Sunday, 30 November 2014

WICKER SCARF

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WICKER SCARF


Here I am back again, this time with a really beautiful and tried and tested pattern - the basket weave stitch.  I just love this pattern.. amazing how a mix ' n match of a few stitches gives you this delightful pattern.. and with the upcoming festive season and so many gifts to go out.. why not make one filled with love and hand made for all those special people in your life.  

I was traveling and one of my co-passengers was struggling with the usual 'what-shall-I-give' conundrum and I gave her a few ideas.. and thought I'd post this out for her and all of us who are similarly stuck in the gifting game.  

This scarf has been made in one colour, but it'll look just superb in ombre - or a range of colours that slowly build up.  

I've also added tassels at the end - so if you're combining colours through the scarf, throw a splash of colour there as well, and see the face of the person you gift this to, light up. Have fun and I hope you enjoy this project as well.

You could make this into a cowl too.  After you have reached the length (or circumference in the case of an infinity cowl), just join the two ends of your scarf - and Voila! Infinity scarf made!

Oh and before you go off.. yarn information.  I've used a lovely light fingering weight yarn, but this pattern is so gorgeous, and if weather allows you to work with thicker yarns, this pattern works beautifully with fingering, sport weight and DK weight yarns as well.  The gauge will not match, but that doesn't really matter, as the pattern will still look superb!

Yarn used : 3 ply acrylic (or light fingering weight yarn).  That said, you can use any yarn with a suitable hook for this creation.
Hook : 4 mm (G ; US 6)
Skill Level : Advanced beginner
Gauge : Not important as a different  yarn will give you a different gauge, but the designer achieved a gauge of 2 rows in pattern and 6 sts (3 fpdc + 3 bpdc) = 1”.


Abbreviations used : (Pattern uses US terminology)
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                                              sc : Single Crochet
dc : Double Crochet                                                                      sk : skip
st : stitch                                                                                               sp : space
ch : chain                                                                                             rep : repeat
fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet                                           bpdc : Back Post Double Crochet


Stitches used : 
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start :Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video

In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet : Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below.  The video link below is just great and self explanatory.
yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from back of stitch, around st and into the front of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One fpdc complete

yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from front of stitch, around st and into the back of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One bpdc complete 

Note : Stitch explanation and photo tutorial for fpdc and bpdc at the end of this blog.  


Instructions : Using U.S terminology

As  mentioned before, you can use any yarn with a suitable hook and make this to any size you want.  All you need to do is figure out the stitch count and ensure you work in multiples thereof.
You can leave the ends of your project unattached and get a scarf or wrap or you join the ends and get an infinity cowl.  Come along then.. let's create...

Start with 28 fsc.  (or in multiples of 4 for the width needed for your scarf / wrap / cowl).Turn.  

I have used the chainless dc start (Check top of this blog for info).  If you are unhappy with that start, start with ch 2, that will be your 1st dc.  I urge you to try the chainless start though.

Row 1 : dc in each fsc till end.  (28 dc). Turn.

We will now start our basket weave pattern.  We use post stitches from here on.  Please check the top of the blog for a video link and the bottom of the blog for a photo tutorial.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ;  fpdc into next 3 dc , 
*bpdc into next 4 dc, fpdc in next 4 dc* ; 
rep *to* till the last 4 sts ; 
fpdc in last 3 dc ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.
(4 sets of fpdc, 3 sets of bpdc - if using start of 28 sts)


Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ;  bpdc in next 3 dc, 
*fpdc in next 4 dc, bpdc in next 4 dc* ; 
rep *to* till the last 4 sts ;  
 bpdc in last 3 dc ; dc in the last dc. 
(4 sets of bpdc, 3 sets of fpdc - if using start of 28 sts)

Row 4 : Repeat Row 3

Row 5 : Repeat Row 2
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Stitch detail

Repeat Row 2 to Row 5 till your desired length.   

The above pattern will slowly emerge. End with Row 5.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tassels : Optional, but will look lovely with this particular scarf.  If you so decide, check out this link

How to make and add tassels : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xZOQAh5KGA

Block per your yarn instructions and wear with pride

Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Instructions : Yarn over hook, insert hook into the front of your stitch (from front to behind the stitch and then come  to the front of your work again, such that  the ‘post’ is over your hook, aRow the front of your hook) - Pic 1, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), bringing stitch up (to the height of stitch on the Row you are working on),  yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops remaining on hook) – Pic 2, yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops to complete stitch.  One fpdc complete. Pic 3


Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)

Instructions : Yarn over hook, insert hook into the back of your stitch (from back to front of the stitch in the lower row, and the ‘post’ is over your hook, a row the back), yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), bringing stitch up (to the height of stitch on the row you are working on),  yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops remaining on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops to complete stitch.  One bpdc complete. 


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