This is a crochet pattern review of the Crochet a la Brioche Scarf designed by Alla Koval of My Little CityGirl. Reviewed by Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet for Cre8tion Crochet.
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Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet here! I appreciate you coming to check out my assessment of one of my latest makes for a crochet custom order for Christmas gifts.
Customer: I’d like a unique-looking scarf. Me: I understood the assignment.
Is the phrase “Look before you leap.” something you consider before committing to a customer? Yeah, me neither.
There’s something to be said for eyeballing a picture on Pinterest and agreeing to an order for Christmas gifts. Enter in the stress of working a full-time job, prepping our home for holiday events, shopping for gifts, and the grind of all else, I really should’ve taken the time to prep myself for something new. Because as fate would have it, some sort of bug entered our household and I didn’t feel like doing anything for a good three or four days. It wasn’t COVID or the Flu but definitely robbed me of my energy and a clear mind.
Thankfully part of the order included a matching beanie, so I was familiar with the pattern I planned to use for the hats. I’ve made the Jolie Beanie by Hook Yarns and Loops several times and it’s actually my go-to for gifts and market makes. Save this little nugget of knowledge for a later date as there will surely be a review on that pattern as well. If you can’t wait for the pattern review, feel free to check out the ad-free pattern on Etsy: Jolie Beanie. There’s also a picture of the finished beanie at the bottom of this article.
As you can see, the pattern includes a braid. When you think about what’s involved with braiding, the first thing that comes to mind would be three strands. With this pattern, it is three strands – but it is all one piece, versus joining three separate pieces. This allows for the portion of the scarf around the neck to be flat as the strands are introduced on either end with a flat, one-panel piece in the middle. The scarf has a braid on each side, with the three strands sewn at the ends to keep the braids intact.
What Supplies Do I Need to Make the Crochet a Braided Scarf?
- Worsted Weight #4 Yarn – I used Hobby Lobby – I Love This Yarn in Linen (#240) and Black (#30); I purchased two of each color.
- Size J10/6mm Crochet Hook
- Two stitch markers; used for specific placement, more details in the pattern
- Needle for weaving in ends
- DVD case or cardboard similar to size – for creating tassels
- Measuring tape (optional) – used for creating tassels
- Crochet a la Brioche Scarf, Paid Crochet Pattern via Ravelry
The yarn I used to make the scarf has 252 yards per ball/skein. In order to complete the scarf and tassels, I would guesstimate at least an additional 130 yards from a second ball/skein in order to make the scarf. Keep this in mind if you decide to make the scarf and select a different yarn. My go-to is Yarnsub.com to find alternatives. Different weights would have a direct impact on the look as well as how much yarn you’ll need to complete the scarf. Select a yarn that is close in weight to keep the look shown in the pictures.
How Long Does it Take to Make the Crochet a Braided Scarf?
Anyone who is familiar with crochet could make this item in one day if there is a couple of hours to devote to working on the scarf. The best part about this make is that most of the pattern is a repeat and would be ideal for binge-watching a show or on a road trip.
Only finished measurements are provided in the pattern. Using worsted yarn, the scarf should be 5.5″ (14 cm) wide x 63″ (160 cm) long without tassels. My makes were almost spot on for both width and length.
Special stitches or instructions to understand:
- Half Double Crochet (HDC); pretty universal and is one of the first stitches learned apart from Single and Double Crochet
- Third Loop HDC; several tutorials on YouTube as well as a visual in the pattern
I would suggest becoming familiar with the Third Loop concept before beginning if this is something new for you. Other than the placement of the third loop, it is important to count rows and to make sure your stitch counts are correct for each row. Additionally, use videos on YouTube to help with making the tassels. I followed the instructions in this video: How to Make a Tassel which gives a few possibilities for sizes of tassels. In order to make the tassels shown, I wrapped the yarn 120 times around a DVD case, following the rest of the instructions from the video referenced above.
The pattern also gives instructions for bulky yarn. I haven’t attempted this scarf with the bulky yarn, but it is not braided like the worsted instructions. It is worked back and forth as one panel with the ends cinched but also adds poms or tassels.
I’d like to thank Cre8tion Crochet for the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and for the experience of getting to place some thoughts onto digital paper.
Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet
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