Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chunky Crochet Scarf

I like reading all sorts of things about crochet. Everything from Stitch 'n Bitch books to the history of. There are several nice groups on Facebook that concern crochet and as I was reading through some posts I came across some beautiful bracelets, made from up-cycled T-shirts. Very pretty, and I'm all about saving money so if I can crochet something and it not cost me anything for the materials all the better!

But I wanted something more than a bracelet, I mean I make bracelets all the time. Not only from crochet but also ones from beading and braiding. So I got out some old shirts, cut them up with my scissors and thought about it (didn't take long either). 

I cut the strips in a couple of different sizes, 1/2" to 1" wide. I thought that would give me a bit of variety in the piece as it was worked. This is actually a shirt my daughter had outgrown and it's made of cotton.

I cut along one side seam and tied the strips together to make a skein from the shirt. I probably should have measured how long the final result was before I completed the piece but I didn't and I have no idea how many feet would be required for this particular project. It was a size Medium shirt for a teenager to give you an idea of how big the shirt was.

My hook is pretty big, about the size of my finger.

Round one: 
Start by chaining a length you feel is comfortable for a spring/summer scarf and join with a slip stitch. 

Round two:
Chain 2, skip the next 2 spaces, single crochet in the next space. Continue this around, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of round one.

Now that's all I did for this scarf because I didn't have enough to make a Round three. If you want, you could make an asymmetrical scarf where one side is wider than the other. That's entirely up to you. 

I took what I had left over and made a flower. 

Simply chain 3, slip stitch to a center point and repeat. (I ended up with 5 petals to my flower.) Tie off with a knot and either weave in the ends or leave them as a part of the piece.

I took the finished project and gave it to my daughter, the one that owned the shirt. She liked it. It took her a few minutes to realize what it used to be. ^_^ 

But in all fairness I have up-cycled a couple of my own shirts. Be inspired by what's around you and crochet more!

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