How to Crochet the Vintage Jean Tube Scarf
Updated: May 22
Hi guys! It's still blistering cold here in Canada, and while the temperature has been fluctuating, I'm never sure if it's safe to leave the house without my scarf, hat, or mitts. As much as I dislike winter and all of the cold, dreary days it brings, there is something refreshing about being able to bundle up in your warmest layers, without breaking a sweat. Since the cold weather isn't going anywhere, why not crochet some cute winter accessories to keep you warm? In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to crochet the Vintage Jean Tube Scarf. This scarf is designed to be a double layer to protect you against the cold weather; and trust me, it works. If you know how to half double crochet, then you are ready for this scarf!
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Sometimes, when I am searching for something on my phone, I end up in a rabbit hole. Why am I looking at pictures of baby hippos, when I was looking up dinner recipes? It's all a mystery. One night, I fell into a rabbit hole and found this beautiful striped knitted tube scarf by PurlSoho. Unfortunately, I can't knit, but it gave me an idea. I have never seen anyone make a crochet tube scarf before, so I figured that I would give it a try. Tube scarfs are designed for extra warmth (similar to a double layer or wrapping your scarf twice), and to keep your stitches from curling up. I designed this scarf using half double crochet clusters to be a moss stitch look alike.
About this Scarf:
This scarf is worked in the round, which means that you will join your base chain together with a slip stitch to make a circle.
This scarf can be customized to fit you! There are instructions for how to adjust the width and length of your scarf below.
It is made using pairs (clusters) of half double crochet stitches. If you are unfamiliar with half double crochet, here is a great tutorial to help get you started.
*Lion Brand Jeans Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 246yd/ 225 m, 3.5 oz/ 100g) 1 Skein each of Colour A - Classic, Colour B - Top Stitch, Colour C - Vintage, Colour D - Brand New, Colour E - Faded --- (approximately 974 total yds used in this project).
*5.0mm crochet hook
Ch - chain
Sp - space
Hk - hook
Sk - skip
St - stitch
Sl st - slip stitch
Hdc - half double crochet
Cl(s) - cluster(s)
 - Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
Gauge: Approximately 8 hdc clusters x 13 rows in 4" x 4"
Row 1: 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hk, [sk 1 ch, 2 hdc in next st] and in each ch across. (8 hdc cl(s))
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc between each hdc cl across. (8 hdc cl(s))
Row 3 - 13: Repeat Row 2.
This scarf measures 7" across by 57" in length.
Making Adjustments to your Scarf:
Width: Your initial chain determines the width of your scarf. The pattern calls for chaining 50, but if you'd like to customize the width of your scarf (i.e. make it wider/less wide), your chain must be a multiple of 2.
Length: To customize the length of your scarf (i.e make it longer/shorter), you can work each row until you are happy with the length. If you want your scarf to be shorter, work less rounds; and if you want your scarf to be longer, work more rounds. If you are following the colour breakdown chart below, you may have to tweak it to suit the new length of your scarf.
Changing Colour Method:
In this pattern, there is a lot of colour work (as you can see by the large colour chart above). Changing colours can seem scary, but I promise that once you get the hang of it, it's really easy. Here is a photo tutorial, along with a few written instructions, to show you how I change colours throughout this scarf.
When I get to the end of the round, I "pretend" to make the last half double crochet stitch in the orange yarn. I have 3 loops on my hook, and I would normally yarn over and pull my orange yarn through all 3 loops. Instead, I drop the orange strand of yarn, pick up my new yarn (blue), and pull it through the 3 loops on my hook. This will be my last stitch of the round, before I slip stitch and start a new round in blue.
I have now made a slip stitch and chained 1. Before I start my new round using the colour blue, I will make sure that my orange strand of yarn is hanging off the back of my scarf (this will help me when I want to pick it up for the next round).
I continue working the round in the blue yarn, but before I finish the final half double crochet, I drop the blue yarn. Instead, I pick up the orange yarn tail and pull it through the 3 loops on my hook. I make a slip stitch to finish my round, and make sure that the blue yarn is hanging from the back of the scarf. I continue to work the next round in orange.
Continue to use this colour changing method as you work through the pattern. I really hope it helps! If you need further assistance or clarification, please leave a comment down below. I'd be more than happy to help.
The beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch.
Half double crochet clusters are 2 half double crochets worked in the same stitch/space.
In Row 2 - 192, each half double crochet cluster is worked in the space/gap between two half double crochet clusters in the previous round.
Do not turn at the end of each round.
This tube scarf is worked in the round!
Ch 50; making sure that the chain is not twisted, join the last ch to the 1st ch with a slip stitch (sl st) to make a circle.
Round 1: Ch 2, 2 hdc in 1st ch [sk next ch, 2 hdc in next ch] across. Join the last hdc to the 1st hdc with a sl st (50 hdc or 25 hdc clusters).
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in sp between 1st two hdc clusters of previous row; 2 hdc in each sp across. Join with a sl st. (25 hdc clusters)
Round 3 - 192: Repeat Round 2. Use the colour chart above to let you know when to change colours throughout the work.
Fasten off and weave in ends!
Congratulations! You just made your first Vintage Jean Tube Scarf. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Now you can wrap yourself up in this beauty to keep you toasty warm on those cold days!
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Looking for a New Project?
If you loved this project and are dying to make a new scarf with lots of color, you might like the Easy Knit-Like Cowl and Infinity Scarf. This scarf is crocheted with simple stitches to highlight the color work in the yarn.
Thank you guys so much for following along. I can't wait to see what you create!