Friday, 8 November 2013

Happy scarf

And so, back to scarves . . . as flagged in an earlier post, I have been searching for a scarf pattern that will work well using cotton yarn.

This is partly because it is getting increasingly warm.  But is is also because one of my daughters finds wool itchy and won't wear a woolly scarf.  To her, even the softest ultra-soft, baby-soft merino feels itchy - which has always made life a bit of a challenge.

But she likes the feel of soft cotton, and it does not itch her skin.  So I set about looking for a nice, soft, cottony scarf pattern for her that would work well in cotton yarn (which, of course, has less 'give' than wool).

This happy, colourful scarf is the result.  Voila!

It has been christened the 'happy scarf' because of its rippling joyous colours.

I used 8 ply (ie double knit) cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills, in Pomegranate, Daffodil, Blush, Kiwi, Tasman Blue and Lavender.

Using a 3.5mm hook (but using a 4mm hook for the foundation chain), I simply followed the
example-sized pattern used in the Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern.  This blog is well worth a look if you don't already know about it.  While attributing the ripple pattern to Jan Eaton's Soft Waves pattern, the Attic24 blog sets out the 'how to' very clearly with excellent pictures.

After completing the number of rows to make the desired length (in my case, 79 rows), I then 'straightened' the curved ends using a series of stitches of varying size (sl st / dc / htr / tr / dtr / tr / htr / tr / dc / sl st (with dtr being in the deepest part of the ripple and sl st being at the top of the curves), and  then completing another treble row.  Doing this on each end adds an extra two rows, so bear that in mind when working out how long you want it to be.

Here's what the straightening row/treble row look like close up:

(For some reason the colours are a bit dodgy in this shot, but you get the idea.)

Here's a close up of the border - a simple pattern of 5tr and dc (5dc and sc):

I find this ripple pattern easy and rhythmically enjoyable - comforting even, if you know what I mean.  And the feel of the soft cottony yarn made making this scarf a tactile pleasure.

Here is the happy scarf on the hat rack, with some of our other scarves and hats.  I hope it makes my lovely girl happy when she wears it.

One last thing on the ripple pattern:

This is a picture of my biggest ripply work - a cotton summer bedspread.  I made it last summer.

Have you made any ripple items yourself?  I am always looking for new ideas and do enjoy a good ripple to work, so please let me know if you have a ripply work of art to share or have been inspired to make a happy scarf too!

Have a happy day.


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