Kim P Werker
It's time to add as much fuel as possible to the CROCHET REVOLUTION! Show your pride and solidarity by wearing your very own revolutionary armband. In true DIY style, stitch one up however you'd like. Not a fan of colourwork? Ditch it. Never tried it before? Give it a shot! And don't even think of showing up to a Crochet Me book event without one. (Just think of all the blog photos of armband-clad crocheters! Pretty revolutionary!)
- Yarn: Tahki Dream (80% wool, 20% nylon; 262 yds/242 m per 1.75 oz/50 g): #008 Emerald Green (MC), 1 ball; #001 White (CC1), 1 ball, #012 Fuschia (CC2), 1 ball. Yarn distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles.
- Hook: 3.5mm. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
- Yarn needle
Customizable. The armband shown is about 4" wide when laid flat and about 2.5" long.
The pattern is written in one size; for a larger or smaller version, add or subtract an even number of stitches when you begin. The skull is worked over the center 14 stitches regardless of how large or small you make the armband.
Approximately 6 sts and 7 rows = 1" in sc
Although any fingering-or-lighter weight yarn or thread can be substituted, the high wool content in the recommended yarn gives the armband a lovely amount of stretch. Using a 100% cotton yarn or thread might not produce an armband that will actually stay put on your arm.
There are two ways to begin the pattern. Option A, involving foundation stitches (see the Spring 2007 Interweave Crochet), is preferred, since it results in a stretchier foundation row than a traditional foundation chain.
Armband is worked in the round, turning after each round. Turning prevents the skull design from becoming terribly skewed.
Be sure to carry the unused yarn on the WS of your work.
[Big thanks to Elin for modeling all over Vancouver with me for this project.]
Foundation Rnd: With MC, work 50 fsc, sl st in first fsc to join, being careful not to twist the sts, turn.
With MC, ch 51.
Foundation Rnd: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across, sl st in first sc to join, being careful not to twist the sts, turn—50 sc.
Now cont as foll:
Rnds 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st in first sc to join, turn.
Rnd 4: Cont in sc, begin to work skull chart over the center 14 sts, turn.
Rnds 5-17: Work even in sc, working skull chart over center 14 sts, turn.
Rnds 18-19: Work even in MC, turn.
Rnd 20: Work even in MC. Fasten off.
Weave in all loose ends. With yarn needle and CC2, embroider outline of skull as desired; embroider bursts around skull as desired. Block lightly if desired; this is not required.