Gemma Scarf ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

Hello Crochet and Knitting Friends!

IT. IS. COLD. Boy, has it been cold and snowy, and icy, and wintry lately! So I have a fun freebie for you to fight the chill with just two skeins of yarn–the Gemma Scarf.


Gemma begins with only a few stitches, and you will increase evenly at only one side of the work until you have used half your allotted yarn.

From there, you decrease evenly at the same side until your yarn is gone. Voila! You have a very wide, short triangle that forms a wonderful scarf or shawlette and looks endlessly chic and fashionable, especially in stripes or different stitch patterns.

This crochet pattern was inspired by the concept of the knitted Baktus Scarf, an awesome pattern!


Baklooptus Mosaic

Scarf measures 64” (163 cm) long and 9” (23 cm) wide at triangle’s point.
332yds/304m; 3.52oz/100g Fingering weight, 4-ply yarn
The sample was made using:
Patons Kroy Socks FX; Camelot Colors; 2 skeins
US Size E (3.5 mm)
22 sts and 12 rows = 4” (10 cm) over hdc-tbl (half-double crochet through back loops) Dare I say gauge is not critical to this pattern? See what fabric texture you like best.
• Yarn needle


ch: chain
cm: centimeters
dec: decrease
ETL: extended turning loop; see instructions above
fhdc: foundation half-double crochet
g: grams
hdc: half-double crochet
hdc-tbl: half-double crochet through the back loop only
hk: hook
inc: increase
m: meters
mm: millimeters
oz: ounces
rep: repeat
RS: right side
st(s): stitch(es)
yd(s): yards
yo: yarn over
“: inches

Special Stitches
Extended turning loop (ETL) – Instead of the conventional 2-ch turning chain used with hdc, I like to make 1 long chain that reaches the height of the hdc you are about to work. Using this method, you will turn your work to begin a new row and then simply pull up a longer loop than normal – pull up the loop to reach as high as the stitch you are about to work. Do not yo & pull through, you aren’t making a complete chain. Just work your hdc into the last st of the previous row, there is no need to skip any stitches at the edge of your work when you use this method.
Decrease (dec): Half double crochet 2 together
Working in back loops (hdc-tbl): work hdc through back loop only


Pattern Notes
• The scarf is worked side to side from short end to short end in rows.
• The finished dimensions of the scarf as stated represent the finished size of Baklooptus with 2 skeins of the recommended yarn. Use of a different yarn and/or different gauge will most likely produce a scarf of different dimensions and require a different quantity of yarn.
• Severe blocking is not recommended to preserve the elasticity of Half-double crocheted ribbing. Of course you can always see what effect you like best!
• All pattern abbreviations are noted at the end of this pattern


Begin at scarf end point:
Set-up Row: Ch 2, ETL, 1 hdc in each ch, turn…2 hdc.
Row 1 (RS): ETL, inc 1 as follows: (1hdc, 1hdc-tbl) in edge st, 1hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.
Row 2 (WS): ETL, 1 hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.

Rep Rows 1 & 2 until you have worked your last full Row 2.

Row 1 (RS): ETL, dec 1 as follows: (yo, insert hk under both (front & back) loops of edge st, pull up a loop, yo, insert hk through back loop only of next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hk), 1hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.
Row 2 (WS): ETL, 1 hdc-tbl in each st across, turn.

Rep Rows 1 & 2 until only 2 sts remain.
Work Row 2 once more.
Fasten off.
Break yarn, leaving a 6″ tail.

Weave in all ends.
Gentle steam blocking will even out the stitches; not too hot if you want your ribbing to keep its stretchiness.


Baklooptus Schematic


I hope you are staying warm and enjoy this free pattern!

Yours in Stitches,


Meet Adeline


Hello Crochet Friends,

Meet Adeline, a new shawl design to crochet. Adeline is a gorgeous lace shawl featuring a decorative shawl spine branching open into lace eyelets broken up with lines and tipped with delicate points. She is now available in my Ravelry shop!

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813 yards (743 m) Fingering weight yarn

HOOK SIZE: 3.75 mm (F)
SIZE: One Size Fits All 72” [183 cm] wingspan and 32” [81 cm] deep at center point
US crochet terminology

• This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
• This triangular shawl is worked flat from the top down with a 2-
row border worked seamlessly across the lower two edges of the
• This shawl is completely reversible.
• This shawl has a beautiful natural scallop within the stitch pattern.
If you would like an alternative look, simply work your final Shawl
Body repeat by working only Rows 9-11, eliminating Row 12 and
the Shawl Border, fasten off and proceed to finish as usual.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Yours in Stitches,


Quotes from the blocking board…

Hello Crochet Mavens,

Just in case blocking your crochet ever seems like an overwhelming task, my little Production Assistant is here to remind you that it can be simple.

Step 1) Get the pins.

Step 2) Stick the shawlie.


Don’t be afraid! 🙂

Yours in Stitches,


The Kaleidoscope Shawl: a free crochet pattern for you!

Hi Crochet Lovers!

