Photo courtesy of Kris
I made another crochet scarf! I promise, one day soon I'll be brave and move past scarves (though I still have one in progress), but this was a gift. It was only two.. or three weeks late. But it finally got to its new home.
The body of the scarf is a simple ribbed treble crochet (ie, a row of back loop treble [rs], then a row of front loop treble [ws]), and the ends are a funky stitch, the name of which I don't remember, but I think it looks and feels like a really really lush carpet, so for now I'll call it carpet stitch. It sounds complicated (though it's not, I mean, seriously, I can even do it!), and I have no idea how to draw it, so I'll just explain it:
First Row: tr in each stitch to end, do not turnSecond Row: ch 7, sl st into front loop of last tr, *ch 7, sl st into front loop of next tr, repeat from * to end, including top of turning chain of first row, do not turnThird Row: ch 3, *tr into back loop of next tr, repeat from * to end
You can vary the length of the chain for a different look, but because a treble stitch is three chain high, it will extend below the row you're stitching into.
I used an 8 ply wool because it came in a big enough ball that I knew I'd easily finish the scarf without having to buy more, but it was really really fine. To make a thicker fabric I used two strands of wool at once. For the first few rows, that was tricky, but I soon got the hang of it.
To finish, I did a border in crab stitch, one of the coolest simple edging stitch I know of. Starting from the right hand side (yup, another r-l stitch) simply dc into each st. Because you're working right to left, the wool from the ball is caught in the stitch and makes it look woven. Really cool, especially if you have limited wool left, and once I worked out how to do it right (instructions are no substitute for experimentation), it worked pretty quickly.
So that's another project done! Soon, I may start feeling accomplished!