With how much I love Caron Cakes yarn, I honestly can't believe it has taken me so long to try out Lion Brand Mandala yarn! But I was finally able to get my hands on some, and I immediately fell in love with this 'Centaur' colorway for its warm fall tones. It reminds me of warm apple cider, pumpkin patches and leaf piles! And so the Crunching Leaves Mod Scarf was born - keep reading for the free crochet pattern.
One of the things I love the most about this colorway is that I would NEVER think to put these colors together myself but I absolutely love them. I had to try a mod scarf pattern with Lion Brand Mandala yarn because...well...they are still one of my personal favorites (so I hope you are still loving them too!). Triangle scarves and shawls have still been very popular lately, and my mod scarf patterns definitely fit that trend. What I especially like about them though is that they aren't so bulky around the neck like a traditional triangle shawl would be.
This scarf includes the beautiful star stitch (like my Snow Drops Mod Scarf) and it also incorporates some other stitches for added interest and tons of texture! All of the special stitch descriptions are included below, and once you get the repeat down, it's a piece of cake to finish. AND it's just a one cake project so if you picked up a random cake on impulse (we've all been there!) this is a perfect project for you.
Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):
YO: yarn over
LOH: loops over hook
SC: single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
HDC2Tog: half double crochet two together
FPDCX: front post double crochet x stitch
Front Post Double Crochet X (FPDCX): YO, skip one stitch and insert hook back to front around the post of the next st (so the post is in front of your hook). YO, pull through st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops. YO, insert hook into the post of the previously skipped stitch (again back to front), YO, pull through st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops.
First Star Stitch of a row: Ch 2, Insert hook into back loop of the second ch from the hook and pull up a loop (2 LOH), insert hook into front loop of the same ch stitch and pull up a loop (3 LOH), insert into the next 3 sts and pull up a loop through each one (6 LOH). YO and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to make the "eye" of the star.
Star Stitch: Insert hook into the "eye" of the previous star and pull up a loop (2 LOH), insert hook into the last post of the previous star and pull up a loop (3 LOH), insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous star and pull up a loop (4 LOH), insert hook into the next 2 sts and pull up a loop in each one (6 LOH). YO and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to make the "eye of the star. SEE A VIDEO TUTORIAL OF THE STAR STITCH HERE
7 sts x 4 rows = 2" square in HDC
Length (end to end without tassels) = 84"
Width (at widest point) = 12.5"
ch sts at the beginning of the row do not count as a st
increases and decreases will all happen on the same side of the scarf - this will give it a triangular shape
Row 1: HDC in second ch from the hook, HDC across (2). Turn
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 HDC in first st, HDC across (3). Turn
Row 3: Ch 2, make the first star st of the row, HDC in the last st (1 star). Turn
Row 4: Ch 1, work 2 SC into the eye of the star st in the previous row, 1 SC in the last stitch (3). Turn
Row 5: Ch 1, HDC across, 2 HDC in last st (4) Turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, 2 HDC in first st, HDC across (5) Turn.
Row 7: Ch 2, FPDCX across, DC in last st (2 DCX + 1) Turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, SC across (5) Turn
Row 9: Ch 1, HDC across, 2 HDC in last st (6) Turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, 2 HDC in first st, HDC across (7) Turn.
Row 11: Ch 2, make the first star st of the row, star st across, HDC in the last st (3 stars + 1) Turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, work 2 SC into the eye of each star st in the previous row, 1 SC in the last stitch (7). Turn
Row 13 - Row 92: Repeat Rows 5-12 ten more times. Row 92 will have 47 SC across.
Row 93: Ch 1, HDC across, HDC2Tog in last two sts (46) Turn
Row 94: Ch 1, HDC2Tog, HDC across (45) Turn
Row 95: Ch 2, FPDCX across, DC in last st (22 DCX + 1) Turn.
Row 96: Ch 1, SC across (45) Turn.
Row 97: Ch 1, HDC across, HDC2Tog in last two sts (44) Turn
Row 98: Ch 1, HDC2Tog, HDC across (43) Turn
Row 99: Ch 2, make the first star st of the row, star st across, HDC in the last st (21 stars + 1) Turn.
Row 100: Ch 1, work 2 SC into the eye of each star st in the previous row, 1 SC in the last stitch (3). Turn
Row 101-180: Repeat Rows 93-100 ten more times. 180 will have 3 SC across.
Row 181: Ch 1, HDC across (3) Turn.
Row 182: Ch 1, HDC2Tog, HDC (2)
Tie off yarn and weave in ends. Tassels or pom poms are optional additions to the ends of this scarf.
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