Retro by Lily M. Chin


September 2004
Sport (12 wpi) ?
1 stitches = 1 inch
in shell pattern
4.5 mm
450 yards (411 m)
7"/18cm wide and 40"/101.5cm long
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Pattern Description from Scarf Style: “The combination of an open crochet stitch with pearly beads imparts a vintage look to this romantic, dressy scarf. Lily Chin has been incorporating beads into her knitted and crocheted designs for over a decade. She particularly likes the pairing of openwork and solid areas in this crochet pattern. The beads provide a bit of heft to the soft Merino yarn, encouraging its elegant drape and adding a subtle glimmer to the smooth fiber. The beading is confined to the ends of the scarf, so once you’ve worked the first few inches of each scarf half, the rest is a breeze.”

Finished Size: 7” (18 cm) wide adn 40” (101.5 cm) long

Yarn: Gems Opal Sport Weight (100% Merino superwash; 225 yd (206m)/ 100 g): #01 champagne, 2 skeins. Yarn distributed by Louet Sales.

Hook: Size G/7 (4.5-mm): crochet hook. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; bead-stringing needle; about 236 size 6 glass see beads (shown in color #343 from Toho Shoji).

Gauge: 1 shell st = 1” (2.5 cm) wide


  • Pre-string beads onto yarn before working. Pre-string about half the beads and work the first section; then pre-string the remainder of the beads for second section.
  • See Glossary for crochet instructions.