The Boyfriend Scarf Crochet Pattern

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The Boyfriend Scarf Crochet Pattern

Thanksgiving is over and it’s crunch time. Christmas is right around the corner! It’s time to gather any last minute presents you may have been putting off.

I don’t know about you, but I have some family members where shopping for them is kind of a mystery. Luckily, I can rely on crochet to come up with a thoughtful gift idea. This year, one of my favorite gifts is this men’s scarf knitting pattern.

The Boyfriend Scarf is all about subtle details that look polished and distinguished.

The whole of the scarf is worked using the detailed ribbed stitch for added texture. It’s a good length too, perfect for wrapping up in. The detail that really set this scarf apart though, is the yarn choice.  

Plymouth Hot Cakes have built-in color changes. It creates color shifts naturally throughout your projects. This particular project calls for a Grey/Burgundy mix yarn which has shades of cream too. It’s an acrylic wool blend, worsted weight. Perfect for a cozy scarf this season.

This scarf is great for those family members who are hard to shop for. This is a practical, unique gift that they can use for years to come. Make one for your partner or your grandfather.

You can get the Burgundy Plymouth hotcake in the crochet kit here. Every kit has its very own hot cake and a digital pdf pattern. Everything you need to start making this stylish scarf!

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Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:

Hook(s) size: I/9/5.5mm

Yarn weight: Worsted

Preferred type of yarn: Acrylic/wool blend

Suggested yarn: Plymouth Hot Cakes – 1 cake Grey/Burgundy mix (03)

Yarn Yardage: 400 yds

Tools

Approx. finished dimensions: Width: 6.25” Length 80”

Gauge: 2” = 8 rows; 1.5” = 6 (sc, ch 1) groups

Special notes

  • Ch – chain, st(s) – stitch(es), sc – single crochet

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The pattern

Ch 28.

Row 1: Sc into the 4th ch from the hook (skipped 3 chains count as ch space). *Ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc into next ch; repeat from * to end. 25 sc and 25 ch spaces

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as ch space), turn, sc into the first ch 1 space.  *Ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc into next space; repeat from * to end.

Repeat row 2 until you reach the end of the skein. Fasten off and sew in ends.

 

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Scarves are fast projects to work up and everyone loves them. I usually give out a lot of scarves around this time of year. So if you’re running out of time and don’t know what to make, give the Boyfriend Scarf a try!

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Looking for more great crochet patterns: Boot CuffsCrochet Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth, Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Family Beanie Hats Crochet Pattern

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This family beanie hats pattern is so cute and I love the idea of a whole family with matching hats. #crochetbeanie #crochethat #crochetpattern #crochetlove #crochetaddict

Family Beanie Hats Crochet Pattern

The holidays are always a time when I do a little extra for the ones I love. Because what’s a holiday without your loved ones?

If you’re looking for a way to show you care, the custom beanies make a thoughtful gift for the whole family this season. They’re affordable and unisex so you can make them for everyone!

I made mine in colors that look great on everyone too: cream and navy. I made the adult size in the rich blue with white trim and a white pom pom. Then, to switch things up a little I made the children’s size (which typically fits 2-4yrs) in a cream with navy trim.

This pattern is so cute and I love the idea of a whole family with matching hats. It’s like a crafty version of the Brady Bunch.

If you want to get started on these little presents, you can grab a crochet kit I put together here.  Your kit will come with 1 skein of cream yarn and 1 skein of navy and a detailed digital pdf pattern.

And all of the yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, in this case, comes from Makerdrop.com. It’s this amazing space I created to support and give back to the maker community. Every order is packaged up lovingly by small businesses who love crochet as much as you. It’s an opportunity to make an impact in your community.

The cascade 220 superwash merino is 100% merino wool but it’s so soft. It’s not scratchy like most wool which means it won’t irritate sensitive skin. It’s also machine washable, so it’s easy to care for the whole family.

These hats are perfect for a family gift or nice stocking stuffers. Just pick up your kit, grab your hook and start creating!

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Skill Level: Easy

The pattern is written for a child with changes for an adult in parentheses.

