It's about to get sunny! Grab a Scheepjes Whirl or Woolly Whirl and get hooking up some sunbursts. This pattern is intended for an intermediate crocheter. It's an easy pattern repeat to memorise, and if you prefer a shorter and wider scarf or wrap its easy to adapt as by increasing the number of sunburst pattern motifs across and reducing the number of 4-row repeats.
The pattern is for free here in this post using UK terminology, and an ad-free paid pattern with a bonus Sunburst Lace stitch chart is available from my stores on Ravelry and Etsy in both US and UK terms.
For a bit more background on this design, check out my previous post here. If you need a bit of extra guidance or want to share your WIP pics with fellow makers, you can join my pattern support group on Facebook called Pepper-Gaggle.
Scheepjes Woolly Whirl (70% cotton, 30% wool; 215-225g/1000m) x 1 ball of Bubble Lickcious (474)
(Note: 1 ball of any Scheepjes Whirl is a suitable substitute).
3.5mm (US E-4) crochet hook
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Before blocking: 2 patt reps of (2 tr, 1 sunburst, 1 tr) to measure 9.5cm, and 3 x 4-row patt rep (= 12 rows) to measure 10cm using a 3.5mm hook. (Check after the first 18 rows of your scarf, ensuring you stretch the fabric gently along the length of the scarf before measuring your gauge).
After blocking: 2 patt reps of (2 tr, 1 sunburst, 1 tr) and 3 x 4-row patt rep (= 12 rows) to measure 10cm using a 3.5mm hook.
Measurements & Schematic – Completed Scarf Laid Flat (Blocked)
Diagram shows approx. yardage for each tapered end. Red arrows show direction of work.
Scarf is worked in one direction using a 4-row Sunburst Lace patt rep which is modified to create a tapered finished end, then yarn is re-joined at the foundation chain and the technique repeated to add the other end of the scarf. The 4 tails are weaved/sewn in and the scarf is blocked.
COLOUR PLANNING: How many patt reps you choose to work in each direction is determined by your preferred colour placement along the gradient (ie. the position of the foundation ch in the above schematic could be close to a tapered end, or anywhere in the middle).
A good option is to divide your cake into 2: start in the middle of your yarn cake colour gradient and work towards outside colour for first direction, then re-join from middle and work towards inside colour for second direction. This way the re-join blends in.
Turning ch do NOT count as a st throughout, so the first st of row is worked into st at base of the turning ch (which is the last st of the prev row). 1 Turning ch is used for all rows whether the first st is a dc or a tr height. Pull up on the single turning ch until it’s almost the height of a tr when the first st is a tr. I have chosen this method to avoid bulk and to create a side profile of the scarf fabric that does not need to be finished with edging across row-ends as its already stabilised by the turning ch. Note: turning ch are not shown on stitch chart.
Abbreviations (UK terms)
[ ] number of sts on a given row/round
ch-sp(s) chain space(s)
ch(s) chain(s) or chain st(s)
dc double crochet
dc2tog double crochet 2 tog to dec by 1 st: * (insert hook in next st/sp, yoh, pull up lp) twice, yoh, draw through all (3) lps.
dtr double treble crochet
RS right side
ss slip stitch(es)
tr treble crochet
WS wrong side
yoh yarn over hook
Modified 3dtr-cl Modified 3double treble cluster: (yoh twice, insert hook in indicated st/sp, pull up lp, yoh, draw through 2 lps) 3 times in same st/sp (7 lps on hook), yoh, draw through 6 lps, yoh draw through all (2) lps.
Sunburst work all sts in same indicated sp: * modified 3dtr-cl, ch3, rep from * twice more, modified 3dtr-cl.
Photo below shows detail of Sunburst Lace Main Fabric (WS)
The foundation chain and the first 3 rows set the basis for the 4-row Sunburst Lace patt rep to begin. Rows 4-7 inclusive describe the 4-row patt rep which is worked straight until you reach your desired colour for the tapered end (also consider the subsequent colour which will re-join at the foundation chain and sit next to the beg colour) – See Pattern Notes.
FIRST DIRECTION OF SCARF
Foundation ch With a 3.5mm hook, ch73, turn.
