Sophie’s Universe

This blanket is called Sophie’s Universe and the full pattern instructions can be found on the site lookwhatimade.net.

Ok, this was a BIG project. I mean it’s a queen sized blanket, so it’s physically big, but it was also very involved as far as the amount of pattern instructions that I had to read. It was fun though. If you ever get super bored with the easier projects where you just do the same pattern of stitches over and over and want to challenge yourself I would definitely suggest Sophie’s because you are never doing the same thing for very long. Every day I was like, “ok what are we doing in the next round?” There were all kinds of stitches that were new to me like front post double trebles, extended stitches, and surface overlay, and I know that I am a better crocheter after making her.

That being said, the pattern is written with so many hints, tips, notes, and pictures that, as the writer says, it’s really something an “advanced beginner” can take on. All the stitches are explained fully and she even anticipates mistakes the you might make and puts warnings in there!

I used worsted weight acrylic in ten colors – blues, purples, and browns, and although the colors aren’t all in my preferred palette of neutrals and grays it made my eyes happy each day as I crocheted to look at these colors. I changed colors on every round except the tan butterfly band near the outside edge. There were a lot of ends to weave in – more than 200!

Sophie’s has row after row of tulips and roses. I tried to make the leaves and stems green and the flowers pink or purple.

I loved working on Sophie’s Universe and during the work I would fantasize about the next one and what colors I will use. It took me several months to make (definitely the longest stretch of time I ever spent on one piece), but I love the way it turned out and I will definitely do it again!

Men’s Striped Scarf and Hat

This is a really simple scarf and hat set that I made because I needed something to make for my husband and he likes neutrals. Well he likes black mostly, but he ended up really liking the gray, white, and black color scheme of this set. It goes nicely with his black leather jacket that he wears as his winter coat.

I guess you could say that I made up my own pattern, but it’s really so simple, you don’t need a pattern. I used Walmart Basics worsted weight yarn. I like it because it’s two dollars for a skein and it has a nice feel in my hands. Great for scarves and hats because it’s soft and stretchy when crocheted. My Walmart doesn’t carry that many colors of Basics, but what they do have is actually really nice.

For the scarf I did 16 rows of single crochet in gray, 2 rows half double crochet in white, 5 rows double crochet in black, and 2 more rows half double crochet in white. I repeated that pattern of rows until the scarf was about 6 feet long. I began and ended with the gray, and I made the rows 20 stitches across.

Like I said, this “pattern” is so simple that a beginner like me could make it up. You could also modify the scarf in any number of ways. I would love to do this in different colors (or just replace the black with a color), and maybe try back loop stitches when changing color to give it more texture.

The hat was also very simply done. I started with a magic circle and used all double crochet stitches. There are tons of patterns and tutorials online for double crochet beanie-type hats. They all follow the same basic steps of increasing rounds until you reach the width that measures the same as the top of the head, and then keeping the number of stitches the same until you reach the length you want.

For my hat, I did gray for 6 rounds, then white for 1 round, black for 3 rounds, white for 1, and gray for the rest. At the end I did two rounds of front post double crochet in every other stitch to get a nice ribbed look, however you can’t see that because I folded up the bottom of the hat, which my husband thinks makes it look better when you wear it. When it’s not folded up the hat has a slouchy beanie look that I love, but my husband thinks is too hipster. 🤷‍♀️ Either way, he looks great wearing this hat and scarf so I’m very happy with it!

Premier Yarn Sweet Roll Double Crochet Scarf

This was a quick and super easy scarf that I worked up with this gorgeous Premier Sweet Roll yarn in Cappuccino Pop. The yarn is very soft and it is self-striping so you don’t ever have to change colors and weave in ends. Yay! The scarf is nice and wide and really long so it can be worn wrapped around your neck several times for extra warmth or fashionably hanging down to the mid-thigh. (Of course I’m only 5 feet tall, so it may be shorter on you. Lol.) Here’s the pattern:

Row 1: Foundation single crochet an odd number then chain 3 – I did 25. (Alternatively you can chain an odd number plus 1 and then do a row of single crochet starting with the 2nd chain from your hook. Then ch 3.) The ch 3 counts as the first dc in the next row. Turn.

Rows 2-5: Double crochet across the row ending with a dc in the starting chain from the last row. Chain 3 and turn.

Row 6: Dc across. Ch 4 and turn (counts as first dc and ch 1)

Row 7: *Sk next st, dc in next st, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row, ending with dc in starting chain from last row. Ch 3 and turn.

Rows 8-11: repeat rows 2-5

Row 12: repeat row 7

Continue pattern of repeating rows 2-5 then 7 until scarf measures about 6 ft, then do one row of sc. Fasten off and weave in ends. Have fun!

