Granny Square scarf pattern
September 16, 2013 8:32 AM   Subscribe

Metafilter, please help me find a pattern for this scarf.

I already know how to make granny squares, I am more interested in the colour pattern, which seems sort of random but all comes together. I can't seem to figure out the actual repeating pattern of colours.
posted by torisaur to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (12 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
It looks like they're granny hexes rather than granny squares. (ravelry sample hex pattern here) It looks like there's at least 15 different color patterns, though - hard to say for sure with it all folded and artistically draped as they are in that pic.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:43 AM on September 16, 2013

I'd bet that there's no really "pattern", but just 2 different colourways of 5-6 colours each (one warm, one cool) and the crocheter just picked at random.
posted by sparklemotion at 8:49 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

There's also half hexes. From what I can tell, the pattern repeats every 7 rows.

The hexes each use three different colors, one for each different row. My guess is that there is either 6 or 9 colors.
posted by royalsong at 8:52 AM on September 16, 2013

For some pointers to similar patterns, try this Ravelry search for hexagon granny square scarves.

I haven't got access to those patterns right now, but you might get good results looking at the motif arrangement instructions for any hex granny square pattern, so even afghans using hexagons might be a good place to look.
posted by asperity at 8:52 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: As for the color part of your question - I don't know if an actual map to color will help you as much as a study of color theory would. The reason it looks like those two different scarves are in multicolors that "go together" is because they've been selected according to color harmony, which maps out which colors on the color wheel tend to "go together".

The person who made those scarves probably just divvied up their yarn into two groups of different but complementary colors, and then made all sorts of random quares/hexagons. As long as you stick to the same pile for each separate scarf, then it doesn't matter what colors you choose for each square or hexagon, because they're all gonna go together.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:58 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh - and I found a really good guide to sussing out color theory, especially for fiber artists, in the first bit of this book.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:59 AM on September 16, 2013

Best answer: It's the Haverhill Afghan Scarf by Garnet Hill (item #14590). More photos: 1, 2, 3.

Here's an afghan pattern inspired by the scarf.
posted by editorgrrl at 9:22 AM on September 16, 2013 [4 favorites]

Looking at it, one is very much an autumnal palette - dark greens, changing leaf colours - and the other is more sugary, cupcakey colours.
posted by mippy at 9:26 AM on September 16, 2013

I count an 8 row pattern in the scarf on the right. There are no repeats in the 32 hexes/half-hexes that make up the 8-row block.

Colors I see on the right scarf:
bright pink
light pink
black (or maybe dark navy? screen isn't great)
greenish teal

As mentioned above, each hex/half-hex has three regions. Some of them are solidly one color, some are a mix of two colors (can do by holding two colors of yarn together. If you do that, you'll want to do so everywhere--eg so if a region is solidly red, hold two red yarn strings doubled--so that your gauge is constant throughout. Just use a lighter weight yarn to avoid chunkiness).

You can look at the image to copy their pattern exactly, or kind of wing it. I don't see any order in the pattern (eg inner color becomes middle color in hex above it, etc), just that you don't have the same color in the same position of adjacent hexes.

Once you have your pattern block mapped out, make six blocks (or whatever length you want) to form the scarf. You may prefer making all six identical hexes at the same time.
posted by neda at 9:30 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Haverhill Afghan Scarf was sold by Garnet Hill in autumn 2010. The description mentions "hexagonal ‘rose window’ shapes" and dimensions of 70"L x 7"W.

Here's another reverse-engineered afghan pattern, described as "hexagon grandmothers flower garden."

The Afghan Scarf pattern by Tracy St. John (registration required) uses sockweight yarn. Or you could just make the hexagon half of Split Personality by Tracy St. John.
posted by editorgrrl at 9:47 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I found some other patterns that might satisfy your crochet bug. You'll need a Ravelry account to see details on these.

Amethyst Brook Crocheted Afghan
Mochi Plus Flower Garden Wrap
Hexagon Scarf or Wrap

A more simple pattern (that I had to include because one of the finished pieces is by my sister):
Kaleidoscope Scarf

Other possible options:
Granny Trefolio Scarf
Scarf / Stole / Echarpe "Granade"
Kaleidoscope Cashmere Crochet Scarf
Lula Too Crochet Scarf
posted by Squeak Attack at 5:22 PM on September 16, 2013

Response by poster: You are all magnificent. Thank you! Also, Squeak Attack, those patterns will keep me busy for months! :D
posted by torisaur at 5:41 PM on September 16, 2013

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