Unofficially, I’m trying to do something Canada-related each week for the month of July, so this week, I figured I’d work with the colours of the Hudson Bay Company! If you’re not familiar with them, they were founded in 1670 (!!) and dominated the fur trade within Canada at that time.
- 1.25 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Stripes- a super bulky weight (6) yarn (above: Hudson Bay)
- Size P (11.5 mm) hook
Pattern by tick-tock hobbies
(abbreviations: SC = single crochet; HDC = half-double crochet)
- Foundation single crochet ten stitches. Alternatively, chain 11, then SC in in each stitch starting from the second stitch. (10 stitches)
- Chain-two and turn. Starting in the third stitch from the hook, HDC in each stitch. (10 stitches)
- Chain-one and turn. In the BACK LOOP only, SC across the row, starting in the second stitch from the hook. (10 stitches)
- Chain-one and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, SC in each stitch across the row. (10 stitches)
- Repeat step 4 four more times.
- Repeat steps 2 – 5 until the scarf is as long as desired.
I really wanted this to be a one-skein project, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. It was just a bit short as a scarf after only one skein.
My favourite thing about this pattern is the way the colours changes happened close to the end of each row. It was part experimentation with different lengths of foundation chains, and part luck. To be honest, I’m not sure if I could do it again. I know that a lot of it is math, since the colour repeats are quite constant in this machine-dyed yarn, but I’m not quite at that level yet.
The addition of the HDC is meant to create little ridges of sideways V’s, which I really like! Unfortunately, they only appear on one side of the scarf. This can also be seen as a good thing since not everyone always likes texture!
Working with this super bulky yarn in the middle of summer was not the greatest idea I’ve ever had, but it’s never too early to stock up for winter! I also needed to keep my promise to donate a crocheted item for every Etsy sale, so that was another motivating reason.
This may not be the fanciest scarf, but I still had fun making it, and at the end of the day, that’s what I wanted this blog to be!
Until next time, happy crafting!