Braided Little Squares Scarf by Sue Doran

The next scarf in the Designer Scarf Challenge is by Sue Doran of Sooz Jewels. Sue has created an exquisite scarf pattern called Braided Little Squares. This scarf uses the popular overlay mosaic crochet technique. While this is considered an intermediate, specialty crochet technique, several of Sue’s testers had never before worked with overlay crochet and they all were able to create beautiful scarves! The pattern is available today and will be free on Sue’s blog, Sooz Jewels through November 23. Head on over there to find everything you need to create this masterpiece!

Susan Powell was one of the testers who had never used this technique before. She found that using the chart was extremely helpful. Using Crafty DK in Deep Lake and Cream purchased from Aldi, she has crocheted this dramatic scarf that shows the design off beautifully. “I loved the experience of using the pattern. This was my first attempt at this type of crochet. I started with the written instructions but found the chart easier as I went on. Everyone that has seen it (craft club) loves it too. Amazing design.”

Elaine Tuttle also tested the scarf and finished the scarf quickly. She used 6 oz of Premier Anti Pilling DK in Meadow, 4.5 oz of Loops & Threads Joy DK in Snow. She did a beautiful job and made an elegant scarf…clearly a very accomplished crocheter.

Karen Dixon made hers in Cygnet DK, a beautifully muted combination of Candyfloss and Chiffon. Karen makes a lot of items for her daughter-in-law, who has apparently already claimed it! Karen said “Just needs blocking, love it and the pattern, thank you”.

To get the pattern and see more tester scarves, go to Sooz Jewels.

As we do with all our designers, we asked Sue to tell us a little about herself:

“My mum got me into crafts, doing rows on her knitting when I was little, but it was my dad who taught me to cast on and off. He was a WW2 veteran and learnt to knit socks in the RAF. Aunty Vi introduced me to crochet shortly after I started knitting. I’ve dabbled with many other crafts like macrame, weaving, rugmaking, sewing and pottery as hobbies but crochet began to take precedence about 12 years ago. I started publishing crochet patterns in 2015 for free on my blog. It always had to be part-time as I was working hard on making a living. I’ve gone through various occupational reinventions: legal secretary, PA, admin, sales rep, web design, jeweller and lampwork beadmaker. It was Autumn 202, after a disastrous year (Brexit export paperwork problems) with my beadmaking business, that I went full time on pattern designing. Twelve months later, here I am, wishing I had started to do this years ago.”

You can find Sue on Instagram (@soozjewels), Facebook (soozjewels), Ravelry (soozjewels), and Etsy (soozjewels).

So go grab your hooks and some of your favorite yarn and let’s see your versions of the Braided Little Squares Scarf! And don’t forget to show off your finished scarves on our Facebook group page!

Happy Crocheting!

Margaret

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