|Shell Stitch Scarf|
What should be your first crochet project?I think most people probably start out with crocheting a basic scarf. It is straight, you don't have to sew anything together, and you don't have to worry about gauge so much. Scarves are smaller than blankets, so they don't use as much yarn, and don't take as much time. A skein of yarn should be plenty - no worrying about dye lots. Pressed for time to make a gift? This project will only take a couple of evenings to make. You can get into a rhythm and before you know it you are finished. Or you may find yourself enjoying it so much that it has become long enough to use as a mummy costume wrap!
The scarf in the picture is just one color light blue and one stitch. Simple, functional and it looks nice. Simple doesn't have to be boring.
How to make a unique scarf?
You could change color. Use your favorite sports team colors, a holiday colors, or monochromatic of your favorite color.
Try using different kinds of yarn. Alternate a bulky yarn and a big hook with a lighter weight yarn and a small hook. This will put a scallop to the scarf edges and give a bumpy feeling to the scarf. You could use sparkly yarn for a certain design element to make it stand out and plain yarn for the rest of the scarf.
Change up the stitch. You could make the first and last rows be a different stitch than the middle. You could make each row be a different stitch.
Switch design patterns. Maybe you start out making a diamond design and in the middle go to a basic stitch making no design and then back to a diamond design.
Edging and Fringe. You could make the whole scarf a basic stitch. When you are finished, go back and add some lacy or furry edging, add fringe or pom-poms.