Monday, January 26, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Linky Party #21

Welcome to the 21th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my fourth as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

This week, I posted a free crochet pattern - Men's Gray and Black Color Block Scarf. It makes a great gift for him, and is perfect for the cooler weather we've all been having.

A Message to You: I will be opening a Valentine's Themed Link Up Party that will last two weeks, beginning February 1st. I hope you will tune back in to link up your Valentine projects - not yarn specific.
I will also be releasing 14 Days of Heart Day Projects! Make sure to subscribe or follow me on Bloglovin so you don't miss out on my Heart Day projects!

Thanks to all who shared their projects, and left comments at our last linky party!

The Most Clicked Projects:
From Left to Right:

The Crochet Mitten and Hat from My Little Shop of Treasures. This is such a cute little pink set! Any little girl would LOVE to have these on - I am sure whether the need for gloves is necessary or not.

Creating a Love Bug from The Dempster Logbook. Becky has a nice little tutorial for creating a pom pom and how to make the head and feet for this adorable love bug. I think every household needs a bunch of these for the upcoming Love Holiday.

The Sunburst Granny Square Tutorial from Little Crochet. Here is a great picture tutorial for creating the Sunburst Granny Square. Use this opportunity to use up all those yarn scraps, and to create a nice, warm blanket.

My Yarn Favorites:

From Left to Right:

The Wintertide Headband by Beatrice Ryan Designs. I Love this headband! I already have it pinned to try. Really, I think the cute little button ties this whole headband together. You can use the same color a million times, but change up the decorative piece and it becomes a whole new one.

Red and White Chevron Pillow from Made in Craftadise. I am currently working on some Valentine's Day pillows for my living room. I think that after I am done, I will need to start working on some of these Chevron Cushions! It is so cute.
One thing that bothers me about the chevron/ripple pattern is the fact that it tends to crinkle in the points, but this pillow doesn't.
It's nice, full and smooth.

My Philosopher Favorite:

This week, Rachel has been working on a knit Berries Blast Beanie using new Red Heart Medley yarn. This color is quite scrumptious looking! And just in time for the Love Holiday approaching soon.
It does look a tad busy for cables, but it is a very nice colorway. Think I might have to pick me up a skein.

This Weeks Giveaway
is a continuation from last week...
It is sponsored by Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine. One lucky reader will receive a year's subscription to this digital magazine. 
I personally am a subscriber to this magazine as of about a month ago, when they were running a special. I immediately began poking around online to take advantage of my subscription.
This magazine is a little different than others as you do not physically receive anything - it is all available online, or from your respective electronic devices. 
One thing I really like are the emails I receive from Happily Hooked. They include crochet tips, friendly reminders about sales, free pattern round ups and calls for designer help. I feel like part of the group when I receive these emails and that is so neat!
You must be 18 years or older to enter and be a US resident. Void where prohibited. Winner will be notified by email from Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife, and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. Neither EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife are responsible for prize fulfillment.
Enough said, enter away!

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Join the Party!

The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

The rule is simple - please share projects that are family friendly.

We encourage you to:

*Become a Follower of the blog where you linked up. Following both is also greatly appreciated!
Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife

*Check out the other Great Projects that have been linked up!

*Spread the comment love!

Features will be chosen weekly. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Men's Black and Gray Color Block Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern

Around the holidays, I had a custom order in my Etsy shop for a men's black and gray striped scarf.

Today, I am sharing the free crochet pattern with you!

With millions of color combinations, this scarf can be made over many times. Made of acrylic yarn, it's great for the cooler weather times. It also makes a great gift for him!

     - Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Black and Graphite 
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I like to use a #18, or #20.
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook

Material Notes:
Yarn Alternatives: Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, or Red Heart's With Love.

   Using 5.5mm Hook - 4" x 4"
     Chain 15. DC in 3rd stitch and in each stitch across. (13 DC)
     R2 - 7: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     R8: Chain 1, turn. HDC in each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

     6.5" wide by 70" in length

     DC - Double Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     R... - Indicates Row Number
     ... (##) - Indicates Stitch Count

Pattern Notes:
     Work color changes in the last yarn over of the final double crochet. 
If you need to help, I have a photo tutorial: How to Change Yarn Colors in Crochet the EyeLoveKnots Way.
Alternatively, you could fasten off at the end of each color block and attach your new color.
     You may choose to add a single crochet border around your scarf you have completed it. This adds a nice, clean edge to the scarf, and hides and uneven edges. Mine came out perfect, so I opted not to include a border.

Beginning with Black, Chain 25. DC in 3rd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch across. (23)
R2 - 10: Chain 2, turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R11 - 20: With Gray, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R21 - 30: With Black, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R31 - 40: With Gray, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R41 - 50: With Black, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R51 - 60: With Gray, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R61 - 70: With Black, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R71 - 80: With Gray, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R81 - 90: With Black, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R91 - 100: With Gray, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R101 - 110: With Black, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R111 - 120: With Gray, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R121 - 130: With Black, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R131 - 140: With Gray, DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.
R141: Chain 1, turn. Slip Stitch in each stitch across.
Fasten Off.

Please feel free to make and sell your own color block scarves, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.
Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Color Block Scarf?
I will be adding several color combinations to my Etsy shop, as well as in various sizes including toddler, child, teen/small adult and this large adult size. Feel free to send in your custom color and size requests. 
Check out some yarn options here: I Love This Yarn (acrylic), Everyday Soft (acrylic), I Love This Cotton Yarn (cotton).

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