Rosie Neck Scarf

So I was asked to crochet a neck scarf just a week before Christmas. I don’t know about you but when I hear the words ‘neck scarf’ I think of a fabric square, maybe polka dot, tied in a knot and worn with a Bardot top and Capri pants. Obviously I had to do a bit of internet research.

I found lots of lovely knitting patterns (I can’t knit – see my first post!) but very few crochet patterns that I liked, fitted the brief or were suitable for the yarn I had available. Only one thing for it then. Wing it and see what happens. And this is what I came up with after three attempts.

It’s a nice and easy pattern, it just took me a couple of goes to get the length right. Oh and of course it’s now named after it’s recipient!

You will need

Aran weight yarn (I used approximately 60 g)

6 mm hook

Abbreviations

(UK terms)

Ch – chain

Htr – half treble crochet

Dc – double crochet

BLO – back loop only

St – stitch

Notes

All htr are worked in BLO. All dc are worked in both loops.

Pattern

Ch 111

R1 – htr in second chain from hook. Htr 17 more times, 5 dc, 64 htr, 5 dc, 18 htr, turn (110 st)

R2 – ch 1 (doesn’t count as stitch throughout) 18 htr in BLO, ch 5, skip 5 dc, 64 htr (BLO), 5 dc, 18 htr (BLO), turn.

R3 – ch 1, 18 htr (BLO), 5 dc, 64 htr (BLO), 5 dc in ch 5, 18 htr (BLO), turn.

R4 – ch 1, 18 htr (BLO), 5dc, 64 htr (BLO), 5 dc, 18 htr (BLO), turn.

R5-10 – repeat row 4.

R11 – ch 1, 18 htr (BLO), 5 dc, 64 htr (BLO), ch 5, skip 5 dc, 18 htr (BLO), turn.

R12 – 18 htr (BLO), 5 dc in ch 5, 64 htr (BLO), 5 dc, 18 htr (BLO). Fasten off and weave in ends.

I don’t like anything too snug around my neck so if you’d prefer it to be a bit smaller you just need to reduce the amount of stitches between the 5 dcs.

And that’s it! I suspect there’s plenty of winter left to get this made and worn a few times before Spring makes an appearance.

Thanks for reading and speaking of Spring I’ve got a little tea cosy pattern in my head for next time. See you soon.

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Completer Finisher?

Hello again!

I was in a meeting at work the other day and a colleague said that one of her New Years resolutions was to be more of a ‘completer’. I guess most of us have ideas that never get off the ground or projects that we start and for one reason or another they get left along the wayside.

So professionally, yes I may need to be a bit more of a completer but it also got me thinking about me as a crocheter. In some cases I’m definitely not a completer!

If anyone is familiar with leadership and management theory you’ve probably looked at various personality tests that can be applied to individuals or teams. I’m not sure how Belbin would feel about his theories being applied to crochet (maybe a first) but in most cases I’m a ‘completer finisher’, painstaking, searching out errors but inclined to be anxious and worry unduly! I’m just not a completer when it comes to blankets. I’m absolutely pants at finishing blankets.

This is my Temperature Blanket I started in January 2018. I planned to record the temperature each weekend and add two rounds to the blanket in the colour I’d selected for each temperature range.

And this is my blanket in January 2019…

Shameful, isn’t it!

It started off well but I soon realised that I’d made a huge mistake choosing one single granny square. I couldn’t complete the two rounds in a week and well, I got bored. In May.

I did however still continue to record the temperature each Sunday and I’ve been thinking about starting again with a granny stripe. So who knows maybe my Temperature Blanket 2018 will be completed in 2019.

What type of crocheter are you and what is your crochet nemesis? I’d love to know if I’m not alone in the curse of the crochet blanket!

The Journey Begins…

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my very first blog post!

I thought I’d start with a little introduction and by telling you how I came to find myself a bit of a crochet geek.

Well here goes…

Hi, I’m Helen. Well that’s the introductions over so let’s get cracking with the crochet.

I started nearly 5 years ago after being unwell for a little while. Being stuck at home on my own all day was starting to drive me a little bit mad and there’s only so much day time tv you can stomach.

I’d spend a lot of time on Instagram and followed lots of lovely people who shared a love of vintage, homes and crafting. I made some fabulous friends who still say hello and offer their encouragement and kindness today and I continue to enjoy meeting like minded people.

My mam taught me to knit when I was younger and my aunt was a crocheter so I’d also tried that too. I was never a good knitter. I always dropped stitches and my tension was never quite right. In fact I think the only thing I ever completed was a pair of bootees for my new cousin. They may fit her now. She’s 25.

So I bought myself a crochet magazine that came with some free yarn and a hook and tried to teach myself the basics using the guide in the back. I failed miserably so tried online tutorials which worked a treat. It all started to make sense and rows and edges became a little less wonky.

The pic below is the first thing I made and I was really quite proud even if the yarn was awful, the kind that sets your teeth on edge when you touch it.

So I was hooked. I know, I know that’s the worst crochet joke ever but I prefer it to ‘obsessed’. Ok, so I was obsessed being awake until all hours finishing off just one more row. I think the meds I was taking at the time also had something to do with that. I’m not usually known for hyperactivity.

And after about 6 months this is the type of thing I was making. Pattern by Lu Douglas https://instagram.com/wildaboutyarn?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=a57ivt25zk7s It was a birthday pressie for my gorgeous gran and it felt so lovely to be able to give a gift that was handmade.

So 5 years on I have had lots of successes and an equal amount of absolute disasters but I still love crochet. I don’t get as much chance to indulge as I did a few years ago (I’m back to work and I don’t take those meds anymore) however I wanted to share a bit more of my hobby than I can on social media.

So what can you expect from my little blog? Well, I’m hoping to share my projects whether they are other people’s patterns (I’ll always credit the designer and provide links where possible) or little makes that have come out of my own head. If I’m really brave I’ll include my pattern in case anyone wants to give them a go. There may also be the occasional post of something else that makes me smile.

So thanks again for reading and I’ll look forward to seeing you soon.