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Beginner, Double Crochet Scarf

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I’m delighted to have the time to return to posting projects and recipes on my site. Last month “real life”  matters took priority over my website. I’m sure this will occur from time to time.

In August, I had just started my next crochet project when I had to make a trip to Ohio. Usually, I spend any down time on a trip reading. This time I was busy crocheting. Making my Single Crochet Potholder helped me so much in learning how to single crochet, that I decided to follow it with a double crochet project. I chose Marie Anne St. Jean’s Easy One Skein Scarf from (Columbus) Examiner.com. You can link to the pattern on my Pinterest board Crochet- Beginner Projects. Click on “Lisa Ault – Corn Maiden” and you will link to the board.

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Marie says that even  if you are just leaning to crochet, you should be able to make this scarf without difficulties. Well, leave it to me to mess up something simple. I totally misread the instructions. The instructions are (2DC, ch 1, 2DC) in each ch 1 sp across. I did not see the “sp” indicating that I was supposed to crochet into the “space” created by the chain stitch. I crocheted into the chain stitch itself. I was very disappointed with myself because I had  crocheted almost the entire scarf before I realized my mistake. At that point, I decided to just go ahead and finish the scarf.

first scarf

My first scarf ended up being a practice scarf. In addition to the fact that I did not follow the instructions correctly, the scarf had other problems. I used a variegated  yarn which I thought had a nice color combination. By the time I finished the scarf, I felt that all the mixed colors detracted from the lacy pattern created by the stitches. Also, I used a worsted acrylic yarn which was not soft enough for a neck scarf. If you are learning how to crochet along with me, you have the advantage of learning from my mistakes.

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I decided to give the scarf another try using Caron’s Simply Soft yarn in a solid green color. This time I followed the pattern instructions. The scarf pattern is a repeat of five stitches, (two double crochet, one chain, and two double crochet) that form a fan shape . In the photo the arrow points to the hole made by the chain stitch. This is hole to crochet into. The photo also shows how to count the five stiches of each fan. Remember the stitch on the hook does not count.

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To start a new fan shape you have to carry the crochet hook over a distance to the next fan shape. This worked best for me if I kept my finger on the yarns looped over the hook. Other wise, I ended up with large loose stitches connecting the fans.

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As a beginner, I did have to pay close attention to the stitches when ending a row. The instructions say to end with a double crochet in the top stitch of the turning chain from the previous row. Looking at the photo, number 1 and 2 are the last double crochet stitches forming a fan. Numbers 3, 4, and 5 are the turning chain stitches in the previous row. The ending double crochet goes into stitch # 3 in the photo. From this front view I found it very hard to see the “v” formation of the turning chain stitches. In other words (looking at the photo) I could identify stitch #3, but I was not sure how to crochet into it.

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By reversing the piece it was easier to see the “v” stitches. Number 1 and 2 are the double crochet stitches forming the fan and #3 is the top turning chain stitch in the previous row . When I reached the end of the row I found myself going to the reverse side and double crocheting into the third stitch down. Then I would add my three chain stitches and start the next row. I must say that it was a bear crocheting into that top turning chain stitch because often it was too tight. I had to stop to adjust and loosen the yarns.

Several times I had to rip out a row or two when I realized I  had made a mistake. Eventually, I learned to stop at the end of each row and check to see that it was correct. As a beginner, I think this is a good habit to form.  It might add a little time to a project but it helps to avoid the frustration of having to rip out rows of work and start over.

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Okay, here’s a little humorous tidbit that Richard added to my vast knowledge of crocheting. Taking out stitches is referred to as “frogging” because you have to “rip it, rip it”.

 

double crochet border_edited-1

I wanted to add the double crochet border, but I was not sure if I was capable. Actually, it was not as hard as I had imagined. It just took a little thought towards identifying the three turning chain stiches in each row. After that, the border went quickly. I used five double crochet stitches in the corners, two for each side and one for the corner.

Double Crochet Scarf2

I will say, after crocheting two scarves I certainly got plenty of practice double crocheting! I learned a lesson, and will look more carefully at the pattern instructions from now on. Being the frugal person that I am, I have to mention that the green yarn I used for my second scarf was a closeout yarn at my  local fabric store. Since the scarf only takes one skein, I was able to make my scarf for a grand total of $1.00. What a bonus! It made the second scarf worth its while.

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