muscular scarves

… Just had fun finding a name for a scarf that would be more ‘appropriate’ for a man than a woman.  Mainly what differentiate the male/female label would be the pattern and the choice of colors.

Here are my two favorite patterns.  Both are worked in the lengthwise so the chain count will determine the length of the scarf.

#1 – This one is dead simple: it’s just HDC all the way.  For Ronald, I chained 185 and made 18 rows alternating Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash [100% Superwash Wool washable in the machine at 40.  Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50] in #1975 – Provence (red) and in #1944 – Westpoint Blue Heather.  For Charlie, my 2-years old grand-son, I did 12 rows and used randomly 5 colors: #1910 – Summer Sky Heather,  #910A – Winter White, #874 – Ridge Rock, 3854 – Navy and #821 – Daffodil.

#2 – It’s a very well  known pattern and it’s hard to find out who is the true ‘owner’ of this pattern.   The ribbing effect is done by using a BPDC stitches and it is reversible. For Darling, I alternated each row with grey #816 – Gray and #821 – Daffodil.

  • Row 1 [gray]- first DC stitch in the 4th chain and then in each chain across the row [length]. [cut and fasten off].
  • Row 2 [daffodil] – grab the new color, chain 3 and turn.  This will be only BPDC [from behind to the top of the post – not the turning chain].  To finish the row, do a normal DC at the turning chain. [cut and fasten off]
  • Row 3 – switch color again.  Grab the first color, chain 3 and turn.  Work a DC in the stitches across [round loop a the top – not the post].  Locate the turning chain and insert your hook in the top of the chain to finish the row with one last DC.
  • Row 4 – repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired width.  You want to end on row 2 for a nicer finished edge.

For a video-explanation, go to ‘every man’s scarf‘ by Jennifer Dickerson at Fiber Flux.

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plum chutney scarf

This was a speedy project and it would have taken less time if I hadn’t worked until 4.34 am on the first ‘evening’ … The morning after, I proudly showed my art to my dear son – I was more than half way – and he immediately noticed the mistakes.   Darn.  The pattern is a chain mesh, pretty easy to realize. Well… that is if you pay attention!  All you need to do is to work by block of 2 rows: for row 2,  you end up with a ch 2, dc in last st and for row 3, you sc in 3rd ch of t-ch … Obviously, I kept ending one way for a few rows, then changed along the way.  This created an ugly zig-zag on the edges.  So 70 cm of yarn got rolled back around the skein.  I hate mistakes.

The next night, the scarf was done.  To avoid any distraction, I created 2 cards – in different colors to catch my exhausted eyes,  that I kept flipping recto/verso after each row … The result is amazing if I may say so myself.

This super bulky, soft, chenille-style yarn, available in a range of stylish shades, all very tempting, was the perfect choice for this scarf.  It was though but I selected ‘plum chutney’, a mixture of brown, pink, olive-green and burgundy…. perfect Christmas present for my super duper sis-in-law!

More details:

  • Bernat Blanket yarn 100% polyester thus machine washable and dryable.
  • The skein weight is 10.5 oz. / 300 g
  • Purchased at Michaels at probably $9.99 unless it was discounted at the time
  • I used the recommended 8-mm  hook size
  • Stitches: chain mesh – foundation: 20 (multiple of 4 sts) + 2 (pattern on page 137 of my favorite book).

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cheat sheets

the art of frogging

Frogging is a slang word used within the industry to nicely explain that you have made a mistake and that you need to unravel your stitches back to the point before it all went wrong.  Nothing to do with the amphibiens except perhaps that for some [I have other unpleasant words coming to my mind], that frustrating action, is making them “rip-it, rip-it, rip-it” apart.  And this rhymes with “ribbit, ribbit, ribbit’ …

And guess what?  I am the Star of Frogging.  Does it make me a frog?  Nope. But I know someone nicknamed frog. Poor thing.

So here is my real-life experience example of frogging (video).  This was a 70-cm long frogging [frigging] experience. Don’t be afraid to turn on the volume because I kept it all to myself!