Notch: Slip Stitch Crochet Scarf with Short Rows

Notch Slip Stitch Crochet Scarf is stretchy and warm. How the notched short-row wedges take shape is fun. How to crochet simple slip stitch ribbing, and add dramatic surface texture and designer touches with short rows.
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  • Item #: 4-N112912S
  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

Like its cousin the Thaxton Hooded Cowl, Notch is luxuriously stretchy, squishy, and toasty-warm. Experiencing how the notched short-row wedges take shape is heavenly fun -- the textural highlights of the Thaxton Hooded Cowl, repeated for decorative impact.

Notch started out as a way for me to test the Thaxton cowl and take the pattern out of “beta.” I fell in love with the long-striping yarn effects. To get notches on both sides of the scarf, I found a simple way to alternate the wedges so that the textures always face the front.

Pattern includes a color-coded stitch diagram. International English equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets {}.

Skill LevelIntermediate. The slip stitch is an elementary stitch; however, short rows are considered an Intermediate skill. Crocheting slip stitches with a consistently looser gauge, as determined by the crochet hook size, takes practice for many crocheters in my slip stitch classes. I call this skill a "hook-led" gauge, and it's important for Tunisian crochet lace as well as for exciting possibilities with slip stitch fabrics.

If you enjoy crocheting the short rows in this pattern, you'd probably like Slip Slope Scarf, Slip Tectonics, Undaria Flutter Scarf, and the Thaxton Hooded Cowl available here (http://www.shop.designingvashti.com/Slip-Stitch-Crochet_c34.htm)

After following this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet simple slip stitch ribbing
  • How to add dramatic surface texture with short rows
  • How to add designer touches to short-rowed ribbing
  • How to use a hook-led stitch gauge

Finished Dimensions of Scarf Shown (Measured Flat)

Two full skeins of the yarn shown (640yd/585m) yield a scarf 8.5" wide X 64" long {21.5 cm X 162.5 cm}. If one skein were used instead of two, the scarf would be half as long: 32" {81 cm}. Depending on how stretchy your yarn is, scarf can stretch lengthwise when worn to approximately 8" X 72" {20.25 X 182.75 cm}.

Supplies List

  • Crochet Hook: Size US J/10/6 mm hook or size needed for gauge.
  • Yarn Shown: Marks & Kattens Big Trend (70% Acrylic, 30% Wool, 321yd/294m per 3.5oz/100g skein), color 409; 2 skeins for full-length scarf. Substituting a yarn: The best yarns for this project are wool or acrylic blends because they add bouncy loft. Cotton yarn is just not the same for this. Long, gradual color changes in a yarn, such as Crystal Palace Mochi Plus or Noro Kureyon, or subtle tonal shades of a hand dyed yarn, work great for this design! Choose a plump #4 medium-weight yarn with a crochet hook size range from US H/8/5mm-J/10/6mm listed on its label. These yarns may be referred to as Heavy Worsted, Aran, Afghan, and occasionally "Light Chunky" Weight.
  • Recommended if you're new to slip stitch crochet: 2 or more stitch markers (until you can recognize the last slip stitch of each row).
  • Special Technique: Slip Stitch Short Rows
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