Bonus Satchel

Bonus Satchel:

The Premier Yarn Sweet Roll Double Crochet Scarf on the top of this page used about 1 1/2 cakes of the Premier Sweet Roll Cappuccino Pop, so I had a half a cake left over. I knew I could do something with half a cake, something that wasn’t too big or too small. Something that would use all three colors in that cake effectively. So, I decided to make a small satchel with a long strap to use up the yarn and match the scarf. This satchel is big enough to carry your phone, wallet, keys, and some more stuff too. It could also carry a decent sized book. I love how it came out with the color blocking effect of the Seeet Roll yarn, and it was super easy to do. Here’s how I did it:

Ch 26

Row 1:Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across to end, ch 1 and turn

Rows 2 and 3: Sc across, ch 1 and turn

Now switch to working in the round.

Round 1: Sc 3 times in last stitch from row 3, sc 2 times down the short side, sc 3 times in corner, sc down the long side, sc 3 times in corner, sc 2 times up the short side, sc 3 times in corner, sc up long side and join with sl st

Rounds 2-6: Ch 3, sk one st, dc around, join with sl st to beg ch 3

Round 7: Ch 4 (counts as 1st dc plus ch 1), *sk next st, dc in next st, ch 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 4

Rounds 8-11: Ch 3, sk one st, dc around, join with sl st to beg ch 3

Round 12: Repeat round 7

Rounds 13-16: Repeat rounds 8-11

Round 17: Ch 1, sc around, join with sl st to first sc

Strap: Without breaking yarn, ch 160, sl st to satchel body on opposite side, sl st in next sc on satchel body, sc in all chains along the strap, sl st to sc on satchel body, fasten off and weave in both ends.

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Hat and Scarf Set

Lately I’m really into making scarves and hats for two reasons: They are usually pretty (1) simple and (2) quick so you get to finish a matched set project in just a couple of sittings. Oh yeah, and (3) they make awesome gifts for friends, family, kids’ teachers, bosses, anyone really.

I found these free patterns (thank you!) on the excellent Moogly blog, here and here. I made the scarf first and it was actually pretty easy because you carry the yarn up the side of the scarf rather than having to cut it and weave in the ends every time you switch colors. (I simplified by only using two colors instead of three.) Then you hide the carried yarn by doing a single crochet border around the whole scarf. The technique of stitching into the previous row was new to me, but the only stitches that I had to do were chains, single crochet, and double crochet so I didn’t have too hard of a time, and I like the look of the finished scarf. 🙂

Then I started on the hat. So much for not cutting the yarn when switching colors! I changed colors seven times so I had to weave in 14 ends! I shouldn’t complain, because weaving in ends is a necessary and important part of crochet (how crappy would a hat look if you didn’t weave in the ends?), and fourteen’s not that many, but I guess I wasn’t expecting to do it at all because I didn’t have to weave in ends with the scarf. Ok, now that I got that whining out of my system 😭, I really like the hat! It matches the scarf perfectly, and I love the technique that they give you for making the brim (thanks again Moogly!). They show you how to create the brim with rows of back loop only single crochets that are already attached to the hat so you don’t have to sew it on later. Genius!

Scalloped Potholder

For a while I have been wanting to make a trivet for the table to keep hot dishes on. The problem was that I mainly use acrylic yarns which would (hypothetically) turn into a puddle of melted plastic under the hot dish. 😳

So, finally I got around to getting some nice gray cotton yarn with a 50% off coupon from AC Moore (only needed about 4 oz) and found this pattern called the Scalloped Potholder by Priscilla Hewitt online. Priscilla designed a beautiful and functional pattern that works wonderfully for protecting the table or your hands from dishes that are hot out of the oven. What you do is make two identical pieces which you then single crochet together. The double layer gives a nice thickness which is great for protecting your hands or table. 🙂

The Wanderlust Scarf

This is a really creative and great looking scarf. The design is by Kirsten Holloway designs and can be found for free on her website and on Ravelry. The creativity of this pattern actually inspired me to try to make up my own patterns for scarves. (I will post pictures of them with patterns when I get around to making them.) I made one of these (with the matching hat) for my brother-in-law and one for my brother for Christmas gifts. I used Stitch Studio yarn in two different browns. I do think, however, that a pretty pink or purple yarn and this pattern would make a beautiful woman’s scarf. (I personally love to wear browns, blacks, and grays so I would be happy wearing one of the ones pictures above. :-))

Child’s Waffle Stitch Scarf and Hat Set

I did this child’s set with Caron One Pound in a gray color, and I love how it came out! To make the scarf I followed along with this YouTube tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRnJHytHN_w) by the wonderful Bella Coco.

