Guest Post Written by Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet
I recently had the fantastic opportunity to review and test a fabulous yarn by Darn Good Yarn. I was given two colorways of their Silk Cloud yarn, which is made from completely reclaimed silk from Nepal and India.
The first colorway was gorgeous blues and greens in the Mermaid at the Sea which inspired me to create this lightweight Sea Breeze Summer Cowl.
The second colorway was Sunburst. Sunburst reminded me of watching a beautiful sunset which immediately made me think of being on vacation. I know when I pack for vacation that I tend to take way too much and I have been trying to narrow my packing down. I try to take multi-use items like scarves. I was inspired to make a multi-purpose scarf that would be a great vacation item.
This crochet scarf pattern can be worn in a variety of ways: as a bathing suit wrap or a head wrap for hanging out on the beach, or a dress up wrap or even a cowl for evening dinners. It is a simple design that will go well with any outfit.
This vacation scarf can be made in any size. This size requires only one hank; in order to achieve larger sizes you will need an additional hank. The best way to measure for what size you will need is to measure your hips at their widest point and subtract 10. That is how long, in inches you will make your beginning foundation chain. My hips measure 34” so I made my starting foundation chain 24”.
I did not use specific measurements in this free crochet pattern so that it can be easily adapted. Since the colors are what I really wanted to stand out in this pattern, it is a very simple design and will be easy to change size.
- 1 skein of Darn Good Yarn’s Anamika Silk/Silk Cloud yarn in Sunburst
- 4.0mm crochet hook
- Small needle to weave in ends
26”x26”, but it can be made in any size.
Abbreviations and Stitches used:
sl st- slip stitch
insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over and pull through stitch, (two loops on hook), pull loop closest to hook through other loop
fdc- foundation double crochet
Chain 3(counts as 1st fdc). Yarn over and insert hook in 3rd chain from hook. Yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 1 loop (this is an important step but easy to forget). Yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook (two loops remaining). Yarn over again and pull through last two loops on hook. This completes the second fdc (remember your 1st ch3 counted as the 1st fdc)
hdc- half double crochet
yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over and pull through stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops
dc- double crochet
yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over and pull through stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through last two loops
1. Foundation dc a chain to desired length (I made mine 100fdc or 24”)
2. Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Dc in 2nd st and every st across (100)
3. Repeat line 2 until your length measures the same as your width (this was 68 more rows in my case at which point my scarf measured 22”x22”)
4. Check for squareness. To do this you can fold your piece in half from corner to corner, there should be very little, if any overlapping. Fold in half corner to corner again and recheck. If your piece is not square you may need to remove or add a row or two.
5. In corner, where you finished Ch2 and 2hdc in same sp. 1hdc in between every post around. 3hdc in corner. Crochet along next side *1hdc in 1st sp. 2hdc in next sp. Repeat from * around with 3hdc in corner. Crochet along next side. 1hdc in between every post around. 3hdc in corner. Crochet along last side *1hdc in 1st sp. 2hdc in next sp. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the ch2 to join round.
6. Sl st into next st. Ch2 and 2hdc in same st. 1hdc in every st around entire piece, placing 3hdc in every corner. Sl st into the top of the ch2 to join round.
7. Repeat line 6, 3 more times for a total of 5 hdc rows around entire piece
8. Sl st into next st. ch3 and 8dc in same sp. *Skip 3sps and 7dc in sp between posts. Repeat from* around entire piece, placing 9dc in each of the 3 remaining corners. Sl st into the top of the ch3 to join.
9. Optional finish- sc in every st of clusters and 1sl st in between clusters, all the way around entire finished piece. This is optional but I believe it gives the piece a nice finished look.
Here are just some of the ways you can wear your scarf, but the possibilities are endless.
Win the yarn to make this Sunburst Vacation Wrap! Giveaway ends June 5, 2013.
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