Crochet Summer Scarf – Stepping Out

Step out into the summer sunshine with the Stepping Out crochet summer scarf! With lacy diamonds in lightweight yarn, it’s a perfect accessory for warmer weather. The height and width are easily adjustable, so you can make it in a size that’s just right for you. Wear it as a scarf, headband, belt, or tie it around a hat or bag handle for a decorative accent!

Stepping Out Summer Scarf

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Scarf of the Month CAL

This crochet summer scarf is my contribution to the Scarf of the Month CAL. This year-long event is hosted by Oombawka Designs and The Stitchin Mommy. Follow along for 3 new scarf patterns every month! The other two patterns this month are the Just Another Day Scarf by Oombawka Designs and the Bonfire Infinity Scarf by The Stitch Mommy.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the scarf pattern from The Stitchin’ Mommy will not be available today as planned. Until it’s ready, she has a special coupon code up in its place, which can be applied to any previous Scarf of the Month CAL pattern!

Make the Coordinating Sun Hat!

Oombawka Designs and The Stitchin Mommy also run a Hat of the Month CAL. For that CAL, I designed a hat pattern that coordinates with this scarf. Complete your set with the Stepping Out Sun Hat!

Stepping Out Sun Hat - Free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

King Cole Summer 4-Ply Yarn

King Cole generously provided the yarn for this design. It’s a lovely, lightweight, self striping yarn called Summer. The cotton/bamboo blend is mixed with a small amount (8%) of PBT. This polyester-like fiber gives the yarn a bit of bounce, and some added texture too. Because of this, it doesn’t stretch and sag the same way as most cotton and bamboo yarns do. It’s also remarkably soft, and would be a fabulous choice for lightweight socks and other clothing.

King Cole Summer Yarn

King Cole yarn comes from the UK. The 4-ply designation refers to the weight, not the actual number of plies. It’s the equivalent of a fingering weight yarn here in the US. 1 skein is more than enough for this pattern.


Stepping Out Summer Scarf

Project level Intermediate

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Materials

Project Level

Intermediate: Easy stitches, but requires some concentration and careful counting.

Size

6 x 60 inches.

Gauge

27 dc x 12 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
ch-sp = chain space
cl = cluster (see Special Stitch)
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over

Special Stitch

Cluster: This is a dc3tog stitch worked over 2 dc and a ch-1 sp.

Cluster symbol
  • Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook. (2 loops remain on hook)
  • Yo, insert hook in next ch-1 sp, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook. (3 loops remain on hook)
  • Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook. (4 loops remain on hook)
Cluster - 4 loops on hook
  • Yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Finished cluster

Instructions

(scroll down for chart)

With A, ch 43 (multiple of 12 plus 7)

This pattern is reversible and has no right or wrong side. Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as dc throughout (including in row 1). To adjust width, start with more or fewer chains, in groups of 12.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. (41 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 3 sts, [ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st] across to last 3 sts, dc in each of last 3 sts. (24 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 4, sk next 3 dc and 2 ch-1 sps, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, sk next 3 dc and 2 ch-1 sps, [dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 4, sk next 3 dc and 2 ch-1 sps, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, sk next 3 dc and 2 ch-1 sps] across to last 3 dc, dc in each of last 3 dc. (17 dc, 6 ch-4 sps)

From this point forward, skip all chain spaces unless otherwise specified.

Row 4: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 6 ch-3 sps, 3 ch-1 sps)

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 6 ch-2 sps, 3 ch-3 sps)

Row 6: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, ch 7, sk next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 6 ch-1 sps, 3 ch-7 sps)

Row 7: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [2 dc in next dc, ch 4, sk next dc, sc in ch-7 sp, ch 4, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 3 sc, 6 ch-4 sps)

Row 8: Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in next sc, ch 4, sk next 2 dc, [3 dc in next dc, ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in next sc, ch 4, sk next 2 dc] across to last 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (14 dc, 3 sc, 6 ch-4 sps)

Row 9: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [2 dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 3 sc, 6 ch-4 sps)

Row 10: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 1, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 3 sc, 6 ch-3 sps, 6 ch-1 sps)

Row 11: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 2, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 6 ch-2 sps, 3 ch-3 sps)

Row 12: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (20 dc, 6 ch-3 sps, 3 ch-1 sps)

Row 13: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 4, sk next 2 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, sk next 2 dc, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (17 dc, 6 ch-4 sps)

Rows 14-173: Repeat rows 4-13 16 times.

To adjust length, work more or fewer repeats of rows 4-13 as desired.

Rows 174-182: Repeat rows 4-12 once more.

End after repeat of row 12

Row 183: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, [ch 5, sk next dc, cl, ch 5, sk next dc, dc in next dc] across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc. (3 cl, 8 dc, 6 ch-5 sps)

For best results on row 184, work into the actual chains as specified, rather than into the chain spaces. See this Lunchtime Live video for a closer look at working into chains and chain spaces.

Row 184: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 2 dc, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) twice, [ch 1, sk next st, dc in next ch, (ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch) twice] across to last 3 sts, dc in each of last 3 sts. (24 dc, 17 ch-1 sps)

Row 185: Ch 3, dc in next dc and in each dc and ch-1 sp across. (41 dc)

Fasten off

Wash and block. Blocking is important to open up the lace. For best results, do not skip this step.

Weave in all ends.

Chart

Stepping Out Scarf Chart
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4 Comments

  • Karina

    Confused! It states in Row 3 to skip next 3 dc and 2ch-1sps.
    There are no 2 chain spaces in Row 2, only 1ch space between each of the double stitches and I do not know what to do.
    The colour and pattern looks great but I am stuck on Row 2
    Can someone please explain? Thank you

    • Pia Thadani

      hi Karina – I think it’s just a mix up in how you’re reading that. It’s skip the next two chain-1 spaces. So you’re skipping ch-1 spaces, and you’re skipping 2 of them. You’re going to work in the 3rd one. If you take a peek at that row on the chart it might look clearer.

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