The pattern for the hat is called the Alpine Nights Beanie by Maria on pattern-paradise.com. I used the instructions for the child’s size.

The waffle stitch is a great stitch to use when making winter accessories because it is soft and warm and squashy.

I gifted them to my 11 year old nephew for Christmas. He is an intelligent, handsome little boy who wears glasses. This hat and scarf set gave him a polished -even debonair- look when he put them on. They looked very smart with his black jacket.

Candy Ripple Baby Blanket

This is a cute blanket that I made with baby weight yarn leftover from other projects. I used a very simple ripple pattern with stripes of random widths. I actually used a random number sequence generator from the internet to decide how many rows to do in each color. Then I wove in all the ends (which I hate doing but in reality only took about half an hour), and worked a simple border with hdc shells on the short sides and single crochet on the long sides. Here’s the pattern:

Body:

Ch 115

Row 1: dc in 4th st from hook, *dc in each of next 4 st, dc2tog twice, dc in each of next 4 st, 2 dc in each of next 2 st, repeat from * to end, end with 2 dcs in last st, ch 3 and turn

Row 2: dc in same st as ch, *dc in each of the next 4 st, dc2tog twice, dc in each of next 4 st, 2 dc in each of next 2 st, repeat from * to end, end with 2 dcs in last st, ch 3 and turn

Row 3 to end: repeat Row 2 (make the blanket as big as you want, change colors whenever you want)

Weave in ends

Edging:

Round 1: After last stitch ch 1 and turn, sc around entire blanket (3 sc in corner stitches), sl st in first sc, ch 1 and turn

Round 2: sl st in 1st st, *sk next st, 5 hdc in next st, sk next st, sl st in next stitch, repeat from * to end of short side, 3 sc in corner stitch, sc down long side, hdc shells along the other short side, sc along other long side, sl st to first st, fasten off and weave in end.

Toddler Hat and Scarf Set (Using crossed double crochet)

    

    My mother in law had some of this Loops and Threads yarn in soft lilac left over a baby blanket she did. I knew there wasn’t enough for another baby blanket, but there was quite a lot left over. I ended up making this toddler size hat and scarf using the crossed double crochet stitch.

I started out with the hat. I knew I wanted something pretty for my two year old niece as a gift so I literally did an internet search for “pretty crochet hat.”  Wow, did I find a ton of cute patterns  that fit that criteria!  I settled on this Caron Pebbled Texture Crochet Hat that I found on the Yarnspirations site. It’s a free patten that you can instantly download, and there are different sizes available. I was using a number 3 light weight yarn instead of worsted weight (and a G size hook) so I ended up following the directions for the adult size and it fits her two year old head perfectly. 😀

     In the main body of the hat the pattern calls for alternating rows of double crochet and then crisscrossing front post double crochet. The front post stitches really give you that great “pebbled” texture, and the are pretty easy for a beginning crocheter. (I’ve only been crocheting for four months now, albeit obsessively.) The only other thing I did differently than the pattern called for was starting out with a magic circle instead of a chain. It was a little difficult to learn at first, but I love starting hats that way because you can pull it tightly closed and there’s no hole at the top of the hat. I also opted not to add the pom pom because the ones I make tend to fall apart when messed with by little kids. 😜

     I wanted to make a matching scarf so I did a search for “crossed double crochet scarf” and this patten by CraftElf was the first thing that came up. It looked like the perfect scarf to go with the hat. Again, I followed the directions for the adult size because of the lighter weight yarn and smaller hook that I was using. This pattern calls for alternating rows of single crochet and crossed double crochet, which is slightly different than the hat, because there are no post stitches. It works great for the scarf, however, because you want the back to look good too. With post stitches the back of your work can look quite different than the front. I also added 4 rows of back loop only single crochet to both ends of the scarf so that it would match the hat better. All in all I am happy with the way the set came out and my niece loves wearing it around the house even though it’s still August. 😄

The Every Man’s Scarf

This scarf was made from the pattern called The Every Man’s Scarf by Jennifer Dickerson and can be found on the Fiber Flux blog. I used Stitch Studio yarn from AC Moore in two different browns that I had left over from other scarves I had made. I gave this to my brother (I think) for Christmas. I love this pattern because it was easy as can be and the scarf looks so unique. It’s different (but stylish) from both the front and the back. There are these nice squishy ridges on one side and two toned stripes on the other. This pattern would be so cool with many different color combinations! The scarf definitely makes a great gift and it’s quick and easy to make. Honestly, what more could you want?