I’ve never been a fan of stash. I know, I know, this flies in the face of every notion that a fiber fanatic holds dear but I have just never been able to enjoy “old yarn”. By the time I get around to making something with it, I’m sick of looking at it! So…since I had about 2 skeins of Red Heart Collage left over from Paul’s sweater, I decided to make a scarf and rid myself of any potential stash.
This scarf is called “Crunch Scarf” for two reasons: 1) It uses the cunch stitch and 2) I was in a crunch when I made it because I barely had enough yarn to finish it! The crunch stitch is neat because it adds texture and a bit of insulation without looking feminine. I once made a whole sweater using this stitch.
It is also an easy stitch to learn. Any beginner can do it. Because the stitch always shows up on the same side, I added an extra row of single crochet so that the texture would show on both sides of the scarf.
Materials: 2 skeins of Red Heart Collage, J crochet hook, tapestry needle
Gauge: Gauge is unimportant for this project
Size: 6″ X 68″
Ch 202. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch to end. Turn. (do not ch 1)
Row 2: sl st in 1st st, * dc in next st, sl st in next st, * Repeat from * to * to end. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in ea st to end of row. Turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Repeat Row 3,
Rows 2 - 6 make up the pattern. Repeat rows 2-6 three more times. Repeat Rows 2-4.
Finishing: I worked 1 row of single crochet across the each end of the scarf but this is optional.
Copyright: Carol Wolf, October 2009
I made a sample of the crunch stitch in non-striping yarn so you can see the texture. The bottom rows are crunch stitch and the top rows are single crochet.