Materials:

Hook(s) size: I/9/5.5mm

Yarn weight: worsted/medium

Preferred type of yarn: Merino Wool

Suggested yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Merino: 1 skein each Cream (01) and Navy (33)

For child hat, use Navy for A and Cream for B. For adult hat use Cream for A and Navy for B.

Yarn Yardage: Color A – 90 (165) yds; Color B – 110 (210) yds

Tools – scissors, tapestry needle, 3 (4.5)” piece of cardboard

Approx. finished dimensions:

Circumference: 12.75 (20.75)”

Height: 6.5 (10)”

Ribbing height when folded: 1.5 (2.5)”

Gauge: In upper hat pattern: 2” = 7 sts by 10 rows        

Special notes:

  • In upper hat portion, keep sts looser to make placing the hook into the v space easier

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain, sc – single crochet, st(s) – stitch(es), blo – back loop only,

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The pattern:

Ch 1 does not count as a stitch

Ribbing

With color A, ch 14 (20)

Row 1: Sc into the second ch from the hook and into each st across. 13 (19) sts

Rows 2-60 (2-94): Ch 1, turn. Sc blo into each st across.

You’ll now start working across the long side of the ribbing.

Upper Hat

Row 1: Sc 45 (72) sts evenly across the edge of the ribbing. 45 (72) sts

Switch to color B

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc into each st across.

Row 4-23 (4-32): Ch 1, turn. Sc into the top of the first st. Sc into each center v of each sc across to last st, sc into the top of the last st.

Cut yarn and fold in half, sewing together the edges with the appropriate color of yarn. Turn hat right side out. Using a tapestry needle and a piece of yarn, weave yarn through every second st at the top of the hat. Pull both sides of yarn tight and tie in a double knot.

Pom Pom

Using color A, wrap yarn around a 3 (4.5)” piece of cardboard, 60 (100) times. Cut a strand of yarn approx 9”. Tie the yarn around the middle of the pom pom and tie into a tight double knot. Trim the ends of the pom pom and sew onto the top of the hat.

Sew in all ends

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These hats are creative and thoughtful, and maybe even a little silly.  They’re the perfect gift because they are so versatile and would look good on anyone. If you want to have a really fun time with your family this season, give these family beanie hats a try.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Boot CuffsCrochet Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth, Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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12 Days of Crochet Gift Giving – Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts

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In case you ran out of time or forgot a present here or there, I’ve put together this creative list of easy-to-make holiday gift ideas. #crochetpatterns #crochetholidaypatterns #crochetgifts

12 Days of Crochet Gift Giving – Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts

The holidays can be hectic and even the most organized person can struggle to keep up. With family dinners, and coordinating travel plans it’s inevitable that something might slip through the cracks.

In case you ran out of time or forgot a present here or there, I’ve put together this creative list of easy-to-make holiday gift ideas. They’re quick to make and really unique.

You can make these projects in a weekend, and some of them in a couple of hours. But they look detailed and your loved ones will be grateful to receive a handmade gift.

There are lots to choose from, so see which ones stand out to you!

Free Yarn Stash Tote: So Many Yarns So Little Time

Ok this one technically isn’t something you can make, but it is a perfect gift to give to a yarn lover this holiday season. And the best part? It’s 100% free (just cover shipping). This cute little tote is the perfect size to pop your work in progress in it, some extra yarn and hooks and needles to take on the go. Grab your free yarn stash tote here.

Easy Done in a Day Crochet Baby Blanket

This will be the fastest blanket you ever stitch up. Made from a chunky 100% merino wool yarn, it crochets up fast and adds extra squish. It’s the perfect cozy holiday gift. As long as you know how to chain and double crochet, you’ll be able to make this beautiful little baby blanket for the new member of your family!

If your loved ones are expecting a new baby, pick up your hook and put this together for them. It’s a fast, thoughtful gift

Easy Done in a Day Crochet Baby Blanket

 

Easy Elizabeth Stitch Fingerless Gloves

If you’re looking for a last minute gift idea for a group of people, these fingerless gloves are perfect for you. You can make a bunch of them in a short amount of time, and you can customize the color per person. They’re made using a 100% organic cotton which makes the decorative ribbed stitch and elizabeth stitch really stand out.

Make several pairs for your nieces and nephews, or make a set for the whole family. These are a suitable gift for everyone.

