Sunday, 25 February 2018

FLYING TIGER CHEVRON SCARF

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FLYING TIGER CHEVRON SCARF

This wonderfully soft variegated yarn was gifted to me by a friend. I instantly wanted to do something with it – and scoured the web for ideas.  The possibilities are endless – but I wanted a light pattern that would allow the lovely soft yarn with its variegations to show through.  Let’s see how this works out.J

Thank you for joining me as we work on this creation together.

Materials usedToday I’ve used the really soft Garn Yarn – Flying Tiger, (which seems to be like) a 4-ply acrylicyarn with a 4.5 mm crochet hook
General materials info : You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project to any size.  You can make this into a scarf, wrap or cowl using these instructions.

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Skill level : Easy to Intermediate

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.

How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

How to join : So the regular methods used to join granny squares works for joining of the sides and shoulders of our project as well.  Here are two methods.

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                             sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                   ch : Chain
sp : Space                                       sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                        yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)    
fsc : Foundation Single crochet                  


As always, I request you to read through this full write up  to check finishing ideas so you can decide what you want done, and optimize the use of your yarn.

You can make a scarf, wrap or cowl using these instructions with this pattern.

Our stitch count for this pattern is 6 + 1.




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Start Row 1 : with fsc in multiples of 6 + 1 for the width you need for your scarf / wrap or cowl.

Note : Check the finishing ideas to see if you would like to work a few rows in plain sc / hdc before you start this pattern.
Please note : Instructions given here are per chart.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st fsc ; ch 3, sk next 2 fsc, sc in the next fsc ;
*ch 6, sk next 5 fsc, sc in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the last 3 fsc ;
ch 3, sk next 2 fsc, dc in the last fsc.  Turn

Row 3 : sc in the 1stdc ;
*ch 2, dc in the next sc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-6 sp* ;
rep *to* till the last dc ; ch 2, sc in the last dc.  Turn.

In the following row, we will work a dc-3 tog / cluster stitch.

For a “how to” on dc 3-tog / cluster stitch, take a look at this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7pN7JT1dE

Row 4: sc in the 1stsc ;
*ch 3, dc 3-tog in the next dc ; ch 3, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till the last sc ; ch 3, sc in the last sc.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1stsc ; ch 2, sc in the next dc 3-tog ;
*ch 5, sc in the next dc 3-tog* ;
rep *to* till the last sc ; ch 2, dc in the last sc.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1stdc ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ;
*ch 6,  sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till the last dc ;
dc in the last dc.  Turn

and as you can see, we’ve completed one repeat.

Rep Rows 2 – 6 till you get the length needed for your scarf / cowl or wrap.

Cowl ideas :
I have decided to make this a cowl... so lemme show you how you can wear it.  You can make it as long as you like -  I just worked it for as long as my yarn would take me :)

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keeps the neck warm

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keeps the ears warm and holds hair in place ;)

So to whip this scarf into a cowl, first you need to figure out the length (or circumference) you’d like.  
Then just place the end and beginning together, and neatly join the two ends.  Check the top of this blog for “how to join” ideas.  Also look at ideas on the web for invisible join of granny squares – lots of videos available.

Scarf / wrap finishing ideas :
If you want to make a scarf or wrap, then I’d suggest before you end off, work a few rows of sc / hdc at the end, just to get a flat edge.  I would then suggest working in a few tassels not just to add the length, but also to give a lighter filigree lacy end result.

Check this video on how to make tassels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xZOQAh5KGA

If you have started as per chart, then after you finish one edge, go to the start fsc row, re-attach your yarn and work the same sc / hdc rows that you have worked at the other end.  Add in your tassels to match the other edge too.

Bead & Bling addition ideas :
You can decide to work in a small bead at the end of each tassel as well. To do that, you just make your tassel first, add in your bead and knot the end up! 
This works really well with lighter yarns.

How to thread beads onto your yarn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WKv0W8miQ

How to add beads in crochet : Check out this neat link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M

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