15 December 2016

Free Pattern – The ‘Humankind’ Scarf.

Well hello there. As usual I’ve been a bit quiet of late (although no change there really, I go into hibernation mode at this time of year!). I have been busy though and thought it was about time I gave something back to all you lovely followers. That’s right; time for another free pattern!
If you want to get straight to it then feel free to ignore my ramblings and scroll down, but I wanted to let you know a little bit about how and why I wrote this pattern.

Humanity [hyoo-man-i-tee or, often, yoo-]
Noun, plural humanities.
1. all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
2. the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
3. the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.

Over the last few months I’ve been trying to build up a bit of a stash of pattern designs, much of it is still in the swatch/sketchbook stage, but I’ve got a few things in the pipeline already so keep your eye out for them next year.

Benevolence [buh-nev-uh-luh ns]
1. desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness:
2. an act of kindness; a charitable gift.

The brilliant DMC have been gracious enough to supply me with some of their yarns to work with for my designs. I’m very thankful to have a company of such standing supporting me over the past year and having faith in my abilities. 
Out of the blue they sent me some of their ‘Wooly 5’ brand of merino yarn to have a play with, so I figured that rather than just swatching and experimenting with it I’d try and come up with a finished pattern for you all.

Compassion [kuh m-pash-uh n]
A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

I’ve had a little bit of a dabble with pattern writing before but I’m still pretty new to the world of designing. I’ve been trying to approach my designs by thinking of a shape or idea and then working out if it’s possible, rather than choosing a stitch and then trying to work out a way to use it. I’m hoping that this will help make my designs a bit more unique.

Empathy [em-puh-thee]
The psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.

I started this design with the idea of those ‘paper doll/people holding hands chain’ things you used to make with scissors and folded paper when you were a kid. Initially I just did a rough sketch of how I imagined the stitches could work, and then it was just a bit of trial and error as it is quite a tricky pattern.
It’s also a project that definitely NEEDS BLOCKING!!! Dun dun duuuuh!!! I hardly ever actually block stuff, but due to the nature of these stitches it’ll kind of curl in on itself and won’t look as good if you don’t block it. Also, because it’s got a lot of open space, I made it so the scarf is super long and can be wrapped around multiple times. I do like my scarfs long and I think it helps show off the colours, but you can always make it shorter if you want.

Altruism [al-troo-iz-uh m]
The principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others (opposed to egoism )

And before we get started, what are these words all about? Well they’re the words and sentiments that I want this pattern to represent. I tried writing out my thinking/theory behind it, but every time it just turned into a political rant or sounded horribly specious or superficial. So I figured I’d just slip in words and definitions that were the crux of some sort of point I was trying to get at (although I’m quite aware this probably now just makes me look super pretentious). Basically all I want is for this scarf to act as inspiration to consider and help others wherever we can…..failing that it’s just a pretty scarf, but hey I can dream! Hope you enjoy it

P.s. All definitions were taken from dictionary.com, who incidentally have decided that the word of the year for 2016 is xenophobia – which probably makes more of a point in itself than my ramblings do! Anyway, here we go!

Free ‘Humankind’ Scarf Pattern

Ch = Chain
Ch-sp = Chain space
Ss = Slip stitch
Dc = Double crochet (for US Terms replace with Sc)
Dtr = Double treble (for US Terms replace with Trtr)
Yoh = Yarn over hook

Special Stitches

Dtr = yoh twice, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yoh, draw through 2 loops, yoh, draw through 2 loops yoh, draw though remaining 2 loops

= yoh twice, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yoh, draw through 2 loops, yoh, draw through 2 loops, yoh twice, insert hook into same st, pull up a loop, yoh draw through 2 loops, yoh, draw through 2 loops, yoh, draw through remaining 3 loops.

