Saturday, March 29, 2014

First Item Pinned on Pinterest!!

I pin all of my items made to pinterest on a board named My Crafts.

Yesterday, I received an email saying one of my items had been repinned. I thought it was another notification of the I'm feeling inspired - St. Patrick's Day Nail Art. I pinned this to my Nail Inspiration board and received TONS of repin notifications - over 100! But it was actually one of my pieces!! The Crochet Adult Granny Square Hat in Pink Camo. I immediately got out of bed and ran to tell Chad, my boyfriend. And then posted a comment thanking my pinner for sharing.

Although this does not seem like that big of a deal, it is a milestone for me and Eye<3Knots!

If you missed the post on this hat, you can find it here. It includes a FREE pattern courtesy of yours truly.

It's also up for sale in my Etsy shop, with 10% of the purchase being donated to the Semper Fi Fund and 15% of the purchase being donated to the National Retinoblastoma Research and Support Foundation


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Forest Green Adult Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

Since finishing my Roving Hat, pattern found here, I went back and restarted the non-roving hat. I ended up running out of the Red Heart Soft white yarn, so instead of buying another ball I just decided to make a new hat using the I Love This Yarn in Forest Green for the whole hat, with no strips this time.

Materials:
-1 ball of worsted weight yarn (4) - I used I Love This Yarn in Forest Green
**This yarn is soooo soft! It's the closest I have found to the Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft yarn - which is my true favorite - but you get a little bit more in a ball.
-Size J10/6mm hook
-Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
ea - each
dc - double crochet (American, not British)
Sl St - Slip Stitch
St - Stitch

Measures to fit the average man's head - 23", and about 8.5" in length
*But can easily be made to any size! AND fits my head great!

Pattern: 
*Pattern is worked in a continuous round so no joining at the end of rounds.

CH 4. Join to first ch to form a ring. CH 2, 12 DC into the ring.
Row 2: CH 2. 2 DC into the first DC, and in each DC around. (24 DC)
Row 3: CH 2. (2 DC into the first DC, 1 DC into the next DC.) Around. (36 DC)
Row 4: CH 2. (2 DC into the first DC, DC into the next 2 DC.) Around. (48 DC)
Row 5: CH 2. (2 DC into the first DC, DC into the next 3 DC.) Around. (60 DC)
Row 6 - 14: CH 2. DC into first DC, and in ea DC around. 
Row 15: CH 2. DC into first DC, and in ea DC around to last two DC, HDC in second to last DC, SC in last DC. 
Row 16: CH 1. SC in first DC, Sl St into next DC, CH 1, SC into same DC as Sl St, SC into next 59 ST. Join to first SC, (60 SC).

*For a woman's hat, you can:
     1.) Reduce the number of repeat rows from 14 to 13, to get a hat with a length of 8";
     2.) Make all rows as is, and roll up the end.


My Roving set is, however,
up for sale! It is completely
customizable in any size from
infant to adult with several
color options! Check out my
Roving and Non-Roving Scarf and Hat post!
I did not put this roving
 set up in my Etsy shop - I chose
to donate this set!



Adult Chunky Beanie in Cranberry & Bark - Free Crochet Pattern

I am realizing now, 2 MONTHS AFTER
completing this set, I did not take a
photo of the hat by itself. You'll just
have to settle for a picture of the whole
set on me!
I have been working very hard on my Valentine's Day hats, lately. They are going to be split between my cousin Tiffany's children, Madison and Tyler, and my sister Kynara. I made matching Owl hats for my sister, her son Sebastian, and her daughter Kayliss. And I decided to give my Creamy Short Slouch Hat with Visor and matching Ribbing Scarf to my niece, (little) Kynara. But what to give my sister's husband, Pedro?

How about my Roving Hat and Scarf? Great idea!

