Bare Bones Scarf by Vashti Braha

Bare Bones Scarf

February 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches
in filet (double crochet + ch-1)
3.25 mm (D)
300 - 395 yards (274 - 361 m)
Shown: 6.25"/15.9cm x 68"/172.7cm. Pattern works with any yarn, hook, and chosen scarf dimensions.
both US and UK
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Bare Bones Scarf is the Intermediate-level design in a collection of three related patterns: Crochet to the Color Playbook.

This 11-page booklet introduces a way to add controlled randomness to crochet stitch patterns. Juggle stitch and color variables to bring out asymmetrical, edgy looks in classic crochet stitches.

It has one-of-a-kind outcomes--more like games than patterns. Each crocheter will apply the game rules different ways. It’s a kind of freeform crochet that I love to use with richly hand painted yarns.

I’ve developed Levels I, II, and III of this method over the years and teach a class on it at yarn shops and at the national CGOA conference. This booklet is Level I.

View the Table of Contents here.

Bare Bones Scarf is ranked Intermediate because it starts in one corner and finishes at the opposite corner, on the bias.
Tea Lights, with a few seed beads sprinkled in, is Easy-level and based on the practice swatch.
Lacustrine Cowl is Easy-Intermediate because it uses offset rows. All three scarf designs are self-edging and reversible. (Even the beads are equally visible on both sides.)

This pattern set presumes that you already know how to crochet these basic stitches: chain, single crochet {UK: double crochet}, and double crochet {UK: treble crochet}. A familiarity with filet crochet is helpful.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn these skills:
-How to evaluate different kinds of variegated yarns and create new effects with them.
-How to “crochet to the color” in traditional filet rows for a fresh randomized effect.
-How to prevent a gap after the first double crochet of each row (single crochet method).
-How to do the foundation double crochet, and start and end rows with increases or decreases.