Winter Woolies & Scarf Pattern

As the cold began to creep into my house and the fire was brought back into evening use, my mind and hook turned to more wintery projects. I currently have several scarves on the go as well as a number of wooly hats in various sizes. I have even embarked on a child sized jumper (which may be finished by Christmas next year!).

Due partially to the release of the Fantastic Beasts film, I’ve been making a couple of basic Harry Potter inspired scarves. 

The top one is a Gryffindor-inspired one and the bottom one, which is still in progress, is based on the scarf Newt Scamander wears in the new movie.

Both are really simple and totally suitable for a beginner as only four different stitches are needed: (US terms) chaining Ch, half double crochet Hdc, single crochet Sc and slip stitch Ss. If you know these, you can make these scarves and in any colours you like.

Pattern

You will need: 

Several balls of yarn in the desired colours

Crochet hook sized to match your yarn

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Scissors

( I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn for both scarves and a 4.5mm hook for the Gryffindor-inspired one and a 5mm hook for the Newt Scamander one)

Begin by chaining until you reach the desired width of your scarf (I recommend between 35 and 45 based on the yarn I used) plus two.

Row 1 – (In the back bumps of the chains) Starting in the third chain from the hook, hdc across. You should have one less stitch than your initial chain (the two chains you skipped at the beginning count as a stitch). Turn work. 

R2 – Ch 2 (counts as a hdc here and throughout), hdc across with the last hdc into the top chain of the ch2 from the previous round. Turn work.

Repeat row 2 until scarf is the desired length. Make sure you count your stitches and make sure you have the same number in each row.

To change colour – Fasten off at the end of the last row of colour A. With a ss, join colour B to the first stitch of the row and ch2, hdc across as in row 2 and turn your work when complete.

Last Row – Sc across and fasten off. Then go back to the beginning of your scarf and have it orientated so you can crochet another row across. Join your yarn in the first stitch with a ss (which should look like the top of a normal stitch if you crocheted into the back bumps of your initial chain) and sc across. Fasten off.

The body of your scarf is complete! You can use it as is if you like or you can add tassles with the following instructions:

– Cut lengths of yarn in your desired colours about 12 inches long and gather them into bunched of 8 strands all lined up.

– Fold the bundle in half.

– Using your crochet hook (a larger one may make this easier) put your hook thought the stitch you wish to attach the hassle to and pull the bundle through at the folded point.

– Then using your fingers, draw the loose ends of the bundle through the loop created and pull tight. 

– Repeat as desired, equally spacing the tassles along the edges.

For those interested here are the colours and rows I used for my scarves:

Gryffindor-inspired: Burgundy for rows 1-20, Saffron S for rows 21-22, r23, r24-25. Then repeat 30 rows of B, 2 rows of S, one of B, 2 of S. When scarf almost at desired length, finish with 20 rows of and the last rows in B. The tassles comprised of 6 and 2 strands.

Newt Scamander: Grey for 16 rows, mustard for 16 rows, repeat as desired finishing in grey. Tassles with 4 strands of each colour.

Enjoy making your scarves and please send me pictures either in Instagram (@knottybiscuits) or via my Ravelry profile. I would love to see all the lovely scarves you make!

Seafoam Blanket Pattern

Apologies for my absence the past few months but have been very busy getting married! To make up for this here’s the pattern for my latest blanket: the Seafoam blanket!

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It is named the Seafoam blanket as it was inspired by my.memory of watching the waves crash onto the beach in Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.

Pattern

Terms: US terms

Hook: 4mm

Yarn: Stylecraft special DK in:

– Cream

– Empire

– Silver 

– Aspen

– Lobelia 

– Stone 

– Duck egg

– Petrol 

– Parma violet 

– Aster

– Mocha

– Storm blue

Special stitches:

– 3dc shell- 3dc in same stitch

– V stitch- (dc, ch1, dc) in same stitch

– 2dctog- yrh, insert hook into stitch and pull through a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops. Yrh and insert hook into wherever the second part of the stitch should be and pull up a loop. Yrh and pull through two loops then yrh and pull through the remaining three loops.

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Make chain to size desired (multiples of 6+5)

R1: 3dc shell in 5th chain from hook (I crochet into the bumps on the underside of the chain for a neater finish), skip 2 chains then V stitch into the next stitch. *Skip 2 chains, 3dc shell in next stitch, skip 2 chains, V stitch in next stitch. Repeat from * until you have 2 chains left. Skip 1 chain and dc into last chain. Turn.

R2: Chain 3 (or standing dc if you prefer), skip one stitch and 3dc shell into middle dc of the 3dc shell from the last round. Then skip 2 stitch and V stitch into ch1 space of V stitch from the previous round. *Skip 2 stitches, 3dc shell into middle dc of the 3dc shell, skip 2 stitches, V stitch into ch1 space of V stitch from the previous round. Repeat from * across until you have 2 stitches left. Skip 1 then dc into the top of the ch3 from the previous round. Turn.

Repeat R2 until blanket is desired length. I alternated two rows of colour as follows with a row of cream between each colour as well as for the first and last row:

Empire, Silver, Aspen, Lobelia, Stone, Duck egg, Petrol, Parma violet, Aster, Mocha and Storm Blue. However, you can of course use any colours you like!

Border: 

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R1: (Cream) With the right side of the blanket facing you, Sc in 2nd stitch of the last row and across. In the last stitch do 3sc. Then Sc evenly down the side. 3sc in the first stitch of the bottom edge, Sc across, 3sc in the last stitch of the bottom edge. Sc evenly up the side. 3dc in first stitch of the last round. Join with ss. Don’t turn.

R2: Ch3, skip 2 stitches, dc into next stitch, ch2. *In the same stitch as the last dc, make the first part of the 2dctog, skip 2 stitch then finish the 2dctog in next stitch, ch2. Repeat from * acround. For corners, ch3 after last 2dctog, dc in same stitch, ch3, begin next 2dctog in same stitch. At the end of the round, join with ss and cast off. Turn

R3: (Silver) Join in any ch2 space and ch3 then dc in next ch2 space. *Ch2, make the first part of the 2dctog in the same ch2 space, skip to the next ch2 space then finish the 2dctog, ch2. Repeat from * around. For corners chain 3 between the 2dctogs either side of the corner dc from the previous round. At the end of the round, join with ss. Cast off. Turn.

R4: (Aspen) Join in any ch2 space and ch3 then dc in next ch2 space. *Ch2, make the first part of the 2dctog in the same ch2 space, skip to the next ch2 space then finish the 2dctog, ch2. Repeat from * around. For corners, end last 2dctog, (ch2, dc, ch2) and begin next 2dctog in ch3 space from previous round. At the end of the round, join with ss. Cast off.

Weave in ends and you’ll have a beautiful blanket!

If you make one of these blankets, please post a picture of your work! I’m on Instagram as @knottybiscuits so please tag me so I can see your beautiful creations!