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A Ruffled Scarf for Miles

November 17th, 2008

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This is a guest post, from Lindsey, one of our marketing interns:

Lindsey and her Ruffled ScarfI’ve known how to knit (and I mean knit, no purling or increasing/decreasing etc) for a couple years, but have spent the last few months working diligently at learning more yarncrafting skills. My most recent accomplishment: learning to crochet!

Less than one week and two projects into crocheting, I decided to find a great project for my new favorite yarn, Homespun! As a fashion-conscious young New Yorker looking for something fun to make, the Crochet Ruffle Scarf seemed logical to me. So, I looked at the pattern, decided it would be easy enough for me to make, grabbed a ball of Homespun in Lagoon (which matches about half of my current wardrobe), and got started.

You’ll notice I never mentioned consciously picking a hook size. I had two hooks in my apartment—N-13 and I-9— and of course I picked the N-13. The pattern calls for a K-10.5, but I tend not to pay attention when working on scarves. It wasn’t until I was on the second row and delighted with how I could see the ruffle taking shape that I noticed this was going to be the longest scarf ever! Well, I finished it anyway. I used more than the one ball it was supposed to require, but I had already prepared myself for that. At first I thought it was too long, but after a little modeling for my roommate and laughing at how ridiculous it was, I realized it was actually kind of cute. In fact, worn just hanging, not wrapped, it makes quite a fashion statement. Or I can wrap it around my neck as many times as my style — or cold weather — deems necessary.

After finishing it, I had just over a ball of Lagoon still in my stash. As it was just a few days before a friend’s birthday, I decided to find the correct hook and make her a scarf too. I made hers a little smaller than my giant scarf; she prefers function over fashion and the ruffle was enough decoration for her. It turned out perfect and she loves it!

What are some new yarncrafting skills that you’ve learned recently or that you want to learn? Tell us about them!

  • phillygirl64

    Hmmm…I just got an order where I accidentally ordered too many skeins of Homespun…this could come in handy ;)

  • Sandra

    Lindsey, I love stories like yours. I’ve completed many projects that don’t turn out looking like the picture but are really cool anyways. You have inspired me to try the homespun ruffle scarf. I’m going to crochet it in the sierra color. :)

  • pat

    I’ve been able to crochet for years, so I am trying to learn how to knit and so far so good. It does take longer and HELP if you drop a stitch. I’ve given lots of crocheted gifts and usually they are well received. This year I,ve done alot of baby stuff. But I’m determined to learn to knit.

  • Lysee

    Hi,
    I have been crocheting this scarf like mad.
    I have made like 6 0f them this month for gifts using Homespun. I just taught a class Monday night and this was the pattern i choose to teach them crochet.
    Everyone left “hooked” on crochet and its going great for everyone.
    Great stylist pattern.
    It looks best if you fold scarf in half and then wrap around neck, insert straight end thru the loop.
    It looks great like that
    Happy wearing!!

  • Karyn

    I have made two of these scarves; both as gifts. They were well received and every quick to crochet.

  • Tricia

    I LOVE the look of this scarf! I am a self taught very beginner. I know how to knit but have always wanted to try crocheting. But, I need help. I do not understand the instructions past the double crochet. I know how to double crochet but do not know what it means when it says, “double crochet in next 2 double crochet and 2 double crochet etc…. I have searched on the internet and everywhere. Can you help? I really want to do this scarf.

    Zontee says: Hi Tricia, row 1 of the pattern says, “*double crochet in next chain, 2 double crochet in next chain; repeat from * across.” Don’t stress; just take it exactly as it says. You double crochet into the next chain; then, in the chain after that, you double crochet (dc) twice into the same chain. Then you repeat the everything from the asterisk until you reach the end of your chain. Then in the next row, do exactly as it says — dc once into the first stitch, dc once into the second stitch, dc twice into the third stitch, and repeat. And, as always, you can always e-mail support@lionbrand.com for more technical help.

  • Carole

    I would like to know if Lion Brand plans on bringing back Romance Yarn. I really enjoyed working with it and would love to purchase more.

    Many thanks
    Carole

    Zontee says: Hi Carole, there are no plans to bring back Romance yarn at this time. However, if you’re looking for some, a good place to look is often eBay, where you can find many of our discontinued yarns. Please also note that comments left on the blog should relate to the topics on which they were left — for questions about patterns or products, please e-mail us at support@lionbrand.com

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