Coral Reef Scarf

Feb 9, 2009
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Introduction

This scarf was inspired by the hyperbolic crochet coral reef exhibition which recently appeared in the UK. Sadly I didn’t get the chance to go see it for real but I did manage to create a scarf using the hyperbolic crocheting technique.
It’s worked as a continuous piece, one “motif” at a time. It’s great technique because you do not get the over-stretched central chain which seems to be the bane of scarves worked along the length. Also you just keep adding motifs until you are satisfied with the length (or you run out of yarn).
It’s best worn in a cow hitch or lark’s head - fold in half lengthwise, wrap around neck and feed loose ends through the loop to fasten.

Finally this scarf has a life of its own. With wear the stitches bunch closer together, making each motif even curlier and more distinct. The scarf will look a bit narrower as a result.

Materials List

  • At least 200g (7oz) of Aran-weight yarn (13 wpi). See notes for fibre content.
  • 6mm (J-10) hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Finished Size

Max width: 5in (14cm) Length: 60in (153cm) Dims are for 18 motifs - you could make more or fewer!

Gauge

Gauge (tension) is unimportant for this project

Notes

Choice of yarn: I’ve only ever made this scarf using spoils from the charity shop (including old chunky sweaters I’ve unravelled). You could use any fibre as long as it has a reasonable tensile strength (you should not be able to break it just by tugging it with your bare hands). Because the stitches bunch together over time more of the chain stitches are exposed and I suspect that some pure wools may not be able to take the strain, though I’d be happy to be proven wrong!

The yarn shown is a long-discontinued yarn (Twilleys Capricorn Candyfloss, 50% nylon, 50% acrylic) that turned up in a mixed bag I bought from the charity shop for a few quid.

All stitch abbreviations and spellings are UK/British/English. In American a "tr" is a "dc".

Finishing: Blocking is not required.

The Pattern

First motif

Foundation ring: ch 12 and join with sl st to first chain to create a ring.
Row 1: ch3 (counts as first treble throughout), work 19 tr into ring (20 tr including turning chain)
Row 2: ch3, turn, work 1 tr in first tr, *[work 2 tr in next tr]. Repeat from * to end (40 tr including turning chain).

Row 3: ch3, turn, work 1 tr in first tr, *[work 2 tr in next tr]. Repeat from * until there are 9 treble stitches left unworked (62 tr including turning chain). Ch 8 and join to the top of the final stitch (the turning chain) with a treble.

Motifs 2 to 17

Row 1: Ch3, turn and work 19 tr along the 8-ch space.
Row 2: Ch3, turn, work 1 tr in first tr, *[work 2 tr in next tr]. Repeat from * to end (40 tr including turning chain).

Row 3: ch3, turn, work 1 tr in first tr, *[work 2 tr in next tr]. Repeat from * until there are 9 treble stitches left unworked (62 tr including turning chain). Ch 8 and join to the top of the final stitch (the turning chain) with a treble.

Final Motif

Row 1: Ch3, turn and work 19 tr along the 8-ch space.
Row 2: Ch3, turn, work 1 tr in first tr, *[work 2 tr in next tr]. Repeat from * to end (40 tr including turning chain).

Row 3: Ch3, turn, work 1 tr in first tr, *[work 2 tr in next tr]. Repeat from * to end (80 tr including turning chain).

Finishing

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends

Put on coat and new scarf - flounce out looking fabulous

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on Feb 9, 2009 7:30 AM
mad for crochet!

Thanks twench. This is a very cool scarf. I love that hyperbolic coral reef project too.

hachiko wrote
on Feb 18, 2009 12:00 PM

I haven't seen the hyperbolic coral reef project, but if this is what it is inspiring, I think it must be quite breathtaking. I created a spiral scarf for my niece for Christmas that was something like this. Thank you for sharing your project with us. It's fun to see what others, all around the world!!, are creating!!

Hachiko

alleysally wrote
on Oct 29, 2009 12:21 AM
This is just gorgeous!

I DO want to try this! I'm hoping it won't be beyond my skill level as I haven't crocheted in ages!

I am in the USA, so if I understand you correctly, where it says treble crochet I should be doing a double crochet?

The other thing I'm not sure I understand is where you say, "Repeat from * until there are 9 treble stitches left unworked (62 tr including turning chain). Ch 8 and join to the top of the final stitch (the turning chain) with a treble." Does that mean that you skip those 9 treble (double for me) stitches and then chain 8 and join to the final stitch in the row/round? I think I am understanding it better as I write this! (Isn't that always the way?)

I'll give it a try and if I run into a wall, I'll leave a message here again!

Thanks for posting this!

Cheryl

Twench wrote
on Jan 9, 2010 4:17 AM

Yes you should be doing double crochet. In the UK we call it treble.

Also you are correct in stating that you skip the nine treble stitches. It creates a large chain space into which you start the next motif.

Apologies for the delay in replying - very busy in run up to Cristmas.

Twench wrote
on Jan 9, 2010 4:22 AM

I'd love to see the end result!