Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Gifts: 90 Minute Scarves

So here are the scarves I made for my maternal grandfather and great-grandfather! The pattern is so simple and it works up super fast.
NEW TO CROCHET? I don't make my own videos, sorry. So check these out: http://learntocrochet.lionbrand.com/

My Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Economy
Soft Navy + Shaded Dusk  and  Cafe + Shaded Brown*
*This color no longer includes the turquoise that it used to.

Grab your size 11mm (or larger) crochet hook, and 2 skeins of coordinating yarn.
You will work the 2 strands together as 1.

Ch 12, then Triple crochet (Yo 2x before inserting hook) in the 4th chain from the hook, and in every ch across.
For each following row: chain 4, and triple crochet into each stitch across.
Make it as long as you want (i use up the whole skein) and then add a single crochet border around all 4 sides before fastening off. Finish with a fringe on the ends.
Voila!


UPDATE 11/8/11: I've just added the pattern for a matching 30-Minute-Hat! Check it out! You'll use the same 2 strands that you worked with in the 90-minute scarf for a quick and easy matching hat!

PATTERN VARIATION:
I had several people ask me if they could do the same thing with a bulky or super bulky yarn, and the answer is yes! I prefer Lion Brand Homespun yarn and a 10.0mm hook. You will work with one strand only, as opposed to two, and I reduced the sts to DC's instead of triple crochet stitches, so if you still ch 12 for the base, you'll dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, and in every ch across. I used up almost the whole skein and it made a nice soft, long scarf. I used the remainder to add fringe!


**Ok, so I shouldn't feed the trolls, but to all of you who keep asking on allfreecrochet.com, the photos at the top were taken on my chiropractic table (much like a massage table) as it was the only surface that was available at the time. I never had ANY idea that my pattern would go any further than my local craft group, let alone become the most popular pattern on their site. Kthnxbai**

115 comments:

  1. Still new to the crocheting world - could you suggest some yarn brands that you like for these scarves?

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  2. Red heart or Lion Brand work.

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    1. I can't wear scratchy things and I find the Red Heart is sometimes too scratchy. I like to rub the yarn on my cheek when comparing so I can see how it will feel on my neck or whatever. Just an idea.

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    2. once you wash it, it softens up. The yarn never used to feel scratchy. Don't know how they changed it, but they did.

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    3. To SOFTEN Red Heart Acrylics wash completed item with regular Hair Conditioner......use 1/8th cup of hair conditioner for something like a scarf. If not soft enough for you add more conditioner. I use any brand of hair conditioner. It works like a charm to soften!

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    4. I find to soften Red Heart yarn just a regular machine wash with a liquid fabric softener does wonders. I use Gain.

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    5. Red Heart Love is softer.

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    6. Caron's Simply Soft yarn is a wonderfully soft yarn that will not feel scratchy on your skin.

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    7. I put the whole ball of yarn in a bag for stockings and such and put it in the dryer with a fabric softener sheet..

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    8. To soften my Red Heart yarn I wash, and dry my finished pieces in with towels. It's how I've gotten the yarn to be it's softest without having to wash it multiple times.

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  3. I am also new- how do you do the fringe on the ends??? Anne

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    1. Take like, 5 srands of yarn of the same length, fold in half to make a loopish thing, put the loop on your edge, stick hook through loop AND scarf and pull through the ends of the fringe. in case you didn't quite get it, heres a link to show you how:http://www.wikihow.com/Add-Fringe-to-a-Crochet-or-Knit-Project

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  4. I used Red Heart Super Saver for these scarves. The fringe on the end is made by cutting a length of yarn twice the length you want the fringe to be. Now cut about 25 more pieces of the same length and slip knot them into the end sts.

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  5. Do you have a pattern for 90 minute hat to match the crochet scarves.

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    1. faster...use a bulky yarn and a size N hook(9mm) do the puff stitch hat on youtube, just search puff stitch and there is an awesome tutorial:)

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    2. Walmart has their own brand of same kind as Red Heart and I think it is called Love. Much softer than Red heart. I won't even make an afghan with Red Heart cause it is so itchy. Same price, maybe even cheaper

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  6. What is the finished size of these scarfs?

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  7. I don't have a hat pattern, but I could work one up sometime and post that. I'll keep it in mind!

    The finished size is whatever you make it to be. Then end up being about 7" wide, and I make them LONG, so that they wrap around my neck once and go down to my knees. Meaning you could easily wrap around your neck again.

    You can always just work until you run out of your skein. They are very soft and flexible, which I love in a scarf.

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  8. Great scarves. Thanks for the instructions and the answers to other questions. Very helpful.

