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Scarf done, lessons learned

(Note: This post was written by Laurel Regan and originally published in a separate blog called “Fibre Yarns”, which was later merged with Alphabet Salad.)

I finished up the scarf made from my second ball of Patons Decor to go with my previously completed mittens. I used the motif from this pattern and a 5mm hook to work the scarf, and this is what I ended up with:

scarf

I enjoyed the process of making the scarf, and I’m glad to have another finished project, but I feel pretty meh about the end result. I like the motif, but my starting and ending tension was significantly different so the scarf is wider at one end than the other. Also, the wool had a knot in the middle, so partway through I had to cut and rejoin (never a favourite activity for me!). Because I was only using a motif and not following the whole pattern, when I reached the end of the scarf I had to wing it and wasn’t happy with how it turned out. On top of it all, I ran out of wool for the tassels and had to use some taken from my mitten test swatch, which (as you can see) is all curled from the memory of the swatch. Hard to imagine that that many things could go wrong with what should have been a simple scarf!

But on the positive side, I feel as though my crocheting style has actually improved through practicing on this scarf. I consciously made the effort to hold my yarn the new way I’ve been taught and to crochet less tightly and I think, although it resulted in an uneven end product, it’s really going to help me develop a more attractive stitch style.

So, on to the next project!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • KF-in-Georgia March 13, 2011

    Just wet the curly fringe, flatten it down by hand, and let it dry. Maybe even hang the scarf so the wet fringe is pulled straighter by its own weight. The yarn should dry with much less crimp in it.

    If you pull the tassels straight and they start to curl up while they’re still wet, you can try putting the tassels between two plates and put a bit of weight on the top plate so the weight will help flatten the yarn while it dries.

    When it’s dry, if the fringe looks too flat, just flap it around in the air a bit to fluff it up to match the other side.

    As for winging it at the end of the scarf, in that photo I can’t even tell which end was which. (Variegated yarn hides lots of annoyances.) And it doesn’t look like one end is wider than the other–except that one end looks to have more fringe than the other (which could be an optical illusion furthered by the curly yarn). At any rate, scarves rarely hang straight and flat with the two ends side-by-side for comparison. This is fortunate, since a crafter’s gauge often shifts during a long project. (Hint: If you need to photograph a should-be-square or -rectangular afghan, photograph it at an angle–from one corner–rather than from straight on. Been there, done that.)

    Congratulations on finishing your scarf!

  • Laurel Regan March 14, 2011

    Good suggestions – thank you very much! And thank you for the congratulations – I’m pleased to have finished the project and am looking forward to what’s next! 🙂

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