How to Crochet a Scarf Using Single Crochet

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Crochet a Scarf Using Single Crochet
Crochet a Scarf Using Single Crochet (Image: "Crochet Scarf." [Online image] Available http://flickr.com/photos/pcarlson/2236642787/, 31 Dec. 2008.)

Crocheting is a popular hobby that can be enjoyed by all ages. If you're just beginning, or if you want something that's quick and simple to make, a scarf is a great choice. You can make a scarf by only learning two crochet stitches, and it will still look neat and tidy when you're done.

Things You'll Need

  • Size K crochet hook
  • Medium weight yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Create a slipknot on your crochet hook. A slipknot is created by making a loop with the yarn and another loop behind the first to create a pretzel shape. Slide the crochet hook underneath the strand of yarn in the very back of the loop while keeping the hook on top of the other strands. Pull tightly to close the knot.

Create a chain by wrapping the yarn around the crochet hook once. Then use the hook the pull the yarn you just wrapped around through the loop already on the hook. Now you should have one loop on your crochet hook. Wrap the yarn around again and pull it through. Repeat this until you have made 21 loops, called chains, not counting the loop still on your crochet hook.

Create a turning chain by making another loop after you have create 21. If you already have 21 chains and made a 22nd loop on your hook, you don't need to create a turning chain this time. Insert your hook into the second chain from your crochet hook. This would be the 20th chain you created. Wrap the yarn around once and pull it through only the top loop. You should have two loops on your crochet hook.

Wrap the yarn around a second time and pull it through both loops. Now you should have only one loop on your hook. You have just completed what is known as a single crochet. Continue to single crochet in each chain until you reach the end of the chain. Make one single loop, this is your turning chain, and turn the yarn around so you can go back down the row you just created.

Skip the first chain from your crochet hook and single chain in each chain of this row until you reach the end. Continue to repeat this pattern. Make sure to make a turning chain at the end of each row, and to skip the first chain at the beginning of each new row you start. Keep going till your scarf is the desired length. Typically this will be about 4 or 5 feet long.

Create a turning chain on the end of the last row and cut the yarn so you have about 4 inches left. Pull the yarn through the center of the turning chain to tighten the loop. Use the yarn needle to pull the extra yarn back through a few loops to hold it. Tie a knot if you want to be sure it won't unravel, and cut the excess yarn. Repeat this for the other end of the scarf where you began working.

Add fringe by cutting 3 strands of yarn that are 6 inches in length. Fold the strands in half and use a crochet hook to pull them through the first chain at the end of the scarf. Pull them from the middle so that it creates a loop on one side. Pull the ends through the loop and pull to tighten. Repeat in each chain along the last row of both ends of the scarf. Trim the fringe until it is even.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're having trouble with the size K crochet hook, try a smaller size such as a size H or I.
  • Use a yarn that is dyed more than one color for a brighter look. This will also make it easier to see your stitches.

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