I recently had the chance to empower some knitters to improve their crochet skills at a LYS in North Carolina (Bella Filati in Southern Pines. Roomy, friendly, lots of pretty yarn)
The students in the class had homework: They had to arrive with the center reverse-cable section of the Lacy Cables Scarf (by Annette Petavy, in the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet). And they all did (well, full disclosure: After counting up her cables, Candy realized she had to do 9 more rows. She did so, lickety-split.)
All three of the women had some basic crochet skills. Turns out the largest obstacle was reading the pattern. Even though they were well-versed in reading knitting patterns, they stumbled over some of the crochet terms. After all dc does look a lot like dec. Here, Ronnie and I peruse the pattern before moving on:
By the end of our three hours, everyone was pretty comfortable with the pattern.
Each woman had a different yarn, of course. Here are some images of the scarves-in-progress.
Shellie is using Nora Silk Garden:
The colors are just gorgeous, aren't they? Shellie is left-handed and her stitching is deliberate and careful. She wasn't daunted though, as Ronnie spun our her crocheting with great speed:
Ronnie is working her scarf in a sockweight yarn, jwrayco hand-painted sock yarn in Monet.
And Candy was working up a solid-color scarf:
The yarn is Cashsoft 4-Ply.
I decided to do mine in two colors, both for clarity of instruction when showing how to crochet the border onto the knit center and because I like the two colors together:
The knitted portion is O-Wool and the crocheted edging is Cascade 220 Superwash.
And, of course, you can work this deep crochet border onto just about any scarf you have. You could work a solid crochet crochet center instead of the knitted cable, using whatever solid-stitch pattern you like best!
I can't wait to see what colors you used for the Lacy Cables Scarf!