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Ribbed scarf with hood

It’s finished! Finally. It’s taken me ages to get this done, and just in time for the warmer weather. Still, it’ll do nicely for next winter. I just don’t seem to have had time to do any crafts recently, as I’ve been exercising and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Our new healthy eating project means that we’re eating lots of fresh food, which does take a bit longer to prepare than convenience or processed foods. It tastes delicious though and I’m enjoying doing some proper cooking for a change.

Once I sat down with my scarf, it finished quite quickly. It’s an easy pattern and I do love the ribbed effect. I got Teddy to model it, as I’m a bit camera-shy unless I’m on holiday, and then I don’t care 😉


His head and neck are somewhat larger than mine, but you get the idea. This is what it looks like laid out flat-ish.


And a close-up of those pockets. I even did the tassels.


The hood is shaped, which gives it a nice look when it’s on.


And from the side.


The front border is folded back to form a channel for the dangly bits to thread through. They may annoy me once I start wearing it but they’ll come out easily enough if they do. I’m rather pleased with it, and I hope it proves to be as cosy as it promises.

I’ve got another small project lined up, but for now I’m going back to the log cabin blanket. It’s about time that had some attention.




Ribbed scarf with pockets

In last month’s issue of Simply Crochet magazine, there’s a hooded scarf with pockets. I loved the rib stitch that’s used as soon as I saw it and thought I’d like to make it. I had a look in my yarn stash to see if I’d got anything suitable.

I found this.


It’s a super chunky which is thicker than the pattern called for but I thought the colour would be perfect and as I had six skeins, I thought I’d have plenty.

Once I started crocheting though, I found that the rib used a lot of wool and I wasn’t going to have enough to make the hood part. I decided to carry on and just do the scarf with pockets but needed to frog it a couple of times before settling on the right amount of stitches to get a width I was happy with.

It used five skeins in the end and I may have made it a touch too long but with it being neatly folded next to me while I was happily crocheting away, I sort of got carried away and didn’t notice just how long it was getting.

After a very gentle wash, as it’s a pure merino wool, and blocking to open the rib out a little, this is what it looked like.

And a close-up of the pockets.


It was a lovely stitch to do once I got the hang of it. I’ve got some Aran yarn now to make myself a hooded one, once I’ve done some more on my granny squares blanket. This scarf, like the Angel scarf, was a birthday present for a friend.