Crochet is a wonderful fun craft. It’s quick, easy, portable and you can make amazingly effective accessories that are completely unique.
Or, like me, you can completely fail.
A little while ago, I had a lovely ball of Debbie Bliss rialto lace sent to me from Cosywool, with the associated challenge to crochet a scarf. I had such good intentions, a plan and everything. (As an aside, it arrived vacuum packed, which was intriguing. Excellent idea though, as it means it will go through a letter box, and doesn’t weigh any differently to the fluffy version.)
And then I swear someone ran off with November. And now suddenly it’s almost December and this is my scarf
No, not the lights, they’re a friend’s, came from Lidl I believe. The scarf at the moment is what you’d call skinny.
It’s a very simple construction – I chained a long string to the length I want my scarf. Then I broke the thread off, and threaded on a whole bunch of sequins, probably around a hundred but I didn’t count. The pattern is chain 6, sc (single crochet with sequin) into 6th chain, repeat. If you’re planning ahead, your base chain should divide by 6, mine probably won’t so I’ll just bodge it. At the end of the row you chain round so that you’re going into the middle chain of the previous pattern row if that makes any sense.
And then you keep doing that until the scarf is the width you require. You’ll probably have to break the thread and thread extra sequins, I recommend doing this at the end of a row so that it’s easier to hide the join.
That’s how you make a crochet scarf, quickly, easily, single ball, just two stitches (chain and single crochet) and the sequins give it that little bit of extra bling.
Of course, if you’re me, what you do is dither and waffle about all the different styles of scarf you could make, and finally settle on the sequins two days before you’re due to finish, then spend those two days going unexpectedly to London and A&E and do very little crochet at all.
I’d definitely do it a week or so before you think you should. For reference, a shawl to this pattern made some years ago took 24 hours of threading and crochet time, and I’m thinking this scarf will probably be about a quarter of the size, so maybe 6 hours of construction time ahead. There will no doubt be further progress pictures on Instagram.
Disclosure: thanks to Blogging Edge for inviting me to take part in this crochet/ knitting challenge.