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Beige Hat & Scarf Set

Nov 2004crochetacrylicinexpensivefastsure. more so the scarf.

And what better way to kick off a crochet craze than with a new scarf and hat? For the scarf, I just picked a likely stitch from my ancient Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery, one called "Forget Me Not" and had at. I wanted to create a random-looking pattern of stripes out of my two different yarns. When I got to the halfway point, I then started repeating the pattern so there'd be symmetry. Then I improved at either end with some single-chains and picot-tipped fans.

The darker varieted yarn is cotton and the beige part acrylic. At the time, I didn't even think about that at all, but now it seems a little weird to mix like that. Though it turned out all right, not something I'm likely to do again. I get the feeling that would fall under the header of "typical newbie mistake", like mixing in some rayon print with your cottons when you're beginning to quilt. The simple fact of the matter is that I was wary of the acrylics having a long and not entirely friendly relationship growing up with a string of what could have been beautiful sweaters were they not knit out of the cheapest acrylic my mother could find. But, on the other hand, I am just as cheap, so I wanted to stretch that more expensive casual cot'n stuff by supplementing it with a less expensive yarn. In the store, I swore that their were strands of an identical beige color running through the variated, but in natural light, not so much.

For the hat, I consulted Janelle Schlossman's Wide Cuff Flat Ribbed Hat pattern. I put an edging of Forget Me Not Stitch around the cuff to try to tie together the scarf and the hat, since I'd run out of the darker cotton stuff.

This is the first long scarf I've ever owned, and it's definitely my favorite kind. Next winter, I'll make more!