Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One more chevron scarf


Last week, in the midst of the end-of-school-year craziness, I finished a gift for the GB's teacher, Miss Tara. She is a lovely young woman who came to our school at the beginning of this year. She did a wonderful job with our kids. I know the GB has loved being in her class and I've seen her grow by leaps and bounds this year, becoming much more independent and self-confident. I am sure that our teacher had lots to do with this. Sadly, our teacher has decided to go back to the East Coast, where she comes from. She is about to be married and wants to be closer to her family again. I'm thankful for our year with her and I'm glad she came here for a little while because she made good things happen every day and you really can't ask for more than that.


Tara's gift is a crocheted scarf like the ones I've made for other teachers, friends and relatives over the past few years, using the One-Skein Chevron Scarf pattern by Dena Stelly (Ravelry link). I've even made a cowl for myself with the same pattern. I think I've made about eight scarves or cowls from this pattern now. I love it that much. It's easy and it works up quickly, and it makes a very pretty scarf. I especially love to make this pattern with Caron Simply Soft aran-weight acrylic, which is just a gorgeous yarn. It's soft and silky, with nice stitch definition, a bit of sheen, and a lovely drape. I think it's perfect for items that are worn close to the face. I chose this pretty pink shade - Victorian Rose - especially for Tara, who is a redhead with a beautiful, creamy complexion.


The pattern is designed to be made with one 3.5-ounce skein of yarn, just the weight of a skein of Simply Soft. There are three width options; the narrow- and medium-width scarves can be made with one skein, while the widest one needs a bit more. You can use any yarn you like (I used worsted superwash wool for my cowl, which admittedly is a bit scratchy on my face and neck), of course. The hundreds of one-skein scarves on Ravelry run the gamut through all sorts of brands, fibers and weights, but I'll probably stick with Simply Soft. I have a feeling there are many more of these scarves in me.


I love the simplicity of this scarf. The chevrons are nice and neat, and the ends are smooth and tidy. You could certainly add fringes or other decoration to the ends if you wanted to. You can join the ends for an infinity scarf or cowl, as I have done in the past, or leave them free for a nice, long scarf you can wrap a couple of times.

The pattern suggests using a G/6 or H/8 hook, but I went up to an I/9. In my experience, the larger hook gives a looser, lacier effect to the stitch pattern, resulting in a nicer drape. I've tried this scarf with a smaller hook and it seemed very stiff to me, not soft and flowing like I get with a larger hook.


Miss Tara will get her scarf tomorrow, on the last day of school. I hope she finds it useful. Given where she is going, she'll probably want to wear a scarf sometimes. I hope mine will keep her warm. I also hope it will remind her of a family who appreciated her very much, and wishes her all the best in whatever she does next.

Tara's Scarf
Pattern: One-Skein Chevron Scarf by Dena Stelly
Size: about 6 feet long by 8 inches wide
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose
Hook: Clover Amour I/9 (5.5mm)
Made April-May 2017

19 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful scarf Jennifer. I love the color. It sounds like the teacher is a lovely young woman. I'm sure she will be missed next year, but I'm also sure she'll remember your family fondly because of your thoughtful gift. Blessings, Betsy

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  2. What a beautiful colour pink. Having helped voluntary and paid TA for many years in all primary school years I understand totally how you feel towards teachers. I used to love helping them to make their day that much easier and successful in the classroom.
    I'm not sure at the moment when exactly I'll go back to helping again. My own children's teachers were very special too. Cx

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  3. How lovely to give the teacher a handmade gift. It's absolutely gorgeous, I adore the colour, and brilliant texture as well. I'm sure she'll love it. Good teachers are wonderful beings aren't they. CJ xx

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  4. It's beautiful. I'm sure Miss Tara will love it - and remember Miss Bear every time she wears it. :o)

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  5. Beautiful scarf! I'm not sure what I'm more jealous of: that she gets such a lovely gift or that she's done with the school year tomorrow!

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  6. So pretty, both color and design, looks so soft you could almost touch it. Went to Revelry and downloaded the pattern.

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  7. It's so pretty! I think she will love it and remember GB too. :)

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  8. It's so nice of you to make a gift for her. I'm sure she'll love it. The scarf is beautiful, I love how drapey and soft it looks and the colour... I love that colour!

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  9. That's a lovely colour and such a nice, thoughtful gift for you to give the GB's teacher. It's amazing the difference a teacher can make to a pupil, even when they only teach him or her for one school year. Having been the lucky recipient of one of these scarves that you made, I can confirm that it's a very nice pattern and that the yarn is very comfortable around the neck (and yes, I still wear it).

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  10. Every time you write about your lovely gifts for teachers I make a mental note to get my act together and make something personal, too. I love your scarves. A good teacher can make a huge difference to a child's life and it is a nice gesture to express your gratitude in such a lovely way. x

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  11. it's very lovely!!! nice pattern and yarn and colourway! glad you had this teacher this past year! what a blessing!

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  12. That is a beautiful thoughtful gift and will be very well received. Jo x

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  13. I really love the Caron Simply Soft yarn, too, and the color and the pattern of the scarf you made are lovely, Jennifer. Thanks for letting us admire it and learn from your experience. xx

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  14. It's a lovely scarf, I can see why it's become a favourite pattern, and you chose such a beautiful colour. It's so important to have good teachers in our schools so I'm sure this gift will show Miss Tara how much she's been appreciated.

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  15. Bee~U~Tee~Full scarf! Plus the color is perfect for a redhead.
    I so enjoy your blog, especially the chicks & your garden.
    I have a friend that lives in Mountainair NM. It's a lovely little town and very artsy and it's smack dab in the center of NM. It would make a fun day trip for all the Bear's. 😊

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  16. oh how pretty, what a lovely teacher gift x

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  17. What a thoughtful gift, I am sure Miss Tara will love it X

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  18. It's lovely, one of the nicest you've made I think. A good teacher is a wonderful thing. X

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  19. I've mentioned you on my blog Jennifer, I loved your scarf so much that I'm making one for myself or a present - not sure yet. http://hooksandneedles68.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/thriving-sorting-and-reading.html

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