Hi guys! It’s still blistering cold here in Canada, and while the temperature has been fluctuating, I’m never sure if it’s safe to leave the house without my scarf, hat, or mitts. As much as I dislike winter and all of the cold, dreary days it brings, there is something refreshing about being able to bundle up in your warmest layers, without breaking a sweat. Since the cold weather isn’t going anywhere, why not crochet some cute winter accessories to keep you warm? In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to crochet the Vintage Jean Tube Scarf. This tube scarf is designed to be a double layer to protect you against the cold weather; and trust me, it works. If you know how to make the half double crochet stitch, then you are ready for this scarf!
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Sometimes, when I am searching for something on my phone, I end up in a rabbit hole. Why am I looking at pictures of baby hippos, when I was looking up dinner recipes? It’s all a mystery. One night, I fell into a rabbit hole and found this beautiful striped knitted tube scarf by PurlSoho. Unfortunately, I can’t knit, but it gave me an idea. I have never seen anyone make a crochet tube scarf before, so I figured that I would give it a try. Tube scarfs are designed for extra warmth (similar to a double layer or wrapping your scarf twice), and to keep your stitches from curling up. I designed this scarf using half double crochet clusters to be a moss stitch look alike.
About this Crochet Tube Scarf Scarf:
- This scarf is worked in the round, which means that you will join your base chain together with a slip stitch to make a circle.
- This scarf can be customized to fit you! There are instructions for how to adjust the width and length of your scarf below.
- It is made using pairs (clusters) of half double crochet stitches. If you are unfamiliar with half double crochet, here is a great tutorial to help get you started.
- *Lion Brand Jeans Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 246yd/ 225 m, 3.5 oz/ 100g) 1 Skein each of Colour A – Classic, Colour B – Top Stitch, Colour C – Vintage, Colour D – Brand New, Colour E – Faded — (approximately 1000 total yds used in this project).
- *5.0mm crochet hook
- *Yarn Needle
- Ch – chain
- Sp – space
- Sk – skip
- St – stitch
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Hdc cl – half double crochet cluster – 2 half double crochets worked in the same st or sp
-  – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
- Rnd – round
Gauge: Approximately 8 hdc clusters x 13 rows in 4″ x 4″
Gauge isn’t very important when making a crochet scarf, but here is my gauge if you’d like to match it. If your gauge is too small, try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. If your gauge is too big, try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.
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- This scarf measures 8″ across by 60″ in length.
Customizing the Size of Your Crochet Tube Scarf:
- Width: Your initial chain determines the width of your scarf. The pattern calls for chaining 50, but if you’d like to customize the width of your scarf (i.e. make it wider/less wide), your chain must be a multiple of 2.
- Length: To customize the length of your scarf (i.e make it longer/shorter), you can work each row until you are happy with the length. If you want your scarf to be shorter, work less rounds; and if you want your scarf to be longer, work more rounds. If you are following the colour breakdown chart below, you may have to tweak it to suit the new length of your scarf.
Colour Chart for the Crochet Tube Scarf Stripes:
Changing Colour Method:
In this pattern, there is a lot of colour work (as you can see by the large colour chart above). Changing colours can seem scary, but I promise that once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy. Here is a photo tutorial, along with a few written instructions, to show you how I change colours throughout this scarf.
- When you get to the end of the round, “pretend” to make the last half double crochet stitch in the current colour (orange).
- You should have 3 loops on the hook, and before yarning over with the current colour (orange), drop the strand.
- Pick up the new yarn (blue), and pull it through the 3 loops on the hook.
- This is the last stitch of the round, before slip stitching and starting a new round in the next colour (blue).
- Make a slip stitch and chain 1 in your new colour (blue).
- Before starting the next round with the new colour (blue), make sure that the old colour (orange) is hanging off the back of the scarf (this will help you when changing colours for the next round).
- Continue working the round with the current colour (blue).
- Before completing the final half double crochet of the round, drop the current yarn (blue).
- Pick up the new colour (orange) and pull it through the 3 loops on your hook.
- Make a slip stitch to finish the round, and make sure that the old colour (blue) is hanging from the back of the scarf.
- Repeat this process to change colour throughout the scarf!
- The beginning ch 2 does not count as a st.
- Hdc cls are 2 hdcs worked in the same st/sp.
- In Rnds 2 – 192, each hdc cl is worked in the sp between two hdc cls in the previous rnd.
- Do not turn at the end of each rnd.
- This tube scarf is worked in the rnd!
- Yarn is carried throughout the scarf, so that there are less ends to weave in. Please see the colour changing method above for more tips and instructions on how to do this!
Ch 50; making sure that the ch is not twisted, join the last ch to the first ch with a sl st to make a circle.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc cl in first ch [sk next ch, hdc cl in next ch] around. Join the last hdc to the first hdc with a sl st. <25 hdc cls>
Rnds 2 – 192: Ch 2, hdc cl in sp between first and last hdc cl of previous rnd; hdc cl in each sp around. Join with a sl st. <25 hdc cls>
Use the colour chart above to let you know when to change colours throughout the scarf; and follow the colour changing method to show you how to change colours for a seamless join and less ends to weave in.
Fasten off and weave in ends!
Tip: For yarn tails in the middle section of the tube scarf, make a knot with each tail, so it is secure. Then trim the yarn tail, so it is only a couple of inches long, and tuck it inside the scarf. Since this is a tube scarf, you won’t be able to see the yarn tail!
Congratulations! You just made your first Vintage Jean Tube Scarf. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Now you can wrap yourself up in this beauty to keep you toasty warm on those cold days!
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Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).
Looking for a New Project?
If you loved this project and are dying to make a new scarf with lots of color, you might like the Easy Knit-Like Cowl and Infinity Scarf. This scarf is crocheted with simple stitches to highlight the color work in the yarn.
Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see what you create!