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  9. do you think you could attach the two ends to make an infinity scarf?

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  10. luv the pattern thanks for sharing been looking for fast easy patterns for christmas. will be waiting for the hat pattern

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  11. I love this! I was looking for a super fast pattern to make scarves for a fundraiser. THIS IS IT! I think I will use one strand of a novelty yarn and a coordinating color of WW yarn.

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  12. This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks for giving it to us!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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  13. Could you do the same pattern the long way instead of crosswise?

    i.e. chain 72" long and then work the same pattern?

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  14. The problem with crocheting it lengthwise is that, if your stitches are tighter on the first few rows or the last few rows, the scarf will be sort of arch-shaped when it is laid flat. That's a common issue, especially with new crocheters. It's better to crochet it side to side.

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  15. Great pattern! I can see all kinds of possibilities! Thank you for sharing!

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  16. I love quick patterns! Thanks for that

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  17. do you turn each row

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  18. I would love a copy of the hat pattern when you figure it out. Also, do you have a mitten pattern too?

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  19. so you need to have both sciens or can you work with one bulky colour? love the pattern..easy and nice.

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  20. Yes, you could make it short and turn it into an infinity scarf, but I personally love the look and feel of a classic simple scarf.

    To those who would do it lengthwise, yes it would work, and a similar pattern inspired me. I, personally, HATE working into the base ch and it takes me forever. This made it faster for me.

    Yes, you turn at the end of each row.

    Yes, a nice bulky yarn would look just as nice, as would a super-bulky yarn. I just liked the look of two different colors (one solid and one coordinating variegated).

    I don't have any plans to write a mitten pattern, though there are plenty of great ones through ravelry.com, and I HIGHLY recommend that anyone in yarnwork join the site. Its free!

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  21. Hi I am very new to this world is it possible to upload a video of this pattern please...

    Thanks so much i know how to make chain..

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  22. Do you put the single crochet border all around 4 sides? Thanks for the pattern.

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  23. Thank you so much! You even made instructions that I can understand! I'd like the hat pattern, when you work it up. Oh, one more thing.........BOOOOOOOOOOO!! Happy Halloween!

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  24. Hi,
    Great scarf! Just what I've been looking for! Can see all kinds of possibilities!
    You mention Red Hart or Lion Brand - what is their weight (i.e. #1, #2, etc.; sock yarn, etc.)?
    Thanks for your help.
    Cathy

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  25. Sounds nice and easy and quick. Can't wait to try it for some Christmas gifts.

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  26. The Yarn is Red Heart Super Saver, and it is a worsted weight (#4) yarn. Using 2 strands together makes it closer to super-bulky (#6), if you would prefer to work with one strand of that.

    If you are new to crochet, and looking to learn, there is a link in the right column (under Links I Love!) called "Intro to Crochet Videos". These are great, free videos to help you with almost every stitch I ever use. You may have to sign up (free) but its worth it!

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  27. Also, the sc border CAN go around all 4 sides, though I believe I only worked the long sides and the back side of the base chain, to make it easier to add fringe.

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  28. I just started this scarf with Red Heart Super Saver two strands together, red and white, but it doesn't look like your picture of these scarves. What's the matter?

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  29. I used the two strands and the scarf came out too heavy for what I wanted but it was perfect when I just used the one strand. Thanks for posting.

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  30. For the navy scarf, i used one skein of navy, and another skein of variegated yarn that included the same tone of navy. This created subtle color changes. If you use two solid colors, it won't look the same. You can also use 2 strands of the same color.

    If two strands together is too bulky, make sure you are using american trc sts (Yo 2x before inserting hook into st) as opposed to a UK trc. Also, check hook size and yarn weight. I used worsted weight (#4) yarn.

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  31. arhoglen - How did you manage to get one of the two colors to be more visible for a few stitches and then the other color for the next few, or did your yarn just twist that way? I very much like the way it looks! I would have expected a tweedy look rather than the "somewhat checked" pattern your scarves have.

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  32. hi could somebody post a example on how to start of as im new to crocheting many thanks

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  33. You will need to know how to make a chain stitch, turning chain, triple crochet, and single crochet. These videos are broken down so you learn one stitch at a time.

    http://learntocrochet.lionbrand.com/

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  34. Also, for the many questions on colors, these are the yarns I have liked for the "multicolor" strand. The second strand is a Red Heart Yarn of a coordinating solid color.

    http://www.redheart.com/yarn/super-saver-economy

    Aspen Print, Cherry Cola, Fall, Gemstone,
    Ocean (this one is VERY subtle)
    Shaded Dusk (see navy scarf above)
    Shaded Brown (see brown scarf above)

    This creates the different colors that seem to "pop out" for one or two stitches. All of the colorful red heart yarns are good, EXCEPT for the camo print. For some reason the Camo looks far better in sc sts, and NOT in these large-st patterns.