Because the beanie pattern as provided by Bernat via Yarnspirations definitely wouldn't have fit him and I ran out of the Bark yarn to continue alternating colors, I decided to use the remaining Bernat Roving yarn in Cranberry to make a beanie for him. I added two strips of the Bark yarn closer to the center of the hat.

My only debate... How manly is a fringe? Ha!


Materials:

-1 ball of Chunky Yarn (5) (or 2 balls if you'd like the strip in your hat!) - I used Bernat Roving yarn in Cranberry and Bark
-Size L11/8mm hook
-Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

If you missed my Roving Hat and Scarf vs Non Roving Hat and Scarf entry, my views on the Bernat Roving yarn:

**For only $5.99, you can get a lot of yarn in a ball of the Bernat Roving yarn, however, it's not very durable in my opinion as it pulls apart easily; 2) It also tends to tangle similar to that of the cord to a land line phone.
It does seemed to have worked in my favor during this hat making though, saving it for a possible yarn for future hat projects but still NOT another scarf.

Abbreviations:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
ea - each
dc - double crochet (American, not British)

Measures to fit the average man's head - 23"
*But can easily be made to any size! Also fits the average woman's head!!

Pattern:

CH 4. Join to first ch to form a ring. CH 2, 10 DC into the ring. Join to the top of the first DC.
Row 2: CH 2. 2 DC into the first DC, and in each DC around. Join. (20 DC)
Row 3: CH 2. (2 DC into the first DC, DC into next DC.) Around. Join. (30 DC)
Row 4: CH 2. (2 DC into the first DC, DC into next 2 DC.) Around. Join. (40 DC)
Row 5: CH 2. (2 DC into the first DC, DC into the next 3 DC.) Around. Join - change color here if you'd like a strip. (50 DC)
Row 6: (With Bark) CH 2. DC into first DC, and in each DC around. Join - change back to main color. 
Row 7: (With Cranberry) CH 2. DC into first DC, and in each DC around. Join - change back to Bark.
Row 8: (With Bark) CH 2. DC into first DC, and in each DC around. Join - change back to main color.
Row 9 - 12: (With Cranberry) CH 2. DC into first DC, and in each DC around. Join.   

*For a woman's hat, you can:
     1.) Reduce the number of rows from 12 to 11;
     2.) Make the 12 rows and roll up the end.

My Roving Hat and Scarf is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. It is completely customizable in any size from infant to adult. You can find Bernat yarn color options here, and Martha Stewart Yarn color options here.


Roving and Non-Roving Scarf and Hat - Pattern Review

Before I go into the post, I would just like to say this has been sitting in my draft box since January! Just waiting on pictures and final editing. Man, I have been slacking. Geez!
This hat and scarf will still come in handy to those of you still experiencing snow, however, in the state of Florida, I'm not sure that it can be used. Who knows? Today, I left the house for work in 48 degree weather!

Onto the post...

I bought some white Red Heart Soft yarn back when I made the Gingerbread Man and Woman hat and fingerless glove set. It was used for the icing, but then I hadn't done anything with it since. 

Friday's are Chad and I days. The only thing we do is whatever we feel like. Ha. Usually sleep in, run errands, sight see around town, sometimes go to music shows, go out to eat together, but almost always (95% of the time), we end the day (before dinner) at Barnes and Noble. We share some coffee together while reading the magazines and/or books we have on our wish list. 

This past Friday, while looking through a crochet magazine I flipped to a page that had a picture tutorial of how to make the treble stitch, or the triple crochet. Although I did know how to do the triple crochet prior to seeing it in the magazine, something about it caught my eye. I thought how great would that stitch look on a scarf? When I got home, I pulled out the soft white yarn and started working out a few different ideas. Sadly, none of them quite came together though. :( I'm blaming the white-ness. I'm planning on picking up a different color and trying again, in the future.

So..... I was browsing through the Yarnspirations site, and came across this neat Scarf and Hat set. It uses Roving yarn, which I found online as Martha Stewart/Lion Brand and Bernat. The Bernat brand is the one the pattern calls for, but the Martha Stewart one has more colors to choose from.

