The "Simple" Scarf

A little while ago I spotted a crescent-shaped scarf/shawl and fell in love; ever since I have been chomping at the bit to design one. This couldn’t be all that difficult, could it? Little did I realize what I was getting myself into!

This adventure began at the beginning of March. I decided that I wanted to have a curved ridge to mimic the crescent shape and to give it a more modern look. Then, since I have also fallen in love with gradient color schemes, I chose to use Michael’s Loops & Thread Woolike yarn in ivory, beige, and cool gray with just one row of charcoal to strongly define the edge. Seemed like a plan to me. Ha!

I am now on the third version of this scarf. (Amazingly, the yarn did hold up to all my frogging.) At first I tried to figure this out by myself and failed miserably. Then I found a free crescent pattern to give me some guidance, but after a few rows I didn’t like the extreme “U” shape it was taking, so that was frogged. Then I tried my own version, but that turned out too straight. Finally I came up with what I have now, and I think it’s going to be all right. Up to this point my designs have been very simple, so I just wasn’t ready for one to give me such a fight!

There are still two problems, though. 1) It seems that when you start a crescent shaped scarf with a short neck row, you end up with a separately curved neckline from the body of the scarf (see photo below). This has happened to me three times now. I’ve seen a video where this was mentioned, but I also saw a photo of a full crescent shawl without this problem, so I’m not sure if it’s just me or not. I am hoping that I can correct this with an inside edging of some sort. 2) I wasn’t thinking clearly enough to realize that on some row ends I had three stitches and some I had four. The four makes a little bump-out that I don’t want (see top of photo below). I can easily correct this in the written pattern, but I am hoping again that I can correct this with the inside edging of some sort. (Insert deleted expletive of your choice here.)

I have one or possibly two more sets of the three-color bands to go, and then to come up with my miracle edging. But I won’t give up on the scarf/shawlette after this one is done, because I saw such wonderful designs while researching this project that I’ll just have to keep on going!

P.S. – If anyone knows of a solution to the wonky neckline, PLEASE let me know. I will be forever in your debt.

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Debbie Pribele ...

wow… first of all, it’s beautiful. Love the colours.
And you deserve an award for perseverance! Wish I could help you out but I have no ideas. I will, however, put this in the Weekly Brief Newsletter and see if we can find someone who has an option for you.

Nova55 ...

Thank you! I’d love to find out what I’m doing wrong with that neckline.

Nova55 ...

I definitely looked at these when I was researching, and yes, both are the shape I want. The Pico Bandito scarf pattern states “block vigorously”, which is very worrisome! I chose not to follow the Mezzaluna design because it was so different from the stitches I was using – but it certainly has the smooth neckline I’m looking for. This is the one I have loosely based mine on – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/desperately-seeking-shallow-sc-crescent

Debbie Pribele ...

they are so lovely
I wish I could help you.
For me when I have a situation that I don’t like, with the crocheting, I do some experimenting, trying the stitch in a number of ways, to find the effect I’m after.
(for example – if my row kept getting longer… what was I doing that created that and what could I do to not create it. For me, I want it to “work” more so than making sure that I’m doing it correctly. That’s probably re-inventing the wheel, but the process works for me. )

Nicole ...

Without starting over yet again, you will need to add a wedge shape border on each side. This will break both the ridge and ombre pattern you beautifully achieved, so probably not a satisfying solution.

Nicole ...

From the picture, It looks like you need more stiches in your turning chain in the first couple of rows. The longer the stitch, the more stiches you need to create a smooth transition, i.e. single crochet will need 3, double crochet 4, etc…
Also don’t worry about the directions to block aggressively. This only applies if you want to achieve a lacy effect. Look at the directions for the stitch count in the turning chain on a pattern with a stitch similar to the one you want to use.
Different row height will require different stitch count in the turning chain, so make a small sample, like a 10 stich chain and 5 or 6 rows including all the different stich repeats you plan to use in your project, to confirm the number of stiches at the end of each row is sufficient for a smooth transition.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

Nova55 ...

Debbie, I have no doubt that i should have experimented and worked at the pattern more before I plunged into making the scarf, but apparently there is a limit to my patience!
Nicole, I did see a pattern where the main part of the shawl was a quarter circle and wedges were designed for the two ends; but yes, this wouldn’t have worked with my design. However, the idea of more stitches in the turning chain did dawn on me about 20 rows into it. I believe that could very well be the answer, and I will be sure to work with that the next time!

RolySJ ...

What about adding a shawl collar?

Nova55 ...

Good idea! I am considering that, but I would like to make it so the collar thins out to an edging, because I’d like it to have the double duty of a scarf and shawlette. Perhaps I’m being a little too demanding, though, especially considering this is my first try at something like this!