I love yarn….. I love the look, the smell, the colors, the uses the…. well everything! I have a special soft spot for luxury yarns and hand dyed? Dont get me started. This yarn I picked up with nothing special in mind but I put it away in my stash to wait for it to tell me what it wanted to grow up to be. After 5 months of not uttering a word it finally spoke. Scarf it said. Easy and beaded.
This is 370 yards of Three Irish Girls Yarn in a sock weight cashmere blend in the Supernova color way. Its no secret TIG Yarns are my all time favorite. And before you say anything I know it can be a lil pricey but hear me out for just a second. There is nothing like the drape of natural fibers, and this scarf is going to be worn against the skin as a decorative accent and most likely for long periods of time. I figure it this way…… comfort, drape and all the time spent with the beaded accents…… its well worth the end result. I would love to encourage those who havent tried a skein of lux yarn to give it a go. See what you think….. and then decide.
On to the pattern. Its really easy for sure I thought since the yarn had a lot of color changes I would go with a very basic pattern and stitch. I chose a granny triangle as my base shawl pattern and it worked out really well for the technique I was wanting to use as far as getting in some beginner beading on the edge that gives it the lil bit of pop! Lets gather our goodies and dive in
Materials: 330 yards Three Irish Girls sock weight cashmerino yarn in the Supernova colorway G hook 6mm oval stone beads Needle for weaving in ends Scissors Fishing line or bead needle for stringing your beads Pliers *you may need them to pull the fishline depending on the size hole in your bead*
Lets get stitchin’ But before we get started…….. There are a couple of ways you can add your beads in this project. I used the end/fishline method since my beads were only on the last row. In this method you crochet your piece all the way to the end and then PULL OUT your last row where your beads are going to go (this way you only have to string beads on your last bit of yarn and not carry them through the entire project) and this method is the one I will be showing here. Your could choose to string them at the beginning and carry them down your yarn until you needed them at the end but its kind of in the way, for me at least. Another method you might use would be IF your beads had a large enough hole that you could use a very small crochet hook to go through it and pull up the yarn at each place you wanted a bead. This is a great method, but I rarely use beads that are have a large enough hole for even the tiniest of hooks. This brings me to the final method I chose….. end/fishline.
Stitch explanation: Shell= 3 double crochet in same space Center Shell= 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet in the same space
Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Row 1: Chain 3 (this is you first double crochet always) 3 double crochet, chain 2, 4 double crochet in ring Row 2: Chain 3, 3 double crochet in between the chain 3 and 1st dc of the row below. Chain 1. Work Center Shell in the chain 2 space. Chain 1. Work 3 dc in between the 3 and 4th dc of the previous row, 1 dc in the top of last stitch. Row 3: Chain 3, 3 double crochet in between the chain 3 and 1st dc of the row below. Chain 1. Work Shell in chain 1 space. Work Center Shell in chain 2 space. Chain 1. Work Shell in chain 1 space. Chain 1. Work 3 dc in between the 3 and 4th dc of the previous row, 1 dc in the top of last stitch. Row 4: Continue with row 3 working Shell in each chain 1 space and Center Shell in the Center Shell chain 2 space until you have reached desired length…… you can choose to weave in the ends and have a finished project now if you choose or you can go ahead and follow the next steps to do the beaded edge.
Beaded Edge portion…… if you decided to go ahead and bead the row you have just completed measure out about 3 extra feet of yarn and cut your end. If like me you went to the end of your yardage skip this step and go to the next.
Cut a 10 inch length of fishing line or I used Wild Fire beading thread. Bend the tread/line in half and put your yarn through like the eye of a needle. You will now use your thread ends to go through the bead hole drawing your yarn up and through it too. You should have your bead pulled down and threaded onto your yarn and it should be able to slide up and down. The number of beads you are going to need depends on how large or small your project is. Look at your final row and count ALL of your CHAIN 1 spaces. These are the spots you will have a bead in. I always add 5 more beads to my yarn line right away just in case for some reason I miss counted. So if you have 40 ch 1 spaces in you last row, string on 45 beads just for good measure. You can easily slide them off at the end.
I know this will make some of you cringe but…… rip out your last row. I know right? Gahhhhhhhh! But just try to trust the process Begin again at the start of the row that you just ripped out and continue in pattern you til you reach the first Chain 1. Slide your first bead up against your hook and chain 1. The bead will now be locked into that stitch. Continue with the pattern to next chain 1 and repeat by sliding the next bead down and chaining 1. Do this in every chain 1 all the way across your final row. Fasten off and weave in ends as normal to secure when finished.