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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, ...

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Guernsey Scarf

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(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Guernsey Scarf
Guernsey Scarf
Guernsey Scarf
Guernsey Scarf
Guernsey Scarf
Guernsey Scarf

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic crochet stitches and good tension control.
  • Will learn to make back loop rings and several post stitches

Pattern Description:

A Guernsey is a seaman's sweater knit in a style which originated in the Channel Island of the same name. Typically a sailor would have a simple sweater for working and one with much more fancy stitch work for "Sunday Best". This scarf was inspired by that tradition in which the wife or fiance would make a fine sweater to show off her skill.
I also was inspired by a pattern Jared Flood designed for his Shelter line of yarn released back in 2010. His pattern was for a larger wrap. Though I knew I wouldn't wear a wool wrap, I loved the texture in the design. Also, it was a pattern to knit, and I prefer to crochet, so I needed to work out my own design for a crocheted scarf.
This is the result; a scarf that uses a mixture of grit stitch, and three post stitches: parallel post, cables and steps. In between each band I inserted horizontal ribs of back loop single crochet.


18 stitches and 16 rows - 4 x 4 swatch of grit stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Scarf will be approximately 6 inches wide and 65 inches long


  • 2 skeins Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool (100% Merino wool) worsted weight, 4 oz, 250 yards per skein in Frosty Blue (#081210
  • or
  • 4 skeins Shelter by Brooklyn Tween (100% wool) worsted weight, 50 gram, 140 yards per skein in color Long Johns.

You Will Also Need:

  • Crochet hook US size I/9 - 5.50mm
  • Stitch markers

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