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Scarves, Shawls and Wrap Patterns by Janie Crow

Janie Crow (Jane Crowfoot) is a UK designer who creates the most stunning patterns that are easy to understood and follow.

Her Persian Tiles blanket and Mystical Lanterns Blanket patterns are extremely well known and can be found in many Instagram posts by makers and creators all over the world.

Here you will find a selection of her beautiful Scarf, Shawl and Wrap Patterns.  Each pattern comes in a printed booklet form and written in UK crochet terms (there is a UK - US conversion chart in some booklets).

Climbing Rose Wrap:

I have always been a fan of the work of the Arts and Crafts Movement and, having worked in a home decorating store part time as a student, I am very familiar with William Morris’s wallpaper designs in particular. I started off thinking that my design inspiration would be Morris’s very well known design ‘The Strawberry Thief’, which is one of my favourites, but I was concerned about how I could produce the idea of strawberries and birds in crochet and so I was relieved and inspired further when I came across another design based on those of William Morris called 'Molly Blue', which not only had the floral elements I was looking for, but also totally summed up the colour palette I wanted to use.


Some of my designs have taken me months to design and make, whilst others, have been quite quick. The design for the Climbing Rose Wrap was a really speedy one once I set to crocheting and I really enjoyed interpreting elements of Morris’s fabric design in my crochet. The flowers within the original design are not easy to identify exactly, so I looked at traditional Victorian garden flowers and used these as the basis for my motifs, hence the fact that they are called Day Lily, Rambling Rose and Anemone.

 

Summer Palace Wrap:

This wrap design was initially inspired by an image of a printed cushion cover I found in a magazine, but having visited the Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace near Mysore in India a few years ago, I was inspired to look at the design again and link it into my Mysore Collection.



Lotus Flower Shawl:

Within the City Palace complex in Jaipur there are four gate buildings that surround the inner courtyard, which leads to the Chandra Mahal - the main palace building within the complex. The four gates are adorned with themes that represent the four seasons and Hindu Gods. The Lotus Gate, which sits to the Southern side of the courtyard, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva-Parvati was the inspiration for this design. The Lotus Gate represented the summer and the incredible painted patterns within the archway around the central wooden doors feature a continuous fanned flower tessellation and Lotus flowers in full bloom are featured on the facade.

The Lotus Gate alone features a huge amount of wonderful surface pattern and therefore design inspiration, but it is the Peacock Gate, which sits to the Northern side of the courtyard and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the winter season, which is the most ornately decorated. If you ever get a chance to visit Jaipur, you must make sure you go to the Palace and seek out the gates, or, if you're not likely to visit India, you can always search online.

The design is relatively easy to crochet. It is a "join as you go" project, which you could find a little tricky if you have never done it before. The printed brochure pattern includes lots of step by step images, charts and diagrams to help.

 

Mystical Lanterns Shawl:

The name of a repeated tessellating design, like the one I have used in this design, is called an 'Ogee' pattern in Arabesque design. It took me a few weeks to get the design of these blocks right; initially I came up with lots of really complicated ways to create this motif, but in the end it was so simple - funny how sometimes a design process can take so long and then the outcome can be so easy to make!


The pattern for the lantern shape motif is based on a granny hexagon pattern, but I have made a few changes to come up with the curved design the tessellates.
If you are using your own shades then ignore the references to yarns, when using an alternative yarn for this project it is up to you to make sure you choose the correct yarn weight and length and that your chosen yarn achieves the correct tension.

 

Mystical Lanterns Scarf:

The name of a repeated tessellating design, like the one I have used in this design, is called an 'Ogee' pattern in Arabesque design. It took me a few weeks to get the design of these blocks right; initially I came up with lots of really complicated ways to create this motif, but in the end it was so simple - funny how sometimes a design process can take so long and then the outcome can be so easy to make!


The pattern for the lantern shape motif is based on a granny hexagon pattern, but I have made a few changes to come up with the curved design the tessellates.

 

Hollicarrs Beaded Shawl/Scarf:

Hollicarrs is a beautiful crochet scarf with a subtle bead pattern that enhances its lovely drape. The project could be worn as a traditional scarf or a smart shawl and I love the way the beads catch the light. The beads are added into the stitch as you crochet using the half treble stitch (US half double). You can find a YouTube video that shows the technique by following this link.


Magic Circles Scarf:

I love looking at how shapes fit together and have wanted to create a tessellating circle design for some time. Circular motifs can be tricky to fit together and it is common to find the circular shape becomes slightly distorted when motifs are pieced together, so rather than create motifs that are square or octagonal, I designed cross-shaped infill pieces that protect the shape of the large circles.

 

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