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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Boy's Spiderman Inspired Scarf

I am friends with a couple who have 3 boys, and one day, little 7 yr old, Joseph looked up at me with his big brown eyes and said, "Will you make me a scarf?" Even though I'm swamped with things to do right now, how could I resist that sweet little voice and those big, eyes just longing for me to say yes? I could not have possibly turned down his request. If you need a quick scarf pattern for a boy, look no further. You can make this scarf in any color combination. As a matter of fact, I'm working on a scarf now for Joseph's brother, Aaron. As Joseph was trying on his scarf, 9 yr old Aaron shyly made the comment, "I would like an Iron Man scarf". Melting my heart with his sweet personality, he began to show me the Iron Man colors. I believe I found yarn that will match, and an applique on eBay that will make him happy. I got both the Spiderman and Iron Man appliques on eBay. I decided I couldn't leave out their older brother Eli (age 11) so I asked his dad what he thought Eli would want. He said, "Star Wars", so I found a cool Star Wars applique also. I will post the pattern for that scarf later, because it will be different from the striped one below. Now that my sweet little grandson, Coen, (age 4) saw Joseph's scarf, he told me he wants a Batman one, so you know I have to make one for my only grandson!


Joseph, proudly wearing his scarf!

Spiderman Inspired Scarf
Design by Mary Jane Hall

Finished Size - 47"long x 5"wide

Skill level - Beginner

Patons Classic Wool in Bright Red (color A) and Lion Brand Wool in Cadet Blue (color B)
OR any # 4 medium worsted weight yarn
Crochet Hook Size J/10 (6m)
1 Spiderman applique (or patch) You can find the applique on eBay here.
Sewing needle and thread to match edge of patch
Yarn Needle

10 hdc and 6 hdc rows = 3"
Note: If you have more than 10 hdc sts to 3", that means your sts are too tight/small and you need to use a larger hook, but if you have less than 10 hdc sts to 3", your stitches are too big and you need to use a smaller hook. You probably can't tell in the photo to the right, but I placed straight pins before st 1 and after the 10th st,  so I would get a correct gauge.

Stitches used - chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc)

Pattern Notes - You will be working in the back loop only (blo) throughout the entire pattern. This is what will give the scarf stretch and create the ridges. Crocheting in the back loop only will make your scarf resemble knitting.

Chain 134
Row 1: With color A (red), hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in each remaining chain, turn - 130  hdc
Row 2: Ch 2, (does not count as first hdc); In blo, work hdc in first hdc and in each hdc across, changing to color B (blue) while working the last hdc. When you still have 3 loops on your hook (last hdc of row 2), pull color B (blue) through the last 3 loops, finishing off the last hdc, turn - 130 hdc
Rows 3: Chain 2, in blo, hdc in each hdc across, turn - 130 hdc
Rows 4: Repeat row 2, changing back to color A at the end of row, turn - 30 hdc
Rows 5-10: Continue to work each row in all hdc (back loop only) changing colors after every 2 rows.
End off yarn, and weave in loose ends.

Attaching Spiderman Applique/Patch to Scarf
Place patch where you want it on the scarf. Sew by hand (with whip stitch) around edges of patch with sewing needle and thread that matches edge of patch. Even though you can't really tell from the photo, the edges of my patch are black, so I used black thread. (and a small sewing needle, so I could get it to go through the thick patch)  Make sure the patch is secure, being careful that the thread does not show on the back side of the scarf.
Note: If your patch is an "iron on" patch, after you've placed it in the right position on the scarf, put a soft cotton cloth on top, and steam the patch onto the scarf, without touching the scarf. Do not press hard. Press lightly onto the cotton cloth that has been placed on top of the patch, so the ridges in the scarf will stay in tact. Be very careful with this. Never touch the iron to the yarn. Especially not wool, because the hot iron will felt it and shrink that part of your scarf! You will still have to sew the edges of the patch to the scarf, even if your patch is an "iron on."


  1. CUTE! I love it MJ (sorry I had to use the Spiderman version of Mary Jane--did you know that is Spiderman's love intrest? And she goes by MJ :-)) thanks for sharing it! I may have to make some for my boys.

  2. Yes! I definitely know that Spiderman's girfriend is Mary Jane! I even have the figure/ doll of MJ :)
    Hope you enjoy this!

  3. Hi is the Chain 134 a typo or 30 hdc a typo??? When reading the pattern you should end up with 30 hdc or is it 130 hdc?

    Sorry, but I really want to make this for my grandson to go with his Spiderman hat I made him.


    1. I have the same question! I'm making this scarf and was very confused about that!

  4. Was anyone able to figure out if chain 134 or 30 hdc was a typo?

  5. I'm really VERY sorry everyone! I did not have a link to this post so I did not know about the questions. You've probably figured it out by now but it would be 130 hdc - not 30 . I changed it. The rows are vertical, so 30 hdc would have been very short.

  6. Absolutely fantastic posting! Lots of useful information and inspiration, both of which we all need!Relay appreciate your work. Skjerf