‘crocheting’ Category

  1. fiona scarf

    April 5, 2015 by Angie

    My in-laws are going on a long-awaited vacation to New York City this month. The temperatures have continued to stay low so I made this chunky scarf to help my mother-in-law stay warm. It’s the Fiona Button Scarf pattern from the Fiber Flux blog. I opted out of the buttons and typed exactly what I did below.the end of the Fiona scarf

    All finished!


    9.0 mm Crochet Hook
    2 Skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Solids (I barely used the second skein.)
    yarn needle

    Fiona Scarf

    A closeup of the stitches.


    Ch 154

    Foundation Row:
    2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, *skip next 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, rpt from * to last ch, putting only 1 dc in last ch.

    Row 1:
    Chain 3 and turn. Work 2 dc in the first space, then ch 1, *2 dc in the next space, ch 1, rpt from * in each space across row to second to last space. Work 1 dc in the last space (turning chain space from previous row).

    Repeat row 1 four more times, for a total of 5 rows.

    Weave in all ends and stitch buttons to one end of scarf.

    Angie for scaleAngie for scale (again).

  2. beginner granny square scarf

    March 20, 2015 by Angie

    I recently made this granny square scarf in black. It’s a free Red Heart pattern I got in an email. It’s available on their site here and I’ve pasted the pattern below. It was quick and fun. I wanted a black scarf because I have mostly dark-colored winter clothes, but now I’m kinda jealous of the bright blue color Red Heart used.

    fixed granny square scarfAngie for scale.


    Loops & Threads Impeccable 4 weight yarn in black
    6.5mm K hook
    yarn needle

    close up

    Scarf measures approximately 7” x 55” (18 x 139.5 cm).



    1. Granny squares are worked in joined rounds with right side facing.
    2. Rows are worked back and forth off the last round of each end square. Last rows are sewn to opposite sides of center square to complete the scarf.


    Center Granny Square
    Ch 3; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.

    Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 3, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 3; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—12 dc (four 3-dc groups) and 4 ch-3 spaces. Slip st across to ch-3 space.

    Round 2: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch-3 space (first corner made), *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 space (corner made); repeat from * twice, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners.

    Round 3: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch-3 space (first corner made), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 space (corner made), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * twice, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners and four 3-dc groups (one 3-dc group on each side between corners).

    Round 4: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first corner ch-3 space, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to next corner ch-3 space, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 space, **ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from ** to next corner ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners and two 3-dc groups on each side between corners.

    Round 5: Repeat Round 4—4 corners and three 3-dc groups on each side between corners. Fasten off.

    End Granny Square and Extension (make 2) Work same as center granny square but do not fasten off.

    Row 1: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc) in first ch-3 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across to last ch-3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in last ch-3 space, turn—six 3-dc groups and 5 ch-1 spaces.

    Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1), ch 1, skip first 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across to last 3 dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in top of beginning ch, turn—five 3-dc groups, 2 dc, and 6 ch-1 spaces.

    Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across, turn—six 3-dc groups and 5 ch-1 spaces.
    Rows 4–27: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twelve times. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

    Sew each extension to opposite sides of center granny square. Weave in ends.

    the whole scarf

  3. paint the town scarf

    December 28, 2014 by Angie

    I finished this Vanna White Lion Brand pattern Paint the Town scarf on Christmas morning. I think my mom likes it!

    You can find the entire pattern for free here. I like that it’s all single and double crochet which allowed me to focus on the pattern itself. The pattern is on the complicated side with several different rows. I did just three rows of the 3dc at the start and finish of the scarf and skipped the edging recommended in the original pattern. I’m not sure that mine was 122 rows because I didn’t count it but I made it very long so it can be worn the way Vanna does in the photo.

    Mom in her Paint the Town Scarf

     Mom showing off her scarf on Christmas morning.

    paint the town scarf closeup

    Close up of the scarf on my parents’ couch.


    long scarf

    The entire Paint the Town scarf.

    Vanna from the Lion Brand site

    Vanna in the scarf so you can see the details better.


