Pickles Brian Crane November 17, 2012
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I don’t knit, but I crochet. When my younger daughter recently voiced a wish to have one of those loop or infinity scarves, I quickly offered to crochet her one. It has been decades since I last held a hook or completed a crochet project, but I still know how to make a few stitches and I figured a simple scarf would require just the basic ones. Even better, I figured these scarves would not require turns to start each succeeding row. Years ago I gave up on my last crochet project because, while I followed the pattern closely, I unknowingly kept adding stitches each time I started a new row and the work in progress no longer resembled any throw/table runner/bedspread (I forget) I was hoping to create.
After collecting the yarn and crochet hook and without the benefit of a pattern, I started the foundation chain and promptly lost count. My daughter assured me that the foundation was just the right length, so I continued to add one row of single crochet, followed by several rows of double crochet stitches as time allowed. I started with the black worsted yarn and finished one scarf. Then I thought I could do better and started another one using navy blue chunky yarn. See the finished scarves, each shown looped once. I might as well be Opal in the comic strip. If my daughter won’t use either scarf, then I’ll keep myself really warm with them. Next time I will be smarter and follow a pattern I can manage. I’ll search library shelves and the library’s online Hobbies and Crafts database, as well as its digital magazines. And here’s wishing you all kinds of warmth this winter.