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Slip Slope Scarf

DesigningVashti Crochet Patterns
Crochet
October 2011
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in BLOslst (back loop slip stitch)
6.5 mm (K)
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
6.5" wide and at least 60" long {16.5 cm x 153 cm} (Pattern includes guidelines for choosing a different scarf length.) The short ends of the scarf can also be seamed into a long loop scarf. It's reversible, so it would also be great seamed with a half-tw
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This 100% slip stitch crochet scarf features short rowing with my all-time favorite type of ribbing: slip stitches worked into the back loop.

I’ve already published a free pattern for the simplest beginner ribbed scarf, called Eva’s Ribs Slip Slope Scarf is the perfect next step because it’s Eva in short rows. For me, short rowing adds just enough spice to keep me crocheting late into the night :-) especially with color-changing yarns.

This plush, stretchy scarf would make a great gift for anyone. With a larger than usual crochet hook, it crochets up faster than you’d think.

Although it looks more complicated than it is, it might take some getting used to for some crocheters. After all, short rows are much more common in knitting than crocheting. To help, I’ve included some step-by-step photos in this pattern. I also used this pattern as the basis of a free short row tutorial.

If you still find this pattern to be tricky, the Thaxton Hooded Cowl goes more in depth. The best way to find out when I publish more slip stitch goodies is to subscribe to my Crochet Inspirations Newsletter. (It’s free and emailed every other Thursday or so.)

Skill Level: Intermediate. The slip stitch is an elementary stitch, and I find that crocheting short rows with them is a breeze. However, short rows are considered an Intermediate skill. In addition, the stitch gauge for the Slip Slope Scarf is looser than you were probably taught to use when you learned how to crochet.

I’ve discovered that when it comes to slip stitch patterns, the more you can let your crochet hook size determine how loose you make your stitches, the more you’ll like your results.
I call this powerful Intermediate skill a “hook-led” gauge. For more on this, see:
What is “Hook-Led Gauge”? Why is it Important?
Issue #9 of Vashti’s Crochet Inspirations Newsletter, “Slip Stitch for Style.”

I’ve only used a few abbreviations in this pattern, and I provide International English equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms. The English equivalents are in brackets {}.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):
-How to crochet a stylish and stretchy slip stitch scarf the fun way!
-How to crochet short rows
-How to use a hook-led stitch gauge

Substituting a yarn: The best fibers for this project add stretchy bounce because of their wool or acrylic content. Cotton yarn is just not the same for this. Long color changes in a self-striping yarn, or subtle tonal shades of a hand dyed yarn, work great for this design! Choose a plump #4 medium-weight yarn that recommends a crochet hook size range from US H/8/5mm-J/10/6mm. These yarns may also be referred to as Heavy Worsted, Aran, Afghan, and occasionally “Light Chunky” Weight.
Recommended If you’re new to slip stitch crochet, 17 stitch markers (until you can recognize the last slip stitch of each row).