Perfect Spring Scarf

Perfect Spring Scarf

Here in Minnesota our weather can keep you guessing well into spring. Recently we’ve had a small wave of warmer weather and it got me thinking of spring. I’ve had this beautiful Butterfly Super 10 yarn that I picked up at a thrift store of all places. It’s been in my bin for well over a year waiting for a project.

As our weather warms up here I often find that I’m in need of a scarf that’s a bit lighter this time of year. I finally had some inspiration and thought that the Pebble Lace Stitch would make a wonderful light scarf and would compliment this yarn nicely. So I sat down and got to work.

The beauty of this pattern is that it works up quickly and you can stop when it reaches the length you are looking for. I made this one quite long. I chose to do that because with the added length comes more ways to wrap and wear it.

I hope you enjoy the pattern! I will also be adding this pattern as a PDF in my ravelry shop

Spare Time Hookin

MATERIALS:

WW yarn (Butterfly Super 10 shown)

J Size hook

Scissors

Yarn needle

 

Abbreviations used:

Ch= chain

St= stitch

Sk= skip

Sp= space

Sc= single crochet

Hdc- half double crochet

Hdc-cl – half double crochet cluster

Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together

Hdc3tog – half double crochet 3 together

 

Notes:

Gauge isn’t really important with this project. Once you reach round 4 just continue on until you reach your desired length.

For Row 2:

the first hdc2tog will be worked into the 3rd and 4th chain from your hook (into the turning chain just made)

the last hdc3tog will be worked as follows, first 2 of the hdc3tog will be worked into the ch3 sp from previous row and the last will be worked into the sc st from previous row.

 

PATTERN:

Ch. 14

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook *ch3, 2 hdc-cl in next ch, ch 1, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * to end, turn

Row 2: ch 4, work hdc2tog over 3 & 4th ch from hook (working into the chain just made), ch 1, *(sc, ch3, 2hdc-cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch 1; repeat from * to last ch 3 sp, sc in last ch 3 sp, ch 2, work hdc3tog over last ch 3 sp and last sc (1st 2 of the hdc3tog are worked in to the ch 3 sp and the last in the sc st), turn

Row 3: ch 1, sc in 1st st from previous row, ch 3, 2 hdc-cl in ch 2 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch3, 2 hdc-cl) in next ch3 sp, ch 1, repeat from * across to turning ch, sc in top of turning ch, turn

Row 4-finish: Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you reach the desired length

Finishing off:

Ending on a ch4 round.

Instead of ch4, ch 3 and sc in top of ch3 from previous row, ch 3, sc in top of next ch3, ch3, sc in top of last ch3, sc in next st and finish off.

Weave in ends.

 

Happy Hookin’ 🙂

 

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Handmade Gifts

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With Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to make something beautiful yet useful for my boys teachers that wasn’t screaming Valentine’s with Red and Pink. They work so hard and really do go above and beyond for my kids. I did make a small purchase for them but wanted to make something handmade for all the work they do.

I set out looking for something that I could work up quickly but would still be beautiful and functional at the same time. I loved the idea of a coffee sleeve since the cardboard ones you get at the coffee shop never really work well and it’s nice to have a personalized sleeve.

I found a ton of patterns but this one stuck out to me since I was in a time crunch and wanted to use what I had on hand. I modified the pattern just a bit and I’m really happy with how it came out.

For the coffee sleeve itself you can follow the link to the free pattern:

http://tatertotsandjello.com/2013/11/happy-holidays-handmade-gift-idea-crochet-heart-coffee-cozy.html

I made just a few changes which I will list below.

I started by making a chain of 30 instead of the 25

I also did 4 rows of dc (the pattern has a small error I think because the pic has 4 rows but the written portion is different)

Basically, I did the sc round, 4 dc rounds and 1 sc round to finish

After I got that finished my husband thought it would look nice to finish it with a contrast color. I can’t argue when The Hubs throws in some creative ideas since that doesn’t happen all that often.

So I took the color I planned on using for the hearts and made an edging for the top and bottom. I did a regular sc around the bottom part of the sleeve but for the top I wanted it to be a bit different.

For the top I did (sc, ch 1) all the way around to give it that little bit of flare around the top.

To finish it all off I used the heart pattern from the same site which I’ll post a link to as well.

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/10/10/crochet-heart-applique/

I can’t wait until tomorrow so we can hand over our handmade gifts to the teachers! Do you have a favorite handmade gift that you like to make for others? If so I would love to hear it!

Happy Hookin’ all

Simple Winters Night Cowl

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I don’t know about any other hookers out there but I am always on the hunt for a one skein pattern. They can be surprisingly difficult to find for some reason. I’ve had this yarn laying around for a while, I purchased it originally for a hat that I was working on but sometimes things just don’t work the way we would like them to and the hat was one of those times.

Needless to say I needed to find a new way to use it and since I couldn’t find anymore in the same color at the shop I decided to figure out a way to get by with just the one skein. Lucky for me it had 251 yards because I used almost all of it!

I am very happy with how it turned out and think it works so well for all those random skeins some of us have laying around.

I love the stitch because it is entirely reversible so if you want the same look with no buttons you can just hide them on the inside. Another great thing about it is the wonderful texture it gives the finished piece!

This is one that I will be wearing whenever I get the chance!

