Exploring the dark side

I remember making a crocheted handkerchief case during Thursday craft afternoons at Broke Hall Primary school. It used three strands of cobalt-blue yarn and I complained about it the whole time. I have a vague memory it was double crochet. It came out slightly lopsided but Mum sewed a nice blue glass button on it anyway and I never crocheted again. Until now…

Picked up a crochet book from Knitty Couture, with a bamboo hook and some splitty orange yarn. Crocheted a mangled lump in Star Clipper while Hubby was browsing the wares, and an unintentional triangle when I got home, the rows kept getting shorter. I’m used to being good at yarn craft and my crochet stinks. I haven’t been this bad at something since I learned to knit when I was seven.

What I want to be able to do is the stuff from Creepy cute crochet, amigurumi zombies and robots and a Cthulu. What I need to be able to do is a basic single crochet edging on this scarf:

Handspun scarf with handspun for trim.

That’s a Lumiére Midi scarf made with handspun 3-ply Polwarth, with a 45yd skein of handspun 2-ply merino/bamboo for crochet trim on the two ends. I’m now over halfway through the scarf and I don’t want my edging to look bad. Ideally I’ll have a couple of rows of single crochet and a scallopped edge. Right now I’d be lucky to end up with something that doesn’t look like the cat yacked it up on the carpet.

Regardless, I am loving my handspun to knit with. The Polwarth yarn is next-to-soft and the look of the 3-ply is wonderful, even if the yarn is over-twisted. The scarf will need vicious blocking to stop it curling up, and I’m considering running a ribbon through the eyelets on the sides. It’s a scarf for decoration, not warmth, which is a first for me.

One Comment

  1. Funny….I have similar memories of crochet from when I was a kid.

    Every once in a while I decide that I need to really study crochet….but then I look around at everything else I have to do!

    Good luck with your edging….the scarf already looks very promising!

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