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  35. This scarf was an easy and quick pattern. I actually had leftover yarn to make a matching beanie hat. I used a size N hook (10.00mm) and half double stitch, and made my own pattern for the hat. I used the soft navy and shaded dusk. Will also be using other varigated colors with matching solids to make sets. Thanks for the pattern.

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  36. I made another 90 minute scarf yesterday with a N hook (10.0mm) and a skein of homespun yarn (single strand). I used dc sts instead of trc sts, and I stitched into the spaces btwn the sts, instead of the st themselves. I omitted the sc border, because I don't feel it needed it. Super soft and mega cute!

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  37. Cool pattern but I have question. Do you count the turning chain as a stitch? How many triple crochets are in each row? Also,my books say to start the triple crochet in the 5th chain from the hook?

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  38. Yes, the turning ch counts as a stitch, with the 8 sts you will make across, this gives you 9 total. You can always make the scarf wider if you like.

    Some sources will tell you more/less to add in the turning ch, because everyone chains at a different tension. If you turning chain is the same height as your sts, leave it. If the turning chain is short, add one. Too long? Subtract one (thats ok for this pattern at least).

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  39. For all of you who requested a hat pattern, here it is!

    http://craftdisasters.blogspot.com/2011/11/30-minute-hat.html

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  40. Thanks so much for your hat pattern, I am impressed with speed you have worked this out. Sandra

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  41. This looks so interesting....I want to try it but can't find how to print the pattern.

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  42. Thanks! I think if you use a chiropractic table and crochet you are the total package!

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  43. if you highlight pattern instructions, then copy and paste to new word document, you can then print the word document for instructions

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  44. Can't wait to try!!! I think I found my C-mas gift paterns right here!!!!! :)

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  45. Yeah, I totally don't see how that picture would offend anybody. I mean come on. Lol! I'm new to croche3ting. Like, so new that I only know how to do the single stitch forever. Went to youtube to watch a beginner vid, the host told me to visit allfreecrochet and when looking for some easy patterns, I found you! Thank you! I am bookmarking your site!
    Emily in Minnesota

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    1. How do you bookmark a site on the computer?

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    2. You're joking right?! lol

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  46. Just love the look of that scarf. Gonna make one and maybe a couple for Christmas presents.
    Thanks for the great pattern
    Eileen

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  47. I just love the watercolor background. Did you paint this? Did you use any special technique? What kind of paper? By the way, I just made this scarf, however, it was before I joined this web site. I used an N crochet hook and 2 strands of a fine knubby boucle acrylic yarn. I just love how it looks.

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  48. The website background is a standard thing from blogger. I'm waaaay to busy to do anything more exciting with the site.

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  49. Darn. I misread the pattern and fastened off before doing the single crochet all around. Is it ok for me to still to the single crochet? What do I lose by doing it this way? I'm new to crochet - can you tell? - but was so pleased the scarf was going well. :( Thanks for humoring my newbie questions.

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  50. Your pictures were innocent of course but I thought it was super funny and cute!

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    1. I don't get what some people find offfensive about the picture. Will someone explain it to me please?

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  51. In comment to the poster that posted: "The problem with crocheting it lengthwise is that, if your stitches are tighter on the first few rows or the last few rows, the scarf will be sort of arch-shaped when it is laid flat. That's a common issue, especially with new crocheters. It's better to crochet it side to side."

    I am a beginner and when I figured out after the second row that mine was fanning out I alternated a row of sc and a row of tc and the scarf stayed wonderfully uniform :)

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  52. Yes Jerri, you can rejoin one or both colors of yarn and add your sc border even if you already fastened off.

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  53. I would like to find the vidio, where it showed how to make the magic ring
    This was for a hat. picture of the hat was green. Thanks


    adrake47421@yahoo.com

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  55. Video for the magic ring is in the pattern for the 30 minute hat. The link is in the above pattern.

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  56. I love this pattern! I found some scrap yarn and made my granddaughters each a scarf. They loved them. My daughter-in-law saw them and wanted one for herself. She bought the Lion Brand homespun yarn and WOW... it made up beautifully. Thick and oh soooooo soft!!! Now I am quite busy making scarves for all my friends and their friends. They wanted the scarf wider and longer so I crocheted 29 sc and db on 4th chain from hook, then made it 90 rows long. For the fringe I use a empty cigarette package that is the 100 length. Wrapping it around about 20 times, and then cut it across the top. I am trying to find a way to take a picture to send to you. I found a hat pattern here and used it to make my son a hat and then used it to make hats to match the scarves. Thank you for this fast and easy scarf pattern.

