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The Shell Belle Hooded Scarf is by far the most popular original design I have as of now. It's simple construction and the warmth it provides to chilly necks and ears must be it's appeal. As you can see in the background of the updated photos it is FREEZING in Phoenix. Just kidding, I think it was around 80, which makes Aurora's cooperation in taking these new photos amazing.
No changes needed to be made to the instructions, but one of the testers recommended slip stitching the hood together and on to the scarf, and I'm so glad she did! The hood looks so much nicer from the back. So I added brief notes on how to slip stitch it together, but otherwise, the design is identical to what it was. I also added a bit to the estimated yardage. I used about 425 yards for the kids size shown in these photos, and calculated the adult size likely needs around 500. The notes include instructions for how to modify the pattern to fit your yarn and hook size. I'd love to see one in bulky!
The pattern will always be free on the blog, but if you need an easy to print PDF without all of my yakety yak and the tutorial photos, you can purchase it for $1 in my Ravelry shop. Your purchase is so appreciated as it helps support the blog!
The new green scarf that is pictured is a child size on an almost 5 year old. I looped the infinity scarf around twice to make it snug enough to keep her neck warm. In hindsight, she was likely still a toddler size, I just don't think of her that way anymore. She's so big! The nice thing about the larger size is a beanie, or headwrap will fit nicely under the hood for those extra nippy cold days. Feel free to use the notes to make your hood and scarf dimensions work for your climate and the size of the wearer. there are instructions for a traditional scarf and infinity scarf, so you can pick the style you like best!
- Yarn: Worsted Weight (4) approximately 350 – 550yds
- Hook: J 6mm
- Measuring Tape
- Yarn Needle
Stitches & Abbreviations:
- Fsc – Foundation Sc
- Sk - Skip
- St – Stitch
- Slst – Slip stitch
- Sc – Single crochet
- Dc – Double crochet
- Whip Stitch
3 shells x 8 rows = 4” Square
Toddler – Scarf - 44” Hood – 18 ½ ” Width, 9 ½” Depth
Child – Scarf - 50” Hood - 20 ½ ” Width, 11” Depth
Adult – Scarf - 60” Hood - 22 ½ ” Width, 11” Depth
1) The hood and scarf are worked in separate pieces.
2) You may adjust for yarn weight/hook size to make your beginning chain longer or shorter by adding or subtracting stitches in multiples of 8 for the infinity scarf, multiples of 8 + 2 for the hood and traditional scarf.
3) Ch 1 at the end of each row is not a stitch in the stitch counts.
Shell – Sc + 3 Dc in same St, Sk 3.
1) Fsc 128 (144,168). Check the length of your chain to ensure it is desired scarf length. Join to first Fsc with a Slst, being sure not to twist the chain, Ch1.
2) In your joining St, begin your 1st shell. Repeat your shells until you complete the row. Join to beginning Sc with a Slst. Ch 1, Turn. (32, 36, 42 shells)
3) Repeat Row 2, 6 (8, 10) more times, or until you have reached the desired width for your scarf. Suggested widths are: 4” for toddler size, 5” for child size, and 6” for adult size.
When desired width is reached, cut yarn and tie off. Wait to weave in ends.
1) Ch 66 (74, 82). Check the length of your chain to ensure it is the desired hood width.
2) Begin your 1st Shell in 2nd Ch from hook. Repeat your shells until you have 4 Sts left on beginning chain. Sk 3, Sc in lst St. Ch 1, Turn. (16, 18, 20 shells)
3) Begin your 1st shell in the last Sc from the prior row. Repeat your shells across, until you have 4 Sts left. Sk 3, Sc in last St. Ch 1, Turn. (16, 18, 20 shells)
4) Repeat Row 3, 17 (21, 21) more times, or until you have reached the desired depth for your hood. Suggested depths are: 9 ½” for toddler size, and 11” for child and adult size. Cut yarn, and tie off leaving a long tail for whip stitching.
5) Fold hood in half, length wise, and whip stitch together along the beginning chain. Your whip stitched seam is the back of the hood. As an alternative to whip stitching, you may Sc 3 over each chain held together and Slst in each Sc held together to seam you your hood together. This seam will be the inside of your hood.
Finishing Off: Cut a long piece of yarn and center the bottom of your hood on the seam in your infinity scarf. Whip stitch hood to infinity scarf. If you prefer to Slst the hood to the scarf you may do so on the inside of the hood. Tie off and weave in remaining ends.
Here's a photo of what the inside of your scarf will look like if you choose to slip stitch it. It's very important you face the hood and scarf so the seam will be on the inside. I did not do that, so I added one more row of shells around the top of the scarf and front of the hood so the pretty side of the shells was the edge. One of the things I love about crochet, so easy to fix silly mistakes without frogging the whole thing!
The traditional scarf is made the same way the hood is, so if you get stuck, use the hood's tutorial photos for rows 1 and 2.
1) Ch 162 (178, 218). Check the length of your chain to ensure it is desired scarf length.
2) Begin your 1st Shell in 2nd Ch from hook. Repeat your shells until you have 4 Sts left on beginning chain. Sk 3, Sc in last St. Ch 1, Turn. (40, 44, 54 shells
3) Begin your 1st shell in the last Sc from the prior row. Repeat your shells across, until you have 4 Sts left. Sk 3, Sc in last St. Ch 1, Turn. (40, 44, 54 shells)
4) Repeat Row 3, 7 (9, 11) more times, or until you have reached the desired width for your scarf. Suggested widths are: 4” for toddler size, 5” for child size, and 6” for adult size.
Finishing Off: When desired width is reached, cut yarn, tie off, and weave in ends. When attaching hood to traditional scarf, center the seam of the hood on the scarf. Whip stitch or Slst to scarf along the bottom of the hood.
HUGE shout out to the testers. It's so nice to release a pattern and know it is right. These ladies did a wonderful job on their scarves.
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