Fall is right around the corner and I’ve got the perfect scarf for you! The Waterrock Scarf is easier to make than it looks, and takes just three skeins of yarn!
Get this FREE Tunisian crochet pattern from Rohn Strong and JOANN below!
I’m one of those people that feels the slightest nip in the air and I’m throwing on a scarf, breaking out the autumn leaf scented candles, and spraying strangers with Pumpkin Spice…
I might be exaggerating a bit…maybe.
The Waterrock Scarf gets its name from the mountain, Waterrock Knob, which is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States – and the 15th highest of the 40 mountains in North Carolina over 6,000 feet. And Waterrock Knob in fall? GORGEOUS!
Waterrock is worked in one long rectangle from end to end with increases and decreases to give it that slanted stripe look. We begin by casting on a few stitches, increase to the total width, then work back and forth in rows (with those increases and decreases) until the scarf is the desired length. Lastly, we work decreases on both sides which will give us the finished rectangle.
This method is often referred to in knitting as “bias knitting’. That’s primarily because we are working on the bias the whole time. In tunisian crochet, the concept is the same, we just work back and forth with the right side of our work facing us the whole time.
We maintain the bias look by working an increase at the beginning of each row and a decrease at the end of each row. Changing colors at different points is what really shows off the resulting slanting stitches. While working this in one color would be equally cool, working it in multiple colors really shows off the bias look.
I knew I needed a great yarn that carried a hefty amount of yardage when I started the scarf. Yarn choice is often make it or break it for me. This scarf was designed for this kind of yarn. A 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn that has a tight twist.
Yarn can have a huge impact on your finished piece. Whether it’s knit or crochet. Tunisian crochet produces a fabric that shifts all the stitches to the back and creates an imbalance. That’s why you get the curl when working tunisian crochet. When designers recommend a few rows at the beginning of a project to help combat curl, this is to help cure that imbalance.
Tunisian also uses a great deal of yarn. Which can create a heavy project. A tight twist, which Big Twist Soft has, will make sure the scarf holds up for years to come and doesn’t stretch out. Acrylic yarn will also help the design keep its luster, as it tends to hold up better than wool. Definitely stay away from cotton or any kind of cotton blend.
Big Twist Soft is definitely one of my go-to yarns. It’s a soft acrylic with a tight twist and just the right amount of yardage. With a 6oz ball bringing in nearly 320 yards. How amazing is that? There are also a number of colors to choose from and for about $4 a yard (before a coupon of course) you can’t really beat it.
- 3 Balls of Big Twist Soft (1 each in colorways Taupe, Denim, and Orange)
- US K/10 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook with 12: cord or hook needed to obtain gauge
- Tapestry Needle
7.5 inches wide and 72 inches long after blocking
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches before blocking
Ch – Chain
YO – Yarn Over
Tks – Tunisian knit stitch
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tks2tog – Tunisian Knit Stitch 2 Together
RetP – Return Pass
Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks): Beginning in the second vertical bar, insert the hook from front to back between the front and back vertical pars and draw up a loop. Repeat this in each pair of vertical bars across, working under both bars on the last stitch.
Loop already on hook at beginning of the forward pass counts as first stitch.
This scarf is completed using three different colors. Here we’ll refer to them as A (Taupe), B (Orange), and C (Blue).
For the stripe sequence as shown in the photo, you’ll change the colors at the beginning of every forward pass after completing the number of rows outlined below:
A – 1 row
B – 1 row
C – 2 rows
A – 3 rows
B – 5 rows
C – 8 rows
A – 13 rows
B – 21 rows
C – 34 rows
A – 55 rows
B – 14 rows
Here is an up-close photo of the beginning stripe sequence.
Row 1: Yo, tks in each st across to last st, yo, tks in last st. RetP.
Rep Row 1 until there are a total of 41 stitches or desired width of scarf.
Next Row: Yo, tks in each st across to last 3 sts, tks2tog, tks in last st. RetP.
Rep last row until scarf measures 72″ when measured along the longest end, or desired length.
Next Row: Tks2tog, tks in each st across to last 3 sts, tks2tog, tks in last st. RetP.
Rep last row until just 5 sts remain.
Last Row: (Tks2tog) twice. RetP.
Weave in all ends. Wash and lay flat to block.
I really hope you enjoyed this pattern! I just love sharing all these free patterns with you all! If you stitch this up, make sure you take a photo and tag me in them on Instagram and show off your project in the Rohn Strong Maker Community on Facebook too!