make a beanie

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Of course I would figure out how to make a great beanie at the end of winter.  For those of you year-round beanie-wearers, or if you want to prepare for colder months, here is a quick and easy crochet pattern! This beanie is a low commitment project- it took me maybe around two hours to make. I used a little over half of a skein of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool yarn in Merlot, a large crochet hook (it might be in the F or G range? I’ve had it forever.), and a needle. For your first row, start with a slip stitch and make chain stitches to fit the circumference of your head, or the head of the person you’re making it for.  Keep in mind that when you put it on your head, it stretches a little bit.  When you think you have the right size, slip stitch to make it a circle- make sure in this step that you do not twist your work.  You will notice by the end of the first row if your work is twisted. Once you have a circle of chain stitches, make two more chain stitches and make single crochet stitches without flipping your work.  When you make this hat, you will continue working always in the same direction around the circle. When you get to the end of the second row (the first row of single crochet stitches), slip stitch your final single crochet in the row to the top … Read More

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cozy crochet scarf

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Since there’s been so much snow and freezing weather where I’m at, I decided it was time to whip up another scarf!  This one took me about three hours to make- maybe not even that. I did it over the course of two days.  It is 102 inches long (including fringe) and can comfortably wrap around my neck once or twice.  I used two skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in Aspen Tweed and one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky yarn in Oatmeal. To start, make a row of chain stitches however long you want the scarf to be.  Then continue on to the next row with single crochet stitches.  If you need to learn how to do the single crochet stitch, this video is a great place to start.     At the end of the row of single crochet stitches (row 2), do a single chain stitch, turn your work, and repeat row 2 for the rest of the scarf. As you can see, my scarf is a slightly different color in the middle.  So the first skein is used for the first row of chain stitches and four rows of single crochet stitch.  The second skein is used for the next seven rows of single crochet stitch.  The last skein is used for the final four rows of single crochet stitch. At the end, cut the yarn to about five inches and finish with a chain stitch.  Pull the yarn all … Read More

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quick crochet blanket

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The amount of Pinterest attention to this post is so crazy! Thanks for reading, friends. It means so much to me that you’re here. Let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to follow along and stay awhile. I made this blanket in one day. Granted, I worked on it about all day.  But still, I think a day is pretty good.  All of the other blankets I’ve made have taken me at least a month to make.   I used a pretty big crochet hook (biggest I could find) and nine skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.   For the first row, start with a slip stitch and make chain stitches for as long as you want the blanket to be. Start row two on the fourth stitch from your hook, making double crochet stitches.   Once you get to the end of row two, make four chain stitches and start row three on the second double crochet (the chain stitches act as your first double crochet). Repeat row three for the rest of the blanket and that’s all there is to it! I found that each skein of yarn had enough for four rows, with the exception of the first skein.   I love how chunky and soft this blanket turned out!  Even though the holes between the stitches are pretty big, it’s still so warm.  And who doesn’t want a cozy handmade blanket?

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