Spring Scarves – Free Patterns

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Much of the country is dealing with ice and record lows as I write this. Except for Sunday, which was gorgeous here in the Philadelphia area, I have become used to wearing a thin scarf under my heavy winter scarf under my coat but over my t-shirt and hoodie, as well as two pairs of gloves. However, I know spring will come around again and I am looking forward to it — not summer so much, with its humidity, but I always welcome the warmer but not obnoxious temperatures of spring. In honor of that hope, I have found some pretty spring scarves you can make for those days that still have a little chill in the air but you can see the flowers blooming.

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Spring Fling Infinity Scarf from My Merry Messy Life

The Spring Fling Infinity Scarf from Sara at My Merry Messy Life looks like a quick stitch that you could make in plenty of time for warmer weather. It’s a great way to keep your neck warmer while not having to worry about ends of the scarf hanging down and getting in your way. It uses 230 ounces of worsted yarn. The pattern calls for variegated yarn (which I prefer), but it would look lovely in a solid color or in stripes of solid colors as a stash-busting project. I think Red Heart Boutique’s Unforgettable would work nicely if you decide to go the variegated route.

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Green Sheen Scarf from Caron.

If you’re looking for a lacier scarf that is a bit more intermediate in difficulty, the Green Sheen Scarf may be your answer. Of course, you don’t have to use green yarn, but whatever color you like. The scarf is a free design from Caron and is available at Fave Crafts for free. The pattern is older and calls for Caron Spa yarn, which is no longer available, but any DK-weight yarn will work. Personally, this color green doesn’t work well for me (looks horrible with my coloring), but any color would look wonderful for this pattern. Knit Picks has some beautiful colors in Diadem, for example. The combination of alpaca and silk gives this yarn a beautiful sheen.

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Dainty Shells Scarf from All Free Crochet

Another scarf that uses thinner yarn is the Dainty Shells Scarf, available at All Free Crochet. This is an easy scarf that uses sport weight yarn, so it’s even lighter than the Green Sheen Scarf. There’s that green again, which I know is a very popular spring color, but I think I’d use a subtle variegated yarn for this. Keep in mind I’m a big fan of variegated yarn, so I’m a bit biased. I performed a quick search over at Yarn.com and found a few variegated sport-weight yarns made from different materials that could work, depending on your preference and budget. There’s also some gorgeous Highland Wool blend sport-weight yarn at Knit Picks that could work.

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Journey Scarf from Kim Guzman

Finally, here’s the Journey Scarf. Originally featured on Caron’s website as a free design, it is now available as a free pdf download on Kim Guzman’s website. This is one for which I’d use a solid color, as a variegated yarn may take away from the design, but to each her or her own. This also calls for Caron’s Spa yarn, so instead you can choose any DK-weight yarn. Caron’s Simply Soft Light is nice, but it has more of a twisted/braided look than other DK yarns. Some people like that, some people don’t.

Hope you like the few spring scarves that I’ve shared. If you Google “free crochet spring scarf” you will find a ton! Also I mentioned some yarn here, but I’m not affiliated with any particular retailer or yarn-maker, just noted a few that I like. There is so much yarn out there, made from a plethora of materials and available at different price points, that I’m sure you will find just the right one for you.

WIP Wednesday (on Thursday)

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Whew, been busy this past week. Last weekend I was involved with a lot of things going on at church — good things. My church (Princeton Presbyterian in Springfield, PA) is part of the community-wide Souper Bowl of Caring, playing the role of a drop-off point for food going to Chester Eastside Ministries. We brought in over 3600 items, if I remember correctly. Actually we brought in more than that, but some of the food we couldn’t use because of expiration dates. And we couldn’t give them the raspberry schnapps someone gave us. 🙂 Sunday I was at our service, then our annual meeting, then helped a few other ladies go through the freezer and the cupboard to get rid of old stuff and reorganize a bit. That took longer than originally planned, but once we got started we just kept going. The past few days I’ve been a bit under the weather. Nothing major, but after looking at a computer screen all day at work, the last thing my eyes and brain wanted to do was to think much more at night and look at a computer. So, I fell behind, but am getting caught up now.

scarves 2-5-15Because I’ve been busy and headachy, I haven’t been doing much stitching since last Wednesday. However, I did finish three scarves for the women’s circle at church. We need to make some more for the pile we are giving to Connect By Night for their homeless clients. The black one is a basic V-stitch, made from extra bulky yarn. It isn’t very long, but because it’s so bulky it’s practically a carpet and should keep someone warm. (Note to self: in the future, it is probably better to use more open stitches with such bulky yarn.) The other two were just something I made up: half-double crochet with a chain in between, skipping one stitch below. The borders use double crochet in each space, with a chain between each double crochet — except for the top and bottom where I stitched two double crochets in each space and did not chain, except for the one chain on each corner. I’m pretty happy with the result, though next time I may do the opposite — double crochet the scarf and half-double the border.

