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Crochet Infinity Scarf

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Infinity scarf

Easy crochet infinity scarf

Crochet Infinity Scarf – Today it’s 28 degrees Celsius in Victoria, BC (it’s typically about 18-20 degrees in September here) – not the sort of day to be thinking about winter clothing but let’s be honest, fall is right around the corner. This past week I started a new infinity scarf project.  I made this pattern up based on a baby blanket I made last year that I absolutely loved.  This pattern is so easy and has a really nice rhythm to it once things get moving along.

If you’re new to crochet and would like to get some help learning the foundation crocheting skills, I suggest taking an e-course from Craftsy. They have fantastic instructors and their prices are very reasonable.

Materials:

  • 1.5 Skeins of Yarn – Bulky – I used Loops & Threads – Country Loom – Ocean Tide
  • Crochet Hook – US K10.5/6.50mm
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors`

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

Directions:

  1. Counting in 3’s, ch as many stitches as it takes to make a chain 60″ long (this pattern calls for original chain to be any multiple of 3 so just count “1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3…” as you make the chain and make sure that your last chain lands on chain number 3).  Check that the chain hasn’t twisted and join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
  2. Round 2: dc in every chain until you’re completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
  3. Round 3: ch 3 and then sc between the 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 and then sc in between the 6th and 7th dc.  You want to keep repeating this pattern every 3 double crochets until you’ve completed the round. Join with a sl st.
  4. Round 4: dc 3 into the chain you made in the previous round and then dc 3 into the next chain and continue in this manner until you’ve completed the round.  Join with a sl st.
  5. Repeat the pattern from Round 3 & 4 until the scarf is the desired width.
  6. Bind off and weave in the ends.

If any of my instructions are unclear please view this video which is where I learned how to make the baby blanket that this scarf was based on.  The video tutorial is wonderful and very easy to understand.

Download the Crochet Infinity Scarf pattern.

If you love crocheting scarves as much as I do, check out this fantastic book: Cozy Stash-Busting Knits: 22 Patterns for Hats, Scarves, Cowls & More

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Crochet Cat Bed, Crochet iPhone Case, Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Crochet infinity scarf

Crochet infinity scarf

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Crochet iPhone Case – Quick and Easy Pattern

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Quick and easy iPhone case.

Quick and easy iPhone case.

Crochet iPhone Case – Lately I’ve been feeling a burning desire to start crocheting again (I think it was around Christmas the last time I picked up a hook).  At this time of year it’s not like we need scarves, cowls or beanies so I wasn’t sure what I should make but then I saw some really cute iPhone cases on Pinterest and thought that would be a great project to get me back in the crocheting game again. I looked at a few patterns and in the end, just sort of came up with my own design.  It’s ridiculously easy and quick – it took me about an hour and I’m a pretty slow crocheter. Even beginners can handle this fun project.

Materials:

  • Thick yarn (I used Bernat Roving) in 1 or 2 colors
  • Crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended on yarn packaging (I used 5.5mm or US 9)
  • Button of your choice
  • Thread
  • Darning needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Your phone (to make sure the fit is what you want)

This case will have a more structured feel and appearance if you keep the tension on this firm and tight and consistent throughout the project.

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

ch = chain

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense.

Instructions:

  1. Make a slip knot and then chain 6 to 8 chain stitches (ch) together. Remember to keep the tension pretty tight.  Basically you want to have the chain be the same width of your phone when the chain is stretched firmly.  If you want the case to have a snug fit, (ch) 6 but if you want it a little more loose and roomy then (ch) 7 or 8 stitches. 
  2. Round 2. Not turning your work, (sc) in the second chain from the end (the same end your hook is) and continue this in every stitch back across the entire row. 2 (sc) in the last stitch.
  3. Round 3. With your work still facing you, turn around the corner so that you’re now working into your original chain and still working right to left, 2 (sc) in first stitch then (sc) the rest of the stitches in the row except 2(sc) in the last stitch. Repeat this for as many rows you need until you have you have achieved the correct width to fit the bottom of you phone (probably about 3-5 rows total depending on how snug or roomy you want your cover).  Keep your phone handy to test and make sure the fit is good.
  4. Round 4, 5 or 6 onward. 1 (sc) in each stitch for each row until you’re near the top of your phone.
  5. Second last row. Here you can either keep your yarn colour the same or add your second colour. Starting at one side of the case, do one more row of (sc) and then at the end of that row change to 1 (sl st) in each stitch.  When you reach the exact middle of your case, (ch) 30 stitches so that you have a long chain and then do 1 (sl st) in the stitch that your chain originated in so that the chain becomes a loop that will go over the button.  Then carry on around the rest of the row until you’re back where you started. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends with your darning needle.
  6. Put your phone in the case and pull the chained loop over.  Mark where the end of your loop falls, centered on the case, and then stitch your button on in that exact spot.

