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Scarf for Big Friends

As seen in Blippo's December 17, 2014 Facebook post (Thank you, Blippo!).

When working with yarn, stripes can look really intimidating, because they tend to mean lots of yarn ends to weave into the work. Not fun! This scarf uses a convenient way to crochet stripes that doesn't result in a bunch of loose ends to weave in. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite plushie (or doll) and let's crochet!

For comparison purposes, this plushie is a large-sized Kids Alpacasso from Blippo (no connection), around 18" tall. Neck circumference isn't important for this project, as you'll determine the length you want as you go. You can even change the width of the scarf by chaining fewer stitches to begin with, to fit a medium-sized stuffed animal or doll. It's very customizable!

Do you have a mini stuffed animal? Check out the Scarf for Tiny Friends.

You'll need a size G (4.25 mm) crochet hook and size 4/worsted weight yarn.

Important notes before beginning: In the very first row, be sure to work into the back nub instead of the chain stitches. If you aren't familiar with this method, there's more about it in the Scarf for Tiny Friends pattern notes. In the very, very first row only, you'll be going into the second chain nub from the hook. Ignore the "chain 1, turn" comment for the very, very first row, as it only applies when you repeat the pattern.

There are 15 stitches across in this pattern. The yarn will be traveling up one side of your work/scarf. Don't pull tight when pulling through the new color--keep it how it naturally pulls up as you travel up your work.

- Chain 16 with your small stripe/minor color.
Row 1: Chain 1, turn, single crochet across.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, single crochet across. In the final stitch, complete yarn over with second (main) color.
Row 3: Chain 1, turn, single crochet across.
Row 4: Chain 1, turn, single crochet across.
Row 5: Chain 1, turn, single crochet across.
Row 6: Chain 1, turn, single crochet across. In the final stitch, complete yarn over with first (minor) color (or a different one).

Repeat rows 1-6 until the scarf reaches your desired length (the dimensions of mine are approximately 4" (after edging) x 38"), but end after Row 2 (small stripe), with your wide/main stripe color on your hook.

Once the scarf is your desired length, it's time to move on to the next step!

Do not fasten off your yarn or turn the work. Chain 1, and single crochet around your entire work, working three single crochet into this first single crochet (the same stitch you placed your previous single crochet stitch in) and in the other three corners when you get to them, as well. Capture this first long edge carefully, checking the back of the work often and hiding the traveled yarn inside your stitches.

It can be a bit unnerving to crochet without instructions on the edging. The two short ends have discernible stitches to go directly into, and you'll put three single crochet into each corner one. Along the length, make sure your stitches aren't so many that they're stretching the scarf, but aren't too few that you're gathering it. It will vary based on gauge, but I went into the end of each blue row, and then only did one stitch in the white section (for a total of five edging stitches per stripe pattern).

When you get back to the beginning, slip stitch into the first single crochet. Weave in any ends.

For added plushie fun, you can add fringe to the short ends with yarn attached via a rug loop, if you want to.

Says:

Something as simple as a scarf can make a cute plushie/stuffed animal even cuter! This scarf is quality-made because it uses single crochet for a nice, dense fabric. I considered doing double crochet for a quicker project, but the stripes look nicer and at a better scale in the slower single crochet. That being said, since it's only 15 stitches across it still works up pretty quickly--I crochet slowly and it only took me three days. You'll think the effort is worth it!

Feel free to try your own color ideas, such as using three colors, or maybe all thin stripes (always do even rows). Just remember that all the yarn that travels up the work will have to be hidden underneath single crochet stitches, so it will get bulky if you use too many yarns.

Have fun!

Providing crafts since October 2011. Scarf created December 2014. Copyright 2011- and all contents by Melissa J. Taylor. Resulting products can only be kept or given away as gifts. Always keep safety in mind.