SET UP ROWS
Row 1 (WS) Ch1 (does not count as a st here and throughout – See Pattern Notes), 1tr in each ch across (insert hook under 2 lps of each ch), turn. [73 tr]
Row 2 (RS) Ch1, * 1dc in each of next 5 tr, ch3, skip 3 tr, 1dc in each of next 4 tr, rep from * across to last tr, 1dc in last tr, turn. [6 patt reps of (5 dc, 3 ch, 4 dc) plus 1 dc]
Row 3 (WS) Ch1, * 1tr in each of next 2 dc, skip 3 dc, sunburst in next ch-3 sp, skip 3 dc, 1tr in next dc, rep from * across to last dc, 1tr in last dc, turn. [6 patt reps of (2 tr, 1 sunburst, 1 tr) plus 1 tr]
Row 4 Ch1, * 1tr in each of next 2 tr, (3dc in next ch-3 sp of sunburst) 3 times, 1tr in next tr, rep from * across to last tr, 1tr in last tr, turn. [6 patt reps of (2 tr, 9 dc, 1 tr) plus 1 tr]
Row 5 Ch1, 1tr in each st across, turn. [73 tr]
Row 6 As Row 2, turn. [6 patt reps of (5 dc, 3 ch, 4 dc) plus 1 dc]
Row 7 As Row 3, turn. [6 patt reps of (2 tr, 1 sunburst, 1 tr) plus 1 tr]
Cont in est Sunburst Lace patt as described in prev 4 rows until you reach your desired colour for the first end of the scarf and you have worked a multiple of 4 rows so you finish on an “As Row 7” WS row, turn.
(This section requires 12-13g)
Row 1 (RS) Ch1, 1dc2tog, (3dc in next ch-3 sp of sunburst) 3 times, 1tr in next tr, * 1tr in each of next 2 tr, (3dc in next ch-3 sp of sunburst) 3 times, 1tr in next tr, rep from * across to last tr, 1tr in last tr, turn. [(1 dc2tog, 9 dc, 1 tr) plus 5 patt reps of (2 tr, 9 dc, 1 tr) plus 1 tr]
Row 2 (WS) Ch1, 1tr in each st across to last 11 sts, leave last 11 sts unworked, turn. [61 tr]
Row 3 As Sunburst Lace Row 6, turn. [5 patt reps of (5 dc, 3 ch, 4 dc) plus 1 dc]
Row 4 As Sunburst Lace Row 7, turn. [5 patt reps of (2 tr, 1 sunburst, 1 tr) plus 1 tr]
Cont in est Taper patt as described in prev 4 rows for 17 more rows, finishing with 12 sts on an “As Row 1” RS row.
EDGING THE TAPERED END
We will work 2 rows of stitches along the diagonal tapered end of the scarf to create a slightly ruffled edge.
Edging Row 1 (WS) Ch1, 1dc2tog over next 2 tr, (1dc, ch1) in each of next 9 dc, (1dc, ch1) in next dc2tog, * (1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1) around next end-row tr post, skip the end-row dc, (1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1) around next end-row tr post, (1dc, ch1) in next tr, (1dc, ch1) in each of next 9 dc, (1dc, ch1) in next dc2tog, rep from * 4 more times to end, turn. [1 dc2tog, 85 patt reps of (1dc, ch1)] Note: the last ch of this row is the turning ch for the next row in this instance.
Edging Row 2 (RS) (1Ss, ch1) in each ch-1 sp across to last st, 1ss in last st (the dc2tog) cut tail and pull through top of last ss. [84 patt reps of (1 ss, 1 ch) plus 1 ss]
Photos below shows detail of Edging Rows at the tip of the scarf: WS on left, RS on right.
SECOND DIRECTION OF SCARF
With a 3.5mm hook and starting lp on hook,
Row 1 (RS) * 1dc in each of next 5 ch (insert hook under the single unworked lp when working into foundation ch), ch3, skip 3 ch, 1dc in each of next 4 ch, rep from * across to last ch, 1dc in last ch, turn. [6 patt reps of (5dc, 3 ch, 4 dc), plus 1 dc]
Row 2 (WS) As First Direction of Scarf Row 3, turn. [6 patt reps of (2 tr, 1 sunburst, 1 tr) plus 1 tr]
Photo below shows Second Direction, beg of Row 2 (WS).
Cont in est Sunburst Lace 4-row patt rep until you have approx. 12-13g rem, finishing on an “As Row 7” WS row, turn.
TAPERED END AND EDGING
As described for First Direction of Scarf.
Sew/weave in all tails. Wet block and enjoy (blocked pic below)!
Refer to CT#5 – blocking your crochet for more information on blocking techniques.
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