Monday, 23 June 2014

Done! The Snowflake Scarf



And the Snowflake Scarf is finished!




(I promise it is not glow-in-the-dark green...but Blogger insists on uploading my perfectly normal aqua-teal-tiffany blue scarf  with these greenish highlights).





The idea was to make up a scarf with different types of snowflakes, to resemble MG as the "snowflake disease", that is - each and every person would differ in the presentation of their symptoms.  I ended up using  three snowflakes patterns, after realising that I just do not have the patience to figure out how to make all these different motifs fit together in a cowl.  So I hooked three separate strands, one per pattern, where I joined the snowflakes as I went along, and then I threw my hands in the air as I could not decided what to do next.  

(Okay, Blogger is going crazy)

I took it along to our Crochet-in Public event where I hoped to get good advice
(which, of course, I did).





A very good idea was to pre-join all the motifs with stitch markers, and I literally strung it around this cushion to keep everything in its place, with no twisting of the strands.  I positioned the snowflakes so that each loose point of the middle row flakes could join with two joined "arms" of the snowflake below or above.  Then starting from a random point, I literally hooked a chain, linking up and down between the nearest points, trying to balance it as equally as possible. 

(This is the absolute nearest to freefrom that I will ever get)




And then it worked!




I'm thinking of giving this one away at a MG group, and do another one, this time in a brilliant bamboo by One of a Kind yarns, in the same lovely colour.  Might make four or three strands then, but for now, I'm happy :-)

(Isn't it bloody difficult to take a selfie when you need to 'model' something? Eeeek, akward.)




Patterns used:

Lucy Croft's Frosted Flurry - Simply Crochet vol 13
Tuula Maaria's 2-row snowflake
Red Heart's Snowflake Ornament (with a slight change in the 2nd row)

Do you have a medical issue and has crochet helped you in any way?





11 comments:

  1. It looks like a really beautiful cowl. I love your inspiration and I think it totally worked to use just three different snowflake patterns. Still some variety but also cohesive in design. Lovely.

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  2. Dear Stel. You make a wonderful model. I really like those pictures of you and what an excellent project. Wow! Love every snow flake. Looks so fiddely... I'm not sure I would have patience for it. Well done you!
    Saw that your sister bought the Nordic Shawl pattern and wrote her back immediately to say hi to you! HA ha ha! I hope she will enjoy it and if she gets the chance I would love to see the result.
    Xxx
    Annette

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    1. Thanks Annette! In the end, it wasn't that fiddly, but next time round I'll re-think the joins.

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  3. Oh this turned out so pretty, and I like the idea behind it as well! Have a lovely day : )
    Lynne

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  4. I love it, in fact I would like to make one. It looks great on you, suits your face.

    cheers
    fi

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  5. Absolute fabulous, Stel! Dit is vir my een van die mooiste projekte wat jy nog ooit gemaak het! Bxx

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  6. Oh I love the selfies. Awesome. The scarf is really pretty. I kind of like the green colours that aren't real too. Looks fabulous either way:-)

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  7. It's gorgeous and the pictures of you are a perfect model indeed, just lovely!

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  8. Now this is a very pretty thing, whatever colour it actually is!

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