As I did not have this chunky yarn on hand, I decided to improvise. I pulled out the Red Heart Soft white yarn and some I Love This Yarn in Forest Green, doubled my strands and started working. The pattern is VERY easy to follow and works up fairly quickly, taking approximately ten minutes per row for the scarf and an hour and a half to two hours for the hat. If I had used the bulky yarn (5), it would have taken even less time, I'm sure! 

I changed a few things to work with the yarn I was using:
Non-Roving Set on Me!

1) NON-ROVING SCARF: I made a beginning chain of 168, instead of 130. This measures 54" - my ideal scarf length. The gauge for this was 7 chains = 2", before any stretch.

2) HAT: Even though, I finished the non-roving scarf before the roving hat and scarf, I did not make the non-roving hat until after completing the roving set. I chose not to add any strips in this one. You can find my FREE hat pattern here.

A note when making the scarf, the two rows that you alternate START differently. Don't make the mistake of adding instead of missing like I did. Uneven scarfs aren't attractive and pulling out yarn is frustrating, so save yourself the trouble.

1) ROVING SCARF: I made a beginning chain of 186, instead of 130. This measures 60" - the length of the scarf according to the pattern. The gauge was around the same, before any stretch. 

*Side note for scarf: when doing the fringe, be careful when knotting the yarn NOT to pull too hard. It WILL pull apart! I suppose 'too' is very vague, but proceed with caution.


2) ROVING HAT: The original measurements/instructions weren't very accurate. I added an extra round of increases for a total of 48 single crochets, but the hat still came out kind of tight.  
Upon finishing the hat according to the pattern, it also came out too short! It stopped just covering the top part of my ears. If you like it this way, it's just fine but I like my hats to cover my ears. 
**Rather than continue to go around with this hat, being that I had an unknown number of rows to add and would have needed to buy another ball of the Bark yarn to continue the stripping pattern, I decided to just cut it as is and restart. You can find my FREE hat pattern here.





My Roving Hat and Scarf is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. It is completely customizable in any size from infant to adult. You can find Bernat yarn color options here, and Martha Stewart Yarn color options here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Seashell Button Studded Earrings. Perfect for Sensitive Ears, and the Summer!!


While I don't have a tutorial available for these earrings, I have just updated my Etsy listing so I figured I would do a little post of them. Next time I make a pair, I will gladly take more photos of the process and materials. 

These are SUPER easy to make! And very fun to wear!!

Picture is from Hobby Lobby website.
You can shop for them here.
The seashells were originally buttons, but not for long! I de-shanked them using this Button Shank Remover, glued the pieces together using super glue to secure them, and then used some E6000 to add them to some surgical steel earring posts to make them into studs.

If you purchase these buttons, you will have enough to make 4 pairs of earrings. And the process takes less than 30 minutes plus drying time.

1.) When using a button shank remover, use with caution! As soon as you clip through the shank, the piece will go flying! I usually get it set up to clip, then I cover it with the other hand close to the table so I know exactly where the clipped piece is and to ensure my eyes are protected!

2.) Why use super glue? Some of the buttons are layers of pieces put together, and the shank is the only thing holding the layers together. Once you de-shank the buttons, you will need to super glue the layers together. Be careful not to super glue your fingers as well!

3.) Before adding the E6000, it is recommended that you scratch the back surface of the button (or use sandpaper OR the sidewalk!) to help it all stick together.

4.) Using E6000... It can be very messy! I usually squeeze a quarter size amount onto a piece of junk mail (since the advertisements and things tend to be thicker), and then grab the earring by the post and dip the flat pad into the glue. I DO NOT recommend placing the glue onto the button as it's messier and the button is going to be larger than the earring post. After dipping the flat pad into the glue, you can then place your button on top.

*I DO NOT recommend using hot glue or super glue for this because... well, I've tried it and it did not work AT ALL. Quite frustrating!

