Summer’s almost here which means night-night time for heavy wool. That doesn’t mean, however that those large hooks have to hibernate, too. No, my crochet-compadres, the warmer months are the perfect time to play with alternative materials! Strips of ribbon, grocery bags, and fabric can all be crocheted into beautiful items, and thanks to the sweet, sexy glide of Jumbo Amour Hooks it’s never been easier to experiment.
When yarn is made from non-traditional fibers, though yardage is often an issue. Hundreds of yards of textile yarn can get pricey! This week’s project addresses both cost effectiveness and the (read: my) desire to make something wearable for the Summer. The Maypole Scarflette utilizes just one, beautiful hank of fabric yarn (which I was recently gifted by the folks at Knit Collage) to create a scarf/necklace hybrid. It works up fast, which makes it a lovely project to crochet while sitting on the patio enjoying the weather. Ahhhh.
82″/208 cm (excluding fringe)
Not important for this project.
3 dc in 4th ch from hook (chain counts as first dc), *sk next 5 ch, 4 dc in next ch**, ch 4, sk next 4 ch, [sl st, ch 5, sl st] in next ch, ch 4, sk next 4 ch, 4 dc in next ch; rep from * across, ending last repeat at **.
Cut 4 lengths of fabric yarn, double the length of desired fringe.
Attach 2 pieces of fringe to either scarflette end as follows: Fold fringe strand in half; insert Amour Hook through the right side of scarflette end and lay strand at the folded point over the hook; pull the strand through, from back to front, just enough to create a loop; set aside Amour Hook and use your hands to fold the loop over the edge of the project, and pull the ends of the strand through the loop. Pull tight.
Want to make your own fabric yarn? Find a nice, light-weight cotton; use the Soft Cushion Rotary Cutter & straight edge to cut 1″/2.5 cm strips; knot strips together; roll into ball.
Wear it, and you’re ready for Summer!