Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quick 2-Hour Fluffy Scarf

It's that time of year for gift giving, and we are coming down to wire to finish up projects.  I had in my possession some extra thick, chunky yarn that was super soft and a lovely color.  I knew I wanted to make a scarf for a friend but with such a thick yarn I wasn't sure what pattern to use. I came across a very easy pattern, it only uses two of the basic crochet stitches: chain, and double crochet.  It's even labeled as a "beginner" scarf.  Who knew that with just the basics you could makes something as lovely as this:

Thick and Chunky scarf - super soft and adorable
The best thing is that I was able to crank this out in about 2 hours.  This is amazing to me because I have been working a lot lately on intricate scarves like the crocodile stitch that take so much longer.  The key to quick quick scarves is an over sized bulky yarn...and the clincher a GIANT hook.  I used the Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick (named well I see) in the color of "waterfall" (weight category 6) and this giant "P" sized crochet hook.

Big hook + Big yarn + quick project
Now before yesterday I really didn't realize the crochet hooks sizes went up so far!  When you buy a pack of hooks they usually go from E, F, G, H, I, J, and K.  So I made a special trip to find some bigger hooks.  I stumbled across an "N" and this "P".  I had to laugh because next to my regular hooks, they looked like giants.

Normal sized crochet hooks from bottom to top, G, I, the enormous N, and the white one is big daddy P
I felt like my hands had shrunk. This was my first attempt at big chunky yarn and I was nervous.  Turns out I had nothing to fret about.  The pattern starts with a chain of 87 or as long as you want to make the scarf.  I ended up doing 107 across. The only requirement was that it was an odd number of chains.  After that it was double crochets, chain, skip a stitch and double crochet across (Free pattern link at the bottom of the post)

I wish you could feel this scarf.  It is so soft and fluffy

You work across laterally and it takes a little practice to feel where the chain holes are to start, but after a while you can find them easily. The skipped chain makes a square "hole" in the scarf that gives it this waffle or ladder effect.  Here's a close up of the design.

I'm loving the colors of baby blue, periwinkle and aqua here
So there you have it.  I think I had this finished after watching a double episode of Amazing Race.  I couldn't believe how nice it turned out.  I ended up making a matching hat to complete the gift.

Last minute homemade gifts - Made with love
So if you crochet and have a few extra people you still have to get gifts for, consider this thick and quick scarf.  Here is a link to the easy free pattern I found.  Also if this has inspired you to crochet but you don't know where to start, I highly recommend Teresa over on the "Crochet Geek" on youtube.  She has beginning stitches in slow motion and I have learned a ton from her. Thanks so much and enjoy!

1 comment:

Amelia said...

Hi Jenn, your quickie fluffy scarf look pretty. Love the color. :)

Have a nice week ahead.

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