Wrap yourself in the luxury of alpaca without breaking the bank! Meet the Sand Castle Tassel Scarf, a super scarf that is anything but ordinary.
Nothing sparks my creativity quite like new yarn! I had the pleasure of trying out the new Buttercream Luxe Craft Alpaca Multi Yarn, a JOANN exclusive. The hint of alpaca blended with tried and true acrylic in an extra bulky weight yarn made for a delightful crochet experience.
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Back-to-school commercials and savings on office supplies can only mean one thing: Fall is coming! I’m a summer baby, born in mid-June and raised in the south most of my young life. But since moving to the Midwest, I’ve fallen in love with the calm of autumn. Watching the leaves change and pulling my cardigans out of storage puts me back in my happy place.
As a maker, fall also reminds me that I need to get cracking on holiday market prep and Christmas presents. Seriously, where does the time go?! If you’re already behind the 8 ball on your holiday preparations, you’re in luck. Meet the Sand Castle Tassel Scarf, a super scarf that works up fast enough to sell and is made with a lovely fiber that you’ll be proud to gift.
Receiving a giant box with the iconic lime green JOANN label on the side is like waking up on Christmas morning. If you don’t believe me, put a few things in your online shopping cart right now!
My most recent package was for a new yarn I’d never tried before called Buttercream Luxe Craft Alpaca Multi. You may be familiar with the Alpaca Solids version of this yarn, which comes in over a dozen slightly heathered shades. With Alpaca Multi, coordinating colors are perfectly combined on variegated skeins.
Buttercream Luxe Craft Alpaca Multi is a category 6 super bulky weight yarn. The fiber content is 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca, combining the luxury of animal fiber with the resilience and easy care of acrylic. I chose the color Sand Castle for my project, which combines dusty shades of tan, ice blue, and light gray over a cream-colored base. The different shades transition seamlessly and result in subtle, endearing stripes.
The Alpaca Multi yarn made picking a project easy. I had so much of it, I just kept crocheting until I had a super scarf. The last decision was on how to finish it. I recently put pom poms on my Sweet Gingham Baby Blanket [FREE PATTERN], so I opted for short, puffy tassels this time around. The end result is playful, dramatic, and oh so warm!
Sand Castle Tassel Scarf Pattern
FINISHED SIZE: 10 inches wide x 80 inches long
MATERIALS (all materials found at JOANN)
–Buttercream Luxe Craft Alpaca Multi in the color Sand Castle (3 balls)
-15.00mm Q hook
-6 inch cardboard for making tassels
- Ch = chain
- Dc = double crochet
- Sc = single crochet
- Sk = skip
- Sp = space
- T-ch = turning chain
- V-st = V stitch
SPECIAL STITCH: V-Stitch (v-st)
- (Dc, ch 1, dc) all in same space
Make Tassels (make 4)
We’ll make our tassels first to ensure that we’ll have enough yarn to complete the scarf. Find a helpful tutorial below or watch this video.
Step 1: Cut two 9-inch lengths of yarn. Set aside.
Step 2: Wrap yarn around a 6-inch length of cardboard 30 times. Cut the yarn from the ball.
Step 3: Slip one of the 9-inch lengths of yarn between the loops and the cardboard. Shimmy the yarn to the top of the cardboard and tie a tight knot, leaving the tails long.
Step 4: Slip the loops off the cardboard and cut them at the opposite side of the knot.
Step 5: Tie the other 9-inch length of yarn around the loops about 1.5 inches below the knot at the top. Wrap the yarn around the loops multiple times and tie off.
Step 6: Cut tassel strands so they are even.
Step 7 (optional): Apply light steam from an iron to relax the fibers so they are straight.
Place a slipknot on your Q hook. Chain 21.
Row 1: Ch 21. V-st in 3rd ch from hook. Sk 1 ch, sc in next ch. (Sk 1 ch, v-st in next ch, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch) across row. Row ends with a sc in the last ch.
Row 2: Turn. Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1). Sc in the ch-1 sp of next v-st, ch 1, dc in next sc. (Ch 1, sc in the ch-1 sp of next v-st, ch 1, dc in next sc) across row. Row ends with a dc in the tch space.
Row 3: Turn. Ch 1. Sc in first dc. (V-st in the next sc, sc in the next dc) across row. Row ends with a sc in the 3rd ch of the tch.
Rows 4-89: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Cut yarn, weave in all ends.
Add the Tassels
Step 1: Thread one length of yarn from creating the knot it Step 3 of Making Tassels onto a darling needle.
Step 2: Weave the darning needle into one of the scarf corners.
Step 3: Repeat Step one with the other length of yarn on the same tassel.
Step 4: Weave darning needle one stitch over from where the first length was woven into the scarf.
Step 5: Tie ends together to form a tight knot.
Step 6: Weave in the ends from adding the tassel.
Repeat these steps for all 4 tassels.
I hope you’re having as much fun with the Sand Castle Tassel Scarf as I did! Share your works in progress and your finished projects with me on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #TLYCMakers for a chance to be featured on my feed.