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A Cozy Winter Afghan – Free Crochet Pattern

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Crochet and Knit Stash-Busting Patterns for You

Crochet and Knit Stash-Busting Patterns for You

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Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Free Crochet pattern – Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

Spring is in the Air and this infinity scarf is the perfect accessory!

The bitterly cold winds coming off the North Sea are starting to warm up. The sun is fighting its way through the clouds. Crocuses and snowdrops are starting to bloom!

With Christmas and Valentines over, the children back to school and routines once again established we start to look towards Mothers Day here in the UK and Easter.

But, we still need those transitional accessories to help get us from winter into spring and summer and then from the cooler end of summer to autumn.

My model here, Lyndsey, was such a good sport to model for these photos for me! It was a rather nippy February day when those North Sea winds were trying to compete with the sunshine. Don’t worry – I treated her to lunch afterwards … and she claimed the infinity scarf!

 

 

A great infinity scarf

That its why this infinity scarf is so great! It is made with a 5mm hook and #3 (DK) weight yarn. It is lightweight and works up quickly.

 

Yarn used:

Stylecraft Batik Swirl in colour Meadow was perfect for my scarf. The colours in this and the transitions were so beautiful that I didn’t need to add much to the design as the yarn did all of the talking. There is a whopping 601 yards in these skeins!

It isn’t the first time I have used this yarn. And I have never been disappointed with it.

 

Stitches used my Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf

If you have knowledge of the basic stitches then you can make this infinity scarf! There is the 3DcCl (3 double crochet cluster) in this one. However, if you are confident with the double crochet I have some video tutorials on how to do this one on my YouTube channel.(See below for the video’s.)

 

 

How to crochet the 3DcCl

The 3DcCl is worked like a DC3Tog but it is worked all in one stitch instead of over 3 sts.

*YO, insert hook into sts to be worked, YO and pull through, YO and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook. * Rep from * to * twice more. YO pull through all 4 four loops on your hook.

 

Are you ready for the pattern?

Materials used:

  • Approx 300 yds of #3 weight (DK) yarn of your choosing
  • For my grey version half a skein of Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Meadow
  • 5mm
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Sizing and Gauge:

Gauge is not important for this project as you are using your scraps and it is a scarf – simply increase the number of repeats if you want it wider.

My scarf was approximately 6” wide by 54” in circumference.

Abbreviations used:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • FSC – foundation single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • SC – single crochet
  • 3DcCl – 3 Double crochet Cluster
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off 

 

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Ch1 stitches at the beginning of a row do not count as a st unless otherwise stated. However, the CH1 spaces between the cluster stitches DO count as a stitch.
  • The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.

 

Pattern

Row 1 –           FSC 230 

OR 

CH 231, SC in second CH from hook and each CH across . SS to join. (230)

Row 2 –           CH1, SC in the first st, and each st across. SS to join. (230)

Row 3 –           Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, CH1, 

Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Row 4 –           Turn, Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, 

CH1, Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Rows 5 – 7      Repeat row 4

 

 

Row 8 –           CH1, SC in the first st, and each st and CH1 space across. SS to join. (230)

Row 9 –           CH2, HDC in the first st, and each st across. SS to join. (230)

Row 10–          Repeat row 8

Row 11 –         Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st, CH1, 

Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

Rows 12-15 – Turn, Ch2 (does not count), 3DcCl in the first st, CH1, Sk1, *3DcCl in next st,

CH1, Sk1.* Rep from * to * around, SS to join. (115 3DcCl, 115 CH1 spaces)

 

 

Row 16 –         CH1, SC in the first st, and each st and CH1 space across. SS to join. (230)

Row 17 –         Repeat row 16.

 

If you would like a wider scarf, repeat rows 8 – 17.

FO and Sew in ends.

The Spring into Spring Event

When Jo asked if I would like to participate in this event I knew what I wanted to design for it. And I knew which yarn I wanted to use. TBH the yarn had been shouting ‘Use Me!’ for a while and I had a part skein of it that my daughter had started using and then not finished. It’s still not used! The Spring is the Air Infinity Scarf uses less than you would think.

How does this event work?

Each day at 10am EST a different pattern and designer are featured. Some designers are heavily reducing their patterns with the coupon codes, some are giving away free pdf patterns. You need to check each day’s pattern to see what the offer is.

You can find Jo’s round-up by clicking the button below:

On 7th March 2022 I will be giving away the free pdf for the Spring is in the Air Infinity Scarf. Unusually for me, you do not need a code to get this download, but I am trying something new.

Click the button to be taken to another page on my website. This one has a bit more info about me and what Sunflower Cottage Crochet is all about. You will also be able to find my links there if you would like to follow me, sign up to my emails or join my community of awesome crocheters!

PDF Pattern links

If you would like an ad free copy of this pattern you for a super low price then click one of the button below.

 

10 Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Patterns

10 Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Patterns

Today I am bringing to you 10 free beginner crochet patterns that are also perfect stash busters. Bonus!!! You can get ALL of these patterns as free pdf downloads using the special coupon code between 22nd and 28th February 2022. How do I get my 

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

The first week of the Sweet and Simple event went well! This week there are 13 awesome  easy crochet patterns for you which are free with the coupon code between 15th and 21st February 2022.   How do I get my free PDF patterns? The 

Elegant Hairscarf

Elegant Hairscarf

Something came over me one day and I just had to design an elegant headscarf. I know! It’s not my usual kind of design.

When I think of head scarves I think of the 1950’s and old movies with (not so fast) open top cars, winding country roads, sunshine and that innocent romance element. So I knew that my design had to be lacy and lightweight to represent being carefree, pretty and simple to add to the elegance and practical because if it isn’t who is going to wear it?!

