Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hook and Needle Club Scarflette

I finished the Hook and Needle Club scarflette crochet kit. I think it came out pretty well.

This was a keyhole scarf, the first I've made, so I really enjoyed trying out that procedure. The pattern was pretty simple to follow though you had to pay attention.

As I said previously, this pattern uses Deborah Norville acrylic yarn. This yarn is a beautiful yarn and quite soft. I did have that same silly problem with bits of another color in the second skein. I thought at first it was just part of the variegation, but looking at the previous skein where I had the solid pink it didn't look the same.

I have had this problem occur with at least three manufacturers. It's unbelievable to me that *I* could have this happen so often. I am only one person. How many others must have this happen and I don't hear about it. If all of those people are reporting this problem, and the company is making it good - which they generally do - how are they making money? The last time I specifically told the company in question that I could still use the yarn for the particular project and didn't need replacements but just wanted them to know about it. They still sent me replacement yarn, which I appreciated.

The explanations I've received just aren't doing it for me. There must be a way to fix this problem or at least catch it before it hits the public. It may not be an easy solution, but it's very discouraging. I can imagine if you are making items to be sold to others, or for designs to be photographed in magazines, this would be a big big problem and cost countless hours if a piece has to be remade.

In this case I actually tried to cut the yarn but then found the extra bits went throughout. These were the only two skeins I had so I went ahead and finished it. I only used a small bit of the new yarn and was on the last few rows. With it being a variegated yarn, I figured it wouldn't be too noticeable. Here's a pic. What do you think?

As to the pattern, it's a nice one. You work the middle section and one end of the ruffle, then turn around and work the other end. Of course, there is also the keyhole.

I have started working with the kit I received before this one. It uses a chunky yarn. I've had two knots in it so far, but no color changes in the wrong places. :-) It's an interesting pattern. I'm finished making the hat but there are mittens to make as well.

Happy crocheting!


  1. I have had issues with a couple of manufacturers but did not know we could call to complain about it. Mine is more to the effect the yarn is tied or there is a thickness about it. I mostly have made hats had have been able to fudge and hide it but it can be a pain. I am expanding the kind of things I do so it could become a problem.

    Your scarf looks lovely and that is the wonderful thing about varigated yarn..it can hide the obvious.

    1. Yes, I get the "thick" spots and sometimes, though less often, really thin spots. These are generally not often enough to bother with. Sometimes you can "pick" at it and get rid of the excess. If not, you can cut it out as you say. If it's not too very thick, depending on use, you can just ignore it and continue working. My feeling on that is that if I had a sheep and was spinning my own yarn I would probably get those as well.

      I've had knots too, sometimes a number in one skein - which I think is probably the last skein of the run perhaps? I just happen to get it. I don't think they should sell those but nobody asked me. LOL

  2. I also have had problems with other colors twisted into the yarn, just the other day actually.
    More often I have the thickness and tied ends, probably every 3rd skein or so. When I get one tied in multiple places, I wish I could take it back, but by then I have my project underway and I don't want to take it out and go through the hassle of returning it to a craft store that will give me fits about it anyway.
    I wish there was a place to complain about it. If anyone figures that out, let the rest of us know.

  3. Every manufacturer has a web site and some form of contact information. It might be a phone number, address, e-mail or form you fill out on site. Sometimes they will ask you to send them the skein with the problem. They will almost always replace the skein, usually with a skein of the same color. Of course, it will take time for you to get the new skein, but it also lets them know that folks are having troubles. If nobody complains they will think all is well.