Scarf Up Some Warmth for Yourself

Here in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, folks wear scarves mostly as fashion accessories. In Colorado, folks wear scarves to stay warm.

So I discovered when I went for the Winter photo shoot in early October, when the Front Range had an unreasonably—er, unseasonably—early snow.

And so it was that I found myself in front of a rack of scarves in a Fort Collins department store. Frozen. I reached out and touched a scarf hand-crocheted by someone somewhere (the uniqueness of crochet is such that engineers haven't figured out how to make a machine crochet. So any crocheted thing you see has been handmade.)

Of course, I couldn't buy it. Such is the burden of being a person known to make things out of yarn. You know what I'm talking about. (“So, did you make that? No? Why not? Don't you make things out of yarn?”). Whatever.

So I bought a fleece. And I soldiered through the shoot with my new fleece pulled up as high as it would go and my (hand-crocheted) hat pulled down as far as it would go. A scarf would have been nice.

A little look-see around the house when I returned home revealed several scarves lurking in closets and some right out in the open on a coat rack.

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I made these way back when I was a teen. I'm surprised actually that they're still around. The blue-striped scarf is acrylic, the brown striped is wool. They've held up pretty well.

Scarves were very long back then, and had to have fringe. As it happens, long scarves with fringe are back in this season, so I'd be groovin'—except that I discovered these in other people's closets, since I gave them away.

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Here on the left is a Manly Scarf I made for a book. It's a little too manly maybe. And it doesn't  belong to me.

And over on the right is a girly scarf—a lacy patterned confection I made to test out some bamboo yarn. (It's very similar to the Sweet Lorraine pattern—just do two repeats for a scarf). Lovely thing, but not so warm. It's a North Carolina scarf.

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On the left is the lovely Boteh Scarf, which actually belongs to my daughter.

And on the right is a scarf a friend knitted for me. I own this. I could have packed it.

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Really, scarves are no burden to make. They're pretty fun. They can let you test out new stitch patterns or a new yarn. And somewhere between the time you've mastered the stitch and the time you're sick of it, you will be done.

So, don't get caught in the cold. And don't let your friends and relatives get caught in the cold. Make a scarf or two or ten. They're easy, they're portable and they'll save both your neck and your reputation. No matter what they tell you, nobody can have too many scarves.

And if you're going somewhere that's likely to be colder than where you are: Pack a scarf already.

You'll find a pattern for the Pink Lady Scarf in the fall issue of Interweave Crochet—now on newsstands, if it's not already in your hands. And check out our bounty of scarf patterns online.  You'll find patterns for scarves skinny or fat, laceweight or chunky weight, swoopy or straight. One is just right for you or someone you know. And post pictures on CrochetMe—we love to see how you adapt patterns to make them your own.


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