Crochet

Sushi Scarf

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The credit for this amazing image goes to Little Emma K.

I am headed to San Francisco for a conference at the end of the week, and will be meeting up with my folks for lunch. I have to get my little behind back on a plane home to Alohaland as soon as the day’s schedule is over, so I will only have a short window of time with them until the holidays. Sad…I know.

As any resident of the city will tell you, the quote “The coldest Winter I ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco” is entirely true. I should know, I spent a year of college there….shivering. In fact, it’s where I learned to crochet, holed up with my classmates in our dorm rooms on nights too cold to step outside of the building.

I wanted to make my mother a small gift to commemorate the occasion that is cute, quirky, useful, and warm and was delighted when I found this pattern on Ravelry.com. It definitely fits the bill and I think (I hope!!!!) she will love it.

The pattern is very easy, and you can adjust your color scheme and the number of rows to create the “roll” of your choice. Add a pair of chopsticks and you have the cutest gift…EVER, sure to please any sushi lover in your life. I modified the pattern a little bit using a deep red instead of pink to represent “Ahi Tuna” as the meat(or should I say fish?) of the roll. I loved how it turned out so much that I bought a few more colors of yarn to make Christmas prezzies. Although, I think the next ones I will make a little bit narrower than the pattern calls for.

BTW, you can find the pattern posted by Mermaiden on Raverly.com if you are a Raveler (If not, you should be!) as well, with photos of different Raveler’s variations. Here is my variation:

Materials needed:

• Size H hook
• Worsted-weight yarns

I used: Red, Yellow, sage green, Ivory, black.

This color arrangement will give you: Red meat middle with a row of gold caviar around it, some green avocado inserted beside it, wrapped in white rice, then covered in black seaweed wrap.

You can change the colors in your sushi roll if you like, of course, and adjust the row counts and placement accordingly.

Stitches used:
CH = chain
DC = Double Crochet, used throughout the rest of the scarf.

Notes:
As you begin changing colors, especially before making color change after yellow and beyond, roll the scarf up
(with the Red first, rolling it to the middle). If possible (this becomes easier as the piece grows longer),
leave it rolled while working so you can observe the alignment of colors. If needed, adjust the length of your
rows, because some yarns and crocheters may yield a finished piece that works up more tightly/loosely. The
notated number of rows/inches worked up for my scarf in assorted worsted weight yarns.

Instructions:

Start with Red yarn; CH 26.

DC in 4th ch from hook; DC to end of row. (24 DC)

Ch 2, turn. DC in 2nd DC; DC to end of row. (24 DC)
*ch-2 at beginning of row counts as first DC)

Work in Red for 16 rows, or 8 inches.

Change to Yellow. Work 11 rows, or 6 inches.

Change to green. Work 2 rows of DCs (this is the first row of avocado).

Change to Ivory. Work about 11 rows, or 7 inches.

Change back to green. Work 2 rows (this is the second row of avocado).

Change back to Ivory. Work about 64 rows, or 36 inches.

Change to black. Work enough rows to completely encircle your roll. Finish off.

Extra Notes:
• When changing colors, CH 2 then DC in 1st DC, then DC to end. (24 DC)

• Make sure to count DC as you go along.

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Itsy,Bitsy,Teeny, Weeney, Super Sexy Crocheted Bikini…

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I have been working on many variations of this bikini, and they have been getting some attention on Ravelry. I have been asked if I was willing to part with the pattern and have decided to add it for sale on my Etsy shop once I finish writing the PDF file.

This was an idea I have toying with because I love the look of the crocheted bikini, but wanted something that was sporty. I love the look of the criss-crossed back on this, and the chevron pattern in bright colors.

I have also made other variations, and am working on a strapless Bandeau Style.

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These “Mock ups” are made using cotton yarn, primarily because it is inexpensive. Realistically, cotton absorbs water and isn’t suitable to be worn swimming.

Stay tuned for the pattern link, and list of suitable yarn selections!!!

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