Crochet Pattern: Preppy Kerchief

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – 20 Comments
Kerchiefs are very versatile. They can be worn as an accessory, for the head or for the neck. They keep your hair away from your face and protect your tresses like a hat. And best of all, they look great on everyone!

This quick kerchief is made in one piece with just 17 rows of a modified mesh pattern. It’s easy to adjust the size, simply crochet less or more rows to decrease or increase the size. When you’re done, embellish it with your favorite flowers or bows or whatever you like. Or, keep it as it is! Enjoy!

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 17″ wide x 9″ tall

Materials:
Light or DK-weight yarn
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)

Gauge: 8 dc stitches x 4 dc rows = 2″

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Special Stitches:

Picot – ch 3, sl st on top of last sc made

Crochet Pattern: Preppy Kerchief

Row 1: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook (first ch-3 counts as dc here and throughout), turn: 3 dc

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 6 dc

Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 6 dc

Row 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 9 dc

Row 5: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc: 6 dc

Row 6: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space) twice, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 12 dc

Row 7: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) twice, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc: 6 dc

Row 8: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space) three times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 15 dc

Row 9: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) three times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc: 6 dc

Row 10: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space) four times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 18 dc

Row 11: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) four times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc: 6 dc

Row 12: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space) five times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 21 dc

Row 13: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) five times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc: 6 dc

Row 14: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space) six times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 24 dc

Row 15: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) six times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc: 6 dc

Row 16: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space) seven times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc, turn: 27

Row 17: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) seven times, ch 3, 3 dc in last dc: 6 dc

Strap 1:

Ch 54, (dc, hdc, sl st, hdc, dc, ch 3, sl st) into back ridge of 4th chain from hook, sl st into back ridge of all ch.

Side Edging:

(2 sc, picot) around the post of each dc, picot in center point of kerchief, (2 sc, picot) around the post of each dc, except for last, 2 sc in last dc.

Strap 2:

Repeat as strap 1.

Top Edging:

Sc in next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-3 space, (3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch-3 space) 15 times, sc in same ch-3 space, sc in next 2 dc, sl st to beginning of strap 1. Finish off and weave in ends.

I hope you like it! If you have any questions, just leave a comment below.

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20 Comments

  1. Nicole says:

    so cute! thanks for sharing!

  2. Lori says:

    What a sweet project! This is so cute!!

  3. Squirrely Girly says:

    This is sooooooo pretty! I must must must make one!!!

  4. wanda says:

    Hello: Do you have printing available for pattern only? I’m always reluctant to print the whole page. Please let me know. Perhaps I’m just too old and don’t understand. Thanks

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Wanda, all the pages on Crochet Spot are coded to be printer friendly. So when you use the print function in your internet browser it will only print the pattern and not all the other stuff that’s on the screen.

  5. Holli says:

    i’m getting to where i have a strong preference for patterns with diagrams!! i’ve also noticed that many other crocheters must have the same fondness for schematics, because patterns with diagrams seem to get better reviews and higher ratings on several of the big online sites.
    this pattern is so cute, and very simple, yet all of those words imply that it is more complicated than it truly is. an accompanying diagram would provides a quick look-see to confirm the written instructions and probably result in less ripping out and fewer mistakes.
    i will draw a diagram for myself before starting.
    i’d love to see more patterns with accompanying diagrams!
    thank you!

    • Claire says:

      Hi Holli,

      I myself prefer patterns with diagrams–alas, I don’t have the skills to make them myself. I do think that others prefer worded instructions, though. Sorry for the additional work I made you do! Hope you enjoy working on the kerchief. :)

  6. Deniece says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Love the kerchief pattern. Thank you for giving it to us. Also, thank you for answering Wanda as to the printing. I have highlighting and copy and printing selection. Now I can do it the easy way.Thanks again.

  7. Wendy says:

    Hi Rachel, This is so cute. Can’t wait to try making one. Thanks for the pattern!

  8. Audi says:

    Could a bunch be made in different colors (without the straps) and sew them together to make a throw or a blanket?

    • Claire says:

      Hello Audi,

      You can try doing that (I would love to see how it turns out!), but if you want to maintain that triangle shape, you can just continue working the pattern, increasing the number of stitches accordingly. Good luck with your project!

  9. Kerrie says:

    Love. It!

  10. wanda says:

    Thank you, Rachel

  11. Åsa Odén says:

    Hi,
    I´m desperate… I´m sitting here with this nearly finished kerchief but when I get to this point, the side edging, I don´t understand one thing. Can you please please help me sort things out?
    /Åsa

    Side Edging:

    (2 sc, picot) around the post of each dc, picot in center point of kerchief, (2 sc, picot) around the post of each dc, except for last, 2 sc in last dc.

  12. Åsa Odén says:

    Thank you so much! I´ve just finished it:-) What an adorable kerchief!!!
    /Åsa

  13. Lisa says:

    It would be great to see people’s pics once they’ve made one! I think they are adorable! I ride motorcycles and have made them for my girlfriends who ride too. :)

  14. Delia says:

    Hello, what do you mean by 3 spaces?

  15. Dulce Luna, Tijuana,BC. Mexico says:

    Hi Rachel,
    this is a lovely pattern, i loved it so much; found it today and already working on it. Im gonna keep crocheting more rounds to make it into a shawl and maybe add some fringes to it. Thank you so much.

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