I’ve been making crochet scarfs for a pair of friends that were, ahh, not prepared for chilly weather to roll in. It seemed to take them by complete surprise, as if winter wasn’t an annual thing. So I made scarfs and collected the resulting gratitude. I let these two guys think I had labored over the making of them.
Crochet + Bulky weight yarn + N hook = a super quick project
But let’s just keep that between us.
To make these babies go even faster, I implemented the crocheter’s secret weapon… the treble crochet stitch. Love trebles. Not only are they fast and big, they add a drape-y-ness that crochet often lacks. The only problem is the turning chain. I don’t like the chain 4. It’s messy and makes the edge uneven. Those chain 4’s pokes me right in the eye. Even if I do the “let the turning chain act act the stitch” trick, I still don’t like it.
Which is why I do a standing treble instead of a chain 4. I substitute standing doubles for turning chains too. For half doubles and singles, ehhh, it doesn’t seem worth the trouble. But those rows of taller stitches look messy with turning chains, at least to me.
Here is how I do a standing treble:
(I’m aware that there are approximately one zillion videos on yoube showing the same thing. But all the ones I could find were too talky. I like videos that are short and just show you what you want to know.)
Here is how it looks in the scarf. Its not an exact match with the other stitches but its much closer than a turning chain and that’s why I like it.
The pattern I used for my scarfs is dead simple. A standing treble is the only interesting thing in it. Still, sometimes you need a fast and brainless project. This fits that need nicely I think!
Yarn: 150 yds (140 m) of any bulky weight yarn. I used one skein of very old, very discontinued Chunky USA Lionbrand.
Hook: Size N (10 mm)
- hdc = half double crochet
- tr = treble crochet
- hdc2tog = half double crochet two together (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over hook, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook. Yarn over hook, pull through all 5 loops on hook)
To start: ch 3, turn and work hdc in 3rd chain from hook
Row 1: ch2, work 3 hdc into stitch (3 sts)
Row 2: ch 2, work 2 hdc in the first stitch, hdc in next, work 2 hdc in last stitch (5 sts)
Row 3: ch 2, work 2 hdc in the first stitch, hdc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 hdc in last stitch (7 sts)
Row 4: ch 2, work 2 hdc in the first stitch, hdc in each of next 5 sts, work 2 hdc in last stitch (9 sts)
Row 5: ch 2, work 2 hdc in the first stitch, hdc in each of next 7 sts, work 2 hdc in last stitch (11 sts)
Body of scarf
Row 1: tr in each stitch (11 stitches) The standing treble counts as one of the 11.
Row 2 – 4: ch2, hdc in each stitch (11 sts)
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until the scarf is long enough. Or until you are almost out of yarn. Or until you are just sick of it. Then do Row 1 once more.
Row 1: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 7 sts, hdc2tog (9 sts)
Row 2: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 5 sts, hdc2tog (7 sts)
Row 3: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 3 sts, hdc2tog (5 sts)
Row 4: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next, hdc2tog (3 sts)
Row 5: ch 2, hdc all 3 stitches together (which isn’t a “real” stitch but its what I did, lol) (1 sts)
Secure that last stitch and sew in the ends. Add mandatory optional tassels.
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