Friday, February 25, 2011

New Scarf!

Well, here it is in all it's glory, along with the pattern. I hope you enjoy it. Don't look at the scowling woman. She had a bad hair day.

3 skeins Caron Simply Soft Party in Snow Sparkle (164 yds each)
1 skein Lion Brand Fun Fur Stripes in Deep Sea (57 yds)

Size J Crochet Hook

With Size J Hook, 2 strands of the white and 1 strand of the fur, ch a multiple of 8 plus 4—(my sample is 156 ch long) long enough for either a scarf or a cowl. Remember, this is a ripple pattern variation, so chain accordingly. 3 skeins of the white (and 156 ch) will yield a scarf about 4 feet long with some yarn left over. If you want a longer scarf, please purchase more material. If you choose to make your scarf exactly like mine, the last skein of white you need to pull yarn from both ends of the ball (inside and outside) to avoid too much waste and to continue to carry two strands of white. You can always buy more yarn if you wish to avoid this, but it’s not necessary.

This scarf does not really change color, but you do pick up (or drop) the fur. When you work the last stitch on a given row (when dropping or picking up the fur), you have to pull up your loop for the last stitch, then finish the hdc either with or without the fur, depending on if the next row uses it or not.

Row 1: Drop the fur and working with only the 2 white strands, work 2 hdc in the 3rd ch from hook (increase).

*1 hdc in each of next 2 ch. Work a 3-hdc decrease over the next 3 chain as follows:

(Yo hook, insert hook in next ch, draw up a loop). Repeat twice more. Yo and draw through all loops on hook. Each 2 loops counts as 1-remember, you are working with 2 strands…so there are 14 loops, but only 7 really “count”. The decrease is the bottom of the hill—or valley.

1 hdc in each of next 2 ch.

Work 3 hdc in the next chain (increase, or, as I like to call it, the top of the hill).

Repeat from *, across, ending with a valley and 3 ch remaining—work an hdc in the next 2 ch and 2hdc in the last ch.

Ch 2 and turn the work. This does not count as a stitch!

Row 2: Continuing to work with only the two strands of white, repeat row 1, working 2 hdc in the top of the first hdc, then 1 hdc in the next 2 hdc, then work a 3-hdc decrease (valley) in the next 3 hdc, and so on, ending with two hdc in the top of the last hdc. As you get ready to finish the last hdc, bring up the fur and finish that last stitch with all three strands. You will now work with 3 strands.

Row 3: Repeat row 2, using all three strands. Before completing the last stitch, drop the fur. Finish the hdc and ch2 with just the white and turn.

Row 4-5: Repeat row 2, using only the white. At the end of row 5, pick up the fur and finish that last hdc as before.

Row 6: Repeat row 3.

Row 7-8: Repeat row 2, using only the white. At the end of row 8, pick up the fur and finish the last hdc as before.

Last row: ch 1 working loosely, or with a slightly larger crochet hook, work a slip stitch in every stitch across the row, then finish off and weave in all your ends.

**Note: I made my scarf with 156 sts and obtained a gauge of sorts. I measured across the beginning “points” and there is 2 ½” between points.

Wet block-do not iron or steam. Wash cold, air dry.

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