Circles Scarf Revisited

Craft | Thursday January 13 2011 | 9:21 am | Comments (4) | Tags: , , |

I can’t hide the fact that I became a little obsessed with the Circles Scarf from Inside Crochet Magazine, issue 11, designed by Linda Permann – I’ve raved on and on about it often enough on here!  In a bid to share the love I have posted before about how that actual pattern can be found, but there are some other versions of the same technique that can be used to give similar or alternative effects too.  So read on if you don’t mind that you too may become hooked!

The design and pattern for the Circles Scarf are by Linda Permann and she has written a post about it on her own blog found here!  Linda has said that in a few months she will be able to offer the pattern for sale as a pdf file, but in the meantime it is available in a digital copy of Inside Crochet magazine on Yudu.  It will cost £4.99 on Yudu, which is the same price as the paper copy of the magazine when it was published, so no loss buying it that way.

Following my last post about the pattern I was contacted by Sunshine to tell me that this technique is called yo-yo crochet!  Not only is it shown on her website, Sunshine’s Creations, she’s written a book about it called Learn to do Yo Yo Crochet

I found that details of how to use this technique aren’t widely available online, but I did find this free pattern, on free-crochet, that uses it in a square form which can be adapted into other shapes or rows fairly easily.  You need to register to download this pattern, but it’s worth it if you want to know how.

And there’s more… a flickr group too!  The group contains many different styles using this technique, some of which aren’t in my taste [sorry], or my types of colours, but they show off the technique very well.

I’ve also found it called a ‘medallion’ too, but both medallion and yo-yo crochet have many different variations so it’s not as easy as googling it to find instructions on how to create it.

I found a basic description of the technique on Patchwork Crochet, if you scroll waaaaaaay down to the bottom of this page.  It also shows you how to add a border around the circles to give a different type of finish.

And finally, the lovely Heather has been trying really hard to track down the issue of Inside Crochet with the circles scarf pattern in it and eventually got a copy on Ebay! 

So, I hope this info gets you up and running with the technique.  If you grow to love it as much as I do leave a comment or send a link to your site.

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  • Guest

    You did your homework for sure and have a great set of links on this blog post.  The ironic thing is that yo-yo crochet has been around forever and anyone who has crocheted for a long time would never pay $5 for a pattern for the circle scarf because they would already know the basic technique and a glance at the picture in the crochet magazine shows the only difference is that the scarf pattern was updated using one of the fabulous Noro yarns.

    The yo-yos can be completed different ways, like, if you want to make rows that are larger and larger squares, like granny squares, all you do on the first “half” row is complete each circle only 1/4 of the way, join, then on the 2nd round complete remaining 3/4 or the circles (instead of doing half and half on each row).  Then on subsequent rounds, you only do 1/4 on the corner circles and 1/2 on all the other circles.

    I didn’t get that issue of Inside Crochet but saw the photo of your scarf in the next one.  It took me maybe two seconds to figure out it was Noro sock yarn, four rows of yo-yo circles.

    If you are interested there is another widely-known pattern that results in rows of flowers instead of the yo-yos.  It would also work just as well with a yarn with long color runs like Noro.  The most recent iteration of this pattern is a for-free leaflet at Michael’s (a US store) to use with the terrific Grace cotton thread. 

    Hmm maybe I should create a “scarf pattern” with the flower stitch using Noro sock yarn, and post on Ravelry for $5, if it hasn’t already been done.  😉

    • frou-frou

      Hi thanks for your message. It definitely has been the case that people have not been able to work out the technique for the yo-yo / cirlce scarf as I have had many, many messages from people asking for the source of it. I have pointed everyone in the direction of where it is available.

      I dont think its a technique that has been widely known in the uk. I haven’t seen the flower version – we dont have Michaels here! I shall investigate online!!

      Many thanks, Fiona x

  • Gillian

    Thank you so much for all the links, will have a look at them and have a go sometime soon :)

  • Sarah Anderson

    These are FaB! I have that magazine, it had so many nice projects in I just had to buy it!!! Now whether I’ll have enough time or umph to make any of them is another matter lol