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  57. For the folks that ask about crocheting long ways instead of side to side, and for anyone who has trouble with the first row (chain stitch) being too tight or not as stretchy as the following rows, you can use the chainless foundation stitch as the first row, you can find lots of tutorials on YouTube, just search it out. I now use that for my first row on just about everything I do, now you can't tell which end I started and which end I finished...

    Wretha

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  59. I copied the pattern, thanks will let you know how it comes out, I love to crochet, haven't done much for a while, about time I made some scarves for granddaughters, they love them, and it will be cool looking for them to wear, both teach school, and like to look nice scarves seem to be the way to go today.

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  60. I love this scarf! The pattern is so easy,fast and looks great! I've made a few of these for my family and they love them! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern;)
    FYI: I never noticed the background cuz I was too busy admiring the scarf! I didn't notice until I saw your post explaining the background then looked back to see! Too funny! LOVE it!

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  61. I guess I don't get it. I don't understand when you say you make it the long way instead of side to side. I thought it was always side to side. Can you tell I am new at this?

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    1. Well they pattern means that you could make the chain alot longer than you had thought and then make it however long you want it then make maybe 5 rows of treble crochet. (Triple for newer crocheters)

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  62. Many scarves are made the long way (length), beginning with 100+ chain stitches, so you are beginning the scarf from its full length. In this pattern you chain the width (fewer chains) and "grow" your scarf as long as you want it.

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  63. I've seen some videos on your blog or a picture by picture showing what to do. Can you tell me where those are??? To read this loop 4 and triple this & loop hopping - nah just don't get it. Sorry. I'm a show me kind a girl I guess. Please can you tell me where to find pics and videos????

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    1. Check the "links I love" to the right, or in the above pattern. Lion Brand published some awesome videos on how to do all the basic crochet stitches.

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  64. I can't see any problem with the photos of the scarves on the chiropractic table :S
    I am about to make this scarf now as winter is rapidly approaching!

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  65. Because I usually chain my foundation row too tight, I use a hook that is one or two sizes larger for the foundation chain. This has solved my problem easily. Maybe it will help someone else.

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  66. Hi, I am using the Lion Brand Homespun yarn to make this scarf. Do you have any clue how I can make the fringe with this yarn, it just frays right up, I know I can knot it, but I don't really like the way that looks with it. Any other ideas?

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    1. Homespun is going to fray, and I generally just let it. The knotted approach is the only one I know of to avoid that. You could also try fray-check. Though that might make the ends more stiff.

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  67. GERAT PATTERN LOL AND I THOUGHT I CAME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW , GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE ....JUST ONE QUESTION THE P IC OF THE SCARFS UMMM YOU , YOUR MMMMM OK

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  68. FYI for those that use the Red Heart Super Saver yarn. If you feel it is too rough after crocheting the scarf, Do this: without the tassles attached, wash the scarf in a mesh bag or pillowcase. Throw in dryer (in the mesh bag or pillowcase). Red Heart Super Saver softens after washing and drying.

    For those not sure what yarn to use, you can also use Vanna's Choice Yarn, Red Heart Soft Yarn, Lion Brand Jiffy with Vanna's yarn together. Mix brands with 1 variegated and one solid.

    I have mixed yarn brands and the scarf comes out great. Try a thick yarn with a thin yarn too.

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    1. Mixing yarns is not a problem as long as both yarns are the same fiber content! In other words, if one is 100% acrylic make sure the other one is, too.

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  69. I love Lion Brand Homespun too! I"ve been collecting as much as possible when they go on sale so I can make afghans out of all Homespun!

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  70. I always felt that the Red Hart yarn was like brillo. What to do? I soak the finished item in a bucket of water with lots of fabric softner was as long as you can stand it. Then wash again with lots of fabric softner (liquid) and dry
    in dryer. I think you will be happier with the result. One thing about Red Hart is that it wears like iron just make sure you join yarn very tightly so you never have a problem.
    Learn the Russian Join........Utube. You will never look back.

