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Yarn Spotlight | Scarfie

Scarfi Gradient
Scarfi scarf completed

The ombre effect of Lion Brand’s Scarfi yarn adds sophistication to the finished scarf!

Sometimes scarves are one of the simplest gifts to make someone special. There is lots of flexibility in the length, width, color and style. Often times, a pattern isn’t even necessary to create a scarf! Just cast on (or chain) and go! Up until recently, I’d just grab a couple skeins of my favorite yarn from my stash and get started.

I say until recently because not too long ago Lion Brand introduced a game changer to the yarn industry: Scarfie. Scarfie is available in beautiful color combinations and creates a gorgeous ombre effect once it’s worked up. The packaging boasts that you can make one scarf with just one ball of yarn! So is Scarfie everything it’s cracked up to be? Let’s find out!

While creating a scarf with one skein of Scarfie is totally possible, I was seeking to make a thicker scarf and picked up two skeins of the same color way for a gift I wanted to make. The yarn has a beautiful texture and feel to it. The band around the yarn showed a beautiful ombre scarf that I was excited to create!

Scarfie is a bulky weight yarn and is made of an acrylic and wool blend. I found that the fiber combination was a perfect match. The acrylic adds durability to the yarn, keeps the cost down and the wool fibers contribute to the warmth of the fabric once created. The yarn can be machine or hand washed, but it should be laid flat to dry. (Wouldn’t want that wool to shrink up on you!)

Ombre gradient swatch

This swatch shows how perfectly the ombre effect takes shape when working with Scarfi yarn!

For my project, I chose to crochet my scarf. The yarn band recommended a K crochet hook, so I grabbed my sparkly pink hook, created a slip knot and chained 19. I tend to crochet a bit more loosely than knit and I wanted this scarf to have a nice drape, so I keep my stitches airy and light. Once I got to the end of my chain, I turned and inserted the hook into the second chain from my hook. I worked 17 single crochet stitches across to the end, chained two and started working in double crochet rows. Every so often I’d switch back to a single crochet row or even toss in a triple crochet row. That’s the beauty of working without a pattern. Complete flexibility and improvisation.

The longer my scarf became, the more more beautiful it looked. The simple stitches looked very elegant as they slowly transformed into a sophisticated gradient of color changes.

When working with a color changes within a project, you need to determine if a dramatic color change (were skeins change) is something you’re ok with or something you’d like to avoid. Symmetry is another consideration when color changes come into play.

I wanted my scarf to look as professionally as possible and chose to create a seamless color change when I needed to add a second skein of yarn. To do this, I simply unraveled the new skein of yarn until I arrived at the same color repeat as the working skein and joined the yarn in the appropriate place. After continuing to work, it appeared that I had used the same skein for the entire project!

Symmetrical scarf using Scarfi yarn.

By working intelligently, you can create a symmetrical color pattern with Scarfi yarn!

Knowing I wanted the scarf to fall at each hip and be symmetrical, I continued to work rows until I was close to the length I needed. Then I examined the color pattern closely. I continued to work the scarf until the color pattern matched! This meant that the scarf was a little longer than originally anticipated, but it worked out great! If you’re looking to get started, grab a skein of Scarfi and crochet hook today!

Crochet Heart Pattern

Happy Valentines Week! Love, flowers and hearts abound as people express their love to each other on February 14th. Truth be told, Valentines Day isn’t a big deal in my home today. However, as a kid, I used to relish everything about Valentines Day. When we woke in the morning, there was always some yummy heart shaped candy waiting for us with a card, reminding us how much our parents loved us. Exchanging valentines day cards with classmates was tons of fun after spending several nights customizing the perfect mailbox to sit on my desk, clearly decorated in hearts too. Hearts, a universal symbol of love and Valentines Day.

I wanted to whip up something special for Valentines Day this year. These simple and quick crochet hearts can be made into magnets or bookmarks! Both these gifts can be crocheted up in a jiffy and used year round! This pattern is super easy and can not only remind you of your place in a book or magazine or hold papers on the fridge, but also act as a reminder of those you love.

