By Jo Wolforth
Photos: Jo Wolforth
Whenever I think of autumn I’m reminded of a picture I saw as a child. It showed Pitlochry in Scotland, a heavily wooded area covered in all the shades of red and orange you could imagine. This yarn reminded me of that scene so much I knew I had to design a leaf motif to show it off. The pattern is easily adapted from
a scarf into a cowl, and is suitable for dk weight yarn as well as fingering.
Finished Measurements: 23 cm (9″) wide x 45 cm (17.5″) across
- Colinette Jitterbug [100% merino; 318yd/291m per 110g skein]; color: October Afternoon, 1 skein
- E/4 (3.50mm size) hook
- Yarn Needle
Gauge: Gauge is not critical to this design; work to desired length.
Note: The pattern is worked straight. When finished it can be left as a short scarf, or the ends joined to make a cowl. The cowl in the photos has been joined with a twist, again, this is optional. If you are planning on making the finished piece into a cowl then be sure to leave a long tail when chaining your foundation row. This can then be used to sew the two ends together.
Double Crochet Cluster (5 dc cluster): Make 1 dc into each of the next 5 dc, not working the last loop of each stitch. YO and pull through all 6 loops.
Row 1: Ch 55. Dc in 6th chain from hook, make 1 dc in each of next 4 ch of foundation row. *Ch 1, skip 1 ch, make 1 dc in each of next 5 ch* 7 times. Ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in last ch of foundation row. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), [ch 1, skip 1 ch, make 1 dc in each of next 5 dc] 8 times.
Ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in top of ch-3. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 6, 5 dc cluster, [ch 5, skip 1 ch, 5 dc cluster] 7 times. Ch 3, sk 1 ch, dc in top of ch-3. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, dc into 1st dc, ch 3, 5 dc into 5 dc space, [Ch 1, 5 dc into ch-5 space] 6 times.
Ch 3, skip 2 ch, dc into ch, dc into top of ch-3. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 3, dc into dc, ch 3. [Dc into each of next 5 dc, ch 1] 7 times. Ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc into dc, dc into top of ch-3. Turn.
Row 6: Ch 3, dc into dc, ch 5, skip 3 ch. [5 dc cluster, ch 5] 7 times. Skip 3 ch, dc into dc, dc into top of ch-3.
Continue in the pattern as established until your scarf/cowl is the required length.
Finishing: Block gently. Weave in ends. If the finished piece is to be a cowl then sew together the two ends.
About the Designer
Jo Wolforth lives in Yorkshire in the UK with her husband and two young children. This is the first design she’s have submitted to anything but she hopes it won’t be the last!
Pattern & images © Jo Wolforth. All rights reserved.