So Friday evening a little voice says,
"Mummy I really like your scarf."
"Yes.......do you have any more wool?"
"I have some why?"
"Hummmm yes I have."
"Oh,........how easy would it be to make me a scarf like yours, but smaller, pinker, with a white edging and fringing on the end?"
"I do not know, why, would you like me to make you one?"
"Yes pleaseeeeees Mummy"
Well, who could resist a request like that? So this is how I went about making Sophie's crochet scarf. I needed to make the proportions smaller than for my scarf so we decided to create just two rounds of pink for each square and then add a row of single crochet in white around each of the square.
I used a soft acrylic wool and some that I had left over from making the crochet baby blanket. I made a total of 18 squares, pale and bright pink wool was used. Made most of those Friday night then finished them off Saturday afternoon. I blocked the squares on a board over night. My squares still do not always look like they have been blocked. Not sure exactly why not, but there you go.
During Saturday afternoon I added a row of single crochet in white wool around each square. Then in the evening I stitched them all together and then Sophie tested the size for me. So far so good. Once Sophie had gone to bed I crocheted two rows of single crochet using white wool. I I then blocked it again over night. On Sunday I showed it to my little customer.
"Do you like it?"
"Oh yes Mummy it is lovely" (eagerly trying it on)
"Does it need anything else?"
"Hmmm, what about something on the ends?"
"OK, like what?"
"What about bits hanging down, you know like this scarf?" (dashes out to find the scarf that goes on her doll)
"Oh fringing on the ends?"
So I then began to find something that I could wrap the wool around to help me make the fringing all of the same length. To make the fringe blend in with the scarf I used three strands of wool, (one of each colour) wrapped it around my pin tin and then looped it through the holes created by the crochet edging.
I then trimmed the fringe to make sure that it was all the same length. A real Eye Candy Scarf which will be going to Brighton with us later in the week. This was fun to make and this is why I like my sewing, crafting etc, having the skills to be able to make something for my little girl that she has designed, enjoys wearing and is not mass produced. Draw backs? Sophie wants to learn how to crochet!! I think we shall tackle the knitting first!