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    Just Buy the Pattern!

    You know, they say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. And sometimes life just makes sure I don't forget it.

    I've been crocheting fairly consistently now for about 30 years and I consider myself at an intermediate level, although I've certainly not had much of any experience making clothing. You know, the kind that actually has to fit. So every now and then I'll be perusing Pinterest and I'll find a photo of an item that I fall in love with, but then I find out I'd have to pay for the pattern. Since I have a very small budget, I try to be frugal. And sometimes I'm arrogant (and silly) enough to think that I can just figure out the pattern on my own.

    Such was the case of the "Metro Kerchief by Yuliya Tkacheva":https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/metro-kerchief. Even though I am a lace fan at heart, occasionally when I see a beautiful geometric pattern I fall in love. And I fell hard for this one. But since my budget is tight, I thought (after looking very carefully at the scarf) that I could figure it out on my own. HA!

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    "Metro Kerchief by Yuliya Tkacheva"

    First off, you have to be careful to choose a yarn that has quite a bit of body to it because a soft yarn won't hold the design. That was my first mistake, so I had to start over with another yarn. Next, after you figure out how to do the pattern, you have to figure out the correct increases/decreases, otherwise you will end up with either a VERY long scarf, a very short scarf, or a very lopsided scarf.

    I won't bore you will all the details, but this scarf took me almost a month to finally get right (and with a lot of mathematical help from my husband, too). Looking back on this now, that's totally insane. Of course, when I started out I had no idea it would be so difficult for me (that arrogance again!), but at least the experience has taught me a lesson. Unless an item is super-super easy, JUST BUY THE PATTERN!

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    The Urban Kerchief, now available in my Bonanza Shop

    I have since completed my version of this scarf, and even though it took me forever, I am very happy with how it turned out. It is currently available for sale at my Bonanza booth - only $21.99 and free shipping! (Christmas is coming faster than you know....)

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    Hi Nova55,
    Nice scarf, scarves!

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    Hello Nova, I love your pattern you did a great job. I think you and I must be sisters as we have the same view on our abilities. I seem to go for the patterns that are difficult and assume I can do them. Some turn out nice others maybe not exactly what the pattern looks like but OK.

    You didn't have that problem with this item even though it took you awhile you did it and it looks elegant.

    I really like your post and you items that you share with us.

    Spoula

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    Thank you so much for your kind comments. What I felt was insane was the time involvement, because literally I started this scarf over 4 times, and then on the decrease side I was 3/4 done and realized I screwed up and had to pull that side out and redo it. If I ever decide to make this scarf again, I will definitely buy the pattern!

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