I have always felt an innate drive to create, but it took nearly 24 years to discover my niche in crochet and an additional five years to muster up the courage to publish a pattern. I began designing almost immediately after teaching myself to crochet. Unlike following a pattern, design is the creative outlet that allows the perpetually churning ideas in my mind to become reality. My designs are inspired by nature and the rugged Wyoming landscape I hold so dear.
As a country girl from the wilds of Wyoming, the word “flock” brings to mind huge clusters of birds swirling through an August sunset, or strings of geese silhouetted against a snowy sunrise. In nature, a flock is a group of individuals gathering together for safety and security. I want to bring those same feelings to the maker community through the Flock Scarf pattern.
As makers, we are all individuals united together over a love of the craft. My hope is that through the Flock Scarf, each maker who chooses to embrace this pattern will use their imagination to create their own uniquely personal design, allowing themselves to become a designer in their own right. The freedom to create is what brings us closer together and the choices we make are what allows us to be individuals.
I want this scarf to be a direct representation of the maker’s personality and style, so play with it! Here are a few inspiration ideas:
Make the scarf wider or thinner by adding or taking away stitches
Make the scarf shorter or longer by adding or taking away rows
Offset the chevron by placing the increase in a different spot along the beginning ch
Keep both ends at a point by omitting the final nine rows and continuing with Row 2
Split the color at the center increase to make one side of the chevron different than the other
Use a self-striping yarn or a random stripe generator to help minimize guesswork
Fringing, Fuzz, and Which Way’s Up?
This pattern is worked starting at the pointed end of the scarf and finishing with the rounded end. Since feathers come in all shapes and sizes, it is up to you to decide which end is the top of the feather and which is the bottom. In my example, the rounded end is the top and the pointed end is the bottom.
The fringing at the bottom of my example is used to represent the fuzz at the base of a feather. However, adding fringe is totally optional. Another way to add texture to the bottom of the feather is to use faux fur, eyelash or mohair yarn to the rows at the bottom of the scarf.
915yds (837m) DK weight yarn
Size US G (4mm) crochet hook
16 sts + 9 rows = 4”/10cm in double crochet
*Written in US terms*
Ch - chain
Dc - double crochet
Dc3tog - double crochet three together
Hdc3tog - half double crochet three together
SK - skip
Sp - space
St(s) - stitch(s)
Dc3tog - *Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops* 3 times, yarn over, draw through all 4 loops on the hook
Hdc3tog - *Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop* 3 times, yarn over and draw through all 7 loops on hook
The pointed end of the scarf will remain open until stitched shut at the end of the pattern.
The ch 3 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch. Turn after each row.
Row 1: Starting in the 4th ch, dc 40, [2dc, ch 1, 2dc] in next st, dc 40 (84 sts)
Row 2-104: Ch 3, dc3tog, dc 39, [2dc, ch 1, 2dc] in ch 1 sp, dc 39, dc3tog (84 sts)
Row 105: Ch 3, dc3tog, dc 39, [dc, ch 1, dc] in ch 1 sp, dc 39, dc3tog (82 sts)
Row 106: Ch 3, dc3tog, dc 38, [dc, ch 1, dc] in ch 1 sp, dc 38, dc3tog (80 sts)
Row 107: Ch 3, dc3tog, dc 37, [dc, ch 1, dc] in ch 1 sp, dc 37, dc3tog (78 sts)
Row 108: Ch 3, hdc3tog, dc 36, [dc, ch 1, dc] in ch 1 sp, dc 36, hdc3tog (76 sts)
Row 109: Ch 3, hdc3tog, dc 35, [dc, ch 1, dc] in ch 1 sp, dc 35, hdc3tog (74 sts)
Row 110: Ch 3, hdc3tog, dc 34, [dc, ch 1, dc] in ch 1 sp, dc 34, hdc3tog (72 sts)
Row 111: Ch 3, hdc3tog, dc 34, sk ch sp, dc 34, hdc3tog (70 sts)
Row 112: Ch 3, hdc3tog, dc 64, hdc3tog (66 sts)
Row 113: Ch 3, hdc3tog, dc 60, hdc3tog (62 sts)
Tie off and weave in loose ends. Whipstitch the beginning ch together to form the pointed end of the scarf. Block into shape and add fringing if desired.
Thank you so much for checking out my pattern! I hope it inspires makers to push their creative boundaries and embrace their individuality.
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