Why crochet a scarf in an hour? Maybe you or one of your kids just got a new coat and you want a scarf to match. Maybe you heard that the next day’s weather is supposed to be really cold. Maybe you need a quick gift. Maybe you want to make a bunch of scarves for charity. Or, maybe you’re like me and you wanted to crochet a scarf as a gift … only that gift list had forty people on it!
The nursing home where my father lives discourages families from giving cash holiday gifts because so many staff people engage in the care of each resident and they felt that families would only recognize one or two staff. The director said that families would bring in things like pizza or cookies. Although I love to bake, I thought that it would be too much to inflict another plate of cookies of the staff. Since I crochet, the first year I crocheted beanie hats and the second year I crocheted ornaments (snowmen, Santa, angels, gingerbread men, etc.).
The challenge was that each item could take three hours (or more) to make and I was producing approximately forty handmade gifts! I decided scarves would be easy, but I didn’t want them to all look the same. A few scarf patterns took nearly three hours to complete and I knew I’d be looking at another hectic December trying to turn out over three dozen handmade gifts that I hadn’t got to earlier in the year.
Choose Your Yarn
Chances are that if you crochet then you have a stash of yarn available to you. This will save you a lot of time in going to the store. However, if you don’t have the colors you want (or you are looking through your yarn stash trying to determine if you have the right yarn, keep a few things in mind.
Worsted weight yarn provides some heft without being too bulky. For the scarves I made, I used two strands of worsted weight yarn worked together. Of course, you can use a single strand of a chunky yarn, which will also work up quickly. The reason I like to work two strands together is that you get unique color combinations.
Try working two solid colors together. Or, try one solid yarn with a multicolor yarn. Or, combine two multicolor yarns. Or, work a solid yarn with a self-striping yarn. Or, combine a multicolor yarn with a self-striping yarn. Or, work two self-striping yarns together. If you work with a chunky yarn then you are relying on the manufacturer to create the look.
Crochet a Scarf Fast!
For this scarf you will hold two strands of worsted weight yarn together and work with an P-hook. Since working two strands of yarn together can create a stiff fabric that isn’t scarf-friendly, a larger hook will keep your stitches relaxed. This scarf is approximately 5″ wide and can be made as long as desired.
Row 1: Skip the first 2 stitches and half double crochet in each stitch across. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2 until the scarf is as long as desired: Half double crochet in each stitch across. Chain 2 and turn.
Add fringe to finish the scarf.
Skinny Scarf in a Jiffy
By working with two strands of yarn you add thickness that helps you crochet quickly. The P-hook keeps the fabric soft.
Row 1: Skip the first stitch and single crochet in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2 until the scarf is as long as desired: Single crochet in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn.
Since this scarf is a mere three and a half inches wide, I work is really long (70″ to 80″) so it can be wrapped around and around the neck like a thick cowl (so I don’t fringe this scarf).
By changing the color yarn, varying the length of the scarf, and deciding whether or not to add fringe, each scarf gets an individualized look. I like that I can give personalized gifts to everyone who has a part in my father’s daily care without feeling overwhelmed and frantic while making so many handmade gifts.
Photos by Susan Caplan McCarthy