This is a crochet pattern review of the Wild Oleander Hooded Scarf designed by Andrea Williams of Wickedly Handmade. Reviewed by Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet for Cre8tion Crochet.
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Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet here! I appreciate you checking out the assessment of the Wild Oleander Hooded Scarf.
If you are looking for a classic fall make, look no further.
It’s official. Starbucks has released their fall line, complete with pumpkin everything. Depending on your location, in most places, the air has a different feel and smell to it. Leaves are drifting to the ground after a strong gust or a decent amount of rain. Most local football teams have had a pre-season game and the days of summer are almost to a close. Soon, the temps will take a bigger dip and after the sun goes down, there will be a need to keep warm. Possibly too warm for a heavy jacket or hoodie but too cold not to have a hood or something to cover your neck around a bonfire or evening outing. Insert the Wild Oleander Hooded Scarf.
The hood section has SO MUCH texture. If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you’ll find I talk about texture where it’s warranted. Placing stitches in the back loops or ‘third loop’ makes so many grooves in the round, it is simply beautiful. When choosing my pics for this post, I had to include a picture to share for your viewing pleasure.
What Supplies Do I Need to Crochet a Wild Oleander Hooded Scarf?
- Worsted Weight #4 Yarn – I Love This Yarn (154 – Burnt Pumpkin, shown), secondary picture is worked in Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Retro Stripes. Adult > 810 yards
- Size J10/6mm Crochet Hook
- Needle for weaving in ends
- Wild Oleander Hood Scarf, Paid Crochet Pattern from Wickedly Handmade via Etsy
The possibilities for solid colors and color combinations are endless. Variegated yarn also looks nice and the perk with that choice is less ends to weave. A nice tweed is always a classic choice. The yardage quoted in the pattern may be a little less if you do not opt to add tassels. Red Heart Melange ‘Roll With It’ would also be a nice look and has multiple color options to choose from.
If you know me, you know I love OPTIONS! This pattern has a few to choose from, aside from the obvious ‘size’ instructions for Adult, Teen, Child, and Toddler. If your thing is DK, #3, or 8-ply yarn, Andrea does not disappoint. There are instructions for creating a scarf using a lighter-weight yarn. As if ONE option wasn’t enough, roll in option number two. Maybe you want a shorter cowl? Yep, there are tips for that too. You can also make the hood shorter as the original gives you plenty of extra body when pulling the hood up over your head.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Wild Oleander Hooded Scarf?
One of the best things about this pattern, other than how fast it works up, is that the repeat is easy to remember. Devoting a couple of hours over a few evenings, the average hooker should be able to knock this out reasonably easily. If you travel with your yarn, this is your project. It’s travel-friendly. Do you crochet in public? I worked on this cowl in the salon, while getting a pedicure. It sparked some conversation and I was able to share my love of yarn with those who had questions.
The finished length of the scarf will be around 20 inches, not including the hood. If making the hood as stated in the pattern, that piece alone is around 17 inches. If you would like something a little shorter, the pattern gives instructions to help you. If you want something a little longer, continue the repeat of the body of the scarf. If you opt for something a little longer, you may need more yarn than quoted in the pattern.
If you are familiar with joining in the round, you can get started right away. If you are unfamiliar with joining in the round and a few of the methods, I would suggest researching YouTube. Andrea gives instructions on how to join the next round, but sometimes a visual via video is beneficial, especially if you’ve never joined in the round. As with all new patterns, I suggest reading in its entirety a few times before you begin. It’s a proven time saver.
There may be a few stitch references you may not be familiar with. But don’t be confused, it is only the placement – not the stitch itself. There is an entire page of stitch definitions to help you understand, complete with pictures. Each pic illustrates the placement of the hook in regards to where the stitches should be created.
The main part of the scarf is created first, forming a sort of triangle. By joining opposite points, you can then begin working on the hood, see below.
If you choose to add fringe, the pattern details how and where to add your embellishment as well as the lengths for each of the sizes. No matter which part of the design you are working on, there are helping illustrations and notes to walk you through each step. For this particular make, my niece asked me to work up a hooded scarf. She’s a Star Wars fan, so I’m going to add two dark brown poms. Is anyone else a fan of Wicket? If so, you’re welcome for the visual. This idea would also be cute for a toddler scarf where the poms could represent bear ears.
Andrea of Wickedly Handmade has a dedicated Facebook page for her content. When researching this pattern, I found she shares some details on her page about this make. It is one of her most popular patterns and after making a few of these myself, I can see why. If you participate in any markets this fall, let this be one of your items or on your gift list when working up items for friends and family. If you need color inspiration, she has modeled several of her completed scarves on her Instagram page. What are you waiting for? Snag the pattern and create your own happiness!
When you make this item, remember the Hooker’s Creed regarding stitch counts: Count the first row, count the last row, and count every row in between!
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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