The Especially Leslye Scarf is a one-skein lace scarf crochet pattern. It’s the latest pattern in my charity spotlight series and is designed to meet the donation requirements for Handmade Especially for You.
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This Month’s Featured Organization: Handmade Especially for You
Handmade Especially for You is a non-profit organization that distributes comfort scarves to women who have survived abuse and violence. Handmade Especially for You was founded in 2008, and as of this writing has donated almost 154,000 scarves and over 14,000 hats.
Currently, Handmade Especially for You works with a network of over 50 shelters and organizations in California, as well as affiliates in 10 states, Canada, and England, to donate handmade scarves.
Unlike many charities that accept handmade scarves, the purpose of these donations is not to keep people warm. Instead, Handmade Especially for You aims to provide women with “fun” scarves as a “congratulations” for leaving an abusive situation. Handmade scarves are made with love and these personal gifts are meant to uplift the spirits of the recipients.
How To Make Great Scarves for Handmade Especially for You
Handmade Especially for You has several guidelines for making comfort scarves.
- The scarves should be made with a comfortable, soft yarn.
- The yarn should be in a “happy” color. Cheerful scrap yarn scarves are also welcome, especially those made with “magic balls” of yarn. (My Poppet has a great tutorial for making a “magic ball” of yarn from yarn scraps here.)
- Finished scarves should be rectangular and measure at least 4″ (10 cm) wide, but no wider than 4.5″ (11.5 cm), and at least 60″ (152.5 cm) long.
- Scarves should be made with an open stitch pattern appropriate for warm weather.
- Optional (but awesome): Decorate your finished scarf with a fun yarn (or sequins, faux fur, or ribbon) to make the scarf just a little bit more special for the recipient.
Scroll down for the free crochet pattern for the Especially Leslye Scarf, or use any of the free crochet patterns and free knitting patterns for comfort scarves available on the Handmade Especially for You website. You can also check out my free crochet pattern for the Glittery Accent Scarf, which also meets the donation requirements.
About the Especially Leslye Scarf
I’ve partnered with WeCrochet, who has generously provided yarn and hooks for this year’s charity spotlight series. When I got started on my design for Handmade Especially for You, I was eyeing the speckled yarn patterns in Brava Worsted Weight yarn because they are fun and cheerful. Brava is also extremely soft and is an easy care yarn you can wash and dry in the machine. Skeins of Brava are generous, so with the lacy pattern I was able to get a scarf from just one skein of yarn. I used Cake Pop Speckle for the sample.
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Especially Leslye Scarf
Lace Scarf Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This one-skein “skinny scarf” works up quickly with a simple, two-row repeat pattern. This lace crochet scarf pattern was designed to meet the donation requirements of Handmade Especially for You, a non-profit organization that distributes comfort scarves to women who have survived abuse.
- Teen/Adult: 4” (10 cm) wide x 61.5” (156 cm) long.
- WeCrochet Brava Worsted Weight yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/218 yds/200 m) – 1 skein in 29242 Cake Pop Speckle, or approximately 218 yd (200 m) in any medium weight yarn.
- WeCrochet Bright US Size J-10/6.0 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Clover bent-tip yarn needle.
- 15 sts in pattern = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- Ch 16.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 15 ch. (15 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), skip first 2 sts, dc in next st, [ch 1, skip 1, dc in next st] across. (8 dc + 7 ch-1 sp)
- Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), [dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next st] across to last ch-1 sp, dc in ch-1 sp, dc in top of ch 3. (15 sts)
- Rep Rows 2-3 until scarf measures approximately 60” (152.5 cm), or near desired length.
- Final Row: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.