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Leaning Ladders Scarf

Leaning Ladders Scarf is part of the PlanetJune Accessories range of crochet patterns by June Gilbank.

PlanetJune Accessories Leaning Ladders Scarf crochet pattern

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leaning ladders scarf crochet pattern

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PlanetJune Accessories Leaning Ladders Scarf crochet pattern

This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/leaningladders

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Terminology

ch chain
ch-sp chain space
dc double crochet
fdc foundation double crochet (foundation treble crochet for UK/Aus)
st stitch

You will need…

  • Yarn of your choice (#3 DK or heavier recommended) and an appropriate hook (see the yarn’s ball band as a starting point for the hook size, but you may wish to go up a size or two – see Gauge, below)
    Sample scarf used DK weight (#3 light) yarn (235m/260yd Kismet Spice) and an I US/5.5mm hook
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends

Measurements

Finished sample scarf measures 62″ x 6.5″ (158cm x 16.5cm).

Gauge

Gauge is not important for this pattern – I suggest you use the hook size recommended on the ball band of your yarn as a starting point, or go up a size or two until your fabric drapes nicely and isn’t too stiff.

Special stitch

Foundation double crochet (fdc). This technique creates both the foundation chain and a row of double crochet stitches in one row. It makes a stretchy foundation, and is far easier to work into than a chain.

  • First fdc stitch: ch 3 (does not count as a stitch), yarn over, insert hook into third chain from hook and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through one loop on hook (this forms the chain), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice (this forms the double crochet). (1 fdc completed)
  • Each subsequent fdc stitch is worked under the 2 loops that form the chain at the bottom of the previous stitch. Yarn over, insert hook under both loops of the chain, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through one loop on hook (this forms the chain), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice (this forms the double crochet).

Pattern

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PlanetJune Accessories Leaning Ladders Scarf crochet pattern

Notes:

  • Please also see the accompanying charted stitch diagram.
  • The standard way to begin a new row of double crochet stitches is with ch 3. However, I find that ch 2 gives a less visible result. If you chain loosely like me, and your ch 3 is taller than your dc stitches, you may substitute ch 2 for the ch 3 at the start of each row of the scarf, to make the edges of the scarf look neater.
  • For convenience, if you prefer, you may work the final stitch of each row into the gap between the previous stitch and the turning chain instead of working into the top of the turning chain.

Fdc 23 (or ch 25, dc in 4th chain from hook and in each remaining chain). (23 st).

Row 1: ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), turn, dc in next st, (ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 6 st) three times.

Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 3 st, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 2 st) three times.

Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next st, dc in next ch-sp, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 4 st) three times.

Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 4 st) three times.

Row 5: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 3 st, dc in next ch-sp, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 2 st) three times.

Row 6: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 5 st, ch 1, skip next st) twice, dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 6 st.

Row 7: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 5 st, dc in next ch-sp, ch 1, skip next st) twice, dc in next 7 st.

Row 8: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 4 st, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next ch-sp, dc in next st) twice, dc in next 4 st, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 2 st.

Row 9: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next ch-sp, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 5 st) three times.

Row 10: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 2 st, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 3 st) three times.

Row 11: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 2 st, dc in next ch-sp, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 3 st) three times.

Row 12: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (ch 1, skip next st, dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 5 st) three times.

Row 13: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 4 st, dc in next ch-sp, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next st) twice, dc in next 7 st.

Row 14: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (dc in next 5 st, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next ch-sp) twice, dc in next 7 st.

Row 15: ch 3, turn, dc in next st, (ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 5 st, dc in next ch-sp) twice, ch 1, skip next st, dc in next 6 st.

Repeat Rows 2-15 as many times as desired. You can stop at the end of any row; you don’t have to complete a full repeat. Just make sure you retain enough yarn to complete Row 16 to finish the end of the scarf.

(Sample scarf has a total of 7 full repeats and 12 rows of the 8th repeat.)

Row 16: ch 3, turn, dc in each st and each ch-sp across.

Fasten off, leaving a 6″ yarn end. Block if desired. Weave in yarn ends.

Stitch Diagram

This stitch diagram shows the complete width of the scarf, the foundation row and first row, one pattern row repeat (Rows 2-15), and the top end of the scarf (Row 16).

leaning scarf stitch diagram by planetjune

Key

leaning ladders stitch diagram key by planetjune

PlanetJune Accessories Leaning Ladders Scarf crochet pattern

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