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Shamlian Weltie

Crochet
August 2012
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
15 stitches = 4 inches in Back loop slip stitch (a.k.a. "Slip Stitch Rib")
6.5 mm (K)
300 yards (274 m)
Easy to customize width & length (Shown: 300 yds size)
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This stretchy 100% slip stitch crochet pattern contrasts two kinds of slip stitch ribbing for a fascinating, richly textured effect. It’s worked in one piece, lengthwise, and would be a beautiful wintertime gift for someone!

I began the design as a teaching aid -- a rib stitch sampler -- for Slip Stitch Crochet classes. To illustrate two important types of slip stitch ribbing, I combined them in one sampler swatch and fell in love. I knew I had to make a bigger version to wear!

Not knowing how much yarn a scarf size would require, I made the one shown just long enough to overlap comfortably as a neck warmer. The pattern includes easy information and styling suggestions if you wish to increase the length and/or width. The one shown required less than two skeins.

I called this scarf a “Weltie” as a play on the UK term “welting.” I noticed this term for what Americans call “ribbing” while I did some research on ribbed stitches. This scarf is welted with both horizontal and vertical ribs. The fluted vertical rib looks like a ruffle in this design in contrast with the horizontal rib; however, it behaves like a ribbing. It’s much stretchier than other kinds of crochet ruffles.

For me, this scarf doubles as a reference guide for combining these two types of ribbings as you go (no cutting & reattaching yarn). After crocheting this Weltie you’ll know how to add each of these two most useful kinds of slip stitch ribbing to other projects.

Skill Level: Experienced. Three different kinds of slip stitches are used in this design, and one of them is advanced and uncommon: an inverse stitch.
The other two slip stitches, slip stitch in the front loop and slip stitch in the back loop, are common and easy, especially if you’ve already crocheted some slip stitch projects.

If you haven’t already tried a pattern using these two basic slip stitches, however, they should be considered an Intermediate skill until you’re comfortable making any slip stitch with a consistently looser stitching gauge as determined by the size of the crochet hook. This is because the slip stitch is one of the first stitches a crocheter learns how to make, but they are only taught how to make them tightly. If this is an ingrained early habit for you, it will take some practice to make your slip stitches consistently looser.

Another Intermediate-level skill you need for this design is increasing and decreasing with slip stitches. This pattern uses two increasing methods, and one of them is especially valuable to know because it’s virtually invisible!

I have kept the pattern abbreviations to a minimum, and include International English equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms.

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

  • How to crochet classic horizontal slip stitch ribbing
  • How to crochet a useful & lovely vertical slip stitch ribbing
  • How to crochet three kinds of slip stitches and understand their combined textures
  • How to use a hook-led stitch gauge
  • How to increase with slip stitches using two different methods

Finished Dimensions
Unstretched: Pictured Weltie is 27” long X 8.25” wide {69 cm X 21 cm} measured flat (not hung). Customizing information is included in pattern for widening and lengthening scarf.

Substituting a yarn: Choose a wool blend, or wool-textured acrylic #4 medium weight yarn that lists a crochet hook size range from US H/8/5mm-I/9/5.5mm on its label. These yarns may also be referred to as Worsted, Aran, and occasionally “afghan weight.” If you choose a tonal or other type of self-striping yarn, stripes will run lengthwise along the scarf (not across its width).
Recommended if you’re new to slip stitch crochet: 4 or more stitch markers until you can recognize the last slip stitch of each row of both ribbing types.
A button or shawl pin (optional)