Time for the first ever Tournament of Stitches 2020 with Marly Bird. This is the crochet applied i-cord for the crochet version.
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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 10” wide, 86” tall
GAUGE: 13 sts x 18 rows = 4” [10 cm] in single crochet. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge. Exact gauge is not critical to this project.
Yarn: Sample was made with Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™ (100% wool, 3.5 oz / 100 g, 186 yd / 170 m)
- Color A: Dragon Fruit (1 ball)
- Color B: Linen (3 balls)
- Color C: Platinum (3 balls)
It is possible to choose any worsted weight yarn but I highly recommend that a solid color be used for color A and C, a long color changing or ombre yarn could be used for B if you wish.
Hooks: Size I/9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Changing color: when 2 loops are left on the hook from the last stitch of the previous color. Carry yarn up the side of your work throughout the mosaic section. Fasten off B and C at the end of the mosaic section, fasten off A at the end of Row 8.
When crocheting double crochets in the mosaic crochet patterns, be sure you are working in front of the chain spaces, and not around the chain spaces.
Pin Scarf to schematic size or pin cowl to size (minus 2” in length). Spray with water and allow to dry.
For the cowl: whipstitch first and last rows together before continuing. Work crochet applied i-cord to both edges of the cowl.
Crochet Applied I-cord Border (Option 1)
Please see the video before attempting the crochet applied I-cord border for the first time.
Join C (or your color choice for border) to right side of scarf at any edge with sl st.
Row 1: Skip first ch, *insert hook into next ch, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook; repeat 3 times total (4 loops on hook), insert hook into edge of scarf, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook (5 loops on hook).
Now you can choose to do the pinch method or the knitting needle method. Both give the same results, but feel VERY different!
Pinch Method Row 2: Remove hook (yes, it is super odd feeling, but go with it! The loops will flop all over the place), place stitch marker in first loop, insert hook into second loop, yarn over (it is more like scooping then a true yarn over) and pull up loop onto hook, insert hook into next loop, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook, insert hook into last 2 loops at the same time, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook, insert hook into edge of scarf, yarn over and pull up a loop onto hook (4 loops on hook).
Pinch Method Row 3: Pinch bottom of loops, remove hook (yes, we do this again), insert hook into first loop, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook, insert hook into next loop, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook, insert hook into last 2 loops, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook, insert hook into edge of scarf, yarn over and pull up a loop onto hook (4 loops on hook).
Knitting Needle Method Row 2: Transfer all the loops to the knitting needle, place a removable stitch marker in first loop, transfer 1 loop back to your hook, ch 1, transfer next loop to your hook, yarn over and pull up loop onto hook, transfer last 2 loops onto your hook, yarn over and pull through both loops at the same time and onto your hook, insert hook into edge of scarf, yarn over and pull up a loop onto hook (4 loops on hook).
Knitting Needle Method Row 3: Transfer 3 loops onto the knitting needle, with last loop on hook, ch 1, transfer 1 loop back onto the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop onto the hook, transfer last 2 loops back onto the hook, yarn over and pull through both loops at the same time and onto your hook, insert hook into edge of scarf, yarn over and pull up a loop onto hook (4 loops on hook).
Repeat Row 3 around scarf placing 3 rows in each corner for scarf and just around for the cowl.
Place last row of loops onto a knitting needle or scrap of yarn to hold while finishing.
Fasten off, with long tail.
Finishing Round: Insert hook into first sl st, slip first loop onto hook and through sl st, *hook next long strand (there is a long and short for each row, grab the long one), pull through loop on hook; repeat from * around scarf/ cowl. Place last loop on same stitch holder as last row of loops.
Using long tail mimic loops by sewing the duplicate stitch to seam the last and first rows together. With yarn needle, *insert from back to front of first loop, insert needle from right to left under both legs of first loop on first row, insert needle from front to back of same loop on last row; repeat from * in every stitch to last 2 loops, repeat process for last 2 loops at the same time. Weave in ends.
Crochet Fake I-cord Border (Option 2)
If the crochet I-cord is not your thing, you can give this one a try. It uses traditional crochet stitches. You will be making a border around the whole scarf or cowl, then folding it in half and sl st seaming it to the front of the work. This will mimic the I-cord look.
Join C (or any color you choose) to edge of scarf with sl st on right side.
Round 1: Ch 1, *sc evenly across edge to corner, 3 sc in corner, turn 90 degrees; repeat from * around, sc evenly across edge to beginning, sl st to first sc, turn.
Rounds 2-4: Sl st in the front loop only of each st around, sl st to first st, turn.
Fold border in half towards right side of work. Make slip knot, hold yarn on wrong side of work, insert hook through only 1 strand of first stitch (one that is closest to the right side) and through fabric to wrong side, place slip knot on hook and pull through, *insert hook into next stitch (still only working in 1 strand) to back of work, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull through loop on hook (you are surface slip stitching the border onto the front); repeat from * around. Fasten off and weave in ends.
SPECIAL STITCHES OR TECHNIQUES VIDEO HELP
Video for the crochet applied i-cord: https://youtu.be/BZ2dytHK0XE