Sometimes you just want to wrap yourself up in darkness. Unfortunately, black or dark colored yarns can be difficult to work with, because it’s hard to see the stitches. The softer and fuzzier the black yarn is, the harder it is to see.  Well now you can get your softest, snuggliest, blackest yarns out, because this hooded scarf pattern was designed just for them!

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Why does this pattern work well for black yarn? First, the construction is different from most hooded scarves. With this design, there’s no need to work into the edge of the scarf to create the hood. Second, except for the foundation row and the edge stitches, you’ll always be working into chain spaces. This makes it much easier to find where to put your hook. Even with all the chain spaces, it’s not an open and lacy design. The stitch pattern creates a soft, squishy fabric with an interesting texture, and the spaces are hardly visible once finished. It would of course work up easily in other colors too. 


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Darkness

4-medium 
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Materials:

 

Difficulty:

Easy – almost all single crochet and chains, and almost all worked into chain spaces instead of stitches.

Sizes:

Adult – one size fits most. Hood is approximately 12 inches tall (top to bottom) and 9 inches deep (front to back). Scarf can be made to any length desired. Yardage listed made a scarf of 157 rows on each side (including the hood), for a total length of about 86 inches.

Gauge:

13 sc x 14 rows = 4 inches. You can use the first few rows as a swatch – after row 14, work should measure approximately 20.5 x 4 inches.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)

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 Notes:

  • To avoid having to work into the sides of rows, which can be hard to see on black yarn, this scarf has a unique construction. It starts in the middle, at the back of the hood. First you work in one direction all the way to the end of the scarf, then come back to the middle again and work in the other direction.
  • Weaving a scrap piece of yarn back and forth as a running stitch marker can be helpful for counting the rows. See the tutorial here: Tutorial – Continuous rounds and running stitch markers
  • The pattern is provided in both written and charted formats. These are the same pattern, you only need to work one or the other.
  • Until you actually sew the hood together, there is no right or wrong side.

 

 Instructions:

(Jump to Chart)

First Half:

Note: Be sure to count your rows, so you can make the other side of the scarf the same length. Weaving a scrap piece of yarn back and forth as a running stitch marker can be helpful for counting the rows. See the tutorial here: Tutorial – Continuous rounds and running stitch markers

Hood:

Ch 70 loosely.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, (ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next 2 chs) across to last 2 chains, ch 1, sk next ch, sc in last ch. Place marker in the last ch you worked into, for later joining. (46 sts, 23 sps).

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) across to last st, ch 1, hdc in last st. (47 sts, 23 sps)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, ch 1, 2 sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st. (48 sts, 24 sps)

Row 4: Repeat row 2 (49 sts, 24 sps)

Row 5: Repeat Row 3 (50 sts, 25 sps)

Row 6: Repeat row 2 (51 sts, 25 sps)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st (51 sts, 25 sps)

Rows 8-31: Repeat Row 7.

Row 32: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) 10 times, place marker in last sp made, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st (51 sts, 25 sps).

Fasten off.

Work should now measure about 12″ x 9″

Scarf:

Join yarn with sl st in marked sp from Row 32, remove this marker.

Row 33: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) 9 times, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st. (21 sts, 10 sps)

Row 34: Repeat row 7 of hood. (21 sts, 10 sps).

Repeat row 34 until desired length is achieved. Fasten off. Make a note of how many rows you worked.

Second Half:

Hood:

Turn work upside down so you are working into the foundation chain / bottom of row 1. Join yarn with sl st in marked chain. This should be the first chain of the foundation, at the bottom of the hood. If you haven’t woven your tails in yet, this should also be where your starting tail is.

Joining for 2nd half - Darkness, a free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Note: The skipped chains from the foundation chain form chain spaces. These are the spaces you will be working into on row 1. 

Row 1 (RS): Sc in first st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) 22 times, ch 1, hdc in last st. (47 sts, 23 sps)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, 2 sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st. (48 sts, 24 sps)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2sc in next sp) across to last st, ch 1, hdc in last st. (49 sts, 24 sps)

Row 4: Repeat row 2 (50 sts, 25 sps)

Row 5: Repeat Row 3 (51 sts, 25 sps)

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) across to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st (51 sts, 25 sps)

Rows 7-32: Repeat Row 6. Do not fasten off.

Scarf:

Row 33: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in next spc, (ch 1, sk next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sp) 9 times, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st. (21 sts, 10 sps)

Row 34: Repeat row 6 of hood. (21 sts, 10 sps).

Repeat row 34 for the same number of rows as you worked on the first half.

Fasten off.

Chart:

(Back to Written Instructions)

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Finishing:

(for both written and charted versions)

  • Fold in half along foundation chain, and sew the top of the hood together.
  • Weave in all ends.
  • Take the scrap of light colored yarn and weave it into the seam on the inside of the hood, so you can’t see it from the outside. Why? Because in every darkness, there is a little light if you only know where to look.

 


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Comments

Free Pattern – Darkness — 26 Comments

  1. I’m having trouble with the first row of the hood. The written instructions say sc in the 2nd chain and the next ch. The chart looks like it’s just one sc before you skip a chain. Am I reading something incorrectly?

  2. You are losing me at the beginning of the 3rd row. You say to ch1, turn, sc in first st, ch1, skip next st, then 2sc in next space. Just trying to clarify and make sure there were no typos.
    So, I ch1, turned, put the first sc into thr first st which was the hdc from the previous row. Ch1, then it says to skip a stitch. The only stitch to skip is the ch space from the previous row that was right before the hdc. So skip that? Then 2sc in next space… so… am i skipping over the space plus the 2sc from the previous row? And then 2sc in the space? Just trying to clarify and make sure no typos/ mistakes were there. 🙂 Thanks for the help!

      • Lol I wasn’t sure if it was just me or not. I am so tired, so I’m a little slow on reading the pattern today! Lol. I’m actually paused at the first scarf section, where you join in the marked sp from row 32. I think I need to rest my eyes 😛

      • Okay question….
        when joining for the first scarf section, am I joining into the marked space from the RS or WS? (Fastened off tail on the top left or right?) I think I finally made sense of it

  3. Hah! I even repeated the ‘just trying to clarify….’ in my first comment. I think this mama is going to bed early tonight gotta get it together.

  4. Hello, I am having trouble going from row 1 to row 2, there is no turn, is this worked as a continuous round? Also what finished size should the first side of the hood be? Thank you!

  5. Hello, I have been reading through the comments. Is there a new corrected set of instructions? I’m very new at crocheting so I’m afraid that I might mess up

    • The errors that people pointed out were corrected right away in both the blog and pdf versions of the pattern, so everything should be updated and correct 🙂

      If you’re just starting out, I think this is a good learning pattern – it has minimal shaping and a repetitive, easy stitch pattern. If you do run into any issues though, let me know – maybe I’ll be able to help!

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