This kerchief brought back memories of my youth. When we were young teenagers, my friends and I often put bandanas over our heads and tied them at the nape of the neck to keep our hair neat and out of our faces (we also thought it looked really cool – ha ha). Recently, I’ve seen this look make a comeback but in a much prettier updated way with lovely fabrics and even in crochet. My daughter likes to wear one when she’s helping me with gardening — I took this photo when she was distracted 🙂
I designed my kerchief in a lacy bobble stitch pattern with a 4 row repeat. I like bobbles because they are much easier to work than popcorn stitches but give you a similar raised look. This kerchief is a great way to practice the stitch before you commit to using it on a larger project and I’ve linked to an easy photo tutorial if you need a little help with the stitch. The kerchief is “one size fits all” but it’s super easy to make larger or smaller so you can customize it for your needs.
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Skill Level: Easy
Sizes: Approximately 17” wide x 11″ long
- DK/Sport weight yarn – I used I used Cascade Ultra Pima Yarn
- Size 4.0 mm (US G) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Gauge: 18 dc x 9 rows = 4″
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
sc= single crochet
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
YO = yarn over
This pattern is written in US crochet terms.
- Weave ends as you work
- Ch1 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch
- Ch3 at beginning of row counts as double crochet
- Stitch count is in ( ) at end of row
- Complete instructions in [ ] as a set as indicated
Bobble Kerchief – Instructions
Row 1: Ch7, sl st to first ch to form a loop, ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 4dc, ch3, 5dc in center of loop. (10 dc + ch3 corner)
Row 2: Ch1, turn, 2sc in same st, Bobble in next st, sc in next 2 sts, Bobble in last st, [sc, Bobble, sc] in corner, Bobble in next st, sc in next 2 sts, Bobble in next st, 2sc in last st. (5 Bobbles + 10 sc)
Row 3: Ch3, turn, dc in same st, 2dc in next st, dc in each st to corner Bobble, [2dc, ch3, 2dc] in corner Bobble, dc in each st to last 2 sts, 2dc in last 2 sts. (22 dc + corner)
Row 4: Ch3, turn, dc in same st, [ch1, skip 1, dc in next st] repeat to corner, [2dc, ch3 2dc] in corner, [dc, ch1, skip 1] repeat to last 2 sts, ch1, skip 1, 2dc in last st. (9 dc + 10 ch1 spaces + corner)
Row 5: Ch3, turn, dc in same st, 2dc in next st, dc in each st and ch1 space to corner, [2dc, ch3, 2dc] in corner, dc in each st and ch1 space to last 2, 2dc in last 2 sts. (36 dc + corner)
Row 6: Ch1, turn, sc in same st, Bobble in next st, [sc in next 2 sts, Bobble in next st] repeat to last st before corner, sc in last st before corner, [sc, Bobble, sc] in corner, sc in next st, [Bobble in next st, sc in next 2 sts] repeat to last 2 sts, Bobble in next st, sc in last st. (13 Bobbles + 26 sc)
Rows 7 to 18: Repeat Rows 3 to 6, three times.
Top Border and Ties: turn to work across top of kerchief, sc evenly across top so that edge lays flat, ch51, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st across sc, ch51, sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Fasten off.
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