Teacher’s Gifts in Under One Hour

Today I want to share the holiday gifts I decided to make for my daughter’s teachers and caregivers.  I have limited time to work on side projects and even less money in the budget, so I’m always looking for the biggest bang with the least amount of wallet pains and I think I’ve found a few winners this year.

As you can see I made scarves for the ladies this year and I think they came out super cute!  The wonderful thing is they are all patterns that are easy for beginners to follow and they each are one skein so they are really affordable since most brands of chunky yarn cost about $5.00.  The dark pink scarf is made from Lion’s Brand Homespun yarn so I was able to work one scarf and had enough let for one; possibly up to 3 more!  Now that is a real bargain!

The first pattern I will share is for the dark pink Boho Scarf.  This pattern is not mine.  I found the pattern available for free at Classy Crochet.  She has wonderful instructions with photos to help you along.  There are also some other beautiful creations I can’t wait to check out on my next visit to her site.

The dark pink scarf was made using Lion’s Brand Homespun yarn and the only changes made from the diamond lattice pattern  was to use a “P” Hook so that it would grow faster and with bigger spacing.  She suggests it in her pattern and it works up beautifully.  I also added fringe in various places around the ends.  I didn’t count them or place a specific number of threads through at a time….nope, this time I only kept their length (16″ cut length) similar and varied the placement.  Next time I will add some all natural wood beads to the tassels and it will be perfectly me!

Chain Scarf

This beautiful chain scarf I made about three years ago as gifts for the women in my family.  They were all made from the super chunky yarn and the patterned worked up quickly while I watched television.  As with the other two patterns, this is an easy beginner pattern and I think when you make something quick and uniquely you, it makes you more confident to try other patterns…so don’t put it off…grab these quick supplies at any Wal-Mart or Target in town and make something you will love to wear…

For the Chain Scarf, you will need:

Any chunky yarn (1 skein)

P Hook

2 Buttons (about 1″ each)

Tapestry Needle

Sharp Scissors

*We are only using two stitches for this pattern so you only need to know how to chain stitch and how to single crochet.   If you don’t have a P Hook, any hook that have that is a K or larger should work.  Gauge is not important for this pattern so no need to worry.

To work the body of the scarf, just begin chaining…..keep going……yep, you want a big pile of chained yarn….I chained over 1,000 times for the one in the photo.  Make sure you stop and save some to create a cuff that holds the chains together.

Before we make the cuff, we need to wrap our chain around something that creates the length we want before we hold it all together with the cuff.  I used my dress form, but there are a lot of possibilities that you have on hand…I use Hubs a lot for these kinds of jobs.  He holds his hands at the distance apart I want and I keep wrapping until it’s perfect.  Now is a great time to grab the beginning chain and the end chain and secure the ends together….tuck the ends in with your tapestry needle.  Set your loops of chains aside to secure with the cuff.

My cuff was 5″ wide and I made it 10″ long so that I could wrap it around the chains but not choke them.

For the cuff:  chain 7, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each across, ch 1, turn (6)

*Repeat until the piece measures the width you want to wrap around your chains.  For me it was about 10″.  When you finish off, leave a long tail so you can sew your cuff seam around the loops.  Set your cuff aside for a sec and grab the buttons you picked for the piece.

The buttons pictured had two holes, but I picked various buttons with different ways to attach them, so you will have to decide how you need to attach the buttons to the cuff.  Make sure you work them opposite the seam…I didn’t for the one I photographed, but I did for the rest.

After the buttons are secured to the cuff, you want to wrap it around your loops with the button side facing out.  I used a slip stitch to secure my cuff, but you can grab up your long tail and secure the ends using single crochet stitches as well.  Finish off and weave in your ends.  That’s it!!! It’s that simple 🙂

Pink Chain Scarf

The light pink chunky yarn scarf is made the exact same way as the Chain Scarf patterned for you above.  The chain was looped longer so that it would hang much farther than the other scarf and I made four cuffs that were 1/2 the size of the one large cuff above.  I didn’t use any buttons since the cuffs and the chain loops give this piece a lot of movement already.