5.) When placing your button onto the E6000, keep in mind the placement on your ear! First instinct is going to be to center it, but sometimes you want it to be off-centered so that it will hang right on your ear. This all really depends on the size of the button you are using. Before you glue it down, go up to a mirror and test out the button a little.

6.) You can use ANY earring posts! I use surgical steel earring posts so it is PERFECT FOR SENSITIVE EARS! They are also a very affordable option!! But, if you don't have any sensitivities, any silver plated earring post found at your local craft store or through Etsy, will work out just fine. 
*Something to keep in mind: My first go at jewelry (outside of my introductory kit where all pieces were provided and no studs were on the test), I purchased a larger package of earring studs from Joann's, similar to these, and they do work. HOWEVER, I found that the posts on the smaller of the two sizes available tends to come loose where the flat pad and post meet. This probably happened to half of the studs I made. I don't think the pieces will actually detach, but the posts then wiggle and it is very annoying. ESPECIALLY if you are selling your pieces. I ended up throwing out the wiggly pairs of earrings.
Also for sensitive ears, sterling silver is an awesome option! It does cost significantly more, but is the best of the two options.

These Seashell Button Studded Earrings are available in my Etsy shop, as either the set of 4 or individually. They are listed with surgical steel earring posts, but sterling silver are available upon request.

I welcome custom orders!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Napkin Ceramic Tile Coasters - CRAFT FAIL!

So, before I attempted to make any of the ceramic tile coasters I currently have for sale in my Etsy shop - you can also click here for my recent post on making them - the idea was started from this Santa Coaster tutorial courtesy of Gail from My Repurposed Life. I can't exactly remember where I originally found it, probably on Pinterest, but I was set on trying to make my own.

However, it was quite a craft fail for me...

First, I opened all of the napkins and cut them in four's, and then cut them down to size (4" x 4" - since some of the images were too big to just be 3.75" around), and then removed the backing layer of each square to make them 1-ply.

After cutting, I applied mod podge to the ceramic tile, and then placed a napkin square on top and began smoothing it out. I waited a few minutes before applying a coat of mod podge on top, and this is what I got...
It isn't THAT bad, but the wrinkles were a turn off for me.


Take Two: To lessen the wrinkles, I tried using a glue stick to glue down the napkin square onto a sheet of computer paper. It came out wrinkle free! But, when I applied the coat of mod podge on top, it was WORSE than the first attempt.
Don't even want to talk about this one. Ha!


I stared for a few minutes with my face in my hands because I found the perfect napkins to make my newest ceramic tile coasters (11 sets to be exact) and can't even do it. What a disappointment! Better luck to any of you who try this. I highly recommend the use of scrapbook paper instead.
 These two pictures are only half of the sets I bought! What a shame...


Thank goodness I'm almost finished with my scarf to submit to The Crochet Crowd - because I am going to need the satisfaction! If any are interesting in making a button-up cowl, scarf or small blanket using Red Heart Boutique Treasure yarn to submit as part of the Spring Has Sprung Challenge, the deadline to submit a photo of your completed project is April 15th. You still have plenty of time! 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crochet Adult Doubled Scarf in Green Camo - FREE PATTERN



This is part of the last scarf and hat set as part of my camo series.

I have made this as a gift to a friend, Matt. He kept mentioning a camo beanie that he wanted so why not have a set, right?

Materials:
    2 balls of worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Green Camo
    Size 5.5mm hook
    Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

You will have yarn left, if you're only making the scarf - I supposed about two-thirds.

For each two rows, it took about 3 minutes for a total of roughly three and a half hours.

Abbreviations:
    FDC - Foundation Double Crochet
**Tamara of Moogly has a great tutorial on YouTube should you need guidance.
    CH - chain
    DC - Double Crochet
    sl st - slip stitch

Gauge:
    2 rows = 1"

Measurements:
    6.5" wide by 70" long
*This is completely customizable!

