Just have to show it off although I don't know yet what to think of it. This is pretty weird.
It started out as a Luna Lovegood scarf which I currently am making some to stock up for birthday presents. I had a thrifted skein of
caramel colored cotton, and it had this cardboard tube inside so I couldn't weigh it to see how much yarn I actually had. It looked like it was almost unused, but I was wrong. After one half of scarf, I ran out of color.
I tried to combine it with a
just as boring
lighter green. Hm, looked good. Looked kind of Lord of the Ring-ish. Okay, everything in earth tones lookes like it's elvish to me
So I thought after the first row, maybe I can make elvish leaves instead of shells.
Yes, I know, it's not a Mirkwood leaf, I think it's Lothlorien, but Mirkwood rhymes with Lovegood
At that point I was thinking if the pattern worked out, I could have leaves on both sides, but right now I am more thinking of letting the scarf be as it is, and using it as a reference piece for both patterns.
So here it is, my Luna Mirkwood scarf. It hasn't got a border, because I ran out of yarn on the brown side, and out of ideas on the green side. I might be trying something at the borders (I am open to suggestions here), but right now I am already pleased with it as it is:
I will post a pattern of the leaves later today.
Please comment, as this scarf confuses me - not my kind of color, not too happy with the connections between the leaves, but I am kind of stuck now. Any suggestions how to improve this thing? Rather not touch it any more?
And now: the pattern.
First, have a look at the wonderful Luna Lovegood scarf pattern from pinkleo:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238536.0
You can see that the scarf is made from two identical halves. This is what I used for the first half. I also did the first row of the second half in brown (only then realizing I was running out of this color), but one could try to make the scarf half-half, or even take a third color for the middle grid.
For the leaves I did this (in green)
Like the 2nd row of the Luna Lovegood scarf
ch3, turn, work 2dc in first dc, (ch4, skip 4dc, in next dc work 5dc), Repeat () until last dc, in last dc work 3dc
(ignore my fancy ending of the rows, I always do it "just somehow" if I have miscounted my initial chain stitches, let's just assume I had done it like the Luna Lovegood pattern says I should have)
ch3, turn, dc in next dc, repeat *ch3, hdc, ch3, leaftop*, end with half a leaftop
leaftop: make a dc, but end up with two slings on the hook, make another dc, end up with two slings again, make another, and this time finish all slings
(I am still thinking of cleverer ways to get the leaf shape, but this one was the first that worked)
Aw, tiny leaves!
For stacking another line of leaves on top of the first, go on with
Repeat *sc, ch, sc, ch6, skip 7*
The ch will come to rest on top of the leaftop, the two sc go into the leaftop stitch and one next to it
for more leaves, repeat 2nd-4th row
Phew, my first pattern that I wrote in English! I hope I got everything right, tell me if you find mistakes or better solutions.
And here another one of the finished scarf to show the drape. Actually, the Lovegood half drapes a lot better because it's sturdier, the Mirkwood half just crumbles.
But the two colors make a nice effect together.