Hop on the Bus, Gus

Nov 27, 2007
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Amanda Rader

Introduction

There is a lovely knitted school bus scarf from Morehouse Farm http://www.morehousefarm.com/KnittingKits/Scarves/SchoolBus/ which I fell in love with. We celebrate Christmas in August in our family and I wanted to make something fun for my aunt who is a school bus driver. I decided to crochet a school bus scarf for her to wear during the colder months. It’s fun and bright and I think the kids will get a kick out of it. I’ve designed my scarf to look as “real” as possible. Perfect for back to school days! Scarf is worked from the bottom of the bus up with the wheels added on afterwards.

Materials List

Metric: 5.5 mm hook/US: I hook
Bernat Super Value WW
MC: Bright Yellow (00608) (1 ball - 197g/7oz) (You won’t use all of it, but you will use most of it!)
CC1: Black (1 ball)
CC2: Light grey (for wheel centres) (small amount)

Yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Finished Size

Scarf: Approx. 78” long and 7” wide (from bottom of bus to roof) This scarf was designed for an adult. The long scarf allows you to wrap it around yourself once with a nice length left on either side to show off your stunning wheels! If you would like the scarf longer or shorter, simply change the # of beginning chains to suit your fancy.

Gauge

Not important! It’s a scarf!

Notes

Stitch Info:
Hdc2tog = hdc 2 stitches together.
For detailed information and picture illustrations, check out Stitch Diva Studios in the tutorials section. http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=131

Crochet ‘n More also has a tutorial. http://www.crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm

The Pattern


Bus:

With black:
Ch 201.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Switch to yellow. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 2: Hdc in each sc across. (Chain 2 does not count as first hdc.) Ch 2. Turn.
Row 3: Hdc in each hdc across. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 4: Hdc in each hdc across. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 5: Sc in first 16 sts. Switch to black (in 16th stitch, complete the sc with black). Sc across. Switch to yellow in last st. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 6: With yellow: Hdc in first sc and in each sc across. Switch to black. Ch 1. Turn.
At the end of row 6...you need to switch back to yellow before doing Row 7 (which is a repeat of row 5)

Row 7: Repeat Row 5.
Row 8: With yellow, hdc in first sc and in each sc across.
Row 9: Hdc first 2 hdc tog, hdc in remaining hdc across. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 10: Hdc across. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 11: Sc2tog two times. Sc in next 9 sts. Switch to black and sc across. Switch to yellow. Ch 2. Turn.
You are now working on the top half of the bus!
For the Windows:
Row 12: Dc in first 2 sts. * Ch 2, sk 2 sc, dc in next. Repeat from * to last 2 sc of black. Ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next sc. Ch 4. Turn.
Row 13: Dc in 1st dc. *Ch 2, sk ch space, dc in next dc. Repeat from * to end. Dc in last dc. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 14: Hdc in 2 dc’s, *hdc in each of 2 ch sts, hdc in dc. Repeat from * across. Switch to black in final stitch. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 15: With black, sc in each sc across. Switch to yellow in last sc. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 16: With yellow, hdc across. Ch 2. Turn

Row 17: Hdc2tog twice. Hdc across to last 4 sts. Hdc2tog twice. Fasten off.



Wheels:
(Make 2) (Finished size is approx 3 ½” in diameter)
With grey, ch 2.
Round 1: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc. Ch 1. Turn. (8)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (16) Join with sl st. Fasten off.

Attach black to first sc after join. Ch 2.
Round 3: *2 dc in next st, sc* repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch 2. Ch 2.
Round 4: *2 hdc in next st, hdc* repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch2. Fasten off leaving a long tail for weaving.

Wheel placement


Finishing:

Weave in all ends, leaving the fastened off tail to use for sewing the wheels to the bus. See photo for placement. Pick your best side to be the right side. I embroidered on the bird that appears above the driver’s window with scrap black yarn. Enjoy your bus!

Back of the bus Front of the bus

 

Notes:

There is one thing that I don’t especially like. I think my
bus front is too long. I would make it 12 sts rather than 16 if I were to make
this again. Adjustments for the decreases would also need to be made to keep
the bus rounded, rather than boxy. All in all, it was a wonderful adventure. It
was fun to finally design something of my own from a picture in my head of how
it should look.


This scarf makes a great gift for school bus drivers, teachers and kids who
love the school bus.

If the above photos don't work, visit my flickr page

 

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Comments

Tawny wrote
on Dec 21, 2007 2:12 PM

Finally! The perfect teacher gift! I'll have to start a fleet to thank all my daughters' teachers. Thank you.

CarolynF@23 wrote
on Mar 14, 2008 10:34 AM

I just finished this great scarf!!! My daughter-in-law is a school bus driver in Oxford, MI. She received the scarf in the mail from me yesterday. This morning all the Oxford bus drivers wanted a scarf. Kelly got them the pattern. She told them I was too busy knitting and crocheting for her -- they could make their own!!! She is adding two red buttons at the top front and back to symbolize the lights they have on the top of their busses -- this was a suggestion from her supervisor, Char. So, "as we speak," the Oxford, Michigan bus drivers are all planning on wearing these scarves. Thanks so much.

Amanda@12 wrote
on Mar 26, 2008 5:07 PM

Wow! What a wonderful message! I love to hear that people are wearing my design! They should get together for a group a photo. I'd love to see one. :)

Melanie@3 wrote
on Mar 4, 2009 8:43 AM

I love this scarf! It's just so perfect. I think school bus riders would enjoy it too.

Melanie

Beverly5876 wrote
on Apr 27, 2010 5:11 AM

DO NOT change the length of the bus hood. The traditional and early buses have the longer hoods. It's been the more recent years that bus lines have turned to the snub nose buses.

 

So, please, leave it as it is.

Beverly5876 wrote
on Apr 27, 2010 5:11 AM

DO NOT change the length of the bus hood. The traditional and early buses have the longer hoods. It's been the more recent years that bus lines have turned to the snub nose buses.

 

So, please, leave it as it is.

Lee AnnH wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 7:15 AM

This darling pattern for a school bus scarf!   Looks like a nice one to whip up for a bus driver for Christmas!

Thank you very much!

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Lee Ann

 

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