String of Pearls Crochet Table Scarf

Bobble “pearls” dance in intertwining lines over a plain background, forming circles to cradle a centerpiece or other table decorations. The simple, tone-on-tone elegance of the String of Pearls crochet table scarf is perfect for holidays, weddings, or any time your table needs a special touch.

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King Cole Big Value Recycled Dischloth Cotton

King Cole yarns provided the Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton yarn for this design. A little bit of polyester mixed in makes this softer than other cotton yarns I’ve used. I also love that it’s made with recycled materials.

King Cole Big Value Recycled Dischloth Cotton

It comes in 2 colors, white and cream. Both would make an excellent base for dyeing, and both are equally lovely as-is.

Changing Colors

For neat color changes, always switch to the new color in the last “pull through” step of the previous stitch. So if you’re going to change to cream for a bobble, finish the stitch before the bobble with the cream yarn. See this Changing Colors Tutorial for a closer look.

Changing Colors Tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Carrying Colors

Between each bobble row on this crochet table scarf, there are 3 plain rows. You can think of this in terms of 4-row blocks, with one bobble row followed by 3 plain rows.

Carry yarn across for 2 rows

To make cream-colored bobbles on a white background, you will need to use both colors on the bobble rows. Just like for tapestry crochet, make each stitch in one color while carrying/working over the other color so it’s hidden inside the stitch.

In the next row after the bobble row, you don’t need to make any cream-colored stitches, but you will need to get the cream color yarn back across to the other side. Carry the cream yarn through every stitch, in the same way as before.

Working over the cream yarn while making an sc in white.

Carry yarn up for 2 rows

For the next 2 rows, you don’t need to move the cream yarn across the row at all. Instead, carry it up the side edge, so it’s ready for the next bobble row.

Carrying the yarn in 2 rows and then not carrying it in the other 2 rows creates a very subtle, striped effect behind the bobbles.

If you prefer, you can carry the unused yarn across every row. This will use almost twice as much of the cream yarn and will make your fabric thicker.

Dye Your Crochet Table Scarf!

If cream-on-white isn’t your thing, you can dye it! The two shades should take dye slightly differently, so you will still get the tone-on-tone look. You can dye the yarn before you start, or dye the crochet table scarf when it’s finished. Just be sure to test it on a small swatch first!

Here are a few yarn dyeing tutorials you might enjoy:


String of Pearls Crochet Table Scarf

4-medium
Project level Intermediate

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Materials

  • Yarn: King Cole Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton – 85% cotton / 15% polyester, worsted weight yarn (175 yds / 100g per skein)
    • 410 yds #5061 white
    • 175 yds #5060 cream
  • Hook: US size H (5 mm) hook or size needed to match gauge
  • Notions:
    • Scissors
    • Yarn needle

Project Level

Intermediate: Bobbles, working with 2 colors, working in sides of rows.

Size

11″ x 45″ not including fringe

Gauge

15 sc x 16 rows = 4 inches.

Use pattern as gauge swatch: After row 16, work should measure 8.75″ wide x 4″ tall.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)

ch = chain

hdc = half double crochet

RS = right side(s)

sc = single crochet

sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

sk = skip

sl st = slip stitch

sp = space

st(s) = stitch(es)

WS = wrong side(s)

yo = yarn over

Special Stitch

Bobble (bo): With cream yarn, [yo, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook] 5 times, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook. Ch-1 to close.

5 partial double crochets for a bobble

When working into a bobble, work into the ch-1.

Instructions

Color Management:

Work bobbles in cream. Work all other stitches in white.

Change colors as indicated in the last “pull through” step of the previous stitch.

Changing colors - changed from green to blue yarn

On bobble rows and the row immediately after a bobble row, carry/work over the unused color in each st so that it is hidden in the st.

Working over the cream yarn while making an sc in white.

On the remaining rows, work only with white and carry the cream yarn up the side edge.

Section 1

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Angled Portion:

With white, ch 2.

Row 1 (WS): (Hdc, sc, hdc) in 2nd ch from hook. (3 sts)

Your total stitch count will increase by 2 sts on each row through row 19.

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each st across to last st, (sc, hdc) in last st. (9 sts)

Begin carrying/working over cream yarn in row 5.

Row 5: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each of next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, (sc, hdc) in last st. (2 hdc, 8 sc, 1 bo)

Row 6: Working over cream yarn in every st, ch 1, turn, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each st across to last st, (sc, hdc) in last st. (13 sts)

Rows 7-8: Carrying cream yarn up sides of rows and working only with white yarn, ch 1, turn, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each st across to last st, (sc, hdc) in last st. (17 sts)

Row 9: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each of next 3 sts, [bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc) in last st. (2 hdc, 14 sc, 3 bo)

Rows 10-12: Repeat rows 6-8. (25 sts)

Row 13: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each of next 3 sts, [bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice, (sc, hdc) in last st. (2 hdc, 21 sc, 4 bo)

Rows 14-16: Repeat rows 6-8. (33 sts)

Row 17: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, (hdc, sc) in first st, sc in each of next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 11 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, (sc, hdc) in last st. (2 hdc, 29 sc, 4 bo)

Rows 18-19: Repeat rows 6-7. (39 sts)

Straight portion

The overall stitch count will now remain the same until the end of section 5.

