The Four Seasons Scarf was a long awaited kit that I received from Annie’s Hook & Needle club. I had first seen this project even before I decided to join the club as it was advertised on their web page. I had always thought it was a beautiful scarf. So you can imagine my excitement upon opening it, I was anxious to crochet!!
The kit is an intermediate pattern that will require an F hook and tapestry needle from my supply. Annie’s Hook & Needle club provided two skeins of light worsted weight purple yarn in unmarked labels and two sets of instructions, as usual one in knitting and one in crocheting.
The pattern itself calls for three speciality stitches the Picot (Picot), Single Crochet decrease (Single Crochet Decrease) and Triple Picot (Triple Picot) inaction to the basic stitches of the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), single crochet (The Single Crochet), double crochet (The Double Crochet) and half double crochet (Half Double Crochet).
Once completed, the scarf really is breath taking with a design that is original and unique. I wore it to church the first Sunday morning after crocheting it and was given many compliments. The highest compliment of all of course, occurred the following week when a lady had brought some yarn and asked me to please make her one. (picture below)
The scarf is crocheted by attaching several motif’s together and then by crochet an elaborate edging around the strip. The end results is a very lacy, famine pattern.
When doing this pattern I will caution you, please do not have any distractions around, as the pattern is complicated and was hard for me to follow. I had to give it my full attention, especially when crocheting the edging. There was some sections of the pattern I had to read through a few times to understand fully.
Secondly, if I had to do this kit again I would take the time to roll the skeins into balls since the yarn, although really pretty, tangled very easily. I believe by rolling it into a ball first should solve that problem.
Lastly, I would suggest using stitch markers. It did help with knowing where to crochet. You also might want to keep in mind, that this was not a project that could be crocheted quickly, it was a two week project for me. But as we all know, that will depend upon your crochet speed and the time you have to crochet each day.
I would like to say, even though I really love the scarf and plan on wearing it often, I am rating this kit a 6. The pattern is receiving a 3 out of 5, mostly because of the difficulty in following it. The yarn was rated a 1 out of 3 because of the unmarked labels and the fact that I had to stop several time to untangle it. Finally I am giving 2 points for the category related – to repeating the pattern for a future project. The fact that I have already crocheted two scarfs at the time of this posting so that gives a total of 6 for the Four Seasons Scarf.
I will admit that the second time through was a more enjoyable experience for me, as I had worked out the problems that I was having with first time. The triple picot was a new stitch for me, and I love learning new stitches. Especially ones as pretty as that one.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this project. Maybe it was easier for you than it had been for me. But either way, I am sure you will be happy with the end results.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.