I’ve been teaching crochet for about 9 years and most beginner students list a scarf as the project they want to make first. While making a scarf as a first project is too repetitive for some, for the dedicated beginner, it can provide an opportunity to practice stitches over and over until they are mastered.
I designed this scarf with a dedicated beginner (or, a devoted streaming tv fan) in mind. After the edging rows, you will do lots and lots (and lots — it’s a super scarf, after all!) of repeats of the pattern. But, you’ll get a fabulous (and reversible) unisex mock bobble texture without having to actually make bobbles.
This easy mock bobble stitch creates a reversible texture. The wide, long unisex super scarf is guaranteed to keep you warm while offering an array of styling options. Get the matching A Beginner’s Textured Hat pattern here.
Adult: 8” (20.5 cm) wide x 74” (188 cm) long.
Knit Picks Swish Worsted (100% Merino wool, 1.75 oz/50 g/110 yd/101 m) – 8 skeins in Rainforest Heather, or approximately 880 yd (805 m) in any medium weight yarn.
US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
14 sts x 12 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
ch – chain
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
tr – treble (triple) crochet
* Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
Ch 32 or any even number of sts.
Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and each ch across. (31 sts)
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st; rep from * across.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in ch-1 space, sc in next st; rep from * across.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st, *tr in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across.
Row 5: Turn, ch 4 (counts as tr, here and throughout), *sc in next st, tr in next st; rep from * across.
Rep Rows 4 & 5 until scarf measures approximately 73” (185.5 cm) long — or about 1” (2.5 cm) shorter than desired finished length — ending after Row 4.
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and each st across.
I had plans for more creative (read: flashy) hats, but then I remembered these guidelines on the Bridge and Beyond blog about donating handmade hats to homeless people:
Choose colors that don’t show the dirt, that are appropriate for the group you’re donating too. Wild colors, bold stripes aren’t a good choice for homeless people… Homeless [people] don’t like to call attention to themselves with wild colors. Dark colors work for everyone, kids, teens, women, and men. Light colors limit who can benefit from your warm hat.
With that in mind, I pulled out the charcoal yarns and went work. I made both hats very bulky and warm so they will provide a little extra protection in harsh weather. I’m also planning to make some scarves before the drop off deadline.
Yummy yarn stuff
When I wrote my post for I Love Yarn Day last year, I was already thinking about thinning out my stash. This year I’ve been participating in Surmount the Stash and I started my own Holiday Stashdown Challenge, and I’ve made a lot of progress towards reducing my stash and increasing the proportion of natural fibers in my collection. I’m not even going to enter the I Love Yarn Day contest where you can win 365 skeins of yarn. Last year, I wouldn’t have been able to pass it up. So what changed?
One of my best friends and I took part in the 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge with Frugally Sustainable in January. As New York natives working in the public/non-profit sector and watching prices rise astronomically, we are always worried about our finances.
I found this lovely skein of Dream in ColorEverlasting Sock right next to the needles. My final stop was The Yarn Company. I’ve done a fair amount of browsing in the shop since it came under new ownership and the vibe is much better than it was in the past. Other than a few skeins of sale yarn that I bought when ownership switched over, I had never found the “right” yarn for me when visiting. It is in my neighborhood and I appreciate the work the new owners have put into rebuilding the store’s reputation, so I decided to stop by during the Yarn Crawl. And I wasn’t disappointed when I found this lovely skein of Miss BabsYowza-Whatta Skein! in Violets in the Grass. I have ideas for these yarns, but honestly, I almost never make exactly what I planned when I’m buying the yarn! (Does this happen to anyone else?) By the time I get through the things I’m making now and the projects I have deadlines for, I’ll be interested in making other things. At least now that I started using Ravelry’s stash feature (thanks to this tutorial from FreshStitches), I can easily scan my stash before starting a new project. For more I Love Yarn Day excitement, check out the inspiration webpage, Pinboards, and Facebook page, and follow @iloveyarnday or search #iloveyarnday on Twitter. And for more Finished Objects, visit Tami’s Amis.
Happy Friday everyone! I’ve been thinking for a while about how to celebrate I Love Yarn Day, since I first read about it on the Craft Yarn Council website. The CYC has several suggestions about what to do to celebrate (and several projects from famous designers, too!).
My post for today is a celebration of my favorite yarns and also about yarncrafting for charity. If you have been crocheting or knitting for any amount of time, you have probably found that we yarncrafters are a generous lot. I even have some Finished Objects to share, in the form of charity crochet projects.
