Ever find yourself in a pickle, thinking you’ve purchased a gift for someone when you actually haven’t? My husband and I often buy gifts well in advance of birthdays and holidays, usually when we find a particularly fantastic sale. We stash things in boxes in the Man Cave or the storage room, and periodically pull it out as occasions approach, and see what we have, and what we still need to get. As luck would have it, I procrastinated on Christmas shopping big time for our families. I knew we had some things in the gift stash, but I didn’t bother to check. We finished our shopping with just days to spare before the mailing deadline, and I set to wrapping and packaging on what was likely the very last day that we could ship parcels and not pay ridiculous fees for express service.
And then it hit me. I forgot a gift, and this error would surely be noticed. My husband was at work with the car. There was nothing in the gift stash that would work. My first thought was that I should call my husband and get him to snag an appropriate gift card on his way home from work, but that didn’t really seem like the most thoughtful way to go. That left only one possibility: make something. I had just a couple of hours to get this gift finished, too, so I knew just what I had to do.
This scarf was born out of necessity, and my great love of giant crochet hooks. I have a few jumbo-hook projects on my Pinterest boards, and most of them used 2 or more strands of yarn at the same time. Because of my severe time limitation, I knew simplicity would be key, so I chose a pair of yarns with an interesting colourway and relied on their watercolour hues for subtle detail instead of getting fancy with my stitching. I grabbed two skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn, and set to work. I’m not entirely sure what the colourways are on the yarns I had, I believe one is Tudor, but I’m not sure about the other. I don’t think they were the same, but they were similar enough that I think they worked well together. I decided to just wing it and stick with simple stitches, and measured as I went. I knew I was done when the scarf was long enough for me to wrap nicely around my neck! I measured it so I’d have something to share, but obviously this is something that you can change as you see fit.
So, without further ado, here it is, the Super Simple Scarf!
Super Simple Scarf
Q hook (15-16mm)
2 skeins (6oz/170g, 185yd/169m) Lion Brand Homespun (or other chunky) yarn in the same or coordinating colourways
Large-eyed needle for weaving in ends
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
Working with two strands, ch until the scarf reaches the width you’d like it to be, plus 3. (For my scarf, I wanted it to be 10 stitches, so I ch’d 13 across.) Turn.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook. Repeat in each following ch. When you get to the end, ch 3. (For my scarf, it was 10 dcs plus the chains). Turn.
Rows 2+: Repeat row 1 until your scarf is the desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends. (For mine, it was about 35 rows).
See? Simple. You can make this scarf as wide or as narrow, as long or as short as you’d like. My finished scarf was about 8×60″, perfect for a nice big knot at your throat, or to wrap around your neck a couple times. And the Homespun yarn is super-duper soft, perfect for keeping warm in our frigid Alberta winters!
As for the giftee, I’m not sure if she liked it or not, as I haven’t heard from her. But I have two more skeins of Homespun in my stash, so I might just have to make one for myself.
Did you make any gifts this holiday season?