Livenza Scarf and Shawl Modification
You know how much I love using my patterns to relive a moment in my past, to revisit in my mind a fascinating place - and Livenza is no exception! Inspired by the slowly rippling river that drifts through Polcenigo, gracing the local palace with its gentle, murmuring song. The Livenza Scarf and Shawl are no different! The rippling braid stitches remind me of that quiet, historic river.
I’m so honored that my Livenza Scarf pattern is being hosted as a free pattern on the Joy of Motion blog!! You can find the free version of the pattern here. Janne over at Joy of Motion creates unique free crochet patterns, hosts free patterns from other independent designers, and provides valuable tools to help crocheters and knitters to create beautiful works of yarn art. Ever wondered how much yarn you need for a project? She has a free calculator you can use! Of course, that is just one of the many tools she offers - go check it out! I’ve often used her calculators in my design process with great success! In fact, she gave me the tools to begin producing and publishing designs of my own!
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I used Yarn Bee Luxe Lollies for the scarf version of the Livenza pattern. I was enchanted with the softness of this yarn as well as the gentle transition between the colors. I felt this yarn striped beautifully in this pattern. In fact, I was able to complete the entire scarf using only ONE ball (502 yds) of the Luxe Lollie. The Yarn Bee Luxe Lollie yarn is a light 4 weight yarn made of 100% acrylic. It is loosly spun, creating a super soft texture and sheen, but the looseness also makes this yarn difficult to frog (unravel) as it has a tendency to felt to itself. If you need to undo a few stitches or rows, go slowly, making sure to gently undo any portions that may have felted. Sadly, the Luxe Lollies yarn has been discontinued by Hobby Lobby. If you are like me, you stocked up on lots of different colors to play with over the fall! If you didn’t manage to get your hands on any, a few great alternatives to Luxe Lollie would be Caron Simple Soft or Caron Simply Soft Tweeds.
For the shawl version of this pattern, I used Yarn Bee Dee-Lish Boutique. This yarn is a 3/DK weight yarn comprised of alpaca wool and acrylic. I found it to not be quite as soft as the Luxe Lollie, but still delightful to work with. The colors are more marled through the colorway, with less fade than the Luxe Lollie, but it still created a uniform and intentional look. This yarn was comfortable to work with, but also occassionally felted or knotted when pulling from the cake. Of course, this was simply taken care of, but I needed to be careful if I needed to unravel my work. A great alternative to the Yarn Bee De-Lish Boutique is Lion Brand Mandala.
I believe this pattern will work well with most 3/dk weight or a lighter version of a 4/worsted weight yarns! It is the perfect pattern to use up those self striping yarns that we all adore, but struggle to know what to do with! If you haven’t used a self striping yarn before, I totally recommend giving one a try with this cozy pattern - but if you aren’t a stripes person, I can just see this gorgeous crochet scarf made with the tweeds yarn to create a cozy fall fashion accessory!
Of course, you can’t crochet anything without a hook! I played around with several sizes, but went with my favorite, the I/5.5 mm size. While most 5.5 mm hooks will set you up just fine to create a beautiful work of crochet art - I happen to be partial to an ergonomic hook. I find using the thicker handled hooks relieves my hand cramps and prevents carpel tunnel (which I am prone to). My favorite budget friendly option right now are the Boye Ergonomics hooks. The handle is firm with a little give - so super comfortable. The head of the hook is smooth and glides easily through any yarn I’ve used with it. The Boye Ergonomics are definitely my go-to hooks!
The Fashion Potential
With cooler weather just around the corner for me (and maybe already here for you!). I’m looking forward to stepping up my wardrobe with some gorgeous handmade crochet accessories - like this free scarf pattern! The scarf size is not quite big enough to be a shoulder wrap, but it makes quite a statement as a triangle scarf. I’ve styled it with my simple black dress - and baby bump! - and simple ballet flats, but I also imagine it with a basic t-shirt, jeans, booties, maybe a denim jacket and a latte? A latte is totally an accessory!
Of course, if you prefer a shawl that you can wrap around your shoulders for bon-fire evenings, I’ve got that shawl modification available for you with the purchase of the PDF pattern! The shawl modification requires a bit more yarn and time, but creates a gorgeous fall look!
Where can you find the free Livenza Scarf Pattern? On the Joy of Motion blog!
But if you want the shawl modification, you can find that in my Ravelry store!
The Livenza Scarf and Shawl crochet patterns are considered intermediate. Even an advanced beginner could handle this pattern! Consisting mainly of simply stitches (hdc, dc, and tr), the only tricky portion is the rippling braid stitch - a full video tutorial is linked within the pattern to get you started on that!
So what are you waiting for? Grab your yarn and hook and create the perfect shawl accessory!