Suddenly Sparkles Scarf

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At the Knit and Crochet Show last week, one of the first skeins of yarn I was handed was a bright pink ball of Red Heart Boutique Swanky. And I all I could think was, “Oooo, sparkles!” And everyone around me had the same reaction – so shiny! Well by lunch time I couldn’t wait to get started, and using the commemorative hook I’d also picked up that morning, I got to work on the Suddenly Sparkles Scarf!

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This infinity scarf uses exactly one skein of Red Heart Boutique Swanky – I had just enough left over that I’m not too worried about gauge. The sparkles are built right in this yarn, and the pattern is quick but still interesting. Each row is different from the last, and the end result looks great at a distance or close up!

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Red Heart Boutique SwankySuddenly Sparkles Scarf

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Special Stitches:

  • Starting Cluster – (short version: ch 2 and dc2tog in first st) or Ch 2, *yo and insert hook in first st of round, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through two; repeat from * once more in same stitch; with 3 loops on the hook, yo and pull through all 3 loops. (Note: Ch 2 does not count as a st)
  • Cluster – (short version: dc3tog in one stitch) or *Yo and insert hook in indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through two; repeat from * twice more in same stitch; with 4 loops on the hook, yo and pull through all 4 loops.

Suddenly Sparkles Scarf - free one skein #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.comRound 1: Ch 108, join with a slip stitch to work in round; ch 1, sc in each ch around; join with sl st in 1st sc. (108 sts)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first st), dc in next 107 ch; join with sl st in top of ch 3. (108 sts)

Round 3: Work Starting Cluster, then ch 1, skip the next st, *Cluster in the next st, ch 1, skip the next st; repeat from * to end; join with sl st in top of Starting Cluster. (108 sts)

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as first st), dc in each ch sp and st around; join with sl st in top of ch 3. (108 sts)

Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as first st and ch 1), skip next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; repeat from * to end; join with sl st in 3rd chain of ch-4. (108 sts)

Round 6 – 9: Repeat Rounds 2 – 5.

Round 10 – 12: Repeat Rounds 2 – 4.

Round 13: Ch 1, sc in each st around; break yarn and seamless join to first st of round. Weave in ends.

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Simple, glamorous, and fun! I hope you wear it somewhere fabulous!

Written pattern and graphics copyright Tamara Kelly 2014. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details.

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  1. 1

    nanc says

    VERY pretty!!! I would like to try this as a shorter cowl. What would you suggest for the first chain? Do you know what the “multiples” are for this? Thanks!

    • 2

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you nanc! It’s any multiple of 2 – easy as can be! 😀 Just chain to be as long as you like and make sure it’s an even number. Do note that this is modeled on a 12 year old who’s about 5’3″. :)

      • 3

        Nancy says

        Thank you! I guess looped twice would look good. But I was thinking a shorter cowl done in a thicker yarn possibly. So many possibilities!

        • 4

          Tamara Kelly says

          To loop it twice you’d want to make it longer – this length will loop, but it’s a very close fit!

  2. 5

    Suzanne says

    I just wanted to thank you so much for posting this pattern. It was very sweet of you! I can hardly wait to make it!


  3. 7

    Judy says

    I am a beginner and would love to do this. However, the directions are confusing. Are you showing the notation and then the explanation?

    Any help to a beginner would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    • 8

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Judy! I’m not actually sure where you’re confused. There are two special stitches described after the notes, and then if you scroll down the pattern instructions are below, starting with Round 1.

        • 10

          Tamara Kelly says

          The clusters are defined under Special Stitches, before the pattern instructions start. The part in parentheses is the abbreviated definition, and the part that follows is a more lengthy explanation. Does that help?

          • 11

            Judy says

            Yes, I think that helps. It sounds like something I just need to try. It will probably come clearer when I do it. Thanks so much for your help. Looking forward to this!~

    • 12

      michelle says

      It is confusing as I did the whole first round with the starting cluster, thinking it meant the first row, not the first set of stitches. So I will rip it out…

  4. 18

    cary says

    I love this pattern! All of your work is gorgeous and the patterns are so user friendly. I am currency lyrics making my second carefully some scarf and have plans to make one with number 10 crochet thread. Again, love your work!

  5. 20

    cary says

    Sorry, just saw more auto corrects. My original post should read I am currently making my second artfully simple scarf. Obviously I’m not an artfully simple typist.

  6. 22

    CARY says

    Lovely, I can’t wait to make this. I’m working on my second artfully simple scarf and just love the pattern. Thank you for sharing.

  7. 24

    She says

    Hi!! I am Ellie, i wanted to ask that did u came on VidCon??.. umm.. my cousin’s friend visited there, do u came??

  8. 27

    Vicki says

    I’m not sure if your tension is looser than mine (mine is usually too loose), but I only get a 36″ scarf with a J hook.Even with an N, I think it will end up around 41″. I think I’ll try starting with a longer chain. This will be my first infinity scarf, but I’m already thinking about which of my scarf patterns could simply be joined at the ends to give me more choices! Thanks for the pattern!

