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 DK (8ply/ light worsted weight) could be used but results will inevitably vary.

UK terms used throughout. UK dc = US sc.

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.

Hurt, Hope and Home-Start

Eight years ago, I was struggling with the emotional and physical impact of our elder daughter’s birth and we had just moved to be nearer to our families and for a new job for my husband, Mr T. After a few weeks our new Health Visitor (a community nurse trained to support young children and their families) could see how tough I was finding things and she suggested I speak to Home-Start to see if I could benefit from their support. There were dark days but even the thought that someone might give their time to help see us through was enormously encouraging. A coordinator visited us at home, and although we decided together not to go ahead with matching me with a volunteer, I still remember the kindness and generosity that was shown to me.

This is just one of the reasons why I’m keen to support Home-Start and the Snowflake appeal this winter, a challenge to crochet snowflakes and help raise funds for their work with children and their families.

The pattern and details of where to send the snowflakes are available from Love Crochet, as well as a link if you would like to donate directly to Home-Start.  I’m looking forward to seeing the display at the Handmade Christmas Fair!

Here is a video with Kirstie Allsop and Bella Coco to help you get started (written and left-handed versions are also available here).