You will need: 
a 5mm hook
DMC woolly 5 (100% merino wool, 50g/80m), one ball of each of the following colours:
Yarn A – Burgundy (col. 155)
Yarn B – Peach (col. 10)
Yarn C – Mustard (col. 95)
Yarn D – Yellow (col. 82)
Yarn E – Green (col. 89)


Using Yarn A, Ch31, starting in 2nd ch from hook,

Row 1: Dc in each st across, turn – 30sts

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as stitch), dc in nxt 2 sts, *ch7, sk 5sts, dc in nxt 2 sts* repeat 4 times, turn.

Row 3: (Do not ch1) dc, ch6, *dc in next st, ch1, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] over 7ch, ch1, dc in next st* rep 4 times, ch 3, dtr in nxt st. turn.

Row 4: Ch4 (counts as dtr), dtr in top of ch3 from previous row, ch2, 2dtr-cluster in 2ch-sp, *ch 6, 2dtr-cluster in nxt 2ch-sp* repeat 3 times, 2ch, dtr in 4th ch of ch6 of previous row, dtr in 3rd ch of ch6 of previous row, turn

Row 5: (Do not ch1) dc, ch6, dc in nxt st, 2dc in 2ch-sp, [ss in nxt st, ch5, turn, dc in second ch from hook and nxt 3ch, ch4, ss into first dc made in this bracket, ch3, turn, ss in same st as last ss, 4dc in 4ch-sp, ss in same st as starting ss], *6dc in 6ch-sp, [ss in nxt st, ch5, turn, dc in second ch from hook and nxt 3ch, ch4, turn, ss into first dc made in this bracket, ch3, turn, 4dc in 4ch-sp, ss in same st as start]* repeat 3 times, 2dc in 2ch-sp, dc in nxt st, ch3, dtr in nxt st, turn.

(if you find Row 5 a little tricky, see below for a step by step picture guide on how to complete the section in the square brackets)

Row 6: Ch1 (does not count as stitch), dc in first st, dc in top of ch3, ch2, ss in nxt 3ch-sp, *ch6, ss in nxt 3ch-sp* repeat 3 times, ch2, dc in 4th ch of ch6 of previous row, dc in 3rd ch of 6ch of previous row, turn.

Row 7: Ch1 (does not count as stitch), dc in nxt 2 sts, 2dc in 2ch-sp, dc in same place as ss from previous row, *6dc in 6ch-sp, dc in same place as ss from previous row* rep 3 times, 2dc in 2ch-sp, dc in nxt 2 sts.

On the last st of row 7, change to next yarn colour and repeat rows 1-7 in the following colour order: A,B,C,D,E,A,B,C,D,E,A,B,C,D,E,A,B,C,D,E.

To finish, block and weave in all ends.

How to do the part in between the square brackets in row 5
And there you go, all done. If anyone finds any terrible errors let me know, but it should be fine. It is a little tricky but good luck with it. 

Enjoy! That's it from me for 2016, lets hope next year is a bit better. Until then, peace out y'all x

[The Legal Bit -  I am happy for you to print this pattern for yourself, and I do not mind if you want to use it at crochet classes or groups. I retain copyright. I only ask that you do not sell works made from this pattern, and do not publish or replicate on any other websites or publications without prior permission - linking to the pattern/my blog is fine. Basically, I don't copy, neither should you!]


  1. Found your blog through the Deramores tweet. Love your post which includes all of my favourite words and crochet too. Love the scarf design and colour choices.
    Best wishes from a Brit living in Canada,
    Nicola of NicolaKnits.com

  2. Great scarf! I admire your reasoning behind it too x Thanks for the pattern x

  3. I love this scarf, love it, love it

  4. This is amazing! I just happened upon your blog when I was out looking for crochet patterns. Love it! Happy new follower. Can't wait to see more!

  5. Fabulous design and I love the musings in your narrative. Terrific message at this time. I can't wait to make these for the children in my family and as donation scarves for pediatric cancer patients and I can't wait to make this pattern. Thank you for the free pattern.