Like it? I do.
I'm not usually much of a scarf person, but I needed something to keep my neck warm during the cold weather we've been having lately. That was the necessity. Frugality? It's a very inexpensive project and I'm all for saving money.
This scarf was made with just a chain stitch (you don't really need a pattern) and some beautiful fringed yarn that I picked up yesterday at Walmart. The color is called Misty, a perfect name for the primarily gray variegated combination. It's soft, fluffy, and lightweight, with just enough yarn in the skein for a chain that, when finished and tied off into a circle, makes three or four loops over the head and around the neck. In the picture, it's looped four times so it's overall short and works perfectly to warm up that bare area of my neck that the wind seems to find so easily on a breezy day like today.
I wore it to church this morning with a lightweight cowl neck sweater (as shown in the picture) then put it back on with a more casual knitted sweater this afternoon and my neck has been warm and comfortable all day long.
In case you don't know how to crochet, I've included a very nicely-done video tutorial below that demonstrates how to crochet a chain or rope scarf. The gal in the video uses three contrasting strands of typical yarn which is a great way to get the feel of making the chain. Practice with just one strand if you're a true beginner. Once you're feeling more confident, try some fancier yarn like the Sashay Fringe yarn from Red Heart that I used. Nice thing is that the fluffiness of the yarn hides any little imperfections or mistakes you might make.
Another plus of a scarf like this one? It's a great gift idea and you can whip up several of them in an evening. I'm sure it took me less than 15 minutes to make the chain. Total cost? Around four dollars. (I did mention that frugality was a motivating factor.)
If you need a gift for a female friend or family member or if you want a fluffy neck warmer for yourself, pick up a ball of yarn next time you're out shopping and give it a try. You'll need a crochet hook, too; I used a size H hook that I had on hand and it worked very well.
If you make a chain crochet scarf (or neck warmer) for yourself or for a gift, do let me know. I'd love to hear all about it. Have fun and stay warm!