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Quick Shell Scarf

29 September 2013
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Do you have some single skeins of homespun, bouclé or ribbon yarn and you haven’t found a purpose for it? Crocheting with textured and specialty yarns can be frustrating because sometimes it is hard to find stitches. This scarf does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row.

This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made with Yarn Bee Topkapi, a fuzzy ribbon yarn (DK weight).

Size: The example is 6″ wide and 60″ long but can be adjusted to any size you like.

Yarn – example was made using 262 yards/200 grams of Yarn Bee Topkapi.
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook or size appropriate to yarn used.

ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = treble/triple crochet


There is a tutorial video available for the similar blanket.

Instead of a beginning chain, the scarf is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.

The example was made using 7 beginning chain and tr spaces. Make the scarf wider by adding more beginning chain and tr spaces. You need to begin with an odd number.

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) even number of times.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, 2 dc over tr just made. Working across the tr stitches, (sc, ch 3, sc) over next tr, ** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) over next tr, (sc, ch 3, sc) over next tr. Repeat from ** across all but last tr stitch. Over last tr, 2 dc, 1 tr.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. Sc in space between tr and dc. ** (2 Dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, (sc, ch3, sc) in ch-2 sp. Repeat from ** across to last 2 dc and turning chain. (Sc, ch 1, dc) in space between 2nd dc and turning chain.

Row 4: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp. (Sc, ch 3, sc) in ch-2 sp, ** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch-2 sp. Repeat from ** across to last ch-3 sp. (2 Dc, 1 tr) in last ch-3 sp.

Repeat row 3 and 4 until scarf is desired length. Finish off and weave in end.

The scarf can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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5 Comments to “Quick Shell Scarf”

  1. This was a FABULOUS pattern for my first project with Homespun yarn. Before finding this pattern, every other one I tried turned nightmarish because of the difficulty of working with this yarn. Your technique for eliminating the foundation chain is pure genius, and the youtube tutorial is perfect for a not-so-experienced crocheter like me. The only question I have is this: Can you recommend a way to join the two ends together to create an infinity scarf so that the join blends in with the rest of the pattern? Thank-you.

    • I did some playing around with this and came up with a method that does fairly well. It’s not a perfect join, but I think it wouldn’t be very obvious overall.

      When the scarf is the length you want, stop when the last row you have made is a row 4. Turn. Hold the beginning edge just above the current row. Sl st into the first space of the beginning row, ch 1, sl st again into the same space, then back to the prior row, sc in space between tr and dc. ** 2 Dc in ch-3 space, sl st 2 times over both the chain and tr of the next beginning row loop (form the stitches over both loops which will be between sc of the second row), then back to the prior row, 2 dc in same ch-3 space, sc in ch-2 sp, sl st into the next space of the beginning row (will be beneath a shell), ch 1, sl st in the same space, then back to the prior row, sc in the same ch-2 sp. Repeat from ** across to last 2 dc and turning chain, and treat the space in the turning chain as as ch-2 space. Finish off.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. I bought some homespun yarn for a different project and was so frustrated that I gave up. Finding this pattern allowed me to use the yarn and my daughter-in-law will have a beautiful scarf!!

  3. I love your patterns and has motivated me to crochet again. You are so talented and thank you for sharing your patterns.
    Blessings to you.

  4. I love this site! So many beautiful patterns! I can’t wait to try them all! Thanks Mama for sharing!

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