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As I mentioned in my main blog, my Aunt Sheila sent me a box of yarn!

In addition to a thank-you note, I decided to also send her a scarf!

It works up very quickly.

If you know how to make a double and a single crochet, then you’ll be able to make this scarf!

Please note, I am using the standard naming conventions used in the United States.  In Europe and other parts other world the naming convention may be different!

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I used a lightweight 3-ply yarn and a size G/6, or 4.25mm hook.

The first row is all double crochet.

The general pattern in the second row is to skip one stitch, then crochet a double in the next four stitches. 

For the fifth stitch, yarn-over, just like a double crochet, then reaching backward to the first double, place the hook behind it (where you skipped one).  You pick up the yarn from the back, then pull the yarn to the front and through the loops on the hook, also like a double crochet.

The yarn will wrap around the other four stitches.

Huh?

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This is the “reverse”side of the scarf. If you look at one set of stitches you can see that one stitch wraps around the other four. 

It does not hook into the base of the next stitch!

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The next few rows alternate all doubles, or the pattern.

For this scarf there are seven rows , four all double and three of the pattern.

When you have a simple pattern like this, the alternating rows can allow the pattern to become distinct, even though the yarn is variegated.

The border is a row consisting of a basic single crochet, chain one repeat, followed by a row of all singles.

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That’s it!

Easy – Easy – Easy!

In case you’re wondering how I chose the crochet hook, there is a simple way to get some guidance on that, too!

The label on the skein of yarn provides washing instructions and other information including the recommended size for crochet hooks or knitting needles.

Since I don’t typically use this weight of yarn I just went with the recommended size. If you crochet a swatch or other small amount you can then decided if you want to change the size of the hook.

Did I say it was easy?  Oh, yeah – I did!

Stay tuned!  In a later post I’ll share what I  made with the yarn my aunt sent to me!

Happy Crocheting!

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I am finally participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post!  This week’s theme is Design.  Rather than posting from my main blog, Comments from Cathy, it seemed to fit the theme better if I posted from my crochet blog!

After all my Christmas crocheting my stash consisted of numerous small balls of yarn. I decided to use up as much as I could by making a laptop case for my new mini.

This design is my own. I hope you like it!  I’ve been known to make a variety of bags for different occasions.  This was is a bit different from the others because of the striping pattern and the variety of colors.

Here are the front and the back…

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The opening and the tie/closure.

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Here’s a close-up of the opening as the fabric is doubled.

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As far as the stripes…there’s a pattern that’s said to be pleasant to the eye.  It occurs in nature and is called the Fibonacci sequence.  Since I had varying lengths of yarn in my stash this seemed to be a natural choice!

The striping pattern is 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13, then decreasing (from 13 ) – 8 – 5- 3 – 2 – 1 – 1.

For the Math aficionados, add the preceding row to get the next result:

0 + 1 = 1

1 + 1 = 2

2 + 1 + 3

3 + 2 = 5 etc.

Because of the size of the case I stopped at 13 rows as far as the sequence. You can see this on the back side.

The last photo shows the case in action as I was in getting ready to use the netbook at the airport!

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If you’d like to know more about the Fibonacci sequences see Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number.

Happy Crocheting!