by Sheryl Means
Georgia O’Keefe is my absolute favorite artist. She saw the world around her in minute detail, and to honor her vision I wanted to envision the scarf in a new way. Based on the O’Keefe painting “Large Dark Red Leaf On White,” I designed a scarf of large red crocheted leaves. Make this your own by arranging the leaves in a straight line, overlapping, or even make a V-shaped scarf with a leaf cluster in the back. Allow your inner artist to emerge and have fun with Georgia.
- Color A: Malabrigo, Merino (100% wool; 216 yards / 3.5 oz.), #41 Burgundy, 1 hank
- Color B: Malabrigo, Merino (100% wool; 216 yards / 3.5 oz.), #201 Pearl, 1 hank
- Color C: Rowan, Lurex Shimmer (viscose blend; 103 yards per 25 grams), Black, 1 ball
- Color D: Rowan, Kidsilk Spray (mohair blend; 229 yards / 25 grams), #573 Medici, 1 ball
- Color E: Nashua, Creative Focus Chunky (75% wool, 25% alpaca; 110 yards/100 meters, 100 grams/3.5 oz.), #100 Natural, 1 ball
- Note: If the above yarns are not available at your local yarn store, substitute a heavy worsted/aran weight yarn for the Malabrigo; fingering weight metallic yarn for Lurex Shimmer; DK weight mohair yarn for Kidsilk Spray; and any chunky wool for the Nashua Creative Focus.
- Hook size I/9 (5.5 mm) and K/10.5 (6.5 mm)
- Make all leaves prior to construction and play with the lay out to get the look you want.
- Weaving in all ends as you go also makes the final construction easier and faster.
- Gauge is not crucial for this project.
Leaves – make 8 (or more for a longer scarf)
Using smaller hook and color A, ch 12.
Row 1: Skip first ch, working in top loop only, sc in each of next 10 chs, in last ch work 5 sc, placing a marker in the 3rd (or center) sc, do not turn, working on opposite side of foundation chain, sc in each of next 10 chs, turn – 25 sc total.
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 blsc in each st until you reach marker, 3 sc (through both loops) in marked st, moving marker to 2nd sc (move marker up to center st of 3-sc group as you work so you will always know where the center point of the leaf is located), 1 blsc in each of next 9 sts, turn – 24 sc total.
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 blsc in each st until you reach marker, 3 sc in marked st, 1 blsc in each of next 9 sts, turn – 22 sc total.
Row 4: Ch 1, 1 blsc in each st until you reach marker, 3 sc in marked st, 1 blsc in each of next 8 sts, turn – 21 sc total.
Rows 5 - 6: Rep Row 4 – 20 sc total.
Row 7: Ch 1, 1 blsc in each st until you reach marker, 3 sc in marked st, 1 blsc in each of next 7 sts, turn – 19 sc total.
Row 8: Ch 1, 1 blsc in each st until you reach marker, 3 sc in marked st, 1 blsc in each of next 7 sts, turn – 18 sc total.
Row 9: Rep Row 8.
Row 10: Ch 1, 1 blsc in each st until you reach the marker, 3 sc in marked st, 1 blsc in each of next 6 sts, turn – 17 sc total.
Row 11: Ch 1, 1 blsc in each st until you reach the marker, 3 sc in marked st, 1 blsc in each of next 5 sts, turn – 15 sc total.
Row 12: Rep Row 11 – 14 sc total.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Note: You can make smaller or larger leaves by adding or subtracting rows.
Using smaller hook, attach color C to the center stitch at the bottom of the leaf. Working in front loop only, sc around the edge of the leaf, working 1 sc in each sc from previous row, 1 sc in the sides of the turning chains, and 2 or 3 sc (depending on your tension; you want this to lay flat) in top point of the leaf. Join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
With smaller hook and colors B & D held tog, join in back loop of the center bottom of the leaf. Working in back loop sc around edge of leaf, placing 2 or 3 stitches in top end as needed; end by joining with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Off White Edging
Using color E, and larger hook, join at center bottom of leaf. Working through back loops, work 1 sc in each sc around. To create the undulating feeling from the painting, place increases (2 sc in one stitch) or decreases (sc 2 sts together) as needed to help leaf maintain its shape. To end, join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat this edging on all the leaves; however, on the last leaf do not end off. This will become leaf 1 in the joining process.
Joining Leaves and Finishing
Lay leaves on a flat surface and arrange them so that the bottoms and tops flow. I alternated between joining to the right and left side of the leaves but you can arrange yours in any way that pleases you. Once you have the arrangement you like, pin the leaves together where they will be stitched together.
Leaf 1 – Work a second row of color E. This is another place where you are the artist. Follow the shape of the leaf working either sc or hdc around one side to maintain the curve and shape of the leaf. Work to within last 4 sts before next leaf to be joined. With wrong sides together, sc through both leaves (Photo H). Once the leaves are joined, continue working in sc, or hdc, along one side of the second leaf as you did the first.
Continue joining leaves in this manner until all are connected.
With smaller hook and holding colors B and D tog, join at one end of the scarf, sc in each stitch around increasing and decreasing as needed to help the scarf lay as you desire. Fasten off and weave in ends.
I chose not to block out the wavy nature of the scarf because I believe it to be part of the charm of this design. If you have used a wool yarn, blocking will help you achieve a more flat, even result.