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Free pattern: Glittery Accent Scarf

Glittery Accent Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Loops & Threads Charisma and Payette yarns | This lacy scarf is quick and easy to make. Holding a strand super bulky yarn with a strand of sequin yarn adds a bit of bling. Wear it as an accent scarf year round, or donate it to Handmade Especially for You, a charity that supports women survivors of domestic violence in Central and Southern California.A few months ago, I learned about an organization called Handmade Especially for You. Most charities that accept crochet and knitting donations look for practical projects for all the right reasons. But, let’s be honest. Those same practical projects are sometimes a bit dull to make.



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Handmade Especially for You donates comfort scarves to women survivors of domestice violence through partnerships with over 50 shelters and social service organizations in Central and Southern California. Since it doesn’t get too cold in those parts, the scarves should be lacy. And, to lift the women’s moods, they recommend adding in some novelty yarn.

The Glittery Accent Scarf is the creation I came up. It was pretty fun to make (because who doesn’t love sequin yarn?) and it worked up really quickly (because it uses a simple stitch pattern and is worked with two strands of yarn held together).

And, best of all, it meets all the guidelines for donation to Handmade Especially for You. The finished scarf is…

  • Made with a comfortable, soft yarn in a “happy” color,
  • At least 4″ (10 cm) wide (but no wider than 4.5″/11.5 cm), and at least 60″ (152.5 cm) long,
  • Made with an open stitch pattern appropriate for warm weather, and
  • Decorated with a fun yarn (or sequins, faux fur, or ribbon) to make the scarf just a little bit more special for the recipient.

If you’d like to donate two scarves to Handmade Especially for You, the Glimmer Glamour Scarf is another free crochet pattern that would be a great fit with the donation guidelines.

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Glittery Accent Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Glittery Accent Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Loops & Threads Charisma and Payette yarns | This lacy scarf is quick and easy to make. Holding a strand super bulky yarn with a strand of sequin yarn adds a bit of bling. Wear it as an accent scarf year round, or donate it to Handmade Especially for You, a charity that supports women survivors of domestic violence in Central and Southern California.
02-easy 50US terms 506-superbulky2-fineThis project makes a great accent scarf that can be worn all year.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 4″ (10 cm) wide by 60″ (152.5 cm) long.

Materials

  • Loops & Threads Charisma (3.5 oz/100 g/109 yd/100 m/100% acrylic) – 2 skeins in 31 Black Raspberry, or approximately 155 yds (142 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • Loops & Threads Payette (1.75 oz/50 g/216 yd/198 m/84% acrylic/12% polyester/4% other fiber) – 1 skein in 7128 Periwinkle Tinkle, or approximately 168 yds (154 m) in any fine weight sequin yarn.
  • US Size L-11 (8 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 12 sts x 5 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.


Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • * Rep instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Entire scarf is worked holding one strand of ea yarn together.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • With one strand of ea yarn held together, ch 13 or any multiple of 5 sts + 3 sts.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 st, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (12 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next st, *ch 3, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3, sk next st, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp, *sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * across to last 2 sts, sk next st, dc in t-ch.
  • Rep Rows 2-3 until scarf measures approximately 60″ (152.5 cm) long, ending after Row 2.
  • Final Row: Sc in ea st and ch across. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/04/20/free-pattern-glittery-accent-scarf/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast 30: Pillows

Roundup: 15 free #crochet patterns for pillows, curated by Underground CrafterOn Fridays, I share a link blast on G+, Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns that were first released at least 12 months ago.

Pillows (or, more accurately, pillow covers) are a great way to liven up your home without the time (and expense) of making a blanket or rug. Today’s roundup includes 15 free crochet patterns for pillows.

All images are copyright the respective designer and are used with permission.



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Roundup: 15 free #crochet patterns for pillows, curated by Underground CrafterMitered Square Pillow (photo 5), free crochet pattern by @ucrafter (that’s me!): This Tunisian crochet pattern, originally published in Love of Crochet magazine, is beginner-friendly and can be made with a regular crochet hook. The pattern now includes a video tutorial of the special stitches.

Crocodile Stitch Pillow, free crochet pattern by Lauren Savidge: This pattern uses a 12″ x 16″ pillow form and is perfect for providing (fashionable) lumbar support.

Tween Pillow, free crochet pattern by @CrochetKim via @Yarnspirations1: This pillow pattern includes a coordinating blanket.

Crocheted Flower Pillow, free crochet pattern by @craftyenough: This pillow uses the Flower Square by Rose Hip and includes a tutorial for joining and backing the pillow with fabric.

Rainbow in the Clouds Pillow (photo 6), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This 16″ x 16″ pillow pattern works up quickly in a super bulky yarn.

Craftsy

Kittens and Puppies for Sale Pillows, free crochet pattern by Michele Wilcox for @RedHeartYarns: This pattern is perfect for your favorite pet lover.

Diamonds Are Forever Pillow, free crochet pattern by @deestraperlo: This geometric pillow pattern is available in English and Spanish.

Dotty Throw Pillow (photo 1), free crochet pattern by @fiberflux: This festive pillow pattern is guaranteed to brighten up any room.

Log Cabin Variations Pillows, free crochet pattern by Katherine Eng for @RedHeartYarns: This pattern includes both a square and rectangular version.

