Hello Crochet Friends!
Cyndi here, and I am happy to report that (just like Tiff said it would) my daily practice has been paying off.
My foundation chain has really improved, the rows are lining up evenly and I haven’t had to unravel to fix mistakes nearly as much.
In addition to working on my stitching skills, my crochet story this week is all about weaving.
If you are a visitor to my YouTube channel, Sugar Joye, you might have noticed I have posted a few videos featuring craft and crochet selections from my vintage 1973 Woman’s Day magazine collection.
And it was a feature on “weaving crochet” in the February issue that inspired me to give it a try.
But alas, when I turned to page 157 for instructions they were only available by mail for fifty cents.
So, since the mailroom at Woman’s Day is lost to time, I have been having fun figuring out how to design a weaving pattern and how to streamline the weaving process all on my own.
I went all in with this scarf and decided instead of just weaving into just a few spaces I would try a vertical four color pattern using all of the chain spaces.
I used a total of five different colors of yarn, but I am thrifty at heart and I used leftover yarn and the same color scheme as several of my prior projects.
And as someone commented across one of the Daisy Farm Crafts social channels, using weaving as a way to use up extra yarn is a great idea.
This project took me approximately six to eight hours of crochet time and the weaving took about 4 hours.
Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yds/ 333 m)
4 skeins; 1 skein each Aran, Gold, Aruba Sea, Black
Caron One Pound (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198g, 364 yds/ 333 m, 4 weight worsted)
1 skein Terra Cotta
Size H/5.5 mm hook, metal tapestry needle, scissors
4 feet (48 inches, 120 centimeters) long x 7 inches (20 centimeters) wide
Single Crochet (SC) – Insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Slip Stitch (SL ST)
With Aran, chain 22.
ROW 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from hook, work slip stitch (SL ST) into each chain across the row. CH 1 and turn. (21)
ROW 2-3: Work SL ST into each back loop of previous row. CH 1 and turn after each row. (21)
ROW 4: Work 1 SC into the first stitch from previous row. Work 1 SC into each stitch across. CH 1 and turn. (21)
ROW 5 – 140: Repeat row 4. (Work more rows if you want your scarf longer or if it isn’t quite 4 ft.)
ROW 141-143: SL ST into the back loop of each st across the row. CH 1 and turn at the end of each row. (21)
At the end of row 143, turn and CH 14.
*Turn and work 1 SL ST into each chain back toward edge of scarf. SL ST into each of the next 2 sts. CH 14 and repeat from *. Secure last stitch with a slip stitch, tie off and weave in ends.
Repeat on the other end by finding the first chain at the bottom corner of the scarf, pull up a loop and CH 14.
Take a minute to examine where the spaces between the stitches are in the scarf. It might be helpful to think of it as a needlepoint canvas. The weaving happens in the spaces between the stitches.
I found completing the weave of one color at a time worked really well.
To measure the length of yarn you’ll need for each row of weaving, measure the scarf’s length (4 ft) plus an additional 2 feet.
For example the first color has 3 rows of weaving next to each other. I measured and cut enough yarn (18 ft) to complete all three rows.
For me, I found that three rows of yarn on the needle was a comfortable amount to manage any more than that led to tangles.
The trickiest part of weaving is anchoring the yarn so that it doesn’t come loose and hiding the ends of the yarn so it looks nice and neat.
In general, the idea is to weave in the end, work the needle through the center of the anchor loop to secure and continue working the needle carefully through the center of the yarn for one or two inches to hide the end. Clip and gently pull into place.
Weaving Color Pattern
On the finished scarf identify and count out 21 chain spaces along the first row of SC.
Weave in the colors in the following numbered spaces:
Black weave in Rows: 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 19, 20, 21
Aruba Sea: 4, 9, 13, 18
Gold: 6, 7, 15, 16
Terra Cotta: 5, 8, 14, 17
If you are a visual learner (like me!) I made a video demonstrating the process. It’s actually much easier than it sounds.
I am finding weaving to be a unique and fun way to add color and pattern to simple crochet.
For next week, I’m working hard to incorporate the fringe and weaving for a matching hat.
We talked about my idea on Crochet Sister Chat last week, and I think we will continue to brainstorm ideas on how to construct my design idea with weaving.
Come and join us! Tiff and I chat for about 45 minutes on the Daisy Farm Crafts Youtube channel each Wednesday around 10 a.m. Arizona Time. Or you can watch the replay and ask us questions in the comments.
Thank you so much for stopping by, be sure and keep scrolling for the free printable PDF.
Cyndi, aka Sugar Joye
Click here or image below for pattern.