Sapporo Scarf

Sapporo ScarfSometimes I find a beautiful skein of yarn and only later decide what it might become. That’s what happened with this Rowan Baby Alpaca DK. It was on offer a while back in a big outlet shop and I picked up a couple of skeins. Its simplicity, drew me to  broomstick lace to create a little scarf which will is now on its way to a friend in snowy northern Japan.

 

To make this scarf, you will need:
25mm knitting needle (a broom handle or 30cm ruler can be used instead, or smaller knitting needle if you prefer).
4mm crochet hook (or to suit your chosen yarn).
50g of Rowan Baby Alpaca DK (sadly discontinued but still available at some retailers; for alternatives see http://yarnsub.com/yarns/rowan/baby_alpaca_dk).Any DK (8ply/ light worsted weight) could be used but results will inevitably vary.

UK terms used throughout. UK dc = US sc.

Ch31
R1: dc in 2nd and each subsequent stitch (30dc).

R2: pull up loop from hook onto needle. Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch, yoh and pull up a loop. Repeat in each stitch to end (30 loops).

R3:slide first 5 loops off needle and onto hook. In this group and at the start of each alternate row you need to work a locking stitch. Lift the loops off the broomstick,yarn over hook and draw a loop back through the four large loops (one loop on the hook); yarn over hook and draw through the loop. Work 5dc into the set of loops. *pick up next 5 loops, 5dc into loops* and repeat to end of row.

Work R2 and R3 27 times more, so that you have 28 rows of loops, finishing with a dc row. Break yarn and weave in ends.

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Simple Summer SweaterSometimes it feels good to have a straightforward project to work on. For me, top-down sweaters are a favourite as they are quick to make and easy to wear. This sweater is made in much the same way as the top that I made last year, but with no sleeves and no colour changes.

I have used approximately 185g of Sirdar Beachcomber (A DK cotton yarn, 140m/153yds per 50g) in the colourway ‘Catch the Sun’ (260) to make this version, which measures approx 86cm (34″) at the bust line and 50cm (20″) from the neckline to the hem. I have not given stitch counts for larger or smaller sizes as I have no budget for testing but am happy to help work out modifications if required. One option would be to use finer or thicker yarn and/or change hook size (I have used a 4mm hook here though my tension is quite loose).

You will also need four stitch markers (safety pins, paper clips or contrasting pieces of yarn can be used as alternatives)

UK terms used throughout.

YOH: yarn over hook

sl st: slip stitch: insert hook into the stitch you are joining into, YOH and draw through both loops on the hook.

dc: double crochet (US sc/ single crochet): insert hook into stitch, YOH, draw through stitch, YOH and draw through both loops on hook.

tr: treble (US dc/ double crochet): YOH, insert hook into stitch (or ring or space), YOH and draw through stitch; YOH and draw through two loops on hook, YOH and draw through remaining two loops

The ch3 at the start of each round counts as a treble (US dc)

PM: place marker

ch119
R1:            ch3, tr in each, join with sl st to top of ch3 (119tr including ch3)
R2-5:       ch3, tr in each, join with sl st to top of ch3
R6:            ch3, tr in same st, tr in each of next 6 tr, *2tr in next, tr in each of next 6tr and repeat from * to end. Join with sl st to top of ch3.
R7:            ch3, tr in same st, tr in each of next 7 tr, *2tr in next, tr in each of next 7tr and repeat from * to end. Join with sl st to top of ch3.
R8:            ch3, tr in same st, tr in each of next 8 tr, *2tr in next, tr in each of next 8tr and repeat from * to end. Join with sl st to top of ch3.
R9-21:      ch3, tr in each, join with sl st to top of ch3.
Place marker in 1st stitch of round; skip 50 stitches, PM in next stitch, skip 33 stitches, PM in next stitch, skip 50 stitches, PM in next stitch (there should then be 33 stitches between the fourth and first marker)
R22:          ch3, tr in next st and each st up to and including the 2nd marker. Skip to 3rd marker: tr in this and each st up to the 4th marker. Join to top of ch3 with sl st.
R23-45:   ch3, tr in next st and each st. Join to top of ch3 with sl st.
R46:          ch1, dc in next st and each st around. Join to ch1 with sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

 

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