Pattern:
FDC 21. CH 2, turn.
Row 2-139: DC in 2nd DC and each DC across. CH 2, turn.
Row 140: DC in 2nd DC and each DC across. CH 1, turn.
Row 141: sl st in each DC across.
Fasten off.

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

This Adult Green Camo Doubled Scarf is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, along with the matching Adult Green Camo Doubled Beanie, either solo or together. The listing is for an adult size but I'd be happy to create this in any size from infant to adult! Color options are wide so don't be shy to ask! Here, you can find color options.

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments! Feel free to challenge me.

*15% of every purchase made from me will be donated to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases. To find out more about this disease, my ties or the donation in general, please feel free to email me - EyeLoveKnots@gmail.com.

**ALSO - You will find a scarf and hat for each color of the three camo yarns, Green, Pink and Blue Stripe all in different styles available in my shop TOO as well as FREE patterns on my blog.



Crochet Adult Doubled Beanie in Green Camo - Pattern REVIEW


This is the last part of the last hat and scarf set in my camo series.

I feel like I've been working on these three sets forever but really I completed 1.5 of the three sets and then took a detour to complete two hat and scarf sets for my cousins. I wasn't sure if I'd get it all done in time before the party but it was a success!

I used the second ball of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Green Camo from the scarf I made and was able to complete the whole beanie with it.

The increasing rounds took a total of 20 minutes and the remainder took about 2 minutes each for a complete total of about an hour.

I found this really GREAT Basic Beanie pattern courtesy of  Sarah from Family Bugs. It has from size preemie to adult large (male), and uses a J hook on all but one size beanie, and it uses double crochet for a quick work up!

This is the BEST basic pattern I've found for making a snug, comfortable hat.


This Adult Green Camo Doubled Scarf is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, along with the matching Adult Green Camo Doubled Beanie, either solo or together. The listing is for an adult size but I'd be happy to create this in any size from infant to adult! Color options are wide so don't be shy to ask! Here, you can find color options.

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments! Feel free to challenge me.

*15% of every purchase made from me will be donated to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases. To find out more about this disease, my ties or the donation in general, please feel free to email me - EyeLoveKnots@gmail.com.

**ALSO - You will find a scarf and hat for each color of the three camo yarns, Green, Pink and Blue Stripe all in different styles available in my shop TOO as well as FREE patterns on my blog.




Crochet Adult Granny Square Beanie in Pink Camo FREE PATTERN



As part of my camo series, this is the beanie to go with the Granny Square Scarf in Pink Camo.

Originally, I searched on YouTube for a video on a Granny Square beanie. I found the Granny Square Hat Crochet Tutorial courtesy of Clare from BobWilson123. I followed it as recommended but I had trouble with the stretch. I made my square to the correct size and then began making the sides. I ended up completing the entire hat, an increase round short to fit my head and then even then, it was TOO big to fit comfortably on my head. It is an interesting video though, and Clare has wonderful tutorials on her YouTube channel.

I had set the finished hat aside because I wasn't completely satisfied with it. I ended up sitting down today to redo the hat. I took out ALL of my yarn and started over...::sighs::...but here it is...

I started with this really GREAT Basic Beanie pattern I found via Pinterest. It is courtesy of Sarah from Family Bugs, and has from size preemie to adult large (male), and uses a J hook on all but one size beanie, and it uses double crochet for a quick work up!

I followed the pattern for the adult small (woman) up to the end of Round 6. I then wandered. Here is the rest:

Materials:
    1 ball of worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Pink Camo
    Size J10/6mm hook
    Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

I didn't pay attention to how long it took to complete the crown part but I am going to assume about 30 minutes (or less). Each round of the granny square took roughly 3 minutes each, and the last two rounds took about a minute and a half each for a total of about an hour or so.

Abbreviation:
    CH - Chain
    DC - Double Crochet
    sp - space
    sk - skip
    dc2tog - Double Crochet Decrease
    SC - Single Crochet

Finished Hat Measurements:
    22" circumference by 7.5" long. 

