A Crazy Scarf pattern for Marled Yarn

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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

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Materials:
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
ch, chain
hdc, half double crochet (half treble in UK Terminology)
sk, skip
st, sts, stitch(es)
ch sp, chain space

 
Instructions:
Ch 319
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.

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Chart for a reduced portion of the stitch pattern. Scarf is worked lengthwise.

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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.

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I’m joining in on the Hookin’ on Hump Day blog party from moogly blog.

 

 

 

 

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Snowflake roundup 2015

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In December I made many snowflakes to give as gifts and tried out a lot of  snowflake patterns. This is my roundup of favorite snowflakes of 2015.

Above you see the first snowflake in a collection of patterns, 9001 Snowflakes for Christmas Tree by MyPicot. These are available for free and are all charted with minimal written instructions.  This one gets my pick for best snowflake for thread. The flakes in this collection turn out huge unless you use finer thread. For the above snowflake I used size 30 DMC cordonet cotton and it is 5.25″ in diameter. You can see technical details on my Ravelry Project page.

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My pick for best size 10 cotton snowflake is Pretty Snowflake by Julie A. Bolduc. You can download the pdf for free here. This pattern has written instructions and produced a small flake 3.75″ in diameter. You can see details on my Ravelry project page.

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My favorite pattern for a felted snowflake, made with worsted weight wool, is Easy to Make Snowflake by EmmHouse. You’ll need to scroll down the page to get to the free written instructions. This produced a large 7.5″ diameter flake that could be used as a hotpad or larger decoration. See my Ravelry project page for hook and yarn used.

For the most complete information on blocking I recommend this article by Crochet Memories. I used the first recipe for cornstarch and water method. It produced flakes stiff enough to hang on a tree with a nice stitch definition.

Best wishes for a New Year of fun crocheting.

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Mini the cat, modeling snowflake.

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Tunisian Crochet TriTone Cowls

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Just in time for fall I have designed a new Tunisian Crochet pattern, the TriTone Tunisian Cowl. Since we still have a few flowers along with the fall leaves I thought I’d go to our front yard for some photos.

The pattern is available for sale on Ravelry here.  The cowl above was made using three colors of Cascade 220 Worsted weight yarn. I used less than 50 grams of each color to make it. For more details on the colors used and Tunisian hook size see my Ravelry project page.

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For the version above I used 3 colors of Berocco Vintage DK, again using less than 50 grams of each color. This would be a good project to use up your leftover yarn.  For details on the colorways and Tunisian hook used see my Ravelry project page.

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A photo among the Echinacea seed heads. The goldfinches are particularly fond of these seeds so I leave them for the birds.

Here’s how it looks when worn.

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I’m writing this post as part of the Hookin’ on Hump day link party on Moogly’s blog. You might want to see what other people are posting there.

Fall, old and new together. Perhaps these colors might inspire a fall project….

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Vibraphone Yarn Bomb

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To celebrate the upcoming CD release party for my new CD Owls Calling I yarn bombed my vibes.

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Ok, you can see my house is cluttered. Note the Milt Jackson “Plenty Plenty Soul” record that just happens to be in the background!

To make this I used the pattern Rainbows and Daisies Square from the Zooty Owl blog. The designer is Zelina Oliver and this is a free pattern on her blog. Since I needed squares that are approximately 2.5″ in diameter I only worked the first 3 rows of her pattern. Using a 2.75 mm C hook and Noro Kureyon Sock yarn I got 3″ squares. Because Noro is thick and thin the size of the squares varied. I decided that’s ok, this is Noro after all.

After joining I used Patons Grace, a cotton yarn, to single crochet across the top of the squares and made chain loops to attach the strip around the posts of the vibes. I decided against single crocheting across the bottom because I think the squares will show up better this way.

If you are in the Chicago area you can check out my CD release party at the Green Mill on Monday October 19, 2015.

If you’d like to check out my CD or download tracks you can do that here.

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Summer Crafting: Getting Scrappy

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This summer I’m getting scrappy and using up leftover yarn from my stash. Above is a project I made using the leftovers from many of my lace shawl projects. I was fortunate to test the new Kotobuki pattern by designer Margaret Kendall and use up some of my stash yarn in the process.

