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Quick Asymmetric Shell Scarf

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One skein of  homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can easily be transformed into this quick scarf. This scarf does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. The lacy shells keep the scarf light even with a heavier yarn.

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 in Patons Divine.

The example is 7″ by 40″, but can be easily adjusted to make other sizes.


The example was made with 142 yards/100 grams of bulky yarn. If another weight of yarn is used, use a hook size appropriate for the yarn.
Size J (6mm) crochet hook

ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
tr = triple crochet

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

There is also a tutorial video available.

The example was begun with 7 tr/ch spaces.

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) until you have made desired number of tr/ch spaces, making an odd number of them.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 3. Without turning the work, make a dc over tr just made. Working across the tr stitches, (4 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) over next tr, ** skip 1 tr, (4 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) over next tr . Repeat from ** across to the last tr stitch. Work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) over last tr.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in ch-1 sp. In each ch-2 sp across the row, make 4 dc, ch 2, 1 dc. (Dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-3 space at end of row.

Repeat row 3 until scarf is desired length. Complete with this last row:

Last Row: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, sc in ch-2 of shell, ** ch 3, dc in sp between shells, ch 3, sc in ch-2 of next shell. Repeat from ** across all the shells. Ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-3 space at end of row.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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3 Comments to “Quick Asymmetric Shell Scarf”

  1. Thank you Heather for adding an ending pattern for the scarf, now my latest scarf will have a better finish.

  2. just stumbled on your posie afghan pattern and decided to check out other patterns. you are amazing. thank you for sharing your patterns so freely !!!

  3. I have very nubby yarn (not quite boucle) that I bought many years ago when I used to knit. I just began crocheting and wanted to use this yarn but the patterns I trued were just too hard with this yarn. Your pattern is wonderful! I watched the tutorial, which was excellent, and have had no trouble working your pattern. I’m making a wrap/shawl and I’m able to easily adjust the size to just what I want. Thank you for such a useful and pretty pattern, and for such a well done tutorial video. 🙂

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