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Crochet Petite Scarf

November 20, 2013

Here’s a crochet scarf for that in-between weather when it’s chilly but not quite deep-freeze weather. It’s quick to make because it’s not very long, plus it’s worked with a size N hook, which is large. The flower is made separately and sewn on.

Crochet_Scarf

Note the button on the left side – quite a few people commented on the pattern saying that there were no instructions for fastening the scarf. Some people added a button and buttoned it through the center of the flower. I decided to keep the button behind-the-scenes. I thought I’d be able to fasten the button through the back of the scarf behind the flower, but that didn’t work too well. Instead, I made a short chain that I tied on as a loop behind the flower.

Crochet_Scarf

Here’s a close-up that hopefully shows what’s going on. The loop fits over the button and secures the scarf, but the button and loop aren’t visible.

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Project notes:

  • The scarf pattern is Petite Scarf from Lion Brand Yarn. The pattern is free, but you may need to log in to access it.
  • Instead of the flower that’s part of the pattern, I made the flower from an ear wrap I had just finished making. I liked the flower so much, I thought I’d use that one instead.  It goes great with the scarf and is just the right size.
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Crochet Ear Warmer / Headband

November 19, 2013

Ear warmer, headband, head wrap…whatever you call it, it’s a good way to keep your ears warm in chilly weather. It’s also a super-easy and quick crochet project.

Crochet ear warmer

I have a stretchy fleece ear warmer that’s very functional, but not very cute, so I’m looking forward to being a bit more stylish this winter. And I’ll be coordinated, because I used the same yarn that I used for this scarf.

Next, I made a green one to give as a gift; this one includes the (very cute!) flower that’s part of the pattern. I also gave this one a ribbed effect by crocheting through the back loop. I love how this one turned out and plan to make another one for myself, maybe in a bright color.

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On both of the ear warmers, I added two buttons, figuring that after a while it might stretch out and then I can switch to the other button (washing it should help it shrink up a little bit too). The two-button technique is good if you are giving this as a gift and don’t know the exact size of the person’s head (I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone’s head measurements!).

Ear_Warmer_2

Project notes:

  • I followed the instructions at Frayed Knot, but instead of counting the rows, I wrapped it around my head as I was making it and kept going until it was long enough. I made the green one a little shorter than the brown one; it’s a gift, and I think my friend’s head is smaller than mine.
  • If you have a button in mind, have it handy and make sure that the buttonhole is the correct size. If you buy a button after you make the ear warmer, take it to the store so you can be sure you’re buying the proper size button.
  • If you’re not familiar with crocheting through the back loop, check out this post to see examples of both loops, front loop, and back loop.
  • The brown yarn is Lion Brand Quick & Easy Mohair Look in color 403, Camel Spray. I bought it a couple of years ago, so I don’t know if it’s still available. The green yarn is Red Heart Super Saver in color 0624, Tea Leaf. The green one is stretchier.
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Crochet Candy Corn

November 8, 2013

Is it too late for candy corn? I have a bag of it in my pantry, so I think it’s still the season.

This is an easy, cute crochet project for your fall décor.

crochet candy corn

I made a bunch and put them in this Halloween cat basket.

crochet candy corn

The pattern, called Amigurumi Candy Corn, is here on Lion Brand’s website. (The pattern is free, but you may need to create an account and log in to see the pattern.) I also saw a bunch of other cute candy corn patterns on Ravelry.

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Crocheted Beaded Bracelet

November 5, 2013

This is an easy crochet jewelry project, and it doesn’t even require jewelry-making supplies or skills. It does, however, require a lot of beads. I chose this project because I had some beads to use up, but I had to buy more beads to have enough to make a bracelet.

You can make this as long as you want; mine wraps around three times.

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Here it is not on a wrist. It’s just a long chain of single crochet with beads incorporated.

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And here’s the closure – it’s a button that slips through a loop of thread. I like how this looks, and I appreciated not having to struggle with attaching a jewelry clasp, which is not my strong point. I even happened to have a clear button that looks like a little jewel.

