Crochet, Shawl, Skulls, Yarn

The Magic of Blocking

Over the weekend, I experienced some…shall we say….incredibly effective blocking results with a crocheted item.

I am now the proud owner of an XL skull shawl 🙂

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It has been in process for the past few weeks.  I wasn’t making it to fill an order or anything, it was more of a side project. Something that may actually end up being for me 😉 Continue reading “The Magic of Blocking”

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Solid Skull Scarf Crochet Pattern – Now available in German!

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If you haven’t yet seen my online free pattern for the above scarf, it was posted earlier in 2015 in this blog.

It has proven to be quite popular.  Popular enough that a fellow Raveler offered to translate it into German!

The German version can be downloaded here.

Clothing, Crochet, Skulls, Uncategorized

Winterizing scarves

December 13, 2015: Winterized my first crocheted scarf!  Finally!  A Dr Who scarf.  A dalek on one side, a Tardis on the other and fleece backing for extra warmth!

So, I have had a thought…and it has been bouncing around in my head for over a week now which suggests to me that it’s a good thought and should be acted on.

Many of you know that I make scarves, skull scarves specifically.  They are crocheted and whether I use large or small hooks, the one problem I find with traditional crochet is that it doesn’t create a solid fabric. Each stitch stands alone with a bit of space between it and the next stitch, which allows for air flow.

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Tunisian crochet or knit fabrics are denser but the nature of the skull scarf pattern is such that it requires traditional stitching, so one could argue that they aren’t as warm as they could be. (Especially around the actual skulls which are effectively big holes in the fabric!)

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In certain weather and during certain seasons this wouldn’t be a concern, but I live in Canada and in the middle of February you want a scarf that will block all manner of frigid air currents.

This brings me to my idea.

I’m going to try to winterize my scarves by adding a second layer, perhaps a layer of fleece, to them.

Sewing fabric to a crocheted piece is going to be challenging but I’m up for it! 🙂

Now I have to figure out the best way to attach two pieces of different fabric. Which stitch to use? Machine sew or hand sew?

If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears!

December 13, 2015: Winterized my first crocheted scarf!  Finally!  A Dr Who scarf.  A dalek on one side, a Tardis on the other and fleece backing for extra warmth!