Here’s a quick weekend crochet project guaranteed ready-to-wear for winter! A fashionable ombre` scarf for you, and one for your child. If you already know how to crochet, this project will be a snap for you!
If you don’t know how to crochet, I’ve made these directions easy to follow for the beginner, or even a child, with supervision. I’ll be explaining how to crochet from beginning to end. You could also take a crochet class or get quick instructions at any yarn, fabric or craft store, when you purchase your yarn.
Child or Adult Ombre` Scarf
– 1 Crochet Hook (use the size you’re most comfortable with, or for a child, or beginner use a larger size), my preference is a #6 to #8 hook
– 3 to 4 (small rolls, ball-shape) soft heather marbled or pastel multi-colored Washable Yarn for Child
Or . . .
– 4 skeins (long rolled package, not balls) soft Yarn in 3 similar shades in graduating values, to create a striped shading effect, for Adult
(Refer to yarn color selections below, as well as crocheting stripes into the scarf pattern.)
With your yarn, tie and knot a loop around any medium number crochet hook, twirl yarn around hook, grab more yarn and pull it through your loop (one chain stitch). Continue by chaining 20 (for child) or 40 (adult) loose chain stitches. At the end turn your row of chain stitches horizontally, on a table or your lap to start your next row of stitching.
Put your crochet hook through the top of your last chain stitch, twirl more yarn around your hook and pull a loop through and chain one additional stitch. Then putting your hook through the top of the next chain, continue pulling one hooked loop through and another loop over, counting 20 stitches across for a child’s muffler, or 40 stitches across for an adult scarf.
Continue until your scarf is the length you want it. For a child of four to ten years of age, you’ll need to crochet approximately 100 rows, and simply knot your last stitch, weaving the tail back through the other stitches. For an adult scarf you’ll need about 140 rows, knotting the very last stitch and weaving it back through into the other stitches.
Select yarn in one color-scheme such as rose-shades. One dark rose or red, one medium pink shade and one pale pink, or in brown tones beginning with one dark brown, leading to a warm brown and ending with a tan shade. The yarn shading creates the ombre`-look.
The next decision to make is what color you want to wrap around your neck. If your hair is dark maybe you’ll want the lightest color yarn close to your face, or if your afraid your makeup will transfer onto (and stain) a light yarn color, then go with the darkest color around your neck. Whichever choice you make, you’ll need 2 skeins of the wrap-around color and 1 skein each of the 2 other colors.
Begin your scarf with either the lightest or darkest yarn color, following the instructions above. Crochet 20 rows in the first color, tie a knot with the medium colored yarn at the end of the 20th row, leaving tails to weave back through.
Continue crocheting with the medium colored yarn for another 20 rows, tying a knot with the third color yarn, leaving tails to weave back in. In the wrap-around-neck color (either the lightest or darkest shade), crochet 60 rows before tying on the medium shade again and your more than half finished!
Crochet another 20 rows of the medium shade, then tie on the first color (either the lightest or darkest shade) and crochet the final 20 rows. Tie your last stitch with a knot, leaving a tail and weaving it back through your stitches. Now you’re finished, ready to wear a warm fashionable scarf!
Once you’ve finished this project, make every member of your family an ombre` scarf in matching colors. Or if your family has unique tastes, let them select their own colors, or teach them how to crochet one themselves. This project also makes great birthday or Christmas presents.