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I have been toying with the idea of doing a horizontally-striped crochet scarf for a while now. What has kept me from it is the idea of weaving in ALL those ends… one of my least favorite tasks! But when I fell in love with a rugby-style knit scarf at the store a while back, I knew I needed to try it, just to see if it really would be as much of a pain as I envisioned.
I’m so glad I did!
I had my then-16 year old sis Jenny (above) in mind when I picked out the yarn for my first rugby scarf. I chose Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” (my favorite yarn!) in a light grey and white. She’s not one for boring accessories, so I took a chance and switched the plain white yarn for White Sparkle (same brand). It’s basically white yarn with one strand of shiny silver running through it.
This was the first time I’ve used a sparkle yarn, as I think it can become gaudy looking very quick. But I was pretty confident that this style of scarf and amount of “sparkle” would work perfectly to produce a classy, unique accessory.
Once I had my yarn, I got to work. I started with a chainless foundation of 22 double crochet stitches, but you could also just start with a regular chain. The basic idea is that each segment of color is 7 rows of 22 DC. I ended up with 14 segments total (7 grey, 7 white sparkle), and a great length for a double-wrap infinity scarf. I whip-stitched the ends together; then I got comfy on the couch with my yarn needle and scissors and spent a while weaving in those 28 ends. Not my idea of fun, but it was WORTH IT for the finished product!
The photos don’t really show the sparkle on the white segments, but trust me, it’s there. I LOVE how it turned out. In fact I was so in love with it that I seriously debated keeping it for myself, and probably would have if Christmas wasn’t just right around the corner and I hadn’t been so behind on Christmas presents already!
The next time I went to Hobby Lobby I took a better look at all of the sparkle yarns. My niece Maribel is sporty and loves bright colors, so I decided to make one for her, too. Her favorite color is teal so I grabbed some Peacock Sparkle and plain white, and made another one!
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Infinity Rugby Scarf
Hook: H (5.00mm)
Yarn: Worsted Weight (I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn”)
Gauge: Unimportant (just crochet til it’s the length you want. There’s quite a bit of leeway with a scarf anyway.)
Note: Ch 2 does NOT count as starting DC.
To begin: With Color A, Ch 24. DC in third chain from hook. DC across. (22 DC)
(You can also do a chainless foundation stitch for the first row of 22 DC. If you don’t know how to do this, check out this tutorial. It might change your life.)
Rows 2-7: Ch 2; turn. DC across. (22 DC)
Switch to Color B. Cut yarn from Color A, leaving about a 6″ tail.
Rows 8-14: Ch 2; turn. DC across. (22 DC)
Switch to color A. Cut yarn from Color B, leaving about a 6″ tail.
Repeat this process section by section, 22 DC per row, 7 rows per section, until you have 14 total sections (98 rows), or until the scarf is the length you want it. Cut the last tail of yarn, leaving about 12″ tail. Use tail to Whip Stitch one end of the scarf to the other. Fasten off.
Weave in all those ends, and you’re done. Enjoy your new Rugby Infinity Scarf!
I’m just wondering if your default is to work through both loops or just the back loop anytime you do a crochet project. I always go through just the back loop (the one farthest from me, is that the front or back!?), unless the pattern says otherwise, because that’s how I learned. But I’ve come to realize that this creates a different look and perhaps most pattens are written intending for the crocheter to go through both loops. Please advise! Thank you!
Hello! Always work in both loops unless the pattern specifies Front Loop Only (FLO) or Back Loop Only (BLO). I believe crocheting into the back loop only was standard many, many years ago, so depending on who taught you (and who taught them), that might be why you learned that way. 🙂 But nowadays, both loops are standard.
Hi there. I love your yarn choice, can’t wait to try this pattern. I may not be able to use the exact same yarn, so are you able to provide the approximate dimensions of your scarf? Maybe the width of the 22 stitches and the height of each chunk of color? Your ratio looks perfect!
I wish I could help but this is such an old pattern (hence the missing info like finished size) and I don’t have any samples laying around. I will try to remember to pick up some of the yarn this week and work up a swatch. 🙂