I developed a stitch recently that I have been using in designing a car coat. I am sure that this stitch is not original but I have decided to call it the “bike chain pattern”. My car coat is about half finished but it will take me some time yet to get it just right. In the meantime, I thought I’d make up a scarf and hat for Paul. This pattern is very rugged looking and is perfect for any male accessories. The texture traps air and makes for a particularly warm garment. I used Paton’s Classic Wool in dark grey because I happened to have a few skeins hanging around and it went well with the bike chain theme. In addition, this is a very easy pattern to do. It only took me four evenings to make both the hat and the scarf. Alternately, this set would work well for the ladies too. A bright color yarn will really make those textured stitches stand out!
Bike Chain Hat
This hat looks flat in the photo but it actually comes down to cover the ears.
Measurements: Will fit head circimference 22″ to 26″ Materials: About 223 yards of worsted weight yarn. I used one skein of Paton’s Classic Wool in dark grey, Crochet hook size I, yarn needle. Gauge: In pattern, 14 sts and 15 rows equal 4″.
Chain 5. Join into a ring with a sl st in first ch. Ch 2, ch2 counts as a st throughout pattern.work 15 dc into ring. Join with a sl st into 2nd ch of beginning ch2. Ch1, turn.
Round 2: Sc into same st as joining. *Front post single crochet ( fpsc) around post of next dc, sc into top of next dc* and work from * to * around until 16 sts have been worked. Join with a sl st to first sc. Ch 2, turn. Mark this side as the right side.
Round 3: 2 dc in 1st sc and into ea sc around. Join with a sl st to 1st dc. Ch 1, turn. (32 dc)
Round 4: Sc into first dc, *fpsc into next dc, sc into top of next dc* and work from * to * around until 32 sc have been worked , join with a sl st, ch2, turn.
Round 5: Dc in 1st sc, * 2 dc into next sc, dc into next sc*, around until 48 dc have been worked. Join, ch 1, turn.
Round 6: Sc into 1st dc, *fpsc into next dc, sc into next dc*, work from * to * around. Join, ch 2, turn.
Round 7: Dc in first 2 sc, *2 dc in next sc, dc in next 2 sc* around until you have worked 64 dc. Join, ch 1, turn.
Round 8: Work round 6.
Round 9: Work a double crochet round by placing 2 dc into each 4th st. Join, ch 1, turn. (80 dc)
Round 10 through round 25: Work even on 80 stitches by alternating the (sc, fpsc,sc, etc) round and the dc round, End with the dc row.
Round 1: Sc into back loops only of ea dc around. Join, ch 2, turn.
Round 2: Dc into both loops of ea st around, join, ch 1. Do not turn.
Round 3: Work round 6 from crown.
Work 5 more rounds, alternating dc and sc rounds. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Bike Chain Scarf
Measurements: 54″ x 7″
Materials: About 340 yards of worsted weight yarn. I used 1.5 skeins of Paton’s Classic Wool in dark grey. Crochet hook size I, yarn needle. Gauge: In pattern, 14 sts and 15 rows equal 4″
The ch 2 at the beginning of ea row counts as a stitch throughout pattern.
Ch 193. Dc into 2nd ch from hook and into ea ch across. Ch 1, turn. (191 dc)
Row 2: Sc into1st dc, *front post sc ( fpsc) around post of next dc, sc into top of next dc* across row to last 2 dc. Fpsc around next dc, sc into top of tc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3: Dc into ea st across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 4- 21 ( or until scarf measures about 7″) repeat rows 2 and 3 ending with row 2. Fasten off.
Attach yarn on wrong side of first dc row of scarf. Work row 2 across. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Because the nature of this pattern causes the fabric to slant slightly, I blocked it by pinning it to shape and misting it lightly with water. Dry overnight.
Copyright Carol Wolf, September 2010