Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Urban Neckwarmer: Design Process

The crocheters (so wanted to write crocheteers, like musketeers) among my readers will be happy to know that I have been plugging away at a neckwarmer version of the Urban Shells Scarf. At the moment I am working on one which is the same as the original scarf pattern, only using 10ply wool and a 5.5mm (I) hook and worked to a shorter length (here is the ravelry link). However, the first one I made I adjusted enough to justify writing a seperate pattern for it. I have not written the pattern up yet (would the crocheteers out there like a chart?) but I thought I would share a bit of the design process.

Do you do this when you are bored or stuck at a dead end?

The starting chain for the scarf needs to be a multiple of 6 and 4 (so 12, 24, 36 and so on), but with this neckwarmer I wanted it to be slightly narrower. It was important to make sure the starting chain was a multiple of 4 so that the edging would work. This meant I was left with an extra stitch for the main body of the neckwarmer (Oh no! I just realised that I have a mistake on the chart I have drawn! Well, that explains why there was only one left over stitch when there should have been 2 left over.) Anyway, mistake realised and now feeling rather sheepish, I now know why I had to slip stitch into the turning chain! Haha too funny! 

I love the button placement in this picture.

Moving on and pretending no mistakes were made, I adjusted the amount of ribs (the 3D-esque stripe-like feature) there would be in the neckwarmer to account for that extra stitch. I was not sure at first how to change the pattern, but ended up with a double rib down the centre of the neckwarmer, which I like a lot.

 I have not figured out a good clusure yet - the button is temporary. 
Suggestions would be welcome!

This neckwarmer was so fast to make up and the Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury Yarn is just so lovely to have against the skin (and it is machine washable and so very wonderfulty affordable!). So, pattern (mistake free!) or not? I await the jury's verdict :)