Crochet and Braid T-shirt Scarf

 
 

I wasn’t going to post again until the New Year, but I’m so excited about this project, I have to show it now.  NOW.  I have some problems with delayed gratification, can you tell? (Although, I did wrap my own Kindle Fire and waited until Christmas to open it, to everyone’s amusement.)

Ok, so I saw some pretty nifty braided scarves on Pinterest and Google.  Follow me on Pinterest to see my inspirations!  I decided to mash up the braided scarf idea with the upcycled t-shirt idea, and this is what I got.

crochet braid t-shirt scarf

I didn’t cut up old t-shirts though, mostly because I only have a couple of them hanging around, and they’re not of a size to produce enough fabric for this scarf.  So I went to Hobby Lobby (for the FIRST TIME!) and almost swooned at the sight of the craft heaven that it is.

One Dog Woof: Crochet Braid T-shirt Scarf

In a nutshell, this scarf consists of a cuff made from crochet, and a whole bunch of knit jersey fabric braided and tied into the crochet cuff.  I’m thinking about selling this on Etsy!  (Did I mention? I’m starting an Etsy shop – another New Years resolution that I’ll talk about later.)  Update: I have not been making these for sale because it takes more fabric and time than I have available.

If you’d like one, let me know and you can support my Etsy endeavors! :-)  Or, check out the instructions below and try your hand at making one yourself!  

One Dog Woof: Crochet Braid T-shirt Scarf

 

One Dog Woof: Crochet Braid T-shirt Scarf

 

One Dog Woof: Crochet Braid T-shirt Scarf

 

Supplies:

2 yds jersey knit fabric

yarn in coordinating color

thread in matching color

scissors, embroidery needle, crochet hook (I think I used size K)

3 hair bands (3 hair bands?!  I know, I’ll get to it)

 

Instructions:

1. Make a crochet cuff, which is really just a crocheted rectangle folded up and joined together.  My pattern was CH 13, *turn, HDC 12 starting with the second chain, CH 1, then start from the * until you get a cuff large enough to be folded.  To join, fold the rectangle up, and join your first row with your last row with a row of HDC 12, then fasten off.  Did that make sense?  I’m terrible at patterns.  I’m also terrible at gauges, so good thing this project doesn’t require any size accuracy!

For the braids:

2. Cut up your fabric into (24) 2 inch strips.  I tried using 1 inch strips but the “t-shirt yarn” was thin and weak looking.

Since I had 2 yds of fabric, my strips were 72 inches long, but I needed twice that, so I sewed two strips together, to make 12 strips total.  If you had 4 yds of fabric, you could cut some ginormous strips and save yourself the sewing.  Then this would become the No Sew Braided Scarf instead of the Minimal Sewing Braided Scarf.

3. To make the “yarn” from the strips, pull the fabric strips so that the edges curled in, which means no need to hem!  SCORE! and yay! for the jersey fabric.

Now I had a whole mess of jersey yarn spaghetti, which obviously, J wanted to play with.  I forgot to get a picture of the tangle that he created when he pulled the whole mess onto the floor and wallowed in it.  These pictures are of my t-shirt noodles, after he had gone to bed.  I felt like the asian noodle master on the Kung Fu Panda dvd.

 

4. Thread the 12 noodles into 12 holes at the bottom of your crochet cuff so that the seam, or the middle, of the noodle is hidden by the cuff.  This means you should have 6 feet of noodle on either side.  Now you have a weird 12 pronged dodeca-pus squid monster.

 

6. It’s time to BRAID!  Pick 3 noodles (that’s 2 from each side of the first crochet hole and 1 from the second) to braid.  At this point, save your sanity and roll the noodles up and tie with the hair bands.  Otherwise, you’ll be messing with 6 foot open ends, knots up to your eyeballs, and no amount of liquor is going to make you want to continue.

 

7. Lock down the crochet cuff somewhere so you get enough tension to braid the noodles.  I did this in my guest room, so I just tucked the cuff in between the mattress and the boxspring.  Ha! I knew the dead weight of the Tempurpedic was good for something!

8. Now there’s nothing left to do but braid.  And braid and braid and braid.  Twelve noodles halved gives you 24 strips, which means you’ll end up with 8 braids.  At 6 feet per braid, that’s 48 feet of braiding.  Maybe open a bottle of wine at this point…

9. As the braid progresses, release more of the material from the hair band.  Towards the end, lose the hair bands altogether, then knot the braid at the end to fasten.

10. Braid, sip wine, braid some more. Chug wine.  Keep braiding.  Before you know it, you’ll be done, and you’ll have kicked that bottle and be feeling good!

To wear, wrap the braids around your neck once and secure in the cuff.

Here’s me taking pictures of myself after Drew told me I had plenty nuff pictures already.  After dozens of shots pointing in all the wrong directions, these were the only 2 that turned out, sort of.

One Dog Woof: Crochet Braid T-shirt Scarf

 

One Dog Woof: Crochet Braid T-shirt Scarf

Ok!  NOW I can sit down and seriously think about my resolutions for 2012!

 

 

[Update] : I got myself a sticker!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    WOW! I’m TOTALLY impressed!!! Would you come by tomorrow night and link this up at my party, I’d LOVE to have any of your projects…LOVE your style!!! I’m excited to be your newest follower and would love to have you return the “love”!

    XO, Aimee

  2. says

    I really love your scarf!!! I’m trying it in the next few days… the I’m posting on my blog. Come and see me! Congrats for your cute blog! Steffy

  3. says

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments! I think I’m gaining an obsession for jersey knit scarves, and I hope to share some more ideas soon :-)

  4. says

    I am a HUGE Etsy fan! If you open a shop please let us know! I’ll be one of your first customers! Love this scarf but not sure I want to tackle it myself…although I will tackle the wine chugging!

  5. says

    Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your talent- what a great take on the scarf.

    I’ll be featuring this for Feature Friday on my blog tomorrow- hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

    Valerie-www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

  6. says

    Thank YOU so much for linking up to last week’s {wow me} wednesday link party. You were one of the top viewed links from last week. I’ll be featuring you tomorrow night at this week’s party. Hope to see YOU again this week.

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

  7. Anonymous says

    Really great scarf, I have searched for lots of tshirts scarves, and made several already, but this is the classiest one I have seen so far, I can hardly wait to make it. thanks so much for sharing the instructions. Lucy

  8. says

    A friend sent me a link to your braided scarf because she thought my daughter would like it. well, yeah!! it’s fantastic. and, i love the idea of recycling/upcycling. i’ve written a blog article featuring your design that will publish on my blog on february 22, 2012. i wish you a lot of success on your etsy.com site. keep coming up with designs like this one and you’ll be a star in no time! please feel free to email me when you have other designs you’d like to share.
    jd
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com

  9. says

    I absolutely LOVE the scarf. I went to Esty but didn’t see any for sale. What would a deep purple one cost? Thanks so much. You are so talented. Love looking at all the things you can make.

    • says

      Hi, I haven’t actually been making them to sell because it takes so much fabric, and that specific type is hard to find in my area. So sorry! If I do start production of this, I will announce it and let you know!

  10. Heather-Lou says

    Would it look good using super bulky yarn instead of the t-shirt fabric? Because I’m simply awful at cutting strait lines!

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