Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Pattern: Covalence Skinny Scarf

[updated 14 Mar. 10]

I bought a skein of yarn from a friend who recycles old fibers into bulky weight art yarns. Check her yarn out here.

I sat with it for a few days to figure out what it wanted to become, and I came up with this simple pattern to let the yarn do the talking.

The pattern is inspired by covalent bonding. For those of you who aren't organic chemistry geeks, here's a diagram:



  • Materials: One skein (approx 100 yards) of any funky colorway from Re-Yarn. Colorway shown: Kids in the Swimming Pool.
  • One 6.00mm crochet hook
  • An ounce of sassiness


Row 1: Chain about 7-8 feet of chain stitches. Mine is 8 feet long.

What you need is multiples of 3. Or you can choose not to worry about counting and make the count work as you get near the end of the first row. I highly recommend the “make-it-work” technique. That’s a lot of chain sts to count.

When you are finished chaining, begin the “molecule” shaping.

Work into last chain st: 15 dc sts. This will make a round molecule on the end of the scarf.

Row 2: Work down the chain as foll: Skip 2 sts on chain; Work 1sc into next st, skip 2 sts on chain, work 5 dc into next stitch, skip 2 sts on chain, work 1 sc into next stitch, etc. until you reach the end of the chain.

Row 3: Work 15 dc into last st in chain. Yep, just like the end of Row 1. Now, matching up with the row you just worked, skip 2 sts, work the sc, skip 2, 5 dc, skip 2, etc. Make sure you work the sc sts into the SAME HOLE as the sts of the prior row. Make sure you work the 5 dc sts into the SAME HOLE as the sts in the prior row. This means you will end up with TEN dc in each hole, which will make the nifty round shape.

Here's a close-up:

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