This past week and earlier in the week I was up visiting my mother's house. I didn't bring any scarf or gloves, and as it was bitter cold my mother pulled out some scarves for me to use. And lo and behold, I saw one that I crocheted for her several years ago, back when I crocheted a lot. I haven't crocheted in years, ever since we got the farm. As soon as I saw it I remembered all the time I put into it. I loved making this scarf!
It was crocheted with what I call the afghan stitch. This stitch goes by many names: It can be called Tunisian Crochet, Afghan Stitch, Tricot Crochet or tricot ecossaise, which means Scottish knitting, Shepherd's Knitting, Hook Knitting, Railroad Knitting (working class girls in England waiting for the train to take them to the mills did Tunisian).
Here's a website on the afghan stitch: http://www.crochetcabana.com/specialty/tunisian.htm.
Up close view of the stitches.
And so, I was so motivated, that I started another scarf this past Tuesday. This picture was taken only after a couple hours of work. This time I used a thicker yarn, which will make the scarf very thick and warm. It was a LionBrand yarn. I actually don't like how thick it is, and I think I made it too wide for the thickness of the yarn. It was only one stitch less than the white scarf, but because the yarn is thicker it is much wider across. I am my own worst critic.
I queried several men about scarves, each one said they wouldn't wear a homemade scarf like this one. They said only women wear scarves like this. Maybe it's just the men that I asked, but they are the ones that I know. So, based on that knowledge, I think this scarf is too wide for a woman and I will probably start over before putting too much time into it, making it thinner.
Hopefully I'll get it done by Christmas!