Materials for a crochet heart

This project is a great stash buster!


Crochet Heart In Progress

Crochet heart in progress!


To begin, chain 7

Row 1: Starting with the second chain from hook, 5 sc across, 2 sc in last chain, chain 1, turn

Row 2: 2 sc in first stitch, 6 sc, chain 1, turn

Row 3: sc 6, sc2tog, chain 1, turn

Row 4: Sl st 3, sc 4, chain 1, turn

Row 5: sc 4, chain 1, turn

Row 6: sc2tog, sc 2, chain 1, turn

Row 7: sc 3, chain 1, turn

Row 8: sc2tog, sl st, chain 1, turn

Row 9: sc2tog, fasten off, weave in ends.

The images below show the various steps in order!

Chain 7
Row 3

Construct a Bookmark

Now is the most complicated part of the whole pattern (not really, I’m just joking 🙂 ). Cut three strands of yarn to approximately 18”-24” in length. Using your crochet hook, pull all three strands of yarn through the end of the heart. Pull the strands so they are equal. Holding two strands of yarn together at the same time, braid the yarn. Tie a knot at one end (We’re such rebels tying knots in our crochet projects!), leaving about half an inch of fringe. Your bookmark is ready!

Create a Magnet

To create a magnet, simply glue the crochet hearts to a simple magnet!


sc- Single Crochet

sc2tog- Single Crochet Two Together

sl st- Slip Stitch

Top 5 Must Have Knitting Books

Our top knitting book picks.

As a child I loved to read. When I’d wake up in the morning and immediately grab the latest Baby Sitters Club book that was sitting on my bookshelf and read in bed for hours. I’d often read the mornings away, deep in the fictional context of whatever drama was plaguing Claudia, Stacy, Kristy, Mallory and Dawn. As time went on, my literary tastes evolved into non-fictional business and strategy books with a random fiction title tossed into the mix based on a rave review from my husband. When I took up knitting, I realized there are multiple ways to read a pattern and I started to read patterns online while trying to visualize how the stitches formed the shaping of the piece. Eventually this lead to knitting books and my collection started to grow… and grow.. and grow…

Reading patterns has really helped my knitting skills to soar and helped me to be able to visualize the construction of a project or understand how to alter a pattern to achieve a desired effect. There are some really great books out there that I’ve learned tons from, and there are other books that require more advanced understanding of knitting construction to understand. While the competition was tough, we pulled together a list of the top 5 knitting books on our shelves that every knitter must have on their bookshelves. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I do! Happy knitting!

Weekend Knitting whisks you away to an enchanting world of knitting. Falick not only shares a diverse pattern collection from various artists, but also includes whimsical ideas, baked goods recipes and a list of movies and books where knitting takes place! Each pattern is well written and some even help walk you through customization so you learn as you go. Savor every moment of reading this knitting book and trying out each pattern.

Ok, on this one the striking color combinations and rich texture on the front cover drew me in, but the contents led me to purchase. No-Sew Knits includes a rich array of patterns for diverse skill levels that are (as the name suggests) finish free! I love that once you’re done knitting one of these patterns, you don’t need to dedicate oodles of time to add finishing details. Just block and wear!

Both sweaters and accessories grace the pages of Metropolitan Knits which features intriguing patterns for the chic knitter. Projects include beautiful lace designs and chunky cables while most projects are made using a traditional construction method. If you love using your DPN’s then check out the Opera House Mitts which include a three dimensional diamond motif.

Amazingly easy book to navigate, Vogue Knitting: Very Easy Sweaters takes you through various stitch patterns and garment shapes to quickly find the perfect sweater to knit. The book is logically divided so you can find what you need quickly and all the patterns actually are fairly easy to knit from a construction standpoint. Check out our full review for more info.

I’ve seen lots of books proclaim they hold the perfect patterns to complete knit wear wardrobe, but non of them deliver like this book. Dressed in Knits features beautiful, wearable patterns that will stand the test of time. I especially love the creativity combining various yarn weights within a project and even the drop dead gorgeous lace panel featured on the Montreal Cardigan pattern.