Saturday, 17 March 2012

Flower Scarf

So I had a few balls of wool lying around, inherited from my gran's stash and I decided to attempt an improvised scarf for a friend's birthday. It consists of four flower motifs and one star motif in pink, light brown and beige. I found the motif patterns through ravelry and have linked to the sources, the large flower pattern is my own.
All motifs use 5mm hook
Small flower:

3dc Cluster: *Yo, insert hook in loop.  Yo, draw up a loop.  Yo, draw through 2 loops.* Repeat *-* twice more.  4 loops on hook.  Yo, pull through all 4 loops.

Ch 3, join with sl st to form loop.
Round 1: ch 2, 3dc cluster, ch 4.  *3dc cluster, ch 4*  Repeat *-* 3 more times.  5 Puff Stitches total.  Join to the top of the first cluster with sl st.
Round 2: Into each ch-4 space work, *sc, 5 dc, sc*.  To join, sl st in top of first sc.

Medium Flower:

Ch 4, join with sl st to form loop.
Round 1: Ch3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc, join with sl st in the top of the ch3.
Round 2: Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the top of the same dc, 2dc in the top of each dc, join with sl st.
Round 3: Ch1, sc in same dc, *skip 1 dc, 7dc in next dc, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc*, repeat *-* another 4 times, skip 1 dc, 7dc in next dc, join with sl st in first sc.

Large Flower:

Ch 4, join with sl st to form loop.
Round 1: Ch5, *1tr, ch1*, repeat *-* another 10 times, join with sl st (12 triple crochets).
Round 2: Ch5, 1dc in ch1 sp, [1dc, ch2, 1dc] in each ch1 space, join with sl st.
Round 3: Ch1, [1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc] in each ch2 space, join with sl st.

Multicoloured Flower:

Round 1: Biege, using a magic ring, [3dc cluster, ch2] 8 times, join with sl st and finish off.
Round 2: Join light brown in any ch2 sp, ch3, 3dc in same ch2 space, [4dc in each ch2 sp], join with sl st & finish off.
Round 3: Join pink with a sc in the top of any 3dc cluster of round 1 (stretching all the way around round 2), *1 hdc in second dc of four (round 2), [2dc, ch2, 2dc] in next dc, sc in next dc, sc in next Rd.1 cluster*, repeat *-* another 7 times, joining with sl st to first sc  instead of the last sc.



ch 6 and join with sl st to fist ch to form ring

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc) 2 dc in ring ch5 *3 dc into ring ch 5* repeat *-* 3 times. sl st into first chain of initial ch 3. You should have 5 ch 5 spaces.

Round 2: ch 1 * sc in same st as sl st and ch 1, sc in next st till ch 5 space. 3 sc in ch 5 space ch 2 , sc in last sc made. (makes a picot for point of star) sc 2 more times in ch 5 space* repeat from *-* 3 more times. join to first sc with sl st fasten off and weave ends.


It took me a while to decide on the layout but I finally settled for this:

6 Large Flowers
6 Medium Flowers
5 Multicoloured Flowers
8 Small Flowers
8 Stars
I used ch3 flat braid in dark brown to join it. I'm not sure how well I can explain it exactly, I was mostly making things up as I go along! If you're not familiar with this joining method then I highly recommend this youtube tutorial for the basics:

I adapted it sticking to the following rules:

For stars: sc in the point, ch3, sc in first sc of middle section, ch3, sc in last sc of middle section, ch3, sc in next point.
For small and medium flowers: sc, ch3, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch
For large flowers: sc in every third or fourth stitch (with ch3 in between), depending on how it fits to the other motifs
For multicoloured flowers: sc's go in the sc between petals and the ch2 sp at the top of each petal

Corners: for each point where 3 motifs meet, make a corner joining as described in the tutorial. When joining the third motif, put the hook through both loops of the other two motifs (for stars, this loop should always be on a point)

Outside border
Stars are the same as above, but without the corner loop on the points.
Small and large flowers: sc in the centre stitch of each petal and in the sc between each petal, with ch3 between each sc
Medium flowers: sc in the centre stitch of each petal and in the sc between each petal, with ch4 between each sc
Multicoloured flowers: sc's go in the sc between petals and the ch2 sp at the top of each petal, with ch4 between each sc


16 x 25inch strands of each colour for each end, split into 8 groups, attached to every second ch3 loop along the end of the finished scarf and braided. Going from the outside inward, I used the following mixes of colour:
  1. 6 dark brown + 2 light brown
  2. 2 dark brown + 4 light brown + 2 pink
  3. 2 light brown + 4 pink + 2 beige
  4. 2 pink + 6 beige
This was topped with a row of mini flowers, sewn along the top of the braided tassles.

Using a 2.5mm hook: start with 6sc magic circle, leaving a long enough tail to sew to scarf later
Round 1: ch3, *sc in next sc, ch2*, repeat *-* 4 more times, joinwith sl st, finish off
Round 2: join 2nd colour into any ch2 sp and work [sc, 3dc, sc] into each ch2 sp, join with sl st and finish off, again leaving a reasonably long tail to sew each flower to the one next to it.

This is my first blog post and my first pattern so if anyone wants to leave me feedback in the comments, it would be much appreciated!


  1. I like this scarf very much and I have to do this! :)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Totally cool. Reminds me of a coral reef.

  4. Really pretty thanks for sharing. I am going to make in black stars, primary color flowers.

  5. you did a fantastic job,and congrats for your first post! Looking forward to many more! All the squares in the side margins,could you possibly list some of them(source) I think it would be such a great guide!

  6. That is so pretty! And really well explained.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. What all colors did you use in this pattern. I saw the brown, beige, and pink but it looks like another is used to sew them together.

    1. The joining colour was just a darker shade of brown. I can't tell much about the wool beyond that, it was all inherited and didn't have labels by the time it got to me!

  8. This is beautiful! Would sure love to see this modeled.

  9. I think this is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Love the look of this scarf & I'm definitely going to make it. I'm a knitter, but I learned to crochet 3 years before I took up knitting when a difficult pregnancy forced me to almost complete bed rest. I still crochet when a particular pattern catches my eye & this one just did that very thing. Thanks for sharing it!!

  11. Exquisite work...just love it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  12. It's So nice but I want video of this also