Crochet, Pattern

A Stripey Scarf for Christmas

I’m hard at work on a second scarf, this one for my Dad, and I’m taking a few minutes to jot down my pattern.

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The first thing to know about this pattern is that I’m not going to specify a set length, or a number of chains.  If you’re the type of person that obsesses about that, I recommend letting go, it’s very freeing.  If you can’t, well, this might not be the pattern you’re looking for.

The second thing to know is that it’s been a decade since I wrote my last pattern.  And the only one that’s ever been remotely popular is my Blue Jeans Shawl (back when I went by “Knottie by Nature”).

So, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and a US J/6.00 mm hook.  I used 3 skeins in coordinating colors – white, a main color (grey) and an accent color (dark grey in the first scarf, blue in the second).  I didn’t need a full skein of any color, but this will vary depending on the length you choose.

Triangle stitch:  yarn over hook twice, insert hook into same last st worked, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through 4 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through remaining loops.  (this is essentially an incomplete TR and 2 DC worked together)

Puff stitch:  Yarn over, insert hook in space between last two triangle stitches, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, insert hook in same space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, insert hook in same space again, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over and pull loop through all loops on the hook.  Getting the tension right on this puff stitch so that you can pull that last loop through is tricky and takes some practice; making sure to yarn over around the shaft of your hook and not the skinnier end helps.

I found this stitch at www.mypicot.com where it’s known as the Crochet Textured Puff stitch.  They have some very helpful pictures of this stitch, and tons of other great stitches.

Pattern:

  1. Using main color, chain until you feel it’s long enough for a scarf, then a few more inches (if you end up not using them all, it’s pretty easy to undo the leftovers, then you just trim the tail to your desired length and weave it in).
  2. Working in the back, single loop of each chain, DC in the third chain from hook and in each chain across (or until you’re happy with the length).  Turn.  You’ll eventually come back and work the double loops of the foundation chain to form the second half of the scarf.
  3. Chain 3 (counts as first DC), DC in each st across.  Turn.
  4. Pull up a loop of the accent color and drop the main color (does NOT count as first SC), SC in each st across.  Turn.
  5. Pull up a loop white and drop the accent color, chain 2 more (counts as first DC), DC in next st, *work triangle stitch in same st as last DC/triangle leg and the next two st, work puff stitch around the top of the triangle, repeat from * until no st or only 1 st remain unworked, DC in same st as last leg of last triangle, DC in remaining st if any.  Turn.  The last part of this step is a little ambiguous because we didn’t count how many chains we were making in the first place.  It means that the two ends of the scarf may not be exactly identical, but once you add fringe no one will be able to tell. 
  6. Pull up a loop of the accent color and drop the white (does NOT count as first SC), SC in each st across.  Finish off.scarf_1
  7. Using accent color, begin working on the unused chains of the initial foundation chain.  Insert hook in first chain, yarn over, pull up loop, (does not count as first SC) SC in each st across.  Turn.
  8. Pull up a loop white and drop the accent color, chain 2 more (counts as first DC), DC in next st and each st across.  Turn.
  9. Pull up a loop of the accent color and drop the main color (does NOT count as first SC), SC in each st across.  Turn.
  10. Pull up a loop of the main color and drop the accent color, chain 2 more (counts as first DC), DC in next st and each st across.  Turn.
  11. Chain 3 (counts as first DC), DC in each st across.  Turn.
  12. Pull up a loop of the accent color and drop the main color (does NOT count as first SC), SC in each st across.  Turn.
  13. Pull up a loop white and drop the accent color, chain 2 more (counts as first DC), DC in next st, *work triangle stitch in same st as last DC/triangle leg and the next two st, work puff stitch around the top of the triangle, repeat from * until no st or only 1 st remain un-worked, DC in same st as last leg of last triangle, DC in remaining st if any.  Turn.
  14. Pull up a loop of the accent color and drop the white (does NOT count as first SC), SC in each st across.  Finish off.
  15. Add fringe; I used 2 strands per knot, 1 knot for each accent color stripe, 2 knots for white stripes, 4 knots for main color stripes.
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Crochet

A Scarf for Mom

My mother had a request for Christmas that I was delighted to fill: a new scarf.  Her parameters?  Warm, striped, and grey and white.  Done!

I made it up on the fly, and I must say that I’m very happy with how it turned out.  So much so that I’m going to have to make one for myself…after I finish the one I started for Dad, and make one for Bud.

The outer white stripes were done using the textured puff stitch I found at MyPicot: https://mypicot.com/0065.html   It was a super fun stitch to work; just enough of a challenge but not too tricky.

I’m going to have to write this pattern up so I can refer to it often.

Crochet

Blue Jeans Shawl

This is an oooooold pattern, from when I had a website called “Knottie by Nature”.  I’ll have to dig up my original photos, because they’re not showing up in the wayback machine (I had to resort to that since I have the old PHP files, but not the HTML they output, if you care about the geeky side).

Yarn Used: 3 skeins of Country Blue Caron’s Simply Soft
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight
Yarn Content: Acrylic
Hook: H

Project Size: shallow but wide
Project Notes: This has been a popular shawl among groups making prayer shawls. I’ve been told that the shallow shape is nice because you won’t keep sitting on the point, and the multiple 3s lend it a meditative rhythm.
Stitches used in this pattern:   sc (single crochet)    dc (double crochet)    dc2together

Foundation Chain:There are two ways of determining how many chains you’ll need for this pattern: use the pattern repeat to determine a number and then make that many chains, or just start chaining. If you prefer the first method, pick a multiple of 10 and add 14. If you like the second, make a chain that will reach from the fingers of one hand to the fingers of the other when your arms are outstretched, plus a little extra.

1: Sc in 9th ch from hook, ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch, (ch 3, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next ch, ch 3, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch) across until you have fewer than 10 ch left, ch 3, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch, turn. If you have any chains in the foundation chain left, leave them unworked. When you complete the shawl, undo those chains and weave in the end.  (This step is revised, based on input from ravelry member “theotherjenny”)

2: Ch 1,sc in 1st dc, (ch 3, sk ch-3 sp, in ch-1 sp work [dc2together, ch 2, dc2together, ch 2, dc2together], ch 3, sk ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp) to the end, working last sc in 4th ch from the last sc of previous row, turn.

3: Ch1, sc in 1st sc, ch 3, sk ch-3 sp, dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) to end, placing last sc in last sc of previous row, turn.

4: Ch 5, sk ch-3 sp, sc in 1st ch-1 sp,(ch 3, sk ch-3 sp, in ch-1 sp work [dc2together, ch 2, dc2together, ch 2, dc2together], ch 3, sk ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp) to last ch-1 sp, turn. (Note that this is the first decreasing row)

5: Ch 5, sk ch-3 sp, dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) to end, placing last sc in last sc of previous row, turn.

6: Alternate rows 4 and 5 as many times as needed, ending with row 5. Each row will decrease at both the beginning and the end of the row.