Easy Neck Scarves to Crochet

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Laura Jensel

    About the Author

    Laura Jensel has been a full-time freelance writer for over six years. Her articles and craft projects have appeared in local and national publications, including Disney's FamilyFun Magazine. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology.

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    Neck scarves are a popular crochet project for good reason: Beginners and experts alike can complete them, they show creativity and expression, they're useful and they're fun. They can be short or long, bulky or delicate, colorful or subdued. Scarves also make thoughtful gifts or donations to local human-services shelters. Using easy methods to make neck scarves can speed up your production and boost your new skills, and the care you put into each simple stitch will show in every scarf.

    Stripes

    Since many crocheted scarves are constructed in rows, stripes are a natural and simple pattern choice. You can have the stripes run the width of the scarf by starting with a short foundation chain, such as 20, and stitching many rows, or they can run along the scarf's length if you start with a longer foundation chain, like 150 or 200, depending on the yarn bulk and hook size, and then make fewer rows. Also, the stripes don't have to be different colors. Varied or alternating stitch patterns can create visual and textural stripes in a solid-color scarf, and as a bonus, you'll have fewer ends to weave in.

    Squares

    Granny squares use straightforward double crochets and chains, work up fast and are a practical way to use remnants from your yarn stash. Connect a string of same-size granny squares end to end with single-crochet seams until the scarf is as long as you'd like.

    Puffy

    The puff stitch isn't a common stitch, but it's simple to learn and makes a plush, cozy fabric ideal for thick winter scarves. One strand of plain worsted weight yarn and a medium-size hook, such as a G (4.25 mm), work best for making an easy neck scarf from a puff stitch.

    Lacy

    For lightweight scarves you can wear as a fashion accessory, a repetitive lacy pattern is a good choice that stitches up quickly. Most lacy patterns generally use chains and slip stitches, but some use double or treble crochet too. Either way, since so much of the scarf is empty space, lacy patterns are very forgiving and don't show goofs easily.

    Tube Scarf

    Crocheting a long, wide tube is a fast and fuss-free way to make a versatile neck scarf. Work any stitch you like into a base chain that you've slip-stitched into a ring, and just keep going in continuous rounds, without joining. Fasten off when the scarf measures a length you like.

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