Crochet – Lattice Scarf Necklace


When I was in the US for my Sabbatical back in June, I brought with me two lovely skeins of cotton thread to the US. The previous December – I had an idea to make a summer lattice scarf necklace with some flowers. The scarf itself worked up quickly but get set aside in the shuffle of other orders in the new year. Picking it back up for the trip from Dublin to London (and a 3 hour layover before an 8 hour flight to the US), I managed to complete it.


The scarf itself was easy to make. Basically a series of single crochet on the beginning and end rows – then a V stitch followed by 7 single chains, skipping the 6 stitches, to v stitch in the 7th over and over again. It’s worked in the round and lets you have a nice open work almost chain mail type scarf as wide or as thin as you might like.


I turned mine into a cowl – and then added a flower. The flower closeup is below. This is actually the correct color of the yarn – as the flash seems to have caused it to be much brighter than the lovely peachy tan with blue flecks that it was.


Modelling the scarf at the London Airport. Forgive the hair, and the lack of make up (and the slight scowl). I had been up since 4am – my flight was delayed – turning the 3 hour layover into 4 (thank goodness I brought plenty of yarn) and the flight to Chicago being later than expected. I did make it though – and get plenty of other projects completed while on my holidays in the US.



Blue Boy’s Sweater

Completed crochet boy's baby hat & sweater in cotton. 9.2015

One of the girls at work is having a little boy around Christmas. She left on Maternity leave this week, and this being her first baby, naturally, she needed a little something to celebrate. Thus, I made her a hat and scarf for a newborn out of cotton thread. I think that it turned out ok. I used a different pattern than I usually do – and it called for a size 4 hook. I think that I like the pattern (it works up fast) but it needs a larger hook (the sweater was so tiny I’m not sure it will fit!).


The first part of the pattern calls for making the body as one single piece. From here, you make the sleeves:


And then add in a collar:

Completed crochet boy's baby hat & sweater in cotton. 9.2015

And then it’s done:

Completed crochet boy's baby hat & sweater in cotton. 9.2015

While I’m not normally crazy for cotton thread, I did find this turned out quite heavy and it should be relatively easy to wash. The hat and booties were also made from cotton thread – just a different color.

Completed crochet boy's baby hat & sweater in cotton. 9.2015

Overall, I think my colleague liked the set, and she was quite surprised I made it from scratch. I always love that reaction – you made this!?! It must have taken you hours! (No, actually I did both in about 2 hours). It really brings it home just how much times have changed from the days when everyone made something handmade for a new baby – to today where everything’s store bought. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.