Friday, October 31, 2014

Free Pattern: Frost Flower Scarf

  Made in a chilly blue color, this pattern is reminiscent of swirling ice formations. The color might be as cold as ice, but this scarf will definitely keep you warm and toasty. It's long enough to be folded over and worn in the keyhole fashion for double the warmth, but the pattern is also easy to add more length if you wish. Continue to the end of the page to learn how to make the acrylic yarn used much softer for wearing.

  The name of this pattern was inspired by the formation of magical and evasive frost flowers rarely found in nature.The broomstick lace of this scarf looks as mystical as the phenomenon it was named for. Although there is a knitted stitch called "frost flower lace", don't be confused! Stumped for a title for this pattern, I cast out for help on social media. Since I haven't seen snow in my lifetime, and don't plan on it anytime soon, I never could have thought of this on my own. A big thanks goes out to +Nasrin Akther at Sewing for Life for naming the "Frost Flower" scarf!

Finished length is 60" (152.5 cm), and about 6" (15 cm) wide. *See end of pattern for notes about width.


Skill Level:

Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn (light blue)
Crochet hook size I/9-5.50MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Wooden dowel or other object with a circumference of 4 1/2" (11.5 cm)
Yarn needle or smaller hook to weave in ends

4" by 4" (10 cm by 10 cm) = 2 rows of broomstick lace, 15 sc across.

Broomstick lace can be made on many objects other than a broomstick. Before you go purchasing a dowel to create this pattern, look around. This scarf was actually worked on a piece of broken shovel handle. If you don't have one object the proper circumference, try using two things held together. Broomsticks usually have a circumference of about 4" (10 cm), so you can add a knitting needle or wooden dowel with rubber bands to make up the difference.

Stitches and abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)

Beginning (beg)
Space (sp)
Yarn over (y/o)

*Click here for a step by step photo tutorial to make this broomstick lace pattern.


Row 1:
To begin, ch 20. Make 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each of the remaining 18 chs. (20 sc)

Row 2:
Beg with current loop on hook, pull up a long loop about 2" (5 cm). Place the long loop on the broomstick, removing hook. (Insert hook in next st from back to front. Pull up a long loop, place on the broomstick) in each of the remaining 19 sc. (20 long loops on broomstick)

Row 3:
Insert the hook through the first 5 long loops on the broomstick. Remove the loops with the hook. Y/o, pull through all 5 loops. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc in this group). Make 4 sc in the same 5 loops. *Insert hook in next 5 long loops, remove from broomstick. Make 5 sc in the same 5 loops.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. (20 sc)

Rows 4 through 64:
Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Do not bind off.


Ch 1, turn. Pull up a loop in each of the next 4 sts (5 loops on hook). Y/o, pull through all 5 loops. Ch 4. (Pull up a loop in each of the next 5 sts. Y/o, pull through all 5. Ch 4) 3 times. Working down the side of pattern: *Insert hook in next available long loop sp. (Pull up a loop, y/o, pull through 1 loop) 6 times (7 loops on hook). Y/o, pull through all 7 loops. Ch 4.* Repeat from * to * 32 more times. Working across bottom side of pattern: (Pull up a loop in each of the next 5 sts. Y/o, pull through all 5. Ch 4) four times. Working up the side of pattern: Repeat from * to * 33 times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

Bind off, weave in ends.

The large loops in this pattern make it quite stretchy. Adding the border helps to keep the length about the same, but the width measurement changes slightly. When finished, this scarf measures 7" (about 18 cm) wide.

Once it is washed, blocked, and worn, the weight of the fabric pulls the slack out of the loops, and the width changes to about 6" (15 cm).

We all know acrylic yarn can be uncomfortable to wear. Wash the finished pattern with shampoo, then give it a rinse with some conditioner to soften the itchy fabric. Your neck will thank you!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Yarn Tales Tuesday

Crochet Tutorials on Guidecentral

  If you follow me on social media, you've probably noticed quite a few links being shared from a website called Guidecentral. I'm a new Maker there, and I've been busy creating Guides about crochet. The stitch tutorials and crochet patterns I make there are still free for you, but Guidecentral gives me the opportunity to earn a little money with each Guide I create. Although I'm still posting patterns here, and my heart will always be with the Crochet is the Way blog, a girl's gotta make some cash, y'all! To help you expand your crochet and craft skills, I'd like to take the time to introduce you to this community of crafters.

What it is:
  Guidecentral was created with the intention of bringing a community of crafters together in a place where everyone can share their ideas and skills. Makers create craft tutorials to share with you, and you can show your appreciation by following that Maker and liking their Guides. You can access these Guides through the Guidecentral website, or download and use the app.

  Whether you're looking for crafty inspiration, need help with a current project, or you're just interested in a new skill, Guidecentral is a great place to discover new things. You can search for what you're looking for by topic, materials used, and category, or just browse the newest Guides available.   

How it works:
  Makers put their awesome skills to use creating "Guides", which are tutorials with step-by-step pictures and instructions. No matter what the category, each of these Guides are created with the same format, so it's all easier for you to use. Makers are able to make a little money creating these Guides, and the information is all free for you!

  I recommend joining Guidecentral, even though you don't have to sign up to view the Guides available. When you log in, you can follow Makers you like, or "like" a specific Guide so you can keep track of what you want to create. Giving any Guide a "like" can help that Maker earn a bit more money, which is a nice way to show your appreciation for their hard work.

Who it is:
  Who can be a Maker? Anybody with a craft skill, camera, and the ability to create a Guide. There's already a great variety of people from around the world sharing their ideas on Guidecentral!

Read more about the Maker Program

  Makers provide the skills and projects, but there's a wonderful team of individuals keeping everything together behind the scenes. They are the masterminds, creators, and hard workers that make Guidecentral possible.

Learn more about Guidecentral and the Team

  Among these people, I owe a big, huge thank you to Community Manager Bianca Smith, the person responsible for getting me started in the Maker program. She not only introduced me to Guidecentral, but has gone above and beyond to help make my Guides available. Visit the Guidecentral blog, where Bianca writes about events, crafts, and the people of Guidecentral. Each Monday, a new Maker is featured on the blog.

Check out Maker Mondays, where Bianca introduces you to the people creating Guides

Read my Maker Mondays Feature

What's available:
  I know many of you are interested in more than just crochet, and that's why Guidecentral is such a great place. So far, my Guides have been for nothing but crochet; however, I do hope to expand the variety of craft ideas available under my own profile.

Check out the Guides I've been creating:


  And don't forget to check out other Makers' Guides, too. There's an impressive assortment of tutorials and projects to browse. You can find beauty and style ideas, home decor designs, recipes,and even technology tips. Whether you're a part-time hobbyist or a full-time crafter, it's a perfect place for information and inspiration.

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