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Crochet gifts: “Dawn to Dusk” scarf

I wish I had designed this pattern myself, because it is elegant in its simplicity and quickly produces a stylish scarf perfect for gifting.

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I wish I had designed this pattern myself, because it is elegant in its simplicity and quickly produces a stylish scarf perfect for gifting. I’m talking about the “Dawn to Dusk” scarf pattern by Jess of Make & Do Crew.

Like my own triangle scarf pattern, this pattern can be made using a single skein of Lion Brand Mandala yarn. However it’s different from my pattern because it produces a longer, skinnier triangle, more scarf than shawl. That was what attracted me to it in the first place, and once I’d made one, I found myself returning to the Mandala yarn in my stash and quickly making a second and then a third: two for gifts and one for myself.

Below is the scarf I made myself, using the colorway “Harpy,” which shades from the darkest grey to the palest, and back again – an elegant accessory for a work outfit. The scarf in the main illustration, above, was made using the colorway “Spirit,” blues and greys that complement blue jeans nicely.

Nina's Greys Triangle Scarf

Unlike my pattern, which starts at the center, forming a baby triangle that you make bigger by adding to the two short sides until it’s big enough, this pattern starts at one narrow end, widens on one side to form the point, and then narrows again – raising the possibility that if you get carried away, you might run out of yarn before you’ve completed the second half. If you follow the pattern’s instructions exactly with one full skein of Mandala, you won’t run out of yarn. However, if you deviate from it – as I did when I made one scarf from a not-quite-full skein I had in my stash – it’s smart to use a kitchen scale to weigh both the work in progress and the remaining yarn, and start working the decreases to form the second half of the scarf while you still have a little more yarn remaining than you’ve used.

I would happily recommend this pattern to any beginner who’s mastered chain stitch and double crochet. Good work, Jess!

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