Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ruffles Scarf For Interweave Crochet Fall Issue

    Photo by Harper Point

Fall is my favorite season to crochet for, and I am delighted to have my Ruffles Scarf pattern in the new Issue of Interweave Crochet. This issue is filled with fantastic designs, if you haven't seen it, you must have a look at the preview!

This scarf was inspired by a fine silk scarf I was given, from Thailand. I love the combination of pleats and ruffles. It really gives the scarf interesting movement, which is something that is difficult to convey in the photos. This is a fun and versatile scarf that can be worn many different ways. I will be showing you a dozen options in my next blog post!

Inspirational Thai Scarf

I made many many swatches for this scarf, before I got the look and feel I was after. I wanted it to move like the silk scarf. Making the spaces in the center section lightened the scarf, and added interesting detail. I really like the way it lets the color of the garment you are wearing, show through. My original sample, pictured below, was made in a DK weight yarn. When the yarn for the magazine sample arrived, I had to do some refiguring because it was worsted weight. I ended up changing the ratio of stitches in each section. I also had another challenge; the skeins I was sent had less yardage than the yarn I used for my original sample.  I really needed another skein. There wasn't a lot of time to order more yarn and have it sent to Kuwait, so I had to make the ratio of stitches and length of the scarf work with the yarn I had.  I literally had only scraps left, not even enough to make a full gauge swatch. In the end I was very pleased, and think it turned out even better than I had originally planned. The fact that it can be made with less yarn, also makes it more attractive to crochet. The yarn I was sent for the sample, Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection Cashmere Fleur De Lys, was a treat to work with, so lovely with the inclusion of cashmere. Since it uses one less skein of yarn, you might as well go for cashmere!

The original sample ruffled a little more when hanging down. You can achieve this look by adding a few more stitches to each of the three sections. Keep in mind, that this would require another skein of yarn. This pattern could also be transformed into a beautiful wrap, by further increasing the the number of stitches in each section.

More Photos from the magazine:
Photo by Harper Point

 Photo by Harper Point

This pattern is now available for download from Interweave's online store for $5.50.