Pattern (started aftering completing the last increase round):
Rnd 7: CH 2. 2 DC in same sp as join. (CH 1. sk 2 DCs, 3 DC in next DC) 16 times. CH 1. sk 2 DCs, dc2tog, 2 DC in same st. CH 1. Join to top of CH 2. 
Rnd 8-15: sl st over to CH-1 sp. CH 2. 2 DC in same CH-1 sp. CH 1. (3 DC in next CH-1 sp. CH 1.) around. Join to top of CH 2.
Rnd 16: CH 1. SC in same sp as join, and in each of the DCs and CH-1 sps.
Rnd 17: CH 1. SC in same sp as join, and in each SC around.
Fasten off. 

*If you'd like you're hat a little longer, add an extra round or two of the granny square. Each row with increase the length by 0.5".

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

This Adult Granny Square Beanie in Pink Camo for the Granny Square Scarf is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, either solo or together. The listing is for an adult size but I'd be happy to create this in any size from infant to adult! Color options are wide so don't be shy to ask! Here, you can find color options.

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments! Feel free to challenge me.

*15% of every purchase made from me will be donated to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases. To find out more about this disease, my ties or the donation in general, please feel free to email me - EyeLoveKnots@gmail.com.

**ALSO - You will find a scarf and hat for each color of the three camo yarns, Green, Pink and Blue Stripe all in different styles available in my shop TOO as well as FREE patterns on my blog. 

Crochet Adult Granny Square Scarf in Pink Camo FREE PATTERN


A few days ago, I made a ribbing scarf and beanie in Blue Camo Stripe for a friend of my mother's. After I completed it, I decided I was going to go back to Hobby Lobby and buy the other two colors of camo yarn available, Pink Camo and Green Camo, so I could make scarf and beanie sets in them too. The minute I saw the Pink Camo yarn that I wanted it to be in a granny square pattern.

Materials:
     Worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Pink Camo
*You will need 252 yards worth of yarn.
     Size 6mm Crochet Hook
     Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

I used all of the yarn in the ball so no left overs this time!

Time Spent:
It took me approximately 3 minutes per two rows for a total of about two and a half hours.

Abbreviations:
     CH - Chain
     DC - Double Crochet
     sk - skip
     st - stitch
     sp - space

Measurements:
     6" wide by 54" long

Pattern:

CH 28. 3 DC in 6th CH. (CH 1, sk next 3 CH, 3 DC in next CH) across to last 2 CH. sk next CH, DC in last DC. CH 3, turn.

Row 2: DC in first st, CH 1. (3 DC in next ch-1 sp, CH 1) across, DC in 2nd st of turning CH. CH 3, turn.

Row 3: 3 DC in first CH-1 sp, CH 1. (3 DC in next CH-1 sp, CH 1) across, DC in last DC and 2nd st of turning CH. CH 3, turn.

Rows 4 - 106: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
*I used one ball of yarn and ended with a 'row 2'.

07.24.14 UPDATE: I REWORKED THIS SCARF FOR MY AUTUMN STRIPE SCARF & HAT SET. FIND BELOW THE CORRECTIONS:

After CH 28, 2 DC's in the 5th CH from the hook, CH 1, sk next 3 CH's, (3 DC in next CH, CH 1, sk next 2 CH's) across. 1 DC in last CH.

Rows 2 - 106: CH 2, turn. 2 DC's in the 1st sp, CH 1, (3 DC's in the next sp, CH 1) across, 1 DC in the 2nd CH of turning CH. 

Fasten off.

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

This Adult Granny Square Scarf in Pink Camo is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, along with the Adult Granny Square Beanie in Pink Camo, either solo or together. The listing is for an adult size but I'd be happy to create this in any size from infant to adult! Color options are wide so don't be shy to ask! Here, you can find color options.

