Here’s another one for the completed & posted pile! A pretty little cowl neck scarf.
Would you believe I made this way back in April this year?! Blog-wise it wasn’t that long ago since I haven’t been posting much over winter, but really it was about six months ago. I’ve gotten quite a bit of wear out of it 🙂
I had a fair amount of wool left over from the scarf I made for a little family member.
The added bonus with this post is I updated my Ravelry profile with it! You can see the project details including pattern here, albeit I’ve forgotten the type of wool I used…
I’ve reached the official point of being asked to make gifts for other people. Previously l had just made things for people whether they wanted them or not. But I’m enjoying this new approach and have a growing list of gifts to make.
This muffler is a gift for a little family member. I’d hoped to make something for her that will last for years both in style and quality. I hope l nailed it!!
It turned out so lovely I think I want to make fo myself… ;D
I bought this cotton yarn over a year ago, when I was first exploring fabulous yarns. I bought it online just to see what it was like. Well I loved it. But Inspiration had not struck so I didn’t buy more and I stayed in my stash all this time, until now!
A few weeks ago it was a friend’s birthday, and all of a sudden I knew what had to be done. I looked in my stash for an appropriate colour, but all I had was black! And good thing too, because I don’t think this could have turned out any better.
After some hunting, I found this Japanese crochet pattern on Ravelry and got to work! Once I started on the fringing, I worried there wouldn’t be enough yarn to complete it, and it turned out I was right. I decided instead to do one row of single crochet all around and I think it actually turned out much nicer. And you know what else? No pair of scissors ever touched this yarn. All I had was 3 inches left to weave in and that was it! My modified version was the perfect fit for this ball of yarn!
Clearly it was all meant to be. My friend loved it!
I’ve had such an urge to make crochet things these last few weeks, which is strange because I can’t wear any of them when they’re done – it’s just too hot!! I think I’m craving the peaceful repetition of hooking stitch after stitch, which could also explain this cowl made completely in single crochet.
I can imagine Sweetheart and I sharing this one! It’s a great unisex style. I’ll wear on those days I don’t feel so girly and Sweetheart can wear it whenever he likes 🙂
The twist was semi-accidental. I knew there was a possibility of it happening but I didn’t know how, and I think I wanted it to happen anyway. It certainly looks good to me. I also learned a new stitch on this scarf: crab stitch! I was looking up how to finish an edge without doing a lace or picots, and this fit the bill. This is great how-to tutorial on Woolly Wonder.
Aah single crochet, how you ease my mind.
I started the Mystery Scarf back in March 2012, and finished in December! It was an impromtu buy, I loved the wool and wanted a project to fill some inspiration gap, so I wasn’t sure what it was going to finish up as. But now that it is finished, I am very much in love!
The only thing I think I did wrong was my blocking technique. I’m new to blocking and for this springy woolly yarn I probably shouldn’t have squashed it with the iron. Oops, live and learn. I’ve since learned the proper non-quishy technique and I was amazed – it really does seems to work like magic to me! 😀
Being an Australian Summer around here, it’s totally the wrong season for modelling scarves. Perhaps I’ll suck it up and put the air con on for an Inappropriate Seasonal Knitwear shoot.
Yay! Stay creative
I think this photo pretty much captures it all.
I fell in yarn-love and bought a gazillion balls. No plan, it was just pure, unadulterated yarn-love. Then I started making a scarf. Then I realised the scarf needed a matching hat. Then I saw this pattern. Then I made it.
Then we had to go out for Tea and Scones on a Windy and Cold Day.
I said Ultra-mega, but what I may have meant was ULTRA-MEGA!!!
This scarf is so huge, I can lay it across our queen size bed as a foot/Felix blanket. This scarf is sooo huge, curiosity got the better of me and for the first time ever I measured one of my completed crochet projects.
It’s 255cm long and 38cm wide. That’s 100 inches long and 15 inches wide.
