Thread and Beads Infinity Scarf
I have a surplus of crochet thread. And I almost never buy it. I think my family finds it at yard sales and gives it to me, or maybe it’s just multiplying on its own, like Tribbles. Either way, I need to get some of it out of the stash and into my life.
Maybe I should have called this post The Trouble with Trebles. Haha, Get it? anyway . . .
Because you can only make so many doilies, so many crochet rocks, and jewelry only uses little bits – I needed to think of something different and BIGGER. So I thought, why not use a big hook and make a big scarf? I know I’m not reinventing the wheel here – I think knitters use big needles with thread all the time – but this is new to me, and a challenge.
I’ll reveal what I did here in case you want to give it a try, but I’m not going to call it a pattern, and this is why:
The edging is directly influenced by this one I found on Pinterest. I started making it verbatim, but I didn’t like how it was looking, so I altered it some.
I’m becoming a little gun-shy to post patterns because I get comments telling me I should make You Tube tutorials and/or that written patterns are too difficult and they aren’t good. While I do partly feel bad about this, that’s just how I roll because I do a lot of my work in the car or at night. This doesn’t really lend itself to taking photos every step. And, I don’t own a Go Pro, which would allow for video. When I win the lottery and I can quit my job, I will make video tutorials . . . I’m still holding out hope! Now,
You’ll need: crochet thread, beads, a H8/5mm hook (for the main body), a size 4 steel crochet hook (for the edging), a needle, and something to string your beads onto (I used clear nylon beading line).
Please note: the 5mm hook is a big(ger) hook, like one you would normally use with worsted weight yarn. The size 4 steel crochet hook is a tiny hook, like one you would use to make doilies. When making the main body, pay very close attention to what you’re doing and make sure to count your stitches often – you really need to know the anatomy of the stitches, as they look very different when using thread and a big hook. Because of this, I am calling this an ADVANCED pattern, not for beginners!
The main body of the scarf will be made in rows, and the edging will be made in the round.
You’ll need to know how to make picots, and I’m sure you can find lots of You Tube tutorials for that. Usually, picots are made with three chains, but I find that making four or five chains is a bit easier and helps the picots lay nicer. I used both four and five in this edging.
Partial pattern chart for the edging (click to make bigger or click this link to download: Lace Edging Chart PDF):
Thread and Beads Scarf
With the 5mm hook, ch 20.
1. Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each remaining ch. (18 dc counting the 3 ch from when you dc in 4th ch from hook)
2. Ch 3, turn (counts as first dc). Dc in each dc from previous row. (18 dc)
Repeat row 2 until the scarf is as long as you’d like. To make the edging, you’ll need to have a multiple of 10 rows. I did 80 rows and my scarf is about 43 inches around. When you get to the end, cut thread to leave a long end for sewing and finish off. Sew the two short ends of the scarf together with the thread end you left and weave in all ends. Now the main body of the scarf is done.
With the size 4 steel crochet hook, join thread in any space along the outer side.
1. Ch 1, sc in same space. Ch 6. *(sc in next space, ch 6). Repeat from * around. Join to first sc
2. Sl st into first ch 6 space. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Make (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in same space. Ch 1, sc in next space, ch 1. *[make (3dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next space. Ch 1, sc in next space, ch 1]. Repeat from * around. Join to first dc.
3. Sl st to center ch of first ch 3 space. Ch 1, sc in same space. Ch 13. *(sc in next ch 3 space, ch 13). Repeat from * around. Join to first sc.
4. Ch 1, sc in same st. (Ch 1, sc in space) 3 times. Make 3 chain-4 picots. (Sc, ch 1) 3 times in same space. Sc in next sc. In next space: Ch 1, dc, chain-4 picot on top of dc. (Ch 1, tr, chain-4 picot on top of tr) two times. Tr, make 3 chain-5 picots on top of tr. (ch 1, tr, chain-4 picot on top of tr) two times. Ch 1, dc, chain-4 picot on top of dc, ch 1. *[Sc in next sc. In next space: (Ch 1, sc in space) 3 times. Make 3 chain-4 picots. (Sc, ch 1) 3 times in same space. Sc in next sc. In next space: Ch 1, dc, chain-4 picot on top of dc. (Ch 1, tr, chain-4 picot on top of tr) two times. Tr, make 3 chain-5 picots on top of tr. (ch 1, tr, chain-4 picot on top of tr) two times. Ch 1, dc, chain-4 picot on top of dc, ch 1]. Repeat from * around. Join to first sc and finish off. Weave in ends.
You are now done with the crochet portion. Before you add your beads, make sure to block your scarf.
Cut a length of nylon beading line (or whatever you’ll string your beads on) that is several inches longer than the diameter of your scarf. Tie one end securely to one of the sc from round 3 (the orange sc in the chart). String on some beads then thread the beading line through the next sc on round 3. Repeat all the way around. Tie your beading line ends together securely and weave the ends into the scarf. Repeat on other side.