Tag: quick gift ideas

32 FREE Last Minute Gifts To Crochet in 2 to 4 Hours

32 FREE Last Minute Gifts To Crochet in 2 to 4 Hours

Last time, I brought you 48 FREE Last Minute Crochet Gift Patterns To Make in 1 to 2 Hours which included all sorts of fun, quick patterns. But if you have a little more time on your hands and you’re still looking for the right 

48 FREE Last Minute Crochet Gift Patterns To Make in 1 to 2 Hours

48 FREE Last Minute Crochet Gift Patterns To Make in 1 to 2 Hours

The wrapping paper is here, tape rolls and scissors are scattered all over the house, and it seems the list of presents to buy is never-ending! Names just keep popping up in your head and since it’s the holiday season, it just doesn’t seem right 

Highland Men’s Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

Highland Men’s Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

The Highland Men’s Scarf is not a new pattern. In fact, it is one of the older Sunflower Cottage Crochet Patterns. But it is a GOOD one.

I thought it was about time that I made this one a free pattern on the blog.

An easy 2 row repeat :

What’s not to love about this pattern?

It is a fairly quick make (the scarf took me about 2.5 hours). It is a quick and super easy project to make for yourself or someone else.

And with an easy 2 row repeat it is perfect for crocheting up while you are watching your favourite show, or working on while waiting at the doctors office.


We need more patterns aimed at the men!

I love that the scarf is pitched at the men in our lives …. there are so many patterns out there for women and children but not a lot of patterns that are a little different and stand out for men.

And certainly not men’s scarves!

I mentioned with our Pomander Scarf that I wanted something with a bit of texture to it for the men in my family a few Christmas’s ago, but on searching just couldn’t find anything that stood out. This is certainly one of those scarves that would have fit the bill! I mean I love the look of the hdc BLO gives but you can only make so many …. and I have a BIG family.

Yarn used:

For this pattern I used Sirdar’s Chunky tweed. It is a gorgeous #5 weight yarn that is perfect for the men. This yarn is no longer available so I will be remaking this scarf in another yarn very soon! Any #5 weight yarn will work great for this project.


PDF Pattern links:

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

The Floret Stitch:

This stitch is based on an easy two row repeat, with the first and every odd numbered row being double crochets (treble crochets in UK terms).

The event numbered rows are worked by alternating a slip stitch with a double crochet (treble crochet in UK terms).

I do have a stitch tutorial for this one on my YouTube channel. This tutorial shows you the floret stitch in the round and I make the highland ear warmer with you:

The pattern specifics:


#5 worsted weight yarn of your choosing (around 300 metres).
6mm hook
Stitch markers (optional)
Tapestry needle


Not important for this project as you make it as long as necessary.
To alter width change the starting chain by multiples of 2.


My scarf was 66” long (my husband is tall!) and 7” wide


Abbreviations used:

dc–double crochet
ss–slip stitch
*to* – repeat Instructions between the two *
FO – fasten off.

Other notes:

– Written in US terms. 
– Ch1 at the beginning does not count as a st.
– This simple two row repeat pattern is the perfect stitch for the men in your life. This scarf is designed to keep you warm on those colder days in autumn and winter and compliments our women’s highland wrap fabulously If you want a ‘his and hers’ set!

The Pattern:

Row 1: Ch 25, DC in 4th Ch from hook and each Ch across

Row 2: Ch1, turn, Sk the first st, DC in next st, *ss in next st, DC in next st* rep from * to * until you have 1 st remaining, ss in last st.

Row 3: CH3 (counts as a DC), turn, DC in each st across.

Rows 4- 129: Rep rows 2-3 until your scarf is as long as desired. End with a row 3.

FO and weave in ends!


And there you have it! A gorgeous but simple textured scarf.


I would love it if you would tag me in your Highland Scarf makes. You can find me in all of the usual places:


You can find me in all of the usual places. My FB Community group is very active and very welcoming! Of course, I would love it if you wanted to sign up to my weekly emails too.

