Spring is peeking through the mulch in our backyard. I’m pretty sure it’s just teasing us since March is, typically, the snowiest month in Colorado. So, I’m trying not to get too attached to the idea tulips and crocuses blooming or the greening of the grass anytime in the near future. It does get me longing to travel, though.
For some reason, my husband and I do most of our traveling in the springtime and, even though we just returned from Disney World, I’m itching to hit the road and experience the newness of the places I’ve never visited before – and there’s a long list of places I’d like to go! How about you? Are you catch the travel bug, too?
I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland because, again, the green….and the water, and the culture, and, well, it’s Ireland!
There’s this little town that caught my eye. It has a sweet name…Ardara. It’s a coastal town in County Donegal that is said to harken back to a gentler pace of life. It has both a coastline overlooking the ocean and moors on which to dream the day away surrounded by green. (Can you tell I love green?)
The tiny town has waterfalls, fishing holes and hosts the 3500-year-old Celtic monument, the Kilclooney Dolman tombs.
I want to go there. I created this scarf in honor of Ardara. Can’t you just see yourself wrapped in the warmth of this oversized cable scarf as you stand on the shore, watching the waves roll through the mist? Add a nice cup of Irish Coffee and you’ve got yourself an idyllic scene, right?
It’s the perfect gift for St. Patrick’s day or anytime!
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Ardara Oversized Cable Scarf: Free Crochet Pattern
Intermediate: Must have a basic understanding of crochet stitches
Sizing and Yardage
Instructions are given for an adults’ oversized scarf. Finish size is 8″ x 108″. As written, you’ll need approximately 475 yards of size 6 (super bulky) yarn.
- 475 yards of super bulky (size 6) yarn. I used 6 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA. Shown in Houston Cream and Chicago Charcoal)
- Size 10.00 mm (US N) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
8 stitches X 5 rows = 4” square
Stitch used for gauge: HDC
- CH: chain
- HDC: half-double crochet
- FPDC: front-post double crochet
- FPTC: front-post triple crochet
- BPDC: back-post double crochet
- SK: skip stitch
- No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
To Make the Scarf
With 10 mm hook, chain 20.
ROW 1: HDC in the third ch from hook and each remaining ch across. 19 sts.
ROW 2: CH1, turn, HDC in first stitch and each stitch across. 19 sts.
ROW 3-4: repeat row 2.
ROW 5: CH1, turn, HDC in the first 2 sts, FPDC, HDC, SK a stitch, FPDC in the next 2 sts, FPTC in the skipped stitch (cable made), HDC, FPDC, HDC, FPDC, HDC, SK a stitch, FPDC in the next 2 sts, FPTC in the skipped stitch, HDC, FPDC, HDC in the last two stitches. 19 sts.
ROW 6: CH1, turn, HDC in the first 2 stitches, BPDC, HDC, BPDC in the next 3 sts, HDC, BPDC, HDC, BPDC, HDC, BPDC in the next 3 stitches, HDC, BPDC, HDC in the last 2 stitches. 19 sts.
ROW 7: repeat row 5
ROW 8: repeat row 6
Continue repeating rows 5 and 6 until piece measures 104 inches – this will be a total of approximately 118 rows.
FINISHING the scarf:
ROW 119: CH1, turn, HDC in each stitch across. 19 sts.
ROWS 120-121: repeat row 119.
Finish off. Tuck ends.
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- Crocheter’s hourly wage: $12
- Time to make: 4 hours
- Cost of supplies: $24
- Business expenses per piece: $3
Suggested Wholesale Price: $97 Suggested Retail Price: $150
Suggested Retail Price when not offering a wholesale option: $115
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