You could use this pattern for any phone or tablet, just increase a number of stitches at the beginning to accommodate for the extra width. These would make great gifts too.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

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Easy To Sew Skirt – Great For Newbies!

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Easy to sew skirt - great for newbie sewers.

Easy to sew skirt – great for newbie sewers.

Easy To Sew Skirt – Who knew a sewing machine could be so great (well, lots of people obviously – it just took me longer to figure it out).  After I got over my initial fear of sewing, I actually managed to create a few cute projects.  My second project was a super easy skirt for my daughter.  It turned out pretty well and I thought I’d give it another go with some beautiful new fabric and document the process this time – why not help out a few newbies who may be nervous about sewing too. If I can do it, anyone can. This skirt can be made in child or adult sizes.

I originally found this wonderful sewing tutorial on YouTube by craftyamy93 – what a great job she did explaining everything. To watch this fabulous video tutorial go here.

Materials:

  • Sewing machine with corresponding coloured thread
  • Fabric
  • Elastic (thick width)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clothing iron
  • Pins
  • Chalk or Fabric Pen/Pencil

Instructions:

  1. To get the size for the elastic, measure the elastic around your waist so that it’s a little snug, cut to size, pin the elastic right sides together and sew – double stitch and finally top stitch.
  2. Measure the length that you want your skirt to be and then add 2″ for seam allowance.
  3. To figure out the measurement for the width of fabric you’ll need, stretch the stitched elastic as far as you can, measure and then double that measurement.
  4. Cut the fabric to the correct measurements.
  5. Turn fabric inside out so that the good sides face each other, pin two edges together and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Iron seam flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, finish the edge of fabric that will be sewn onto the elastic to keep it from fraying.
  6. Create the skirt hem by folding over edge 1/2″, iron and then fold over again, iron, pin and sew.
  7. Take the elastic and mark with 4 pins evenly space out around the elastic (fold in half to find the 4 spots). Do the same for the skirt. Now match up the 4 pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt and then pin the fabric to the elastic in those 4 spots (fabric about half way down the width of the elastic).
  8. Starting at the first pin, sew using a zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic taut as you go. Sew all the way around the elastic in this manner. You can also do it a second time around about a 1/2″ down if you choose.
  9. Snip off any stray threads and you’re done.

If you’re up for it, you can add a zipper like craftyamy93 did in her video (I’m just not quite that brave yet although she makes it look super easy).

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Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie – In an earlier post I talked about the bucket list of things I wanted to learn.  The first thing on the list was to learn how to knit.  This past summer I took the plunge and started knitting with an easy cowl.  It turned out beautifully (with a big thanks to my mother-in-law Lynda for her guidance and patience in getting me going). I ended up making a number of the cowls, some hats and leg warmers for Noelle.  I really enjoyed knitting but one fateful day when we were out camping at the beach, my camping neighbour offered to teach me to crochet – game over for the knitting!   Wow, I liked crocheting SO MUCH MORE than knitting.  It’s faster, requires a little less attention than knitting and it’s a lot easier to fix any mistakes you make along the way. I also find that crocheting is soothing and can put you in a zen-like state once you get going.

So I wanted to show you the very first crochet project (the hat in the photo is the actual hat I made) – the easy-peasy crochet beanie.  It’s so easy anyone can do it. After I made the hat, I wrote down all the instructions that my camping neighbour gave me. Here’s the pattern (hopefully you can make this out, it’s written pretty loosie goosie as this is just the way it made sense to me):

Materials:

  • A bulky yarn. I used Bernat Roving in cream that I purchased at Michael’s. If you’d like to embellish the hat with a design then you’ll also need a second colour.
  • One 5.5 – 6mm crochet hook.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Button if you choose to add a flower

Pattern:

  1. Chain 5 and then join together into a ring with a slip stitch (keep all your stitches loose).
  2. 12 double crochets into the ring.
  3. Chain 3 and then 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 3 from the previous row. Now double crochet in each stitch around and then slip stitch to join.
  4. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  5. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next TWO stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join. (If you’re wanting to make a childs hat skip to step 7)
  6. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next THREE stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  7. Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch.  Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it.
  8. Final row, chain 1 and then single crochet in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
  9. Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.

When I was done, I added in the second yarn colour to create the swirl design.  I found an easy flower pattern online and fastened it onto the hat with the button which I just love.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

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