In many ways, the current stay at home situation is easier for those of us who have hobbies, especially if those hobbies are usually done at home. As you know, I generally sew clothes (rather a lot of them). But when the covid-19 situation first intensified, I couldn’t focus enough to sew. (I haven’t been able to focus enough to read a book either, but I hope that changes soon – I have many piles of books waiting for me). What I really needed was something repetitious that kept my hands (and mind) occupied while I watched Buffy/Angel with Clare.
A couple of years ago I sorted through my yarn stash, and gave a lot of it to Mum to keep for herself or to redistribute to charity knitting groups in her local area. But I didn’t get rid of everything – there’s still a tub (or two) left. I pulled out a skein of Noro Kureyon Sock yarn, found my crochet hooks, and trawled Ravelry for a pattern.
I wanted something that was more interesting than just doing rows of hdc or dc, but that was pretty much a single row stitch, without a right and wrong side. I happened up on The Fishermen’s Scarf by Mark Roseboom, a free pattern that’s available in multiple languages.
I didn’t make my scarf as wide as the pattern, not that I can remember how many chains I started with. I knew that I only had the single skein of yarn to work with and wanted to ensure that my scarf would have adequate length to wrap right around. To do this it needed to be narrower.
This is one of those situations where the yarn does most of the work for you. The colour changes that are built into it add interest and work well with the texture created by the stitch pattern.
I’d like to try this stitch again in a longer and wider version. It’s lovely and squishy, and a great scarf design for everyone. It also got me hooking again – I’ve got another scarf half finished, worked on a test for a crocheted hat, and have almost finished edging 24 crochet squares in readiness to join them into a rug.