Here's a little scarf I dreamed up yesterday. Its twisting chains remind me of green beans clustered on the vine, and the flowers interspersed are of course the bean blossoms. (It also reminded me of asparagus roots, but that doesn't make such a nice pattern name.)
This pattern is super-easy, super-quick, and offers lots of potential for variations. As usual, the charted pattern comes first (very hastily sketched), then the shorthand instructions, then the tutorial with instructions in plain English. Use any yarn you like with the appropriate-sized hook. My scarf was made with Naturally Caron Spa and hook size I.
|Beginning ring and loops|
|Join loops with sc, make new ring.|
|Showing one side border and one end done.|
Ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.
Ch 1, sc in ring. *Ch 20, sc in ring (2 times). Ch 11. Join with sc in top of ch-20 loops to form cluster.
Ch 3. DC in joining sc to form ring. Ch 1, TURN, sc 1.
Repeat from * until scarf is as long as you like.
To make end ring, ch 6 and join with sl st to sc.
**Ch 11. SC 2, ch 4, sc 2, ch 4, sc 2 in next ring.
Repeat from ** up to ring just before other end of scarf. Ch 11.
In end ring, SC 2, ch 4 (5 times) in end ring. SC 2.
Repeat from ** up other side of scarf until you reach the end ring. SC 2/ch 4 as with first end ring (5 times), ending with sc 2.
Attach with sl st to sc at base. Weave in ends. Wear!
Chain 6. Join with slip stitch to form ring. Chain 1 and make single crochet in ring:
Strands and Rings
Chain 20, loop back down, and join to ring with single crochet:
Chain 20 again, loop back, join to ring with single crochet (look like bunny ears, don't they? I think I'll call them that):
Join bunny ears with a single crochet. (Put hook through top of the 2 bunny ears just made, yarn over, and pull through. You should now have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over again, and pull through both loops on hook.)
Chain 3, and make a double crochet in the single crochet you just made to form a new ring:
Chain 1, TURN, and make single crochet in ring:
Now you're ready to chain 20 and make your next set of strands (or bunny ears). See how quick it is? Keep making strands and rings until the scarf is as long as you like.
For the final ring, chain 6 and join with slip stitch in single crochet at base of ring. Now you're ready to go back around and make the side strands and blossoms.
Side strands and Blossoms
Join to next ring: single crochet 2/chain 4, single crochet 2/chain 4, single crochet 2:
You may have to scooch the stitches over to the right to make them all fit.
The ring should look like this, with 2 petals sticking out:
Repeat the above step, all the way down one side of the scarf, ending with chain 11 at the the starting ring. To make the end blossom, single crochet 2/chain 4 around the ring until you have 5 petals, ending with 2 single crochets. It should look like this:
Now you're ready to go back up the other side of the scarf. Follow the
"Side Strands and Blossoms" steps above...
...until you get to the ending ring. Make another end blossom, join with slip stitch, and you're done!
Hide those yarn ends, fling your new bean blossom scarf around your neck (or the nearest vase), and head outside to make the most of spring.
Ideas for Variations:
~Make 2 or 3 scarves and join them at the blossom sections. I hope to post an example of this soon.
~Lengthen or shorten the chain strands. Just make sure you use an even number of chains for the long loops, and half that number + 1 for the side chains.
~Make the flower rings longer/taller, and add more petals.
~Make crocheted flowers to stick through the blossom holes, turning the petals into leaves.
~Make several scarves in different colours and wear them together.
You may do whatever you like with items you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. (Thanks to Snowcatcher for that handy phrase. Crocheters and cyclists everywhere should check out her stunningly beautiful blog.)