Friday, January 20, 2012

For sporty Nordic dandies

I saw a picture of a crocheted men’s scarf in a magazine about nordic folk costumes (Magasinet Bunad, Nr. 4 - desember 2010, page 37) . It had a flower pattern in tapestry crochet technique, worked lengthwise, but with double crochet stitches instead of single. Made my own version by throwing together some antique cross stitch patterns.

Notes that might be handy in case you would like to make your own version:

Use lace or light fingering weight yarn and a 1.75 mm crochet hook.

First row: chain about 500 (depending on the pattern repeats; I chained 512).

Work about 45 rows in a pattern of your choice. One “cross” in the cross stitch or filet pattern becomes two double crochet stitches in the crochet version. Work the double crochet stitches only in the back post of the stitch from the last row (this gives more "crispness" to the colour pattern). If you have no experience with tapestry crochet technique, there are lots of resources and tutorials to be found on the Internet.

Start every row with new yarn, and cut it off at the end, leaving about 15 cm of yarn at both ends. Don’t weave the ends in, but tie them together and use them as fringes.

(my scarf is 160 cm long and 29 cm wide)