This scarf was designed for a lovely friend of mine who has had some truly horrible times lately. Somehow she remains one of the sunniest people I know. I have been very affected by her courage and ability to look to the future.
I used one skein of Malabrigo lace to make this scarf i.e. just under 430m and a 2.25mm hook (US size B I think). I strongly suggest that you choose a solid colour yarn to make this scarf. Or at least a semi-solid with only a small amount of variation in depth and a single hue. The stitch pattern will be lost in a heavily variegated yarn.
The finished project, once blocked, is approximately 150cm long and 30cm wide.
The pattern is deceptive. While it uses simple techniques and only four stitches, it is not easy to memorise and you will probably need to use the chart the whole way through. I did!
The stitches used in the chart are chain stitches, UK triple/ US double, UK triple two together /US double two together. The edge pattern which I have written out below also uses UK half treble/US half double crochet stitches. From now on I will use US notation.
The pattern is worked in two halves from the middle of the scarf outwards.
I apologise that this is a hand-drawn chart that I’ve scanned in. I have done my best to make it clear and easy to read but if anyone struggles I am very sorry.
Chain 74 stitches. This is the foundation chain. The first turning chain (shown on the chart) is not included in this number.
(An aside: The pattern repeat is 24 stitches wide. So to make the scarf wider or narrower chain a multiple of 24 plus 2.)
Then work according to the chart, starting with the turning chain of three.
My pattern testers suggested that placing a stitch marker after each repeat helped them to stay on track with the pattern.
Please note that the pattern looks neatest if you work the double crochets into the tops of the relevant chain stitches instead of around the chains. I know it’s quicker to work around the chain but it looks really sharp if you actually work into the stitches.
Another point to mention is that if you are working the chart correctly the double crochet stitches should create smoothly curving vertical lines. Please click on the detail picture above to see what I mean.
After working the chart twice through, work the edge.
1. Chain 2, work a row of half double crochets.
2. & 3. Chain 3, 3 doubles, *2 chain, skip 2 stitches, work a double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, repeat from * until the last 4 stitches which are all doubles.
Repeat rows 1-3 then repeat row 1 as the final row. Bind off and weave in ends.
Attach the yarn to the reverse of the foundation chain and begin again with the chart.
To download the chart* click here: HopefulnessScarfChart
The scarf really benefits from blocking to straighten out the edges and open up the lace.
I hope you enjoy making this pattern.
For a variation, have a look at the chart. It is divided into two sections. If you just repeat the first section, instead of alternating with section two, you will also get a pretty lace but this time the arches will stack on top of each other instead of being offset like scales.
Thank you for reading, please send me comments or questions.
Special thanks to my volunteer pattern testers, Ravelry members: kimothy76, jacquimorse, Mshanane, SmallCrochet, AnarchyCox, wlindboe, lorithetrainer, ManicBeach, yarnedaround and funisinstyle.
*Extra super special thanks to Aparna Rolfe for making a professional quality chart for me on her pattern drawing software to replace my scruffy hand-drawn one. Her designs on Ravelry are well worth checking out by clicking her name. Lovely, stylish, contemporary work.
When it comes to unfinished projects I have several that eye me from their bags and fill me sometimes with joy and sometimes with dread.
There is the top down cardigan that was too small when I first made it and had to be frogged back to above the waist. It’s almost done only the ribbing and buttons to go. It’s a very cute little garment made of hand dyed DK weight in shades of lilac, mauve, pink and grey. It’s also nowhere near going to fit me now. I’ve had to stop running due to an ankle injury and I’ve been working long hours and keeping my energy up with cake, chocolate and takeaways with inevitable results. I don’t mind getting fatter… much… but I do mind finishing a project after all this time only to find it won’t wrap around me. There’s little incentive to do the last bits of fiddly dull finishing work.
