A few crocheters seem to be having a bit of difficulty with the triangle concept for the ROAD TRIP SCARF – so this version is written with more detailed explanations on how to start, getting from row to row, and some useful notes, etc, so that EVERYBODY on the planet can have a Road Trip Scarf!!!
The pattern as written (over 34 rows) is designed to be worked in a 100% acrylic variegated yarn (100g / 300m) in DK (8ply /light worsted weight). However, the stitch composition is very uncomplicated - making the pattern suitable for both variegated and solid colour yarns!
Various yarn blends also work well with this pattern – 100% merino (wool), acrylic/wool blends and “soft” cottons.
Thinner yarns may be used – just keep repeating the pattern row (Row 3) until you reach the required size. Always make sure you end on an even number of rows before starting your edging!
Thicker yarns may also be used, although I would not recommend using anything heavier than Aran (10ply / worsted weight), unless you are going to make the scarf substantially bigger.
The scarf is worked seamlessly (in one piece) as a single triangle from the top to the bottom - your first row being the top of the shawl which will lie at the base of your throat, and the last row which will drape over your chest.
Right Side / Wrong Side: We will talk about every odd row as the right side (eg, rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 etc are the right side); and every even row as the wrong side (eg, rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc)
Side Increases are made at the beginning AND end of every row. The increase of 2dc at the beginning of a row is made into the 1ch space at the end of the previous row. The increase of 2dc at the end of the row is made into the 4ch loop which is formed at the start of the previous row (you will note that at the beginning of a row I say that the 4ch counts as 1dc, 1ch, so this is not "seen" as a 4ch loop when working the next row but as a 1ch space and then 1dc at the very end of the row - when writing the pattern I will NOT say to crochet into the 4ch loop at the end of the row - I DO say to crochet into the 1ch space at the end of the row
The Point (or corner) is formed in your very first row (2dc, 3ch, 2dc). Throughout the shawl you will work 1dc, 3ch, 1dc into the 3ch space from the previous row.
If your increases are correct you WILL have a perfect triangle. If the triangle pulls outward - you are increasing too much. If the triangle pulls inward (like a kite) you are increasing too little.
Stitches: We are using two basic stitches only for the scarf - chain (ch) and double crochet (dc) (US terms); UK CROCHETERS will be using a treble and not a double crochet.
Rows 4 - 32: Repeat Row 3
(this means that you repeat the pattern row you have crocheted in Row 3 - i.e. just continue to follow the pattern in the highlighted area for the next 28 Rows)
ROAD TRIP SCARF PATTERN
SIZE: 106cm Wide; 48cm long
Foundation: 6chRow 1: Into first chain (the 6th chain from your hook) [crochet 2dc, 3ch, 2dc ( this forms the point of your shawl); now also crochet 1ch, 1dc into the same place]
(turn your work so that you are now working along the "wrong side")
Working up the right side of the triangle 4ch (counts as 1dc, 1ch); 2dc into 1ch sp, 1ch;
skip 1dc, 1dc into next dc, 1ch;
1dc, 3ch, 1dc into 3ch sp (point),
Working down the left side of the triangle 1ch; 1dc into next dc,
1ch, skip 1dc; 2dc, 1ch, 1dc into space at the end of the row;
Into the three chain space which forms the point crochet (1dc, 3ch, 1dc);
Working down the left hand side of the triangle (1ch, 1dc into next dc)
repeat to 2nd last dc,
skip last dc, 1ch 2dc, ch,1dc into space at the end of the row
Rows 4 - 32: Repeat Row 3
(this means that you repeat the pattern row you have crocheted in Row 3 - i.e. just continue to follow the pattern in the highlighted area for the next 29 Rows
I am busy working on a detailed tutorial for the EDGING as well - there is, however a video in the original blog post showing how to do the second row.
I have also posted the video on my Zooty Owl Facebook page - for those whose browsers cannot load the video from the blog post!
The print friendly version of the pattern can be found HERE
In 2014 when I created my Road Trip scarf I had no idea that it would be so ridiculously popular. I had a lot of requests for a longer scarf along similar lines. I finally got around to it - the result is a long “baktus style” scarf with two possible edgings. Either a frilly edge for a whimsical look or a zig-zag bobble edging. (The original Road Trip Scarf edging and trims would also work well with this design)
The Day Trip Scarf differs from the Road Trip Scarf in that it increases steadily in length and gradually in width, whereas the Road Trip Scarf increases evenly in length and width.
The pattern for the Day Trip Scarf is available in my RAVELRY STORE