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Gemma Scarf ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

Hello Crochet and Knitting Friends!

IT. IS. COLD. Boy, has it been cold and snowy, and icy, and wintry lately! So I have a fun freebie for you to fight the chill with just two skeins of yarn–the Gemma Scarf.



Gemma begins with only a few stitches, and you will increase evenly at only one side of the work until you have used half your allotted yarn.

From there, you decrease evenly at the same side until your yarn is gone. Voila! You have a very wide, short triangle that forms a wonderful scarf or shawlette and looks endlessly chic and fashionable, especially in stripes or different stitch patterns.

This crochet pattern was inspired by the concept of the knitted Baktus Scarf, an awesome pattern!

Baklooptus Mosaic

Scarf measures 64” (163 cm) long and 9” (23 cm) wide at triangle’s point.
332yds/304m; 3.52oz/100g Fingering weight, 4-ply yarn
The sample was made using:
Patons Kroy Socks FX; Camelot Colors; 2 skeins
US Size E (3.5 mm)
22 sts and 12 rows = 4” (10 cm) over hdc-tbl (half-double crochet through back loops) Dare I say gauge is not critical to this pattern? See what fabric texture you like best.
• Yarn needle

ch: chain
cm: centimeters
dec: decrease
ETL: extended turning loop; see instructions above
fhdc: foundation half-double crochet
g: grams
hdc: half-double crochet
hdc-tbl: half-double crochet through the back loop only
hk: hook
inc: increase
m: meters
mm: millimeters
oz: ounces
rep: repeat
RS: right side
st(s): stitch(es)
yd(s): yards
yo: yarn over
“: inches

Special Stitches
Extended turning loop (ETL) – Instead of the conventional 2-ch turning chain used with hdc, I like to make 1 long chain that reaches the height of the hdc you are about to work. Using this method, you will turn your work to begin a new row and then simply pull up a longer loop than normal – pull up the loop to reach as high as the stitch you are about to work. Do not yo & pull through, you aren’t making a complete chain. Just work your hdc into the last st of the previous row, there is no need to skip any stitches at the edge of your work when you use this method.
Decrease (dec): Half double crochet 2 together
Working in back loops (hdc-tbl): work hdc through back loop only

Pattern Notes
• The scarf is worked side to side from short end to short end in rows.
• The finished dimensions of the scarf as stated represent the finished size of Baklooptus with 2 skeins of the recommended yarn. Use of a different yarn and/or different gauge will most likely produce a scarf of different dimensions and require a different quantity of yarn.
• Severe blocking is not recommended to preserve the elasticity of Half-double crocheted ribbing. Of course you can always see what effect you like best!
• All pattern abbreviations are noted at the end of this pattern

Begin at scarf end point:
Set-up Row: Ch 2, ETL, 1 hdc in each ch, turn…2 hdc.
Row 1 (RS): ETL, inc 1 as follows: (1hdc, 1hdc-tbl) in edge st, 1hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.
Row 2 (WS): ETL, 1 hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.


Rep Rows 1 & 2 until you have worked your last full Row 2.

Row 1 (RS): ETL, dec 1 as follows: (yo, insert hk under both (front & back) loops of edge st, pull up a loop, yo, insert hk through back loop only of next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hk), 1hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.
Row 2 (WS): ETL, 1 hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.

Rep Rows 1 & 2 until only 2 sts remain.
Work Row 2 once more.
Fasten off.
Break yarn, leaving a 6″ tail.


Weave in all ends.
Gentle steam blocking will even out the stitches; not too hot if you want your ribbing to keep its stretchiness.



Baklooptus Schematic

I hope you are staying warm and enjoy this free pattern!

Yours in Stitches,



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