Stepping Into Crochet
After purchasing my first crochet hook and learning the basic stitches, it was time to practice. As they say, “practice makes perfect”. The first project I completed was a funeral shroud for my cat Christine. Morbid, but true. I took pictures, but doubt you want to see my dead kitty, so you’ll just have to skip out on viewing my first crocheted creation. It was made entirely of single crochet and by the time it was finished, I felt I had mastered the technique. It was time to practice double crochet. I decided a simple scarf would be easy enough.
I was working on this scarf during one of my weekly visits to g-ma’s when she asked me what I planned to do next. I told her that I had been giving it a lot of thought, but as of yet hadn’t come up with anything solid. I didn’t want to just learn another technique. I wanted to do a prayer shawl, but couldn’t figure out how to create one on my own. G-ma’s response? “Why don’t you just look it up on the internet? You know you can find tons of videos and patterns.” Let me tell you folks, it’s utter humiliation when your 80-something year old grandma schools you in the use and benefits of the internet. I hadn’t even thought of it. Oh the shame… ha… ha… ha…
I spent that evening scouring the internet for my next crochet project. I wanted something that was easy, but involved more than just single & double crochet. After reviewing loads of patterns I settled on a Simple One Skein Wrap from Caron. This is a free pattern that I have seen reproduced on several sites such as favecrafts.com and allfreecrochet.com so I think it should be okay for me to post it here. I am still new to the legalities of what I can and cannot post on this website and will remove it if it turns out that I am not allowed to post it. If anyone does know the rules for re-posting free information on the web, please let me know in the comments below, thanks.
Moving on… I picked this pattern for three reasons. It was beautiful, it was labeled “EASY”, and I had just bought Caron One Pound yarn in off-white on sale at Wal-mart. However, if you are a beginning crocheter, please wait before diving into this pattern. It was NOT easy! I don’t know if it is how the pattern is written, if it is mislabeled as “easy” when it really should be “intermediate” or “difficult”, or if I just simply picked a project that was too far above my skill level, but I was so frustrated with the pattern that my g-ma actually had to complete first and then show me how to do it. And, just so you know, even my g-ma struggled with this pattern. Thus, as it turns out, this is not a good choice for a beginner.
Simple One Skein Wrap
Image courtesy of caron.com
Finished Measurements: Wrap measures approximately 24″/61cm wide x 68″/172.5cm long
Crochet Hook: N/15 or 10 mm hook
Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Materials: 1 skein of Caron One Pound (454 g/16. oz;742 m/812 yds), pictured in Cream #0589 (you can use any color you like)
Gauge: In pattern, 3 pattern repeats = 16″/40.5cm and 7 rows = 8″/20.5cm.
Note: One pattern repeat forms one “wave”,
and includes one dc7tog, 6 tr, and the ch-1 sps between them.
1. Wrap is worked horizontally (lengthwise).
2. For a longer or shorter wrap, work more or fewer beginning chains in multiples of 12. Each multiple of 12 will lengthen or shorten the wrap by about 2″/5cm.
3. For a wider or narrower wrap, work more or fewer repeats of Rows 2 and 3.
Stitches used: Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), single crochet (sc), treble crochet (tr)
dc2tog: Double crochet 2 together—[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.
dc3tog: Double crochet 3 together—[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yarn over and draw through 4 loops on hook.
dc4tog: Double crochet 4 together—[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 4 times, yarn over and draw through 5 loops on hook.
dc7tog: Double crochet 7 together—[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 7 times, yarn over and draw through 8 loops on hook.
Ch 159 loosely.
Row 1: Dc3tog working over 4th ch from hook and next 2 ch, ch 1, [tr in next ch, ch 1] twice, (tr, ch 1, tr) in next ch, [ch 1, tr in next ch] twice, ch 1, *dc7tog over next 7 ch, ch 1, [tr in next ch, ch 1] twice, (tr, ch 1, tr) in next ch, [ch 1, tr in next ch] twice, ch 1; repeat from * to last 4 ch, dc4tog over last 4 ch, turn—13 pattern repeats.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next ch-1 sp, [dc in next tr, dc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, dc in next tr, *dc2tog over next 2 ch-1 sps (skipping the dc7tog in between), [dc in next tr, dc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, dc in next tr; repeat from * across to last ch-1 sp, dc2tog over last ch-1 sp and last dc3tog, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, sk first dc2tog, dc3tog over next 3 dc, ch 1, [tr in next dc, ch 1] twice, (tr, ch 1, tr) in next dc, [ch 1, tr in next dc] twice, ch 1, *dc7tog over next 7 dc, ch 1, [tr in next dc, ch 1] twice, (tr, ch 1, tr) in next dc, [ch 1, tr in next dc] twice, ch 1; repeat from * to last 4 dc, dc4tog over last 4 dc, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 24″/61cm wide (or to desired width). Fasten off.
Cut remaining yarn into strands 14–16″/35.5–40.5cm long. Holding 2 strands together, fold fringe in half. *Insert crochet hook from WS to RS in side edge of wrap, pull fold through, insert ends into fold and pull tight against edge; repeat from *, working across side edge. Repeat across other side edge.
Knotted Fringe (Optional)
Draw one end of the 2 strands all the way through the piece, folding the strands in half, until all 4 ends are even, tie an overhand knot about 1″/2cm from side edge.
I chose to do the regular fringe and with g-ma’s help it took me about a week to complete. It turned out beautifully! Thus far, everyone who has seen it loves it and I hope you do too! By the way, I was so excited to get into this pattern that I never finished the double-crochet scarf. This shawl ended up being my second crocheted creation and my first major crocheted project. And boy was it ever a “project”! Whew…
My Simple One Skein Shawl
Close up of pattern
Close up of fringe & pattern