For a change of pace, I thought I’d share a DIY or craft post. I love to crochet, and from time to time, I like to show you what I’ve been working on. Today, I’ve got one of the hats and infinity scarves that I crocheted earlier in the season. I’m pleased with how they came out, and I’ve been enjoying wearing them. They go well with my purple down jacket and purple gloves.
Crochet Shell Stitch Beanie
I wanted a lighter weight crocheted beanie for the days that aren’t quite as cold, and this one is crocheted primarily with double crochet stitches, chain stitches, and single crochet stitches for the border. The hat features a “shell” pattern where you make double crochets and chain stitches in one stitch to form a shell. It’s an advanced beginner pattern, and it is quite easy to do. Plus it works up quite fast. You can definitely make one in an afternoon or evening if you have a couple of hours to yourself.
The pattern for the Crochet Shell Beanie was designed by crochet designer, Marie Hamnett. I found the free pattern on the website crochethooksyou.com. The pattern calls for medium worsted weight yarn, category 4. I used a hand-dyed multi-color yarn by Malabrigo.
For the first couple of hats I made with the pattern, I used the recommended hook sizes, but I found that the hats were just a little too big for me. My head measures 21″ around my forehead. I was surprised that the hat was a little big because I tend to be a tight crocheter, but the pattern does not give the circumference of the head or hat. Subsequently, I used a smaller hook, size 4.5mm which can sometimes be hard to find (it’s called a US size 7 rather than a letter) for the crown and sides of the hat, and a size 4mm/G hook for the edges. For the hats that were slightly big, I added a ribbon and tied it in a bow to make the hat fit more snugly. You can add ribbon for decoration or a button or a crocheted flower, or whatever strikes your fancy.
Crochet Inifinity Scarf
The infinity scarf is one that I have made many times because I just love it. It makes a wonderful gift. I add beads to the border to add a more special touch. In the past, the scarves I made from this pattern have been one color with the border in the same yarn. This time I decided to try something different. I used one color for the body of the scarf, and I used three different shades for the border/trim. Since I chose them, I obviously love how these colors work together.
I make the scarf with lightweight yarn, sport weight or baby weight, category 2. The original pattern calls for Simply Soft yarn by Caron that may be a category 3 weight. I prefer lighter weight yarn for this big scarf that you wrap around.
I used a size 4mm/G hook. The scarf is worked with chain stitches, double crochet and single crochet stitches. I believe that the Triple Play Infinity Scarf pattern, created by Brenda Bourg, on the Caron website yarnspirations.com, a free pattern, is categorized as an “easy” pattern. It’s not hard to do, but it does require a little bit of counting. The scarf took me several weeks to make, but if you have good chunks of time, you could make it in a few days.
If you have never added beads to your crochet or knit work, it’s not difficult. You have to load the beads onto the yarn before you start to crochet. That said, it’s better to put too many beads on upfront because you can’t easily add more at the end. I try to estimate the number I’ll need and then add more than that, just in case. To add beads to yarn, take a slim sewing needle that will pass through the hole in the bead. Take a piece of thread several inches long, put it through the needle, and tie a small knot at the ends to form a loop. Next take the end of your yarn and drape it through the loop created by the thread. Put a bead on the needle, push it down onto the thread loop and keep pushing till it goes onto the yarn. And just keep adding beads till you have the number you think you’ll need. As you’re crocheting, bring the beads up one at a time whenever you wish to add a bead, and incorporate the bead into your stitch. It’s a cinch!
So, this is some of my recent handiwork. What do you think? At one point, I was thinking I’d like to try selling my crocheted items, but then reality set in and I realized I couldn’t price them to actually pay for the yarn and my time. Have you ever sold your handmade items? Any advice for me?? Oh well. I enjoy it anyway!
Do you crochet or knit? If so, what have you been working on?
DISCLOSURE: I made the above items from yarn and hooks I purchased myself.