Bubble Gum Scarf

Bright pink and subtle cream tones work together to create this one-of-a-kind scarf. Make it for your daughter, granddaughter or special young lady in your life.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 7” wide x 48” long

Gauge: 2 small shells and 2 scs = 2 ½”

Materials

Yarn: Red Heart with Love (100% acrylic; 370 yards [338 meters]/198 grams): #1704 Bubble Gum (1 skein), #1303 Aran (1 skein)
Hook: US Size G/7 (4.5 mm), US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hooks

Special Stitches

Cluster Treble Crochet (cl tr): Holding back last loop of each stitch on hook, 3 trs in place indicated, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
Back post treble (bptr): Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second double crochet in the row below, and then from front to back again between the posts of the second and third stitches. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.
Large Shell (lg shell): (4 tr, [ch 1, 4 tr] twice) in place indicated.
Small Shell (sm shell): (4 tr, ch 1, 4 tr) in place indicated.
4-back post treble decrease (4-bptr dec): Holding back last loop of each stitch on hook, bptr around each of next 4 stitches, yo, pull through all loops on hook.
8-back post treble decrease (8-bptr dec): *Holding back last loop of each stitch on hook, bptr around each of next 4 stitches*, skip sc between shells and working on next shell, repeat between * once, yo, pull through all loops on hook.

Pattern Notes

The 8-bptr dec is always worked using the last 4-tr group of 1 shell and the first 4-tr group of the next shell.
When working into beginning ch, insert hook under top two loops of ch to avoid stretching the chain and leaving a large hole.

Pattern

Rnd 1: With bubble gum ch 172, sc in 2nd ch from hook, [skip 4 chs, sm shell in next ch, skip next 4 chs, sc in next ch] across, working in opposite side of starting ch, [skip 4 chs, sm shell in next ch (which will be the same ch as sm shell on the opposite side of the ch), skip next 4 chs, sc in sc] across, skip 4 chs, join to beginning sc and fasten off. (36 small shells)
Rnd 2: Join aran with a sc in first sc, ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, *sc in next ch 1 space of first small shell, ch 5, [8-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space of small shell, ch 5] across*, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, repeat between * once, join to beginning sc. (Four 4-bptr dec, Thirty two 8-bptr dec)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *lg shell in top of next 4-bptr dec (corner), [sc in next sc, sm shell in top of next 8-bptr dec] across to next corner** sc in next sc, repeat from * around ending repeat at **, join to beginning sc and fasten off. (32 small shells, 4 large shells)
Rnd 4: Join bubble gum with a sc in first ch 1 space of first corner shell, *ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, [sc in next ch 1 space, ch 5, 8-bptr dec, ch 5] across to next corner**, sc in next ch 1 space, repeat from * around, ending repeat at **, join to beg sc and fasten off. (Four 4-bptr dec, thirty six 8-bptr dec)

Flower

Rnd 1: With aran and G hook ch 3 and form a ring, 6 scs in ring, join to beginning sc and fasten off.
Rnd 2: With H hook join bubble gum with a sc in any sc, ch 3, (cl tr, ch 3, sc) in same stitch,
[sc, ch 3, cl tr, ch 3, sc] in each stitch around, join to beginning sc and fasten off. (6 petals)
Sew flower to scarf as shown on photo. yarn ball
ILC Option 1-3

Do you have any tips on crocheting shells? Share below!

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Comments
  • Particularly appreciated this tip:
    Laurene December 12, 2016

    Not really a tip but if the row after the shells is worked into the centre of the shell I’ll adjust the stitch count to an odd number so that it lines up better.

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  • Nicola Hill

    They need a bit of practice – make a good size sampler and then crochet a simple shape, before tackling anything with a lot of shaping. Thanks for the free pattern.

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  • I have no tips. I just learned the shell stitch for a purse I did and haven’t used it since. But I’m excited to try it again on this scarf! Thanks for the pattern!!

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  • Nope! I wish my great-grandma was still here, because I’d bet she would have some suggestions!

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  • Nice looking. Tips? Shells aren’t hard or complicated. Just follow the instructions in the pattern.

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  • Donna Betz

    Count twice to make sure you get the right number of stitches in each shell.

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  • Not really a tip but if the row after the shells is worked into the centre of the shell I’ll adjust the stitch count to an odd number so that it lines up better.

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  • Take a look every once in a while to see if you spot an error. I hate to have to rip back to the beginning of the previous row because I found a mistake while working the end of the next row.

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  • I have no advice, but I do need to work on my tension on shells as I am putting too much on. Oh well, I’ll learn..

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  • No tips, but like the pattern. Think I’d do it in a different color, though.

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  • becky copley

    sorry, didn’t see it had actually posted, as I never hit enter, lol. Of course, it could’ve been my cat walking in front of me too, lol…

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  • becky copley

    well, I had one, but it told me it was a duplicate comment… so I guess not, lol…

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  • becky copley

    Just to keep an eye on your tension so the first & last are the same size. Can be difficult when making shells with a greater number of stitches in each one!

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  • be consistent with the tension and count to make sure you numbers are right

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  • Mrs. Smith

    I quite new to crochet so I don’t have any tips. I’ve enjoyed making them and think they tend to be rather easy. Great tip above about maintaining tension.

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  • Angelique Grant

    I have no tips on shells, I have a little trouble with them myself. I tried it once and ended up with it curving lol

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  • Abby Carpenter

    I’m still pretty new to crochet, so I don’t really have any tips to crocheting anything, much less shells, yet! I do find that mine seem to be best when I try to make them a little tight.

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  • Shirley E.

    Shells ask that your stitches be consistent so they can lay nicely together and look like a shell instead of ragged work. I think they’re a lot of fun, regardless of how many stitches are required to make them.

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  • Kimberly Beagle

    I think the most important tip for crocheting shells is to keep the same tension as much as possible so you don’t have some bigger and some smaller. Also practicing with some shells before you begin will help get the kinks worked out before you start your masterpiece!

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  • Beverly Cutsinger

    No I don’t have any tips. Guess I don’t do them often enough

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