Ok, so that’s quite a mouthful. It’s not a very catchy name for a scarf. But who said scarves had to be catchy? They only need to warm, cuddly and pretty, right?
Recently, I saw a friend working on a crochet project using granite stitch. I thought it was so very lovely that I was inspired to make a big chunky granite stitch scarf, but I desperately wanted it to be tapered, (I’ll be honest, mainly so I could add pompoms). After a bit of a google, I couldn’t find any patterns for what I had in mind, so I set to work attempting to create one myself. It’s far from perfect, but I was pretty happy with the end result, so I thought sharing might be in order, so we can all have enormous, chunky crochet scarves together! I’ve never written a crochet pattern before, so please bare with me and I apologise in advance if anything doesn’t make sense. I’ve included some links to tutorials that helped me out at the end. So, here goes!
First off, pick a nice chunky yarn (if chunky is your thing!). For my scarf, I actually used two strands of 12ply ‘Stellar’ pearl from Bendigo Woollen Mills, because I couldn’t get my hands on chunky enough yarn. If you want your scarf super long like mine, you may very well need an entire paddock full of yarn.
Start by crocheting a triangle, beginning at the point and increasing until it’s the desired width.
1st row or increased triangle: Chain two, single crochet in the second chain from your hook, chain 1, increase in the single crochet, chain 1 and turn your work. You should now have a little triangle point and a row of two single crochets.
2nd row: Single crochet in each of these stitches, chain 1, turn.
3rd row: Increase the first and last stitch of the row (in this case, you will increase in each of the two stitches, so you should end up with four stitches in this row), chain 1, turn.
4th row: Single crochet in each stitch.
5th row: Increase in the first and last stitch of the row, single crocheting in all the stitches in between, chain 1, turn.
6th row: Single crochet in each stitch, chain 1, turn.
Repeat this pattern, alternating increasing in the first and last stitch of every other row (single crocheting in between), followed by a row of all single crochet, until your triangle is the width that you would like your scarf to be. Make sure the final row of your triangle is all single crochet. All going to plan, you should end up with an even number of stitches, which is necessary for the granite stitch to work. I wanted my scarf to be *super* thick and chunky, so my scarf is reasonably wide, at 26 stitches across. When you have finished the last row of your triangle, chain 2 and turn. Now it’s granite stitch time!
1st row of granite stitch: Skip the final single crochet you made in the previous row, then single crochet into the next stitch. Chain 1, skip a stitch, then single crochet into the next stitch, chain 1, skip 1, single crochet in the next stitch, etc, until you reach the end of the row, finishing with a single crochet in the last stitch. Chain up 2, turn your work.
2nd row: Skip the final single crochet of the previous row, and work a single crochet in the first chain 1 space. Chain 1, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the chain space, chain 1, skip 1, single crochet in the chain space, repeating until you reach the end of your row, finishing with a single crochet in the chain 2 space.
3rd row: Chain up 2, turn. Skip the first single crochet, single crochet in the chain space. Chain 1, skip 1, single crochet in the chain space.
This is the basic formula, so from this point, you should be able to keep granite stitching until your scarf is nearly at your desired length (reeeaaally long in my case!) Then, you will need to taper the end of the scarf much in the same way that you began the scarf – with a triangle, except this time decreasing instead of increasing.
1st row of decreased triangle: Once you are satisfied that you have enough rows of granite stitch, do a row of single crochet. Hopefully, you will have the same number of single crochet stitches that you did when you finished off your first triangle and began granite stitching. Chain 1, turn.
2nd row: Decrease in first two stitches, single crochet across the row until two stitches remain, decrease. Chain 1, turn.
3rd row: Single crochet in each stitch. Chain 1, turn.
4th row: Decrease in first two stitches, single crochet until two stitches remain, decrease. Chain 1, turn.
5th row: Single crochet in each stitch. Chain 1, turn.
Repeat this until you have one stitch, that will form the point of your triangle. Finish off the weave in ends.
And voila, you’re done! Unless of course, you would also like to add pompoms to your scarf (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?).
Step 1: Make amazing pompoms.
Step 2: Attach amazing pompoms.
(I used Clover’s wonderful, time saving pompom makers to make my pompoms. These can be found here.)
So, that’s the tapered granite stitch scarf in a nutshell! As I said, this is the first pattern I’ve ever written out, so it more than likely doesn’t make complete sense. If you need any tips for the triangle, I found this tutorial extremely helpful. And this is a great video for granite stitch. And the best thing about crochet it that it’s very forgiving. I’m sure you clever crocheters out there will be able fudge your way through any silly pattern mistakes I’ve made, but if you have any questions, be sure to let me know in the comments. I’d also LOVE to know if you make the scarf 🙂 Happy crocheting y’all!