Ribbon scarf gone bad
First off, I had planned to write two more posts last week, but I was felled again by bronchitis plus allergies and asthma, and am just getting back on my feet with more steroids, cipro and an inhaler which I have not needed for nine years. I do not do well being idle and resting but that’s life. I hope this is it–I long to be well and active again. THE SCORE: Oak pollen, one billion; Candy, less than zero.
So a few years ago when I had time to go to a local needlework group every Monday (with lunch once a month) with a delightful group from about ages 12 to 90, I decided to try the ribbon scarves everyone was making. If you have not kept up with trending crochet, this “yarn” is a flat ribbon, one side of which has large loops along the edge. I made one for my sister-in-law while she was visiting from Minnesota and two more really l-o-o-o-o-ng ones. Well they were too long so one day I cut them in half and shared with my daughter. She handed hers to me the other day–it had come apart, which happens with this particular project from time to time if you miss a loop or do not secure the ends properly. Sooo, I decided I would make just one scarf from the two so it would be fluffier.
I wound the ribbon carefully (it still twisted as I crocheted) and placed it in a spread container and after looking at a slew of videos, came up with this. Fold over about five loops and run a size H crochet hook through these loops plus two more for a total of seven on the hook. This gives a nice finish to the starting end.
Carefully pull the last loop on the hook through the other six loops and then pull the next loop from the ball of ribbon through the loop on the hook. This secures your previous set of loops.
From now on work the crochet hook through every other loop. Pick up more loops on the hook for a total of seven, and repeat as before until you reach the end. The scarf will automatically curl into a ruffle. SECRET TECHNIQUE: I had to spin my bowl of yarn in one direction or the other to untwist as I worked. Most directions will tell you to pull the end of the ribbon through the loop on your hook and then tie a knot. Just make sure to secure the end or it may all come undone.
I also made another scarf for my neighbor for her birthday as she liked these scarves and does not crochet. She wanted a neutral color and I was lucky enough to find one lonely skein in a bin with super bright colors, pretty neutrals with a sparkly thread. Red Heart Boutique Ribbons is one brand. Check Hobby Lobby or WalMart. I may or may not have a photo of this one and am guessing, not. I tried the knit pattern on the label but prefer my crochet one.
So that’s my story for now. I hope to be back very soon to show you the progress on my current applique project. I am experimenting with different ways of making leaves. God forbid that I should make them all in the same manner–that would just be too flippin’ easy, eh? Till next time, may all of your projects be fun and successful.