Sunday, November 16, 2014

Super easy unisex scarf!

One of my favorite crochet gifts to give and receive is a scarf! They are so easy to make, they have that zen-calming effect, and they add pizazz to any wardrobe (not to mention the wonderful warmth you get from a scarf in Madrid's chilly season!).

To me, a really great scarf pattern has to have three characteristics:

  • easily resizable pattern
  • very few, uncomplicated stitches but with some texture
  • can be finished in less than one month of once-a-week leisure crocheting or one week of intense crocheting
A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited Lanas Sixto since he reminded me that the last scarf that I made for him was over 2.5 years ago. (Check out my post on Lanas Sixto in Madrid here!) He picked out a dark grey Alaska Katia yarn (colorway 10) and I started looking for patterns that night! I used a 7.00mm hook with this yarn and was really satisfied with the results (I would have tightened the chain just a touch in retrospect). After practically two years of being solely dedicated to our wedding and my doctoral thesis, I was so excited to get some yarn in my hands again!

I found this great pattern on Ravelry called the Easy-Wear Scarf by Lion Brands Yarn. I loved the fact that it was simple but had a nice unisex texture. I started hooking in my downtime - 1 or 2 hours per week - and two weeks later, I have a beautiful finished scarf that I'll gift to Jorge this afternoon at our family lunch!

Of course, I made some adjustments to the pattern:
  • I repeated the chain stitch until Jorge liked where it fell when looped around his neck one time (more like 180 ch stitches plus the 1ch for the turn).
  • I completed about 18 rows rather than 14 to make the scarf a bit thicker.
  • I slip stitched loosely all the way around the scarf (2 sl st in each corner!) when finished, and I love the look that it gave the final product.
You can check out all the details in my Ravelry notebook, and here are some images of the finished scarf: