Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Comfort Scarf Donation for Mother's Day

I rounded up and finished rolling up the scarves I've made so far this year to donate to the Handmade Especially for You Charity for Mother's Day. They never have enough scarves to meet the demand, and the recipients are always so happy to have them. I love being able to make someone's day just a tiny bit brighter through my crochet work.

I used a few new thicker yarns for a few scarves that were really quick to work up... I also used several of the patterns from my blog and a few from other sites I was trying out.


There are very little requirements to create these scarves, and I hope you will take the time to make a few if you have enjoyed the free scarf patterns here on the blog!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Finding Scarf Patterns in Unique Places

In my quest to make comfort scarves for the Handmade Especially For You charity, I have been on a continual quest to find patterns that satisfy the Charity's size and weight requirements. I've searched the web, Pinterest, and Ravelry for many different options and I try out almost every single one! I like to have a variety of patterns available at my disposal because making the same pattern over and over again gets a little boring. In this post, I want to share some of my tips and tricks to finding unique patterns by changing WHAT you are actually searching for.


When I finished my first Queen Anne's Lace scarf, I wanted to keep doing scarves worked in the same way. I tried searching and searching but it was difficult for the search to narrow down images for a crochet technique, so I had to filter them on my own. After a long time of searching, I started having success, not in searching for "scarf patterns," but entirely different things...



This lovely pattern is NOT a scarf pattern. It is advertised as a lace-tape pattern. This pattern is meant to be made with a fine yarn and small crochet hook. So I tried it out with a larger hook and my favorite yarn to see how the pattern would work out.


And, I have to say, it turned out so fantastic, that I made a few!!
SheRuKnitting.com has many different lace tape patterns that you can most likely turn into charity scarves. AND they are all video tutorials so you can follow along.

Here are some other patterns that I tried from SheRuKnitting.com:



If you follow me on Pinterest you've probably seen me pin some belts, headbands, and lace tapes because, guess what?! you can use those as scarf patterns too! Here is a list of a few that I plan to try out. Give it a try and let me know what you think!





Did the patterns work out for you? Which designs do you like the most?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Garden Scarf - Free Pattern

This is a very fun pattern you can do to celebrate spring! I know the Handmade Especially for You charity would love these scarves because they are certainly going to brighten up the day of whoever the recipient will be!

If you enjoyed this pattern, please consider making an extra one to donate to the charity (HandmadeEspecially.org) or purchase my PDF pattern document so I can make one on your behalf.



Materials:
Size K crochet hook
Soft yarn (medium weight)
Sewing needle

Gauge:
Initial chain should measure around 65 inches. If needed, add or subtract multiples of 3 to pattern to change size.

Special Stitches:
2-DC cluster: *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through first two loops on hook, repeat from *, finishing off by drawing yarn through remaining 3 loops.

Pattern:
Chain 132
Row 1: 1dc in 4th ch from hk, dc in each ch across. Turn
Row 2: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, *skip 2, ch 2, 1dc in next st. Repeat from * across, ending with 1dc in each of the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 3: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, skip 1, *(2-dc cluster [leaf], 1dc [stem], 2-dc cluster [leaf]) in the next st, skip 2, repeat from * across, ending with skip 1, 1 dc each of the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 4: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, CHANGE TO FLOWER COLOR, *(2-dc cluster in space between first leaf and stem, be sure to catch ALL 3 strands of the stitch, then 2-dc cluster on top of the stem stitch, then 2-dc cluster in the space between stem and last leaf, be sure to catch ALL three strands of the stitch.) skip next st and repeat from * across. After finishing the last flower change back to the scarf color and 1dc in each of the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 5: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, *skip all flower stitches, only dc in between flower motifs, ch 2, 1dc in next flower space (catching all three strands of stitch). Repeat from * across, ending with 1dc in the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 6: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in each st across.
Fasten off.

Weave in ends.



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Shamrock Garland

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! To celebrate this festive occasion, I made a garland of shamrocks to decorate! I used the pattern located here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/crochet-shamrock-garland/


 Except I used a string instead of crocheting the garland string.


Make your own if you want!
 
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rainbow Shooting Star - Free Pattern

I shared with my Facebook fans a photo hint to this project. How many of you figured it out? The colors are pretty obvious to me! RAINBOW!


But not just any rainbow, a rainbow shooting star! 


 
There were two reasons I came up with this pattern. First, I wanted a cool pattern to celebrate St. Patrick's Day coming up next week. Second, if you ask my kid what his favorite color is, he'll say "ALL OF THEM!" You can use this applique on any project: scarves, bags, d├ęcor.. anything!
 

I hope you enjoy the pattern!


Materials:
Light Worsted or Worsted Weight Yarn
Sewing needle for finishing

Size F Crochet hook

Gauge:
Tail works out to be 5 inches wide using materials listed 
 
Notes:
Rainbow Tail pattern is worked in rows without turning (except first row which is worked into chain). Begin each row with a slip knot of the new color working onto the first single crochet of the previous row.

Pattern: 
Rainbow Tail 
Starting with Indigo/Purple yarn, ch 21 
Row 1 (Indigo/Purple): sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 6 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 6 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 2 (Blue): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 3 (Green): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 7 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 4 (Yellow): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts. Fasten off.
Row 5 (Orange): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 7 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 6 (Red): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts. Fasten off. 
Tie in loose ends and sew the star onto the smaller end of rainbow tail. 

Star (white) 
Round 1: ch 3(or start with magic loop), hdc 10 times in 3rd ch from hk 
Round 2: *ch 4, working into ch-4 just made, sc in 2nd ch from hk, hdc in next st, dc in next st, skip 1 hdc from previous round, sl st into next hdc. Repeat from * around to make 5 points on the star. Fasten off.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Springtime Butterflies

It's really starting to warm up here in Sunny San Diego! All my trees are starting to blossom, and all my seedlings are starting to sprout. I wanted to celebrate the springtime by making a few butterflies. There are SO MANY butterfly patterns (including my own), and I love trying out new patterns and, in general, creating beautiful things.

Here's the result!
 
They turned out so cute I had to make some in a bunch of spring colors! Didn't they turn out great!? 

You can find the pattern here: http://www.crochetleaf.com/crochet-butterfly-pattern.html. Crochet Leaf provides not only the pattern but a lengthy tutorial to help you make the butterflies.

 They're so cute, you should make a whole bunch to decorate for spring's arrival!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DIY Hair Bow Holder

Remember way back when I made a bunch of hair bows for my daughter? If you thought that was a lot, guess what?! They multiplied!!

Now that I have two little girls living in my house I needed to come up with a new storage solution for all those hair bows. Here's why...
In times past, I tried to make one out of foam board, but the ribbon I used stretched out and the foam board quickly collapsed and didn't work for us anymore. We resorted to keeping the hair bows in a clear box storage container. We thought it was a good solution until the kids started dumping the hair bows on the floor every. single. day. I had to come up with a solution fast...

Hence, the NEW UPGRADED HAIR BOW HOLDER:





As you can see, the hair bows multiplied exponentially! I made them a beautiful rainbow assortment to match any outfit.




Here are the instructions to make your own MASTER hair bow holder.

Materials needed:
- Two 6' pieces of 1x2 lumber (to make a 2'x4' frame as shown)
- Four L corner brackets (see photo below)
- Two Sawtooth picture hangers (kits usually come with two or four)
- Wood Glue 
- Saw to cut wood
- Paint of color choice
- 35 yards of ribbon (I used satin white)
- Hot glue gun
- Staple gun



Instructions:

  1. Cut each wood piece into a 2' and 4' piece (or whatever size you decide to make yours).
  2. Screw the L brackets (as shown below) to connect the two pieces.
  3. Use wood glue to secure the wood in the corners.
  4. Paint (I used two coats).
  5. Cut ribbon into pieces long enough to reach the back of the wood (for mine, it was 30", but PLEASE measure yourself before cutting [measure twice, cut once])
  6. I spaced the ribbons 3" apart (my average bow size) and attached the ribbon with hot glue.
  7. Staple the ribbon to reinforce.
  8. Attach sawtooth hangers, checking the wall for a stud to place the hanger where it will line up with a stud for secure hanging. 
This picture sums up instructions adequately.

       9. Put your hairbows on, and ENJOY!!





This solution has worked great for us!

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