BraceletClasp

Project notes:

  • A very helpful video tutorial and a supply list are here.
  • I bought this waxed linen thread from Etsy, which is what she links to in her tutorial post. The thread from my local craft store only came in white; I really like the green color that I used here.
  • Remember to string all of the beads before you start to crochet. You don’t have to use them all, but you can’t add more beads later, so err on the side of stringing too many beads.
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Crochet Beaded Necklace

November 4, 2013

This is a really simple crochet project. String beads on some thread, do a simple crochet chain, adding beads as you go, and voilá, a pretty necklace!

Crochet Beaded Necklace

I used a mix of gray Swarovski crystal beads, round clear beads, and larger dark gray beads. The thread is a 2-ply silver metallic thread.

Crochet Beaded Necklace

This is one of my all-time favorite projects. It’s pretty, I wear it often, and no one has identified it as homemade. I should probably include a photo of me wearing it so you can see how nicely it hangs, but I really don’t want a close-up of my neck posted on the internet for eternity.

Project notes:

  • I followed the instructions in this tutorial. She provided instructions for attaching the clasp, but that part was still difficult for me, since I’m not a jewelry maker. Thankfully, the staff at my local bead store is knowledgeable and helpful, and they were able to walk me through it.
  • Be sure to string all the beads you will need for the strand before you start crocheting. You may want to add a few more than you think you need to be safe.
  • As you can see by the photos, I made a two-strand necklace instead of the three-strand shown in the tutorial. One strand didn’t look like enough, but two was plenty for me.
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Crochet Soap Saver

October 28, 2013

The other weekend, I was at a craft fair with a friend and she was eyeing up some handmade cotton soap savers. I said “don’t buy that, I can make those!” So I did.

Crocheted Soap Saver

I looked around online for patterns and decided on the Pampering Massage Soap Saver from Moogly. I liked this pattern because the soap saver is shaped like a small bag and has a drawstring at the top. It also has cluster stitches on one side (the massaging bumps), which add a bit of cuteness to the design. The other side is plain.

Crocheted Soap Saver

I hadn’t used a soap saver before, so I made one for myself and tested it out with a bar of handmade olive oil soap that I bought that the craft fair. I like it! The soap suds came through and the saver acts like a washcloth. I hope it does actually “save” the soap and make it last a bit longer.

Crocheted Soap Saver

I have plenty of yarn left, so I’ll be whipping up more of these to give as gifts.

Crochet Notes:

  • I used Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn in Ecru. This was my first time working with cotton yarn; it was easy to work with and the finished product feels very nice.
  • Bars of soap vary in size, so if you have a certain bar in mind, have it handy so that you can make sure it will fit. I had to add one more row at the end to make the soap saver large enough to fit my soap.
  • If you want to use the drawstring as a hanging loop, you might want to make it a little longer than 12 inches.
  • Before you start, read through the entire pattern and the comments on the post. Rows 4 & 5 use a technique I have not seen before: row 4 is worked on the right side and row 5 is worked on the wrong side. To work on the wrong side, you turn the piece inside out – so when the pattern says “turn” it means turn it to the right side or wrong side, depending on which row you’re on. This isn’t difficult to do, but it takes some getting used to if you haven’t worked this way before.
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Crochet-Embellished Flip Flops

June 17, 2011

I have a thing about making craft projects that are useful. And what’s more useful than a pair of shoes? I saw these on the Crochet Today blog and bought some flip flops even before the issue was out.

Adding flowers is a fun way to dress up flip flops, and covering the straps with yarn makes them much more comfortable. I don’t wear flip flops that often, but that might change!

Project notes

  • I started with the pattern in the July/August 2011 issue of Crochet Today magazine, previewed here. The daisy (white flower with pink center) is their pattern.
  • I just wasn’t understanding how to crochet around the straps, but then I found this great tutorial that includes photos. It’s really easy to do! The tutorial also shows another idea for embellishing flip flops if you’re more of a button person than a flower person.
  • I used these instructions to make the other flowers (pink with white center).
  • Sew the flowers onto the covered straps and admire your handiwork!

There are lots of crochet flower tutorials online, so with a little searching, you can find just the one you’re looking for. Here’s one that shows how to decorate crocheted flowers with buttons and beads. I haven’t tried that yet, but I might for my next pair!

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