Then there’s the much more promising slouchy teal sweater. This is a simple two piece short sleaved layering piece with a boat neck and probably some decorative buttons on the shoulder which I have yet to find. I am in love with this project which I just know will be stylish and wearable and exactly what I need for the spring. But it’s all in plain slip stitch stockinette equivalent. There’s enough counting that I can’t really do it at knit night (and I’ve been too busy for knit night anyway recently) but it’s also too dull really to want to do at home. I need to just pick it up and do a row or two a day and then it’ll jog along nicely. Soon, soon.
There’s the Neverending Shrug of Doom which started out as a way to show off some gorgeous hand dyed silk yarn and has morphed into something rare and terrible with a life of its own. Nothing about this project has gone right. I have started off and frogged the silk itself several times. Then I got the silk right by deciding to use it as a collar for the shrug and bought some plain black wool for the body. Now the body is being a nuisance! I gave it an initial shot and got half way through before trying to pin it all togerther an see how it looked. Disastrous! The wool pulled on the silk and the collar looked mishapen and the torso hung away from my body in weird directions. This was not the glamourous vintage-inspired Hollywood diva-esque garment I had envisaged. This was a mess.
I found a fix for now. I am using measurements from a shrug I own that fits to make the pieces up in slip stitch. Except that at some point my tension changed and I made the second half of the front 1.5 times the size of the first half with the same yarn and hook. I may be the only person in the world who crochets even looser when she is stressed! Rip it, rip it and I’m trying again. I will succeed!
I have the Sirdar Big Softie cushion covers to do. Just big spirals to sew together and fill. These will be lots of fun but I need to buy an extra ball of each colour first and as I bought the original balls in a shop on the other side of London I will have to phone up and order them to be sent over. I have started one of these.
I started a shawlette with the Madeline Tosh that Greentrianglegirl of A Playful Day gave me for my birthday then realised I needed another two skeins. Do they sell merino light in London? I should be so lucky! I will probably end up trading on Ravelry with someone in the States.
I have two lace shawls in process. One is a 1920s style shawl based on this square motif pattern that I have extended outwards and outwards. The other is the final product that I am making with the recycled yarn I talked about in this post. I decided in the end to throw most of it out because winding it all without a swift and ballwinder would have been hellish. What I’ve got left will make a nice semicircular shawl and I’m using a doily pattern with a leaves and flowers theme to do that.
I’m making a cowl type neckwarmer for my sister in beeeeaaaaauuuutiful soft alpaca. This is a copy of the one I made for my mum for Christmas and should actually be done really soon. I can do this one on the train so it’s getting along nicely. I hope to post a joint celebration of both versions soon.
Finally there’s the fab handbag that I am storming through and need to find handles for. In my mind I’m thinking dark bamboo or semicircular wood. The yarn, not my usual taste, is a gift from lovely, lovely Rachel. (Cf the photos of my glazed carrot dish.) It’s Rowan Colourscape in the eye-popping Candy Pink colourway. Between the brightness and the chunkiness though it’s turning into a rocking handbag and the combination of self-striping yarn with tweed stitch is a winner.
I think that’s all my current UFOs. Of course I have two unstarted projects, a cardy for my sister and a lace scarf for a friend. The yarn is there, the will is there, but I feel that would be a new quantum leap in start-itis. I have decided that until at least one of the big projects is gone I won’t get going on another. Wish me luck though. I feel I have many miles before dawn…
This pattern was inspired by the Octoberfestdoily by Denise Owens. I wanted to make something special for my sister’s birthday. She likes simple elegance and warm tan/neutral shades so this was a natural choice.
The thread I used is quite a heavy thread from the Handweaver’s Studio and Gallery and it’s 50% cotton 50% linen. It is quite soft and has a nice rough texture that adds interest to the simple pattern. About 400m of similar weight thread should get you somethign a similar size. I used a 2mm hook.
Thanks to Lilacia on Ravelry for testing this for me. She used fingering weight yarn and suggests a size G hook i.e. 4mm from which I would conclude that she has a tighter tension than me (almost everyone does).
British notation is used. EDITED TO ADD: British double crochets are the same as American single crochets. Tension is not important.
