How would you feel if you received a gift such as this?
I am not the best at handiwork, but I taught myself to crochet.
I know the basics--chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc), and double crochet (dc). I know how to do things in a single line or row. I can skip a stitch and crochet in the spaces. What I have trouble following is the fancier pattern. And, as far as gauge, I am all over the place.
Because of this, it is why I can crochet simple winter scarves, like those I am working on at the moment. Depending on the size of the crochet hook, and the bulk of the yarn, I chain however many that I want the length to be, and then do what I know how to do.
Currently, I am working on three scarves with a bulkier yarn, and larger hooks (N-13 (9mm), and P-16 (11.5mm). All three yarns are Lion Brand Yarns in the Hometown USA collection. All are 100% acrylic yarns and machine washable and dryable. They are considered "Super Bulky"
On the first scarf in a color called "Key Largo Tweed," I used the N-hook, and chained 135 to get started. It is a single crochet using the back loop of each stitch, which gives it the ribbed effect. I needed three 4-oz. (113 g) skeins to finish it. I started it on Tuesday and finished on Wednesday.
I used the P-hook and same weight yarn for the second scarf in a pink variety called "Phoenix Azalea" of the same yarn, chaining 100 to get started. (The original directions were to chain 85, but I found it to be a bit short, due perhaps to the tightness of my gauge.) You can see the size of the hook to be nearly as big as my fingers. It is a little difficult to get used to the bigger size.
I finished the first skein yesterday afternoon, and will try to finish the project this evening or tomorrow. Hopefully, it will only require two of the 4-oz. skeins.
When you compare the two pieces together, you can see how using the same yarn and same pattern will give a looser, softer garment in the pink. The finished project is heavier, and required the three skeins. I am hoping that two will be sufficient for the pink.
The third scarf will be crocheted a bit differently. I have two 5-oz. (142 g) skeins in a solid color, "Washington Denim." (See the two skeins in the background of the first picture shared.) I am not yet sure of the pattern I will use.
I picked out the blue jean color specifically for a gift for one person. When someone can (literally) buy anything for him- or herself, money being no object, a hand-crocheted scarf seem to be one of very few options.
I simply wish I were better at crocheting than I am. I would like them to be a bit fancier.
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© 2015 Coral Levang
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