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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:


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.