I learned how to crochet when I was 17 at camp. I crocheted from time to time in college, and then pretty much stopped for more than 20 years. A few years ago, I took it up again. I’ve been making hats, ponchos, shawls, scarves, and even a couple of sweaters. Crocheting takes a lot of yarn because it is basically a series of knots, so I’m limited as to the kinds of yarn that I can use — the inexpensive ones!
Also, because it’s knots, a lot of crochet garments are heavy. So I need to learn how to knit. But I’m a lefty, and I have a hard time with knitting. I get so nervous and my stitches are so tight that I can’t get them off the needles. Oh well, I’ll try again one of these days. I need to find a new knitting teacher: a very patient lefty.
In the meantime, I look for crochet patterns that use different stitches and different yarn weights to mix things up. Last spring, I found a beautiful pattern from Red Heart for a lacy infinity scarf that alternated blocks of shells with blocks of mesh (Red Heart pattern LW2516). It called for a very lightweight yarn, #1 super fine called Stardust, a pastel with a silver thread glinting throughout. It’s 70% superwash wool, 20% nylon, and 5% other fibers – whatever that means. It’s nice and soft.
Since I started the blog, I don’t have as much time to crochet as I used to. So it took me about 6 months to finish this infinity scarf because I took the entire summer off from crocheting. Well, I just finished it in time for the cold weather. Although this is lightweight yarn, looping it around my neck makes the scarf just warm enough and perfect for wearing indoors.
Though the pattern is rated “intermediate”, it is not difficult. The stitches are shells made from triple crochets, and double crochets make up the mesh. Also, there are single and half double crochets used throughout.
The only hard part is that there are lots of pattern repeats and a lot of counting rows. You have to keep count in the margins of the pattern, if you don’t want to get lost. If you’re a really quick crocheter, you might be able to whip one up before Christmas!
I really love the vintage look of this scarf. What do you think? Have you ever tried crochet? Do you have a favorite crochet pattern you’d like to share?