Saving the best till last & going off the rails

I was always one of those kids that saved the best bit for last.

Whether it was food – “eat all your greens first”, “save room for pudding” – or my to do list – “do your homework before you watch TV”, “finish your chores before going out to play” – My mothers voice drilled into my brain the benefits of getting all the boring bits out of the way first to make space to enjoy the good stuff.

As an adult I do see the benefits of eating pudding first on some days, but largely I’m still the same.  Saving that cake for that special moment where you can just sit down and enjoy it in peace.  I’m not obsessive about my weight, but I watch what goes in my gob!  So if I have a 500 calorie cake calling me, I am going to take the time to relish every bite of it!  Wasting calories is so disappointing!

I’m the same with yarn.  You know when you see something a bit special and you want to save it until you have the right project and the time to give it the attention it deserves?  It’s a bit like only using the posh china on special occasions, the “Sunday best” approach.  Tell me it’s not just me who does this??!

After my trip to Yarndale in September, I have a few beauties sitting there waiting for their time to shine.   They have been tucked safely away from the dust of my renovations, but after a pretty stressful week involving some tough decisions in my non crafty life, more renovation stress and a fender bender, I decided this weekend was the time to treat myself and crack open the Yarndale goodies!

I had 3 hanks (two pink and one cream) of this BEAUTIFUL Bulky “Cheeky Chunky” 100% merino wool from Wool Couture.  It reminds me of strawberry and vanilla ice cream, (it’s all about deserts today!)

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I played about with making some swatches and settled on a simple back loop only stitch pattern using single and half double crochets.  I thought the way they worked up looked rather like rail tracks!

When you are using such stunning chunky yarn, I find that simple patterns are the most effective, leaving the yarn to do all the talking!

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This ended up being a super quick and easy pattern, working up in around an hour, so I thought I’d share the chunky love with you!

This is a great project for beginners or anyone looking for a quick and easy project.  Perfect for those last minute gifts!

Off The Rails Infinity Scarf

Before you start you should know…

Standard Stitches & Abbreviations Used (US terms):

ch = chain

st = stitch

sl st = slip stitch

yo = yarn over

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

blo = back loop only

fhdc = foundation half double crochet: Ch3, yo, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook,  *yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop (to create the base for next stitch), yo, pull through all 3 loops*, insert hook into the v of the base stitch you created and repeat *

If you struggle with foundation stitches you can see tutorials on my youtube channel and read about them in my post “The Importance of a good foundation”.  As an alternative to the fhdc, chain the number of stitches indicated plus 2 and work a hdc in each stitch along the chain.

Materials

Hook: 12mm hook

Yarn: 150yds of Super Chunky / Super Bulky Yarn.  I used a 200g hank of Cheeky Chunky Merino yarn from wool couture in baby pink.

Size: The Scarf measures 62in around and is about 6in wide.

The gage is not essential in this project, so long as the piece is long enough to wrap around your neck twice.

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The Scarf is worked in the round, joining with a sl st to the top of the first stitch at the end of each round and turning your work.

Numbers in brackets at the end of instructions indicate the stitch count for that row.

Turning chains to not count as stitches

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The Pattern 

Row 1: 85 fhdc,  join to first st with a sl st creating a long loop.  (85)

If you are not using fhdc: ch 87, hdc in the second chain from the hook and across to the end and join to the first st.

Ch1, turn.

Make sure you do not twist your first row when you join to the start

Row 2: sc in blo all the way around and join to top of the first st with a sl st, ch2, turn (85)

Row 3: hdc in both loops all the way round and join to top of the first st with a sl st, ch1, turn (85)

Row 4-11: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, finishing on a row 3 repeat

Fasten off sew in ends

Sew in the starting tail to the bottom of the row to make a neat edge

Enjoy your finished scarf!

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Have fun with this and, as always, don’t forget to tag me on Facebook or Instagram @doraexplored  in your finished makes. You can also use the hashtag #HookMeHappy if you want to be featured on my feed!

Happy Hooking

Dx

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