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments! Feel free to challenge me.

*15% of every purchase made from me will be donated to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases. To find out more about this disease, my ties or the donation in general, please feel free to email me - EyeLoveKnots@gmail.com.

**ALSO - You will find a scarf and hat for each color of the three camo yarns, Green, Pink and Blue Stripe all in different styles available in my shop TOO as well as FREE patterns on my blog. 

Crochet Adult Ribbing Beanie in Blue Camo - FREE PATTERN

I made this beanie to go along with the Crochet Adult Ribbing Scarf in Blue Camo for my mom's friend, Rhonda's, husband, David. Just click the above link to find the FREE pattern for the scarf.



Materials:
     1 ball of worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Blue Camo Stripe
     Size 5.5mm Crochet Hook
     Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

**Note about my choice of yarn:  it has a lot of stretch to it. More than I was used to! Take this into consideration when measuring out your work, if you're going to choose different measurements for your finished scarf.

You will have yarn left over!
If you choose to make the scarf to match, I ended up making the scarf first and then the hat and with the remaining yarn from the scarf, I was able to complete 14 rows for a total of 7" on the hat.

Time Spent:
Each row took me about 3 minutes to complete for a total of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Abbreviations:
     FDC - Foundation Double Crochet
**Tamara of Moogly has a great tutorial on YouTube should you need guidance.
     CH - Chain
     BLO - Back Loop Only, to create ribbing
     DC - Double Crochet
     sl st - Slip Stitch
     ea - each

Gauge:
     2 rows = 1". (not important)


Measurements:
     18" around by 10.5" in length
*This hat looks great with or without a folded edge!



Pattern:

FDC 40. Ch 2, turn. BLO, DC in 2nd DC from CH and across. Ch 2, turn.

Rows 2 - 34: BLO, DC in 2nd DC from CH and across. Ch 2, turn.

Row 35: BLO, DC in 2nd DC from CH and across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 36: sl st into 2nd DC and across.
Fasten off.
07.19.14 UPDATE: While working this hat up again, I just realized that I did not get this ending correct at all. In my defense, I followed the Blue Camo Stripe Ribbed Scarf outline for this pattern. Oops! As soon as I am off work tomorrow, I will take pictures finishing up this other hat and get this ending corrected.

07.21.14 UPDATE:

There are two ways your can do this part: 1) Slip Stitch your hat closed; 2) Fasten off your yarn with a long tail and sew up the sides of the hat. 
I'm going to be showing you the first method - my preferred method.

First, Fold your rectangle piece in half. You'll be working from right to left - right side being where your CH 1 is.

Insert your hook under both loops of your first stitch as well as both loops of the stitch behind - so you'll have 4 loops on your hook. Complete the slip stitch.



There's 1!


Now just finishing slip stitching through both thicknesses down to the end.



Don't forget the last stitch! 


Now fasten off with a long tail so you can sew up the top of the hat.

You'll want to thread your yarn tail into a yarn needle (I use an embroidery needle) and then begin weaving in and out of stitches on the top part.


Once you get back to the beginning, you will notice that your top has gathered - similar to that of a drawstring bag. 

Please forgive the darkness! I was doing this after work, trying to finish before the sun set completely.


Pull your yarn tail to close up the ring.

While holding the ring closed, begin weaving your yarn needle in and out to hold the ring closed. 

Once you're satisfied, fasten off.

To wear, turn your hat inside out and it's all ready to go!


Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

This Adult Blue Camo Stripe Ribbed Beanie for the Ribbed Scarf is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, either solo or together. The listing is for an adult size but I'd be happy to create this in any size from infant to adult! Color options are wide so don't be shy to ask! Here, you can find color options.

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments! Feel free to challenge me.

*15% of every purchase made from me will be donated to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases. To find out more about this disease, my ties or the donation in general, please feel free to email me - EyeLoveKnots@gmail.com.