So, that’s really all I’ve worked on over the past week. I plan to get caught up on my temperature scarf for next week, and get in some more Mirabilia stitching. Though this was supposed to be my WIPocalypse post, that will be happening next week when I’m feeling more up to tackling it. Now I need to go check others’ WIPS and see all the beautiful projects others are creating. It’s always a dangerous thing to do, as you all are quite the enablers.

New Year, New Projects (and a lot of old ones)

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Don’t let this picture deceive you; Ginger is an adorable holy terror, lol.

Happy New Year, a few days late! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate), and a great New Year’s Day. I spent Christmas with my parents and crazy one-year-old Jack Russell/Red Heeler, and New Year’s at my friend’s home as my partner Tim was working. Good times all around.

I have already started planning my projects for the upcoming year. I have some new ones, of course, but am also working on finishing some older projects. I have the feeling I’m not the only in in this predicament. Now that I’ve recently expanded my needlework skills, I find it difficult to decide on what to work on. I think I need to come up with a plan to work on one craft each week. It isn’t spontaneous, but spontaneity got me into this, lol.

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One project for the new year – and I’m already behind because I need to purchase the yarn – is the Temperature Scarf. The great thing about this is choosing the colors and the temperatures for each color. Depending on where you live, and the amount of colors you want in the scarf, you will want to choose a large temperature range for each color or a small one. I want to use several colors and in the Northeast it can get very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer (depending on the year), so my temperature range is from zero to 107. Frankly, it doesn’t usually get down to zero above 100 here, but I wanted to cover my bases. Here’s what I’m using, once I buy the yarn. I’m going to make mine colorful, but it could also be very pretty in several shades of the same color. The colors in parentheses are the color names from the Caron Simply Soft line I will be using. I’m also going to make it simple, just using single crochet. I figure that 365 rows could be a pretty long scarf, so I better keep the height of the stitch small.

0-11 – dark purple (purple)
12-23 – med purple (lavender)
24-35 – med blue (country blue)
36-47 – light blue (lt. country blue)
48-59 – green (green)
60-71 – light green (limelight)
72-83 – yellow (lemonade)
84-95 – orange (orange)
96-107 – red (harvest red)

There is also a Sky Scarf. The pattern is for knitting, but the basic idea can also work for crochet. I won’t be working on that this year but it’s another interesting option. It’s similar to the Temperature Scarf except it’s based on if it’s sunny, cloudy, raining, snowing — you get the idea. I’m sure there are other “journaling” scarves we could create; There already is a Mood Scarf (that could be dangerous!), and maybe you could create an exercise scarf (based on how many minutes you moved that day), TV or movie scarf (different colors for your favorite show that day), etc. I’m really making these up as I go along, but the options are endless.

2015-Afghan-CAL-Main-GraphicAnother project I’m looking forward to is Tamara’s 2015 Afghan Crochet Along on her Moogly blog. I heard last year’s was a lot of fun and it’s something new for me. Every two weeks she’ll share a new free afghan block crochet pattern for a 12-inch block. By the end, you’ll have blocks for an afghan that is about 4×6. I think some people use it to make two small blankets. You choose your colors and then follow along. Seems like a great way to end up with an afghan at the end of the year. Some people piece the blocks together as they go, but I think I want to see all the blocks at the end to decide how I want to place them.

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This week I started my Mirabilia 15 in 15 by working a little on my Angel of the New Dawn. I haven’t made a lot of progress on her this week, and this photo is from before this week, but will stitch more tomorrow. I am not starting one each day the first 15 days of the year, but will start or stitch on 15 over the course of January. The idea is to finish them all by the end of the year. I don’t know if any of us will be able do to that, but I think it will help me to make progress on some that have been languishing a bit.

