Well here we are with my first stash-busting project. How exciting!!! It’s a ladies crochet scarf called “Trellis”

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I need to make a quick gift  for Tuesday so that hubby can drop the present off for me. My cousin has a birthday on the 30th. June and I’ve bought her a gorgeous handmade brooch by Jenny Pepper who is an amazing and talented fibre artist, whose felt installations are truly unique.  Jenny’s website is here: http://www.jennypepper.com/index.htm

I really bought the brooch for myself, but I’m sure I’ll see Jenny again at Wonderwool next year, where I can buy myself another one.

The Project: To go with the needlefelted brooch I want to crochet a light and airy scarf that can be worn all year round. I browsed my old patterns (I have tons of patterns saved on my computer that have either been published or didn’t make it that far) and I found the perfect solution. A couple of years ago I designed a shrug for Let’s Get Crafting Magazine. It’s basically a strip of crochet with a pretty mesh pattern. I’ve made it a little bit longer and thinner and voila – the perfect summer scarf.  There are only 2 rows to the pattern, so it’s great for working on whilst you watch TV. The pattern can be downloaded at the bottom of this post.

Construction: The scarf is made lengthways and you need to know how to make a crochet chain, double crochet and treble crochet. It’s a simple two-row pattern repeat over 20 rows.

Size: Approximately 145cm long (57 inches) and 14cm wide (5.5 inches)

The Yarn: I had a tidy up of my yarn and I came across this gorgeous Pure Silk yarn by Debbie Bliss. It’s 100% silk and had a beautiful sheen which makes it perfect for spring & summer.

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The shimmer helps enhance stitch details and adds a hint of sophistication to your projects. It’s great for sweaters, tops, jackets, shrugs, scarves, really any DK-weight project. It comes in a beautiful range of colours and is around £7.50 per skein. Rather expensive I know, but just couple of skeins will make this beautiful scarf. Whilst it’s discontinued, you can still find it on ebay and various online wool stores. My skeins only cost £1 as I bought them at a closing down sale (sadly my local yarn store closed last year). So this scarf only cost me £2 to make, plus about 6-8 hours of my time (if I discount the wasted time on my first two efforts!!!).

Alternatives: If you want to mooch in your stash and find an alternative, I’d recommend a dk weight with a soft drape such as a bamboo blend, a soft cotton or a cotton blend. You could also use sock yarn or Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

Hook size: 4mm

Tips: When making the long foundation chain, I’d recommend keeping a tally after every 10 ch, using a pen and paper, then if you’re interrupted or lose concentration, you can just check your tally rather than trying to count the chain.

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I rolled up the scarf, tied it with a length of braided yarn and slipped in the yarn band with the care instructions.

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I’ll let you know if my cousin likes the scarf (fingers crossed)

You can download the file here: Trellis Crochet Scarf

You can add your project to Ravelry here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trellis-17

 xx Happy crafting xx

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