I am a sucker for marled yarn, the kind of yarn that has two or more different colored strands twisted together. Beautiful as it is, I usually have trouble deciding what to do with marled yarn. It doesn’t show stitch patterns well and it can be difficult to see your stitches to crochet with it.
Last summer I found this beautiful “Crazy Wool” yarn, made in the USA by Stonehedge Fiber Mill, at my local yarn shop. I came up with a very simple pattern for a scarf to show off the beauty of this yarn. This is an easy pattern, a beginner could tackle it.
Crazy Scarf pattern for Marled Yarn
by Kathy Kelly
2 skeins Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy Yarn (75 grams, 230 yards per skein)
or 450-500 yds DK weight yarn
(This would work with just about any weight yarn, but you will need to adjust the amount needed.)
Size G, 4.00 mm crochet hook.
Finished dimensions: 68” long, 7.5” wide after blocking. (Before blocking 60” long, 6.5” wide).
Scarf is worked lengthwise. If you would like to adjust the length of the scarf make an odd number of chains which will result in an even number of stitches across the length of the scarf.
Abbreviations, US Terminology used
hdc, half double crochet (half treble in UK Terminology)
st, sts, stitch(es)
ch sp, chain space
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, hdc in next ch, repeat from * across. Your last ch will have a hdc in it. (318 sts, ch 2 at beginning counts as a st)
Now you will be working in the chain spaces of the previous row.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in first ch sp, *ch 1, hdc, in next ch sp, repeat from * across until you have made a hdc in the last ch sp, then hdc in 2nd ch of turning chain at end of row.
Repeat Row 2 until you have used up your yarn or your scarf is the desired width. (I did 28 rows for the scarf in the picture with the brown stripes.)
Fasten off. If you like, add a couple of tassels at the corners. Block.
Chart for a reduced portion of the stitch pattern. Scarf is worked lengthwise.
This one is a bit shorter and thus wider, again using the Crazy Wool. 306 stitches makes it 64″ long and 8″ wide.
© Kathy Kelly 2015. For personal use only, please do not copy or distribute.
More details about Crazy Wool on Ravelry
Some of my other favorite marled yarns include, Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball, Cascade Ecological Wool twists, and Blackberry Ridge Colorflow. There are many so keep your eyes open when yarn shopping.
I am very sad to say that the local yarn shop where I bought the Crazy Wool yarn is going out of business at the end of this month. When a local store goes out of business it is a huge loss to the community. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like not to be able to go to a store and pick up the skeins, give them a squish, compare colors side by side, and talk yarn with the employees. When you are buying yarn please consider your local yarn shop, if you have one, and stop by to see what they have before buying online. You might be surprised to discover something unique and beautiful that you can’t get anywhere else.
Here are my last 2 skeins of Crazy Wool.
I’m joining in on the Hookin’ on Hump Day blog party from moogly blog.