You need stitches! #1 – Rapunzel, Rapunzel edition

As I mentioned in my Total Accountability New Year Plans and Resolutions Post – the post is almost as epic as the title – I’ve been wanting for some time to introduce a ‘help’-feature on this blog. In this case, the help will be aptly titled ‘You need stitches!’. Like a modern day superwoman (minus the cape (and the super strength (but plus several layers of undergarments))) I swoop down on crocheters in need, whispering essential tips for improvement of their project in their ears, before retreating to my cozy, granny square-covered…eh…rooftop.

Anyway! Without further ado, I give you:

You need stitches, instalment 1 – braided scarf edition

One of my online crochet friends asked for tips on this braided scarf. It is called the Rapunzel Scarf by Kristen Hein Strohm; the pattern is available here on Ravelry.
The existing pattern seems fairly simple and beautiful, but the ends are rectangles that don’t follow the lines of the braid. My friend asked for suggestions on this. Of course it’s a matter of taste, but I agreed with her that a nicer, more organic-looking solution should be possible.


My suggestion was to start the leftmost and rightmost colors (C1 and C4 or C5 (depending on the number of strands)) along the edges of the other three braid strands. That way you create a nice, rounded edge that doesn’t clash with the braiding. Don’t follow? Here, see our Facebook convo for one of my patented back-of-envelope Helpful Drawings.


Want to see that drawing again, did you? Here we go.

For the accompanying explanation, see the screencap. To form the end of the scarf, I’d finish C(olor)2, 3 and 4 (or 2/3) and braid everything first. Then I’d lay the ends of C2, C3 and C4 next to each other and crochet with C1 and C5 along their end posts, making the two colors meet in the middle, joining them and knotting off.

This way you end up with an ‘infinity’ knot kind of solution, without any ends sticking out. So if you agree with me that the pattern looks better without the squared ends – here’s your fix!

Do you need stitches? Let me know in the comments, through an email or on Facebook!

Till next time…

superwoman-2YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH. I mean, you’re welcome.

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