A Snuggle of Scarves

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.

Like so


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?



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  1. #1 by Kim on December 12, 2018 - 10:01

    A wonderful snuggle. I’m only making for my daughter for Christmas, but I hadn’t considered a scarf. Can’t think why? There may be yarn left from the current project so I will check out the patterns you have so helpfully given. Thanks!

    • #2 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 11:38

      They are such quick and satisfying makes – and something you know will get used too. Can’t go wrong 🙂

  2. #3 by knettycraft on December 12, 2018 - 10:26

    I love shawls, cowls and scarfs – wearing and knitting…. and spinning yarn for 😊

    • #4 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 11:37

      So you have your own ‘snuggle of scarves’ then 🙂 I haven’t used luxurious yarn as I’m not sure which of my friends have wool allergies – I know some have so I’ve had to play it safe with acrylics and low percentage wool blends 😦

      • #5 by knettycraft on December 16, 2018 - 19:16

        Oh how terrible it must be to have wool allergy …. But there are animal fibres which are not sheep wool too – alpaca, angora, goat, silk and even dog hair can be spun. And not to forget all the plant fibre (linen, cotton, ramie) and modern viscose fibres made from plants like rosefibre, bananafibre…. 😊

      • #6 by tialys on December 16, 2018 - 19:25

        Ooh, thanks for all those reminders and I have certainly got plenty of dog (and cat) hair to spare 😸

  3. #7 by katechiconi on December 12, 2018 - 12:58

    I must say, I prefer the earlier and slightly less chunky version, I find it a bit more sophisticated in effect. I don’t often make stuff for Christmas, only if I get a specific request; for the rest, the collective noun for my Christmas giving is a ‘donation’, as we give the money we *would* have spent on cards, wrapping and presents to charity… It’s doing some good, and by golly, it certainly saves on the mental and physical wear and tear!

    • #8 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 13:04

      Some of my friends are more sophisticated than others 🤣

  4. #10 by rrita on December 12, 2018 - 13:17

    Very nice scarves! My favorite is the mustard-white one as it is! And yes, I notuced your new top right away! It looks very lovely on you and you made me wish for one, as well! 😉
    The gifts-making is simply not happaning at my end of the world because we moved two weeks ago and ALL my supplies and sewing machine are still in boxes. It is quiet frustrating but on the other hand it makes the whole thing a lot easier: Nobody gets anything (except for the kids in the family). But to be honest, most of us doesn’t need anything, right? Spending time together is the present for this year and it’s the best one! 😉

    • #11 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 19:14

      It’s true that as one of my daughters is now permanently living in the U.K. and my husband works over there during the week, the thing I look forward to most about Christmas is all four of us being together in the same place. None of them would say no to a present as well though 😉

  5. #12 by nanacathy2 on December 12, 2018 - 14:48

    I too noticed your new top straightaway. Vertical stripes are so slimming and so hard to find. Not that you need a slimming look with all the dog wrangling and throwing yourself around in Zumba and pilates and looking super fit.
    A snuggle of scarves sounds a most acceptable collective noun for the collection of scarves. I like the last one best.
    I make things all year round for family and if they are finished in time for a birthday or Christmas present then that’s when they are gifted, otherwise everyone has an unbirthday surprise.

    • #13 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 19:10

      Well two very important people might well be getting an unbirthday surprise in January or February – mostly due to the fact that I’ve been crocheting scarves like a woman possessed for other people.

  6. #14 by KerryCan on December 12, 2018 - 14:48

    If I did that much crocheting, my hand would be permanently frozen around the hook! Luckily for me, I can weave scarves without disfiguring my hands. But I do love the whole snuggle of scarves you made!

    • #15 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 19:08

      It’s quite a big hook but, I must admit, by the time I’d finished watching the last couple of episodes of House of Cards on Netflix last night I was ready to put it down.

  7. #16 by Ann Martin on December 12, 2018 - 15:29

    Pretty scarves – I like all of them! I’m making paper snowflakes using brightly colored metallic edge quilling paper – so shiny. Let’s call them a flurry of snowflakes.

    • #17 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 19:07

      I love the word ‘flurry’ anyway so let’s go with that.

