Isn't it terrible how you can design and create things all year long and still end up neglecting to make so-and-so a good wintry scarf for those cold days? Or maybe you've made everything in the book but have never gotten around to that certain item you've always wanted to try your hand at.
If you are a crafter then you know exactly what I mean. There is just so much to make and so little time. When you have a large family like I do, you could spend your whole year making things just for them. And then comes extended family and good friends. But more often the case is that my business gets first serve.
After all these years I've been crocheting and I've never made my sister one of my signature scarves or a beret. (Those were my top "most crocheted items" back when I was just getting started). I shook my finger at myself --not for the first time, of course-- and made this next design especially for her.
While planning an idea with a chunky yarn for my brother she spotted the half used ball of Hometown USA in Dallas Gray and I knew this was the color I would have to use for her project. You might think she would choose a color like pink or purple, but no. She loves silver. Not gray, but silver. That's my sister; I'm never quite sure what she'll like next.
I can't recall where I got the idea to design a hat and scarf with the puff stitch. It's not like I've been admiring it. Hm. But either way, it worked out grand.
I started with the cap because I thought it would be the hardest. I ripped a few times but it really came together quite fast. When I finished it I was afraid my sister wouldn't like how bulky it was, but she surprised me and liked it just the way it was. Nevertheless, I took out a few rounds of single crochet at the end so that it didn't hang over her eyes and made sure the last round of slip stitch wasn't too tight. I'd like to think the hat would fit the head of a small adult to a fairly large one.
Next came the scarf. Easy peasy, right? WRONG! I don't know how many times I was nearly finished (or completely finished) and I had to rip it out and start over. First of all, I began by working the scarf with the same stitch pattern as the hat = one round of single crochet, one round of puff stitch. But because of the nature of crocheting, it came out wonky. I'll spare you the nitty gritty details. It would have been fine if I had wanted an asymmetrical scarf though. After that I ripped because the stitches were too tight, I ripped because the pattern was too loose, I ripped because I ran out of yarn and didn't want to have to buy a fifth skein, etc. Without exaggerating, I probably ripped around 10 times for various reasons and was beginning to wonder if I would ever finish the scarf. Finally I found the sweet spot and completed the piece. Only by this time I had ripped it so much, I'm afraid the yarn became fuzzy. Ick! Sometimes I wonder if there should be some practice yarn that is super hardy where you can work a piece again and again before finding the right pattern and working it in the lovelier, softer yarn you intended to use. But there would be too many problems with that...
So that is the story of how I got here, ready to introduce to you my latest crochet pattern. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you-- the Chunky Puff Stitch Cap and Scarf Set! Let's hear a round of applause! I think I earned it anyway.
Chunky Puff Stitch Cap and Scarf SetDesigned by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy
Skill Level Easy
Cap – Fits head circumference of 20” – 22” (51 – 56 cm)
Scarf – 4.5” (11.5 cm) wide, 72” (183 cm) long with fringe
Bulky weight yarn (Hometown USA in Dallas Gray)
4 balls or 230 yards
Crochet hooks L/8.00mm, N/10.00mm and P/11.50mm
2 puffs = 2’’ (5 cm)
2 rows = 2’’ (5 cm)
Puff Stitch – Yo hook, insert hook into stitch, yo and draw up a loop, repeat two more times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook. One puff stitch made.
Round 1: with L hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 9 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 9 sc
Round 2: ch 1, (puff, ch 1) in next 9, sl st in first puff: 9 puffs
Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in between each puff around, sl st in first sc: 18 sc
Round 4: ch 1, puff in each sc around, sl st in first puff: 18 puffs
Round 5: ch 1, 2 sc in between each puff around, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Round 6: ch 1, puff in each sc around, sl st in first puff: 36 puffs
Round 7: ch 1, sc in between each puff, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Round 8: ch 1, puff in each sc around, sl st in first puff: 36 puffs
Round 9 – 12: repeat Rounds 7 – 8
Round 13: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Round 14: with N hook, ch 1, sl st in each sc around, sl st in first sl st: 36 sl st
Row 1: with P hook, ch 8 loosely, puff in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across: 8 puffs
Row 2 – 67: ch 2, turn, puff in between each puff across: 8 puffs
Cut 16 – 10” strands of yarn. Starting on one end of the scarf, insert hook partially through one stitch. Take one strand and fold in half. Lay strand over hook at the center of the fold and pull through halfway. Take strand ends and pull through loop. Tug tight to secure. Repeat for remaining stitches on both ends of scarf.
Tip: To keep fringe strands from fraying, tie a knot at the very end.
Well, what do you think? I hope you think it's as grand as I do!
If you would like a PDF copy of this pattern you can purchase one at one of my stores, Etsy and Ravelry, very soon!
I always get scarf fever in the winter. I know they are the most made accessory but doesn't it make you happy to just sit down with another favorite yarn and make a scarf? The designs are endless! Chunky, average, small knit, fancy or simple, skinny or thick, long or short. And when I get tired of typical scarves I make cowls or infinity scarves.
My next pattern is a very simple scarf that everyone needs to have. I have made a number of them for my family so that they have become my signature scarves. I will be selling both the pattern as well as the scarves themselves. So come back soon!
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.