Head scarves look so cute on lots of women. Personally I don’t think I could pull this one off, but who knows in the summer with a super long summer dress I might pull off the boho vibe with it … maybe. I’m hoping!

 

 

Finding the right stitch for my Elegant Headscarf

So out came my stitch directories. You may have noticed that I am much more comfortable with the warmer stitches and my designs reflect that. Ordinarily I like to be cozy and wrapped up. And designing things with a spring and summer vibe in the middle of what feels like the longest winter ever has its own problems LOL.

There are so many pretty lacy stitches out there. But I found it hard to believe that the drunken granny stitch had not been used for something like this. It is such a great stitch, using only double crochets and chains (US terms) so is a great introduction to more open stitch work for beginner crocheters.

Elegant hair scarf uses the drunken granny stitch

Pattern links:

If you prefer an inexpensive pdf version of this pattern you can find it in the following places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

 

 

Materials you will need to create the Elegant Headscarf:

  • #2 weight yarn or cotton of choice. I used approx. 120 yards of Stylecraft Special 4 ply in cream.
  • 3.5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors

This is our first pattern that uses #2 weight (4 ply)yarn but for me it was a no-brainer decision. It is fine and lightweight so perfect for obtaining the lightweight, carefree elegance that I was looking for. I also happened to have some in my stash so that was a bonus!

#3 (DK) or #4 weight (aran) yarns add bulk and weight so your project will finish up being wider and heavier. Although the pattern works with them, and some of my testers used heavier yarns, I would recommend you try with a #2 weight first. I promise you will love the outcome!

 

Sizing:

My head scarf worked out at 2.75” by 58” – by all means make this one shorter but long enough to tie around a bun or ponytail and have the ends dangle a little. That too would look so pretty and be perfect for younger girls and moms alike!

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible
  • Ch3 at the start of the row does count as a st.
  • To make the pattern wider you could use a bigger hook or a heavier weight yarn.

 

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • Ch sp – chain space
  • St / sts – stitch / stitches
  • Sk – skip
  • dc – double crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • FO – fasten off

 

The Elegant Headscarf Pattern:

 

Row 1:            Ch19

(4dc, ch3, dc) in 6th ch from hook, *sk4 chs (4dc, ch3, dc) in next ch*.

Rep from * to * until you have 3 ch’s remaining. Sk 2ch, dc in last ch, turn.

 

Row 2:            Ch3, work (4dc, ch3, dc) in each ch3 sp across, dc in the top of the turning ch from the previous row, turn

 

 

Rows 3 on:     Repeat row 2 until your hair scarf measures approx 58” (or desired length)

FO, weave in ends.

 

Sweet and Simple Event

Between 15th and 21st February 2022 you can get this pdf pattern free on Ravelry using the code that you can find in the round up post.

Get the code by clicking the link below

 

Then come back and use the code in our Ravelry shop by clicking the button below:

 

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Samantha’s Hope Beanie Free Pattern

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Last year we participated in our first Crochet Cancer Challenge with our Samantha’s Hope beanie pattern. We went for royal blue in support of colon cancer. 2019 was a very poignant year to be initiated as one of the designers of this fabulous event. At 

The Hannah Ear Warmer and Cowl Set

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Hooking With: Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet

Hooking With: Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet

Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet

This week we interviewed Krissy with Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet.  Get ready to meet this lovely lady…

Introduction

Hi, I am a mother of 5 and grandmother of 4. I live in a very country setting between two mountains in West Virginia. Serving my Lord Jesus Christ is number one in my life, then creating beautiful things, whether it is through crochet or sewing keeps me sane and happy. I feature free crochet patterns, a few sewn items and recipes on my blog, https://krissysoverthemountaincrochet.com/

When did you start designing?

I started designing around 2005, when I was a part of the Ebay Boutique community. Then when Ebay raised their rates we all made a mass exodus to Etsy. I was selling and creating handbags, children’s boutique clothing and pageant wear, along with crocheted accessories. Then I started getting requests for the patterns to my crochet designs and I thought, “What have I got to lose?”

Do you have a blog? If so, when did you start that up?

I do have a blog. I started it 2.5 yrs ago. https://krissysoverthemountaincrochet.com/

What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

I wanted to share what I create with others.

How have your designs and designing process evolved?

I started designing crocheted hats as well as baby clothes. I then moved to household items and garments.

What designs do you specialize in?

I don’t really have a specialty.

Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use or do you always try to do new ones?

I do love the cross stitch, but I use a little bit of everything.

When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have or do you find yarn to fit the idea?

A little bit of both.

When did you start crocheting?

My grandmother showed me the basics when I was a little girl. After I was married I picked it back up and worked with what she taught me.

What made you decide to become a designer?

I think I have always been a designer, but didn’t acknowledge myself as such. I made all of my children’s clothing when they were small. I made their coats, frilly dresses, boys suits. As well as clothing for my husband and I. When the children didn’t want me to sew for them any longer I was sooooo sad. I found ebay boutique and that filled the void. I never thought of myself as a designer until recently. I have to create something or I become so sad.

Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?

If I have the time, I would love to learn mosaic crochet.

What are your biggest crochet challenges and how do you plan on overcoming that?

Not having enough time, and I have no idea how to correct that one.

Have you ever lost your crojo and how did you overcome that?

No…I always have a desire to make something new.

What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

Please relax and enjoy the craft.
Play with your yarn often, and enjoy the dream’s you have for your skeins.
Don’t be ashamed to ask the price you want for your creations, when someone asks you to make something for them. Always ask for payment in full plus shipping for custom orders, unless it is family and friends, then ask 50%.

Free Patterns from Krissy

light sweaters
Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet Light Sweaters (click the pictures to go to the patterns)

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