*~*~Hi Crochet Pattern Central people!~*~*
For Christmas I got two beautiful skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. A few nights later, around two in the morning, lying awake in bed, I figured out what to do with them. I came up with the idea for this scarf. The Homespun, like actual homespun yarn, is so soft and beautifully variegated; it lends itself to making scarves. But the thing you need to know is, it needs to be knit/crocheted somewhat loosely, or you'll end up with a big tangled mess. Also, it tears easily, so be careful when you rip out stitches.
Of course, you can use a completely different type of yarn if you like. You can also switch up the braid and the number of ropes. You can make every rope a different color, or the whole thing the same color. You can take the same idea and shrink it to make a headband. And you can expand on the idea to make a huge braided blanket (but if you do, you HAVE to send me pictures). So, yeah, you've got options.
~~I hate to say it, but please don't use this pattern or any other pattern I make for commercial gain, cause I might want to. I do occasionally sell things and I take care not to use anyone else's patterns. I wouldn't feel right making money off hard work that wasn't my own. And I'd be miffed if someone did the same to me (because I so rarely do hard work).~~
Lion Brand Homespun yarn, size j/10 6mm hook
Note: I would suggest crocheting in the tails as you go (see end of post)
Base and rope one
1 dc into 3rd ch from hook (2 ch count as first st) and each ch across. -12 st.
2 ch 2, turn, skip first st, dc into each st across and into ch 2. -still 12
3 ch 2, turn, skip first st, dc into next 3 st.
4 ch 2 turn skip first st, dc into next 3 st (including ch 2). -4
Repeat row 4 for about 100 rows. Bind off. *NOTE: bind off loosely, you might end up having to rip out a few rows.*
1 on base, sl into 5th st from rope one (aka skip 4), ch 2, dc into next 3 st (including ch 2). -4
2 ch 2 turn skip first st, dc into next 3 st (including ch 2).
repeat row 4 for about 100 rows. DO NOT BIND OFF. Instead, make a big loop so you don't rip out stitches while you are braiding.
-Set aside and repeat these steps with the second yarn.
-Braid (see below)
-Adjust length of ropes as needed, making sure the braid is even and as loose or tight as you want it.
Check to see that the rope you did not bind off (rope 2) has the loop on the side of rope 1 (if not, add or rip out a row). It's as if you started a row on rope 2 and are about to continue it on rope 1 (because you are).
1 ch 4 dc into each st on rope 2.
2 ch 2 turn, skip first st, dc into each st across (including the 4 ch). - 12
3 ch 2, turn, skip first st, dc into each st across and into ch 2. Bind off.
-Repeat with other color
Sew in any leftover threads, and you're done!
I'm giving you two braid options. With whichever braid you choose, it's important to arrange the two pieces, one on top of the other, so that it switches every other color (e.g. green, brown, green, brown). And make sure you begin braiding with the rope on top going under and vice versa. (refer to the picture to help my convoluted instructions make sense).
-take the rope on the far left and weave through to other side.
-twist the two inner ropes.
-bring the outer rows in.
Note: Check every once in a while that you haven't accidentally switched braids (I write from experience).
Crocheting in your tails
I was working on some random project or other when I had a eureka moment. I realized that I could crochet in my tails as I worked and I wouldn't have to sew them all in at the end (which I can't STAND doing). Here's how you do it:
Hold your tail on the wrong side of your work and treat it like part of the next stitch. In other words, insert your hook into the next st, making sure it is under your tail. Yarn over and pull under your tail and through the stitch, continue on like normal. If you hold the tail with your left hand, you don't have to drape it over your hook every stitch.
Right side facing:
I made the tail red so you could see it more clearly
Wrong side facing:
This method is especially useful when you are switching colors, you can carry the yarn with you so you don't have those annoying strings in the back. However, you can see the thread through the stitches, especially if your work is loose. This won't be noticeable if either the row your working on or the row below is the same color as the tail.