Yesterday I promised to do a Show and Tell of my catchily named granny-stripe-come-simple-filet-crochet-scarf-cowl-thingy, or to give it it's new (and thankfully shorter) name, the Rhapsody Infinity Scarf.
Due to my tiff with Olive (http://emeraldcottage.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/falling-out-with-olive.html) I had some King Cole Riot DK that needed using up on the flight home from holidays. I fancied making a scarf - my favourite thing to crochet - but nothing on pinterest, ravelry, drops or in any magazine (or book for that matter) seemed simple enough.
King Cole Riot is self-striping, and I didn't want anything too tricky in case the self-striping didn't do it justice. So I thought - sod it, I'll just make a pattern up. Having never used filet crochet before, I was tempted to give it a go, however I wondered if that was a bit ambitious for the cramped flight home, and reluctantly I decided to leave fancy filet until we were back on solid ground. (Hubby and I have just debated whether or not "back on solid ground" is a saying. We've decided we don't know. And now it just sounds weird. So hopefully you'll know what I mean!)
I fiddled around a bit with spacing, and dithered about the rhythm of the repeat.
Developing one's own pattern, no matter how simple, and providing you like it (unlike my Olive interpretation :-/ ) is very liberating. You can't really go wrong! You just tweak the pattern! Ok, so it's not quite that straightforward, but I did really enjoy the different part of the creative process.
The pattern really was as easy as I hoped, and I churned out the rows on the plane (between sorting out children's drinks and meals, discussing plot twists in the children's movies, taking children to the toilet, convincing children they didn't have appendicitis - yes, really...)
Finally I deemed the scarf long enough and I joined the ends together to form a moebius strip. Did it need an edging ? I didn't think so, after all it's meant to be simple, remember, and the self-stripy-ness wouldn't work that well, at least that's what I think :)
Anyway to get back to the actual pattern. I drew out a little grid thingy (of course I can't find it now to show you) and then realized it's very granny-stripe-ish, but hey, it's mine, and it's a wee bit different (ok not much) and it's my first pattern so I'm very proud of it :) Feel free to use it, post it, whatever but it would be really great if you mentioned me when you do so.
And here it is being modeled by its maker :) (In the absence of convenient dress-form thingamy. Hmm wonder if I should add that to my Christmas list...)
Rhapsody Infinity Scarf
2 x 100g balls King Cole a Riot DK (I used Rhapsody - hence the name :)
5.5mm crochet hook
nb: pattern is all in UK crochet terms (a UK tr is a US dc)
1. Chain 40. Turn.
2. Ch3 (counts as 1tr), tr in 4th ch from hook, then 1tr in every ch to end. (40 tr). Turn.
3. 3ch, tr in next 3tr, *ch2, skip 2tr, tr in next 4tr*, repeat from * to * across. (4tr, then 6 2ch-4tr groups). Turn.
4. 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), *skip 2tr, tr in next tr, 2tr in 2-ch ch-space, tr in next tr, 2ch*, repeat from * to * another 5 times, sk2, 1tr in next tr. (1tr, then 6 2ch-4tr groups, 2ch, 1tr). Turn.
5. 3ch, 2tr in ch2 ch-space, tr in next tr, *ch2, skip 2tr, tr in next tr, 2tr in ch2ch-space, tr in next tr*, repeat from * to * across. (4tr, then 6 2ch-4tr groups). Turn.
Repeat rows 2-5 until scarf is desired length.
(My scarf was a total of 38 pattern repeats, or 144 rows).
Do not fasten off after final row.
To make up:
Twist starting row of scarf and line up to last row. The twist makes the scarf into a moebius strip, but it is totally optional.
sl-st across, attaching each ch of first row to each tr of final row.
Sew in pesky ends.
ps: please let me know if I missed anything :)