The pattern is worked in the round as a moebius. This means that after you create the foundation chain each round of stitches shows up on either side of the center of the work. It’s a perfect construction to use your leftover yarn, with each color framing the center.

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Here you can see how the colored rounds show up as mirrored rows on either side of the central spine. The 408 foundation single crochet stitches required to start this project were a challenge to make, but I broke them up into groups of 50 and worked on them over several days. The results are so worth it, after the first two rounds everything else is a piece of cake.

You can visit my Ravelry project page to see a detailed list of all the yarns used in this project with approximate amounts per round. I would rate this as an intermediate level project.

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Here’s a picture of Mini on a cat mat made with cotton yarn that I had on hand. I used a simple wave pattern from a stitch dictionary for this one.

And here’s a project that I started yesterday. I’m using leftover Cascade 220 and Quatro yarn that was in my stash.

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This is a free pattern called Tuni Trio Cowl. It’s a beginner pattern using only Tunisian Simple Stitch.

I’m teaching a beginning Tunisian crochet class on Sunday July 18, 12:30 pm at Windy Knitty in Chicago. After finishing this class you would have the skills to make this cowl.

I am also teaching a class on Tunisian crochet in the round using the double ended Tunisian crochet hook on Sunday July 26, 12:30 pm. at Windy Knitty. If you’ve always wanted to know how that works sign up for this class. It’s easier than it looks!

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An eyeglass case made using the double ended Tunisian crochet hook, working in the round. This would be a great project to use up your leftover worsted weight yarn.

I encourage you to get out your leftover yarn and explore the possibilities.

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Whispering Flowers

Spring is here and it’s time for a new pattern, Whispering Flowers Infinity Scarf.

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This uses less than 100 grams of fingering weight yarn. Shown is Neighborhood Fiber Company Rustic Fingering in the color Georgetown. It’s a very light scarf that works up quickly, perfect for spring. The pattern is available for sale on my Ravelry shop  and includes a chart as well as written instructions.

In other news, YarnCon was a blast. I really enjoyed seeing the yarn by the indie dyers. The students in my Tunisian crochet class were great people, all of them A students.  Thanks to Natalia for organizing YarnCon and making it a great event.

Here’s a cool yarn bowl I bought at YarnCon from Madison WI potter Alison Wheeler. It works well for my hand wound balls of yarn. Can you believe I don’t own a swift and ball winder?

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News you can use:

Did you know that the Craft Yarn Council has a Learning Center online where you can get information about yarn and basic crochet and knit instructions? They also have useful information on standard abbreviations and crochet symbols.

I must leave you with another photo of the Whispering Flowers Infinity Scarf, what a bright and cheerful color. The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Rustic Fingering again, this time the color is Charles Village. More technical details on my Ravelry project page.

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These are very tiny daffodils that were sold as a potted plant. When the plant died I planted the bulbs and then forgot about them, until this spring.

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Tunisian Crochet at YarnCon

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Ok, I am just too excited about teaching Tunisian Crochet at YarnCon in Chicago. This year the indie fiber fair will be on April 18 & 19 2015.

I’ll be teaching a class on Tunisian crochet in the round on April 19, using a double ended Tunisian crochet hook. Above is a small class project, designed to be an iPhone cozy, but it fits my reader glasses perfectly! This is just one example of the many things you can do with Tunisian crochet worked in the round. Class is listed as Tunisian crochet cellphone cozy I’d love to see you there.

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Beisdes that I’ll be teaching a class on beginning Tunisian crochet. If you’ve always wanted to give Tunisian crochet a try this is the class for you. Short and sweet, it covers the basics. Above, a swatch showing some basic Tunisian crochet stitches.

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In more Tunisian crochet news, I’ve been working on a beautiful project using Tunisian crochet short rows. The pattern is Tunisian Shell Shawl by Elena Fedotova. It’s not a free pattern but is worth paying for. The instructions are detailed and excellent. This is an intermediate level project, a beautiful one to polish your Tunisian crochet skills with.

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Here’s a close up of the stitch detail. See my Ravelry project page for for technical details.

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Totally unrelated to crochet, the selection of old time candy at local frozen custard shop Lickity Split on Western Ave. in Chicago.

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