R1. Dc in 2nd ch from hook. Dc in each remaining ch. Ch1 turn.
R2. *Dc5, ch6, sk 6st* rep from * 15 times. Dc in final dc. Ch1 turn.
R3. Dc in 1st st, *ch6, dc2 in loop, dc in next 4dc, sk1dc* rep from * 15 times. Do not ch. Turn.
R4. Slst in next dc, ch1, dc in same dc, dc in next 4dc, dc2 in loop, ch6. * Sk1dc, dc in next 5dc, dc2 in loop, ch6* rep 14 times. Dc in top of dc. Ch1 turn.
R5. Dc in 1st dc, *ch6, dc2 in loop, dc in next 6dc, sk1dc* rep from * 15 times. Do not ch. Turn.
R6. Slst in next dc, ch1, dc in same dc, dc in next 6dc, dc2 in loop, ch6. * Sk1dc, dc in next 7dc, dc2 in loop, ch6* rep 14 times. Dc in top of dc. Ch1 turn.
R7. Dc in 1st dc, *ch6, dc2 in loop, dc in next 8dc, sk1dc* rep from * 15 times. Do not ch. Turn.
R8. Slst in next dc, ch1, dc in same dc, dc in next 8dc, dc2 in loop, ch6. * Sk1dc, dc in next 9dc, dc2 in loop, ch6* rep 14 times. Dc in top of dc. Ch1 turn.
R9. Dc in 1st dc, *ch6, dc2 in loop, dc in next 10dc, sk1dc* rep from * 15 times. Do not ch. Turn.
Continue this stitch pattern until the scarf is the width that you are looking for.
EDITED TO ADD: Lots of people have asked in the comments what I mean by this and I apologise for not have clarified sooner. Each row you’ve worked so far has involved dc sections and chain sections. The chain sections stay the same length, the dc sections each get one stitch longer every row.
So on odd numbered rows you are working two dc stitches into the beginning of each chain loop on the row below and then skipping a stitch at the beginning of the next dc section. On even numbered rows you skip a dc before each chain section and work two dc into the chain loop on the row below after it. Using this pattern you continue to grow the dc sections as long as you want. I hope this helps.
Be aware that every row increases the length as well as the width. I did 35 rows.
Final row should be an odd numbered row.
Final row: Dc in 1st dc. *Dc6 in loop, dc to next loop* rep from * to 1st from end. Sk final st. Bind off and weave in ends.
I chose not to block this scarf as I liked the way it was hanging already. You may decide yours needs blocking but I imagine the spiral shape may make blocking tricky.
I am more proud of this pattern than anything else I’ve done. It feels like a big step up from some of the other things I’ve made.
As ever comments and questions are welcome.
EDITED in response to a question:
dc2 in loop = 2dc in loop created by the six chains not in any particular stitch. Sorry for lack of clarity!
I am so sorry not to have been posting lately. I have had personal reasons with which I won’t bore you all. However I have a cake recipe sat in storage waiting for me to finish tweaking and get some decent photos taken.
I also have some lovely FOs to share one of which I will put up today. My red shawl is complete!
Look! Pretty innit?
I am really happy with this. I had to frog and re-work the last three rows about four times in order to have enough thread but in the end it’s worked out nicely.
Blocking this made a huge difference. It increased about a third in size and the lovely open texture of the single crochets made itself clear. (Yes I have the world’s loosest tension.) I also finished the grey cardigan in my WIP Weds post and frogged the blue one. I know some people will be disappointed but as I said in the post I do actually already have one like it and it was really a second attempt. I decided it just wasn’t worth it. I have steam blocked both cardies now and will put up photos soon.
Tami’s Amis started a Work in Progress Wednesdays Meme which I thought was a good idea.
I’m not sure I’m going to be able to make this is a regular feature as my work life is picking up at the moment but I thought I’d join in this time as it sounds fun.
