By the time you read this, I will have put a lot more repeats onto this Boteh Scarf! I am writing this post ahead of time to show you my latest work-in-progress, which I am taking along on the trip for crocheting on planes, trains, or during that lovely vacation down-time.

boteh scarf

I started this project completely by accident: it was one of those unforseen synchronicities of a pattern getting under your skin when the ideal stash yarn is sitting there waiting for a purpose. The pattern calls for Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, which I admittedly have plenty of, but these particular skeins (901 Baltic Sea) were a gift, and I always try to prioritize finding uses for gifted yarns ahead of other ordinary stash yarn. This is one of those projects that shows off the best of variegated sock yarn, and this colorway is a particularly lovely one.

boteh detail

Even though I started this project on an impulsive whim, it quickly grew into a full-fledged addiction. The stitch pattern is really fun: you are always decreasing stitches, so each row goes quicker then the last, and then just when that might get tedious, it’s time for the fun of turning and working the cascade of double-treble crochet down the side, which magically creates the curved paisley shape of each motif. Lather, rinse, repeat! I’m even looking forward to working the crochet edging around the whole scarf, because I can’t wait to see how it enhances the whole piece, and because – let’s face it – crochet is fast and fun.