If you want to know how to make one--it takes about four White Collar shows, or one movie long to make. A two-hour craft for a 3-way style? works for me. Instructions below.
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky (which I just discovered is machine washable & dryable!), in 127 Walnut. This lovely brown almost has a tweedy feel to it, with a red hint throughout. I used a K (6.5) crochet hook.
This is where it gets fairly unscientific. I just made chains until I thought it was long enough. It turns out I must have made 204 chains, because, the way I constructed it, it came out to 100 double crochets per row.
Because this is a cowl/scarf, it doesn't end up very long, and it's designed to wrap around the neck, so I did a double crochet every other chain for my first row of DC. In all, I made 9 rows of DC, and fastened off.
Side tip on how I get the yarn into my darning needle--perhaps this common knowledge:
See how making the extra chains give the scarf a slight curve?
Now: time to figure out the button situation. AKA time to start grinning maniacally. It turns out I have a lot of buttons. Everywhere. But this is my favorite treasure trove:
My initial options:
It's important that the button be able to fit through the stitches:
I ended up choosing these, and red embroidery thread to secure them:
To make the sure the buttons were spaced evenly, I counted rows and stitches. The top buttons were on row two, stitch 4 & stitch 13. The bottom buttons were on the second to bottom row, same stitches.
To secure the buttons I:
|I tie a knot once I make the first pass through|
|And, I tie a knot once I've secured the button with 3-4 pass-throughs|
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