#Friday Freebie – Crochet Scarf

new zig zag scarf imageRegular readers and crochet pupils will be very familiar with this simple zig zag scarf, which has been available for quite a few years now. On a recent wander along Cockermouth Main St I picked up a couple of balls of sock yarn from the wool shop and made a new version just for me.

If you want to make your own, this version took 100g (250m) of Regia sock yarn (this one is shade 01126) and also a ball of 4 ply in a solid colour (I used part of a leftover ball of Rowan Pure Wool 4 Ply). Alternating a solid colour with the stripes really helps to make the colours stand out and looks far better, but feel free to work with your choice of yarn and experiment.

You can find the pattern by clicking here. I hope you enjoy it.

T xx

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A Luxurious Collar

Louisa Harding Fur Yarn - Luzia

You can buy this item ready made from my Etsy shop!

I am a very practical person. I spend a lot of time outdoors, snuggled up in woolly hats and scarves. Just before Christmas I decided it was time for a bit of luxurious “me crochet”. Something to keep off the chill and add a bit of glamour to my Christmas shopping expeditions rather than another gardening hat or inevitable cowl.

I had a ball of Louisa Harding Luzia in Ruby and set about making a quick collar. I was inspired by the pewter clasp I had in my button tin (bought 2 years ago at Woolfest and waiting for just the right project).

If you aren’t a regular user of fur yarn there are a few things you should know. Firstly, it’s important not to be too hard on yourself. It’s very difficult to see the stitches as you crochet. I often tell pupils it’s easier to “feel your way”, using your fingers to find the next stitch rather than looking for it! Secondly, particularly with this project you might find it easier to work into the space below the stitch. This makes the fabric slightly denser – and I’ll be honest – it hides mistakes!!!

The curved neckline is achieved with a row of spaced increases and thereafter it’s just rows of htr. So, if you get the stitch count slightly wrong, no-one will know but you!

My collar fits beautifully around the top of my winter coat and also looks great with a simple black cardigan. The neckline (measured along row 1)  measures 60cm and I would guess it would fit someone who is up to size 14. If you want a larger collar then you just need to make a slightly longer chain and buy 2 balls of yarn.  If you would like to have a go at making one, the pattern is here. If you prefer to buy this item ready made, you can find it in my Etsy shop.

And, if you are in need of even more fur yarn inspiration, take a look at Anna Elliott’s pretty coat trim.

Crochet Collar

(c) image http://www.Crochetlatte. (used with permission)

Yup, there’s a lot of crochet on the blog right now! In the next three months I have 12 (12!!) knitting patterns being released, that’s a lot of stuff I can’t show you until publication. It also means that crochet has become my “go to” relaxation again. After a day in front of the pc proof reading knitting patterns I long for 5pm when I log off, light the fire and have an hour of “me time” before starting to think about the evening meal or catching up with chores. I had “pinned” a photo of these gorgeous collars months ago  and they definitely inspired my weekend hooking. Although I didn’t follow Katherine’s pattern, she has to be given credit for what came off my hook.

corsage collarYou can find the full pattern by clicking here. The flower pattern I used is the one I designed for my Baby Hat design in Craftseller issue 23, but you’ll find a lovely flower on Katherine’s website.

felt ballI had quite a lot of fun with this and  I’m pretty sure that a few little girls will find this in their stocking on Christmas morning!

 

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