Easy Elizabeth Stitch Fingerless Gloves

 

Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

If you have a niece who really loves skincare and has a deep concern for the environment, these reusable face scrubbies are amazing! They’re made out of a cotton acrylic yarn, perfect for gentle exfoliation and washing away your makeup. You can make several of them and put them in a cute little tin as a stocking stuffer. Or put them in a gift basket with your favorite face wash for an easy, thoughtful present!

Give back to the environment this holiday season with these reusable face scrubbies. They’re the perfect stocking stuffer for children and teenagers in your family.

Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

 

Easy Thick Crochet Wash Dishcloths

These dishcloths are a wonderful gift idea for the person who spends their time in the kitchen. Since these are crocheted using two balls of yarn at once, rather than a single thread, they’re squishy and durable. Strong enough to hold up against those holiday casserole dishes, or gentle enough to use as a washcloth in the shower. Include them in your face wash and reusable face scrubbies basket from above or put them in with a cookbook for a friend.

These would go great in a care basket if you’re making a set as washcloths. They’re also incredibly practical in the kitchen and hold up better than commercial dish towels. Stitch a set up in no time.   

Easy Thick Crochet Wash Dishcloths

 

Outlander Cowl

If you’ve ever seen Outlander, you know how beautiful the costumes are! This cowl was inspired by lead character, Claire’s, knit cowl, and is much quicker to stitch up. Using half double crochets and a worsted wool yarn, this scarf comes together quickly and feels really warm.  Put it in a box with a copy of the Outlander blu-ray series or give it to your stylish mother in law. This scarf is so simple and elegant. It is perfect for the holidays.

Give someone a gift that will encourage them to be the leading lady in their own life. This cowl was inspired by a courageous woman, and will hopefully inspire adventure in your loved ones too.  

Outlander Cowl

 

Cross Hatch Button Up Cowl

If you’re looking for a fast present with special details, this cowl is perfect for you. It has a sweet button closure on the left side and uses a decorative open stitch. It’s made out of thick, chunky yarn so it’s warm and cozy for the winter. It would look sweet on a snowy winter morning, and even better wrapped up under the tree.

This is a sweet, classic piece that will never go out of style. It’s delicate pattern and intense warmth make it the perfect winter accessory. You might even want to make one for yourself!

Cross Hatch Button Up Cowl

 

Crochet Infinity Scarf

This is a fast, and basic scarf pattern. It’s made out of a worsted weight yarn and the stitches are kept simple so it’s easy to make and easier to wear. This is one of those staple pieces that will go with everything and never goes out of style. The best part is, everyone will love this scarf. It’s great for all ages and you could even make several before the holidays roll around.

This is so easy to put together and will go with everything. Make them for all the women in your family. You can never have too many scarves, after all.

 

Crochet Infinity Scarf

 

Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

These would go great with the Elizabeth fingerless gloves we mentioned above. These boot cuffs stitch up quickly and use the elizabeth stitch as well. They’ll keep you warm and look fashionable. You can make them in any color, but we like them in a nice doeskin neutral color. Give people a matched set with the gloves or have these stand alone. They’re a thoughtful and fast gift idea that anyone could use.

Boot cuffs are a subtle detail to any outfit and add an extra layer of warmth. No one wants to be out trekking through the snow, but it’s inevitable this time of year. Make it easier on someone by stitching these up.

Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

 

Crochet Iphone Case

This is a gift that is perfect for anyone. Most people you know have a phone or tablet, and this is a personal way to give them a practical present. The pattern for this phone case is easily customizable to accommodate for the size of your device. Just simply add on extra stitches at the beginning for width. The case even has a cute little button closure at the front with a crocheted loop.

Everyone of all ages could use this treat. Make stocking stuffers for the whole family and feel good that you made them something they’ll definitely use.

Crochet Iphone Case

 

Cross-Over Stitch Infinity Scarf

This infinity scarf pattern is really straightforward and simple. It consists of single and double crochet stitches, to form a textured pattern. It’s chunky enough to keep you warm even on the coldest day of winter, and it will go with any outfit. Scarves are great gifts because people can always use them. Make someone something they’ll really appreciate with this quick and easy pattern.

