Saturday, January 14, 2012

Things to Make: Big Button Scarf and 'About Crochet' Contest!

Are you familiar with the work of Dutch crochet designer Elisabeth Andreé?  If not you NEED to go check out her lovely blog, About Crochet!  She shares such amazing projects and patterns there!

She has been holding a fun crochet contest since December!  For the contest we were given three different stitch patterns to choose from, and were asked to make one of the following:  a scarf or shawl, a pair of fingerless gloves, or a cushion cover.

I knew the moment I saw the stitch patterns that I wanted to make a chunky Big Button Scarf!  The texture of the stitches just looked so cozy and elegant!

For this project I used Red Heart Boutique Midnight Yarn in Harvest Moon.  The yarn is super soft and has just a tiny bit of sparkle to it!  I LOVE this yarn!! So pretty!

I used a size N (9.00mm) hook, because I wanted the scarf to be light and stretchy, but still have that chunky texture!

I used the first variation of the chain-single crochet stitch pattern.  Here is the basic stitch:

chain-single crochet (

Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook and draw through the first loop on hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook (1 loop remains on hook).
The basic pattern for the first variation of the stitch can be found HERE.

I altered the basic pattern by basically doubling the width to 31 sts. The pattern I used looks like this:

Ch 31.
Row 1:  1 in the 3rd ch from hook, 1 ch, *sk 1 ch, 1 in the next ch, ch1*, repeat from * to * to end of row, end with 1 in the last ch, ch2,  turn.
Row 2:  1 into the first ch1 space, ch1, *1 in the next ch1 space, ch1*, repeat from * to * to end of row, end with 1 into the top of the turning ch2, turn.
Row 3 (and on):  Repeat Row 2.

I used an entire 2.5oz skein of yarn, and the final measurements for my scarf are approximately 9" wide by 33" long.  I added a BIG button (2" in diameter) to one of the corners of the scarf.

The great thing about this stitch is that it has a lot of I didn't even make a button hole!  I just pulled the button through the scarf itself...makes it very versatile!!

What do you think?

Go visit the blogs of the other contestants, and take a look at the other wonderful creations that have been made for this contest, by clicking HERE!