Interweave: Rapunzel Scarf
Special issue 2011
Kristen Hein Strohm
is a lovely braided scarf that I finished
the other weekend.
It's also my first attempt in a long time to follow
a written crochet pattern.
I chose this particular pattern because it was the shortest &
looked the easiest.
I still managed to mess up from the get go.
This pattern requires you to crochet five fdc strands
(138 foundation double crochet)
After the third strand,
I realised that my stands were a little on the short side.
I counted my fdc, recounted, & then again
for good measure.
There were definately 138 fdc of them (each).
Confused I went back to the pattern
(Crochet Acessories 2011 edition is available on Zinio)
to make sure the number was right.
However, there was also something about
the strands measuring 70" if the strands
weren't long enough.
I swear those extra instructions
weren't there before.
If you haven't
read any of my earlier crochet posts let me
quickly fill you in.
I taught myself to crochet from Japanese books
after failing miserably with 'written' crochet books
(aimed at children).
Four years on, I still don't know the names
for most of the basic stitches, and those I do,
well they are made up.
I thought I would give written patterns a crack this year,
because of all the cool crochet magazines
this pattern is incredibly simple.
I just struggled because I don't do words.
I do symbols and pictures.
So I was very grateful for the few photos that were included,
especially for the braiding section.
Five strand braid, that's just crazy.
To finish off the braid and join the two ends,
you do some sc with some lssc and ssc
(whatever they are).
Will I be continuing with my quest to crochet
from written patterns?
I like to think I that I will, but
I like having a snapshot of all the stitches
in my head before I start crocheting.
It's less stressful.
p.s to bulk up my yarn, I doubled up
(Grignasco is on the light side).