Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Scarf and Neck Warmer

Today I present to you my first crochet design!  The Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Scarf and Neck Warmer gives you the look of a complicated woven pattern but all you need are a regular crochet hook and sock yarn dyed with long color changes.




Pair the neck warmer or scarf with a long sleeve shirt and jeans in the cool autumn air or tuck it in under your coat to keep your neck cozy and warm in winter.


Photographs by Cynthia Spencer

This is a great pattern for those sock yarns with long color changes like Noro Silk Garden Sock, Noro Taiyo and Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi.  Watching each color pop up while you crochet is really fun and people will think you had to change yarns every couple of rows.  It is always nice when you can show off something that looks harder than it actually is!  Adding buttons to the neck warmer is easy and gives it a nice detail.


I have had the pleasure of teaching this pattern twice now: at my local yarn shop, Stitch Your Art Out, and at this year's Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival.  My students were great and got the hang of the pattern after a little practice.  As with knit entrelac, I think Tunisian crochet entrelac takes a bit of time to get the hang of it and then, after a few repeats of the pattern rows, you begin to understand and memorize the technique.  The pattern includes several close-up shots to guide you.



Measurements:
Neck Warmer: 8 x 31.5 inches
Scarf: 7 x 72 inches

Yarns:
Neck Warmer: Noro Silk Garden Sock (1 skein)
Scarf: Noro Kureyon Sock (2 skeins)
any fingering weight yarn with long color changes will show off the entrelac pattern nicely

Gauge:
Gauge is not critical for this project

Hooks:
Size 5.5mm (I) for foundation chain
Size 4.0mm (G) for pattern
Because of the yarn weight and small number of stitches on the hook, you can use regular crochet hooks rather than Tunisian hooks for this project.

Notions:
Locking stitch markers, darning needle, 
optional for neck warmer: sewing thread, hand sewing needle, 4 buttons about 1 inch in diameter.

Price: $7.00