Rugged Warmth Winter Set
This crochet pattern is for a winter accessories set for older teenage boys and men. The hat and mitten patterns are written in two different sizes. The stitch pattern and yarn used in these accessories creates a very warm set with a dense, but flexible fabric. The stitch pattern is all in post stitches, which tip the tops of the stitches inward, adding thickness to the fabric, and reducing the size of the spaces between stitches. There are also three raised ridges on the lower edge of the hat, the middle of the mittens, and the ends of the scarf for asthetics.
The suggested yarn is Plymouth Yarns Suri Merino a luxurious blend that is 55% Suri Alpaca and 45% Extrafine Merino Wool. These animal fibers provide outstanding insulation from the cold, even when wet, so they will be great for wearing in the snow. Here is the URL for the company’s online shadecard:
This comes in a great variety of masculine and neutral colors (It also comes in several nice feminine colors if you prefer those). It is a soft, pleasant yarn to work with and wear. It should be hand-washed and lain flat to dry. The entire set requires 12 skeins of yarn (a lot of yarn is required when working in this stitch pattern, but this makes these items extra warm and comfortable). The mittens require 2 to 2 1/2 skeins depending on size, the scarf requires 7 1/2 skeins, the hat requires 1 3/4 to 2 skeins depending on size.
You may substitute yarns, but keep in mind that a yarn of the same weight and fiber content will make the best substitute. Be sure to check your gauge for best results for the hat and mittens. This is not necessary for the scarf.