I am so excited that Berroco featured my Beseme Scarf design in their KnitBits newsletter this week, as the new free pattern! It was lovely to wake up this morning and find it on my Ravelry designer page with several hearts already! I made this sample in May, and have been patiently waiting for its release, not knowing exactly when it would be.
I love how Berroco described it: "This crochet scarf is a play on scale. Super bulky yarn becomes a flirty lace web; the whole project takes only a few hours to make, but the impact will last all winter long."
When the box of yarns arrived and I saw this bulky yarn, I wasn't sure how I should approach it. I usually gravitate towards DK weight yarn, so this was a challenge for me. I was asked to design a scarf, and was determined to make it somewhat delicate. I put the yarn aside for a few days to mull it over. The idea for the scarf came to me when I was going through some of my crocheted jewelry samples. I decided that it would be an interesting experiment to replicate one of the fingering weight necklaces in the chunky "Sundae" yarn. To my delight, it turned out even better than I had hoped!
I did have to acquire a larger hook to make the final sample, as it was the first time I had ever had the need for a size 15 hook! Unfortunately, Tulip doesn't make an Etimo hook that large, so I had to do some research as to which hook to buy. I finally decided to get a set of Denise Interchangeable hooks, since the size range was so great and I could use the hooks for regular or Tunisian crochet. I had heard nice things about the Denise set, and I wasn't disappointed when I got them. It is a very useful thing to have, and the hooks are 100% made in the USA!
Below is a photo I took of the scarf before I sent it off. It shows you some more detail and another way it could be worn.
|End of Scarf Laid Flat|
|Original Sketch (before actual length was determined)|
I was sent 2 colors of "Sundae" yarn, and my original swatch included both colors as well as some embroidered embellishment. Norah Gaughan, the design director at Berroco, asked me to make it in one color for the final version. I also changed the construction of the loops for that version. It does have quite a different look as you can see in the photo below.
"Sundae" is a wonderful yarn to work, with and the names of the colors alone will make you want to buy some! "Beseme" is a really fun project, and should you decide to make this scarf, I would love to see some photos!
|Original Two Color Version|