i would like to tell you something. last week i found in an archive folder on my computer a couple of prints of a book i’ve ever came across somewhere on the internet. i know that i was impressed by the book, it is:
An Illustrated Guide to Making Crochet Lace Fabrics by Mary Konior – 1991.
these are the pages that i have:
i would love to have the book but it is no longer printed. hopefully a publisher brings it back on the market for example as an ebook. this text caught my attention and i quote:
“there is no need to count a foundation chain carefully when working in rows. instead, make a chain longer than necessary and leave the excess unused when working the first row. afterwards, the excess chain can be cut off, leaving just a short length to be unpicked and the yarn darned in. it is assumed that workers will adopt this method when experimenting with the patterns given, and for this reason the exact number of chains for each foundation is not specified.“
end of quote.
years now i have counted myself completely drowsy if i crochet for example long scarves, sometimes using paper clips as stitchmarkers to not lose count. why have i not previously read this and why have i not thought of it myself!?
i almost immediately started on a long narrow summer scarf, no idea how many chains i made:)
on the photo you see the piece of chains i kept at the end of the row. i have detached the chains and neatly woven in the ends.
for if you like the scarf, it goes like this….
2 balls of phil coton 3 – 50 g – ca. 121 m – 100% cotton
in the color guimauve (to me it is between pink and lilac)
used stitches (american english)
ch = chain
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
h dc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
make chains as many as you like:) my scarf measuring over two meters.
1 sc in the 2nd chain from hook, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch, *(1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch) 3 times, (1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch) 3 times* – repeat between * and * till end of row. end with (1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch) 3 times, 3 ch, turn.
skip 1 ch space, 1 dc in next sc, 1 ch, skip 1 ch space, 1 dc in next sc, *(1 ch, skip 1 ch space, 1 sc in next dc) 3 times, (1 ch, skip 1 ch space, 1 dc in next sc) 3 times* – repeat between * and * till end of row, end with (1 ch, skip 1 ch space, 1 dc in next sc) 3 times, 1 ch, turn.
you crochet a sc in a dc of previous row and a dc in a sc of the previous row.
1 sc in first dc, 1 ch, 1 sc in next dc, 1 ch, 1 sc in next dc, *(1 ch, 1 dc in next sc) 3 times, (1 ch, 1 sc in next dc) 3 times* – repeat between * and * till end of row, end with (1 ch, 1 sc in next dc) 3 times, 3 ch, turn.
repeat rows 2 and 3 until your scarf is as wide as you want it to be. i have crocheted 7 rows, then i attached the yarn on the other side of the beginning chains – at the right side – and crochet another three rows starting with row 2.
the effect is a not so sharp ripple pattern.
if you have left over chains at the end of row 1, make the stitches loose or cut a piece off and weave in the ends. ….
> to make the edge attach the yarn to a stitch or space at the short end after the long side that ends with a sc.
(one long side of the scarf begins and ends with a dc, and the other side starts and ends with a sc.)
> make single crochets and divide them neatly on the number of stitches and spaces, end at the corner with 1 sc, 2 ch that replaces the first dc at the long side. continue with the instructions for the long sides.
> at the next corner you crochet 1 ch and than make single crochets and divide them neatly on the number of stitches and spaces at the other short end. at the next corner at the same short side you make 1 sc, 1 ch, 1 sc into the same stitch to make a corner. continue with the instructions for the long sides.
> at the last corner you make 1 sc, 1 ch, 1 sc into the same stitch, crochet sc into the last stitches at the sort side.
make a sc in every sc and into the 1 ch spaces between them. make a dc in every dc and in de 1 ch spaces between them, except the 1 ch spaces just before and after the first and last dc, there you make a h dc. see photos.
finish this row with a ss in the first stitch.
you are ready!
yesterday i started a second long summer scarf in bright pink – a few rows narrower – and i was thinking this.
you can start to crochet the edge a little easier than i wrote in my manual. instead of cutting off the yarn after you’ve crochet the last row, you make 1 chain and then begin to crochet the single crochets on the short side of the scarf.
click on the following links to see more options for this scarf:
see you next time!