A little while back I designed a fun, lightweight beanie for a special cause. The Imani Beanie was designed as a fundraiser for the African Girl Foundation and the Yarn for Menstrual Health campaign. During the campaign, all the proceeds of this beanie went towards supplying menstrual health kits to young women in Kenya. At the close of the campaign, I put this beanie on my blog for free use. And today, I’m sharing the matching scarf! So get ready to add to your Imani Collection with this fun and versatile pattern.
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About the Imani Collection
Like I mentioned above, the first piece of this collection, the Imani Beanie, was designed as a part of a fundraiser for young women in Kenya. I named the beanie Imani because it means ‘faith’ in swahili…and also after my sister who’s middle name is Imani. And although, not all the pieces were designed as part of the fundraiser, I wanted to take a moment on each post to share a little snippet about the African Girl Foundation.
The African Girl Foundation
The African Girl Foundation is based in Kenya. Their mission is to provide young women with sanitary kits to help prevent them from missing school due to poverty or lack of access to sanitary supplies. They also aim to normalize menstruation by educating girls about their bodies. For every $10 donated, they can supply a young lady with a sanitary kit that will last them for the entire school year.
If you would like to donate to the African Girl Foundation, click the button below to head to their website.
The Collection Pieces
About the Scarf
One of my favorite things about this scarf is the sheer versatility of it! I originally had my heart set on a cowl, but also loved the idea of this stitch with in a wrap. I settled somewhere in between with the intention of making a long, fringed scarf. A few inches in, I realized that I could do all of the variations that I wanted with the same pattern! So, this pattern includes four different size options for this scarf!
Now I’m sure you’re wondering what the sizes are! First up is the cowl size. This is the smallest modification and only uses about 1 skein, depending on your yarn selection. Next is the infinity scarf! This mod is essentially double the length of the cowl and perfect for doubling up the warmth. And then of course, the long scarf that I set out to make in the beginning! This beauty is stylish and warm. Finally, the blanket scarf/wrap. This version is double the width of the long scarf and can be worn as a blanket scarf or a shawl.
Any of these variations are also customize-able to fit your needs. You simple increase your foundation chain by 6 stitches to create a wider scarf (or decrease by 6 for more narrow). And increase or decrease row repeats for longer or shorter scarf. You can really make this scarf your own!
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About the Yarn
For the Imani Scarf, I used Brava Worsted weight yarn from WeCrochet. This yarn was provided to me by WeCrochet since this design was a part of the Winter Wonders Blog Hop in 2021. But I chose Brava Worsted because it’s one of my favorite yarns of theirs to use. It comes in so many colors, it’s soft, and it’s budget-friendly.
You can easily subsitute any worsted weight yarn for the Brava in this pattern. And if you’re feeling adventurous and just want to adjust your foundation chain and work on measurement instead of using my gauge, you could even substitute different weights. If you’re looking for an idea for a longer term project, I think the blanket scarf would make an amazing wrap in a fingering weight yarn. I’m hoping to get a head start on one myself for spring. Hint hint: check out Hawthorne fingering for some amazing colors!
Winter Wonders Blog Hop 2021
Are you here for the Winter Wonder Blog Hop?! Well I’m happy you’re here! If this is your first time doing a blog hop, I’ll give you a brief explanation. First of all, you’re going to need today’s coupon code from this week’s host blog, Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’. If you haven’t already gone there for the coupon code, hop on over and grab it!
Next, you’ll need to head to my Ravelry shop to apply the coupon code. I’ve got a button below that will take you straight there! Click the button, add to cart, and don’t forget to apply that coupon code. And then the free pattern is all yours. I always appreciate a little “heart” on Ravelry if you’ve got a sec too.
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About the Stitches
The Imani Scarf use predominately double crochet stitches throughout the pattern. It’s not only perfect for an adventurous beginner, but it works up quickly with the double crochets. The two simple variations of double crochet that this pattern uses are the V-stitch and working multiple stitches in one space. If you already know how to do both of these, then just keep on scrolling for the pattern. If these are new to you, I’ll do a quick overview next.
How to Crochet the V-Stitch
The V-stitch is super simple! If this is your first time using it, I think you’re gonna love having this one in your repertoire. To complete the V-stitch, you will double crochet into a stitch. Then chain 1. And finally, double crochet into that same stitch again. That’s it!
This pattern also uses the abbreviation 3 DC. Depending on the designer, this can mean a couple different things (hopefully the designer remembers to explain the abbreviation). In this pattern, 3 DC means to work 3 double crochet stitches into the same stitch. Nothing too crazy, just regular old double crochets all worked in the same space.
Lets Get Started!
1-5 Skeins of Brava Worsted (or 218-1040yds of Worsted Weight yarn, see chart below)
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
Stitch Marker (optional)
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sk – Skip
3 (v-stitch/3dc) stitch repeats x 7 rows = 4” square
Cowl: 28”l x 9”w
Infinity Scarf: 60”l x 9”w
Scarf: 70”l x 9”w
Blanket Scarf/Shawl: 70”l x 18”w
V-Stitch: Double crochet, ch 1, then double crochet again in the same space.
3 Dc: Work 3 double crochet stitches in the same space.
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- This pattern is worked flat. The cowl and infinity scarf are seamed. The long scarf and wrap are finished with tassels.
- The variations of this pattern include a cowl, infinity scarf, long scarf, and a blanket scarf. When applicable, the stitch counts are distinguished as follows (Cowl, Infinity Scarf, Long Scarf, Blanket Scarf).
- Chains count as a stitch throughout this pattern.
- You can customize the size of your scarf to tailor it to your needs. This scarf is worked in multiples of 6 + 2. To adjust the width of your scarf, increase or decrease the foundation ch by 6 stitches. To adjust the length of your scarf, work the stitch repeats until the scarf reaches desired size.
Using 5.5mm (I) hook. Ch (33,33,33,63).
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. (32,32,32,62)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) and turn. Sk next stitch. *V-stitch. Sk 2 stitches. 3 dc. Sk 2 stitches.* Repeat from * to * until 2 stitches remain. Sk 1 stitch. Dc in last stitch. (32,32,32,62)
Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. Sk next stitch. *V-stitch. Sk 2 stitches. 3 dc in the ch space of the v-stitch below. Sk 2 stitches. * Repeat from * to * until 2 stitches remain. Sk 1 stitch. Dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. (32,32,32,62)
Repeat Row 3 until scarf measures (28”,60”,70”,70”)
Final Row: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each dc and ch space across until you reach the turning ch. Sc in the 3rd ch of turning ch. (32,32,32,62)
Fasten off. Leave tail for seaming if making a cowl or infinity scarf.
Cowl/Infinity Scarf (Seaming)
- Fold scarf in half so that the short ends meet and right sides are facing in.
- Using a tapestry needle and the tail, mattress stitch the short ends together. (Need help with mattress stitch? Click here for a video tutorial!)
- Tie off and weave in ends. Block if desired.
Long Scarf/Blanket Scarf (Adding Fringe)
- Cut several strands of yarn 18” long. The number you cut depends on how you want your fringe to look. Note: I used 3 strands at a time every 3-4 stitches.
- Using a crochet hook, pull the center of the strands through the stitch and then loop the two ends through the center and tighten. Repeat as desired along both short edges.
- Tie off and weave any loose ends in scarf. Block if desired.
I hope you enjoy making the Imani Scarf! This is such a great project for beginners or really anyone looking to work with a nice simple stitch combo and get some fantastic texture. Be on the lookout for more items from the Imani Collection coming soon! And be sure to tag me in your finished makes @craftingforweeks on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to be featured.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!