    About 1.5 skeins of Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand 100% Acrylic Medium 4 yard in Navy
    Size K – 10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook
    Yarn needle

    Pattern from the Lion Brand site

    Ch 24.
    Row 1: 3 dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, sk next ch, dc in last ch.
    Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in first st, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 4 times, 2 dc in top of turning ch.
    Row 3: Ch 3, turn, 3 dc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, dc in top of turning ch.
    Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (ch 5, sc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 5, sc in top of turning ch.
    Row 5: Ch 5, turn, (sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5) 4 times, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, dc in last st.
    Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp) 5 times.
    Row 7: Ch 4, turn, (3 dc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1) 4 times, 3 dc in next ch-5 sp, dc in last st.
    Rows 8-11: Rep Rows 2 and 3 twice.
    Rows 12-115: Rep Rows 4-11 thirteen times.
    Rows 116-121: Rep Rows 4-9.
    Row 122: Rep Row 4.
    Fasten off.

  4. vertical stripe scarf

    February 15, 2014 by Angie

    I crocheted this scarf with vertical stripes in eight different colors for my niece in Ohio. I found the pattern on Ravelry.com but here is a link directly to the pattern creator’s blog. I followed her directions except I started with 240 chains instead of 181 and didn’t do the braided fringe.

    vertical stripes scarf

    I’m not a person who has a lot of scrap yarn around but, for people who do, this is an extra great project for using up those small leftover amounts of various yarns. It has twelve stripes but I only used eight colors because I had plenty of each. The colors are: grey, purple, gold, baby blue, olive green, white, black, and rust orange. I used an I/5.5 mm hook and worsted weight yarn. The brands used are Vanna’s Choice, Loops & Threads Impeccable, Lion Brand Wool-Ease, and a few from my (meager) stash that I’m unsure of (the baby blue is probably Red Heart).

    with fringe

    Here’s a photo of the fringe. I just did one strand and cut everything to the same length. I tried the braiding but it looked stiff and weird.

    it was cold yesterday morning

    Finally, here is a blurry mirror selfie so you can see what it looks like on a real person. We just got this mirror from Ikea last weekend and hung it in our dining room so that I can put makeup on in Sookie’s company (makeup not included in this photo). I crocheted that hat too!

  5. two tone quick easy winter beanie

    January 19, 2014 by Angie

    I’m on a roll with men’s beanies! Here is the third one this month: a two tone grey and black beanie for my brother. He regularly sends me photos of his car thermometer reading -4 and other unimaginable temperatures so he needs a hat. I used the same pattern from Ravelry.com that I used for my dad’s hat. It is also available at the creator’s blog, Da Perfect Mix. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids yarn in true grey and black and a 5.5 mm/I hook.

    Brother's beanie

     Finished two tone beanie!

    I followed the pattern up to round 9 where I did ch 2 then *1 dc in next 7 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch.* repeat around then join with first dc. I started with one double crochet in every stitch around for round 10 but in most of the coming rounds I added 3-4 double crochets (every 15th stitch or so) per round to make the hat large enough. For the last three rounds I switched to the black yarn. I had intended to switch back forth to create two stripes of black nestled in grey but the hat was getting too long. I like this two tone look so it was a happy accident.

    work in progress stitch marker mouth

    Dangling yarn and a stitch marker mouth

    I started this hat Friday night, slept for quite a few hours, did a bunch of non-crochet things most of Saturday, and finished it Saturday evening in less than 24 hours. That makes this a great, quick gift hat pattern. If you live in Florida, like I do, you can start making one for yourself on the first cold day and have it ready in time for the last day of winter on the next day!

  6. quick easy winter beanie

    January 10, 2014 by Angie

    Since Robbie’s simple men’s beanie was a success I wanted to make another wintertime hat with the same yarn for my Dad’s birthday. I tried a different pattern from Ravelry.com. It is also available at the creator’s blog, Da Perfect Mix.

