Puff Stitch Chunky Scarf - Raidy's Crochet CornerThis scarf pattern came together due to my love for 3 things: 1) gradient yarn; 2) soft chunky scarfs; 3) quick and easy projects that I can do while watching TV. The yarn I used for this project is super soft and works up very nicely. Plus I love the gradient look. Sometimes with self-striping yarn the color change can be sort of… jarring. You may find yourself debating whether you’d rather have a drastic color change in the middle of a row or just cut the yarn to start a row with the new color (which basically defeats the purpose). This yarn, called Barcelona by Loops and Threads, has a very subtle color change and all the colors work together nicely. With alternating rows of double-crochets and puff stitches, this pattern is easy but engaging enough to keep your attention. So you can go right ahead and work on this while watching your Hallmark Christmas movies. It also works up quickly  – you could probably finish it in one weekend. So it’s a perfect last-minute Holiday gift. Materials: 2 Skeins Loops and Threads Barcelona yarn in Hazel 5.5 mm crochet hook tapestry needle scissors Abbreviations: CH – Chain DC – Double Crochet SC – Single Crochet Puff Stitch – yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (7 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 7 loops, CH 1 to close the stitch. Pattern: CH 34. Row 1 – DC into 4th chain from the hook (3CH counts as DC), DC in each CH to the end. Turn your work (31 DC total) Row 2 – CH 4 (counts as DC plus 1 CH) Skip the first two stitches (the first stitch counts as a DC due to the 3CH) and puff stitch into next stitch. (Remember you need to CH1 to close the puff stitch and then you will CH1 again, so it will feel like you’re making 2 CH) *CH 1, skip 1 stitch and puff stitch into next stitch.* Repeat * to * 12 times. Skip one stitch and DC into the last stitch. (14 puff stitches, 15 CH total) Row 3 – CH 3 (counts as DC), DC in first CH space, *DC in the top of Puff Stitch, DC in next CH space.* Repeat * to * until the end of row. DC into the top of the 3rd chain from previous row (remember the previous row started with a 4CH, which counted as a DC plus 1CH. You want to DC into the 3rd CH not the 4th) (31 DC total) Row 4 – 93 – Repeat alternating Row 2 and Row 3. Your last row should be a row of DC. Border: Going around all ends of the scarf, make a row of SC. In the corners single crochet CH 2 and SC again. Tassels: Wrap the yarn around a book (or other object that is about 6 inches long) 12 times. Cut the yarn along one end. Pull all yarn (except one strand of yarn) through the 2ch corner space. With the last piece of yarn make a knot to hold all pieces of yarn together. Weave in ends of yarn to secure (see picture) Related