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Crochet Challenge: Crochet an item from TV or a movie

Week 19 challenge (07-09-14):   Have you ever made a crochet item that you've seen on TV or a movie? If yes, show us a picture. If no, find a pattern you'd like to make and link to it. Hint: The Ravelry forums are a great place to find topics like this!
Answer:  One of my near-obsessions for many years has been Judy Garland’s scarf that she wore in the movie Meet Me In St. Louis, when she sang "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

Crochet - Judy Garland Scarf - Meet Me In St. Louis

I've never been able to find one like it, although recent searches revealed a number of people wanting one, or a pattern for one. I finally decided to add this to my design projects when I discovered a wonderful yarn that makes it seem within my reach to produce a satisfactory result.

The yarn discovery was the result of a Google search, when I came across an article on fabulousyarn.com by Ivy from My Sweetie Bean, who had made her own interpretation of the scarf.  (Article no longer available).

Artyarns Beaded Mohair & Sequins
This is the yarn she used, and I believe I got the last skein of this color on the planet.  Other yarns come close, though, so if I make more than one, or someone wants to make one from my pattern, I can recommend some.

The yarn is Artyarns Beaded Mohair & Sequins, color Snow/Silver.  A strand of silk entwines a strand of silk & mohair, and then both are generously dappled with silver glass Murano beads and sequins.  It's just gorgeous!

Since it's not really "Snow" white (it's undyed/natural), and I'll need more bulk, then I’ll hold one strand of it with one strand of Shibui Knits Cloud yarn, color Ivory, which will give it some "whitening". Shibui Knits Cloud Yarn - Ivory



I found these yarns at FabuousYarns.com

History

This “scarf” is actually an American fascinator. Fascinators through the ages in other countries were much different, more like perched hats.
The term ‘fascinator’ appears in America in the 1860s and refers to a light-weight, loosely-knitted or crocheted scarf, or small shawl worn over the head.  It is made of wool or lace.  The 1943 musical Oklahoma makes reference to this use of the term fascinator at the time. [ref. Fascinator: history of a hair accessory]
Chinese knot buttonThis particular fascinator doesn’t tie under the chin - it has a fastening device where on one side there is a ribbon with a Chinese knot button, and on the other side a loop for it.  Ivy, that I referred to earlier, shows the fastener she worked up.  It's just perfect.  I hope I can make mine as nice as hers.  (Photo shown with permission by Ivy at mysweetiebean.com).

I've taken every picture of the scarf I can find on the internet, from all different angles, and have a fair idea of how I want to proceed.  And I have the yarn.  But.... and there's always a "but", isn't there?  I've some other projects to wrap up first!

Until next time!
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  1. That's really pretty, and an interesting post about "fascinators". Let us know how it goes for you.

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  2. What a surprise to find your post about fascinators!! I don't know anyone who has any idea what that is - I do because my mother's friend crocheted me a very colorful one when I was a child, during World War II - yes, I'm 76, and it's one of my best memories.

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    1. How interesting! Wish you still had it - I'd love to see a picture of it!

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  3. Did you ever come up with a Pattern? I would certainly purchase it if you have! Now that I've become a knitting and crochet enthusiast (crocheter for 36 years; knitter for 1),I don't look at movies/tv shows the same! I've watched "Meet Me in St. Louis" for years, and was watching it last night, when I.REALLY.SAW.THE.FASCINATOR! Now I'm on a quest to find a pattern, googled, and here I am! Any information would certainly be helpful! Thank you! Lori J.

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    1. Unfortunately I have not :( I'm finishing writing a pattern for a crocheted Iris flower and darn it all I think I'll just make this my next design project. I do love it and it would be so pretty to wear before winter runs out!

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