What’s more, it’s mega warm. I actually was in a light sweat while weaving in the ends. I bought this wool on eBay from a lovely lady, and the skeins had little labels with the names of the sheep the wool came from. The outer white stripes are from Kelly, the black wool stripes are from Curly, and the middle white stripe came from Pixie. Sadly the grey stripes didn’t come with a name tag, so I named the mystery sheep Storm.
Storm and Curly’s wool are still tacky with the sheeps’ natural lanolin. My hands felt so soft at the end of those rows and it seems to be marvellous at retaining warmth.
As it grew on my lap, Sweetheart kept putting it over himself. I think he likes it. It makes us both giggle how monstrously large this scarf is, but there’s absolutely no question we are warm when we wear it!
I was just the other day I finished the Ms Rainbow Scarf and I mentioned how I’d like to finish another scarf before the winter is through but wasn’t holding high hopes for that.
Well guess what: BAM!
The Shandii Scarf.
Took all of an hour. I think I like thick yarn and 15mm crochet hooks.
I also like how my antique silver kilt pin from Grandma looks so happy to be used again (since I have moved on from Gothic/kilt inspired outfits…)
This piece introduced itself as the Shandii Scarf as I started on the second row of double crochet. Why? (I’ll bet she’s blushing).
My friend Shandii at Shandii Crafts started sharing her creative exploits online shortly after I did. It’s great fun to share our making adventures over a cup of tea, even if we are a bit far apart most of the time. Recently we weren’t far apart, and found ourselves with some spare time to check out some awesome opshops.
We both individually found this length of chunky yarn, but it was I who took it home. I wanted to make something straight away, but didn’t have any hooks the right size on hand. In the meantime, I happily hooked on the Ms Rainbow Scarf.
Now Shandii and I, we’re both still learning the crochet of the land. She took great interest in my rainbow scarf, and I liked the stitch she was using for her in-progress projects. So we swapped stitches! Yay!
I made up the Shandii Scarf with the new Shandii Stitch I just learned, which was basically a crochet stitch starting through one of the previous yarns instead of two. That way the lovely line feature appears every second row. Thanks Shandii!
Gratuitous model shot:
I’m already planning another version with this stitch 🙂
Did I mention being creative is awesome?
I’ve just finished my first scarf for Winter 2012. I’m not sure if I’ll finish another. I hope I do.
I decided to do a style review. I’ve packed up and donated a lot of my old clothes with a view to make/buy replacements and build my dream wardrobe. Since it’s well and truly winter now in Canberra, I thought the best place to start was scarves.
And here’s a larger view:
For more details on the yarns I used see my Ravely project page!
I love my Dr Rainbow Scarf my Grandma finished for me years ago, but it’s made from acrylic yarn so it’s not terribly warm and its non-durability is starting to show. I also started making it when I was 17, and my tastes have somewhat grown-up since then… (though I still love that scarf 😀 )
The Ms Rainbow Scarf came together very quickly, as I wanted it be fairly simple no-brainer project. And even though it’s a bit of a loose fabric, it’s warm! I had been wearing a cotton scarf while I was making this, and boy was I glad when it became long enough I could wear it and hook it at the same time. Soooo much warmer!
I started with the green and finished with the yellow. The pattern only repeats once. When I got to the first few rows of the last orange square, suddenly I had visions of matching beanie, arm warmers and leg warmers.
Perhaps I haven’t grown up after all.
When I learned to crochet back in 2010, I didn’t stop. I loved it. One weekend while in Perth, I ran out of ‘travel’ wool and demanded to be shown the nearest craft department store.
Having received my wish, I chose some cheap fun yarns (I was still learning and had not yet discovered the true joy of beautiful and soft yarns) and continued hooking happily. This was made from one of those fun yarns:
My idea baffled the people we were visiting. They couldn’t understand why I wanted an extremely long and thin scarf. I knew though.
In fact, I now think this is such a fantastic beginner project that I wrote the pattern out to share with you!
Download away and have fun! I only ask that you also use this pattern for fun – go crazy for friends, family and yourself, any non-commercial project you like 🙂
If you do make this, I’d love to see your creations! Post a pic on your blog and feel free to leave a comment linking to it on here. One of the great joys of being online is just plain ol’ sharing! 😀