Well, I'm back home and out of the land of sunshine. I do have to admit that we had a lot of rain while I was in Florida but the last 10 days or so were beautiful. My sisters are healthy and look wonderful, just like always. My mother and I spent several hours crocheting and talking and laughing. And the Scattergories game got used over and over. It was a great vacation and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Hopefully, I can do it again next summer.
Here's a quick and simple pattern for you to start using since the cold weather will be here sooner than we expect. A scarf using clusters and double crochets that works up fast and looks great!
- size H crochet hook
- Deborah Norville Serenity Garden yarn; color - Gems
- tapestry/embroidery needle for weaving in the ends
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Special Stitches: *Cluster
*YO, insert hook into stitch indicated, YO and draw up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops*; repeat from * to * 2 more times. You will have 4 loops on your hook, YO and pull through all 4 loops.
Feel free to use any yarn or color you wish. The weight of this yarn is a 2 if you want to use a different brand. It will still work up great and will definitely hold warmth.
A couple people have stated that they are having a problem with the stitch count or that the edges are looking different on each side - I wanted to add an extra note here that might help you with that:
You HAVE to count your stitches with this pattern. Making sure you're skipping where you're supposed to and adjusting as needed. ALSO - please make sure that you're putting a HDC stitch into the TOP of the FIRST DC (which is actually the 3rd ch of the starting ch4). If you miss putting 2DC at the end of Row 3 your count will be wrong (pattern is 37 stitches across) and the edges will end up looking funky.
I hope this helps you. If you need ANY help please contact me on Facebook at Crochet2002!
Row 1: HDC in second chain from hook and in each stitch across. (37 HDC) Chain 4 and turn. (ch 4 counts as 1DC + ch1 here and throughout)
Row 2: *Skip next stitch, cluster in next, ch 1, skip next stitch, DC in next stitch, ch 1. Repeat from * to * across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: HDC in same stitch and in each stitch across. (37 HDC stitches Be sure to put a HDC in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch4) Ch 4 and turn.
Rows 4-?: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until scarf reaches desired length. End with Row 3.
Tie off and weave in ends.
Enjoy the remaining warm weather and start working on cold weather projects. Search your area and see if there is a need you can fill with your passion for crochet. Many homeless shelters are filled to overflowing and your craft could bring hope to a soul that needs to know someone really does care.
Peace and blessings,