Infinity scarves are perfect for layering and this is the time of year where you can’t leave the house in less than 3 layers. Keep your loved ones cozy with this fast, warm gift.

Cross-Over Stitch Infinity Scarf

 

Easy Crochet Can Cozy

These can cozies are a wonderful present for a family member who spends a lot of time at the lake or beach. They would even be great to take camping. You can make a bunch of these in no time, so they’re perfect for a family vacation. Or make them all in different colors so people can tell their drinks apart at get-togethers.

Crochet can cozies are practical and always needed. They’re easy to take along on trips and use at a family gathering. This is an easy way to give someone a gift they’ll really love and use.

Easy Crochet Can Cozy

 

Aligned Cobble Tea Towel

The aligned cobble stitch makes for a beautifully elegant design. It’s perfect for these tea towels. This pattern is made to last, so you can pass these down through your family. Pull them out for the holiday feasts and family get-togethers, and share in your memories. It’s worked in a 100% cotton yarn so they’re easy to keep clean, and they crochet up quickly. This would be a really lovely housewarming present this holiday season.  

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and what you put into it matters. Spruce up your space for family get-togethers with these unique and beautiful tea towels. Or gift them to some new homeowners in your life.

Aligned Cobble Tea Towel

 

It’s easy to get carried away with Holiday planning and forget a present here or there. With these fast, simple ideas, you can give someone a gi that came from the heart. (And that can be made in a weekend!) You don’t have to sacrifice quality when you’re short on time. This list has a little something for everyone!

For more crochet shawl patterns, check out these amazing pattern collections! The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion: 37 Patterns to Embrace, Inspire, and Celebrate Life, Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems, 16 Crochet Shawl Patterns: DIY Clothing You’ll Love

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Wool Allergy or Sensitivity? Consider these Alternative Yarns

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Wool Allergy or Sensitivity? Consider these Alternative Yarns

Lately, I’ve been hearing from a lot of you that you have wool sensitivities. So I decided to do a little research on the subject to try and find out more about wool allergies in the craft community.

Apparently, about 20% of the population struggle with sensitivities and allergies to wool fibers. And while it’s rare to have a pure wool allergy, it is common to experience discomfort or a rash when coming into contact with the fiber.

I found out that a lot of people are allergic to lanolin (which is a naturally occurring oil in wool-bearing animals) or animal dander within wool. So, if you’re unsure whether you’re allergic to lanolin or not, it’s worth doing a patch test. It could open up a world of yarn possibilities if you know this information.

But for those of you who suffer from wool and everything that comes with it, I’ve compiled a list of some wool alternatives. Some of my favorite yarns in various weights, so you’re covered for any project you work on!



Cotton and Cotton Blends

Cotton is a natural, lightweight fiber that makes breathable garments. There is a trick for getting denser fabrics when crocheting or knitting with this loose yarn. You can size down your needles/hook for a firmer, denser look. It’s also machine washable and water absorbent. Perfect for projects that will be worn a lot and need easy care.

Rowan Handknit Cotton
100% cotton, 93 yds
DK weight

 

 

 

 

DMC Natura XL
100% cotton, 82 yds
Super Bulky

 

 

 

 

Blue Sky Organic Cotton
100% Organic Cotton, 150yds
Worsted

Blue Sky Organic Cotton

 

 

 

 

Knit 1 Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton
75% cotton/25% acrylic, 180yds
Worsted

Knit 1 Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton

 

 

 

Berroco Corsica
90% cotton/10% cashmere, 150 yds
DK weight

Berroco Corsica

 

 

 

 

 

Acrylic and Acrylic Blends

Acrylic is similar to cotton in how easy it is to clean and care for. It’s also one of the most affordable options on the market. Acrylic is a good option for some of your warmer weather projects as it can be insulating. And because it’s so easy to dye, you can get this yarn in any colors you want!

Universal Yarn Major
100% acrylic, 328yds,
Bulky

Universal Yarn Major

 

 

 

 

Berroco Comfort DK Solid
50% Acrylic/50% Nylon, 178 yds,
DK weight

Berroco Comfort DK Solid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silk and Silk Blends

Silk is known for being soft and luxurious but it has a lot of other amazing properties too. The fiber has a natural wick which keeps you cool in summer and warm in the winter. It’s also a really strong and durable fiber. Silk is amazing because it is hypoallergenic so it’s perfect if you have allergies to other fibers.  I wouldn’t suggest using this fiber if you’re making a piece that requires a lot of stretching though, as silk is inelastic.

Habu A 48 Nerimaki Ito
100% silk, 130 yds,
Fingering weight

Habu A 48 Nerimaki Ito

 

 

 

 

Malabrigo Mora
100% Mulberry Silk, 225 yds,
Fingering weight

Malabrigo Mora

 

 

 

 

Knit One Crochet Too Cozette
62% Silk/30% cotton/8% polyamide, 255-273 yds,
Fingering weight

Knit One Crochet Too Cozette

 

 

 

 

Anzula Breeze
65% Silk/35% Linen, 750 yds,
Lace weight

Anzula Breeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linen

Linen fibers are extracted from the Flax plant and are known for being incredibly durable. It’s hypoallergenic and it’s breathable just like cotton. Linen is also a more sustainable fiber than some of the others on the market, and it softens over time. Linen is great for your more structural projects.

Erika Knight Studio Linen
85% Recycled Linen/15% Premium Linen, 131 yds,
DK weight

Erika Knight Studio Linen

 

 

 

 

Lang Lino
100% Linen, 120yds,
Worsted

Lang Lino

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bamboo and Bamboo Blends

Bamboo is another hypoallergenic yarn option. It’s incredibly eco friendly making it one of the best fibers to use. It’s also antibacterial and sweat absorbent, making it good to wear in the summer months or on vacation. And it’s soft and insulating so you can wear it in the winter months as well. This fiber is truly a catch all and even has natural UV protection. It’s by far one of my favorites and the perfect replacement for wool.

Vinnis Colours Serina
100% Bamboo, 121 yds,
Sport weight

Vinnis Colours Serina

 

 

 

 

Vinnis Colours Tori
50% Bamboo/50% cotton, 95 yds,
Bulky

Vinnis Colours Tori

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpaca and Alpaca Blends

If you aren’t allergic to all animal fibers, consider trying Alpaca yarn. Alpaca fibers are really insulating and even warmer than wool. It’s actually one of the most durable fibers out there and is flame resistant. This is a great yarn choice for generational pieces like holiday stockings since it can hold up to the test of time. This won’t work for you if you’re allergic to animal dander however.

Blue Sky Melange
100% Alpaca, 110 yds,
DK weight

Blue Sky Melange

 

 

 

 

Amano Puyu
70% Alpaca/30% silk, 82yds,
Bulky

Amano Puyu

 

 

 

 

Galler Yarns Peruvian Tweed
100% Alpaca, 600 yds,
Worsted

Galler Yarns Peruvian Tweed

 

 

 

 

 

Some other amazing options, which you’ll often find in blends, include rayon, polyester, soy and cashmere.

Rayon

Rayon can add a luster and softness to yarn. It’s really comfortable and durable when dry. And it oftentimes is a very affordable fiber. Rayon can be challenging to clean, as its integrity is compromised when wet, so keep this in mind when using it.


Polyester

Polyester is another affordable option that is often found blended with other fibers. Unlike rayon, polyester is resistant to shrinking and its fibers are strong. It does not wrinkle easily either. It also has moisture wicking properties making it good for athletic wear and cold weather.

Soy

Soy can be a really good alternative to silk, and it’s more affordable. It has a similar smooth texture and it drapes beautifully. Soy fabric is insulating and warm, perfect for winter knits and crochets. Soy is also super easy to care for and strong so it will last you awhile.

Cashmere

Cashmere can be a good alternative to those who aren’t allergic to animal dander or all animal fibers. It’s much softer and smoother than sheep’s wool, and it is adaptable to temperatures. It will keep you cool in Summer and warm in Winter. The fiber also has natural stretch and dyes beautifully. If you’re unsure if this fiber will bother you, try it in a blend. The smaller content might be safe and it could open up this soft fiber possibility to you.

 

I’d love to hear what your favorite alternative fiber is to use. They all serve different purposes and are amazing in their own unique ways. An allergy shouldn’t prevent you from living your best *crafter* life.

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