I haven't crocheted in decades! I have been knitting a bit. A tiny bit. Washcloths. Do not be impressed. I used to crochet like crazy and even made some afghans in my day. Still, I was never a pro and I never was a perfectionist about it. A true yarn artist would be amused (or horrified) by my creations.
My mom made a scarf for my niece, Sarah, for Christmas. It was lime green - Sarah's new favorite color. It was fabulous. I fell in love and decided it would be such fun to try. I needed a TV watching project. This was a timely project. I have a winter cold and I've been a couch potato for the last couple of days.
The pattern had come from a free Hobby Lobby pattern card. I was able to find the pattern - Taffy Pull Scarf - online. The original pattern is for a striped scarf. The one my mom made was a solid color and I liked that MUCH better.
Over the summer I had come across a bunch of wonderful cotton yarns at - where else - a yard sale. Needless to say, I had a stash to pull from. I chose the pink. It's not as thick as the pattern calls for. Since I'm not a perfectionist, I didn't let that worry me. I had a number of crochet hooks. The pattern calls for size I-9. Didn't have that so I used a J-10. Close enough. But I should have compensated by decreasing the chain stitches at the beginning to maybe 200 or 225. I ended up with a lacier scarf than my niece's. Both are pretty. I am thinking that I'd like to make an ivory or gray one with a thicker yarn. It would be good to have a warmer scarf, too. The bottom line - it will come out pretty even if you don't use exactly what's called for.
When I printed the original pattern, the print was too small to easily read, plus there was lots of extra info about changing colors, which I didn't plan to do. I redid the pattern for one color. If you want the original pattern, go here. If you want solid, copy and paste this:
Taffy Pull ScarfStitch Nation by Debbie Stoller "Bamboo Ewe™"
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS - Scarf is 6" x 85". (I didn't measure mine, but this is pretty close).
177 yd - 3.5 oz (100 g) balls
I used 3 1/2 skeins of 115 yd - 50g - 1 3/4 oz - 100% cotton - Patons Weekender yarn in coral (looks like a dusty pink)
Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9].
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 255 sc.
Note: I used a hook one size larger and my scarf is too long!
Rows 2 - 5 : sc in each sc across.
Row 6: ch 4 (counts as tr), turn, *skip 1 st, tr in next st, tr in skipped st; repeat from * across to last st, tr in last st. (Sounds hard, but is very easy!)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in top of ch-4.
Rows 8-9: repeat Rows 6-7.
Rows 10-11: repeat Rows 6-7.
Row 12: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in top of ch-4.
Rows 13-16: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
|The triple stitches used in rows 6, 8 and 10 create the lacy bits down the center of the scarf.|
Cut 12" lengths of different colors of yarn to add to long tails. Matching colors with row tails, fold lengths in half. Each Fringe should have 6 strands. Pull folded end of lengths through each row end. Pull ends of lengths and long tails through folded end.
Weave in ends.
GAUGE: 12 sts = 4" in single crochet. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. (I obviously didn't bother) Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Note: Scarf is worked lengthwise. Leave 6" tail when beginning and ending to add to Fringe.
ch = chain
mm = millimeters
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch (es)
tr = triple or treble crochet
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated