Hellooo! I know, I'm sorry, I'm late again with my reveal, ever so sorry, a few reasons for it, that I won't go in to, bit boring to relate. Are you well? Happy? Full of beans? If you're only half full of beans, or running on empty, let me try and cheer you up with a bit of colour, colour, colour! I am, ahem, revealing my Little Squares Scarf today. I have, as with my blanket reveal, taken far too many photos and not been able to choose between any of them, hence the profusion of mosaics.
My 'Little Squares Scarf", started about a month ago, with this post. In last month's Country Living magazine (U.K. version), I spotted a scarf by a designer called Sophie Digard. Her beautiful scarf costs £200, and my pocket isn't that deep, so I came to the conclusion that I'd make my own version, inspired by Sophie Digard's scarf.
Here you go, one whole entire scarf. Made up of precisely 248 little squares. That sounds a lot doesn't it? I was surprised when I counted. Hugo didn't believe me, so he counted for himself, and came up with the same number, 248. Because they're so quick to make, (you can easily do fifeteen squares in an evening, sitting infront of the t.v.), the scarf seemed relatively fast to make.
I measured the length, and it's 68.5 inches/175cm long. Might be a little too long for some people's tastes, which would be great for you if you were making this scarf yourself, because you wouldn't need to make so many squares!
I have done a 'visual' list of the yarns I used, which I shall put at the end of this post.
This scarf was all about the colours. It was such a pleasure to start sewing all the squares together, such fun. Would you like to see me wearing the scarf? Yes? O.k. here you go.
It's a cosy little number, this scarf, feels a little like wearing a ruff.
I also feel like I'm wearing a rainbow, which makes me feel happy.
I did say I took loads of photos didn't I?!
And that I couldn't choose between them?! I do love taking the photographs, I got to inspect my handywork, and all that colour. I didn't want to stop looking at all that colour!
When I was sewing the scarf up, I left the outer squares unsewn on all the sides except one, to create the ruffle effect. At the corners, I just sewed one corner of the square into the gap. It gives quite a dramatic effect when it's on, rather than just having straight sides. (I suppose you could have straight sides, and then do a border round the edge of the whole scarf).
I know I could have crocheted the squares together as I went, and the reason I didn't, is because I like the straight edge you get with each little block, which you don't get if you join as you go. Plus, deciding which colour was to sit next to which was something I wanted to do after I'd done all the crocheting. Maybe next time I'll join as I go................ It would be easier and quicker I suppose. I also like to sew the ends in on each little square as I go along, then that's done, dusted and not to be worried about.
Right, now for my 'visual list' of yarns.
One ball of each colour:
There are a couple of colours missing, of which I'm not too sure of their makes and colour numbers. This is because I used some yarn from balls I had already started on for previous projects, and not labelled. Sorry about that, but you do have the majority of colours I used. I think that if you wanted to make this scarf yourself, and the thought of buying all those different balls of wool too much, well, some of my colours are very similar to each other. Most of the yarns are gorgeously soft, but some are pure wool, just to get the colours I wanted, and when they're mixed in, the wool squares are barely noticeable to the touch.
When I joined my squares, I used an invisible seam method. I've just had a look for a demonstration on you-tube, and I've found that the way I've done it is different to how others have demonstrated. So when I return from my holiday in two weeks, I'll do a step-by-step demonstration for you. I'll also show you how I did my squares, which are easy-peasy!
So yes, I'm off on holiday on Saturday! I won't be blogging tomorrow, I've left everything till last minute, plus, I need to work, so I think I should let this be my last post before going away, something nice and colourful to look at while I'm away. Hugo and I are off to visit my parents in sunny Spain. We are looking forward to it enormously, I feel I'm postponing the arrival of Autumn by going away to a sunny climate, yipee! We're away for ten days, but you know how it is when you return from holiday? Getting back into the swing of things and all that, so I'm just going to round it off to two weeks not blogging, back on the Monday after. Take care, dear reader, I'll miss our little chats. Love Vanessa xxx