Love Scarf - Crochet Scarf for Men

Jan 28, 2006
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by Annette Petavy

Introduction

Love Scarf

It’s so easy to take the ones we love for granted. This autumn, my husband came home from the doctor’s with potentially scary news. All of a sudden, I realized that he might not always be there, healthy and energetic, my rock to rely on. Further medical investigations calmed our worries. But they did not suppress my urge to show him how much I love him. And how does a crocheter show her husband she loves him? By crocheting him something of course!

The result was this scarf in cashmere and wool. I crocheted in secret, and gave it to him for his birthday. And yes, he loves it.

Materials List

  • Yarn: Phildar Laine/Cachemire (65 yards/60 meters per 0.88 oz/25 grams), black 5 balls, grey 3 balls, red 2 balls (1 if you don’t make a fringe), off-white 1 ball.
  • Hook: 5 mm (US H-8). A hook one size larger for the fringe.
  • Notions: Piece of cardboard for fringe.

Finished Size

Excluding fringe: 9.5 x 52 inches / 24 x 132 cms

Gauge

18 stitches and 23 rows = 4x4 inches/ 10x10 cm

Notes

This crochet scarf is worked lengthwise. When crocheting the foundation chain, I suggest you place a marker in at least every 50th chain. This will save you time when counting.

In the pictures (and in real life), my husband wears the scarf folded double. Warm, comfortable and cozy! This is why you only see one of the two colour repeats that make up the width of the scarf.

The yarn I used can be hard to find in many countries. Please substitute at will, adapting number of stitches and number of rows. This stitch patterns lends itself to wonderful colourplay. Do experiment!

The Pattern

ScarfStitch pattern: Granite stitch
Worked over an even number of stitches. Start and finish every row with 1 sc (which means that the rows end with a sc in each of the last two stitches).

Row 1: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook , *ch 1, skip next ch, 1 sc in following ch*. Repeat from * to * until end of row. Finish the row with 1 sc.

Row 2: 1 sc in first stitch, *ch 1, skip the stitch below, 1 sc in chain space*. Repeat from * to * until end of row. Finish the row with 1 sc.

Repeat row 2 throughout the project.

Colour repeat:
4 rows in black
2 rows in grey
1 row in black
2 rows in red
2 rows in black
1 row in off-white
2 rows in black
2 rows in red
1 row in black
2 rows in grey
4 rows in black

So, let’s get started!

Ch  251 in grey.

Work 2 rows in grey.

Work one colour repeat.

Work 3 rows of grey.

Work another colour repeat.

Work 2 rows of grey.

Fasten ends. If desired, make a fringe.

Fringe

Decide how long you want the fringe to be. Divide this measurement by 2. Add an inch/a couple of centimeters or so, since you need some extra yarn for knotting the fringe. Cut out a piece of cardboard at this width. Take one colour at a time, wind it around the cardboard, take it off and cut the resulting yarn loop in one place. You end up with a bunch of yarn ends, twice as long as the cardboard piece is wide. Do the same thing with the other colours.

Take a number of strands of each yarn. I used six strands, and tried to mix the colours so they matched the striping of the scarf. Fold the strands in two. With a larger hook, put hook through the scarf where you want to place the fringe knot. Pull through the folded strands – a little! You now have a loop of folded yarn peeking through the crocheted fabric. Put the hook through this loop, and pull through the ends of the strands, together with the knotted ends that were already there. Tighten the knot thus formed.

At the end, trim the fringe to desired length.

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Comments

nikki d wrote
on Jan 29, 2006 4:38 PM
i really like the stitch pattern.
can go tailored or casual
depending on colors used.

nikki d

skamama wrote
on Jan 29, 2006 4:46 PM

Very nice scarf, Annette. I think this may be one my husband would actually wear, especially if it's folded in half for the extra warmth.

Sandy wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 7:20 PM

This scarf is so wonderful. It's a great gift for just about anyone!

Joyce wrote
on Jan 30, 2006 9:19 PM

Thank you for a very good pattern for our men. I have 5 grandsons who would love to have a good scarf from Granny. My grand-daughters all have one, but couldn't find one I liked for my men. Thanks!!!

Circé wrote
on Jan 31, 2006 12:00 AM

elle est très belle.... et en plus j'ai vu ton mariiiiiiii!!!

Anonymous wrote
on Mar 2, 2006 7:48 PM

I made one very similar to this for my sister's boyfriend for Christmas - no red though. That really peps it up!

Anonymous wrote
on Mar 15, 2006 4:17 PM
eep! last month i made a scarf just exactly as this one is, without the color changes, for a friend. same hook, and with wool
how weird! ive never seen your pattern before but i think thats cool

i didnt know that stitch was called granite...

Meagan wrote
on Aug 28, 2006 6:32 PM

Thank you!! This may be the perfect scarf for my boyfriend! (Nothing too complex as he has a history of leaving scarves on city buses)

betus wrote
on Dec 17, 2006 6:35 AM

thank you for yur "for men" scarf pattern.its very lovely.But one thing yu didnt explain is that when yu change colurs do yu leave the strands of the yarns at the back while yu work through or cut the one yu working every time yu go on next colour

LaMorocha wrote
on Jan 26, 2007 3:55 AM

I've almost finished mine and it looks striking! Such a simple pattern: it's all in the yarn and the colour placement. I can't wait to finish it off and give it to my special friend next week.

Thanks, Annette! I'll be making this one again.

La Morocha wrote
on Jan 26, 2007 8:52 PM

OK, it's done! I'm sooooo happy with it.

Check it out here:

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/47459730/

Setarcos wrote
on Dec 7, 2007 9:18 AM

This pattern is great. I'm doing it right now, for a guy friend of mine. I'm doing it with just two colors though. Red and Blue - and there's a striking difference. It's a symmetrical pattern within the pattern (A mirror image on each side.) Then the fringe is done in the opposite color as the stripe. It's pretty cool. I hope he likes it. Heck, it's so cool I may just keep it and make him another one. =)

"You will get all you want out of life if you help enough other people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

RachelS wrote
on Dec 28, 2007 8:05 AM

I just made this scarf for my dad for Christmas and it was coveted by just about every family member. I used mostly neutral colors for the majority of the scarf (dark brown, medium brown, and an off-white) with bright blue in place of the pattern's off-white. It gave a nice surprising kick that wasn't too overwhelming for a neutral dresser. Awesome pattern!

lizziebee wrote
on Jun 16, 2008 6:55 AM

Oh boy, my husband loves these stripy scarves. We found one for him last winter, but I bet I could make another one for him! Thank you for posting the pattern!

fc1123 wrote
on Oct 15, 2008 8:44 AM

I'm going to try to make this scarf after I finish my eyemask that I saw in the latest crochet today magazine issue.

Velaineil wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 11:07 AM

I just finished this scarf for my boyfriend, and I like it a lot. I used blue instead of red though, which was nice. My gauge was off, also, so I only completed one color rotation. I still really like it, though!