Happy Hookin’ all

 

If you would like to try out this free pattern please take some time to check out my Ravelry shop!

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Candy Corn Hat

 

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This is a pattern I worked up for National Candy Corn day! It works up quickly and could easily be changed up to make it a Hershey’s kiss or even an elf inspired hat for the holidays!

I had hoped to have this up in October but life with 3 kids and a husband who works very hard sometimes has other ideas!

I just love the way this one worked out and how nicely it stays in it’s form! I do use the hdc in the “hidden” or 3rd loop for this hat, if you are unfamiliar with it you can follow the link below to an awesome tutorial on Moogly!

http://www.mooglyblog.com/third-loop-half-double-crochet/

If you’re looking for a fun pattern to try out stop by my Ravelry shop and grab a copy of this fun hat!

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Ridged Infinity Scarf

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This Infinity scarf is a beautiful addition to any winter wardrobe! It is super thick and can be worn in so many different ways from a long scarf, double wrapped cowl, hooded cowl or even in the Katniss style that is really popular right now!

No matter how you choose to wear it, it looks fantastic and will keep you very warm no matter where you live! It also makes an awesome gift for anyone!

I love the texture of it and in my opinion the optional surface crochet in white really makes it stand out as something a little different! The surface crochet is totally optional as it looks fantastic without it as well!

If you would like to make one for yourself head on over to my Ravelry shop and get a free copy of the pattern for yourself!

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kristin-schmidt

Star Stitch Hat

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STAR STITCH HAT

This is a pattern that I am so very proud of! I have been working on this for such a long time I felt like I would never get it finished.

This hat has a unique look that you won’t find at every craft fair you go to and will leave people asking where you got it and how they can get one!

This pattern is definitely not for beginners but if you are an intermediate or advance crocheter it will work up very quickly. I recommend watching the awesome tutorial for this stitch found at moogly

http://www.mooglyblog.com/star-stitch-marguerite-stitch/

This is an awesome tutorial on the stitch and will help if you aren’t comfortable or familiar with the stitch to begin with.

I had so much fun making this pattern but I won’t lie and say there weren’t a few tears shed while trying to get it just right. I was able to find an amazing woman to test this for me and she was kind enough to write a review that I will share below:

*****Just had the pleasure of testing the Star Stitch Hat and what a fun and beautiful pattern it is. I highly recommend viewing the Star Stitch tutorial mentioned in the pattern stitches used before attempting to start this hat. Kristin’s instructions are written so well that you are able to breeze right through the pattern and have a beautiful finished hat in just a few hours. This is not a pattern for beginners but any average or experienced crocheter will not have any problems. Truly a wonderful and not your standard hat pattern. 

I am excited to offer this as my first paid pattern and truly hope that you enjoy it! If you purchase this pattern and have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will help with anything I can!

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The pattern for this hat can be purchased in my Ravelry store:

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Simply Wide Ear Warmer with removable Button

Simply Wide Ear Warmer 1 Simply Wide Ear Warmer 2

MATERIALS:

Size H crochet hook

WW yarn- Caron Simply Soft used here

2 Buttons: 1 inch button for flower & 1.5 inch button for back closure

Scissors

Yarn needle

STITCHES USED:

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

hdc2tog- half double crochet 2 together- yo, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo and pull through all loops on hook

GAUGE:

Finished piece measures approximately 21 inches in length and 5 inches wide

NOTES:

Ch 1 of each row NEVER counts as a stitch

1st hdc of each row will be made in the same stitch as your beginning chain

Work your hdc’s in between the posts of hdc’s from previous row rather than into the top of the stitch.

Easily make this pattern longer or shorter by adding or subtracting rows  for a more custom fit

 

PATTERN:

Ch 7

Row 1: sc across, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 2: hdc across, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 3: hdc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, hdc in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn  (2hdc, 2ch, 2hdc)

Row 4: hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in skipped space, hdc in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn  (6)

Row 5: 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in last st, ch 1, turn  (8)

Row 6: hdc across, ch 1, turn  (8)

Row 7: 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in last st, ch 1, turn  (10)

Row 8: hdc across, ch 1, turn  (10)

Row 9: 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in last st, ch 1, turn  (12)

Row 10: hdc across, ch 1, turn  (12)

Row 11: 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 10 sts, 2 hdc in last st, ch 1, turn  (14)

Row 12: hdc across, ch 1, turn  (14)

Rows 13-60: repeat row 12

If you would like to make a more custom fit, just add or subtract rows here to get it to the size you want!

Row 61: hdc2tog, hdc in next 10 sts, hdc2tog, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 62: hdc across, ch 1, turn  (12)

Row 63: hdc2tog, hdc in next 8 sts, hdc2tog, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 64: hdc across, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 65: hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog, ch 1, turn  (8)

Row 66: hdc across, ch 1, turn  (8)

Row 67: hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog, ch 1, turn  (6)

Row 68: hdc across, ch 1, sc around outside edge of piece making 3 sc in the corners

Optional:

I like to take an accent color and do another round of single crochet around the edge.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

 

For the flower I used a G hook and the same brand of yarn and followed this pattern. (see link below)

http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-flower-accent-free-pattern.html

 

I loved the idea of having a flower that you can take off or switch out depending on what you are wearing that day!

 

I hope you enjoy this pattern! It is very simple and works up very quickly! If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer as quickly as possible.

 

Happy Hookin’