Row 20: Carrying cream yarn up sides of rows and working only with white yarn, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 21: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc in each of first 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 15 sts, [bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts] twice. (35 sc, 4 bo)

Row 22: Working over cream yarn in every st, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Rows 23-24: Carrying cream yarn up sides of rows and working only with white yarn, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Rows 25-32: Repeat rows 21-24 twice.

Row 33: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc in each of first 7 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 11 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of last 7 sts. (35 sc, 4 bo)

Rows 34-36: Repeat rows 22-24.

Row 37: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc in each of first 11 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of last 11 sts. (35 sc, 4 bo)

Rows 38-40: Repeat rows 22-24.

Row 41: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc in each of first 15 sts, [bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice, bo in next st, sc in each of last 15 sts. (36 sc, 3 bo)

Section 1 Chart:

Chart for Section 1 of the String of Pearls Crochet Table Scarf
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Section 2:

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Rows 42-44: Repeat rows 22-24.

Row 45: Repeat row 37.

Rows 46-48: Repeat rows 22-24.

Row 49: Repeat row 33.

Rows 50-52: Repeat rows 22-24.

Rows 53-64: Repeat rows 21-24 three times.

Rows 65-73: Repeat rows 33-41.

Sections 2 & 4 Chart:

Chart for Sections 2 & 4 of the String of Pearls Crochet Table Scarf
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Section 3:

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Rows 74-84: Repeat rows 42-52.

Row 85: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc in each of first 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 19 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of last 5 sts. (35 sc, 4 bo)

Rows 86-88: Repeat rows 21-24 three times.

Rows 89-96: Repeat rows 85-88 twice.

Rows 97-105: Repeat rows 33-41.

Section 3 Chart

Chart for Section 3 of the String of Pearls Crochet Table Scarf
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Section 4:

Use same chart as Section 2.

Rows 106-137: Repeat rows 42-73. (Section 2)

Section 5:

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Straight Portion:

Rows 138-145: Repeat rows 42-49.

Rows 146-148: Repeat rows 22-24.

Row 149: Repeat row 21.

Rows 150-157: Repeat rows 146-149 twice.

Row 158: Working over cream yarn in every st, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Angled Portion

Total stitch count will now decrease by 2 sts in every row.

Rows 159-160: Carrying cream yarn up sides of rows and working only with white yarn, ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (37 sts)

Row 161: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 11 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog in last st. (2 sc2tog, 29 sc, 4 bo)

Row 162: Working over cream yarn in every st, ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (33 sts)

Rows 163-164: Repeat rows 159-160. (29 sts)

Row 165: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, [bo in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (2 sc2tog, 21 sc, 4 bo)

Row 166: Repeat row 162. (25 sts)

Rows 167-168: Repeat rows 159-160. (21 sts)

Row 169: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, [bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] 3 times, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (2 sc2tog, 14 sc, 3 bo)

Row 170: Repeat row 162. (17 sts)

Rows 171-172: Repeat rows 159-160. (13 sts)

Row 173: Working over unused color in every st, ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, bo in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (2 sc2tog, 6 sc, 1 bo)

Fasten off cream. Continue with white only.

Rows 174-176: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (3 sts)

Row 177: Ch 1, turn, sk first st, sc2tog in last 2 sts. (1 st)

Do not fasten off.

Section 5 Chart

Chart for Section 5 of the String of Pearls Crochet Table Scarf
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Edging:

With white, and continuing from section 5:

Ch 1, turn, working in sides of rows, sc in each row across angled edge to corner, ch 1, sc in each row along straight edge to next corner, ch 1, sc in each row along angled edge to point, ch 3, sc in each row across angled edge to next corner, ch 1, sc in each row along straight edge to next corner, ch 1, sc in each row along angled edge to starting point, ch 3, join with sl st to first st. (354 sc, 1 ch-3 sp)

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Fringe:

Cut 16 10-inch pieces of yarn.

Hold 8 pieces together and fold them in half to form a loop, matching the cut ends.

Locate the ch-3 sp at either point of the table scarf. Using your crochet hook, pull the loop about halfway through the ch-3 sp, from RS to WS.

Pull the tails of the fringe through the loop, so that they wrap over the chains of the ch-3 sp, then pull the ends to tighten the knot.

Attach the remaining 8 strands of yarn to the opposite point of the table scarf in the same manner.

Trim the fringe evenly to the same length on both points.


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