Thursday, November 10, 2011

Your Favorite Team Colors Scarf: Crochet!

I love personal gifts. That's why homemade stuff is the best! I would much rather receive something my children made than a trinket from the store. Hoping that other folks feel the same, I definitely push homemade stuff on them - teehee! Even teachers. I figure one can only have so many apple shaped pencil sharpeners ^_^ So this year I thought I'd get the inside scoop on what my kids' teachers are into and see if we can't make them something unique this year. However, I had to stop and wonder what I could possibly make for my son's male teacher that he may actually use?

As I mentioned, I'm sort of into scarves this year, so I asked my son to figure out what his teacher's favorite sports team is. Well, he did his homework and reported back that the Bears where top on his teacher's list of favorite sports teams. The Chicago bears have great colors: Orange, White and a dusty Midnight Blue. Here's what I came up with:

Colors aren't showing true, but you get the idea!

I am a sucker for sacrificing yarn types for color. Now, this can turn out poorly if the weight is so dissimilar, but in this case, it was close enough! I grabbed a Sugar n' Cream in Indigo (100% cotton) because the color was spot on. I used Orange and White Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. Now, to be sure the stripes are a touch wider than the length of the blue, but honestly, I cannot find a good orange color in any other yarn type (let me know if you know of one!).

I used the hdc stitch throughout, which is my favorite stitch right now and edged the ends with the reverse single crochet or "crab stitch" (check out the tutorial here)
You can see the crab stitch better here
What I like about the crab stitch is that it is a decorative edging, but not a girly one. It sort of creates a corrugated tube when it is worked up. I rather like it!

So go forth and make scarves in whatever team colors you like! Personalize them with their favorite team colors, kids' school colors, or alma mater colors. Use the crab stitch edging and give them to the men in your life ^_^


  1. Hi, I am a 10-year-old beginner in crochet, and I want to make this scarf for my dad for Christmas, but I can't find the pattern on your website. Please help. Thanks! R.M.F.

  2. Hi R.M.F.! Thank you for your comment - it'll be a great Dad scarf in his favorite team colors! I began with the orange:
    Foundation chain 20, Turn and work Row 1 into 3rd chain from hook
    Row 1: 18 Hdc, chain 2, turn and work Row 2 into 3rd chain from hook
    Row 2: 18 Hdc, Fasten Off.
    Switch to white:
    Row 3: Chain 2, 18 Hdc, chain 2, turn and work Row 4 into 3rd chain from hook
    Row 4: 18 Hdc, Fasten Off.
    Switch to orange:
    Row 5: Chain 2, 18 Hdc, chain 2, turn and work Row 6 into 3rd chain from hook
    Row 6: 18 Hdc, Fasten off.
    Switch to blue:
    Row 7: Chain 2, 18 Hdc, chain 2, turn and work Row 8 into 3rd chain from hook
    Row 8: 18 Hdc, chain 2, turn and work next row into 3rd chain from hook
    Repeat Row 8 until desired length.
    Switch to orange and repeat Rows 1-6

    Finish both ends off with blue crab stitch (tutorial link found in the blog)

    Happy Hooking!