Something else I must explain is that I will be using mainly English Crochet when writing (rather than American Crochet), but I will be using certain terms which means I might be creating my own international language. For example I will be using yo (yarn over) instead of yrh (yarn round hook) as it makes more sense to me as I read.
Last week I was in
So whilst spending a relaxing few days at my parents' house I needed a little project to entertain me in the evenings. I decided to make a scarf for a friends' upcoming Birthday. She likes to wear white and apparently, it is summer in the
Using Jarol Baby Rambler Aran (a lovely soft 100% Courtelle yarn that is machine washable bought from Woolshopdirect on Ebid.co.uk, very reasonably priced and in great condition) and a 5mm crochet hook I made the chain row roughly 200 long (I couldn't handle counting all the way along and luckily it didn't have to be precise!). After that it is just a matter of chain 3 at the end of each row and treble crochet all the way along. Very easy, very quick and good way to commit the use of a crochet hook to muscle memory. There was just enough in one 100g ball to make 6 rows.
The plain scarf was looking a little, well plain, on its own. I considered a crochet edging, but as this is supposed to be a summer scarf I didn't want there to be too much yarn around my friend's neck. I had a look through my mum's left over yarn stash and discovered 3 short lengths of a lovely pink/purple/lilac dyed wool. There was no label, but I can only assume that this wool is some sort of mohair.
I used the first half of a pattern for some decorative flowers from:
Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet, The Happy Hooker.
Author: Debbie Stoller.
ISBN 10: 0-7611-3985-0.
ISBN 13: 978-0-7611-3985-0.
The author of the pattern is Emily Nelson and it is found on page 133.
It goes like this:
Make a loop (not slip knot) to start.
Round 1: Ch 1, 5 dc in loop and join with a slip stitch to first dc (or single crochet)
Round 2: Ch 1, dc twice in each dc st and join with sl st to first dc (10 sts).
Round 3: Ch 1,*dc twice in first dc st, 1 dc in next dc stitch. Repeat from * around and join with sl st to first dc (15sts).
Round 4: Ch 1, *dc in first dc, ch 4, skip next 2 dc. Repeat from * around and join with sl st to first dc. This leaves you with 5 loops of 4ch.
Round 5: Ch 1, (dc, htc, tr, 3 dtr, tr, htc, dc) in each ch 4 loop and join with sl st to first dc.
Here you have a basic flower. The flower in the book had a back layer of petals, but I was limited by the length of the bits of yarn and I like the simplistic look of these flowers.