This scarf was designed with my beginner crochet students in mind as an exercise in working with different hook placement. By alternating working into both loops, just the front loop, and just the back loop of stitches, we not only get to practice the often mundane single crochet, but also learn to better understand the different parts of this basic stitch. The resulting fabric also helps introduce the possibilities of texture in crochet, which I find really exciting at such an early level of learning! Bonus? It’s reversible!
This particular bit of texture reminds me of old plantation blinds, but that seemed a rather boring name for a scarf. A little Googling later and I discovered the French word persiennes, which means exterior window shutters, but sounds much prettier!
Counting is minimal (aside from the beginning chain and verifying no lost or extra stitches, we only have to count to three!), but we get to talk a little bit about pattern reading, which can be intimidating and is often ignored when first learning how to crochet. With only one row to repeat, though, it can be quickly memorized and you can focus on exploring those single crochet stitches! Enjoy!
Gauge isn’t overly important in this project; simply choose a yarn and hook that gives you a fabric you like the look and feel of! For your reference, though, using the suggested materials, my unblocked scarf measured approximately 3.75” across. After blocking, it was only just over 3” wide and about 75” long – this yarn WILL stretch on you so block carefully! In hindsight, I probably would have preferred damp blocking this scarf instead of full wet blocking it.
Patons Silk Bamboo or Sport/DK (3) Weight Yarn in Almond or color of your choice, 2 skeins (204 yards)
H/5.0mm Crochet Hook or size that results in a fabric that YOU like the way looks and feels
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and ea st across. (17 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, turn. Sc in both loops of first st. (sc in flo of next 3 sts, sc in blo of next 3 sts) 2x. Sc in flo of next 3 sts, sc in both loops of last st. (17 sc)
Figure 10: sc in both loops of last st
Repeat row 2 until desired length is reached. Finish off and sew in ends.
Note that your flo stitches will stack on top of flo stitches and your blo stitches will stack on top of blo stitches so you will see the texture of the remaining stitch that is unworked on every other row. And remember that the first and last sc of each row is worked into both loops! This makes the edges a bit sturdier.
And that’s all there is to it! If you’d like to make a scarf of a different width, simply chain an odd multiple of 3 and add 3 more. For example, 3 x 7 = 21 + 3 = 24 stitches in your starting chain with 23 stitches across in each row. Of course, you can also change the multiple from 3 to 5 or more!
I hope you enjoyed this project and I’d love to see your creations, too, so if you feel like sharing, pop on over to my Facebook page or tag me @crochetcetera on Instagram or Twitter and show me what you come up with!
Many thanks to my pattern testers – I couldn’t do this without them!!
Please note that this is a SILVER LEVEL PATTERN; it will always remain free here on my website and for your convenience, you may also download a pdf for this pattern, which includes a color coded chart as a bonus feature, for a small fee through Ravelry and Craftsy. This scarf is also the project for my Texture in Single Crochet: Working into the Front and Back Loops class on Skillshare. If you prefer learning in video format, you will get the pattern pdf for free when you enroll in the class! Enjoy!
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