What new projects are you starting this year, and what old projects are on your goals list for finishing? I love to see what other people are working on. 🙂

Last-minute handmade gift ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last year, I had it all figured out. Starting in the summer, I made an Excel spreadsheet to sort out what I was making for whom, how much yarn I would need, where I would buy it, when it had to be finished, etc. I even had Tim’s birthday gift (an afghan) done a little early, and his birthday is in late November. This left me time to make some quick last-minute scarves for people at the job I’d recently started. All was well.

This year? Not so much. Due to a lot of changes in my life over the last few months, very strict budgeting, and illness, my gift-planning mojo has been nonexistent. Well, it’s less than two weeks before Christmas and I have some catching up to do, and I’m betting there are others out there who still want to give homemade gifts but need something they can zoom through. There are some great scarves and other items out there you can make pretty quickly, especially if you are a fast crocheter. They are all lovely on their own, but some of them can be dressed up even more with a few other items.

Dude ScarfIf you need to make a quick “guy” scarf, here’s a quick one – aptly named “The Dude Scarf.” I tend to make mine without the fringe, but I know some people like it. I found this free pattern on The Gimpy Hooker’s blog. I have made this in the past and it works up pretty quickly, just a combination of half-double crochets and triple crochets. The pattern calls for two strands of worsted yarn (4), but I like to use bulky (5) or extra bulky (6) yarn to make it that much easier and faster and not have to worry about controlling two strands at once.

This “Hour-and-a-Half Cowl” took me a little longer than that to hour-and-a-half-cowl_smallstitch, but it was done in an evening. It’s a great way to use up extra yarn you have lying around and you can come up with some great colorways. The pattern calls for four strands of yarn, but you could easily use three strands for a slightly less bulky cowl – it all depends on what YOU want your finished project to look like. You could use two or three strands of bulky yarn for a slightly different effect. The pattern page was originally on Yarnspirations, but is now archived on The WayBack Machine and the photos don’t seem to be appearing. If you like the pattern you may want to copy and paste the text to your computer, just in case the page eventually disappears.

crochet tweedy scarfDo you need one (or several) gifts for women? This incredibly easy and fast Crochet Tweedy Scarf  from Lion Brand is a lifesaver! I’ve made this several times. I’ve used different yarns, but – as usual – it goes more quickly if you use a bulky yarn and a large hook. It’s a basic V-stitch. You can play with the width and length, and could even use two strands of worsted instead of one strand of bulky. It looks particularly nice in a variegated yarn.

If you’ve made scarves, cowls, mittens, and hats until you can’t stand it anymore, try lulu b sedge clothsome handmade spa washcloths. There are many simple patterns out there, but this is one of my favorites and – of course – works up closely. Make a few of Lulu B’s Sedge Cloth in coordinating colors for a great way to make someone feel special. The texture to these cloths from Lulu Belle Designs offers a slightly exfoliating effect, which can help with keeping smooth skin during those drying winter months. If you really want to WOW! someone, wrap them with a pretty ribbon and place in a basket with some soaps and lotions.

5-5-hour-throw_smallIf you are short on time but still want to make a larger gift for that special someone, the Five-and-a-Half-Hour Throw is the way to go (Scroll down a bit for the pattern). Now, I think you need to be an incredibly fast crocheter to finish this in that time, but it does work up quickly. Again, the pattern calls for three strands of worsted weight yarn, but you could play with a few strands of bulky weight yarn or whatever you’d like.

One more item you may like to make for someone’s home decor are coasters. If you ombre coastersare creating the Five-and-a-Half-Hour Throw for someone and have some extra yarn left, I encourage you to make these Ombre Coasters using that leftover yarn. It adds just a little extra something to the throw on its own. Of course, these coasters could be made in a myriad of colors and combinations as a lovely gift by themselves.

In the end, have fun! While it can be stressful to try to fit in those last-minute (and sometimes surprise) gifts, you can have a lot of fun deciding what yarn you have in your stash that you can use, or what you can find at your local shop to use. Some of these patterns that use multiple strands could include a strand of something sparkly or furry, or you could use three strands of one color and one strand that is variegated – the possibilities are limitless. Just because you’re working quickly, doesn’t mean you can’t still be creative.