At the moment I have all sorts of work mid-hook. I really need to get cracking and finish a few of them but I have been trying to learn patience from my knitting friends and make some more substantial and satisfying garments.
There are two cardigans. One is a navy blue chevron lace cardigan based on this pattern from Without Seams. It is a second attempt because although I like the first attempt I wanted to adapt the pattern a little. It’s a very simple adaptable top down pattern.
The second is a top down slip stitch crochet cardigan with a decorative yolk and a plain body. I am currently trying to decide whether it will have sleeves.
Both of the above are in horrid Robin acrylic DK. I don’t use this yarn except as an experimental yarn. I lack confidence when it comes to bigger garments with shaping and so on so I have shied away from using nice yarn until I feel I’ve got the hang of this a bit better. I had (along with so many others) a very expensive mistake in my past which I may tell you some time if you ask nicely.
That said the slip stitch cardy looks remarkably classy even so. Something in the texture is bringing out the best in the yarn. It’s creating a depth and variation of colour that doesn’t actually exist.
I’m somewhat thrilled to have discovered slip stitching because it’s a way of making crochet more solid and drapey. It has a subtlety that normal crochet lacks and can make things that look not dissimilar to knitting. So yay for more variety of styling in my craft! Also yay for knit look garments that take less time than knitting. (Although they are still slower than ordinary crochet.)
Then there is a lace thread shawlette. It’s pure deep red wool and is a straightforward lace shawlette. I have been a little bit uncertain about this from time to time as the lace was less delicate than I had originally hoped. Also I haven’t been able to keep track of the stitch count very effectively so there’s been some ruffling and cupping to contend with.
Still it looks pretty good actually on and I’m feeling more confident that it’ll be pretty once it’s finished. When I get to the outer edge I’m going to add some more lace to that too. I’m really hoping it’ll block out well.
Although the shawlette and the slip stitch cardy are all improvised I’m not going to be putting the patterns up. I don’t want to have to work out sizing for the cardy and to be honest I can’t remember how I did the shawlette. They are all just going to have to be one offs.
I have another project on the go which I can’t talk about because I think it’s going to be a gift. It just depends on how it turns out. I’m having lots of fun with another new technique but I don’t know whether it will be good enough to actually give to someone.
Finally I have unravelled a cashmere cardigan of mine that got moth holes and anyway never really suited me. The colour was way too bright. I’ve dyed the yarn with a navy dye and am currently waiting for it to dry. So this is a pre-work in progress.
If I really concentrated the chevron lace cardigan could be an FO in no time but I’m enjoying it less than the lace and the slip stitch so I’m being lazy with it. The gift has some complicated aspects that have held it back a little but I need to grit my teeth and give it another go. The slip stitch is just a mindless project great for sitting in front of the TV and the red shawlette fits in a bag and is good for when I’m out and about. Of cours what I suspect will happen is that I will finish none of them but will instead start on something with my newly dyed cashmere…
So I’ve finished the patterns I was designing on the tube when I had my conversation with the charming book-binder the other day. They are a little bit out of season, especially given what a gorgeous spring we’re having, but they’re done and they are, if I say so myself, as cute as pie. Look!
The stitch is a new one I made up which I think I’m going to name the raised shell stitch. It’s actually quite simple to do and gives this neat effect of making the shells stand out from the fabric each one making a kind of little pocket.
In fact I think two nice ways to personalise this pattern would be:
1. To edge the hat/gloves and the edges of the shells with a contrasting colour yarnto make them stand out more.
2. To sew a small button or bead into the opening of the pocket of each shell making it look sort of like a flowerbud.
Now as much as I’d love to give all you lovely people this pattern for free I’m afraid I’ve made a promise with this one. It’s going to my dear friend Martina at Yarn To Knit. She’s going to be making these up into kits with each one getting the pattern for the hat or the gloves, a hook and enough of her beautiful hand dyed DK yarn to make them up.
I’m going to visit Martina tomorrow, to take pretty photos as my camera is just the diddly one in my phone. (You might have noticed the less than stellar quality of my pictures.) It’s been hard work making patterns to spec but also one that has spurred me on and I have learnt a great deal.
