Su­per chevrons

It started life as a swatch, but this zig-zag scarf is now de­signer Emma Pot­ter’s favourite cro­chet make.

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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

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