Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Finished Crochet - A lace scarf




One of my most recent projects in crochet class - among all the Christmas themed crafting - was learning to read from a chart rather than a pattern.  For someone who trusts words over pictures when doing something technical, it was a learning curve for me.  I've never even read a knitting chart, despite being a knitter for over twenty years, so it was a struggle to begin with.  Somewhere along the way though, I realised the pattern was just three rows the same, then a row with treble stitches (which created that thicker looking row in the design).  Simple!  The scarf used up 200g of double knitting wool, but I probably could have went bigger if I'd had more.  Crochet just eats up the wool, right?!  I crocheted most of this over Christmas and, as the rows got bigger, it seemed to be taking longer and longer...  It was a good movie watching, couch project though.

Unfortunately, my crochet teacher got the pattern from a Japanese book, so I don't know the source, but if I find out I'll post a link to it. (edit - found it!  On Ravelry or PDF)  She also recommended using a cotton wool - I only had Stylecraft acrylic at the time but it might have a nicer drape with cotton.  I wasn't planning to keep the scarf but now I've tried it on and took pictures, it's growing on me a bit...

:)

21 comments:

  1. This looks great - I love these kind of scarves - I have knitted a few but never actually crocheted one, I always keep thinking crochet is another skill I should learn!

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    1. I've only been learning a few months and I love it! It's a nice change from knitting :)

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  2. I haven't a clue how to read crochet from a chart! though if you can get a link to this shawl up I will certainly give it a go and whip one up myself, it looks really marvellous well done :) jenny xx

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    1. I could send you a different chart and explain it if you like, I picked up the symbols easily enough, it was just working out how they fitted together!

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  3. Hi Elise...your scarf is absolutely gorgeous! Such a vibrant colour as well and it looks great on you.
    Marianne x

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    1. Thanks! I do love the colour, it's a be nice compliment to my normally dark clothes :)

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  4. The scarf is lovely, and looks really good on you - keep it! I much prefer words to pictures, but I might branch out into charts one day...

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    1. I did another thing last night and it was ok, maybe it was just the first chart that stumped me! :)

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  5. It's lovely! Definitely keep it, suits you, if not I'd wear it :)

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  6. Phenomenal job! I think this looks so lovely! x

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    1. Thanks! It's a keeper I think :)

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  7. I really like it! Love the colour. I've never used a chart either - sounds too hard and scary :D

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    1. Once I got the hang of it things were fine actually, it's just that first stage of doing something new that was the worst bit! :)

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  8. I've used a chart for a couple of small projects and found it easier than a pattern. I'd keep that scarf if I were you. It suits you.

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    1. Thanks :) now I know what I'm doing I'd definitely use them again, it was just pretty awkward in the beginning!

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  9. This looks so lovely! I'm useless at crocheting anything big - I always get bored and start on another project!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks! I get bored on the big stuff too, I think it only got done because I was off for Christmas ;)

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  10. It's beautiful! Stop making me want to learn crochet and knitting! My purse can't fund more hobbies. :D

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