The hat and gloves are going to Martina for samples and we’ll both be at the Spitalfields City Farm Sheep and Wool Fayre so you can come and see them in real life, meet us and say ‘hi’ and get your hands on some of her scumptious yarn. I’d love to see you there.
Man I am on fire with the patterns right now! But it’s just because I love you.
This cute little beret came from the weekly designers mini-challenge on Ravelry. The challenge was to produce an item with the following features:
Theme: Springtime! But flowers are not allowed!
Technique: Must incorporate double crochet* (for crocheters) and nupps (for knitters).
*American notation i.e. British triple crochets
I have some lovely green cashmere I’m recycling out of a cardigan that’s become too small for me (and got moth holes grrrrr!) . Double stranded it’s like 2ply laceweight and is strong enough to work. Single ply it’s just too breakable.
I reckon you should be able to make this easily with 50g of 2ply laceweight yarn. I weighed the finished object at about 30g. I need to get some digital scales to help me calculate meterage.
I used a 2mm hook and the first 5 rounds should measure 9cm (3.5in) across. Use whatever hook you need to get your gauge right. To be honest this pattern can safely be worked up a little looser gauge than I’ve made it if you’d like a little more slouchy look.
I’ll be using British notation to write this up. Do not turn at the end of rounds.
Dc= Double crochet, Tr= Triple crochet, Htr= Half triple crochet, Ch= Chain, Tr2tog = Triple 2 together, [ ]= repeat section between brackets the given number of times, Sk = skip e.g. Sk2ch means skip the next 2 chain stitches Slst = slip stitch, Sp= space.
To Tr2tog yarn over, insert hook into next stitch draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops, yarn over and insert into next stitch, draw up another loop, yarn over and draw through two loops, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.)
Where the pattern says to “Slst in 3rd Ch to join” it means the 3rd chain of the current row i.e. the 3rd of the vertical chains with which you began the row.
All photos in this post are copyright of the fabulously talented Miss South of North/South Food April 2011.
Make a magic ring and Ch 3.
R1. Tr 19 times in the ring. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch 1.
Edited to correct: R2. Dc in each tr. Sl st in 1st Ch to join. Ch 5.
R3. [Tr 2 Ch2] 9 times. Tr and Slst to 3rd Ch to join. Ch 5.
R4. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in each of the next 2 Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.
R5. [Sk2ch, Tr in each of next 4Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr in each of next 3 Tr, Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch9.
R6. [Sk3ch, Tr in each of next 4 Tr, Ch6] 9 times. Sk3ch, Tr in each of next 3Tr, Sl st in 3rd ch to join. Ch6.
R7. [Tr in Ch6Sp, Ch3 Tr in next 3 Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Tr in Ch6Sp, Ch3, Tr in next 4 Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.
R8. [Sk3ch, 3Tr in next Tr, Ch3, Sk3ch, Tr in next 5 Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk3ch, 3Tr in next Tr, Ch3, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4 Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R9. [Sk3ch, 2Tr in each of next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk3ch, 2Tr in each of next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next 4 Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R10. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch2, Tr in next 2Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch2, Tr in next 2Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 2Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R11. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch3 Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch3, Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R12. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch4 Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch4, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R13. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.
R14. [Sk2ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch3, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch3, Sk2ch. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.
R15. [Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch3 Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, Tr2tog, Ch3, Sk3ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch3, Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, Tr2tog, Ch3, Sk3ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R16. [Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R17. [Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R18. [Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch, Sk2ch, Tr in next 2Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch, Sk2ch, Tr in next 2Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.
R19. [Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Ch, Sk, Tr in next Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Ch, Sk, Tr in next Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch2
R20. Htr all around. Slst in 2nd Ch to join. Finish off and work in ends.
As ever comments and clarifications are welcome. This should be a fairly quick and easy project for all that the instructions might look a bit complicated. I think it would look really nice in sunny autumnal colours too!