Friday I dropped off the scarf that I crocheted for a student from Sandy Hook. Some generous person or company donated green and white yarn for knitters and crocheters to make scarves, to make something comforting and snuggly.
I wasn’t sure at first what to do. It was almost like the simple scarf was too big a task. Friends made a few suggestions, one being a scarf with pockets on the ends. Then I found a pattern to make the scarf look like an alligator.
I kept going Google image searches looking for something that really called to me. Eventually I found this pattern. A stitch called an Angel Stitch. Perfect.
It’s a variation of a puff stitch, one I hadn’t done before. I printed out the directions and took my yarn up with me at Christmas. By then, I was just about finished all the pressing projects and could devote a bit of time to this one. I could not work out the stitch from the printed instructions at all. I kept trying, doing a few rows, but they never worked. Again, and again, I would pull out the stitches. It was so frustrating not to understand the words. I knew what she was describing, but my stitches didn’t look like her images.
Eventually, I was able to watch the video she had made, and was finally able to get the stitch to look right. I still think I have an extra yarn over after drawing up a loop, but that’s not really important, is it? The final outcome looked right – like little angels with halos.
Even with changing yarn, it worked up pretty quickly. Well, once you got a hang of drawing the hook through eight loops without dropping any or catching any stray threads. I enjoyed working the scarf. Each color band was a different width, keeping track of the second half was a little challenge, but not as bad as it could have been. I just ticked off each band as I finished the rows it needed.
A little bit of weaving in the ends and it was done. I followed the pattern’s creator and didn’t put a fringe on, though there was a little bird on my shoulder questioning if I should do something to “finish” it more formally than just tying off.
Anyway. Here it is all done, lying on the car seat as I was sitting in the car right in front of the store where they are collecting the scarves. A lovely store, and one I would love to visit again. They are doing a “Lunch and Learn” to to squares for an afghan, one square a day and then at the end, how to assemble them all. I wish I worked closer!
As I was ready to pull away, I noticed that the tree in front was yarn bombed! With Christmas decorations! Totally cool!