Miranda Scarf

 Messing around yesterday and decided for the next pattern I would make one up. This is sort of a variation of the pattern I had called Peek-a-boo. The middle holes line up and the side holes form a pattern. It could be a diamond or an X or whatever you imagine it to be. 🙂 You can make this into a square or a scarf. I am making a scarf because my hands kept going. heh

So here is the pattern. It is named Miranda because I couldn’t think what to call it and I asked my husband and he could not think of anything. I asked my daughter and she said I’d call it Miranda. I think she just likes that name. LOL I like it too, so Miranda it is.

I haven’t actually finished the scarf, so the yarn amount is estimated. Most scarves take me about 7 ounces so it should be about that much. Anyway, this one will because I think that’s all I have of this color.

Miranda Scarf
©2010 by Sandra Petit

Materials: about 8 ounces 4 ply worsted weight yarn  (I used I Love This Yarn aqua for sample), H hook

Size: approx  7” x 61 1/2” or however long you want it to be

Gauge: 5 dc = 1 1/2″. 4 rows = 2″ (gauge is not important in the scarf)

Skill Level: Easy

Pattern abbreviations:
ch  =  chain
dc  =  double crochet
sk = skip

Hole = (ch 1, sk 1)

Note: Your middle holes will be in line with one another, separated by a row of dc.

ch 25
Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across, ch 2 (counts as first dc on this and all rows), turn. (23 dc)

Row 2: dc in next 4 dc, (ch 1, skip 1, dc in next 5 dc) 3 times, ch 2, turn.  (3 holes, 20 dc)

Row 3: dc in each dc and in each ch-1 space across, ch 2, turn (23 dc)

Row 4: dc in ea of next 2 dc, (ch 1, skip 1, dc in next 3 dc)) 5 times (5 holes, 18 dc)

Row 5: dc in each dc and in each ch-1 space across, ch 2, turn (23 dc)

Row 6— end: repeat Rows 2-5 to length desired (I did 115 rows, beginning and ending with a dc row)

Border: sc evenly around

Happy crocheting!

Double Crochet Lace scarf

 Finished the Double Crochet Lace scarf worked with the pattern from The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet.

As I mentioned previously, I started with a chain of 24. The foundation chain is not given in these patterns. It just gives the multiple.

She also uses what I consider to be the first row as the foundation row. I’ve seen this done before. It’s quite fine, just not how I do it. Which doesn’t make it wrong, of course! LOL

I might also note that when she says to skip the first 2 dc of the row, she means the dc under the turning chain and the one next to it. New crocheters sometimes get confused with this. The succeeding “skip 2 dc” instruction is fine, but that first one sometimes causes angst. heh The first stitch of the row is made into what is essentially the third dc of the previous row.

The pattern is quite simple and easy to keep track of. A row of V stitches, then a row of 3-dc shells. If you’ve just done shells, then you know you need V’s.

My finished scarf was 6 1/2″ x 61 1/2″. That looks funny in print, doesn’t it? Lots of 6, 1, 2. 🙂

Anyway, what’s on my hook now? I’m catching up on the teddy squares. I still needed to border and join the green and yellow squares, so that is what I’m doing. You have a day or so to catch up if you’ve wanted to work the other stitches. Then I think I am going to choose another pattern from the book. I’ve marked several I want to try, but most require my concentration. I am wanting a challenge these days. 🙂

Happy crocheting!

Double Crochet Lace

I’m sitting here waiting for Jimmy Kimmel to come on so I can see the LOST alternate endings so I thought I would post to the blog to keep myself awake. Heh

I was flipping through The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. and chose the next pattern to work since I finished the Star Stitch scarf. This stitch is ideal for a scarf as it goes quickly, but still should be pretty warm. the pattern is on page 47 and is called Double Crochet Lace. Basically it is one row of V stitch and one row of 3 dc shells. I chained 24 to begin, but what you do will depend on the size you want, and the yarn and hook you choose to use. I almost always use an H or I hook (usually H) to work with worsted yarn and I have some Vanna’s Choice Brick that will do nicely.

Happy crocheting!

Star Stitch scarf

I was enjoying the star stitch and decided I’d go ahead and make a scarf.

Size: 6″ x 60″
Hook: H
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Dusty Blue

Amount used: two full skeins (7 ounces)

I worked 136 rows, but if you have more yarn you could make it longer.

The way I worked the stitch was basically Teresa’s method. I worked the star stitch on one row and the next row was 2 hdc in the eye of each star with one hdc on each end of the row as well. Her video demonstrates it perfectly.

Here is a closeup of my scarf.

Many years ago, I received a baby afghan from my cousin for my new baby daughter. It was made in the star stitch. Since that time, I’ve been wanting to learn it, but just never took the time until today. So there ya go. It’s never too late to learn something new. 🙂

Also, here is the completed teddy bear afghan. I thought I had posted it here, but I see I did not. I used a faux picot border (sc, ch 2, sc) in same stitch, then sk 1 and repeat around.

Happy crocheting!

Star Stitch

Just to let you know in case folks are following who are not commenting. I’m going to change my mind about the “when” of posting new squares. One square a week may work sometimes, but other times I may need less time to complete a square, depending on if I am just making a square or if I’m making a scarf.

Today I am starting what I think will be a square. LOL It is the Star Stitch on p. 131 in the photo guide book. However, if you don’t have the book it’s not a problem because I am actually referencing a couple of online sites to work this.

The first is Teresa’s video demonstrating a square worked in two colors. She also uses a hdc rather than sc as in the book. I actually like this better even though hdc is not my favorite stitch. I also like that she says at the onset it will be a 6″ square and it looks like that is what I will end up with using a chain of 24 and an H hook.

About.com also has a tutorial with photos. She uses a slight variation from what Teresa does if I am getting it right. Teresa appears to go into the previous star in three places and Sandi Marshall goes into two. This will affect your starting chain so you have to decide which way you’re going to do it. I am using Teresa’s method.

There is also another video I looked at which begins with a row of sc and also shows the ch-3 as a turn rather than as new yarn joined, which  might be helpful if you’re making a square with one color – as I am doing. She uses Teresa’s method of going into the previous star twice. I might mention that if you use that method – which I am also doing – you need to pull that final loop up a bit so it’s not too tight for you to insert your hook into.

I’m still working on this square myself so I will post photos when I’m done. I am using Vanna’s Choice Dusty Blue for my square or whatever it ends up being. LOL

I’ve marked several squares in the book that I intend to work, most of what I think will be challenging, like cables, for example. I have found I couldn’t work the star stitch while watching TV. heh It requires concentration to work the first couple rows and I think these others will be the same.

Happy crocheting!