I was away last week at a conference but there was an hour spare on the first day which gave me chance to rootle around in a new wool shop. I ended up coming away with three balls of King Cole Riot in three different shades. For once, this wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to wool lust as I actually had a project in mind when I handed my money over at the till. (OK. There was a bit of wool lust as well but it’s a step forward for me.)
Issue 16 of Inside Crochet featured the Rapunzel scarf by Hilda Panagary which she had made in Noro yarn.
The pattern is essentially three granny row strips made in three different shades and plaited together. A really simple idea but not one that had occurred to me or one that I have seen anyone else use. As much as I liked it, I wasn’t prepared to use Noro yarn for the project as, although it is lovely, it is rather pricey for something as ephemeral as a scarf. I had been keeping an eye out for a cheaper alternative and was delighted when I found the King Cole yarn. It was cheap enough and, more importantly, attractive enough for me to feel justified in making another scarf.
It took me exactly a week to complete the strips using a 5mm hook. I love working with variegated yarn because I find the colour changes keep me interested so I put in some long sessions last weekend. It was a quick job to plait them and crochet the extreme ends together. The method is so easy that it would make a great project for a beginner.
I did make a few changes to the pattern as I went along. I made the strips much longer as I don’t like a scarf that leaves short ends when wrapped around my neck. It’s not Tom Baker length but it is roomy. I also added a row of double crochet to the ends when I has sewn them together just to make it look tidy.
This addition wouldn’t have been needed if my rows into the starting chains has been a neater but I have never really managed to crack the technique. As my strips were so much longer, I also plaited tighter them tighter than the original to make the structure a bit firmer. Too loose and I think they would have kept catching on things.
The King Cole colours were delightful so I thought I would finish with a couple more close up shots to illustrate them. It’s an easy yarn to work with feels very soft despite being an acrylic/wool mix. I would definitely use it again.
This is a lovely, easy pattern to complete and I am delighted with the results. It’s just a shame that I have finished it during the first sunny spell of the year when people are starting to put their scarves away. I want to wear it – Can we hold back Spring a couple of weeks, please?