Antoinette SparkleScarf by Vashti Braha
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Antoinette SparkleScarf

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The story of this scarf is the topic of issue #31 of my Crochet Inspirations Newsletter (now accessible here).

Antoinette is designed for instant gratification with one skein of a sparkly special-occasion fashion yarn. Its familiar filet stitch pattern uses taller stitches that usual for a speedy and elongated crochet lace.

Depending on the yarn, a last-minute gift of Antoinette would take about two hours to crochet. This scarf works with a variety of yarn amounts and textures because it’s easy to adapt the pattern to the amount of yarn you have on hand.

Pattern is short and easy to memorize. (It looks long because of the in-depth yarn advice, customizing guidelines, and stitch diagram.) If you’re new to tall stitches, this pattern includes a link to tips for learning how to make nice-looking “triple trebles” (abbreviated trtr, or quadtr in the UK).

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate. Antoinette combines treble crochet stitches {UK: double trebles} for the main part of the scarf and finishes with a small amount of triple treble crochet stitches {UK: quadruple trebles} for the flared edging. I have written the pattern with few abbreviations. International English equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets {}.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to create a versatile and special lace scarf with traditional crochet
  • How to do the Triple Treble Stitch {UK: Quadruple Treble}
  • How to evaluate novelty yarns for this scarf

Each scarf will be as unique as the crocheter and the yarn used. Matching the exact gauge listed in this pattern is not very important for this project. This is because I designed this scarf to be a fun way to use yarn from your stash. The pattern will work with a variety of yarn amounts and textures. Pattern includes “lab notes” and extra images from my experiments with a range of novelty yarns.

Substituting a yarn: The ideal yarns for this project look festive while having an overall smooth texture and a limp drape. If you’re new to crocheting novelty yarns, stick with the smoothest-textured glitter yarns. If you’re more experienced, try the lumpy-bumpy types. The yarns that worked the best for me usually listed hook or needle sizes ranging from G/US6/4mm-H/US8/5mm on their labels.

Look for yarns that contain as much rayon (a.k.a. viscose, bamboo, soy, milk) as possible. Some silk, nylon, and suri alpaca yarns might also drape enough. Opt for a moderate amount of surface texture. Too much of some textures, such as furry strands or big nubs, can easily add unexpected bulk when crocheted.

If you fall in love with an unlikely yarn, swatch it and then spritz with water. Sometimes this simple step transforms a slightly crunchy yarn into a completely relaxed and silky one!