Any other children of the '80s out there? Well if you are, you may have grown up watching one of the greatest films ever made - Adventures in Babysitting. And if that was the case, you likely had a real crush or a girl crush on none other than Elizabeth Shue's character Chris Parker. I think my friends and I all basically wanted to be her as a late teen. From her rad personality and her problem solving skills to her super cool outfit, she was the bomb.com.
One of the statement pieces of the film is the oversized coat (her character's grandfather's) and the long striped scarf she wears throughout the treacherous series of obstacles she endures on what should have been a lame night of babysitting. I've been dreaming of that scarf since I was a kid, and I think I finally designed something that ticks my box as a modern version. Behold the Skyline Bias Scarf, a free crochet pattern you can find below. Want a printable, ad-free PDF? Click here. And if you're ready to start stitching this baby up, grab the kit from Lion Brand here (20% off for the first week!).
Many of you may notice this scarf looks remarkably similar to my Metro Bias Scarf that I released in February. And you're correct! As with many of my designs, I got a TON of requests for the Metro in crochet and it was easy enough for me to translate over, so voila! I already had Chris Parker in mind when I designed the Metro Bias Scarf, but I was on a major neutrals-only bender so it has a much different personality. When I set out to design the crochet sister pattern, Shira (the lovely Lion Brand ambassador and 5th gen LB family member) challenged me to use color, so I knew this was my opportunity to make the 80s gods proud.
A full-on rainbow is not my style now or probably anywhere in the near future, so I kept it slightly toned down and chose two warm tones to compliment two blue-ish greys. Lion Brand's Color Made Easy yarn comes in a ton of beautiful colors so there were plenty from which to choose! Coal and Basalt are two of my favorite grey tones, mostly because I'm also a lover of blue and they lean in that direction. Because of this, I knew an orangey hue would look lovely with them. I've been dying to use Kombucha in something, so that was a no-brainer, and Millennial is just so, well, millennial, haha. The four ended up being a match made in heaven and I am in love with the way they play together. As I was working up the scarf, I started to notice how the colors resemble a sunset behind the buildings of NYC and now I just love it even more! I decided to name it the Skyline Bias Scarf for this reason.
Just like the Metro Bias Scarf, this project is worked on the bias, which means you'll be consistently decreasing along one edge and consistently increasing along the other. The result is a diagonal striping that is bold, modern, and SO fun looking when it's wrapped around the neck. As usual I love a versatile piece, and the Skyline Bias Scarf is just that. You can wear it long and lean, wrap it once, or wrap it twice for double the warmth. Winter might be coming to a close where I am, but this guy is so quick to work up and there are still plenty of chilly evenings for me to get several wears in before the season is over.
This is such a fun piece to make over and over in different color combos, and I can't wait to see what blends you guys choose. This is a beginner level crochet pattern and the techniques involved are half double crochet, the hdc2tog decrease, and changing colors at the end of a row.
1 skein each Lion Brand Yarn Color Made Easy in Basalt (195-150) for Color A, Coal (195-152) for Color B, Kombucha (195-126) for Color C, and Millennial (195-184) for Color D
Size US L/11 (8mm) crochet hook
9.5 sts + 8 rows = 4”/10cm in half double crochet
*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
Rep – repeat
St(s) – stitch(es)
Notes: Scarf is worked flat in back and forth rows on the bias, increasing by 1 st at the beginning and decreasing by 1 st at the end of each odd row, and decreasing by 1 st at the beginning and increasing by 1 st at the end of each even row. All color changes take place at the beginning of odd rows. The ch 2 at the beginning of each row does not count as a st.
With Color A, ch 32.
Row 1: Starting in 3rd ch from hook, 2 hdc in 1 st, hdc to last 2 sts, hdc2tog. (30 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc to last st, 2 hdc in last st.
Row 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in 1 st, hdc to last 2 sts, hdc2tog.
Rep rows 2 and 3, changing colors as follows (color chart provided below):
Rows 4-8: Color A.
Rows 9 and 10: Color B.
Rows 11 and 12: Color A.
Rows 13 and 14: Color B.
Rows 15 and 16: Color A.
Rows 17 and 18: Color B.
Rows 19-24: Color C.
Rows 25-28: Color A.
Rows 29 and 30: Color D.
Rows 31 and 32: Color B.
Rows 33 and 34: Color D.
Rows 35 and 36: Color B.
Rows 37-48: Color D.
Rows 49 and 50: Color B.
Rows 51-56: Color D.
Rows 57-62: Color B.
Rows 63-68: Color C.
Rows 69 and 70: Color B.
Rows 71 and 72: Color C.
Rows 73 and 74: Color B.
Rows 75 and 76: Color C.
Rows 77 and 78: Color B.
Rows 79 and 80: Color C.
Rows 81-88: Color A.
Rows 89 and 90: Color D.
Rows 91-94: Color A.
Rows 95 and 96: Color B.
Rows 97 and 98: Color D.
Rows 99 and 100: Color B.
Rows 101 and 102: Color D.
Rows 103 and 104: Color B.
Rows 105 and 106: Color D.
Rows 107 and 108: Color B.
Rows 109-114: Color D.
Rows 115-118: Color C.
Rows 119-122: Color D.
Rows 123-126: Color B.
Rows 127 and 128: Color A.
Rows 129 and 130: Color C.
Secure and weave in all ends. Lightly block if desired.
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