I hope you will give these patterns a try.  If you have any questions about them or need any help, just leave me a question in the comments.  I would love to see your work if you create any of these for yourself or your friends.

As always, Happy Hooking!

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Barefoot Sandals!!

Last week I had the opportunity to make two pairs of barefoot sandals for Panda and myself when we made a day trip to the beach!  I have been wanting to make a pair for myself for sometime now, but I haven’t really had a place that I could wear them….as cute as they are, they have to be practical and comfortable.  I’m going to share the two patterns I followed so you can make a pair for yourself too before summer is gone!

Look at how cute these are:

barefoot sandals

They stayed tied in the surf!!!

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Sandy Toes!!!

Sandy Toes

When I showed Panda the ones made to look like hearts chained together she had to have them!!!  I love them too and they worked up in about 20 minutes….both patterns did!!!  I was lucky enough to find the heart and bohemian patterns for free AND they were made using worsted weight yarn (which I have plenty of).

You can find the pattern for the barefoot heart sandals here.  If you like the bohemian sandals, you can find that pattern here.  Both patterns are easy to follow and are written in US terms with tutorial photos and finished work to help you through to the end.  Go!  Don’t wait or it will be too late!!!

Happy Hooking!!!

Basic Bralette

Just in time for summer I have begun crocheting crop tops and bralettes!  It didn’t happen without a little coaxing from Panda who really wanted a cute top this summer that none of her friends would have.  I am so excited to share my work with you!!!  I created this top in one afternoon with just a few yards of cotton yarn I had in my scrap bin.

Panda asked me a few weeks back if I would try a pattern for her that she had picked out.  I looked at the top and although it was lovely, I thought it might be a difficult pattern to create as a first try, so I started super simple and came up with this M/L patterned basic bralette.

What I love about this pattern is that the shape of the bra can remain the same while changing up the bordering around the top will create several unique pieces.  The potential is there, but I have to be honest and say it is not my favorite creation…..yet.

Although the double crochet stitch helps work the pattern up much quicker than the single crochet stitch traditionally used, the spacing was greater than I expected.  Once again the biggest problem I face are my loose stitches.

Now, I may not be in love with the way the front of this top worked up, but I do love the back and the cute little bows used to tie it together.  I may make the ties a bit different when I create another one, but I do really like the way this top looks from the back.Basic Bralette 2

I’m heading back to the drawing board with another bralette pattern in single crochet and if I can get my stitching correct and completed before the end of summer, the bralette and a simple crop top pattern will be some of my first items listed for sale when I am ready to set up shop.

If you want to work up a top along with me, click here for a great pattern with lots of photos provided by From a Thread.  I couldn’t ask for a better tutorial!  Whether you are a beginner or advanced, I am sure this top will turn out lovely.  Happy Hooking!

Mae’s Colorful Tank

For this project, I really had to step outside of my comfort zone with what I think I know about crochet.  Admittedly, I am not really big on creating a swatch to check gauge and I often stitch more open than the average hooker.  Since I know these things about myself, I knew that stitching clothing was going to be a challenge and I was prepared to be utterly frustrated by even the simplest of patterns.D's Halter

Instead, I was wonderfully surprised by the simplicity of this pattern.  Okay, it wasn’t that simple.  I didn’t know how to do the corner to corner or C2C stitch so there was that 10 or 15 minutes I took finding the YouTube video learning how to complete it for the pattern I had in hand.

I’m posting links to both the video and the pattern I used.  The top I worked up in under an hour…keep in mind I made it for Mae and she’s just a little thing, so it didn’t take much time or yarn.  Heck, I may have found a good scrap yarn project.

Give this pattern a try with whatever yarn you have on hand.  It’s a nice change from rows and rounds and both the video tutorial and the pattern are very user-friendly.  Happy Hooking!

 

Here’s the YouTube video to learn the stitch:

Corner to Corner Crochet Tutorial

 

Here’s a link to the pattern I used:

Intimate Threads- Corner 2 Corner Halter Top Recipe