off the hook {orange crush scarf}

i’ve had a serious orange crush lately.  fabric, yarn, thread, fruit – if it’s orange, i want it.  i find its zesty, warm and fiery vibe so intriguing because it manages to be both comforting and invigorating at the very same time.  take that, grey.  actually, i can’t get enough grey, either, but today is all about orange.

for me, orange is just far enough outside-the-box (that is to say it’s not black or neutral or boring, like so much of my wardrobe) to feel a little daring, too.  i’ve got some goldfish coloured fabric set aside for a schoolhouse tunic, and i’m planning another cheery bag with the remnants from this birdie sling, but my first foray into orangeing up my wardrobe was this glorious tangerine coloured shawl.

this piquant rounds out my trio of lilygo projects (including this and this).  for me, this one is the most wearable of the bunch.  i predictably hooked it with malabrigo sock – that irresistibly soft and warm-but-not-too-warm 100% merino wool dyed in colours so delicious looking that you really want to taste them.

piquant was a delight to work up.  as usual, the instructions were impeccable and the charts were ever so clear.  as i have yet to develop a knack for wearing shawls, i made the smaller version (though i added 2 more repeats in section one because i needed the length) which is just the right size for luscious neck-wrappage.

this pattern is worked in 3 separate sections, which kept it interesting and made it feel as though it was a quick make.  in fact, this was such a non-traumatic project that i’m working on a second version in a deep bluey-purple, and i foresee a whole clan of intensely colourful piquants in my future (but my tangerine piquant will always be my favourite).

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28 responses to “off the hook {orange crush scarf}

  1. That orange and the purple are so vibrant. Beautiful work on the scarf.

  2. Looks great. I like the way the colour is almost solid, with just a hint of lighter tones. Such a shawl makes you wish for cooler weather just so you can wear it. 😉

    • thanks! yes, i like their ‘mostly’ solid colours, too – they have some subtle variation but not enough to make it look busy. lucky for me it’s rainy and cool right now 🙂

  3. Marcia

    Beautiful, both color and pattern. Am curious as to where I can get the piquant and the pattern? Thanks!

    • thanks, marcia.
      you can find the pattern if you click on the ‘piquant’ link in my post – that will link you to lilygo’s blog, where you can purchase the pattern, or you can head over to ravelry and purchase it there. lilygo is the designer – she has many crochet and knit patterns available, and they’re all amazing!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Love your color choices!

  5. Surya

    Gorgeous…kinda makes a girl wish she knew how to crochet. 🙂

  6. The orange if fabulous! And I love your term “non-traumatic project.”

  7. Stunning! It is always so fun to rev up a wardrobe with a bright vibrant color like orange! I am not a knitter or a crocheting, but these are things that I would like to accomplish this year. Where should I start with Thanks gal!

    • thanks!
      i found crochet really easy to pick up. if you need inspiration, you may want to check out ravelry.com – loads of patterns and tutorials and very talented knitters and crocheters.

  8. fabricfan

    your orange scarf is stunning.-Rosemary

  9. your shawl is glorious indeed! i love the color and can’t wait to see your other orange projects. and i have been feeling the same way about yellow- especially yellow yarn! need to get my hands on some promptly. 🙂

  10. I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.
    If you’d like to accept this award then please take it to your blog and pass it on – if this is not your cup of tea then please accept this as a compliment on your blog. http://homeheartandhook.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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