Crochet Meets Punxsutawney Phil

Feb 1, 2010

Here in North Carolina, we're hunkered down awaiting a big snow (we actually spend more time preparing for snow than watching it snow).

So I'm all ready to snuggle into the couch and work on a scarf while watching Kristin Omdahl's Crochet Me Workshop, Innovative Crochet: Motifs on DVD.

You may recall that I'm in need of a scarf. I think I've finally hit on the right one (I know, I know, I could have made five by now.)

A while back, I became fascinated with Kristin Omdahl's Infinity Shawl (Interweave Crochet Winter 2008). It's remarkable to me how you begin on the outside of one swirl and the inside of the other swirl, then work increases and decreases in mathematically precise ways until the whole motif is done. Once I started, I couldn't stop. Soon I had five infinity motifs.

Then somehow the project eased its way across the room, to a corner where it languished until last week.

Worked in many colors drawn from the wool stash, the motifs are worked at a smaller gauge than Kristin's original design—perfect for a scarf.

So I set about working the outer echoes of crochet that join the motifs and widen the piece.

I have high hopes of wearing this very warm scarf when we go out to build a snowman after the blizzard hits.

As for the DVD: Kristin is an expert in motifs large and small. And she is a fabulous teacher who speaks clearly and stitches expertly. And though I have seen in person how speedy she is at crocheting, on film she works deliberately so you can see her every move. Happily, Kristin is now part of the Knitting Daily TV team, as host of Crochet Corner.


Here, you can get a taste of her teaching technique, in a clip from Knitting Daily TV Series 400 that focuses on a motif afghan:

So settle in and pick your own favorite Kristin pattern to work on (the DVD includes a link to a free pattern for Kristin's Farrah Wrap from Wrapped in Crochet).

Depending on whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow tomorrow, you may have your own snow days coming.

Happy crocheting,


p.s. In case you need help deciding on a project, here's a suggestion: Featured on cover of the DVD is Kristin's Forest Flower Pullover (Interweave Crochet Spring 2009), which I turned into a cardigan last year. It's an addictively fun pattern to work in linked crocheted, with triangular motifs around the yoke.


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Ron@3 wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 10:12 AM

This instructor is very knowledgeable but she goes a bit too fast with not enough detail. I still don't know how you go from circular crochet to square in the same motif piece.

troi01 wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 11:54 AM

How can we get this cool scarf pattern? I love scarves, but have been looking for the right one to make for myself!

jmwoolfolk wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 8:01 PM

Please tell me how I can get a pattern of your fabulous Punxsutawney crocheted scarf.  What a beauty it is!  JMW

SylvieD wrote
on Feb 2, 2010 2:26 AM

This is one amazing version of the infinity wrap ! I love the colors you chose, and would love to see more of the scarf and you color choices and arrangement.

Also, what yarn did you use ? Looks a bit like Malabrigo...

Marcy Smith wrote
on Feb 6, 2010 10:34 AM

Hi all!

The pattern is the Infinity Wrap, but on a slightly smaller scale. It looks like it will end up being either a large scarf or a small shawl -- depends on how many outer rows I add. The yarn is various colors of Aruacania--not quite as squishy as Malabrigo, but beautiful colors. I've posted a closer-up picture of it here: (You can see other WIPs here:

(Just between you & me: I think it's really called the Infinity Wrap because it takes forEVER to get from one side of the scarf to the other -- more than half a episode of NCIS!)

Happy crocheting,