Hey there Hook Nookers! My name is Brittany, and I am the crocheter, and sometimes knitter, behind YGB by Brittany. I mostly love making and designing scarves, but I enjoy learning how to make new and different items. When I was accepted as a featured maker for THN Life I jumped up and down with excitement. Once I calmed myself, I knew I had to go back to my roots and design a scarf. At the time I had a couple of scarf ideas, and one of them became the Treasure Basket Cowl. The beauty of the Treasure Basket Cowl is that it’s skinny and lightweight, but will still keep you warm in the cold, especially when double-wrapped.
I first learned how to crochet when I was in college. Technically, I learned how to knit first and I thought it was so cool that you can actually make wearable items from yarn. After learning to knit the basics, my friend/suitemate Molly taught me how to crochet. Oh man, I was so aggravated when I first learned how to crochet! I’ll never forget the first “square” I made - I ended up missing so many stitches that my friend nicknamed it “The Christmas Tree,” since it was essentially a triangle. Even though it took me a while to get used to crocheting stitches, I loved the creative potential it gave me. When I first started crocheting I almost never followed patterns and just tried out my own designs.
Much of that is still true today. I absolutely love crocheting and I realized it’s a real passion of mine. I love turning on a podcast and getting out my yarn. I work full-time as a social worker/mental health therapist, and crocheting is the best way for me to unwind. I still find myself following my own designs and rarely following patterns. My real struggle is remembering to keep track of my stitches, row counts, etc. to publish the patterns. Hopefully, 2020 will be my year of keeping track of designs and sharing them with the amazing crochet community.
5mm (H) crochet hook. To make the design tighter you can use a 4mm (G) hook
Lightweight (weight #3) yarn. I prefer using Lion Brand Yarn’s Mandala Yarn
Stitch markers are optional but helpful
R - Row
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
Using 5mm (H) hook:
CH 11, DC 2nd ch from hook (9)
CH 2, DC across
Repeat until you have 5 rows of DC
Gauge = 3 in x 2.5 in
There are multiple ways to make basket-stitches. For this pattern, DC around the final post (same as the first 2 chains of the previous row). Refer to the picture for hook placement.
Although this pattern suggests crocheting 160 rows, you can make this cowl any length you would like. My typical rule of thumb is to make sure both ends reach your belly button when the scarf is around your neck. This gives you enough material to double-wrap it around your neck. If you do not want to double-wrap the cowl, you can make a shorter scarf.
I experimented with this scarf in different sized yarns, but I find the lightweight (#3) looks and feels the best for this stitch. Feel free to experiment with different yarns for different styles.
CH 21 (If you want to make the scarf wider, CH amount that is divisible by 4 + 1)
R 1: DC 2nd chain from hook. DC to the end (20)
R 2: Ch 2, 4 FPDC, 4 BPDC, 4 FPDC, 4 BPDC,3 FPDC, 1 DC around last post (the CH 2 from previous row), turn (20)
R 3: Ch 2, 3 BPDC, 4 FPDC, 4 BPDC, 4 FPDC, 3 BPDC, 1 DC around last post, turn (20)
R 4: Repeat R 2
R 5: Repeat R 3
R 6: Repeat R 2
R 7: Repeat R 3
**Repeat rows 4-7 until you reach 160 rows or desired length.**
Place both ends together, ensuring the scarf is not twisted. Ensure the stitches are perfectly lined up and Sl St the corresponding stitches together until the end of the row.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Pattern may not be copied, shared, or resold. Items made from this pattern may be sold, but credit to YGB by Brittany would be greatly appreciated.
And there you go! It’s super simple, but so much fun. My favorite part about this scarf is the funky basket-weave texture - I can almost guarantee you won’t find this in a retail store! If you enjoyed this pattern, then please tag me on social media. I would love to see your work! Please be sure to check out my blog and Etsy shop as well. And please be sure to comment below! I can’t wait to hear from you. And shout out to THN.Life for allowing me to contribute!
Keep on hooking, my loves!