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Twists and Flutters: Step by Step Instructions for Crocheting a Ruffled, Spiral Scarf

written by: Jessica Cook•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 7/29/2011

Use this tutorial to create a ruffled crochet scarf that spirals as it hangs around your neck. Make your scarf in any length or width you like for a custom fit. Crochet a ruffled scarf in a few simple steps.

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    Ruffles and Spirals

    One of the things I like best about crocheting is the fact that I can use the same basic tools - yarn and a crochet hook - to make a variety of items in varying shapes and sizes. Using basic increases, for instance, you can turn an ordinary scarf into a ruffled, spiraling creation.

    This pattern is written as a tutorial; in other words, you can use the basic technique described here to make a ruffled, spiraling scarf using any type and amount of yarn and any size crochet hook you have on hand. Once you understand the basic structure for a crochet ruffled spiral, you can alter that structure to suit your needs.

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    Images

    The finished scarfA close-up of the spiraling ruffle.
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    Materials

    In order to crochet a ruffled spiral scarf you will need:

    • Yarn - for my scarf I used Storied Yarns Merino DK weight yarn; it's 246 yards and 100g
    • Crochet hook - for my scarf I used a size US H hook (5.0 mm), which gave me a little bit of openness to my crochet stitches
    • Scissors to cut the ends
    • Embroidery needle to weave in the ends

    Since this pattern is written tutorial style, you don't have to be limited to using DK weight yarn and a 5.0 mm hook. Choose any yarn you have on hand, and then use a crochet hook that is maybe one or two sizes larger than what you would normally choose for that yarn weight. In general, 100g of yarn will get you a decently sized scarf using this pattern.

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    Pattern Abbreviations

    This is a list of the abbreviations used in this pattern:

    CH = chain stitch (Bring the yarn up and over the hook from back to front; catch the yarn in the hook and draw it through the loop.)

    HDC = half double crochet stitch (Yarn over and insert the hook into the stitch indicated; draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all loops on the hook.)

    DC = double crochet stitch (Yarn over and insert the hook into the stitch indicated; draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops on the hook, yarn over and draw through the final two loops on the hook.)

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    Crochet a Ruffled Spiral

    In this pattern, you will crochet the scarf lengthwise; in other words, you will work your stitches back and forth across the length of the scarf, not the width. Keep this in mind when making your starting chain, because the length of the chain will determine the length of the scarf.

    Scarf Pattern:

    Begin by making several chain stitches. Simply keep stitching until the chain looks long enough, then test it by hanging the chain around your neck to see if it is as long as you want it to be.

    Row 1: HDC twice in the 2nd CH from the hook; HDC twice in every remaining CH across the row.

    Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first DC of row 2) and turn. DC in base of the turning CH. *DC in next stitch, 2 DC in the following stitch;* repeat from * to * across the row.

    Row 3: Ch 1, turn. *Make 2 HDC in the first stitch, HDC in each of the next 2 stitches;* repeat from * to * across the row.

    Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as first DC of row 4) and turn. DC in base of the turning Ch. *DC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 DC in the following stitch;* repeat from * to * across the row.

    Row 5: Ch 1, turn. *Make 2 HDC in the first stitch, HDC in each of the next 4 stitches;* repeat from * to * across the row.

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    Customize the Scarf

    Use this basic pattern tutorial to make a scarf that you like to wear.Here are some tips:

    • Make the scarf longer or shorter by adding or removing starting chain stitches.
    • Follow the pattern until you run out of yarn; you may stop before row 5 in this case, and your scarf will just be slightly less wide.
    • Continue the pattern beyond row 5 if you have more yarn. To do this, for each row you will follow the basic formula to increase a circle: 2 stitches in the first stitch, one stitch in each of the next X stitches, repeat across. Increase "X" by one for every subsequent row. Use half double crochet stitches on odd-numbered rows and double crochet stitches on even-numbered rows.
    • Change the look of this pattern by using different stitches. For a thicker, warm scarf use all single crochet stitches. For a more open, lacy scarf use al double crochet or even triple crochet stitches.