  9. 32

    Wilma jane says

    Suddenly Sparkles Scarf directions Starting Cluster states repeat from* once more in same st. There is no * in directions. Where should * be? in the starting cluster directions?

  10. 34

    Melisa Alzammar says

    Since this scarf is being shown on a 12 year old would you need two skeins of yarn to make it big enough for an adult? I started working this pattern when I noticed the comments it was being worn by a 12 year old. I wish I would have seen the mulitples in the pattern before I started so I could have made it longer from the beginning instead of having to undo my work. Looking forward to making this scarf later. Thanks

    • 35

      Tamara Kelly says

      She is 5’4″, so she’s about average adult female height. I’m 5’8″ and it fits me well, though of course it doesn’t hang as long. :)

  11. 36


    I love this cowl and would like to make one for myself. Our Australian yarn is different to the US ones so we always have to tweak patterns a little for them to work. It would be very helpful if you could advise the number of stitches for each repeat please. eg multiple of x plus x ?? Thanks for your lovely pattern. xox

  12. 40

    KATHI moore says

    Tamara, I, also, whipped this one up today. Two Moogly’s = perfect day! Thasnkjs. I could not find any RH Swanky, so I used Deborah Norville Fashion Jewel tones in Red Diamond. I will post a pic on Raverly later.

    • 43

      Tamara Kelly says

      I found it surprisingly comfortable – I honestly expected the sequins to be itchy or annoying – but everyone has their own sensitivity level. I know personally I have a lot of trouble with wool!

  13. 44

    Joann p. says

    Hi Tamara! I was sitting with you in Manchester when you started creating this pattern. I have several skeins of Swanky, now I know what it will become! Thank you for posting the pattern!

    • 45

      Tamara Kelly says

      😀 Yay! Oh I wish I could remember everyone I met – it was so much fun and there were so many people! I’m so glad you like the pattern!

  14. 46

    Mel says

    Just started working on this…i have done patterns before where you connect the chain, however with this one no matter what i do it seems to get twisted. Is there a trick with a chain this long for it not to twist? Have taken it out twice now….feeling frustrated

    • 47

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Mel! Twisting chains are super frustrating I know. Instead, try starting with a ch of 109, then skip the st closest to the hook, and sc in each remaining ch (108) and THEN join to work in the round with a sl st in the first st. :) Just leave about 6 inches of yarn at the beginning and use that to cinch up the bottom of the row when you weave in your ends. :) Hope that helps!

    • 48

      Nancy says

      I find that if I do a FSC (foundation single crochet) instead of chaining and then sc in the chain, that it stays straighter and is much easier to join. It’s essentially the same thing as Tamara said, but in one step. You can find how-to videos on YouTube.

  15. 52

    Janice says

    First off, I love this website and all of the patterns. I’m just wondering how this pattern would work out evenly…the beginning cluster (the chain and the DC2tog) create two stitches before the Ch1. The starting cluster plus the Ch1 create three stitches where the rest of the clusters only create two (with the cluster and Ch1). I was wondering if we are to slip stitch to the DC2tog stitch to start the next round after the cluster round. Thanks for clarifying.

    • 53

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you so much Janice! The ch 2 of the starting cluster does not count as a stitch. :) I’ll add a note to that effect in the pattern!

  16. 54

    Paula says

    I’ve not read all of the comments to see whether or not this has been addressed. Wondering if anyone has found this yarn a bit difficult in that it splits easily. Also, the sequins are quite scratched. Might just be me. Thanks. Happy hooking

  17. 55

    Tessie Aaron says

    I’ve started and stopped this scarf 5 times I just can’t get it straight, it keeps twisting on me, HELP

    • 56

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Tessie! I’m sorry to hear you’re having so much trouble! One solution is to work the first round as a row, and THEN join them to work in the round, using the tail to cinch up the little gap at the bottom of the first row.

  18. 57

    Liss says

    Hi Tamara, Liss from Australia here 😊. This has been mentioned but I’m still a little confused 😜. In rnd 3: I ch2 then dc2tog(creating 3 posts in 1 stitch), Ch1/sk1…. Then if I follow the starting cluster, I would chain2 (more?, creating 3 chains over the skipped stitch?) then dc2tog? I looked at the close up and see that wouldn’t be right, nor would the stitch count work. So do I drop the ch2 after that very first cluster? Kinda stuck now. Thanks so much for your help and all your hard work. Liss 😊

    • 58

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Liss! The Starting Cluster is just the first one of the round. After that it’s the regular Cluster – separate instructions for that one are provided. :)

      • 59

        Liss says

        Thanks! Of course 😊. I Just LOVE your site Tamara! I learned to crochet last Easter (2014) using YouTube and once I found your tutorials there’s been no stopping me! Thank you 😃


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