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.
You will need:
Several balls of yarn in the desired colours
Crochet hook sized to match your yarn
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
( 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 B for rows 1-20, Saffron S for rows 21-22, B r23, S 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 B and the last rows in B. The tassles comprised of 6 B and 2 S strands.
Newt Scamander: Grey for 16 rows, mustard for 16 rows, repeat as desired finishing in grey. Tassles with 4 strands of each colour.