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Hortensia Scarf Crochet Pattern

Posted on by MK Carroll

Simple stitches make a lace scarf that drapes on the bias. Instructions are given in both written and charted format, using US terminology (a version with UK terminology is in the works). The open lace sections are reminiscent of the 4-petaled Hortensia flowers, commonly called hydrangeas.

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Anne: Crochet Lace Scarf Pattern

Posted on by MK Carroll

Anne: Crochet Lace Scarf Pattern

This quick, one-skein crochet scarf is an attractive, lightweight accessory casual enough to wear with jeans and pretty enough to wear to a party.  This scarf is an easy way to spice up your wardrobe - try a color that matches or contrasts with your favorite outfits!

The motif, commonly called Queen Anne’s Lace, is a traditional crochet lace often used for blankets and tablecloths.  This version of Queen Anne’s Lace is worked as a long strip and resembles a side view of the flower heads of a common plant by the same name (there are other knit and crochet patterns which differ but have the same name).

MATERIALS
1 skein Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton (100g/150 yds/137m worsted weight/4 Medium/9wpi/10 ply 100% cotton; color shown is Poppy), or yarn of your choice
G/8/4mm crochet hook
tapestry needle
SIZE
One size fits most.  Measures approximately 3.5”/9 cm wide, 55”/140 cm long.
GAUGE
Each motif measures about 3.5”/9 cm wide, 2.5”/6 cm long.

The pattern is currently available for purchase as a PDF download for $5.50. You will need a PayPal account or a credit card.   Full written instructions and a symbol chart are included. As of February 01, 2009, the pattern includes an additional 4-page line-by-line symbolcraft chart with written instructions, designed so that each step has a symbol chart that that looks like the piece as it is being worked in your hands. If you have previously purchased this pattern and would like the additional chart, please email me (mail@mkcarroll.com) so I can send it to you.

Anne: cover



UPDATE May 2008: now available in UK/Australian terminology! Pattern purchase through Ravelry will include download for both US and UK versions.

This pattern looks great in different yarns, too!


Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, (5 Bulky/ 80% acrylic, 20% wool), 1 skein (153 yds/140m)
Hook size L/0/8.0mm (this is not a common size in the US - I had to order mine online)
Measures 5"/12.5cm wide, 52"/132cm long - enough to wrap around the neck once.

Free Peaches & Creme/ Peaches n Creme/ Peaches and Cream Yarn Patterns

Posted on by MK Carroll

I pay attention to the searches that bring people to this blog, and searches for free patterns using Peaches & Creme yarn are piling up!  I mentioned it in my post about Craft Shops with Yarn: Honolulu, and that seems to be what brings it up in searches.

The manufacturer (Elmore Pisgah) offers free patterns on their website and spells it "Peaches & Créme" with an accent mark over the first e in Creme, which may or may not help you in additional searches for free patterns. You can buy skeins and cones of Peaches & Creme online at www.peachesandcreme.com.

A review of cotton yarns in the Aug/Sept 2005 issue of Crochet Me includes Peaches & Creme, if you are interested in learning more about the qualities of the yarn and how it compares to other cotton yarns (Lion Brand Lion Cotton, Lily Sugar 'n Cream, Bernat Cottontots, and Classic Elite Sand).  The most popular use for Peaches & Creme seems to be dishcloths, and there is a Mason-Dixon KAL for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Book, and at least one KALer has posted a free dishcloth pattern of her own. More free dishcloth patterns (knit and crochet) can be found at the Dishcloth Boutique.  Bonnie-Marie Burns of Chic Knits recently posted on her blog about using Peaches & Creme for a sweater pattern that called for Rowan Handknit DK Cotton, quite illustrative of how you need not limit yourself to patterns which call specifically for Peaches & Creme yarn. Websites like Craftown, Crochet Pattern Central, Crochet Memories, and Knitting on the Net all offer loads of free patterns, many of which use worsted weight cotton yarn. My own Crochet Bacon & Eggs handbag (adapted from a knitting pattern originally published in a 1979 issue of Jackie magazine) can be made with any worsted weight yarn as well.

(this post was edited on December 15, 2015, to make updates and corrections)