Oh, I am so excited about sharing my first project post with you all! When I was first chosen by Bernat to be a blogger, I was so excited that I could hardly sleep. I spent hours pouring over yarns and projects until I had found just the right one to begin with. After having worked on the pattern a bit, and tried out the yarn, I couldn't be more thrilled with the choices I made!
I decided to do the Softee Chunky Neckwarmer, a free pattern from Bernat. I love the texture in this pattern, and the fact that it looks nice enough to go with professional wear, yet casual enough to wear for a day out with friends. I like versatility in a pattern, because it means that all the hard work I put into something will get to be seen more than just a few times. The Softee Chunky Neckwarmer fit the bill perfectly!
Being the rebel that I am, I felt like trying the pattern with a different yarn than the pattern suggested. Instead of Bernat Softee Chunky, I decided to give it a go with a new yarn, Bernat Roving in the color Lichen. Let me take a little side step here and tell you that this yarn is truly amazing. It is just as soft as it looks, and really has a 100% wool feel to it, even though it is 80% acrylic. I am more than thrilled about this, because I get the look and feel of wool, which I love, and the ease of care that comes with acrylic. BONUS! I mean, really. Can it get much better than that?
Ok, back to business. I wanted to explain how I was able to know that Roving would be a compatible yarn for the Softee Chunky Neckwarmer even though it was a different yarn than the pattern called for. The first thing that I did was check the pattern to see what size hook it required. According to the pattern, it called for a 6.00 mm J hook. Of course, Bernat Softee Chunky calls for a J hook as well. I checked the Bernat Roving yarn label and saw that it called for a 6.50 mm K hook. Though the gauge would not be exact, for a pattern like a neckwarmer, one size up in hook or yarn size should not be much of a problem.
I printed out the pattern (which you can download free, here), and decided to swatch since I knew I would be using a different yarn than the pattern suggested. According to the pattern, gauge = 11 sc and 13 rows = 4 ins [10 cm]. I went ahead and swatched to make sure that I was within the general range of gauge and was very pleased to find that since I am a tight crocheter, I was spot on for gauge even with a thicker yarn and larger hook!
With that tricky business out of the way, I am going to get busy crocheting. Before you know it, I will have a lovely Lichen colored neckwarmer to share.
Thanks for joining me for my first project post here at Bernat!