Monday, September 12, 2011

Revealing the Modern Jabot!

Fall is my favorite season, and I am so thrilled to have my Modern Jabot pattern featured as the "Fast and Fabulous" project in the new issue of Interweave Crochet!

When searching for inspiration for Interweave's call for submissions, I discovered a few jabot patterns in my vintage sewing pattern collection.  I loved the idea of something as ornate as jewelry, with the warmth of a scarf.  So I set to work to make my own modern version of a crocheted jabot.  This scarf is quick to make and fun to wear!  It takes less than one skein of sock yarn, so it is the perfect project for a beautiful skein of yarn you have been saving or coveting.  It can look quite different, depending on the yarn used and the way it is tied.  I tied it a little looser than Interweave did in their photo shoot, so you see only the loops and not where they meet the neckband.  In the photo below of my original submission sample, I also arranged the loops more deliberately for a stronger look.  I used Artyarns Ultra Merino 4 for that sample, and it is slightly thicker than the Franklin Valley Hand Dyed sock yarn that I used for the magazine sample, so I think it helps the loops to stay separated.  I had to go down a hook size when using the Franklin Valley yarn, so the resulting scarf is a little more dainty.  I love this pattern because it is so versatile depending on the yarn you use and the way you tie it.  The jabot is a wonderful way to dress up a simple outfit.  It will become my new "go to" crochet gift!

This pattern is now available for individual purchase as a pdf download, for $5.50 from Interweave's Store.

The Original Sample I Submitted to Interweave

At the time I was working on this design, I was on vacation in Dubai, UAE. We were staying at the beautiful Raffles hotel.  It turned out to be a very inspirational stay.  It was a wonderful coincidence that the Artyarns yarn I had brought with me to work with, was the same color scheme as the decor in the hotel.  Somehow it made me feel like I was on the right track with the design, and the decor inspired the loopy fringe that I think gives the jabot its modern edge.

Beautiful hanging Lamps in the Hotel Corridor
Hallway Carpet
Velvet Pillows
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