January 5, 2013

Baklooptus ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

Hello Crochetophiles!

At long last, I have a free crochet pattern to share with you here on the blog. Read on for some background on the design concept and, of course, for the free pattern.

If you hang around Ravelry much, you've probably seen the ingeniously knitted Baktus Scarf pattern.

The theory of the project is brilliant and simple. Beginning with only a few stitches, you increase evenly at only one side of the knitting [in our case, crocheting] 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 free pattern is a crocheted take on Baktus using half-double crochet back-loop ribbing, ergo Baklooptus! I planned to use 2 balls of sock yarn from the get-go, so I didn't need to weigh my skein to find out when I had reached the halfway point, I simply completed the last full row possible with the first ball, joined the second and began my decreasing half of the project.

I love that you use every bit of your pretty yarn with this pattern. HDC ribbing is reversible so it's easy to wrap or tie the scarf since it looks great on both sides.

Baklooptus Scarf


SKILLS REQUIRED: 
Skill Level: Easy (CYCA Yarn Standards)
Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner to Somewhat Experienced (Chatty Terms)
Foundation hdc - Not required, but nice to use 
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. I love me some tidy edges!
Half-double crochet
Increasing 
Decreasing (Hdc2tog)
Working in back loops

SIZING
Finished scarf measures 64” (163 cm) long  a
nd 9” (23 cm) wide at triangle's point.

YARN
332yds/304m; 3.52oz/100g Fingering weight, 4-ply yarn

The sample was made using:
Patons Kroy Socks FX; Camelot Colors; 2 skeins

HOOK
US Size E (3.5 mm), or size required to obtain desired gauge


GAUGE
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.


NOTIONS
Yarn needle

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.

INSTRUCTIONS
Begin at scarf end point:

Set-up Row: Work 2 fhdc, turn OR 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.




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


ABBREVIATIONS
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

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