Never-ending Striped Maxi Scarf

So what do you do when there are masses of people invading your town for the annual “Festival of Lights” celebration? If you’re me, you tuck yourself away in your apartment and you crochet up a storm. I have been wanting to experiment with stripes for a little now, and even though I have already made 2 other scarves this winter, I said to myself, “Can one ever really have too many scarves?” And obviously, the answer was no.

When I found this pattern, I really appreciated how the stripes were not all the same size and decided to give it a go. Instead of using 3 colors, I decided to add a fourth to brighten up my scarf a bit. As the pattern did not stipulate exactly how main chain stitches to do to start out with, and I knew that I wanted my scarf to be relatively long, I may have gone a little over-board with the length of my scarf (it turned out to be over 10 feet/3 meters long!!).

 

Never-ending Maxi Striped Scarf

 

Here is the adjusted pattern for the aptly named “Never-ending Striped Maxi Scarf”:

Hook size: J

Yarn weight: Light worsted – worsted weight (France size 4)

Yarn amount: Color A – 100g (3.5 oz); Color B, C, D – 75g (2.6 oz) each

Chain 368 using color A – which in my case was black (If you want your scarf to be shorter, you should chain fewer stitches  For a still “long” but not “never-ending” scarf, I would chain closer to 200) – Be careful not to chain too tightly, or your first row will seem to be smaller than the next ones, making it curve slightly. If you too suffer from “Tight-chain-itis,” check out this link for some tips on how to be cured.

First set:

Round1 – Color A: Half double crochet (hdc) in 3rd chain & all others. To change colors, instead of completing the last stitch with color A, pull through a strand of color B (leaving a tail that you will weave in later). See this link for more details.

Round 2 – Color B: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 3 – Color C: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 4 – Color D: Chain 1, single crochet (sc) in 2nd stitch & all others

Second Set:

Round 5 – Color A: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 6 – Color B: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 7 – Color C: Chain 1, sc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 8 – Color D: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Third Set:

Round 9 – Color A: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 10 – Color B:  Chain 1, sc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 11 – Color C: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 12 – Color D: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Fourth Set:

Round 13 – Color A: Chain 1, sc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 14 – Color B:  Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 15 – Color C: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 16 – Color D: Chain 2, hdc in 2nd stitch & all others

Round 17 – Color D: Chain 1, sc in 2nd stitch & all others, chain 1 & pull yarn through to tie off

Weave in ends.

I chose to stop after four sets, but if you want your scarf to be wider, you can start over with the first set after round 16, and then do round 17 for when you have reached the desired width.

And there you have it! This scarf is sure to keep me warm in the bitter cold that has just arrived here in France. Now the question is, to create a matching accessory, or to not create a matching accessory?

‘Til next time…

Allison

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