As I mentioned in my last post, I was browsing through the stitch dictionary looking for a highly textured stitch. I wanted something thick for a scarf and beret project that I had in mind. Not long ago I had purchased 3 skeins of Vanna’s Choice yarn in one of my favorite colors, gold. The silt stitch was just the ticket. It is easy to work but results in a nicely textured fabric. It almost has the appearence of crocheted cables.
Swatching the Vanna’s Choice was not so much fun. At one point, I decided to have the design run lengthwise so I had to rip out all the rows that I had crocheted crosswise. The yarn began to pill quickly. In addition, it also began to separate. This yarn seems to be much thicker than most worsted yarns. Some people love this yarn. I finished my project but I will not use it again. You might want to try another brand of worsted weight yarn. You will find that the scarf fabric will skew slightly as you work, making it necessary to block the finished project. In this case, blocking really gave the scarf a professional appearance.
The trim on the ends of the scarf is very easy to work. I made this trim up myself but I don’t have any illusions that it is an original stitch pattern! I wanted something that dangled a bit but I didn’t want fringe. This little edging is the compromise. If you don’t like the trim, you can simply work your 6 rows of single crochet and end it there.
The beret is also worked in the silt stitch, this time in the round. You will be turning your work after each round because the silt stitch texture is all on the reverse side of the row. A narrow band of half-double crochet stitches finishes off the beret.
I want to add a word about pattern accuracy. I have proofread this pattern numerous times. I even let it rest for a week and then looked it over once again to be sure that it is accurate. The only way to get complete accuracy is to have somebody else make the pattern. So please, if you encounter a problem, I need to know about it so that it can be corrected!