This scarf was designed for a lovely friend of mine who has had some truly horrible times lately. Somehow she remains one of the sunniest people I know. I have been very affected by her courage and ability to look to the future.
I used one skein of Malabrigo lace to make this scarf i.e. just under 430m and a 2.25mm hook (US size B I think). I strongly suggest that you choose a solid colour yarn to make this scarf. Or at least a semi-solid with only a small amount of variation in depth and a single hue. The stitch pattern will be lost in a heavily variegated yarn.
The finished project, once blocked, is approximately 150cm long and 30cm wide.
The pattern is deceptive. While it uses simple techniques and only four stitches, it is not easy to memorise and you will probably need to use the chart the whole way through. I did!
The stitches used in the chart are chain stitches, UK triple/ US double, UK triple two together /US double two together. The edge pattern which I have written out below also uses UK half treble/US half double crochet stitches. From now on I will use US notation.
The pattern is worked in two halves from the middle of the scarf outwards.
I apologise that this is a hand-drawn chart that I’ve scanned in. I have done my best to make it clear and easy to read but if anyone struggles I am very sorry.
Chain 74 stitches. This is the foundation chain. The first turning chain (shown on the chart) is not included in this number.
(An aside: The pattern repeat is 24 stitches wide. So to make the scarf wider or narrower chain a multiple of 24 plus 2.)
Then work according to the chart, starting with the turning chain of three.
My pattern testers suggested that placing a stitch marker after each repeat helped them to stay on track with the pattern.
Please note that the pattern looks neatest if you work the double crochets into the tops of the relevant chain stitches instead of around the chains. I know it’s quicker to work around the chain but it looks really sharp if you actually work into the stitches.
Another point to mention is that if you are working the chart correctly the double crochet stitches should create smoothly curving vertical lines. Please click on the detail picture above to see what I mean.
After working the chart twice through, work the edge.
1. Chain 2, work a row of half double crochets.
2. & 3. Chain 3, 3 doubles, *2 chain, skip 2 stitches, work a double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, repeat from * until the last 4 stitches which are all doubles.
Repeat rows 1-3 then repeat row 1 as the final row. Bind off and weave in ends.
Attach the yarn to the reverse of the foundation chain and begin again with the chart.
To download the chart* click here: HopefulnessScarfChart
The scarf really benefits from blocking to straighten out the edges and open up the lace.
I hope you enjoy making this pattern.
For a variation, have a look at the chart. It is divided into two sections. If you just repeat the first section, instead of alternating with section two, you will also get a pretty lace but this time the arches will stack on top of each other instead of being offset like scales.
Thank you for reading, please send me comments or questions.
Special thanks to my volunteer pattern testers, Ravelry members: kimothy76, jacquimorse, Mshanane, SmallCrochet, AnarchyCox, wlindboe, lorithetrainer, ManicBeach, yarnedaround and funisinstyle.
*Extra super special thanks to Aparna Rolfe for making a professional quality chart for me on her pattern drawing software to replace my scruffy hand-drawn one. Her designs on Ravelry are well worth checking out by clicking her name. Lovely, stylish, contemporary work.