It started life as a swatch, but this zig-zag scarf is now designer Emma Potter’s favourite crochet make.
T his super-bright Geoffrey scarf design is my favourite crochet make of the moment. It originally started out as a stitch swatch for my crafty YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/ potterandbloom), but the colours that I used for the swatch ended up being so fabulously bright that I just had to keep on making it!
The creation of the Geoffrey scarf all happened quite by chance. I had some random balls of acrylic aran yarn sitting on my desk and just used them, challenging myself to only use one ball of each colour. It took me about a month to design and make it, using a fabulous chevron stitch from Linda P. Schapper’s Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs.
I initially got a bit stuck with the final construction because I wanted both ends of it to match (with chevrons you usually get two different ends) and I was scratching my head about it for ages. Eventually the idea for the central panel of motifs came from my brother-in-law, Geoff, and that’s why the design ended up being called Geoffrey.
If I had thought about it a bit more, and wasn’t on a (self-imposed) challenge, I probably would have used a DK weight yarn and made the main body colour longer. However, in the pattern I make these (and other) modification suggestions, because once you’ve made a pattern sample you usually know what would/could make it better.
I’ve had such great feedback from the pattern and so many people have made brilliant modifications to all aspects of it. These range from making it longer and more colourful (if that’s even possible) to using different types and weights of yarn.
Mainly I’m fascinated to see what colour choices people make for the stripes, as this is one of those projects where you can go really wild! For me, seeing what people do with my projects is one of the great joys of pattern designing.
You can buy the Geoffrey Scarf pattern on Ravelry now at http://bit.ly/SCgeoffrey. I’m also thrilled to offer
Simply Crochet readers a cheeky 20% discount off this pattern using the code SimplyGeoffrey at checkout. Once you’ve made your own version, don’t forget to post it with the #geoffreyscarf hashtag on Instagram as I absolutely love to see all of your makes! You’ll nd Emma on Instagram @potterandbloom, and can see more of her fabulous designs on her website, www.potterandbloom.com