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Love, love, love. It is what keeps me going in the cold, often bleak months of January and February. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can get a little gloomy. There aren’t as many gifts to make or parties to attend. I have to psyche myself up to take down the Christmas tree so that I don’t end up woeful and in a listless funk.
So, I turn to Valentine’s Day. I am not a particularly sappy person, and Valentine’s Day has never been a particularly romantic or important day in my marriage. We don’t even celebrate it, usually.
That doesn’t stop me from finding ways of getting in the spirit, though. First, I love the color scheme of pinks and reds. So, if I have an excuse to add even more pink into our household decor, I will do so. I also love a good seasonal find at the Target dollar section, so I add a few cute heart-shaped signs and arrows around the house. I also like to get my boys a few Valentine’s Day treats or do a themed craft with them.
But my favorite way of getting into the spirit of the holiday of love is through knitting and crochet. Because it is still cold as heck in Minnesota on February 14th, scarves, hats, and other winter wear are still very relevant. So, I have created a cute, cozy, and whimsical scarf to mark the sweetheart season.
I’ve been wanting to design something that uses Caron Cakes because I love them and I have collected a few without knowing what I would do with them. They come in a variety of lovely colors, are very soft, and are really nice to work with. I also wanted something that would work up quickly and be really classic in style to contrast the funky colors. So, I came up with the Scarf Love scarf.
Finished, it is about 7′ long, if you include the fringe. I like a long scarf that can be wrapped numerous ways. Gauge is not important for this project, so I didn’t even bother to measure it. I started working from the middle of the cake and worked my way out, though it is not necessary to do it that way.
Scarf Love Crochet Pattern
Ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
Caron Cakes Self Striping Yarn 383 yd 200 g (Cherry Chip)
Size K crochet hook
Work hdc in 4th Ch from the hook. *(Ch 1. hdc in next ch.) Repeat from * to the end of the row. (15 hdc)
Ch 2. Turn. Work hdc in each Ch space, chaining 1 between each hdc.
Repeat the last row until the piece measures approximately 6′ in length (or desired length).
Fasten off and weave in loose ends with the yarn needle.
Cut 60 pieces of yarn, each approximately 24″ long.
Holding two pieces of yarn together, pull them half-way through one of the chain spaces along one of the short edges of the scarf. Knot the strands, creating the fringe. If you’d like to see a tutorial for adding fringe, here’s a good video tutorial.
Repeat this for each chain space along both of the short edges of the scarf. Trim the fringe if desired.