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Friday, April 17, 2009

Pocket Scarf. Free Pattern. Easy.

Pocket Scarf, side on pockets.
When I was thinking of the design for this pocket scarf, I originally planned for the pocket opening to be along the top of the inside of the scarf, but the more I thought about it and as the scarf progressed, I realized that a side pocket entry would be much more easier to use. Just like the pockets on the sides of a pair of slacks.
I have made the scarf section in a griddle stitch pattern, but it could be just as easily made in a single crochet stitch pattern.
I also allowed for some stretch in the scarf I made, as it is made from acrylic which will stretch slightly.
The contrasting colored yarn which I used was much thicker than the main colored yarn. How ever this did not destroy the look of the scarf, in fact it added a much warmer pocket.
My suggestions for a contrasting yarn would be for a feathered type yarn, eyelash yarn or a crazy type yarn. If you find any of these too thin, just keep using the main colored yarn along with it, (2 strands).


This scarf can be altered for sizing. I am of a medium build and height, so you can adjust accordingly. The same goes for the hands too.
I began with a chain that was slightly wider than the widest part of my hand. I also wanted an even number of stitches for when I began the griddle stitch pattern.
Level: Beginner
Time: Approx 12 hours
Size: Medium Adult
Materials needed.
About 100gms of main color
About 50gms of contrasting color
Size 4.00mm hook (US G/6)
Darning needle
Terms used are US terms



Small Pocket

Beginning pattern.
Making the rear of pocket
Ch 21
Work 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across (20 sc), ch 1 to turn
Work 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn (20 sc) wrong side of garment
For a small pocket, repeat above row 34 more times. (Total of 36 rows of sc)
For a larger pocket repeat above row 42 more times. (Total of 44 rows of sc)


Large Pocket
Shaping the pocket base
Work 1 sc in each sc across in the back of the loop, for this row only, ch 1 to turn
Work 2 more rows of 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn
Work 1 sc in each sc across in the front of the loop, for this row only, ch 1 to turn
Work 1 more row of 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn

Row count and contrasting color join
You should now be on row 41 for small pocket or row 49 for large pocket.
You will be changing to the contrasting color; this is done on the wrong side of the scarf which is an even row. Joining in fancy yarn on the wrong side will give you the full effect of any fancy yarn used on the right side of the garment.

Making the front of the pocket
With contrasting color
Work 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn (20 sc)
Repeat above row until your contrasting color is the same length as the rear pocket, if you have used a thicker contrasting yarn, the row count will not be the same.

Making the scarf
For my height (5 foot and 4 inches) and comfort I made the scarf (in between both pockets) 49 inches long. I chose to use the griddle stitch but a simple single crochet stitch can be used.
The griddle stitch instructions
Changing to main color now
Work 1 sc in first sc, work 1 dc in next sc, *work 1 sc in next sc, work 1 dc in next sc,* repeat from * to * to end, ch 1 to turn (20 st’s)
Work 1 sc in first dc, work 1 dc in next sc, *work 1 sc in next dc, work 1 dc in next sc,* repeat from * to * to end, ch 1 to turn
Repeat above row for length required.
Single crochet instructions
Changing to main color now
Work 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn (20 sc)
Repeat above row for length required.

Making the front of the second pocket
Join in contrasting yarn on wrong side
Make the second pocket the same length as the first pocket, ending on wrong side.

Shaping the pocket base
Working with main color now,
Work 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn (20 sc)
Work 1 sc in each sc across in the front of the loop, for this row only, ch 1 to turn
Work 2 more rows of 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn
Work 1 sc in each sc across in the back of the loop, for this row only, ch 1 to turn
Place stitch marker at the end of the above row

Making the rear of pocket
Counting rows from the stitch marker
Work 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1 to turn (20 sc)
For a small pocket, repeat above row 35 more times. (Total of 36 rows of sc)
For a larger pocket repeat above row 43 more times. (Total of 44 rows of sc)
Finish off.


Bottom rear of the pocket folded up to the top rear of the front pocket

Sewing the pockets
With right side facing, fold the bottom rear of the pocket to the top rear of the front pocket, place this in line with the centre of the scarf and sew the edge across the top rear of the pocket (not the scarf). I used a simple whip stitch one way and turned to repeat for extra strength.

Sew the side of the pocket that faces inward to your body closed.

Sew the outside of the pocket from the bottom edge up wards, leaving an opening large enough for you to place you hands into. You may have to try the scarf on a few times to adjust the pocket opening. I sewed mine almost ¾’s of the way up.


Here a a couple of really bad photo's (LOL) that shows you 2 ways to wear the scarf. I'll try and get some better model picture's.

You can wear it long ways.

And you can also wear it short ways. Wrapped once around the neck.

10 comments:

Gi said...

I like it....nice job...thanks for sharing.

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Hi Gi, thanks for your comment!

Rachel G said...

verry cute! and I LOVE that fancy yarn!

Sherryknit said...

Hey Cat,
I love scarfs. This one has pockets too. added bonus. wonderfull job. I hope your well???
You can never have to many pockets.

jovie said...

awesome! another project to try. i have seen something similar that had a hood (in the middle) and pockets at each end that i never did get around to trying. i will have to give this one a go. lots of birthdays coming up, so they wont go astray

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Rachel G, yes the fancy looks great, I have one in greens too. I plan to use the green in the next one.

Sherryknit, no never too many pockets, especially with the cold weather you get where you are.

Jovie, I'm glad you are going to give it a go, it makes me happy to know one of my patterns are useful to another person.

Lorraine said...

I LOVE this pocket scarf pattern.. You designed it? IT's GREAT! I'm a folk artist but I don't seem to be very creative with my crochet.. I just make chemo caps..

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Lorraine, this is a design I came up with for this winter, I will be making more of them and donating the profits or giving them to the fire victims collection centre. I bet folk artist's are very creative too. And it is just fantastic that you make chemo caps for cancer patients!

Anonymous said...

Love this pattern. I just finished the crocheting part of my first scarf. However, I'm having trouble getting the sewing part of the pockets to look right. I don't want the yarn stitches to show up on the front of the pocket. Am I doing something wrong or is there a trick to this?

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Anonymous, I was lucky enough that my front over lapped the back so it did not show. maybe you could add a bit more to the sides of the front to over lap at the back, it maybe a case of trial and error I'm sorry to say.
P.S. Thanks for using my pattern..
:)