Tuesday, April 26, 2011

KYB scarves

Lots of scarves going out this week. Here's a rundown - some of which you've already seen. First up - the Chevron scarves, one with two chevrons and one with three. The pattern will include both options.

These were worked with Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in Avocado as the main color and Fisherman as the contrasting color. Finished size of these was about 6 1/2" x 61". It really depends on where you measure these, but in a scarf it is not usually critical to have a particular size.

This next one is the option 2 of the Seaman Scarf. It is worked in one piece rather than crocheting the three pieces and putting them together. Personally, I prefer this way as I'm not keen on assembling. One might say I am lazy, but I am not going to. LOL

Finished size of this one - well, it varies. The ribbing is about 5" x 26" and the faux cable section is about 6" x 18". Measuring these things is always a tossup. It depends on where you measure and what type of measuring tool you use, how you lay it out, etc. That's why I always say "about" or "approx". :-) In any case there is about a 1" difference between the cable and ribbing widths. Total length is about 62" (26 + 36). In actuality it is close to 61 1/2" as the cable sections are not exactly 18".

The ribbing section is worked with a hook two sizes smaller and that is what gives you the difference in width, for the seaman scarf look. I used a J and H.

That brings me to the first Seaman Scarf I did, which was made in three pieces. The ribbing of this one was about 4" x 24" and the cable sections were about 6" x 17 1/2" each. The total length 59".

Below you can see five of the chevron and ripple scarves, including the two above in this post. They are all made with different materials and patterns. For space considerations, I put them in one photo.

The gold one is Red Heart Super Saver yarn worked using the triple chevron pattern. It came out 7" x 60 1/2". It's actually quite a nice, cheerful scarf though I don't know how popular gold is for scarves. It is a darker color to me  than the photo shows.

The blue is Vanna's Choice Sapphire. Finished size is 7" x 63". The pattern is a narrow version of the dc ripple I had on site previously.

The mostly Fisherman with the Avocado stripes is the same ripple pattern, but worked with Lion Brand Wool Ease. It came out 6" x 60 1/2".

For some of these I carried up the yarn when changing color, for others I cut the yarn. I much prefer carrying up. :-) There's that lazy streak again.

Why the difference in size for scarves that use the same hook and same pattern? A few posts back, I mentioned how the Wool Ease and Vanna's Choice are both rated as worsted but are actually different thicknesses. Here is what I wrote then, for your convenience.
Wool Ease is a thinner yarn which weighs less than Vanna's Choice, even though both are worsted weight #4 yarns. Wool Ease comes in a 3 ounce, 197 yard, 85g skein (for the solid color I was using). Vanna's Choice comes in a 3.5 ounce, 170 yard, 100g skein.

If you look at the gauge ...

Wool Ease - Crochet: 13.2 sc + 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size J-10 (6mm) hook
Vanna's Choice - Crochet: 12 sc + 15 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size J-10 (6 mm) hook

As you can see, you get more stitches with Wool Ease than Vanna's Choice. Of course, your project will be thinner, but it does have 80% wool so it has the properties of wool if you need that.
Next up I have the Victory Scarf. I did one of these in Vanna's Choice Scarlet and one in Wool Ease Ranch Red. The reds are very similar though when put side by side in "real life" you can see the difference. The WE scarf is about 7" x 60" and the Vanna's Choice 8" x 62".

I also used two hooks for the Victory Scarf. I found the V section was narrower when worked with the same hook, so I used a J for the V and an I for the main body of the scarf.

The last of the Knit Your Bit patterns that I've reworked recently is the striped scarf. Very, very simple pattern. Just straight dc, changing color at the stripes. You can carry up the unused yarn or cut it, as you choose.

Ten scarves with variations in color, design, and yarn. Should keep one busy for some time to come.

I just saw that the Special Olympics will be announcing their colors for the coming year soon, so maybe these patterns can be adapted for that effort. One could make a scarf for Knit Your Bit and one for Special Olympics, eh? Just make adjustments to fit their size requirements, which is pretty easy to do with these scarves.

For the stripes and Victory scarf, you just have to work a few less rows in the center section. For the seaman scarves, the one worked in one piece can be adjusted the same way, and the horizontal scarf you might not have to adjust as it comes out under 60" by my gauge. If you're unsure, you could use a shorter foundation chain on the ribbing, or just work a one less repeat on each of the cable sections.

Three more scarves are going along for the ride if I can fit them in the bag.

The variegated green is 6" x 46 1/2", the ruffle is 5" x 71", and the dark green aran scarf is 7 1/2" x 46 1/2".

I'm pretty proud of that Aran scarf, which I made as part of my CGOA crochet course. Here's a better photo of it, showing the pretty section. It's a little short, but I hope it will still do a good job of warming someone's neck.

That's it for today. Quite a long post. Hope you didn't get bored. Lots of pictures though and I love pics myself.

These patterns will be available in the charity patterns section at Crochet Cabana eventually. Still finalizing them.

Happy crocheting!

1 comment:

  1. Totally inspired by the Seaman Scarf! And definitely agree that it's better not to have to put together pieces at the end!