Crocheted Men’s Scarf

I searched the Internet far and wide to find a men’s crochet scarf pattern and turned up pretty empty handed. The consensus seems to be that crochet is not manly enough. Seeing as knitting is not my forte, I thought I was going to have to purchase a scarf and tell my boyfriend I made it myself. Which of course wouldn’t be true because 1. It’s actually finished and within a reasonable timeframe, and 2. It would be flawless.

Seeing as I’m embracing the spirit of honesty I decided I should figure it out. I tell my students that all the time, “figure it out.” I’m taking my own advice folks! I created my own pattern because I’m savvy like that. Aka, lazy because I only used two very basic stitches. Rest assured, anyone can make this scarf.

Stitches needed: chain, single crochet and slip stitch.

Yarn: “5 chunky” – 2.5 skeins

Hook: size 8

This is all very interpretative, so feel free to change the size or weight of your yarn and needle. It takes quite a bit of yarn, but it’s not difficult, just time consuming.

Chain 170. (Or until your desired length – most patterns recommended chain 300, but my boyfriend is short so I adjusted)

Row 1: single crochet in each stitch in chain across row, turn
Row 2: slip stitch in each stitch, turn

Repeat until desired width.

Mine ended up being 21 rows across.

When you’ve reached your desired length, slip stitch around all edges to create a finished look.

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I realized after that’s should have done two rows of slip stitch each time to create a more prominent difference in the rows. It looks good the way it is, but it would be more pronounced with 2 rows. Again, it’s preference.

I’d take a picture of him wearing it, but he has a hissy fit every time I ask him to take a photo. Which ill admit is often, but I like to photo document everything. Just in case. You know?!

Maybe ill sneak one when he’s not looking.

Now go and crochet your husbands, fiancés and boyfriends scarves. Hopefully you only have one and not all of the above, but no judgement here! 😉

sd. 😻

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Owl Slippers {crochet}

Anyone that knows me knows I have an obsession with owls. I just love them! So when I started crocheting slippers, I knew I had to find a way to make a cute pair of owl slippers.

You will want to start by checking out my original post on Crochet Slippers, where you will find the link for the free pattern. Also make sure you take a look at “Important things to note on the Mary Jane pattern and changes I made” at the end of that post.

Just like with the sock monkey slippers, I made these using a size 5 crochet hook and worsted weight yarn. My feet are a size 8 or 9 and these fit nicely. For smaller than a size 7 foot I recommend using a size 4.5 or 4 hook. You don’t have to use the colours I did, get creative!

1. Crochet the “toe” and “sole” portion in orange.
2. Change to brown for the “upper” portion.
3. Eyes (make 4 in white)
R 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook.
R 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
Slip stitch to finish off, leave long tail for sewing.
With black yarn, tie a couple of knots in the same spot and thread through the centre of eye.
4. Wings (make 4 in brown)
Starting at bottom of wing, ch 2.
R 1: Sc in second ch. Ch 1, turn. (1 sc)
R 2: 2 sc in first sc. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
R 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc. Ch 1, turn. ( 3 sc)
R 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.(4 sc)
R 5:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc. Ch 1. (5 sc)
Sc down the 2 “V” sides of the wing, increasing at the bottom of the “V” with an extra chain. Finish off with a slip stitch, leave long tail for sewing. (Sc-ing down the 2 sides gives it a finished edge and looks much nicer.)
5. Beak (make 2 in beige)
Make exactly the same as the wings, stopping at R 3.
6. Using blunt needle, sew on all pieces to make the owl. For the wings I only sewed along the top, leaving the bottom free for “flapping” 🙂 haha

These slippers are the most involved ones I have made to date. I really love them though. The most tedious part is sewing on all the pieces that make the owl. But it’s totally worth it. Have fun with it! Change up the colours. I definitely plan on making more. Happy crocheting friends!

~Made beautifully by Heather~

Sock Monkey Slippers {crochet}

I apologize for the delay in getting this posted. I would have included it in the Crochet Slipper post but it was already so long. Plus these are unique and I thought they deserved their own post.

So here we go…

You will want to start by checking out my original post on Crochet Slippers, where you will find the link for the free pattern. Also make sure you take a look at “Important things to note on the Mary Jane pattern and changes I made” at the end of that post.

I used a size 5 hook and a worsted weight yarn. My feet are a size 8 or 9 depending and they fit my feet comfy. These would easily still fit a smaller foot (size 7), they just may need to wear socks. For really small feet, size 4- 6, use a size 4 hook.

1. Crochet the first 4 rows in red for the mouth.
2. Change to a cream or white yarn for the next 3 rows. NOTE: According to the pattern there are only 6 rows for the “toe” but I added an extra row – row 7 – for the nose part of the  monkey. Just do one more row of 24 stitches.
3. Switch to the brown for the rest of slipper and crochet according to the pattern. I stopped after row 7 of the upper portion.
4. Ears (make 4, using brown yarn)
R1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second chain from hook.
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sts)
R3 and 4: sc 10
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.
5. Eyes (make 4, using black yarn)
Ch 2, 5 sc in second chain from hook.
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.
6. Using a blunt needle, sew on eyes and ears.
7. Stitch on nose and mouth with black yarn and the blunt needle.

And that’s it! They are a little more involved than other slippers but for any sock monkey lover, it’s totally worth it! Happy crocheting!

~Made beautifully by Heather~

Farmer’s Market Wonderfulness

This past weekend we visited the Farmer’s Market in Ridgeway, Ontario. For those reading unsure of where this is, it’s between Fort Erie and Niagara Falls. A cute little town near Crystal Beach on Lake Erie. During the spring and summer, this quaint little town near my home is alive with small shops, restaurants and of course a Farmer’s Market.

I love the relaxed and cool vibe of any Farmer’s Market. Local growers, bakers, crafters and artists selling their goods. I have found that you can always find unique and well priced items. At times, too well priced! Sometimes I want to yell at these people to increase their prices because I’m not sure how they even make any money… But not before getting a steal on great, local product.

This weekend was the last weekend until it starts up again in the spring and I’m seriously considering getting a booth next season… But maybe that’s a future post in the making.

The Ridgeway BIA sponsored free pony rides for the kids, a small straw maze, colouring contest, face painting and free pumpkins. Amazing! So my three year old was in heaven. My heaven was smelling fresh baked goods, rooting through home grown veggies, looking at crafts, jewelry, teas, soaps, etc…. Heaven!!!

I can’t wait until next year to visit again… But until then, it’ll be a long winter online shopping on Etsy.
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Knitted Dish Cloth

Knit dish cloths are always in demand and I have had several people ask me to make them some. If you know some basic knitting techniques, this whips up very quickly.

I got this great pattern from my very crafty and handy mother-in-law. She has been making these for years and I was fortunate enough to get this pattern and a tutorial from her two years ago. Now when I do one, I have the pattern memorized because it’s that simple.

Use one skein of any cotton yarn.
Needles: 1 pair 6.0 mm (US 10 / UK 4)

Instructions:

Cast on 4 sts.
Row 1: K across
Row 2: K2, yo, K to end of row
Repeat row 2 until there are 43 sts on needle
Next decrease rows: K1, K 2 tog, yo, K 2 tog, K to end
Continue to decrease rows until there are 4 sts remaining on the needle
Cast off remaining sts.

Abbreviations:
K – knit
sts – stitches
tog – together
yo – yarn over

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Made beautifully by Leanne