**ALSO - After seeing how neat the camo yarn looked worked up, I went back and purchased the Pink Camo and Green Camo yarns as well. You will find a scarf and hat for each color in a different style available in my shop TOO as well as FREE patterns on my blog.


Crochet Adult Ribbing Scarf in Blue Camo - FREE PATTERN

 As part of my mother's recent requests for her friend's family, was a scarf and hat for her friend, Rhonda's, husband, David. The only thing she gave me to go on was "bluish brownish grayish", "not wintery" and "long". So, my boyfriend, Chad, and I took a trip over to Hobby Lobby during our Friday running around. He helped me pick out this Blue Camo Stripe yarn.

My first thought was to make it with the V Stitch, just like the Crochet Blue Winter Hat and Scarf my mom asked to gift to Rhonda. It took longer than I was willing to work on it being that I was using a thinner yarn so I changed my mind. 

I ended up going with just a plain jane ribbing stitch, just like the Crochet Ribbed Adult Scarf in Forest Green that I made for Chad. That scarf was made with two strands of Wool Ease yarn and worked with a 6mm crochet hook. Here you can find the pattern for this scarf as it is using different yarn and hook.

UPDATE: You can find the pattern for the matching hat HERE.

Materials:
     2 balls of worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Blue Camo Stripe
     Size 5.5mm Crochet Hook
     Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

**Note about my choice of yarn:  it has a lot of stretch to it. More than I was used to! Take this into consideration when measuring out your work, if you're going to choose different measurements for your finished scarf.

You will have some yarn left over, approximately a quarter.
~On a side note, I also used this pattern to make a scarf and hat set for my cousins for their birthday. I used solid colors which come in 7oz balls, compared to the self-striping ball which is 5oz. With one ball of the solid color yarn, I was able to complete the foundation row plus 11 rows to measure roughly 6.25" wide (without the row of slip stitches).

My boyfriend, Chad, modeling
the Sam Set.
My boyfriend, Chad, modeling
the Patrick Set.

Each row took me about 15 minutes to complete, for a total of three and a half hours. 

Abbreviations:
     FDC - Foundation Double Crochet
**Tamara of Moogly has a great tutorial on Youtube should you need some guidance.
     BLO - Back Loop Only, to create the ribbing
     CH - chain
     DC - Double Crochet
     ea - each
     sl st - Slip Stitch

Gauge:
     2 rows = 1". (not important)

Measurements:
     6.5" wide by 70" long
*This is completely customizable!
**I like my scarves to be 5.5" wide. In this case, I would have lessened the number of rows from 12 to 10 and followed everything else as written. Since this scarf was for man, and after reading A Man's Guide to the Scarf on the Art of Manliness stating that the width should be 6-14", I decided to widen this one a little to the 6.5".

Pattern:
FDC 249. Ch 2, turn. BLO, DC in 2nd DC from CH and across. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 2 - 12: BLO, DC in 2nd DC from CH and across. Ch 2, turn.
Row 13: BLO, DC in 2nd DC from CH and across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 14: sl st into 2nd DC and across.
Fasten off.

The I Love This Yarn is a super soft yarn with a nice stretch. Being that I only used one strand of yarn, it will be a little lighter than a chunky yarn, or the two strands that I used on Chad's scarf but still keep you warm.

Please feel free to make and sell this scarf, but please DO NOT claim this pattern on your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own.

This Ribbed Scarf for the Adult Blue Camo Stripe Ribbed Beanie is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, either solo or together. Size and color options are completely customizable so don't be shy to ask! Here, you can find color options.

*15% of every purchase made from me will be donated to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases. To find out more about this disease, my ties or the donation in general, please feel free to email me - EyeLoveKnots@gmail.com.

**ALSO - After seeing how neat the camo yarn looked worked up, I went back and purchased the Pink Camo and Green Camo yarns as well. You will find a scarf and hat for each color in a different style available in my shop TOO as well as FREE patterns on my blog.