Like most of the yarns on my list, I discovered this super soft yarn in my LYS, Knitty City. As the name implies, Cascade Eco Duo is an eco-friendly yarn made of undyed baby alpaca (70%) and undyed Merino wool (30%). Since it is undyed, it is offered in a relatively limited range of colors (mostly browns, blacks, whites – very gender neutral) and it is marled. The softness is incredible and it is really nice to work with. There is a kind of self-striping effect with most of the colors. The one drawback for me is that it isn’t machine washable, and since I hate handwashing, I only use this yarn for small accessories.
Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Alpaca Love
This is my favorite big box store yarn. Alpaca Love is also a wool (80%) and alpaca (20%) blend. I love the feel of the yarn – a great combination of softness with firmness. It comes in some very fun coordinated colors. This yarn is very affordable (especially when purchased at Michaels using a coupon!). The drawbacks for me are the handwashing issue again, and the limited color range. I usually get around the handwashing issue by felting projects made with this yarn :).
Dream in Color Classy
Dream in Color Classy is another great yarn that I first tried out at Knitty City. This yarn has recently made several appearances on the blog (in my crocodile stitch project and my yarn haul post). Classy is a 100% superwash Merino wool yarn that is spun and hand dyed in the U.S. The colors are variegated and are really fabulous. The only drawback here for me is the cost, which means that I have to save it for slightly more special occasions. At least there are 250 yards in each skein, which makes me feel a little less guilty when splurging!
Patons Classic Wool
Patons Classic Wool is another big box store yarn. It is 100% wool and it is available in a great variety of colors, including both solids and ombres. (A few colors are also available as tweeds.) The solids have 210 yards in each skein and are reasonably priced. It isn’t the softest wool I’ve felt, but it isn’t scratchy, either. It is a great, firm, workhorse yarn which doesn’t split. The only real drawback for me is that it isn’t machine washable.
Spud and Chloe Sweater
Sweater is probably the yarn in this group that I’ve worked with the most. It is a blend of 55% superwash wool and 45% organic cotton. I also found it at Knitty City 🙂 about a year ago. I first picked up a skein of Turtle for a design submission which wasn’t accepted. I loved the yarn so much that I submitted two more designs with it, which were both accepted. The first was my Sunshine Blanket, published in the August, 2011 issue of Inside Crochet. I am also in the middle of a top secret project using these colors for Cooperative Press‘s Fresh Designs Crochet (Kids) book, which should be published in 2012. I honestly can’t think of any drawbacks to this yarn: the colors are great, it is machine washable, and it feels nice :).
You may have noticed that all of these yarns are worsted weight – yes, I am one of those American yarncrafters that prefers a heavier weight yarn! You may have also noticed that all of these yarns are made with natural fibers. I am by no means a “yarn snob” – I work with Red Heart Super Saver, too. But recently, I have really tried to limit my purchasing of acrylic yarn. I just don’t feel comfortable buying a yarn made from crude oil anymore. This is my own personal choice as part of changes I’ve made in my life to be more environmentally conscious. On the other hand, I can’t just let the existing acrylic yarn in my stash go to waste (that’s not too eco-friendly either), and so that is where some of my charity crafting and experiments with freeform crochet come into play.
One great way to use up your stash while finding a home for some of your creations is through charity crafting. I especially like to make items for infants and pets (because they are fast and cute, and because my very own special cat was adopted from the Humane Society).
I was inspired by the phrase “Think globally. Act locally.” and decided to make up a list of local NYC charities that accept handmade donations. I checked in with all of these organizations, and the list is current as of October, 2011.
ASPCA, the first humane organization in the Western hemisphere, has a wishlist of donated items for their Manhattan adoption center which includes handmade bedding or toys. Items can be dropped off during regular adoption hours.
Bideawee, the oldest no-kill animal humane organization in the U.S., welcomes Snuggles in any size for cats and dogs in its adoption center. These can be delivered in person, or mailed to the attention of Lauren Bonanno at the Manhattan location.
S.A.V.E., a pet rescue organization in Queens, is looking for small or medium sized bedding. Email the organization at savepetNY@aol.com to arrange pick up.
Knits for Infants is looking for hats, booties, sweaters, and blankets in soft, machine washable yarns for newborns and infants being treated at the North Central Bronx Hospital. Having worked in the health care industry in the Bronx for years, I can say that families served by this hospital would really benefit from the donations. They also accept yarn donations (no novelty yarns or “scratchy” yarns like Red Heart Super Saver, please).
Today, I’m showing off some of the projects that I’m donating to charity for I Love Yarn Day.
My post yesterday was a reflection on my craft goals for the year, and I’m thinking that when I update them, I will add some charity crafting goals. I used to donate a lot of projects to charity, and I would like to make more crocheted donations in the coming months.
For more finished objects, don’t forget to stop by Tami’s Amis!