The Winter Melancholy Scarf can be crocheted in any medium weight yarn. I used yarn I received in my monthly Yarn Crush Box (which I subscribed to last spring) to make this pattern. The yarn I used is from Fiesty Fibers and the color is When Doves Cry. It is a lovely yarn, soft and comforting to work with and something I just needed to crochet with last night.
For those who are new to my blog, every fall I tend to sink into a bit of a funk. It is a normal event for me and I tend to disappear and hibernate for a while until my SAD light and willpower win out over my mental state. In case you have been missing me on social media lately – I’ve been allowing myself to hibernate.
I am a highly functional depressed person – at least that is what I tell myself. I’ve been receiving care for my disease for more than 20 years and I know that every fall when the weather changes and the sun hides it’s lovely face and warmth, I sink into a different low which cannot be controlled by my daily antidepressant dosage. My Doctor and I have agreed that I shall coast through these SAD seasons until spring, without making changes to my medications. Logically this makes total sense to me, but I dread these weeks when I no longer have a solid control over my mental state or emotions.
So what do I do during this time? I use a variety of tools, like my terribly bright SAD light, I diffuse and wear lockets with essential oils (citrus smells seem to be the best for my senses), I tinker in crystal healing and I allow myself to indulge in extra sleep…and I mean a lot of extra sleep…this is my fall hibernation time 😉 After a few weeks I start to level off and my concentration and mood start to improve. I then coast until springtime, trying to stay on task by following a strict schedule to manage each and every activity that I need to accomplish. Sometimes the floor shifts beneath me and I feel like I am screaming on the inside, but once I hit the coasting period, things are relatively stable until spring and then the sun is here again 🙂 and I feel more myself.
Thinking of each of you who share the same boat as me during this time of year. Stay the course, we will make it to the other side to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces again. Be kind to yourselves.
The Winter Melancholy Scarf Pattern
- Yarn: Fiesty Fibers. 4 oz (115 g) and 200 yds (183 m). 100% Superwash merino wool. Medium Weight Yarn .
- Colors: 1 skein When Doves Cry.
- Hook: 5 mm (H). I used this hook.
- Finished Project Yardage: One Size Fits Most: 115 g / 200 yds
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker
One Size Fits Most, approximately 62 inches X 5.5 inches
Approximately 4 sets of (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 6 inches and R2-R5 is 2 inches (before blocking).
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.
US Terminology used
beg – beginning
bl- back loop
ch – chain
ch1sp – chain 1 space
ch2sp – chain 2 space
ch4sp – chain 4 space
dc – double crochet
R – row
RS – right side
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
WS – wrong side (back of project)
* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
() – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space
Helpful Video Tutorials
- Work R1 stitches in the back bar of the chain.
- Stitch multiple is 6 + 3 chs
Winter Melancholy Scarf Pattern Instructions
The scarf is worked lengthwise, back and forth in rows.
Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge):
R1: Ch 231, sk the first ch, 1 sc in the next 2 chs. *Ch 4, sk next 4 chs, sc in each of the next 2 chs**. Rep from * to ** across, turn. [78 sc, 38 ch4sp]
R2: (RS): Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), sk 1 sc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch4sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch4sp**. Rep from * to ** across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, 1 dc in the last sc, turn. [154 dc, 38 ch2sp]
R3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, plus ch 2), sk 2 dc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 dc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp**. Rep from * to ** across to the last 3 dc. Ch 2, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in the last dc, turn. [76 sc, 2 dc, 2 ch2sp, 38 ch4sp]
R4: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, plus ch 1), 2 dc in ch2sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch4sp**. Rep from * to ** across to the last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, 2 dc in the last ch2sp, ch 1, 1 dc in the last dc, turn. [154 dc, 37 ch2sp, 2 ch1sp]
R5: Ch 1, 1 sc in the first dc and 1 sc in the next ch1sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 dc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp**. Rep from * to ** across to the last 5 dc. Ch 4, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in the next ch1sp and 1 sc in the last dc, turn. [78 sc, 38 ch4sp]
R6-R9: Rep R2-R5
R10: Rep R2
R11: Rep R3. Finish off and weave in ends.
The edging is worked along short-edges of the scarf only.
R1: With RS facing, join yarn and work 20 sl st evenly across the edge. Ch 1, turn. [20 sl st]
R2: 1 sl st in the bl of each sl st across, ch 1, turn. [20 sl st]
R3: 1 sl st in the bl of each sl st across, finish off and weave in ends. [20 sl st]
Rep Edging for the other short-edge of the scarf.
Weave in any remaining yarn ends.
Gentle blocking if desired.