With my sights set on getting out of Tuscaloosa in December and finding an apartment in Austin in October, I’ve been thinking a lot about the winter months and finances. This naturally brings me to thinking about Christmas and how I’m going to swing gifts for all the ladies in my family (the dudes get no love this year). Thankfully, I’m at the age where all my friends have children and no one exchanges gifts anymore so my list is short, yet the strain on my finances is ever present.
To really grab Christmas by its balls, I decided that this year I’ll get out ye ol’ crochet hook and make everyone a scarf. No one can hate on a gift made with LOVE, right? But, I don’t want to make the boring kind of scarf that everyone has. Instead I wanted to try the fairly popular, and pretty good looking infinity scarf.
I headed over to my friendly craft store, Michael’s (we can all agree that Hobby Lobby isn’t friendly), and picked up some very functional dark grey 80% acrylic/20% wool yarn. I chose this batch mostly by the finger softness test–the one where you shove your fingers into all the skeins of yarn, but also because the yarn had a good amount of forgiving fuzz.
For the first scarf (there will be six), I went for a double stitch. I wanted the scarf to feel solid with just a bit of bulk. I also didn’t want much wind or air to get through the stitch pattern. For a normal scarf I would have chained 20 or so then started the new row, but all of the scarves I’ve seen online seemed to move horizontally more like a blanket, so I made a chain the length of my left fingertips to my right elbow, tested the length by making sure the chain comfortably looped around my neck twice, then connected the two ends, and chained up for the next row.
As I finished the first double stitched row, I connected the two sides together again by not yarning over but just bringing the loop of the last stitch into the first stitch of the row, yarning over once I was in, then pulling the yarn over through both stitches to make a new little loop. From there I chained up three to start the next row. I think by connecting the two sides from the start and crocheting in a circle, this made the scarf take a slight curved shape, but the shape did not seem to affect how the scarf laid on the chest and shoulders when worn.
I also found that it was easiest to crochet with the scarf on me, using my neck to rotate the piece as needed. Over all I only did ten rows and found they gave enough coverage for the length of the overall piece. The ten rows took about 1 and 1/3 bunches of yarn.
Problems: It took me a while to get used to the double stitch again and I know there are some patches that are tighter and made with some kind of zombie version of the stitch. Thankfully the yarn is so dark and has enough stretch that those patches are not noticeable at all.
Overall I think the scarf turned out great. I think I’m going to pick up another batch of grey and some crimson and creme for the next few scarfs. For the next one though, I think I will make the original chain a little longer and do about 20 rows, to better suit the frame of a larger woman. The current scarf fits me well, but I fear it would be tight on someone with a larger frame (and bigger breasts).