Zen and the Art of Stash Diving + Scarf Pattern

Dec 2, 2005
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by Robyn Chachula

Introduction

Zen Scarves

Its 2 days before Christmas and I haven’t started the scarf for my mother in-law.  Its 2 days before my niece’s birthday and I haven’t started her purse.  OR its 2 days before my best friend’s baby shower and I haven’t started the baby afghan.  Am I worried?  Not at all, because I have mastered the art of STASH DIVING.  Here’s how:

 

  1. First things first, you have to realize that with only 2 days you have your limits on what you can create.  I always opt for small projects like scarves or purses. 
  2. Second, you must accept the actual time you have to complete the project and choose a stitch pattern that you can complete fast.  For me, it’s always openwork lacy patterns.  The more holes the quicker it goes.  That is one huge advantage we have over knitters.  Crocheting openwork is so easy, and looks so gorgeous.  So at this point, I go to my 300 Crochet Stitches book, by the Harmony Guides.  Flip to the openwork, and choose a stitch pattern.  You can do this too, or use my example below.
  3. Now comes the hard part.  Go to your stash pile and close your eyes.  Put out your hand.  And without peeking, choose a yarn.  Open your eyes, and start crocheting.   I know, I know it sounds risky, but trust me.  If you keep your eyes open, you are going to start thinking about the choice of yarn and the color and such for hours.  This is no good; you have got to just get moving. 
  4. Crochet at least three pattern repeats with this yarn.  And if after that, it is not what you think will work, go back to step 3, and pick again.
  5. After trying two or three yarns, you are going to have a lot of swatches, and know exactly what yarn you need to complete the project.  (You controlling types are just going to have to have faith in me that this really does take less time then planning out a yarn.)

And that’s it.  That is really that is all there is to mastering your stash.  It is all about trying different yarns (that you normally would not use) with the same pattern until you are so familiar you could rattle off the pattern.  At this Zen level, no thinking is needed, and your whole being just knows the exact yarn for your project.  What’s the great upside?  You now have 3 half way finished projects for your next last minute gift.  Below you will see my latest dive and the four very different and yet very gorgeous scarves it produced.  One is perfect to keep warm, one is perfect for dressing up, one is perfectly funky, and one is MINE!  Good luck and may the Zen be with you.

Materials List

  1. Pink Zen ScarfLight Pink Scarf (pictured at right): 2 Skeins, Sirdar Primavera Double Knitting #840, (65% Cotton, 35% Acrylic), 250 yards, F hook
  2. Fuchsia Scarf: 2 Skeins, Berroco Mohair Classic Heather #9543, (78% Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon), 180 yards, I hook
  3. Orange Scarf: 2 Skeins, Spectrum Cotton DK Classics Panache, Color: Manderin, (100% Cotton), 250 yards, E hook
  4. Light Blue Scarf: 2 Skeins, Berroco Glace, Color: Work Shirt, (100% Rayon), 150 yards, I hook

Gauge

Not critical. I would suggest a hook one size smaller then recommended on label.

The Pattern

CH 26.

Row 1:  SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC in next CH, *CH 5, skip next 3 CH, SC in next 3 CH*, repeat * * across to last  five CH, CH 5, SC in last two CH, CH 1, turn.

Row 2:  SC in SC, *CH 3, SC in 3rd CH of CH-5, CH 3, SC in 2nd SC*, repeat * * across to last CH 5 , CH 3, SC in 3rd CH, CH 3, SC in last SC, CH 3, turn.

Row 3:  DC in SC, CH 2, SC in 3rd CH, SC in SC, SC in 1st CH, *CH 5, skip (2 ch, 1sc, 2ch), SC in 3rd CH, SC in SC, SC in 1st CH*, repeat * * across to last CH 3 and SC, CH 2, DC in last SC, CH 1, turn.

Row 4:  SC in DC, CH 3, SC in 2nd SC, *CH 3, SC in 3rd CH, CH 3, SC in 2nd SC*, repeat * * across, CH 3, SC in DC, CH 1, turn.

Row 5:  *SC in SC, SC in first CH, CH 5, skip (2ch, 1sc, 2 ch), SC in 3rd CH*, repeat * *, across to last SC, SC in SC, CH 1, turn.

Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length is achieved.

Fasten Off and Tuck in Loose Ends

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Comments

PJ wrote
on Jan 26, 2006 4:14 PM

This is a wonderful pattern.....have all sorts of neat yarns and hitting my misc. bin tonight.... :)

Thanks Robyn

Sharissa wrote
on Jan 26, 2006 5:27 PM
This is an awesome pattern and my friends loved it!!!! thanks!

Sharissa

Laura wrote
on Jan 31, 2006 11:47 AM

This is a great pattern, it works up quite easily and I've had nothing but good responses to it :) I'm so glad I found this pattern, thanks for posting it!!!!!!!!

Robyn wrote
on Feb 3, 2006 1:39 PM

I am so glad that you all enjoy the pattern as much as I do. I have to admit, I did keep the pink one for myself!

