Sometimes self striping yarns can leave weird, very noticeable spots where the colors change in the middle of a row. A couple of ways that I like to use these yarns to prevent that kind of awkward color change is to 1- use short stitches. The shorter the stitches the less obvious the color change, so it is going to blend in better when using single crochet stitches than it does if you are using double crochet. Then 2- use stitches that that work into the previous row further down than just the top of the stitch, in kind of an interlocking way. In this case you are working into the chain space, in other stitches you may even work into a row further down. This helps the the rows blend together even more and helps that color change become even less noticeable. 

How to Crochet the Mossy Blocks Scarf

You will need:

  • 1 cake Lion Brand Mandala yarn (sample made in color Hades) 
  • I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • yarn needle


The finished size of my scarf is 7" wide by about 60 inches long. I like to make my scarfs circle scarfs that are long enough to loop a couple of times around my neck so I made it about 60 inches long and stitched the two short ends together. If you would rather have a long straight scarf just continue the stitch pattern until you have the length that you want and weave in your ends without sewing the ends together. The stitch pattern is simple and easy to adjust if you would like a different width for your scarf. The stitch repeat is 3 so for your starting chain you will need a multiple of 3 +1 turning chain. So if you would like to adjust the width of your scarf you can just adjust the starting ch to the size that you want, making sure it is a multiple of 3+1 (31, 34, 37, etc.). The pattern is a simple 2 row repeat so you can just keep working the pattern until it is the length you want to adjust the size.

ch 31
Row 1: sc in second stitch from hook, [sk 1, ch 1, sc in next 2 sts] repeat 8 times until 2 sts left, ch 1, sk 1, sc in last st (20 sc, 10 ch sp)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in ch sp [ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 sc in ch sp] repeat to last st, 1 sc in last st (22 sc, 9 ch sp)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, ch 1, sk 2 sts, [2 sc in ch sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts] repeat 8 times until 3 sts left, sk 2 sts, sc in last st (20 sc, 10 ch sp)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the desired length, I did about 256 rows

Without twisting the scarf sew the 2 short ends together, weave in both ends, or if not wanting a circle scarf skip the sewing together and weave in each end separately. 

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