  8. #18 by claire93 on December 12, 2018 - 18:25

    love your snuggle of scarves, and it definitely the weather!
    Also love your stripey top – it did catch my eye, as I rather like stripes, but I hadn’t realised it was a home-made one, with the same pattern as the black one. Just goes to show how important fabric choice is, when sewing!

    • #19 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 19:05

      Last Wednesday it was sunny and 19 degrees – this Wednesday it’s a bit drizzly and 9 degrees. 😎🌂 What goes on?

      • #20 by claire93 on December 13, 2018 - 19:39

        today it was -2°C here at lunchtime! Hens’ water keeps freezing over and the only cat who wants to go outside is Ducky lol.

  9. #21 by jendavismiller on December 12, 2018 - 19:01

    A snuggle of scarves! I rather love that. And the mustard/cream one is probably my favorite, it looks super snuggly.
    Your new version of the top is so nice! The vertical stripes are so refreshing. 😀

    • #22 by tialys on December 12, 2018 - 19:07

      Not prison like then?

      • #23 by jendavismiller on December 12, 2018 - 19:17

        Not at all! It’s so very chic.

  10. #24 by sew2pro on December 12, 2018 - 21:49

    You’re rather good at collective nouns. This one is very satisfying to say out loud. I hope it catches on (with seasonal knitters and maybe staff in scarf shops up and down English speaking lands in wintertime).
    I would love to make some casual trousers out of French terry and to copy a H&M terry dress I’ve seen but I’ve been keeping an eye out for a couple of years and haven’t seen any nice terry at all. Maybe it really is French!

    • #25 by tialys on December 13, 2018 - 09:10

      It’s not that easy to find is it? I think I bought this one on Etsy and it came from an Asian seller – how cosmopolitan!

  11. #26 by sew2pro on December 12, 2018 - 22:04

    Love all the scarves, by the way. We all have so much and need very little. It’s a rare pleasure to wear something made for you in mind.

    • #27 by tialys on December 13, 2018 - 09:15

      I have started to be much more ‘minimalist’ in what I buy now the girls are older so ‘makes’ are a good way to bulk out the area under the tree 😉

  12. #28 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on December 12, 2018 - 23:21

    I like the first one. It looks good in what would be US single crochet I guess. I’ve not made a collection this year. Rather a selection of things, yet to have recipients assigned to them.

  13. #29 by craftycreeky on December 12, 2018 - 23:25

    You’ve been busy! They’re all lovely but I think my favourites would have to be the first and the third 🙂

    • #30 by tialys on December 13, 2018 - 09:16

      I think the first one is the popular favourite – which is funny as it’s the one where I accidentally changed the design.

  14. #31 by magpiesue on December 13, 2018 - 01:25

    The accidental two-tone scarf turned out well! They’re all wonderful. I’ve been surrounded by knitters during my lifetime but seem to always be drawn to the crochet patterns for things. Very few folks in my sphere are getting handmade this year. I’m taking the easier way out and buying what I can. There will also be donations made for those who don’t need anything anymore. 🙂

    • #32 by tialys on December 13, 2018 - 09:18

      I used to be more of a knitter and would still probably knit a more substantial garment but crochet is ideal for quick accessories and little gifts you need tout de suite.

  15. #33 by anne54 on December 13, 2018 - 01:28

    My vote goes for the first one too, but you have created a very pretty snuggle of scarves! I was admiring your top too, and agree with Jen ~ very chic.

    • #34 by tialys on December 13, 2018 - 09:20

      The first one is winning most points which is just as well as I’ve just completed one in cream.
      Thanks for your comment about my top – I was worried that you don’t often see vertical stripes but, when you think about it, practically all striped shirts, both for men and women have them.

  16. #35 by kathyreeves on December 14, 2018 - 03:58

    Those are great scarves! I am in the middle of making the ornaments for my piano students. Last year I thought I was so smart (not), and decided on knitted stockings for Year 1, hats for Year 2 and a ribbon Christmas tree for the Year 3 and above. I had to make 15 of those little stockings 😳, and 8 little hats before I start the trees, which I hope will be very quick! What was I thinking?!

    • #36 by tialys on December 14, 2018 - 09:03

      Sometimes, well Ok, often our ideas get ahead of us and we have to catch up. A lovely idea though and I’m sure you’ll manage to see it through.

      • #37 by kathyreeves on December 17, 2018 - 03:09

        I am nearly there, but I told Girl #2 she better send me a reminder in March!

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