Are you ready for the first Hip Hooks project?
This first project is simple, as simple can be.
It’s all chains. Yep. All one thousand of them.
This is a fantastic project to begin with, because it gives you seemingly ;) endless practice of the first stitch that is the foundation of crochet. But don’t worry. I’m not having you wax on and wax off for nothing. You will have a beautiful, little cowl like scarf when you’re finished.
This scarf is a crocheted version of those T-shirt tube necklace/scarves that you have probably seen all over pinterest circa 2012. You can find lots of free crochet patterns for this type of scarf online, so if you don’t prefer my version, you can find other variations with a quick search.
I decided to luxe mine up a bit with some soft wool yarn that is a size 6 (read the labels). So it’s chunky and thick. I also add a bit of wrapping and twisting and a touch of leather for interest.
Let’s get started!
First, you want to get the right yarn and the correct hook.
Yarn: about 4 ounces of Super Bulky, Size 6 (preferably a soft wool, so it’s not itchy). I used Loops & Threads Goldenrod
Hook: size K
*You may use a thinner yarn or a smaller needle. Just keep in mind that you will have to chain more chains to get the length and thickness you need to complete this scarf.
**The bulky yarns can cost more, especially the wool ones. I always use a half off coupon at my local craft store. The great news about this project is that it doesn’t use the whole skein of yarn. I have plans for another project that will use up the rest!
Now, let’s get down to business.
Keeping a tally helps me keep my count, especially if I know I am going to get interrupted.
When you pull that end all the way through, you knot the end off.
Now, you’re ready to loop the scarf together.
Turn the scarf over and double knots those ends together again.
Now, you have a choice. You can weave in the ends and call it good. HERE is a good tutorial for weaving in ends. Since you only have chains, you have to weave the ends into the surrounding chains.
Or you can sew on a strip of leather like so.
*I get my leather from old purses and jackets. I also sometimes buy mixed grab bags of scrap leather from Hobby Lobby. You can use vinyl, felt or knit fabric if you don’t have or don’t want to use leather.
I sewed a strip of leather about 4.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, around the tied ends of the scarf. The leather is wrapped and sewn right sides together, wrong side out.
Once you sew the strip on. Trim away the excess and then carefully turn the leather tube right side out.
You can use a leather needle for this, but since it was such a small leather project, I didn’t bother. I simply lengthened my stitch and sewed slowly.
And there you have it! A lovely scarf of a thousand chains.
It adds warmth visually as well as physically and it’s a cinch to make!
So, what do you say? Are you hooked on crochet yet? ;)
I have a few more chained projects to share with you next week. After which, we will get into single crochet!
Have a good one.