This one is often daily during events that I am participating in so you don’t miss any of the available patterns!

You may also like:

highland ear warmer
the Highland Wrap
Highland Wrap


I hope you love this pattern as much as I do!


Happy hooking!


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 

Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

When Pam at Carroway Crochet asked me to participate in the Sweet and Simple event she had planned I wasn’t going to say no. You know that I LOVE to bring you guys free pattern events when I can!



How do I get my free PDF patterns?

The answer to that is easy.

  1. Make a note of the coupon code you need for this week (see below)
  2. Scroll down and check out the patterns that are available free this week
  3. Click on the photos of the ones you would like
  4. If you do not go straight to Ravelry for your download, scroll the designer’s post until you see the Download now button. It looks like this:
the button you need looks like this

5. Use the code to get your free PDF Pattern

6. Come back here and get another one!




The coupon code

This week the code you need is SWEETANDSIMPLE



This Week’s Patterns

There are 10 fantastic patterns available for you to get for free with the coupon code this week!

Susan Wrist warmers by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

If you have not grabbed the pdf for these yet then you really should!

You cannot see it in the photo but there is an option to add a beautiful cuff to the bottom of your wrist warmers and the pattern shows you how to make them fit any hand.

Mason Jar Cozy by Carroway Crochet

Jar cozies are so popular! I use them in my craft room where I have lots of jars containing quilting clips, blocking pins, D links etc. It makes the room feel much tidier and cozier!




Chunky Bowtie Head Warmer by Itchin’ for some Stitchin’

These head warmers are so cute. You could raid your scraps and make a ton of these for little easter gifts. My nieces would adore them.

Who would you make these for?

Crunch Stitch Scrubbies by Made by Gootie

Agat has some gorgeous scrubby designs. These are quick and super easy. The crunch stitch makes a great texture for scrubbies and washcloths!

Easy Beginners Hat by Off the Hook for You

This hat can be made in less than an hour!

The key to it’s speed – super chunky (or super bulky) yarn and 10mm hook!

So if you are looking for a quick gift idea or want some super quick projects for your donation box then this one should be considered.

Crochet Fingerless Gloves by My Crochet Space

Another great practical pattern idea that takes no time to work up. That velvet yarn looks so cosy!

My daughter is now a pre-teen and has her own phone so these would be perfect for the spring and autumn for her and her friends.



Owl Amigurumi by Loops and Love Crochet

I am a sucker for owls so this one is a must make!

It’s not just a stuffed decoration – I would make one to be a pin cushion, a paper weight or pop a zip in the top of the head for a coin purse for a little girl!

Coastal Waves Coaster by Pine Tree Crochet

Another sweet and simple design that is a great scrap buster!

That bright green is giving me all the happy spring feels this morning.

Buttercream Dishcloth by Crochets by Trista

I love Trista and her designs are always fantastic! I have actually made this pattern – it is beautiful and works well as a dishcloth or washcloth.

On a side note – those strawberries look so yummy!

Sunglasses Pouch by Valzies Boutique

Protect your glasses from getting scratched or lost with this pouch!

I’ll have to find some of that yarn – it’s gorgeous!

Share your projects with me!

Use the hashtag #sweetandsimple and share your projects online so that the designers can see your makes too! We LOVE seeing them!!

Want to join a friendly, welcoming and active face book group? Then the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Community may just be for you.

You may also like:

Tunisian Color Block Scarf
Susan Tote


Just for Him Event

Just for Him Event

The Just for Him Event is something that I have been thinking about hosting for over a year now. I am thrilled that WeCrochet wanted to sponsor this event!!  If you want to check out their yarns and other goodies you can do so here. 

Week 3 – Stash Busting Challenge

Week 3 – Stash Busting Challenge

This is the final week of the Stash Busting Challenge for 2021! There have been some fabulous patterns offered to you through this challenge this year. Not to worry, there is still some fabulous patterns to be had below. Make sure you grab them with