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Hooded scarf

I’ve made a start on my new scarf. I’m using Sirdar Supersoft Aran in Denim blue.


It’s quite nice to crochet with and I’m really pleased with the colour I chose. There’s still a lot to do on it but hopefully I’ll finish it before the weather starts to warm up.



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.


ASIS – half done

I’m enjoying this. I haven’t spent a lot of time on it, but it’s perfect to pull out when I don’t feel like doing any stitching but want to keep my hands busy. I’m about halfway through it now having done 11 of the 20 rows.

ASIS280213It’s lucky that this pattern states that it’s stress free and any mistakes should just be ignored, and if the chain gets twisted, it doesn’t matter. I’ve only made one tiny error so far, but because of the nature of the yarn, you can’t really see it. More worrying is how twisted it is. Because of how poodle-ish this yarn is, it was hard to see the chains, let alone see if they were twisted or not, when I joined the two ends. There are a lot of chains too, which made it  harder. I think it’s twisted about three times but when it’s finished I’m sure it won’t matter.

This yarn is quite tricky to work with as the poodly bits hide the bits of the stitch that you need to hook into so it is quite a bit slower to work on than a plain yarn. I do love it though so it’s worth the effort. I’ve taken a close up so you can get a better idea of what the yarn is like.

ASIScloseupIt  may be hard to work with but that loopy stuff hides a multitude of sins.

Pattern plus some gorgeous examples on Ravelry (my latest addiction).