Ask (for cake) and you shall receive! A lot of people have asked me if I could release the Strawberry Cake Scarf pattern that I put together for classes taught at Michaels in 2014. Here is my original blog post about it. The Craft Yarn Council owns the rights to the pattern now, but since the class is no longer available at Michaels, I asked if I could share the pattern here, and they said yes! Yay!
This Strawberry Cake Scarf is super sweet, fun to wear, easily customizable to your favorite cake colors and flavors, and perfect for crocheters of all skill levels – even beginners! So let’s eat our cake and wear it, too! I made my first cake scarf back in 2007, and it looked like this:
I didn’t change much except for the strawberry. (Should I cut my hair again!?) Unfortunately, both of the yarns I used in 2007 do not exist anymore, but I’m sure you could find similar if you wanted to. The cool thing about this pattern is how flexible it is. Pretty much any worsted weight yarn will work, and you’re basically just crocheting a bunch of rectangles :).
If you’re not inclined to crochet your own, I’m also selling a finished version of the scarf in my Etsy shop.
- Crochet Hook, size H8/5.00mm
- scissors or yarn cutter
- tapestry needle
- optional: 5mm pom poms, fabric glue
- worsted weight yarn in Frosting Color (FC) – approx. 210 yards (I used a discont’d yarn, Universal Classic Worsted in Bubblegum, but Big Twist Baby in Rosebud us extremely close in weight and color)
- worsted weight yarn in Cake Color (CC) – approx. 150 yards (I used a discont’d yarn, Universal Classic Worsted in Lemon)
- worsted weight yarn in Red – approx. 50 yards (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet)
- light worsted weight or sportweight yarn in Green – approx. 35 yards (I used Cascade 220 in Primavera)
- Optional: you can substitute crocheted strawberries with felt strawberries, in which case you need red felt, green felt, and fabric glue or needle and thread to match your felt colors
Perfect gauge is not essential for this project, since you can keep adding Cake Slices until your scarf is the desired length.
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
( ) = work everything inside the parenthesis into the next st, e.g. (2 sc) = work 2 sc in the next st
[ ] = repeat what is inside the brackets the number of times indicated
Cake Slice – make 17, or as many as you need for your desired scarf length
With H hook and CC, ch 17.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch, 1 sc in each ch. (16)
Rows 2 – 4: Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in each st. (16)
– Drop CC and join FC. You should carry CC while working FC, but if you are not comfortable with this, you can always break off and re-join later.
Row 5: With FC, ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in each st. (16)
– Break off FC and pick up CC.
Rows 6 – 9: With CC, ch 1, turn. 1 sc in each st. (16)
– Break off CC and join FC.
Rows 10 – 12: With FC, ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in each st. (16)
– You’ll now work 1 rnd of hdc around your whole project. The main goal is to get an even hdc border around the whole piece. The exact amount of stitches is not necessarily important, as long as your piece remains flat, and as long as the number of your stitches is consistent from Cake Slice to Cake Slice, so that it is easier for you to sew them together later. If eye-balling stitches isn’t your favorite, I provided the stitch count that I use below, as well as this diagram.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in the next 15 sts. In the last hdc of Row 12, work (3 hdc). Rotate your project so that you are working down the edge of all of your Rows. Work 13 hdc evenly toward next corner of your Cake Slice until you have one more space left. Work (3 hdc) into the corner. Rotate your project so that you are working on the bottom of the Cake Slice. Work 14 hdc evenly toward the next corner until you have one more space left. Work (3 hdc) into the corner. Rotate your project to work on the last edge of the Cake Slice. Work 13 hdc evenly toward the last corner until you have one more space left, which will be the base of 1st hdc of the rnd. Work 1 more hdc into the same corner, and then sl st to 1st hdc to join. (66)
– Break off leaving about 24 inches of yarn for sewing later. Weave in all other ends.
Strawberry – make 16, or one for each Cake Slice minus one
With H hook and Red, make magic ring, or, ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into ring. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, [(2 sc )] 3 times. In the next st, work (2 sc and 1 dc). In the next st work (1 dc and 2 sc). (3 sc) into last st. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (15)
– Break off leaving 12 inches of yarn for sewing later, and join Green.
Rnd 3: Ch 4, sl st in same st. [(sl st, ch 4, sl st)] 2 times.
– Break off and weave in Green ends and short Red end.
- Place one Cake Slice above another Cake Slice, with the right side of Rnd 1 of the Cake Slices facing you. Use the long yarn tail from the bottom slice to sew the two pieces together. You can either eyeball this, or, follow the diagram below. My first stitch goes through the 2nd hdc in the 3hdc-corner of the top slice and the joining sl st of the bottom slice, and then I proceed to whipstitch 16 more stitches together for a total of 17 whipstitches.
2. Keep adding Cake Slices in the same manner. Make one strand with 9 Cake Slices, and a second strand with 8 Cake Slices. Having different lengths for the strands ensures that the join in your scarf will not be dead center, which can look strange when worn. Also, the two separate strands ensure that all your Cake Slices will appear upright when the scarf is worn, rather than having one side look upside-down.
3. After completing two separate strands, sew the tops of the strands together to connect them, still ensuring that the right side of Rnd 1 of all the Cake Slices is facing you. Whipstitch using the same method as above, first stitching together the 2nd hdc of the 3hdc-corner on the top slice with the joining sl st of the bottom slice.
4. Sew one Strawberry to top of each Cake Slice, using your long Scarlet yarn tail. Making the top of the Strawberry overlap with the Cake Slice above it will make your cake look more realistic. There will only be one Strawberry where the two strands join. Alternatively, if you want to use felt to make strawberries, cut out your strawberry shapes as well as strawberry stem shapes, and either glue or sew them to the top of each Cake Slice.
5. Glue pompoms to Cake Slices to look like cake sprinkles.
All photos are copyright © 2016 Twinkie Chan Inc. and pattern is copyright (c) 2014 Craft Yarn Council. All rights reserved. Please do not sell or distribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may sell finished items you make from this pattern with a credit to “Twinkie Chan” as the designer. If you have any questions, please contact me using the Contact button at the top of my blog. Thank you!