The Amelia Scarf

The James Beanie

A step-by-step guide to crocheting the Amelia Scarf

THE AMELIA SCARF IS A BEGINNER’S BEST FRIEND. MADE USING JUST ONE STITCH YOU’LL WHIP THIS PROJECT UP AS QUICK AS A FLASH AND THEN PROUDLY FLAUNT IT ALL WINTER LONG.

 

Whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience, this guide will help you crochet a masterpiece, and the best part? You only need to know one type of stitch!


Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to hero in no time 🦸‍♀️

When it comes to crochet, practice makes perfect

Before we start the pattern, we suggest you spend some time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your beanie. 


The Amelia Scarf is made in double crochet stitch. You'll want to be confident with this stitch before you start 🧶 You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining.


You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch! 

Total beginner? 👩‍🏫 


For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn to Crochet page. 


💪 Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature! 


📏 Test your tension

While we're practising and before you start your project, you'll want to make sure your tension (how tightly or loosely your crocheting is) is juuuust right 🥣 We do this by making a “tension swatch”. It's a bit like Goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your piece will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold its shape and might be too big. 


Gauge: If done correctly, your 10x10cm swatch should be 8 stitches wide and 5 rows high when made in double crochet on a 8mm hook.


To test this, chain on 10 + 3 stitches (the +3 makes your turning chain), then work in double crochet for 6 rows. Then measure a 10x10cm square and count your stitches and rows within that space to make sure you're crocheting at the correct tension.


If you've got more stitches or rows than the instructions say you should have, your work is a little too tight, and if you've got less your work is too loose. Adjust your tension by holding the yarn a little more tightly/ loosely as you crochet.


Half double crochet swatch

⚡️What you'll need

Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;

  • 8mm hook
  • 4 balls of Cardigang Chunky Acrylic Yarn
  • A darning needle
  • Made by me tag

You also want to have a pair of scissors handy. 

TIME TO SWITCH OFF. STITCH ON. AND WHIP UP YOUR COSY CROCHET SCARF.

Chain

Chain on your foundation chain of 15 stitches. 


💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row. On the other hand, if you make your loops too loose, your project will look a little messy. 


Once you've chained, you'll move onto the first row of double crochet stitch. 

DOUBLE CROCHET

In this first row you're working into the chain so you'll insert your hook into one of the bars of your chain stitch. 


To start insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook. Skipping the first 3 chains gives you the height you need to complete the first row. Then do a double crochet into the 4th chain. Repeat into every chain until the end. You'll end up with 12 stitches.


Chain 3 to make your turning chain and then turn your work. 


Repeat until you've done all 80 rows.


Take breaks as you need them. You've got a bit of stitching ahead of you! Did somebody say wine time?! 🍷

FASTEN OFF

Fasten off your work and you are D.O.N.E!


Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast click-clacking and making your masterpiece 💥❤️

In a bind and need a little more help?

Email us at stitchup@cardigang.com.au and we'll be able to help! Whether you're just starting out, or you've got a specific question or problem (dropped a stitch, no stress!), we're here to get you out of a bind.