Saturday, July 23, 2016

Colosseum Scarf - A Crochet Scarf for All Seasons - Free Pattern

I haven't posted in such a long time that I thought I'd offer a little treat today -- a free crochet scarf pattern.  This pattern is quite easy, and works up quickly, with an easy to remember four row repeat. Because the fringe is worked in loops of chain stitches as the final row at each end, you don't have to go through the additional steps of finishing off, measuring and cutting fringe, and attaching it.

One of the great things about this scarf is that because it is a fairly open, lacy stitch pattern, you can wear this piece comfortably in any season. For example, if crocheted in a cotton or linen blend yarn, it makes a wonderful accessory for summer.

Another nice feature of this pattern is that you can easily change the width or length; even crocheting it as a shawl, if you wish.  Just adjust your foundation chain (you need a multiple of 6 +5).  The version shown above in the blue/green, Color 42 of Plymouth Yarns Kudo, is worked on a foundation of 35 chains (30 +5).

I call this my "Colosseum Scarf" because the stitch pattern reminds me of the arched windows of the Roman Colosseum.

Below, you will also see some photos of a narrower version that I crocheted using Trendsetter Yarns Zensation.  For this one, I started with a foundation of 23 chains (18 +5).

I hope you enjoy making this pattern!  I'd love to hear from you about your experiences with making it.

Colosseum Scarf
Designed by Angela Saylor
©Angela Saylor 2016

  • 2 hanks Plymouth Yarns Kudo (55% Cotton/40% Rayon/5% Silk – 100 g/198 yards – worsted weight) Color 42 (There was a fair amount of yarn  left, I would guesstimate it took about 300 yards)
  • Crochet Hook – Size I -9 (5.5mm)

Finished dimensions: About 9 inches wide by 75 inches long (including fringe)


This scarf is worked outward from the center.  One side is completed and then the yarn is rejoined in the center and the other side is completed.

Foundation: Chain 35

First Half:

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) in 2nd chain (ch) from hook and in each ch across (total: 34 sc); turn

Row 2 (right side): ch 4 (counts as first treble [tr]), tr in each of the next 3 sc, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sc, tr in each of next 4 sc*, repeat from * to * ending with 4 tr in the last 4 sc; turn

Row 3:  ch 1, sc in each of the first 4 tr, ch 2, skip the ch 2 space, *sc in each of the next 4 tr, ch 2, skip the next ch 2 space*, repeat from * to *, until you reach the last group of tr, then end your row with 1 sc in each of the last 3 tr and 1 sc in the top ch of the ch 4 (counted as 1st tr in previous row); turn

Row 4:  ch 7 (counts as 1 tr and 3 ch), skip 4 sc, work 2 tr in the ch 2 space, *ch 4, skip the next 4 sc, 2 tr in ch 2 space*, repeat from * to *, until you reach the last 4 sc, then ch 3, skip 3 sc, tr in last sc; turn

Row 5:  ch 1, sc in first tr, ch 3, skip ch 3 space, sc in each of next 2 tr, *ch 4, skip ch 4 space, sc in each of next 2 tr*, repeat from * to * until you reach the final ch 7 , then ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch (conceptually, this is the 4th chain of the 7 chains and counted as the 1st tr in the previous row); turn

Row 6: ch 4 (counts as first treble), work 3 tr in the ch 3 space, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, *work 4 tr in the ch 4 space, ch 2, skip next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * until you reach the final ch 3 space,   work 3 tr in ch 3 space, tr in last sc; turn

Rows 7-42: Repeat Rows 3-6 nine more times (or until you reach the desired length, being sure to end with Row 6)

Row 43:  ch 1, sc in top of the ch 4 (counted as first tr in previous row), sc in each of the next 3 tr, work 2 sc in the ch 2 space – continue in this manner working 1 sc in each tr and 2 sc in each ch 2 space to the end of the row (total: 34 sc); turn

Fringe row: ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 25, sc in next sc*, repeat from * to *, ending with a sc in the final sc (total of 33 fringe loops).

Finish off, work in your ends.

Second half:

With right side facing you, attach yarn by working a slip stitch in the unworked side of the first ch of the foundation chain.

Row 1: Work Row 2 of first half.

Rows 2-42: Work Rows 3-6 of the first half 10 times (or until you reach the desired length.

Row 43 and Fringe Row: Work the same as for the first half.

Finish off, work in your ends.

This pattern is my own design.  I don't mind if you copy it for your own personal use, but please do not sell it.  Further, please do not disseminate it to others without attributing the design to me and/or linking back to this page.  To do so is a violation of my copyright.  If you wish to sell finished versions of scarves you crochet from this pattern, that is not a problem.  However, again, I would just ask that you respect my work by indicating that I am the designer.  Thank you!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Take Part in the Creative Process - A New Option for Necklaces in My Etsy Shop

A few times in the past, I've written posts that highlight what I've sometimes called my "weedy" necklaces.  They feature multiple strands in wire and/or fiber, crocheted with beads.  Each necklace is one-of-a-kind, and each strand in each necklace is unique.  I think my favorite part of the process is choosing colors and materials! I pull out my stashes of wire, threads, yarns, beads and play around with them until I get combinations I'm happy with.

It's been particularly enjoyable to make my "weedy" necklaces (actually, I've taken to calling them my Gossamer Tangles' Signature Necklaces) for weddings.  I get the bride's input on colors, length, number of strands, and other details and then I use those guidelines to create my necklace design. Making these necklaces for my daughter and her bridesmaids was something I will always treasure -- it gave me a unique feeling of connection to that beautiful day!

Now, I've decided to open this option up to anyone who wants to be part of the creative process of designing one of my "Signature" necklaces.  I've created listings in my Gossamer Tangles Etsy shop that allow you to choose how many strands you'd like your necklace to include (3-6), the type(s) of materials it will be created from (wire, fiber, or both), the length of the necklace (16 inches - 24 inches), the colors or color families you'd like (1-6) and the metal for the clasp (silver, gold, antique silver, antique gold, brass, antique copper, or gun metal).

Listing for Customizable Three Strand Necklace
Listing for Customizable Four Strand Necklace
Listing for Customizable Five Strand Necklace
Listing for Customizable Six Strand Necklace

Gossamer Tangles Etsy Listing for 5 Strand Customizable Crochet Beaded Necklace

Here's a little sample of some of the necklaces of this type that I've created in the past:

I can't wait to see what types of creations my customers and I will come up with together!  This should be lots of fun for me and for them.  If you're interested, just check out the listings in my Etsy shop!