Kirsten Holloway’s Wanderlust scarf might be the most beautiful, luxurious, comfortable scarf I have ever seen. I’m currently scouring nearby shops to see if I can find yarn I love enough to use for this pattern. While the scarf looks like it belongs in a fancy boutique, it is considered an easy pattern with repetitive rows, which means that even if you’re a crochet beginner, you shouldn’t find this pattern too difficult to tackle. The most important thing is to read the pattern beforehand, learn the stitches you may not be familiar with, and then take the pattern one step at a time.
One of the best things about this scarf pattern is that it comes in both a long scarf version and an infinity scarf version, and if you still can’t get enough, there’s a beanie version so you can make a complete set. These would make excellent gifts for friends and family members, especially if made in their favorite colors.
To make one of these beautiful scarves, you’ll need to collect the following: a size “I” crochet hook, 350-375 yards of Lion Brand Heartland yarn, a yarn needle, and a pair of scissors. The stitches used in the crochet pattern include chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (FP dc) and back post double crochet (BP dc). There’s also a special stitch: half double crochet in the third loop (hdc in 3rd loop), but the pattern walks you through it clearly and concisely.
If you’re wanting to check the gauge, you can do so by crocheting thirteen double crochet stitches and then measuring to make sure the swatch is about four inches. The entire scarf should measure about six feet once complete, with a width of six inches. Of course if you’re making the infinity scarf, it will be a little different as you’ll be crocheting in the round. There are instructions for the infinity scarf just below the original pattern.
After you’ve completed the scarf, you can decide whether you want to include extras like tassels or fringe. There are steps to do that as well beneath the pattern. Personally I think the scarf looks great either way, though I do have a penchant for fringe. Without the fringe it looks more boutique, but with the fringe it carries a more cozy vibe.
Does this sound like a project you’d enjoy? You can find the tutorial for the regular scarf and infinity scarf on Kirsten Holloway Designs, as well as the tutorial for the beanie. The tutorials are free, but if you’d prefer an ad-free pattern you can purchase one from Kirsten’s Ravelry store. If you want to keep up with the latest designs and patterns, you can follow her on Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram, and Pinterest. You might also want to bookmark her website — she has a section for Crochet-A-Longs, which provides a work-along tutorial, and if you have a question you can post it on her Facebook page. This year’s project is the Art ‘n Soul Scrappy Scarf, which looks like plenty of fun wrapped up in an easy-to-make package.
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