Following my ‘Flounce of Frocks’ when I made four or five dresses from the same pattern this Summer, I thought I’d invent another collective noun for my bid to clothe all my nearest and dearest with neckwarming devices this Christmas in case it gets very chilly. If there is already a collective noun for scarves I stand corrected but I couldn’t find one and, in any case, why on earth would there be?
The first one was taken from a free pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet here. I say ‘taken from’ because I set off, momentarily forgetting that the U.S. and U.K. versions of the double crochet stitch are different and did it the U.K. way. However, I rather like it in this slightly less chunky incarnation.
The second version was done with the correct U.S. version of the stitch which is actually double crochet into back of loop and such fat yarn that it took a whole ball to make each of the colour variation stripes you see. I was going to make it all mustard – what is it with me and mustard at the moment? – but I underestimated the amount I needed and they didn’t have any left when I went back to buy more. As you can see, the stitch and the super bulky as opposed to the ‘just bulky’ yarn make for a much more substantial version and more like the designer intended.
The third one is made with one of those cake yarns that change colour as you go along. I adapted the Little River Blanket pattern to make a scarf instead. ‘Adapted’ here is too grand a term for what I actually did which was to make it narrower and carry on until I ran out of yarn.
The last one is very girly and I found a free pattern for this infinity scarf which uses something called the ‘lemon peel’ stitch involving a mixture of single and double crochet. Rather than try to twist it at the beginning and crochet with the twist already made as with scarves one and two, I just used a double (US single!) crochet to join the ends together once I’d finished crocheting and I think it looks much neater. I didn’t twist it at all actually because it’s long enough to twist it round yourself if you so desire.
Sorry about all the shadows but it’s very hard to get good indoor photos at this time of year without faffing about much more than I (and my unwilling photography assistant) are prepared to do
I’m going to make another of the first ‘accidentally adapted’ ones in cream and possibly another of the pink lemon peel infinity scarf in a rather nice green they had in stock last time I looked but the shop I use has a very high turnover and when it’s gone it’s gone.
Did you notice I had another stab at the Tilly & the Buttons Nora top pattern using some French terry fabric this time which is much lighter and easier to wear than the heavy black 4-way stretch jersey I used last time (see last post). I would like to say that I felt innovative and horizontal stripes are ten a penny so I wanted to be a bit different but, truth be told, the very limited stretch in this fabric goes horizontally across the stripe and, as the stretch needs to go across the body, the decision was made for me.
Have you been making multiple Christmas gifts of the same kind of thing for your friends and family? Do you have a collective noun for them?