After I designed the knit Big Fast Pocket Scarf, I was deluged with requests for a crochet version! Well, that would've taken a great big hook - so I used my fingers to create the Cool Hand Pocket Scarf with the same great look!
Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links, materials provided by Red Heart Yarn.
Crocheting with your fingers isn't really any different than crocheting with a hook. It's really no more difficult than making a slip stitch! And because it's crochet, you aren't "trapped" like you can be with arm knitting - there's still only one active loop so you can put your project down any time.
Now, of course, everyone's fingers and hands are a different size. But If you let the Red Heart Irresistible lead the way, you'll find the loop and stitch size that works for you. To keep my tension even, I use just my first finger and thumb to pull up each loop, pulling them up the size of those digits pressed together. It really is pretty easy once you get going!
If you don't like the idea of using your hands to crochet, you can indeed use a hook. I tested out my US-T, 30 mm Furls hook, and it works well too! Otherwise, you can crochet this scarf with nothing but the yarn and your own two hands. I've added lots of photos to help!
Cool Hand Pocket Scarf
4 balls Red Heart Irresistible (7 – Jumbo/16+ ply; 31 yd/28 m; 283 g/10 oz. ball)
Colorway used: Silver
Yarn Sub Options:
Bernat Blanket Big (Michaels Exclusive)
Bernat Blanket Extra Thick
2 buttons (optional, purchased from my local Joann)
Gauge: 5 sts x 7 rows = 9" (may vary)
Finished Size: 67″ long or custom length x 9″ wide
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
To make this pattern in a custom size, crochet the section represented in Rows 8-55 until you have reached the wearer's height.
Row 1: Ch 6, skip ch closest to the hook, sc in last 5 chs; turn. (5 sts)
Row 2 - 6: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. (5 sts)
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in blo of each st across; turn. (5 sts)
Row 8 - 55: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. (5 sts)
Row 56: Ch 1, sc in blo of each st across; turn. (5 sts)
Row 57 - 61: Ch 1, sc in blo of each st across; turn. (5 sts)
Assembly: Fold up the pockets at the blo lines and use remaining yarn and fingers or large yarn needle to sew sides of pockets to sides of the scarf. Add decorative buttons if desired.
Pretty easy, eh? The finger crocheting does take a minute to get used to, but I found the hardest part to be getting the chains the right size - after that, it was pretty easy! And it was a fun opportunity to get a little more "hands-on" with the crochet process! I hope this inspires you to try it too - and there will be a video tutorial to help up soon too!
If this pattern inspires you to make your own Cool Hand Pocket Scarf, and you post a photo on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too! I love seeing what you make!
Follow Moogly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr! Thank you to Red Heart Yarns for providing the materials shown in this post. Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2019, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others.
To print or download, use the Print Friendly button below, or go to PrintFriendly.com, or right-click to copy and paste it into a word processing document if those options do not work for you (please note that Print Friendly is a free outside website that the button links to, and you can click here for a tutorial on how to use it, but I cannot provide additional technical support for this service). If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details.