Friday, February 5, 2010

Urban Shells Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern!


There is something immensely satisfying about having an idea, and then making it come into being. As I tell DH, I burst with pride inside every time I look at something I made that was TOTALLY my idea. It's such a rush!

The Urban Shells Scarf has been my latest rush... I love this scarf so much!



I named the scarf “Urban Shells” due to the combination of the shell stitches and the post stitches, which created ridges that remind me of power lines. The name of the scarf makes me think of Sandy Bay beach which is so very close to Hobart - a beach (complete with real shells!) in an urban area.



One of the wonderful things about this scarf is that the edging gets done as you go, so when you are done you actually are done! (And there are less ends to weave in - YAY!)



Here is the pattern - I hope you love it as much as I do! (For those of you on Ravelry, here is the link.)

ETA: the pattern is now available as a pdf download on my "Beautiful Crochet" page - see the link below the blog header.


Urban Shells Scarf
300m of DK weight yarn
4.5mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends

Measurements: 4.25inches (11cm) wide and 52.5inches (133cm) long

Stitches used (US terminology): chain (ch), slip stitch (slst), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), triple crochet (tr), back post double crochet (bpdc)* and front post double crochet (fpdc)*.

Here is a video tutorial for front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc). (This one is good too.)

Special stitches: shell (sh): (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch or space.

Note: a bpdc gets worked when the wrong side (WS) of the scarf is facing you fpdc gets worked when the right side (RS) of the scarf is facing you. 'St' stands for Stitch,m 'sk' means Skip and 'chsp' means Chain Space (i.e. space created by chaining, such as in the center of the shell). I used 300 yards of a DK weight yarn, but the pattern will easily lend itself to other yarn weights.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Chain 26 (multiple of 5 plus 1 chain for turning)
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook. Sc in each ch across, turn (25sc)
Row 2: ch4, tr in same st, sk 3 st, (slst, ch4, tr in same st), rep across row, ending with a slst in the last st. Do not turn, instead rotate 180' (6 scallops)
Row 3: ch2, sh (shell) in first st, *sk 2 st, dc in next st, sk 2 st, sh in next st, rep from *. Turn
Row 4: ch2, sh in chsp of previous shell, *sk 2 st, bpdc around dc from previous row, sk 2 st, sh in next st, rep from *. Turn
Row 5: ch2, sh in chsp of previous shell, *sk 2 st, fpdc around bpdc from previous row, sk 2 st, sh in next st, rep from *. Turn
REPEAT ROWS 4 and 5 UNTIL SCARF IS DESIRED LENGTH (or the yarn has nearly run out!)
SCALLOP EDGING (so that both ends match!):
Row 1 (WS should be facing you): ch2, 2sc in chsp, *ch1, bpdc around fpdc from the previous row, ch 1, 3sc in chsp of sh from previous row, rep from * until second last sh, ch1, 2sc in sh, turn (25sc)
Row 2: ch1, sc in top of each st to the end of the row, turn (25sc)
Row 3: (ch4, tr) in same st, sk 3 st, (slst, ch4, tr in same st), rep across row, ending with a slst in the last st (6 scallops)
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Stand back and admire, then wrap it around your neck and go look in a mirror!


Please, if you have any questions, let me know!

The copyright of this pattern remains with myself. It is provided free for personal use only. The pattern may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. If you want to sell products you have made from this pattern, you are free to do so (please refer to my FAQ page).

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Urban Shells Scarf by Katherine Crombie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.