I’m releasing a new free crochet pattern every week through December. Each one can be made with 3 skeins of yarn or less, and would make a great gift (for someone else, or as a reward to yourself for all of your holiday crafting!).
This post contains affiliate links. The yarn for the sample was generously provided by Knit Picks.
The Gradient Shells Scarf is a great last minute gift. It’s crocheted with two skeins of Knit Picks Chroma Worsted, a self-striping yarn. The yarn does all the work of striping the scarf for you, so you don’t have to change colors or weave in lots of ends.
Unlike many shell stitch pattern scarves, this one has straight edges on both sides, making it a great unisex pattern.
I wanted to keep it to a two-skein project. Since this scarf ended up a little shorter than most, I thought I’d try some styling variations. I checked out the Scarf Knot Master List on Scarves.net, and tried The Girly Windsor,
and the Scarf Boa.
I think both look great, as does the traditional wrap,
and the over the shoulder wrap.
Gradient Shells Scarf
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
Adult: 6.5” (16.5 cm) wide x 53” (134.5 cm).
- Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (70% wool/30%n nylon, 3.5 oz/100 g, 198 yd/181 m) – 2 skeins in 26181 Parakeet, or approximately 390 yd (357 m) in any medium weight, self-striping yarn.
- US I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
17 sts x 8.5 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern (✪ see Special Stitch Pattern, below)
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- dc5tog – double crochet 5 sts together✪ (decreases 4 sts, worked over 5 sts)
- ea – each
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
Special Stitch Pattern
- dc5tog – double crochet 5 sts together (decreases 4 sts, worked over 5 sts) – (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 5 times, yo and draw through 6 loops.
- For best results, start the scarf at the beginning of a color repeat. When adding on a new skein of yarn, start at the beginning of the same or next color repeat to continue striping pattern.
- Ch 32 (or any multiple of 6 sts, + 2 sts).
- Row 1: Turn, sk 1, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (31 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts,** 5 dc in next; rep from * across to last 6 sts, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in last st.
- Rep Rows 2 & 3 56 times, or until scarf measures approximately 52” (132 cm).
- Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, sc in next st; rep from * across.
- Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in ea st across. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.