Free Pattern Friday: Purple Buttercream Thick & Thin Infinity Scarf

Yesterday I wrote about Buttercream Thick & Thin yarn from JoAnn’s. But today I’d like to share the pattern I used to create a double wrap infinity scarf with two skeins and an N-15 crochet hook.

As I mentioned yesterday, I found it difficult to find crochet patterns for this type of yarn online. There are a few knitting patterns. JoAnn’s has a knit pattern for the yarn on their website.

Rowan also has a similar thick and thin yarn. And they have a brochure of patterns for knitters on their website.

cowlHere’s what I did to create a thick and thin infinity scarf:

Foundation Chain: Chain 15.

First Row: Half double crochet in the 5th stitch from the hook. * Chain 1, skip one stitch, half double crochet in next stitch. Repeat from * to the end. You should finish with 7 half double crochets, with the 7th in the last chain.

Second Row: Chain 2, turn, and half double crochet in the chain one space. * Chain 1, skip half double crochet in previous row, and half double crochet in next chain one space. Repeat from * to the end, ending with a half double crochet in the top of the turning chain. (I just made my last half double crochet in the space here.) You should end up with 6 half double crochets.

Repeat this row until the scarf is the desired length, then slip stitch the ends together. I put half a twist in it before slip stitching to give it some volume. Then fasten off, weave in the ends, and enjoy!

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Yarn Review: Buttercream Thick & Thin by JoAnn’s

On one of my trips to JoAnn, this yarn caught my eye – Buttercream Thick & Thin. I was drawn to the soft colors, subtle shading, the rustic texture… but I had no idea how to use it. On one of my next trips, it was on sale, so I bought two skeins, enough for a small project.

Rowan has a similar thick and thin yarn. And they have a brochure of patterns for knitters.

There aren’t too many patterns for this type of yarn online, for crochet or knitting, so I had to come up with something myself. So I adapted a simple cowl pattern. Actually, it’s the one I use for the bulky infinity cowls in my Etsy shop.

cowlI chose an open work pattern, crocheting in the space between stitches instead of in the back loop of the previous row. I was worried it would become difficult to work with stitches of various sizes so close, and wanted to give the yarn room to expand so you could truly see the variations.

And it turned out quite lovely, long enough to wrap around twice.

While this wasn’t my favorite yarn to work with, it was easy to handle and it worked up quickly. And I think the finished product also speaks for itself as far as the quality of the yarn.

The one downside: The binding around the yarn was broken in both the skeins I used, but for the particular pattern I used, this didn’t affect its use. Also, not the type of yarn that would be suitable for a fringe due to the unraveling, but as I was making an infinity scarf, that wasn’t an issue either.

This yarn is 52% wool, 48% acrylic, making it very thick and warm for the coldest of weather. For crochet, it advises you use an N/P-15 / 10mm hook, for knitting, US 15 / 10mm needles.

I’ll write up the pattern to share here tomorrow.

Free Pattern Friday – Toasted Marshmallow Scarf

scarf 1JoAnn Fabrics had a really good sale on yarn after Christmas, so, of course, I stocked up!

For this patter I used Deborah Norville Everyday Prints Yarn in Toasted Marshmallow and an I-9 crochet hook.

When I first saw the yarn, I thought how pretty it was. I have a fondness for neutral colors because they’re so easy to combine with each other and just about everything else.

But aside from simply being pretty, especially once you see it worked up in a few rows, it’s quite enjoyable to work with, it keeps its shape, and drapes nicer than other yarns I’ve worked with.

I created this fringed scarf pattern because I wanted simple stitches that would show off the yarn’s natural beauty.

Toasted Marshmallow Scarf Pattern

Row 1: Chain 246. Skip first chain, double crochet in each chain. (245 double crochet.)

Row 2: Chain 1, double crochet in each stitch. (245 double crochet.)

Row 3: Repeat row 2. (245 double crochet.)

Row 4: Chain 4, turn, * triple crochet in first stitch, chain 1, skip one stitch, triple crochet in next stitch, chain one, skip one stitch, triple crochet in next stitch. Repeat from * 48 times.

Row 5: Chain 1, turn, and double crochet in each stitch across. (245 double crochet.)

Row 6: Repeat row 4.

Rows 7-9: Repeat row 2.

The patterns feels a bit awkward at first, but if you break it into groups of five, you can get into a rhythm with it – triple, chain and skip, triple, chain and skip, triple.

I would count one through five as I worked my way through the pattern.

scarf 2And when you’re done, it creates this subtly unique open work pattern.

You could also alter this pattern by making your foundation chain an odd number, thus your rows of solid double crochet an even number of double crochet stitches, and then do triple crochet, chain and skip one stitch, triple crochet, chain and skip one stitch, etc. all the way across.

This particular scarf is listed in my Etsy shop, as well as several others. Of course, my favorite thing is custom orders! So always feel free to contact me.

