I know almost nothing about Finland or its language. I do know that the ‘language’ of crochet is international. Even if we cannot read the pattern, and, sometimes, as in this case, even if there is not a charted design, we can often figure out the pattern.
This stunning scarf/shawl (ketjusilmukkahuivi) is an example of a simple, but very effective design. I am amazed at its simplicity – all chains and single crochets – or chains and a stitch combination of one’s choice – to create the rail effect. The fact that it’s a stash buster that uses up those partial skeins we all seem to accumulate make it that much more appealing to me. No one who received this beauty as a gift would imagine that it was composed of ‘scraps’ of yarn left over from other projects.
On Ravelry, other interpretations of this scarf can be seen, including a very sophisticated two color version that is clearly NOT a scrap project. I can’t wait to dig through my stash to assemble a collection of compatible colors to make my own interpretation. While there is no pattern per se online, a quick use of the translator at Google and the excellent photography on the site of the magazine Ulla combine to make the construction of the scarf clear to me.
Ulla is a Finnish magazine written with patterns of volunteer contributors. There is no English version of the magazine. There is a Ravelry group dedicated to the magazine and there may be help available there if you run into a problem. But, the pattern looks simple enough for me to feel confident that I can create my own version of it. As always, I will credit the designer for my personal use of the pattern. I remain in awe of the designer of this piece. It’s totally inspiring!
Note: Using a translating program, I was able to determine that at least part of the name of this scarf translates from Finnish to English as ‘Chain Bridge’. Well named, wouldn’t you say?
By jd wolfe