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Yesterday evening after dinner I experimented with my first Caron Tea Cake, in the color “Winterberry,” and made this infinity scarf, start to finish, while Hubby and I binge-watched three episodes of “Poldark.”
I had in mind a scarf that was ribbed and chunky, so I started by crocheting 8″ of foundation half-double crochet, which turned out to be 16 stitches. (You could also chain 18 and then start in the third stitch from the hook and work 16 half-double crochet.) Then I chained 2, turned the work and did half-double crochet in the back loop only of each stitch. I did not count the turning chain as a stitch, but instead started in the back loop of the stitch at the turning chain’s base; doing this gave the scarf a smooth, straight edge without gaps. I continued in this way until the cake was nearly used up, at which point the scarf was 53″ long by 8″ wide. Since I was making a ribbed infinity scarf and wanted the ribbing to match when I sewed the ends together, I took care to end on an even number of rows. When I was done adding rows, I chained 1, folded the scarf so the ends were together, and slipped stitched the front loop of the last row to the back loop of the first row. Then I finished off and wove in the two ends. (Note: After trying the size L hook recommended on the label, I decided the work was too tight and started over with a size N hook, which was perfect.)
That long paragraph above is the pattern in its entirety, so you can see how extremely easy and mindless it is. (The pattern in traditional format follows below.) That’s why I think this scarf is perfect for a crochet beginner, or a more experienced crocheter who wants to work on a mindless project while binge-watching their favorite show. And because this scarf works up super fast — for me, two half-double crochet were about one square inch — it’s also a great option if you need to make a gift in a hurry.
A note about foundation stitches
I prefer starting with a foundation stitch instead of chaining whenever possible because it has two major benefits:
- Unlike chain stitch, the gauge of a foundation stitch matches the gauge of regular stitches, so I can crochet my foundation row to the size I need on the first try, whereas with chaining I often make it too long and have to frog it and start over.
- The “bottom” of the foundation row looks exactly like the top as far as having neat stitches that are easy to work in later — as when the ends of this infinity scarf are slip-stitched together.
While foundation stitches may seem confusing at first, once you’ve done them a few times they become easy and obvious — so much so that, like me, you may never go back to chaining (unless it’s really necessary to the pattern).
In the formal pattern below I give both options for starting the scarf — chaining and foundation stitch — so you can choose whichever you’re comfortable with. I include a text description of foundation hdc for now, but since it can be easier to learn visually you may also want to watch my quick tutorial video:
Pattern: One “tea cake” infinity scarf
Materials you’ll need:
1 Caron Tea Cake, or 200 yards of a super bulky weight (#6) yarn of your choice
Size N crochet hook, or the size that works for your yarn
Chain stitch (ch) OR foundation half-double crochet (fhdc)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Half-double crochet (hdc)
Row 1, option 1 (chaining):
Ch 18. Skip 2 ch (does not count as a stitch), hdc in 3rd ch from hook and remaining 15 ch. Ch 2, turn.
Row 1, option 2 (foundation hdc):
Ch 3. Skip 2 ch (does not count as a stitch), yarn over (YO), insert hook in 3rd ch from hook and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Next, YO and pull through first loop only — this is your bottom “chain.” Here’s a trick I use: Pinch and hold this bottom “chain” while you continue the rest of the stitch — that way you’ll know exactly where to start your next fhdc after completing this one. You still have 3 loops on your hook; now you simply YO and pull through all 3 loops, as you would with a regular hdc; one fhdc made.
YO, insert your hook in the bottom “chain” that you’re pinching and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook); YO, and pull through first loop only, pinch that “chain” (still 3 loops on hook); YO and pull through all 3 loops.
Repeat until 16 fhdc made. Ch 2, turn.
Starting in the back loop of the stitch at the turning chain’s base, hdc in back loop only of all 16 stitches in row; ch 2, turn.
When scarf is desired length, stop after an even-numbered row. Ch 1; fold scarf so ends are together; sl st front loop of last row to back loop of first row.
Finish off and weave in the two ends.
If you use this pattern…
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