Like many of my pattern ideas, I’d had this one in my mind for a while… It wasn’t until my Mum told me her and Dad had booked themselves a lovely long trip away to New Zealand that I thought this would be a perfect time to get the pattern out of my head and onto a hook!
Mum has always loved the idea of scarves, but doesn’t really like the feeling of something tied around her neck – I’m the total opposite: I love feeling rugged up to the point of only seeing my eyes! But not mum – so I wanted to make a (1) reasonably light-weight scarf that (2) could be worn many ways, but (3) would always look quite pretty. And to be honest, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of meeting that project brief!
(1) This scarf is light-weight thanks to the beautiful, soft James C Brett Baby Shimmer DK yarn; and DK yarn is kind of your ‘middle of the weight range’ yarn (more on that in another post, very soon!) so it’s thin, but still perfect for projects like this. The lightness of the fabric is also thanks to the somewhat lacey design, with the holes between each ‘diamond’. Plus all this ‘lightness’ is perfect for all types of weather, so it’s a great accessory to have on hand all year round.
(2) This scarf can be worn many ways – at least four (4) ways that I’ve been able to discover! And I really love how the slit / keyhole turned out, which can be used to slide the other end of the scarf through to hold it in place around your neck. This was perfect for my mum as it meant it wasn’t too tight around her neck, but wouldn’t get blown away either. The slit / keyhole otherwise hides itself away when you start tying the scarf up in other ways.
(3) This scarf always looks pretty – I think it does anyway… The diamond pattern didn’t come out quite as I imagined (I didn’t really want the lines in between each row of diamonds, but I haven’t worked out how to remove them) – but nevertheless, they still look quite nice. And I adore the James C Brett Baby Shimmer yarn – it’s glamorous with its slight shine, without being too glitzy and sparkly. And white is my favourite colour (I know, I know: white technically isn’t a colour) so I especially love the crispness of this scarf, and the fact that it would go beautifully with any outfit.
I think this pattern is reasonably straight forward as it’s quite repetitive so it should be quick to pick up. If you know how to single crochet and double crochet (US terms), and once you figure out the 3dctog stitches (three double crochets together), then you’re set! I think this is a great one for beginner-intermediate crocheters who know the basics of crochet and are ready to start branching out into something a bit more exciting than just rows of half double crochets, or standard granny squares (but hey, we all have to start somewhere – and that’s exactly where I started!)…
And remember: Mother’s Day is this weekend for our Aussie mums! *wink wink*
Diamonds are Forever
Download US instructions PDF here
Download UK instructions PDF here
1. The scarf
[if you decide to add a fringe, leave a long tail (approx. 5”) when creating the initial slip knot]
Row 1: ch 38, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in each ch, turn (37)
Optional Row 1: 37fsc, turn (37) – complete this row 1 option if you feel comfortable with foundation single crochet; otherwise complete row 1 above
Row 2: ch 3 [counts as first dc], 1dc in each st, turn (37)
Row 3: ch1, 1sc in same st, 1sc in each st, turn (37)
Row 4-11: repeat row 2 and 3
Row 12: ch 3 [counts as first dc], 2dc in same, (skip 2 st, 3dc in next st) x12, turn (39)
Row 13: ch 2 [counts as half of first dc], dc2tog, (ch 3, dc3tog) x12, turn (13)
Row 14: ch 1, 1sc in same st, (2sc in ch3 space, 1sc in top of dc3tog x12, turn (37)
Row 15-75: repeat row 12, 13 and 14
Row 76: ch 3 [counts as first dc], 2dc in same, (skip 2 st, 3dc in next st) x12, turn (39)
Row 77: ch 2 [counts as half of first dc], dc2tog, (ch 3, dc3tog) x3, ch 18, (dc3tog, ch 3) x3, dc3tog, turn
Row 78: ch 1, 1sc in same, (2sc in ch 3 space, 1sc in top of dc3tog) x3, 17sc in ch 18 space, (1sc in top of dc3tog, 2sc in ch 3 space), x3, 1sc in top of dc3tog, turn (37)
[row 77 & 78 creates the slit in the scarf to be able to pull the other end through when wearing it]
Row 79-119: repeat row 12, 13 and 14
Row 120-129: repeat row 2 and 3, tie off
[again, if you decide to add a fringe leave a long tail (approx. 5”) after tying off – otherwise sew in the ends]
2. The fringe
If you’re adding a fringe:
Don’t forget to pin this pattern to your Pinterest so you don’t lose it… And I’d love to see your finished Diamonds scarf, so please share your photos. Happy crocheting!