Scarves are one of my favorite things to crochet (or knit). They work up fast and I view them as shoes, you can never have too many of them. I usually gravitate towards the same colors when I make scarves – shades of blue, green, purple and gray – so when I was asked to knit a scarf in orange it was a nice break from the ordinary. At first I had my doubts that orange would look nice but a shade of orange called tangerine from Red Heart produced a scarf that will definitely be an eye-catcher.
I used two skeins of yarn and an I-9 size crochet hook and followed the Crochet Lacy Scarf pattern from Lion Brand.
After using up one of the skeins of yarn I had about 48 inches of the scarf completed, which is definitely too short for any adult to wear.
I used about half of the second skein of yarn and ended up with a scarf that was approximately 66 inches long, definitely long enough for an adult to wrap around their neck to keep them warm during the winter months.
The best part, the intended recipient was very happy with the finished product!
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook (first 4 skipped chs make turning ch-sp), dc in next ch, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch, skip next ch, dc in next 2 ch; rep from * across to last ch, dc in last ch – 3 pattern reps at the end of this row
Row 2: Ch 4 (for turning ch-sp), turn *(3 dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * across to turning ch-sp, 3 dc in turning ch-sp.
Repeat last row until almost all yarn has been used. Scarf should measure about 76 inches. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Ch(s): Chain(s), Dc: Double-crochet, Sp(s): Space(s), Ch-sp: Space previously made, Rep: Repeat
*Please note that this pattern is written for 2 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, since I used Red Heart Soft Yarn which is thinner in weight (Super Bulky (6) vs. Medium (4)) I started the scarf by chaining 27 as opposed to 19 to obtain my desired width.
After making the Teal Multi-Strand Necklace that took a few mishaps before getting right I decided my next necklace should be something a bit simpler. So I opted for a basic stringing technique to string semi-precious dyed agate oval beads and dark green dyed jade nuggets using natural silk bead cord in carnelian size 8 – even though you can’t see the thread I still like to use a color that’s complementary to the beads. I also used gold-tone beads as spacers between the jade nuggets and some left-over metal pieces from my Necklace Makeover as spacers between the agate beads.
I’ve seen necklaces like this before and have always wanted to try to make one myself. Unfortunately, my first attempt at it didn’t go too well. I had essentially finished the necklace but when I put the clasps on and tried it on it was uneven and didn’t lay flat. I tried to fix it but ultimately decided that taking it apart would be the best bet. Ziploc bags and a metal bead scoop definitely came in handy!
Sometimes a favorite piece of jewelry needs an update. That was the case with this necklace. I still liked the stones, but, the gold-plated links were beginning to tarnish.
I took the necklace apart to save the stones and after some searching found these metal pieces that I thought would make a nice combination.
Using a basic stringing technique with white natural silk thread (size 8) and gold-tone findings I was able to get to work on a “new” necklace.
And here’s the final product. I actually like it more than the original necklace and already have worn it a few times.