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Friday, May 03, 2013
I promised that I would take a few posts and share links, instructions and so on for the recent simple crafts I showed yesterday. Since a couple of people had asked me about the scarves, I thought I would share the info about them first.
I actually had no intention of making a scarf like this. I had seen people wearing them but had assumed the scarves were purchased. Even had I known they were handmade, I would have thought them beyond my abilities. When I came upon a tutorial for these, I had actually been searching for a different style of scarf which uses an entirely different type of yarn. But I saw these and was intrigued, plus my local Walmart carries Sashay yarn, so I decided to give it a try.
The scarves I made are crocheted, but there are tutorials for knitting them as well, and I have even seen one tutorial for sort of finger-crocheting these. That one showed scarves made by a ten-year-old girl, and they were beautiful. But I'm a little intimidated about trying that method. A hook seems easier somehow.
Here is the tutorial I used: New and improved Sashay scarf pattern. There is a similar pattern on the Red Heart web site -- that is, it produces a similar looking scarf, but the two patterns are quite different. The one on Red Heart is called Frilly Crochet Scarf and it downloads easily as a PDF. I encourage you to take a look at the Red Heart site because their pattern offers a link to a YouTube video on crocheting with Sashay yarn, which I found really helpful. I had to watch it a few times before I got the technique down, and I still don't think I have it down perfectly, but fortunately the ruffly nature of this scarf hides any mistakes quite nicely.
One more note -- the pattern I used suggests winding the Sashay yarn onto something like a toilet paper tube before beginning to make the crocheting go faster. I did do this for the first two scarves, but didn't take time on the third one, and I really couldn't see that it made a whole lot of difference. But the lady who wrote the pattern makes the scarves by the dozens, so she ought to know. So do whatever you think best!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.