Nerd With a Hook

Simply a girl and her crochet hooks

Now, for my first ever pattern!

This scarf is based on a scarf described in Diana Wynne Jones’ novel The Lives of Christopher Chant. In the novel, the titular character is given a scarf described as being “about ten feet long, striped in the colors of the rainbow.” Although the scarf in the book was knitted, I couldn’t resist making my own version. Mine is, in fact, ten feet long, and pretty warm as well- a weird project choice for a summer trip to Wisconsin, but a fun project nonetheless.

The pattern itself is very simple, and can be adjusted for any length of scarf with any number of color changes. It creates a sort of checkerboard mesh pattern.

This is my first time writing a pattern, as I said before, so if there are any problems, just let me know.

American crochet terms used.

Christopher Chant Scarf


~Size K/10 ½ (6.50MM) crochet hook

~Worsted weight yarn in desired color(s) and quantity to create scarf

Abbreviations Used:

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet


Ch 35 (or any multiple of 4+3 to achieve desired width).

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and every ch across.

Rows 2-3: ch1, sc in each sc across.

Row 4: ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), [dc in next two sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc], repeat brackets until last sc, dc in last sc.

Row 5: ch3, [2dc in ch2 space, ch2, skip 2 dc]. repeat brackets until last dc, dc in last dc.

Repeat until color block is desired length (leaving about 1 in. for finishing rows).

Finishing a color block:

Row 6: ch1, sc in next dc, [2 sc in ch2 space, sc in next two dc], repeat brackets until last dc, sc in last dc.

Rows 7-8: ch1, sc in each sc across. If finishing scarf, fasten off and weave in ends. If changing colors, ch1 and join next color.

Starting a new color:

Row 9: sc in each sc across.

Rows 10-11: ch1, sc in each sc across.

Repeat Rows 4-11 until scarf is the desired length, stopping after Row 8 to finish scarf.

Here’s a close-up of a single color block so you can see the basic design.

For the ten foot Christopher Chant based scarf, I used seven rows of the double crochet design per color block, and had 18 blocks total- 3 for each of the six colors in the rainbow (not counting indigo). My scarf had a starting chain of 33, so it doesn’t follow the pattern exactly, and it’s pretty wide, so keep that in mind.

Pattern Disclaimer: You may sell items created from this pattern, as long as A) You do not claim the pattern as your own, B) You do not sell the pattern itself, C) You take your own pictures of products created using the pattern, and do not use my own pictures to advertise, and D) You do not sell 10 foot rainbow book-based scarves. You may give any items created from this pattern as gifts or make them for yourself, including the 10 foot rainbow book-based scarves.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 10:47 am and is filed under Free Patterns, Scarves. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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    Margaret Lowry said:

    Sep. 7, 2011

    I made your Christopher Chant scarf for my grand-daughter, and she love, love, loved it. Wonderful scarf for a little girl who is a Diana Wynne Jones fan!

      greysprincess said:

      Sep. 19, 2011

      I’m glad to hear she liked it!

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