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Monday, January 6, 2014

My hands can do this --- Soft Lei Scarf


So soft on skin as you tie it around your neck, this scarf is stylishly designed like a lei.  It's a knitting pattern, but uses a little of simple crocheting pattern for the flower only.  It’s for everyday use or any special occasion to match  your best winter attire.  You will be a stand out when you wear this in any occasion you like to attend or simply wear it everyday during winter season.  



*SOFT LEI SCARF

Materials:
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 6oz/170g (soft pink 9719)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 6oz/170g (baby brights ombre 9801)
      straight knitting needles, size 10
      crochet hook size 1/ 2.75mm
      cable needle
      cardboard 9(L) X 4(W)
      scissor
       
Level of Difficultyeasy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K)              knit
(P)             purl
(st /s)         stitch /es
(K2/3 tog) knit 2 or 3 stitches  together
(P2/3 tog)  purl 2 or 3 stitches together
(WFC)       work  front Cable
(WBC)      work back Cable
(KI)           knit increase
(PI)            purl increase
(ch)           chain
(sl st)        slip stitch
(sp)           space
(sc)           single crochet
(hdc)         half double crochet  
(pc)           popcorn
(YO)         yarn over


Special Instructions:
(K2/3 tog) – (K) 2 or 3 (sts) together– Insert the right needle into the front of the 1st two [or three as directed] (sts) on the left needle as if to (k) and (k) them together as if they are one (st).

(P2/3 tog) – (P) 2 or 3 (sts) together – Insert the right needle into the front of the 1st two [ or three as directed] (sts) on the left needle as if to (p) and (p) them together as if they are one (st).

(WFC) – Work Front Cable - Slip the next 3 (sts) onto a cable needle as if to (p) and hold them in front of  your work.  (K) the next 3 (sts) on the left needle.  (K) the 3 (sts) from the cable needle onto your right needle.  Be sure the 1st (st) you (k) is the 1st one you slipped onto the cable needle.

(WBC) – Work Back Cable - Slip the next 3 (sts) onto a cable needle as if to (p) and hold them behind your work.  (K) the next 3 (sts) on the left needle.  (K) the 3 (sts) from the cable needle onto your right needle.  Be sure the 1st (st) you (k) is the 1st one you slipped onto the cable needle.

(KI) - Knit Increase – (K) the next (st), but do not slip it off the left needle. (K) into the back of the same (st) and then slip it off the left needle.

(PI) – Purl Increase – (P) the next (st), but do not slip it off the  left needle.  (P) into the back loop of the same (st) from back to front and  then slip it off the left needle.

(hdc) – Half-double Crochet – (YO) once, insert hook, pull the loop through, (YO) and  pull through all 3 loops on hook.

(pc) – Popcorn – Make 5 (hdc) in next (sc).   Remove hook from loop and insert in 1st (hdc).  Pull up loop of last (hdc) and draw through 1st  (hdc).  Press sideward and pull yarn to tighten (pc).

Note: Always count the number of stitches in each row to avoid committing mistakes.


Instructions:
Cast on 30 (sts) loosely.
1st Row – K34
2nd Row – P 34
3rd Row – K34
4th Row – P34
5th Row – K5, P3, K6, P6, K6, P3, K5
Result – 34 (sts)

6th Row – P5, K3, P6, K6, P6, K3, P5
Result – 34 (sts)

7th Row – K5, P3, WBC, P6, WFC, P3, K5.
(Note: This row with cable (sts) will always be the Right/Front Side.)
Result – 34 (sts)

8th Row –  P5, K3, P6, K6, P6, K3, P5
Result – 34 (sts)

9th Row – K5, P3, K6, P6, K6, P3, K5
Result – 34 (sts)

10th Row – P5, K3, P6,  K6, P6, K3, P5
Result – 34 (sts)

11th Row – Repeat Rows 7th to 10th (3X) more.
  
12th Row – K5, P3. WFC, (P3 tog) 2X, WBC, P3, K5.
(Note: You can use the cable needle to make it easier to do the (P3 tog). Just insert one pointed end into 3 (sts) under the left yarn needle and move them nearer its pointed end. Then insert the right needle to that (sp) where the cable needle is and do the purl decrease. Remove the cable needle and then slip off the (sts) to the right needle. This will make sure the 3 (sts) will be hold together as you do the purl decrease.)
Result – 30 (sts)

13th Row – P5, K7, (P2 tog) 3X, K7, P5
Result – 27 (sts)

14th Row – K5, P7, K3 tog, P7, K5.  This is the completion of the twisted oval-shaped design.  It will look like as shown in the picture below.
Result – 25 (sts)


 Twisted Oval-Shaped Design 

15th Row – P5, K6, (PI) 3X,  K6, P5.
Result – 28 (sts)  

16th Row – K5, P5, K3, (PI) 2X, K3, P5, K5.
Result – 30 (sts)

17th Row – P5, K4,  P4,  (KI) 4X, P4, K4, P5.  
(Note: Don’t mind the big holes formed out of loose (sts) after repeating the 18th Row below.  This will be covered with a crocheted flower at the end.)
Result – 34 (sts)

18th Row – Repeat Rows 5th to 17th till you make 13 complete twisted oval-shaped designs .   
(Note:  Excluding the two incomplete twisted oval-shaped designs at both ends.)

