Little Nell’s Wooly Scarf

Scarf stored in its own basket with a patchwork lavender sachet.

Not a scarf of design pyrotechnics, but an old-fashioned scarf with old-fashioned virtues, the sort that Little Nell would have clutched about her throat as she went over  Niagara Falls or was attacked by wolves. It’s made of hand-spun knitting worsted knitted with blessed mindlessness in garter stitch, and then trimmed with a crocheted, lacy frill of Fair Isle yarn. Ideally, knitters can delve into their yarn basket and come up with the requirements. Even if you only have some odds and ends of nice yarn, you could do a stripe and pull everything together with the lacy frill.

Little Nell’s Wooly Scarf
finished scarf is about 48″ long

Corner detail

Materials: about four ounces knitting worsted wool, about one to two ounces of sport weight wool for trim, knitting needles size 7 to 8, crochet hook size E. Exact gauge is not crucial here.

Cast on 25 stitches with the knitting worsted and knit in garter stitch until desired length. With the crochet hook and sport weight yarn, crochet around the scarf using the following pattern:

Round 1: Join yarn with slip stitch in any edge stitch of scarf; ch 1, sc in same stitch; *ch 3, skip next 2 stitches, sc in next stitch; rep from * around, ending last rep with slip stitch in beg sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same stitch; *ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * around; join with sl stitch in beg sc.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same sc; * in next ch-3 sp work shell (sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc); sc in next sc; rep from * around, ending with sl stitch in beg sc. Weave in ends.

Note: Most craft stores and libraries have books featuring crocheted edgings, and you might find something you like better than the above. Also, edgings designed for use with crochet thread can be adapted to wool yarn.

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4 thoughts on “Little Nell’s Wooly Scarf

  1. Fran, your table looks so serene with the Yankee book and beautiful landscape and the scarf in a basket. I have high blood pressure, but I swear, when I look at the photos you post, it drops. (I will have to tell the doc about this new BP “technology”!) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be IN that Yankee book landscape and time period? Sigh . . . : )

    1. Yes, I would love to be in that landscape. It looks so serene. Glad to hear these posts have such a beneficial effect on your blood pressure! Who would have thought? Take care, Sherri. Fran

  2. P.S. I’ll have to send you a pic I have of an old church from the late 19th century in Missouri I took a few years ago. It’s still beautiful, in the midst of the Ozark landscape. It’s on old 41 (I think) – a highway no one bothers with anymore, but is pretty as can be. The landscape on your book reminded me of it.

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