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Guernsey Scarf


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A Guernsey is a seaman's sweater knit in a style which originated in the Channel Island of the same name. Typically a sailor would have a simple sweater for working and one with much more fancy stitch work for "Sunday Best". This scarf was inspired by that tradition in which the wife or fiance would make a fine sweater to show off her skill. I also was inspired by a pattern Jared Flood designed for his Shelter line of yarn released back in 2010. His pattern was for a larger wrap. Though I knew I wouldn't wear a wool wrap, I loved the texture in the design. Also, it was a pattern to knit, and I prefer to crochet, so I needed to work out my own design for a crocheted scarf. This is the result; a scarf that uses a mixture of grit stitch, and three post stitches: parallel post, cables and steps. In between each band I inserted horizontal ribs of back loop single crochet. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic crochet stitches and good tension control. Will learn to make back loop rings and several post stitches GAUGE 18 stitches and 16 rows - 4 x 4 swatch of grit stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Scarf will be approximately 6 inches wide and 65 inches long

Recommended with this pattern

  • 2 skeins Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool (100% Merino wool) worsted weight, 4 oz, 250 yards per skein in Frosty Blue (#081210
  • or
  • 4 skeins Shelter by Brooklyn Tween (100% wool) worsted weight, 50 gram, 140 yards per skein in color Long Johns.

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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art. Kay blogs about her craft at She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."