And I hope you enjoyed this free scarf pattern! Happy crocheting!

Free Pattern Friday (A Day Late) – Dark Forest Scarf

scarf 3If there’s one thing I love most about crocheting, it’s doing custom orders. I love to know the person who will be receiving an item before I make it. Because there’s just something special about tailoring it to their preferences, about creating something that will match their style and personality.

This is the most recent custom order I did, for my friend Heather.

After a lot of question about colors, patterns, and styles, I sent her some pictures of several different types of yarns in the color combinations she was thinking of, either green and gold or blue and white. She ended up deciding on black and green – in particular, Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in black and forest.

Then comes the hardest and yet my favorite part – finding a pattern to suit the yarn. Some yarns are best suited for creating intricate patterns, others are best showcased with simple stitches that allow the yarn’s beauty to stand out.

Sometimes I adapt a pattern to suit my needs, but more and more I’ve been creating my own. This, however, is one I adapted, so I want to credit the creator here over at Dabbles and Babbles.

scarfHeather wanted the colors mixed, like the cashmere scarves in my Etsy shop. But I didn’t want a plain pattern, I wanted to give the piece some texture, which is why I chose this pattern.

So I crocheted this using an N Hook while holding both strands together.

Here’s what I did:

  • Foundation Chain: Counting by 3, I chained enough stitches to make the scarf 80 inches long. Homespun can be a little tough to work with your first time, it all tends to blend together, but be careful not to twist the chain and join your first stitch with a slip stitch to form a ring.
  • First Round: Then I double crocheted (dc) in every chain, and joined the first double crochet with a slip stitch (sl st).
  • Second Round: Chain 3, skip the first 3 dc, and single crochet (sc) in the space after the 3rd dc, before the 4th. Chain 3, skip the next 3 dc, and sc in the space. Repeat all the way around, and join your first chain with a sl st.
  • Third Round: Double crochet into the first three chains. Skip the single crochet. And repeat, essentially double crocheting into only the chain stitches. Join your first double crochet with a sl st.
  • Repeat second and third rounds until the scarf is the desired thickness. Then fasten off and weave in ends.

Free Pattern Friday – Witch’s Cowl

With the snowpocalypse bearing down on the East Coast, what better way to spend a Friday night in than with a free chunky cowl pattern? And once it’s finished, you’ll have something to keep you warm if you go out and about this weekend!

I have one of these scarves listed in my Etsy store, but got the idea for the name of this pattern after a conversation with my friend. She did the product photography and image editing for my Etsy items, so I promised her a custom scarf. She picked the long alpaca blend infinity scarf, but wanted different colors. And upon digging through my yarn and selecting her choices, she said, “I want dark colors, like something a witch in the forest would wear.”

And the witch’s cowl was created.

Reminiscent of something a powerful and sinister witch might wear, when she wants to keep herself warm, of course, this bulky crochet infinity scarf was made with Yarn Bee’s Effortless Super Bulky. It’s 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca, making it extra soft. I just love the alpaca fibers, it makes the yarn feel so natural and rustic. And because the yarn is so thick, it works up pretty quickly. This only took me between two and three hours.

Here’s the pattern:

I used an N-hook.

With your first color, chain 121. Join to the first chain with a slip stitch to form a circle. Be careful not to twist the chain.

For the first round, chain 3, then double crochet in each chain around. Join your second color with a slip stitch in the top of the chain 3.

(I didn’t cut and join my yarn, I carried it through.)

Now, for the second round, chain 2, then skip the first double crochet, and double crochet front post (dcfp) in the next stitch.

Then double crochet front post in the skipped stitch.

Repeat this pattern all the way around.

Join your first color with a slip stitch at the top of the chain 2, chain 3, then double crochet all the way around.

Join your second color with a slip stitch and the top of the chain 3, chain 2, then repeat round 2.

Join your first color with a slip stitch at the top of the chain 2, chain 3, and double crochet all the way around.

This is where I fastened off, but you can certainly continue repeating the sounds to make it thicker. This bulky crochet infinity scarf is long enough to wrap two or three times around, whatever your preference.

Enjoy, and stay warm!

Note: Feel free to make and sell items based on this pattern, but please link here if you do so.

Free Pattern Friday – the Kristen Shawl

DSC07430Made with a simple V-stitch pattern, this beginner-friendly scarf/shawlette is a lovely winter accessory, perfect for wrapping over or under your coat, or even for wearing around the office.

I used a J (6 mm) crochet hook and three balls of Lion Brand’s Amazing Yarn in the Constellation color. (Sometimes select colors of the three-ball value packs are on sale in their clearance section.)

You can find the full pattern over on Fiber Flux, as well as a video. I added the tassels myself; I love scarves with a little extra something.

While this shawl was purchased by a friend, I have many others listed for sale on my Etsy shop, and I love doing custom orders.