Well, it’s August in central Texas and that means 100+ degree days for the next month or so. It also means that touching acrylic or wool yarn is not always the most comfortable thing to do when you’re hot and sweaty. Enter: Caron Cotton Cakes!
These little balls of squishy, soft delight have quickly become my favorite summer yarn and the colorways are very subtle and natural looking.
I first made several market bags with it using this free pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs.
After working with the yarn for a little while, I decided it would be perfect for making a fringed kerchief that could be worn in the Texas heat. I managed to find this vintage crochet pattern using the chain mesh stitch that was *close* to what I was wanting to make, but it calls for crochet thread and so I had to adapt the pattern because of the heavier yarn or it would have wound up being a huge shawl.
Since the scarf is so open, one ball of yarn will make two complete scarves with a little left over at the end!
“The Neapolitan” (click for printable version)
Chain Mesh Scarf with Fringe
1 skein Caron Cotton Cakes (enough for two scarves)
1 J/10 6mm crochet hook
1 ½” rectangle of cardboard to make fringe
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Ss = slip stitich
Sk = skip
Starting chain = Ch 102 (multiples of 4 plus 10 for starting ch 5 space)
Row 1: Sc in 10th ch from hook (makes first ch 5 space), *ch 5, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch*. Continue from * to * until end. Ch 1. Turn. (24 chain 5 spaces)
Row 2: Ss in first two ch of chain 5 space, sc in 3rd, middle ch, *ch 5, Sc into 3rd ch of next ch 5 space* until end. Ch 1. Turn. (row 2 = 23 ch 5 spaces, row 3 = 22 ch 5 spaces, and so on. Each row is one less than the previous row, until the end)
Repeat Row 2 until only one ch 5 sc space remains. Fasten off. Sew in ends with yarn needle.
The starting ch 5 spaces of each row may look a little lumpy, and you should definitely block this scarf, but the fringe covers up any of the bulging slip stitches that you may have along the sides.
- One fringe = two pieces of yarn
- Each ch 5 space gets two fringes (four pieces of yarn)
- Middle of V gets three fringes (six pieces of yarn)
- You will not fringe the first five ch 5 spaces on either end of the scarf. This leaves fringe-free ends for tying it on.
Using a 1 1/2″ wide piece of cardboard, leave end hanging a little over one side of the board and wrap yarn evenly around the cardboard 68 times. Cut down the same side as the yarn end. 68 pieces of fringe created.
SK first five ch 5 spaces on both top sides of scarf.
Starting in sixth ch 5 space from end, use hook and two pieces of yarn folded in half to pull the loop end of the fringe up to attach two fringes in each ch 5 space down and up the V shape. For the middle of the V, in the one ch 5 space row, add 3 fringes.
I reserve all rights to this pattern. I give my permission for it to be shared as a link and you may sell scarves you make using the pattern. If you put your scarves for sale online, please, if possible, credit me and link to the pattern.