Hi guys! The holidays are fast approaching, which means time is running out to crochet something for everyone on our list. Each year I tell myself that I’m going to start early, but I always wind up crocheting last minute gifts on Christmas Eve. It’s hard trying to figure out something for everyone: Will they like it? Will they use it? Can I afford the yarn? Can I make it quickly? These are all questions we ponder when trying to decide on a handmade gift for our friends and family. This one-skein crochet scarf (a.k.a the Snow Queen Scarf) will help you say yes to all of the above questions! You can find the free pattern below, along with the matching Snow Queen Mittens HERE.
Question #1: Can I make it quickly?
Yes! This textured one-skein crochet scarf uses a large crochet hook and bulky weight 5 yarn, so it works up quickly. You can definitely make this scarf in a day!
Question #2: Can I afford the yarn?
I think so! The Snow Queen Scarf uses ONE SKEIN (let me repeat: one skein) of Caron Latte Cakes, which makes it a great budget friendly gift! Simply drive to Michaels, pick out your Caron Latte Cake, and have your 20 – 30% off coupon ready at check-out.
Price (USD): Regular Price: $9.99 x 0.80 (20% off coupon) x 1.06 (sales tax) = $8.47
Price (CAD): Regular Price: $11.99 x 0.70 (30% off coupon) x 1.15 (sales tax) = $9.65
Voila! A handmade scarf for under $10.
Question #3: Will the recipient like it?
Yes! There are a lot of things to love about this scarf, but the most important thing is that it’s made by you, with lots of love. There is nothing better than receiving a handmade gift from a loved one.
Now, let’s talk about the actual scarf. This one-skein crochet scarf has a lot of neutral colours woven into it, like dark grey, light grey, a pinky-cream, and a light purple. These colours go well with virtually any coat or outfit. The yarn is also really soft and has a thin strip of faux fur woven into it, to make it fuzzy. Since we’re using a large crochet hook, this scarf will feel light (but still warm) and have excellent drape. It’s also long enough to wrap around your neck with ease. I think that whoever gets this scarf is a lucky duck!
Question #4: Will the recipient use it?
I think so! As mentioned above, this one-skein crochet scarf is a great length, it’s soft and cozy, without being too bulky, and it goes well with everything. Even though I have 5 different crochet scarves to choose from, the Snow Queen Scarf is my favourite one to use; I don’t even think twice before grabbing it!
- Approximately 520 yds of Caron Latte Cakes Yarn OR any Thick Medium 4 Worsted Worsted Weight Yarn
- 8.0 mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- 1 Skein of Caron Latte Cakes Yarn Weight 5 Bulky (58% acrylic and 42% nylon blend, 530 yd/ 485m, 250g/ 8.8oz) – Earl Grey (used approximately 520 yds)
Alternative Yarn Options:
Caron Latte Cakes are labelled as a “Bulky Weight 5” yarn, but I think they are better classified as a thick Medium 4 Worsted Weight Yarn. So if you don’t have any Caron Latte Cakes on hand, you can use any thick medium 4 worsted weight yarn as a substitute.
An 8.0mm crochet hook works great with the Caron Latte Cakes because the faux fur fills in any gaps created between the stitches. However, if you’re working with a medium 4 worsted weight yarn, and you find that the hook is creating too much space between the stitches, consider working with a 6.0mm – 7.0mm crochet hook.
Pros and Cons of Caron Latte Cakes:
Let me take a minute to praise this yarn! I love it for so many different reasons, but the most important one is the price. I am a frugal person at heart, so I don’t like spending a fortune on yarn. Caron Latte Cakes retails for $11.99 CAD or $9.99 USD. With my trusty 30 – 40% off coupon, I can purchase this yarn for under $10. AND I can make an entire scarf, measuring 82″ long, with ONE CAKE! It usually takes 2 – 3 skeins of yarn to make a scarf. So, this yarn is priced well and offers you a lot of yardage for your money.
The other things that I love about this yarn are the colours, the texture (super soft and luxurious), the self-striping effect, and the drape. Caron Latte Cakes are magical!
Now let’s talk about the cons of this yarn. For instance, this yarn is not a true Bulky Weight 5 yarn. I would say that it falls into a thick worsted weight medium 4 yarn category. Also, due to the short faux fur woven in, the texture of the stitches is not as defined as they would be if you worked with a non-fuzzy yarn. It could also be tricky to work with for beginners, but you can see most of the stitches and feel your way through!
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Width: 6 – 6.25”
Customizing the Size of Your Scarf:
Width: The pattern calls for chaining 22 for a width of 6 – 6.25”. To make your one-skein crochet scarf wider/less wide, chain an odd number until you are happy with the width.
Length: The pattern calls for working 145 rows for a total length of 76”. To make your scarf longer or shorter, Repeat Rows 2 – 3 until you are happy with the length of your scarf.
A Matching Hat Pattern: 2 Alternative Options
Unfortunately, there is no matching Snow Queen Hat. In the photo above, I am wearing a hat that I made to match; even though it looks good in the picture, the back and the sides of the hat didn’t turn out. So the design for this hat was scrapped because I don’t want to provide patterns that are not up-to-par. I’m sorry for the inconvenience!
If you are interested in making a hat to match, here are two different patterns from two amazing designers, that look similar, and use the front and back post double crochet technique. I hope you like one of them! 🙂
1. Easy Ribbed Crochet Beanie by Hooked on Handmade Happiness (this one is very similar, but doesn’t have the ribbed brim).
2. The Blizzard Hat by Maria’s Blue Crayon (this one has the ribbed brim).
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Video Tutorial Links for each Stitch:
- Ch – chain
- St(s) – stitch(es)
- Dc – double crochet
- Fpdc – front post double crochet
- Bpdc – back post double crochet
- [ ] – repeat instructions inside the brackets
Gauge: Approximately 16 sts x 8 rows in 4″ x 4″
- The beginning ch 1 of each row does NOT count as a st.
- After Row 2, each fpdc is worked around the fpdc in the previous row; and each bpdc is worked around the bpdc in the previous row.
Ch 22 (or see note on customizing width above)
Row 1: Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. <21 dc>
Row 2: Ch 1, fpdc around first st, [bpdc around next st, fpdc around next st] to end of row. The last st of the row should be a fpdc. Turn. <11 fpdc + 10 bpdc>
Row 3: Ch 1, bpdc around first st, [fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st] to end of row. The last st of the row should be a bpdc. Turn. <11 bpdc + 10 fpdc>
Rows 4 – 145: Repeat Row 2 – 3.
*To make your scarf longer or shorter, continue to repeat Rows 2 – 3 until you are happy with the length of your scarf.
Fasten off and weave in ends!
If you have any questions about the pattern, please send me an e-mail through my contact page. I am happy to help!
Congratulations! You’ve just finished your first Snow Queen Scarf. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. I’m sure whoever gets this scarf will love it!
Check out the Snow Queen Mittens Pattern to make the matching mittens!
Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on the blog.
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I hope you all have an amazing day!