Kaleidoscope Scarf Pattern

20 Oct


The Kaleidoscope Scarf stitch pattern gives the illusion that the scarf is composed of braided strands of color.  In reality, the self-striping sock yarn and the off-set shells contribute to this effect.  When working the off-set shells, you will be required to work into individual chains instead of into a chain space.  While this may seem a bit tricky at first, you will find that by working under the top 2 loops of the chain your stitches will be easy to make.

I’ve had many requests to provide my source for the yarn I used for this project. All I can remember is that it was hand-dyed sock yarn in fingering weight and is available from  Lancaster Yarn Shop in Lancaster, PA. The link I have provided is a Ravelry link so you will have to join Ravelry as a free member to view it.

Materials: 1 ball of fingering-weight, self-striping sock yarn ( enough to make a pair of knitted socks) Size G Crochet hook, yarn needle

Size:  My scarf is 56″ X 7 ” and long enough to wrap around the neck twice in cowl fashion.

Gauge: Not important for this project

Foundation Row:  Ch 318.  Dc into 4th ch from hook. Dc into next ch,  sk 3 chs, sc into next ch, ch 3.  *Dc into ea of next 3 chs, sk 3 chs, sc into next ch, ch 3**.  Repeat from * to **  to last 4 chs. Sk 3 chs, Sc into last ch. Turn.

Row 2 :  Ch 3, 2 dc into 1st sc. Sk 3 dc. * sc into next ch, ch 3, dc into ea of next 2 chs, dc into next sc, sk 3 dc**.  Repeat from * to **  to last 4 sts. Sk 3 sts.  Sc into top of tc from previous row. Turn.

Repeat row 2 until your scarf is as wide as you like.  My yarn ran out when my scarf was 7″ wide. Weave in yarn ends with a yarn needle.

Copyright Carol Wolf, October 2011


Posted by on October 20, 2011 in crochet, Projects


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16 responses to “Kaleidoscope Scarf Pattern

  1. Janice N.

    October 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for the pattern. It will make some beautiful Christmas gift….It is right in time to get them done for the coming season…Thank you, again….you are so sweet.

    • Wolf Crochet

      October 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

      Janice, I was really happy to see that this scarf took only one ball of yarn. Knit Picks has sock yarn for $4,99 so you can really make some great but economical gifts for Christmas. It only took me a few evenings to finish it.

  2. Beverooni

    October 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    You always come up with the most amazing designs and your color choices are always spot-on. I can’t wait to make this. Thanks for posting the pattern.

    • Wolf Crochet

      October 24, 2011 at 5:13 am

      Hi Bev! Let me know if you see any errors. I’m a little unsure of the number of beginning chains. I worked this on the road and didn’t have any notes to refer to. Great to hear from you!

  3. pam da gram

    November 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I am going to make this in lace from patons, I am having the hardest time finding a scarf pattern for this yarn, I am going to check the ravelry site. I like your site, just found it at cpc.

    • Wolf Crochet

      November 3, 2011 at 5:00 am

      Pam, lace weight yarn sounds perfect for this scarf! You might get a bit smaller gauge but just adjust your hook or opt for a looser look. I think that this pattern can look good in many variations.

  4. Cathy

    December 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern. I made mine with Red Heart Super Saver yarn and shortened it to about half the length. It turned out almost as nice as yours.


    • Wolf Crochet

      December 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Cathy! This scarf will look good in any yarn but will be especially nice in the variegated varieties. Happy New Year!

  5. dj

    February 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    beautiful ! i am going to my local hobby lobby or michael’s to purchase some sock yarn !

    • Wolf Crochet

      February 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      I think you’ll find this scarf is very economical and easy to work.

  6. Carolyn

    January 6, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you Cathy for the beautiful scarf. I’m not sure what you mean when the pattern states “ch 3″ in the beginning of a row (row 2). Do you want me to skip 3 chs, or sc in 3 chs. Not clear to me.
    Can you help me out?

    • Wolf Crochet

      January 7, 2015 at 5:48 am

      Carolyn, you simply make three chains before you crochet into the next stitch. The first chain 3 serves as the first stitch of the new row. BTW, my name is Carol, not Cathy :-)

      • Carolyn

        January 7, 2015 at 11:17 am

        Thank you Carol. I understand now.


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