Above photos by my wicked talented sister, Corinne.
- Worsted weight yarn, 3 colors. My pictured scarves all used Loops and Threads Impeccable for the color tipped ends (Arbor Rose, Navy, Grass, Aqua). I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Linen as my middle color for both, and I’m obsessed with it. It’s the perfect neutral. I went back and bought four more when they went on sale.)
- I hook
It's not necessary that your gauge matches mine for this project to be successful, but I know lots of people like to have something as a frame of reference. Mine ended up being 9 stitches and 6 rows = 3 inches.
For child-sized scarf,
In first color:
R1: Ch 5, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in remaining 2 ch, ch 2, turn (3)
R2: 2 dc in 1st st, dc in each st, ch 2, turn (4)
R3: dc in each st, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn (5)
R4: dc in each st, ch 2, turn (5)
R5: dc in each st, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn (6)
R6: 2 dc in 1st st, dc in each st, ch 2, turn (7)
R7: dc in each st, ch 2, turn (7)
Use a stitch marker to mark the "increase" side and repeat this pattern of increasing, always on the same side, 2 rows to every 1 row of non-increase until piece measures about 5 inches wide and 10 inches long. End on a non-increase row.
In main color, (dc in each st, ch 2, turn) for however many rows it takes to get your total piece 46 inches long.
With your third color, do the mirror opposite that you did with the first. Use a stitch marker to mark the “decrease” side and repeat the pattern of decreasing 2 rows to every 1 row of non-decrease until you are down to three dcs (on a non-decrease row, so that it matches the first row of the other end of the scarf). Depending on your yarn, you may need to change hook size so your gauge matches the other end; you want both end pieces to be the exact same size and shape.
Finish off, weave in ends.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you decrease on the same side that you increased, making both ends of the scarf mirror images of each other.
When laid out flat, piece will look like this (not to scale, obviously):
Completed child’s scarf should measure about 56 inches long and 5 inches wide.
Thorough enough? Too thorough? Here's that one picture of Ada again, because ZOMG.
Edited to add: And another of my niece Norah.