Friday, January 11, 2008

Whipped cream is NOT an ice cube!

I have a new free pattern for everyone. I whipped this up to deal with some stray balls of Patons SWS I had laying around that were driving me crazy with their not wanting to be anything. I hate it when I have yarn that doesn't want to be anything!




Here it is, lounging amongst Dylan's massive cd collection. That binder is about 10 cds shy of being full. Crazy. Anyway, want to make one of your own? Well then here's the pattern:

Scarf of Many Colors

Around 450 yards of worsted weight yarn (I used Patons SWS. Two balls Natural Green, one Natural Earth and bits and pieces of Natural Crimson as well as about half of a ball of black solid Patons SWS, but I didn't even use half of this)

5 mm (H) crochet hook

tapestry needle and pins for blocking

Ch 5 and join into a circle

Rnd 1: Ch 3(counts as first dc now and throughout), 2 dc in ring, ch2, *3 dc in ring, ch 2* repeat from * to * until there are 4 clusters of dcs. Join last ch2 with a slip stitch to 3rd stitch of beg chain

Rnd 2: Slip stitch over to corner ch2 space, ch3, 2 dc into corner space, ch 2, 3 dc into corner space, ch 2 (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner space, chaining 2 between corner spaces. End ch 2 and slip stitch to beg chain.

Rnd 3: Repeat as Rnd 2, putting clusters of (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the corner spaces, ch 2's to separate each set of clusters, and putting clusters of 3 dcs into the middle ch 2 spaces that aren't the corners. This is a really bad way of describing this but I suck at writing out crochet patterns. Here's a picture of what they're supposed to look like when you finish this rnd.




There are better tutorials out there for granny squares, if you need any help. They're really easy and you should understand their construction by the second row.

For a wide scarf like mine (11" by 5 1/2 feet) make 26 of these squares. For a narrower scarf I would add on one or two rows to the square above and use only one column of squares.

Block the squares before seaming because it makes it easier to line everything up. My squares blocked out to 5" by 5".

Lay your squares out so you can put them in the order you want them to be or be completely random and just grab squares and seam them as you see fit. I went for laying mine out before hand. Here they are before seaming.




I seamed my squares together with whip stitch because that's the way my grandma ( the lovely lady who taught me everything I know about crochet) taught me to do it. Some people use single crochet, some people only do the back loops of the stitches, some use both... do what you like, it's your scarf!

Here's what mine looked like at this point



Then for the edging just join your edging yarn into one of the corner spaces, do 3 sc in each corner space, one sc in each dc, and two sc in each ch 2 space around until you reach the corner you started with and join with a slip stitch to the first sc. Then I went for another row of sc, doing 2 sc in each corner sc and 1 sc in each sc around. Block again to smooth everything out then wear lovingly! I'll post a modeled picture once DH is home for the weekend.

4 comments:

Heather said...

looks nice! Great idea for all those granny squares I have laying around!

Claire said...

merci beaucoup pour ces explications!!!
i will try...

Christine said...

Hi,

I am an editor with AllFreeCrochet.com and we have linked to your pattern at http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Scarves/Scarf-of-Many-Colors I was hoping we could use this in an upcoming newsletter, I know our readers will love it.

Please let me know if this is okay.
Thanks,
Christine

Angie said...

Christine,
I would be honored if you included my pattern in your newsletter! Thank you!
Angie