Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 226 and Simplicity

I've made 225 neck and cold weather accessories this year alone. I'm no expert, but I think I have some measure of experience that can stand behind me. If nothing else, this much I've learned:

Simple is usually better.
Also, cowls always look better with a twist!

Which of the scarves I've made are the most attractive to me? Plain ribbing. Plain mesh. Simple shells. A nice flat canvas with a nice color or color palette will always make anyone look their best! Sure you have unique things that look great and outlandish things that look great, but those may or may not appeal to everyone. Simple stitches are the common denominator for many of the best designs.

For this cowl or scarf (just make it longer and don't sew it up!)

Any yarn you choose.
Any needle that feels right with the yarn.
Tapestry needle for ends.

Chain any odd number.
The only row: Single crochet into the second stitch from hook. *DC into the next stitch, SC into the next stitch* until only one stitch remains from the previous row, DC into the last stitch.

For a cowl, sew the beginning to the end. For a faux moebius, sew the beginning to the end but make a half twist before you begin. For a scarf, keep working until you're happy with the length!

Sew in any free ends.

This is a very long lived stitch that will be found in absolutely every stitch dictionary everywhere! Some call it seed stitch, some sand stitch, some call it something totally random. Any way you look at it, it's simple, but not boring and very classy.

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