Crochet is very slow at the moment. I'm looking at an ascot scarf pattern from Brainerd and Armstrong Company's "Art Needlework: The Last and Best Book on Art Needlework." I'm using a 2.5mm hook and two strands of fingering weight natural dark brown yak.
As a respite from crocheting, I am winding some lace weight yarn of camel-silk. There are lots of other 'distractions' from crochet. There's cooking and the washing up, although my husband helps with the washing up. There's the daily task of feeding the ducks, chickens and pigs at 7 in the morning and again at 4 in the afternoon; in between is the task of bathing and watering the pigs to prevent them from overheating especially during this hot and dry season.
If you would like to make this scarf with me, let me know and please share your work in progress. I would love to see this scarf done in a variety of fibers. I am thinking of giving this scarf as a gift to my husband's grandchildren in Holland, just in time for the winter.
PS. I have written out the pattern for the Ascot Scarf below.
From Brainerd and Armstrong Company's "Art Needlework: The Last and Best Book on Art Needlework."
Materials. Two ounces of Brainerd & Armstrong's Crochet Silk and a No. 2 Star crochet hook.
First row. Chain 48.
2d row. Turn, and counting back do 3 d. c. in fourth stitch of ch., do 4 d. c. in eighth st. and continue to end of chain, leaving 3 stitches between the shells. There should be 12 shells.
3d row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of last shell in second row, and 4 d. c. between first 2 in next and remaining shells.
4th and continuous rows same as third. Make this part of work 12 1/2 inches long.
Next row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2d c. of last shell in previous row, and 4 d. c. between first 2 in next and the 10 following shells, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of twelfth or last shell.
Next row. Same, narrowing 1 stitch in last shell.
Next row. Ch. 3, do 2d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of last shell in previous row, etc., narrowing 1 stitch in first and last shell of each row until you have only 10 shells.
Then begin narrowing as at first, 1 stitch in last shell of each row until 2 sts. remain, then 1 st. in first and last shell of each row.
Repeat until you have only 4 shells remaining.
This part of work [or band] should be 8 inches long, making in all 23 3/4 inches. This completes one-half the tie, bind off, make other half the same, join two ends of band.
Line neck band with ribbon same width.