You need to hear about some amazing things happening with my Kaleidoscope Shawl, a lovely–and free–crochet shawl pattern I placed with Red Heart several months ago.

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Kaleidoscope Shawl by Sara Kay Hartmann

I got so excited when I learned that the Kaleidoscope Shawl is part of an ebook collection called–get this–Coffee and Yarning.


Um, I don’t know about you, but coffee and yarning is the story of my life.

Or at least I want it to be. How about you? 🙂

I really love this part…Marly Bird is offering an instructional video on how to crochet the Kaleidoscope Shawl.

I was so happy to learn about this, I had to share the videos right here with you on the blog.

There are instructions tailored to both right-handed and left-handed crocheters!

The stitch patterns are quite easy and add up to a bigger effect than you would think from their simplicity.

And the yarn choice has everything to do with that!

Long color repeats create a beautiful stained-glass effect that looks as if you worked an awful lot of stripes after spending hours in the yarn shop selecting a perfectly harmonious color palette.

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Kaleidoscope Shawl by Sara Kay Hartmann

But that’s all done for you with Red Heart’s Unforgettable yarn. I loved the Tealberry colorway they sent me.

I’m also a sucker for a singles-ply. The softness, the shine, the texture of the finished stitches, the light twist of the yarn. Mmm! So pretty.

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Red Heart Unforgettable: Colorway Tealberry

After discovering her videos, I’m going nuts for the yarn Marly used in her version of Kaleidoscope. After doing a little detective work, I’m pretty sure it’s the Parrot colorway.

I gotta make something with this!

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Red Heart Unforgettable: Colorway Parrot

Gorgeous. So bright and happy. I just love color.

What do you look for in your favorite crochet shawls?

I’m obsessed with shawls again and am in the process of designing and testing a brand new collection as I write this post. It’s been so much fun, and deeply satisfying to return to my love of designing shawls and wraps.

You can take a look at the first indie shawl collection I put together after publishing Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems.


Shawls Ebook Cover

Shawls by Sara Kay: PDF ebook collection, $17.95

I love bundling my patterns into collections that offer you a big discount on the individual pattern price.

Everyone loves a bundle, right?

You can read this post to learn more about the first beauty in the new collection lineup, or see my full set of shawl pattern releases on Ravelry.

I hope you enjoy the Kaleidoscope Shawl. Please tag me @sarakayhartmann on IG if you make it, or any of my patterns!

Yours ever in a tangle of yarn,


Sweet Shells Cardigan from Red Heart Yarns!

sweet shells

Hi Crochet Lovelies!

I have a little bit of sweetness to share with you today. And it’s free sweetness, to boot. This dear little sweater pattern is available now as a free PDF download from Red Heart!


The Sweet Shell Cardigan is a baby pattern in 4 sizes: 6 mos (12 mos, 18 mos, 24 mos) made in fewer than 500 yds [458 m] worsted weight yarn, so it will work up in a flash just in time for an upcoming baby shower!

This design uses one of my favorite sweater-making techniques: working flat in joined pieces, from the top down.

Say what?

Here’s a little more explanation from the Pattern Notes.

This sweater is worked flat in a single piece from the top down. The Back is crocheted first, then the Left Front is joined at the shoulder and seamlessly worked down, followed by the Right Front. Both Sleeves are seamlessly joined and worked down. This construction method creates neat seams with just side and sleeve seams remaining to be sewn.

What I love about working in this method is that your shoulder seams are joined evenly and cleanly as you stitch the sweater which eliminates any problems from bulky or sloppy seams at the most visible part of the sweater. It also greatly reduces time spent Finishing the sweater and helps you ensure that the pieces are aligned straight and evenly.

That’s a win!

The side body and underside of the sleeves are seamed in the usual manner. I always prefer to slip-stitch crochet my “traditional”  seams whenever possible rather than using a yarn needle and thread. It’s easier for me to crochet evenly than to sew evenly. And I find my seams feel a little stronger and more durable when I slip-stitch them. I just have to be careful not to work too tightly.

What method or tricks do you like to make seaming easier?

This design was inspired by my little girl, Catherine. In my mind, I called this cardigan the Cream Puff Cardi because of the soft ivory, pillowy texture, and sweet style. Here is my original sample made for her in about the 24 mos. size. She’s been wearing it since around 13 mos, and it still fits! #momwin



3/4 length sleeves help you get longer wear out of garments for little ones, and it’s nice because she often pushes her sleeves up off her wrists anyway (and her pant cuffs up into capris–she’s always hot, but that’s another design problem for another day ;)!

We styled it up with a plaid tutu skirt, tights, boots (be still, my beating heart–boots on a two-year-old), and a handmade yo-yo hair bow I sewed from a scrap of poinsettia fabric. She wore it to our family Christmas Eve a few months ago, and to me, she was the Belle of our very small Ball.


Do you have beloved babies or new babies on the way that you’ll be crocheting for? Leave me a comment or find me on Instagram! I want to hear about them, and what sweet things you’ll be making for them.

Kisses and Stitches,

Sara Kay