19th Row – K5, P3, K6, P6, K6, P3, K5
Result – 34 (sts)

20th Row – P5, K3, P6, K6, P6, K3, P5
Result – 34 (sts)

21st Row – K5, P3, WBC, P6, WFC, P3, K5.
Result – 34 (sts)

22nd Row –  P5, K3, P6, K6, P6, K3, P5
Result – 34 (sts)

23rd Row – K5, P3, K6, P6, K6, P3, K5
Result – 34 (sts)

24th Row – P5, K3, P6,  K6, P6, K3, P5
Result – 34 (sts)

25th Row – Repeat Rows 21st to 24th (3X) more.

26th Row – K5, P3, WFC, P6, WBC, P3, K5.
Result – 34 (sts)

27th Row – Repeat Rows 4th to 1st .  Bind off all (sts)  tightly in purl pattern.
(Note:  Binding Off – Purl 2 (sts).  Insert the left needle into the 1st (st), bring it over the 2nd (st), and  off the needle.  Repeat the procedure until only one (st) remains on the right needle. Cut the yarn leaving a long end and bring it up through the last stitch to lock the last (st).  Pull to tighten it and hide the excess yarn when making the tassel.)



Making of Flower – Baby Brights Ombre                   
1st Row – Leave 6 inches excess yarn before crocheting.  This will be used for attaching the flower to the project.  Using a crochet hook, make 6 (ch).   (Sl st) to beginning (ch) to form a ring.  (Ch) and make 10 (sc) around the ring.  (Sl st) to beginning (sc).  
Result – 10 (sc)

2nd Row – Make 3 (ch) on 1st (sc).  4 (Hdc) on same (sp) to make the 1st  (pc).  8 (Ch) and (sl st) on next (sc).  8 (Ch).  [(Pc) on next (sc).  8 (Ch) and (sl st) on next (sc).  8 (Ch)] 3X.   (Pc) on next (sc). 8 (Ch) and (sl st) on last (sc).   8 (Ch) and (sl st) on top of beginning (pc).  Leave 6 inches excess yarn before cutting.  The excess yarn will be used for attaching the flower to the project.  Tie it once. Work at the back to hide the excess yarn in the (sts) going down the center.  To put the 1st excess yarn to other side, insert it around through some (sts), so it will face the 2nd excess yarn.  These excess yarns should be positioned to each other like north and south. This will make it easy to tie it  to the project.  Make 14 more flowers. 
Result – 5 (pc) and 10 (8 ch)


Making of Flower  Center – Baby Brights Ombre
Leave 6 inches excess yarn before making the first (ch).  This excess yarn will be used to attach it to the flower.  Make loose 6 (ch).  (Hdc) on 4th (ch) from hook. 4 (Hdc) on same (sp).  [5 (Hdc) on next (ch)] 2X.  (Sl st) at the back bottom of  the 4th (ch).   Leave 8 inches excess yarn, cut, and then tie tightly both excess yarns twice. 


Attaching the Flower and its Flower Center
1)  Flower Center
Using a crochet hook, pull the two excess yarns into the center of the flower.  In a crisscross manner, insert the excess yarn ends into the 3 (sts) at the center where big holes can be seen as mentioned in Row 17.  Set them aside, but don’t tie or cut the excess yarns yet. Turn the project on the other side.  

2)  Flower 
Using a crochet hook again, insert  each excess yarn end of the flower sideways through (sts) adjacent to the area where the flower center is attached.  Tie it tightly once only. Look at the back of the project first if the colored excess yarns are not visible.  If they are not, then tie again the excess yarns twice tightly. Otherwise, untie the excess yarns again and insert them to another (sts) and tie them again. Tie tightly the excess yarn ends of the flower center thrice also.  Using a crochet hook again, pull each one out from underneath of the center of the flower.  Pull them together into the slit of the flower center while at the time your fingers are pressing the slit together. Cut leaving a very short excess yarns only.  These small excess yarns will serve as  pistils of the flower.  The result will look like as shown in the picture below.


Attaching the Flower and its Flower Center

Making of Fringe – Baby Brights Ombre
1).  Tie the yarn end together at the end of the cardboard. This will prevent the yarn from getting loose as you begin winding the yarn around the cardboard. Have this knot situated at the bottom as you begin winding the yarn. Wind the yarn loosely and evenly around the cardboard 96X. When the card is filled, lay it flat on the table with your hand on top of it, and evenly cut across one end.   


  Making of Fringe (a)

2)  Hold first 6 strands of yarn together and fold in half.  With wrong side facing and using a crochet hook, draw the folded end up through the first stitch of one end (the one with the hanging yarn). This will look like as shown in picture (a) above.  Pull the loose ends as well as the 2 excess yarns through the folded end. Draw the knot up tightly.  Further pull each strands tightly.  The outcome showing the back side will look like as shown in picture (b) below.


Making of Fringe (b)

3)  Hold 7 strands of yarn together and fold again.  Skip 4 (sts)  Draw the folded end up through the next (st). Pull the loose ends through the folded end and draw the knot up tightly.  Further pull each strands tightly.  The outcome showing the front side will look like as shown in picture (c) below.



Making of Fringe (c)

4)  Repeat instruction #3 (5X) till you reach the end of one side. Go to the other side and repeat the instructions from 2 to 3.  Fold the project sideways, hold the fringes together and then trim its ends. Lay the project flat on the table  and check its evenness, if both ends still need an  additional trim. 



*SOFT LEI SCARF
*This project was featured also in my crochet designer’s profiles at All Free Knitting as “Pink HibiscusScarf”. 





2 comments :

  1. This came as a knitted pattern not a crocheted one.

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    1. It's a combination of knitting and crocheting. Thank you very much for viewing it. I greatly appreciate it.

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