    Dad's beanie

    This is a great unisex hat pattern that works up quite quickly. It uses half double crochet and double crochet which means you can have a finished hat in less time than with simple men’s beanie pattern while only sacrificing a tiny bit of warmth. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids yarn in black and a 5.5 mm/I hook. I followed the pattern exactly until round 11 or so. It was getting too small to fit over the ears so I added a double crochet or two per round here and there  but not to every round. I kept trying it on and if it seemed too tight I would add a stitch at the beginning or end and sometimes near the middle too.

    quick easy winter beanie

    Below are the two hats side by side for comparison. Dad’s Quick Easy Winter Beanie is on the left and Robbie’s Simple Men’s Beanie is on the right. They fit my head exactly the same so I’m not sure why they appear to have different shapes in this photo.

    Dad's beanie vs. Robbie's beanie

    You can see Dad’s hat (on the left) has larger stitches and fewer rounds while Robbie’s hat is a bit denser made of more rounds of many single crochets.

    I really hope it fits Dad! I am so happy to have some go-to unisex hat patterns!

  7. simple men’s beanie

    January 9, 2014 by Angie

    Robbie is now of a certain age! We had a marvelous pub crawl for his big birthday last Saturday in Ybor City. A great time was had by all. It’s finally been cold for a few days here and because of Robbie’s new elderly state I wanted him to have a hat to keep his old man head warm. (I can tease him this much because he still gets carded to play lotto – I’m not mean, I swear.) This simple men’s beanie was one of his birthday gifts from me.

    Robbie's birthday beanie

    My friend told me about the pattern which is available on Ravelry.com and the creator’s blog, Manner’s Crochet and Craft. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn in black and a 5.00 mm/H hook. I had to make a few changes to get it to fit. After finishing round 11, I skipped to the instructions for round 15. When I followed the pattern’s rounds 1-15 exactly the hat was too big. Even with this change though I had to add two to four single crochets to several rounds to get the hat to be wide enough.

    Robbie wears his hat on a cold Florida nightHe’s so handsome!

  8. puff stitch cowl

    October 8, 2013 by Angie

    I fell in love with the puff stitch cowl and scarf on All About Ami’s site. I followed her pattern to make a soft, red puff stitch cowl for myself. Now that I have my own I’m even more in love with it.

    puff stitch cowl

    In all its glory

    I had never done the puff stitch before so I had to learn it. It was intimidating at first but I watched a couple YouTube videos and quickly got the hang of it. It’s a really pretty stitch. I have my eye on a hat pattern that uses it.

    folded up

     Folded up

    folded in half

     Folded in half

    I have an ongoing problem with wearable crafts: I want to show y’all how they look on a person but I don’t want that person to be me. Robbie and Sookie aren’t volunteering, however, so here I am. Sigh.

    a beautiful mess app cowl

    Here is the cowl twisted and folded over once which is how I will wear it. I looked scary before the “vampire” filter so why not run with it?

  9. infinity scarf

    September 7, 2013 by Angie

    I made a really thick cowl as a gift last year but this is my first infinity scarf. I used this pattern I found through Ravelry. I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool yarn in Granite. I believe the hook I used is 9.55mm. It’s a P size but is significantly smaller than the other P hook I have. I chained 125 to start because it was too short for my liking at 100 chains. I’ve never worn an infinity scarf before (I do live in Florida, folks.) so it was a little fiddly at first and I struggled to get it to lay properly. Now that I’ve figured it out I love it! The yarn is incredibly soft and I love the color.

    infinity scarf

    Completed infinity scarf

    Here are two work in progress photos below to show the full scarf.

    unfolded work in progress

    Full scarf without wrapping it around

    folded work in progress

    A work in progress shot of the scarf wrapped around once

    The high here is still around 90 degrees but I hope I’ll have a chance to wear it when we go to NYC next month. It works up so fast that it would make a good, quick gift too.

  10. crocheted snowflake ornaments

    December 28, 2012 by Angie

    I’ve been making these cute little crocheted snowflakes as Christmas ornaments. They work up really quickly and I think they’re so sweet and quaint and homey. I used this pattern from Red Heart that I found on Ravelry.com.

    crocheted snowflake

    Here’s one hanging on our already dying Christmas tree. I used some white Vanna’s Choice 4 weight yarn and an E/3.5 mm crochet hook.

    snowflake ornament