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hudelei
« on: November 22, 2004 10:00:07 AM »

I was looking at scarves at the Urban Outfitters site the other day and came across what looked to me like the quickest scarf ever:

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=6194&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=77&iSubCat=88&iProductID=6194

I liked it and decided to give it a try, despite the fact it was clearly knit and not crocheted.

I crocheted a strip, and kept wrapping it around my neck to see how long it should be (Urban Outfitters kindly provided the dimensions of theirs, but I took no chances).  When I got to the point where I needed a buttonhole, I skipped two sc in the middle of the row, chaining two in that spot instead.  Then on the next row I sc into those chains, and that gap became the button hole.  I made a ruffly edge, attached the flower I made, and here it is:



The buttonhole seems to gape there because I wanted it to show in the picture.  It actually is behaving pretty well so far through the rigors of buttoning and unbuttoning.



The buttonhole side



The flower side

I would say if you were tempted to try to crochet or knit this for yourself (and something I'll keep in mind when I do my next one) is how much height the lacy edging will add to the thing.  I have a pretty short neck and so while I thought I had allowed for the edging, I had actually made the center portion just a few stitches too wide.  I sort of like how it looks on, but sometimes I look at it and think that little lace measurement problem has taken it from Urban Outfitters to Elizabethan.

The good news is that this is about an evening's work, and didn't take much yarn either.  I may make a few as stocking stuffers, since this choker scarf thing is so quick and a little different.
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Lara
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2004 01:22:39 PM »

that is lovely, i love the color. how did you make the flower?
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hudelei
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2004 02:03:44 PM »

You know, it's my default flower these days.  It's the same one I put on the muff and gave the steps for in the quickie tutorial I posted here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15988.0

The only difference is that on the muff I did only two rounds of petals and on the big one here I did  .... three?  four?  I just sort of kept going until it looked big enough to me.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2004 02:04:26 PM »

Very cute, I think Ill try to knit one.
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hudelei
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2004 02:08:43 PM »

I think it will probably look better knitted, truthfully.  I am SO going to learn to knit one of these days!
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2004 06:31:07 PM »

yeah i saw something kinda like that a couple weeks ago, i would have tried already but i dont know how to knit a button hole =/ but i intend to learn soon.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2004 06:34:37 PM »

yeah i saw something kinda like that a couple weeks ago, i would have tried already but i dont know how to knit a button hole =/ but i intend to learn soon.

You could always make a loop or two at the end instead of a buttonhole
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hudelei
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2004 06:45:12 PM »

I saw another one someplace recently that was just knitted in a circle and you pulled it over your head.  I guess you'd have to use either a good stretchy yarn or else make it a little bigger around the neck so you could stretch it over your head, but that would work too, I think.  Sort of like making a turtleneck without the rest of the sweater! 

Funny how sweater parts are in all of the sudden.  Just arms (armwarmers, shrugs) or just the neck. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2004 11:26:53 AM »

Great job of patterning, hudelei!  Thanks for posting it---I know a few long-necked gals who might like one.
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hudelei
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2004 04:40:54 AM »

Thanks, waterbaby!  I started another one last night (tooooo late, so it didn't get finished) and may leave the lacy bits on the edge off, or else use some shorter decoration.  I've got a short neck myself, and I think now that might be the way for me to adjust it rather than making the center strip smaller.  Hmmm.  Might try both ways and see, since it's easy.
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