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  71. Thank you for explaining the reason for doing the work on the "short" side instead of the "long" side. I am new to this great craft and am doing OK, but was getting the arc, and know I understand a bit more as to why. I am partially paralyzed on one side, so am started doing this in order to keep limber and kind of got addicted! LOL Thanks - will be making this scarf, short side side first! :)

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  72. Love this pattern, but wanted to know how long your homespun example is before the fringe was added and also what is the length of your fringe? Thank you

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    1. I'd guess 6"-8", but since I do it differently every time, I couldn't tell you for sure. Normally I wrap the yarn from my elbow around to my fingertips to make big loops, then cut it at both ends. Folding those pieces in half when you attach them gives their final length.

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  73. Hi,
    What do you mean by "Yo 2x" at the start of the pattern?
    Thanks

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    1. It is the beginnings of the Triple/Treble crochet stitch. Here is how you make the stitch:
      1.Yarn over hook twice, then insert hook into next stitch.
      2.Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch - (there are four loops on the hook).
      3.Loop yarn over hook and draw through two loops, (there are now three loops remaining on the hook).
      4.Yarn over hook and draw through two loops.
      5.Again, loop yarn over hook and draw through the last two loops on the hook (there is now one loop remaining.)
      6.This completes one treble crochet.

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  74. Andrea I would just love to tell you thank you sooo much! I started a circle journal group with my friends on facebook so they all could get to know each other too...and I am the one the journal comes back to each time, and the one that sends it out each time. Every time I send this journal to one of my friends I am including a scarf which is made with LionsBrand Homespun Yarn and they are simply gorgeous!! I am not sure who the haters are but this really is a lovely pattern. It is soo nice to sit and watch tv and not have to count stitches etc. as you do with a more complicated pattern. Simply yet elegant and beautiful...my life's motto! Thank you! PEACE!

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  75. Hi.
    I am new to crocheting. I am using a bulky weight yarn and was going to do dc instead of tc. Do I need to still chain 4 at the end of the row or just 3?

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    1. Just chain 3 at the end of each row and you're set!

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  76. Hi... am just learning knitting and crochet... I don't understand this hook sizes... I have steel hooks ranging from 1 mm to 3 mm... So 11mm hook used for this project is in which metric.. Which steel hoook can i use for this. Please help

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    1. The hook is very large and it is usually plastic. The 1-3mm steel hooks will be much too small and are usually best for lace. I think this project would be good for you to learn crochet, and you might consider asking for a little help from the folks at your local yarn shop!

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  77. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  78. Thank you. I made this scarf.....just as easy as you said. My daughter now wants it!!!

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  79. It took me the longest time to see what was funny about the photo. I didn't look at the background until you explained it!

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  80. Love the scarf and the pattern! Thanks for posting!

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  81. 1st 2013 posting! :-) I love your patterns! There are so many out there that "blah blah" patters to death and they become too difficult and frustrating to try! Keep on sharing, they're great!

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    1. Why do we tend to think complicated and time consuming projects are more "worthy" gifts? Sometimes simplicity is elegant in and of itself! This pattern is quick and very rewarding for those of us who like to finish a project before we get frustrated or bored. Plus, more finished projects = more gifts = more happiness to spread = happy me!

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  82. I read the pattern and I already know this is a fast way to make a nice scarf.

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  83. Great quick project, thank you for sharing.
    What in the world is wrong with a chiropractic table?!

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  84. I cannot believe that anyone thought that those pics were offensive anyway! Takes all kinds to make the world. Thanks for this lovely pattern.

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  85. LOL* I didn't even look at the background. Perhaps someone is trolling just to cause disruption or keep your patterns from being so popular. I absloutely love this pattern and it's so fast to do. I passed on the fringe and just did a simple border of 3 rows in solid color. Keep up the good work, and if you want to use an outhoyser biffy to display, you will not offend me. Gotta keep prayin' for the haters. Love ya!

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  86. Hi. guess I can't be offended by the photo.....want to tell me what I'm looking at? If those are butt cheeks.....well, someone has a nasty rash. thanks? A.Camp

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    1. Love it. Have to admit I thought the same and just had a giggle after the second take. So good to have easy fast patterns. Thanks..Got really inspired.

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  87. Wow, sorry to hear people don't know vinyl from flesh... ridiculous.

    Cute scarf :)

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  88. I have made several of the DC scarves since running across the pattern on your blog and I love them! This is such a simple pattern and wanted to thank you for sharing it with us. CB

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    1. I am using a,10mm hook two strands and a little confused. I chained 12 then went in 3rd from hook (the variation pattern) DC in each stitch across to end. Then do I still check 4 and turn or do I change 3 and turn? Also which stitch do I go in the very next on to the turning chain or skip over one..how many doubles will I have across counting my turning chain..at my base row now I have 10. It doesn't look right. Thanks. Kim

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