My husband wanted a small loop to wear throughout the day when the weather is a bit chilly outside. I am a big fan of patterns and this wavy design works great in a circle because it is potentially endless.
- crochet terminology: American
- Any warm and soft yarn will do, but I used a basic polyester yarn.
- You need two contrasting colors.
- Color 1: yellow
- Color 2: blue
- Hook: 5 mm, 6 mm
- Other material: sowing needle
- Basic pattern:
- stitches: chain stitches (ch), single crochets (sc), half double crochets (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble crochets (tc)
- crochet in rows
Note: You can choose any yarn you like (just make sure it feels nice to the touch). For the appropriate hook size, check the manufacturer’s recommendation on the sleeve and, if necessary, do a stitch swatch.
Crochet pieces tend to widen as they grow in length. When the initial starting row of chain stitches is not loose enough, this can lead to a rather stiff and stretched-out foundation while the top parts are soft and loose. In order to avoid this from happening when you crochet this loop, use a hook one full size bigger than you plan to use for the actual loop. This way, the first row of chain stitches is a bit bigger than you need and are flexible when the piece starts to stretch out as you crochet row after row.
Crocheting the Loop
- In Color 1, loosely crochet as many ch as you need. This will be the width of the loop. The final number of chains must be dividable by 6.
- Row 1 (Color 1 / Yellow): Chain 1 t-ch and crochet 1 sc into each ch.
- Row 2 (Color 1 / Yellow): Chain 1 t-ch, *1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tc, 1 dc, 1 hdc.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Fasten off the yarn for Color 1 and switch to Color 2.
- Row 3 (Color 2 / Blue): Chain 4 t-ch (counts as 1 tc), 1 dc into the hdc of the previous row, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tc. Then continue by chaining *1 tc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, and 1 tc,* repeating from * to * until the end of the row. Fasten off the yarn for color 2 and switch to color 1.
Note: For the pattern to unfold its full effect, it is important that each row is absolutely regular. Make sure that you crochet the tc of Row 3 always into the sc of Row 2. The idea is that the “biggest” stitch of the pattern (i.e. the tc) is always crocheted into the “smallest” stitch (i.e. the sc). In effect, you stack 1 tc in color 2 onto 1 sc in color 1 and so on.
- Continue by crocheting Row 2 and Row 3 in turns until you have reached the desired height of your loop. Finish the last row in Color 1.
- In Color 1, crochet a hdc into each ch of the previous row. Fasten off the yarn.
Finishing the Loop
- Align the ends of the shawl.
- Take a sowing needle and sow the ends together to create a loop. Weave in the ends.
- I used the ends of the yarn created when changing colors and used it to connect the respective rows. This way, I could hide the seam better by not breaking the color pattern.