Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Dark Rainbow Scarf

Free Crochet Dark Rainbow Scarf Pattern

The Dark Rainbow Scarf, FREE PATTERN by Over The Apple Tree

I've been thinking about this scarf for a while. I wanted to make something rainbow that would be appropriate for an adult and not look like something for a little girl. I saw a woven one online that I really loved. I've been back and forth on how to replicate something like it. I screwed around with multiple swatches before I landed on this pattern that I feel looks like what I was imagining in my head. My intention was for this to be a Pride scarf, but it also has a very Pink Floyd vibe. Whatever you see when you look at this design, I hope you love it like I do!

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn. My black yarn is Michael's Loops & Threads-Impeccable(1 ball), rainbow colors are Red Heart Super Saver
  • K(6.5mm) hook for main color AND N(9mm) hook for rainbow
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Stitches used: American Crochet Terms
  • FSC = foundation single crochet
  • slst = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • ch = chain
  • BLO = back loop only
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The Dark Rainbow Scarf, FREE PATTERN by Over The Apple Tree

A few things first...
  • You don't have to count all these stitches! Just start your FSC and go until it's as long as you want it to be, easy peasy. 
  • Same goes for the width. You like how mine looks? Cool, do that many rows. Add or subtract rows to make it the width you prefer. 
  • Now, the one thing you have to listen to me on is the two size hooks. The black FSCs and the single crochets are done in the smaller hook. The slip stitch rainbow is done with the larger hook. I tried multiple times to use the same hook with the slip stitches. Even though I was really conscious of keeping it loose, it still got tight enough to pull those rows out of whack. You could see it in the overall shape of the scarf and especially on the bottom edge of the scarf. If you don't have those exact size hooks, just get close and give it try, it will depend greatly on your own personal tension anyway.
  • There is a black slip stitch row on top of the purple before I switch to the single crochets. If you don't do that, the purple row will disappear on one side. Just trust me.

Get Started!
Row 1  with smaller hook(6.5mm) in black yarn, FSC until it measures about 64 inches or whatever you prefer. Ok, I counted, it's 180 FSC
Row 2  with larger hook(9mm) change to red yarn. ch 1, turn. slst across in BLO
Row 3  change to orange yarn. ch 1, turn. slst across in BLO
Row 4  change to yellow yarn. ch 1, turn. slst across in BLO
Row 5  change to green yarn. ch 1, turn. slst across in BLO
Row 6  change to blue yarn. ch 1, turn. slst across in BLO
Row 7  change to purple yarn. ch 1, turn. slst across in BLO
Row 8  change to black yarn. ch 1, turn. slst across in BLO. ch 1, turn
Row 9-22 with smaller hook(6.5) sc across in BLO, ch 1, turn (14 rows)
Tie off yarn after the last stitch.
I wove in my ends, but it would also look great to do fringe. Weaving ends is a little tricky with the slip stitch colors. You have to kind of sew back over your stitches to blend it in. Make sure you double back so it doesn't come out.
*My finished scarf measures 64"long x 5"wide

The Dark Rainbow Scarf, FREE PATTERN by Over The Apple Tree

The Dark Rainbow Scarf, FREE PATTERN by Over The Apple Tree

The Dark Rainbow Scarf, FREE PATTERN by Over The Apple TreeThe Dark Rainbow Scarf, FREE PATTERN by Over The Apple Tree

The Dark Rainbow Scarf, FREE PATTERN by Over The Apple Tree

The Dark Rainbow Scarf FREE CROCHET PATTER, by Over The Apple Tree



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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Trip To Barcelona, Spain

My International Travel Adventure

My International Travel Adventure, Barcelona, Spain- Over The Apple Tree

This past fall my family went to Barcelona, Spain! This was mine and my kid's first international trip ever! Here are some tips, ideas, and observations that you may find helpful if you're planning a European vacation.
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