Vice Versa Scarves
by Even Howard
It has occurred to me that while we often play Santa or other generous holiday characters we rarely play Cupid to anyone but our most favorite person. I designed these ‘One and The Other’ scarves to be a quick and personal gift for a favorite couple. Now you may be thinking “But I’m in my favorite couple.” That’s just fine too, but I encourage you to share the love this Valentine’s Day by planning a surprise for a couple you admire or a pair of best friends.
These scarves are worked in a simple pattern of chains and single crochet: easy but substantial. They’re so distinctly non-lumpy that knitters will wonder what they’re missing. One is wider with four main colors and four accent colors. The Other is a bit thinner and reverses the color scheme. I was inspired by Japanese newlyweds who often wear harmonizing outfits to emphasize their new togetherness. So in celebration of people who aren’t afraid to color-coordinate with each other I give you Vice Versa!
- Eight skeins of worsted weight yarn of any soft kind. (92meters/50grams per skein) Choose four main colors for One and four main colors for The Other, making sure they coordinate for use as accents too. (Of course you can adapt the stripes to any combination/number of colors you choose.)
Size F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook
One: 17cm x 174cm, The Other: 13.5cm x 174cm
21st/10cm (4in), 17rows/10cm (4in) in pattern (sc1, ch1)
This pattern uses US notation
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
The Very Simple Pattern:
One (shown on Peter)
Foundation Chain: Working with one of your four main colors (darker is better for keeping clean-looking edges) Ch 35. Ch 2 for turning and turn.
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook (working into both loops). (Ch 1, skip 1 ch of foundation chain and sc in next ch) repeat to end. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 2: Skip 1 sc and sc into space under chain of previous row. (Ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next chain space) repeat to end. The last single crochet goes into the small space between the turning chain and the sc next to it (see note on edges). Ch 2 and turn.
Row 3 and onward: Continue as for Row 2, changing colors as desired (see note on changing colors). I generally change colors after an odd number of rows are worked. When you reach a halfway point stop and begin working on The Other. This way you can plan your colors evenly and use them all up simultaneously as you finish both scarves.
The Other (Shown on Even)
Foundation Chain: Working with a main color of alternate color scheme (start with darker again) Ch 27. Ch 2 for turning and turn.
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook. (Ch 1, skip 1 ch of foundation and sc in next ch) repeat to end. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 2: Continue as for One, changing main colors to accent colors and visa versa.
A few last thoughts:
The fabric made by this stitch is textured but even, and would be great for embellishing with embroidery, appliqué, or other fun attachments. If you need some stripe inspiration I suggest Tibetan woven aprons (earthy colors with a few brighter oranges, greens, and blues); Ralph Lauren’s spring muffler collection (bright nautical colors with white in wide stripes); or whatever is soft and lurking in your stash. These scarves are really easy to work so do have some fun and take some time to make them personal. Oh, and for the record, I gave these scarves to my little brother and his lovely girlfriend, just in case you thought I was kidding about that share the love part and keeping them for myself.
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