Sandy wrote
on Feb 11, 2006 1:41 PM
Just found your "site".
Thank you for sharing your talent and interesting "site".
I like the closing eyes and pick and start method you use.
Could you explain the "ZEN" you mentioned? Sounds
interesting.
Love the the first scarf(I think it was purple in color).
Are they all the same pattern? Very interesting.

Always and Forever, Sandy

Mary H. wrote
on Feb 13, 2006 11:17 AM

I just made this scarf in a beautiful pink cashmere for my sister. It is soooo soft and wonderful! Thanks for the pattern.

Regina wrote
on Mar 4, 2006 6:56 PM

I loved this pattern. I worked it in a SCREAMING purple for my younger sister and she loves it...she thought I bought it!!

I have this lonely skein of homespun, and I'm trying to "wiggle" the pattern to fit that bulkier yarn...haven't succeeded yet. LOL

Thanks for the amazing pattern!!

-Regina, somewhere in VA

Samantha Kinsman wrote
on Oct 4, 2006 3:16 PM

This is a very pretty pattern! I have been looking for a good crochet scarf pattern and I have finally found one. I'm afraid I will have to buy some yarn to make this... some thing really soft. Thanks for sharing your pattern!

Sara E. Schelling wrote
on Nov 25, 2006 10:18 PM

I love this pattern! It's so quick and easy! I made it using a suede yarn and it turned out so artsy looking! Thank you!

NathalisM wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 7:13 AM
marie t

This is "the" pattern I'm looking for! I begin my scarf tonight, maybe more large (I'm not sure about this word) to do something between scarf and shawl. Thank you!

on Dec 10, 2007 8:54 PM

This is wonderful! I was looking for something to make for my grandma for Christmas this year. She's the last person on our list. I was wondering what the adjustments would be for an afgan? My husband's cousin is having a baby and I want to send them a baby blanket. This pattern is so wonderful because it doesn't take a long time to do and I have a habit of starting projects and not finishing them because I get sidetracked. Thanks for sharing this!

LisaE wrote
on Jan 10, 2008 1:18 PM

I have been holding on to some interesting yarn I have for the perfect scarf pattern. This looks like the one! Thank you for sharing! Lisa

DianaH@3 wrote
on Aug 23, 2008 10:30 AM

Please bear with me, I'm still somewhat of a novice :)

In Row 4, should the last "SC in DC, CH 1, turn" single crochet go into the last "CH 3" at the end from Row 2 rather than the first DC in Row 3? In other words, is that CH 3 before turning considered a DC? I've been trying to figure out why one edge of my scarf is straight and the other edge has the CH 3 sticking out on that side.

TIA for your help!

GreenStreak wrote
on Sep 16, 2008 10:42 PM

This is really awsome, thank you for the sweet idea!

flowrgirl1 wrote
on Dec 22, 2008 10:53 AM

awesome!!! Im going to make tons of these for everyone!

on Jan 19, 2009 5:54 PM
This is such a pretty pattern. I began earlier this evening and it is already coming out so great. Plus I'm getting to use a yarn I bought without a project in mind. That's always a plus since I'm an impulse shopper. I can't wait to finish this.

Thank you for sharing such an amazing pattern!

MarenM@2 wrote
on Mar 28, 2009 9:34 PM

I love this pattern, and have made at least four scarves with it. It looks so beautiful, yet is so easy to do. I have used several yarns that were about 15 years old, yet still great -- I didn't have much yarn left, so this pattern was perfect.

akaRosella wrote
on May 9, 2009 9:03 AM

A fast, easy project and one that non-crocheters will think you spent FOREVER on just for them! Bwaahhhh! Seriously, a fun quick pattern for that last minute gift.

wardbond wrote
on Aug 6, 2009 10:29 AM

thank you for outlining and documenting a more refined process of what I do too. I will incorporate your refinements!!

hilarious, I love it

Where There's Ward, There's a Way

binalynn wrote
on Sep 20, 2009 1:13 PM

I love the idea of just picking a skien of yarn and running with it. The idea of grabbing a book and finding a openwork pattern is also a great idea. Thanks for the patterns and ideas.

yarnaddicted wrote
on Sep 21, 2009 8:09 PM

I am coming across the issue of that one side is sticking out. as I understand Double Crochet the CH 3 is always considered the 'first' dc in the row... so I tried this pattern using the CH 3 as the last stitch and it worked just fine.

I am making a quick scarf to wear to Homecoming this weekend in a lovely bright red. I like fringe so if I have enough yarn left over I am adding a short fringe to give a it a different look. Thanks for the pattern. I love it.

Jules

ronijo71 wrote
on Nov 22, 2009 9:28 PM

I just finished this scarf using Caron Simply Soft in Deep Plum and I love it! Thank so much for sharing your pattern!

msbyrdt wrote
on Nov 23, 2009 8:40 AM
kt

WooWoo, just the ticket!

Tracismom1 wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 11:40 AM

Why can't I print this pattern?  Ladytyger13@embarqmail.com

 

Mallory1 wrote
on Dec 18, 2011 5:16 PM

I would like to make this wide enough for a shawl. What would the chains be a multiple of?