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Pattern: Puff Stitch Scarf

My mom absolutely loved the beautiful puff stitches of the crocheted slouchy beanies I made for myself and my brother and sister.  Because my mom does not wear hats, she asked if I could make her a scarf using puff stitches!  I thought this was a great idea as I loved the texture and staggered rows of these stitches, so I knew that a scarf using them would turn out beautifully!

My mom and I went to Michaels together to pick out the yarn for her scarf.  One of our biggest pet peeves is “itchy” material for scarves and sweaters: we went down the aisles in search of soft yarn that would not irritate the skin.  She also wanted a neutral colour that would match with all of her outfits.  In the end, we bought the wonderfully soft and luxurious Bernat Satin yarn in “Sandstone”. 

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I made up my own pattern for this scarf and started off making a series of 26 chain stitches.

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Next I worked 12 puff stitches in the first row with ch-1’s in between.

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Then I worked twelve puff stitches in the chain-1 spaces.

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I continued with this simple pattern for a couple more rows…

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And then many more rows…

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Until the scarf was our desired length!  If you want, you could always add some fringe to the ends of your scarf.  See a simple video on how to do this here.  My mom did not want any fringe, so we left it as is :) 

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Can you guess how many balls of yarn I used?

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My mom wanted her scarf quite long.  After three balls of yarn, it ended up being 94” long.

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Here is the very simple pattern I made up for this Puff Stitch Scarf.

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Materials:

  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn (medium weight)

Puff Stitch: Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), [yarn over, insert hook in same stitch and draw up a loop] 3 times (9 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through first 8 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook.  *Watch video showing how to make puff stitch here.

Chain 26.

R1: Work puff stitch in fourth chain from hook.  *Ch 1, skip next ch, puff stitch in next ch*, rep 11 times (12 puff sts).

R2: Ch 3, turn. *Puff stitch in next ch-1 sp, ch 1*, rep 11 times.  Puff stitch in last ch-3 space (12 puff sts).

Repeat Row 2 until desired length (for my scarf, until Row 150 or 94”).  Finish off and weave in ends. 

 

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Before I gave my mom her scarf, I thought I’d model it so you all could see what it looks like on!  We went for lunch at a Japanese restaurant and I loved the beautiful floral pattern of this booth :)

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It was a good thing I brought this scarf along because it turned out to be quite chilly and windy that day…

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably been wearing your scarves in a limited number of ways.  I highly recommend checking out Wendy’s “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes" video if you haven’t seen it yet!  Who knew there were so many different ways to wear a scarf?  Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook is one of my favourite bloggers because of her exhuberant and quirky personality, impeccable style, and creative and beautifully-edited videos and photos.  She also has a great story behind her as she overcame so much growing up in foster care to get where she is today.  Check out Wendy’s inspiring blog and her helpful videos :) 

  Here I am wearing my scarf a number of different ways: this is “The Twist & Pull”!

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Next up is “The European Loop"…

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Here we have “The Basic Loop”:

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And here I wrapped the scarf around multiple times since it’s long enough to do this :)

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Another great option is to sew the ends together to create a circle or infinity scarf, which is very popular nowadays.  The textured look of the many folded layers really frames the face nicely.  I absolutely love wearing circle scarves this season!  I just may have to crochet myself one of these, maybe in a bright pink or green or some other fun colour :)

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[UPDATE: I made a “Puff Stitch Cowl" for my sister where I did sew the ends together.  Check it out HERE.  It is 2/3rds the length of the original scarf I made for my mom!]

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Do check out my “Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" post here if you haven’t seen it!  This beanie also uses the puff stitch, and a free pattern is available on-line.  You can create a matching set with the puff stitch beanies and my puff stitch scarf :)  They’d make great Christmas gifts!

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Happy crocheting!

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