Sunday, February 20, 2011

My 1st Crochet Scarf

Just tonight, I whipped out my first scarf.....and I don't think I made any mistakes.  Woo hoo!!  I think it took me about 2 hours but my right hand kept going numb, so I took a lot of breaks.  I need to relax more, I think.  lol


Last week, I decided to take a beginner crochet class, just to make sure I hadn't developed any bad habits and to get some questions answered.  I taught myself to crochet by watching You Tube videos about 3-4 weeks ago and as a result, have struggled reading some patterns. Turns out, I'm making it harder than it is.



Well, that isn't surprising, considering I just found out:


1.  I am using one of the most difficult crochet needles/brands (but it is best for preventing carpel tunnel!)

2.  I was using one of the most difficult yarns.

Why not make the patterns more difficult?  lol    

So here is my first little scarf.  A "Ruffles Scarf".  Instructions here:



I did change yarns to one she recommended - Caron Simply Soft, which I found on sale at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.  It is even cheaper online at Herrshner's  ($1.99 at Herrshner's versus $3.79 regular price at Jo Ann's!)



This is SO soft, I love it.  I am hoping to make some fingerless gloves or wristlets to wear with it.  Sometimes sitting here at the computer, my hands get a little cold and some soft gloves would be great.

I am so happy I learned to crochet - I truly love it.  Exciting to look at projects that are available!

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31 comments:

  1. Wow, that colour works perfect with the pattern. I had NO idea that it was more difficult to use one hook vs another, I just know that I prefer metal hooks to plastic ones! I haven't see Caron yarn where I live, but I really like Bernat Satin yarn, it's nice and soft too.

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  2. Well done, it looks fab! I find my right hand hurts after an hour or so of crochet, and when I think about it, I find I'm clutching the hook like someone is trying to wrestle it away from me! I have to make a conscious effort to relax that hand.

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  3. Adorable! You may have inspired me to dig out my hooks and get to work!

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  4. It's pretty! I think I'll give that pattern a try.

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  5. Great job on the scarf! I'm impressed for your first try! I've knit before and I tried to crochet, but I was horrible. I think you can either do one or the other. Can you knit also?

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  6. It turned out great. I'm your newest follower. I'm throwing my first link party today (Monday) it would be great if you would stop by and share your project.
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  7. Thank you so much for joining the More The Merrier Monday Linky Party. Be sure to come back next week. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  8. Wow, sister....the first of any of my projects are a mess. Great job.
    xo,
    Sena

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  9. It really turned out great! I love to crochet and would like to try to make one of these! Love the color, too! ♥

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  10. I learned to crochet about 30 years ago from a little old lady who came to our very small 4 room school (I lived way out in the country!) once a week to teach us girls how to crochet while her husband taught the boys basic woodworking skills. She didn't know how to read patterns so I eventually figured that part out by myself. I love this scarf and have never made one like that. I will have to give it a go. Your scarf turned out great! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  11. YAY! I love it! Can't wait to see what else you make! Thanks for stopping by and linking up at The Little Birdie Blog! :)

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  12. OOOH! Totally fabulous!!! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  13. Very pretty! Great job! I am always amazed by people who crochet! I so don't get it! lol
    Thanks so much for linking up!

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  14. It is CUTE! Good Job! :)

    ~Liz

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  15. Your scarf turned out beautifully. I know what you mean when you say you love to crochet. I love it so much too. For me it's a great way to relax or spend a boring evening.
    Keep crocheting and sharing your projects with us!

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  16. I've done that pattern before, it's fun and fast. Yes if you're hand is going numb you're too tense.

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  17. I love it! I am always so impressed with this kind of skill...and patience! :-) Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week~
    Vanessa

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  18. Simply Soft is a nice yarn to work with, and it looks wonderful for this scarf---the slight shine is so pretty! Crocheting does get easier on the hands as you go along and learn to relax, except that then you tend to do it for longer so it starts hurting your hands again...it's a vicious and crafty cycle!

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  19. I'm impressed! You've encouraged me to learn!

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  20. You did great! I am a knitter it has always been my love, but can crochet when I have to!

    Great Job!

    nancy

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  21. This is really very pretty.

    I am stopping by from Sweet Sautrdays at JustCrafty Today, come check out the card I made :) http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/2011/02/purrfect-friend-card.html

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  22. This is awesome! I am still trying to get my first scarf finished! Awesome!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

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  23. What a pretty scarf and congrats on doing it yourself! You will have to share the gloves if you decide to make them! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  24. I just don't have the patience to crochet. Kudos to you for trying it! :)

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  25. That scarf is really cute! I've just recently started crocheting myself and am pumping out hats for my 6-month-old baby girl. :)

    Found you through Not Baaad Sunday and am your newest follower! Stop by my blog sometime--I'd love to have you as a follower, too! There are also two giveaways going on that I would love for you to check out. :)

    morrowsunshine.blogspot.com

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  26. Hope I've not said this already but I'm in the same boat. Self taught by youtube and my hand goes numb too. Bookmarking this one!

    You did great!

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  27. I love this scarf! In fact, I just made one and did a post on it with a link back to you! I'd love you to come see:
    http://sittingatourkitchentable.blogspot.com/2011/05/ruffled-crochet-scarf.html
    Thank you for sharing this...it was fun to make!

    Amy

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Thanks so much for your lovely comments!