Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Gator Scarf

Gator Scarf
By Berta Gilholm
How this scarf came about: While carousing through stitches on Crochet Central, I came across a stitch called “Crocodile Stitch”. Even with 63 years of crochet experience under my belt, I had an awful time with the instructions and then remembered that it was almost identical to a stitch my Aunt taught me when I was 8 years old called “Cathedral Lights”. She used this stitch on doll hats and skirts made of thread crochet. They were beautiful with their layers of cathedral lights starched into high ruffles, to stand as a center piece on dressers or bed stands. Too bad I don’t have a picture or pattern for the doll clothing. I decided to make a scarf with the stitches my Aunt taught me and call it a Gator Stitch. (slightly different than Croc St).
Caron One Pound 100% Acrylic/Worsted Weight #4/Claret #562
Crochet Hook US K/10.5 – 6.5mm
Yarn Needle
Stitches used: Ch – Chain, Slst – Slip Stitch, Sc – Single Crochet, Dc – Double Crochet, 
Gst = Gator Stitch, a combo of above stitches and all worked on the front of the work.  [1 gator stitch is worked over 6 st plus1 stitch for the turning row] for 3 complete croc/gator stitches I took [6 dc x 3 the # of gator stitches + 1 turning chain =19 for the beginning chain.
See Inst. For rows 2,,3 & 4 of pattern for Gst.
Note: There are 2 sets of Gator Stitch rows [5 rows on each end of the scarf] You work the first set and continue on through main body of scarf, fasten off, then make the second set and attach it to the other end of the scarf.
Pattern Instructions:
First Gst section: Ch 18,
Row 1: Sc in second ch from the hook and in each ch across, turn
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in next st, *ch 2, skip next 2 st, 1 dc in next 2 st, repeat from *across, ch1, do not turn work over the next row will be worked across the same row 2 you just finished.
Row 3: (Gst Row) turning slightly at end of row; *turn your previous row to your left, dc 6 times in the post of the last dc of previous row, ch 1, turn previous row to your right do 6 dc in the next dc post, [1 Gst made]  ch 1, skip next 2 ch, 1slst in next dc,  skip next dc and next 2 ch, repeat from * one time, [2 Gst made],  turn previous row to the left, work 6 dc in the post of the 9th dc, ch1,  turn previous row to your right, do 6 dc in the last dc post, [3 Gst made]  ch 1, do not turn over work,
Row 4: Slst in center top of last Gst made in row 3, Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same Gst, *ch 2, dc 2 times through next ch 1 sp and the 2 dc underneath, ch 2, 2 dc in center of next Gst, repeat * once more, (10 dc + 8 ch 2 sp),  ch1, do not turn over work
Row 5: Repeat row 3.
Row 6 and 7: Repeat row 4 and 3.
Row 8 and 9: Repeat row 4 and 3.
Row 10 and 11: Repeat row 4 and 3.
Row 12: Do not turn work and working in the top of each stitch across Sc 15 times going through the stitches of both thicknesses in the top of the Gst and ch spaces row 11, at end of row turn work over
Main Scarf Rows:
Row 13: Ch 2, hdc in next sc and each sc across, turn work over (15 hdc) turn work over
Row 14 – 17: Ch 3, dc in next st and each st across, turn work over
Row 18: Ch 3, dc in next dc, *ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * 5 times, dc in last dc, turn work over
Row 19 - 77: Ch 3, dc in next dc, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next dc, repeat from * 5 times, dc in last dc, turn work over
Row 78: Ch 1, sc in each dc and each ch 1 sp across, fasten off and weave in ends.
Second Gst section:
Repeat rows 1 through 12, do not fasten off,
Finishing: line up row 12 with the stitches on row 78 of scarf making sure the Gst of both sections are facing front and going the same direction. Slst row 12 and row 78 together all the way across, fasten off and weave in ends.

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