Granny Pillow with Crochet Flowers (photo 3), free crochet pattern by @lisaauch1: This pillow is made with lovely floral motifs.

Knook Expanded Set

Retro Granny Square Pillow, free crochet pattern by @BHookedCrochet: This pattern includes a video tutorial and a charted granny square pattern.

Little Fans Pillow Cover (photo 4), free crochet pattern by  @Jessie_AtHome: This pattern includes a video tutorial for the stitch pattern and the joining technique, as well as detailed assembly instructions.

Tulip Pillow, free crochet pattern by @ProchetByEAS via @MichaelsStores: This floral pillow has great texture.

Round Granny Pillow Pattern (photo 2), free crochet pattern by @petalstopicots: Try this pattern if you’re tired of square pillows!

Cushion Cases, free crochet pattern by @chabepatterns: This pattern includes a photo tutorial and is embellished with buttons.

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Battle of the egg-shaped crochet hook handles!

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I first became aware of egg-shaped, ergonomic crochet hook handles some time last year while visiting the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  If you knew me in real life, you would know that I’m somewhat… cheap.  I saw this ergonomic crochet hook set and my first thought was, “$24!  But I already have tons of crochet hooks at home!”  The set had a bizarre effect on me though, and after going home my mind kept returning to the hook handles.

I was also teaching crochet and knitting at Micheals during the time, and I discovered that Boye had a similar product, the Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Hook Handle.  I decided to try it out with my employee discount.

My two best friends were nice enough to hook me up (pun intended) with my very own Eleggant Hook set for my birthday, and I later purchased some additional hook sizes.  (I should mention that it was cheaper to order the specific sizes and parts I wanted and to have it shipped to the U.S. than it was to buy the pre-packaged set with sizes I don’t really use.  This is how I convinced my cheap inner self to order the additional hooks.)

So today I present to you my reviews of both ergonomic, egg shaped hook handles.

Boye vs. Eleggant!

What’s included 

The Boye kit includes a hook handle of indeterminate material (my guess is rubber or plastic) which can twist off to open, as well as 8 “washers” to fit various sizes of crochet hooks.  The retail prices is $7.99.  Hooks are not included.

The Eleggant kit includes a wooden handle with metal adjustor, six modified crochet hooks (steel hooks in sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and aluminum hooks in sizes 3.5 mm/E, 5.0 mm/H, and 6.0 mm/J), and o-rings.  The retail price is $24.99CAD.  Alternatively, you can customize your own set by purchasing the handle ($15.00CAD), o-rings ($1.00CAD/10), and modified hooks in your favorite sizes ($1.50CAD – $1.75CAD each).

The verdict: The Boye kit seems less expensive, but it doesn’t include any hooks.  If you add the cost of hooks, then the prices are actually quite similar.

Small, color coded plastic washers are added to the Boye crochet hooks to create a snug fit inside the handle.

How it works

With the Boye kit, you attach plastic washers to each crochet hook.  The washers are a bit tough to get on because they are made to fit quite snug.  The washers are color coded so you have to examine the little color chart to figure out which washer goes onto what size hook.  After the washer is on the hook, you twist the hook handle open, insert the hook, and then twist the handle to close.  It takes some practice to position the washer properly so that the hook isn’t jiggling around in the handle.  A downside to this system was that once I put the washers on to my existing hooks, I didn’t have much interest in removing them.  They were really tough to get off around the point of the hook.  Since I was using my regular crochet hooks with this handle and there are certain types of stitches (e.g., the bullion stitch) that are difficult to work with the egg-shaped handle, the end result was that I have been using my Boye hooks less.

With the Eleggant hooks kit, you attach o-rings to the base of the modified crochet hooks.  Then you use the metal adjustor to tighten the handle around the hook.  I found these easier to use and since I have a dedicated set of modified hooks for the handle, I can pick it up whenever I feel like using an ergonomic egg-shaped hook without any impact on my other crochet tools.

The verdict: The Boye handle often leaves the hook jiggling around inside unless you place the washer very precisely.  The Eleggant hook handle occasionally snags the yarn at the join between the o-rings and the adjustor.  (This may be because I tend to move my stitches further down on the hook than other people when crocheting.)  Overall, I found the Eleggant hook handle easier to use and it feels more sturdy and snug than the Boye hook handle.

The Eleggant hook handle attaches to modified crochet hooks.

Other stuff

Feel: The Eleggant hook handle is made of wood and feels much better on the hands.  The Boye hook handle was almost instantly covered with cat fur and dust, and requires frequent washing.  Also, it tends to get “sweaty” when it is warm.

Durability: Again, I’d have to go with the Eleggant kit.  It looks and feels much more sturdy than the Boye handle and washers.

Ease of use: Honestly, crocheting with an egg-shaped handle takes a bit of getting used to.  With both handles, you would need some practice to get comfortable.

Customer support: The folks at Magique Enterprises are nice enough to share a video explaining how to use the Eleggant hook on YouTube. There’s no such luck over at the Simplicity YouTube channel. (Update: The Magique video is no longer available, so they are equal on this point, too.)

Hook selection: Both sets are made to work with the Boye style hooks.  But what if you prefer the shape of point and throat of another brand of crochet hooks?  According to reviews that I’ve read online, the Boye kit can be used with Susan Bates hooks even though they are not the same length as Boye hooks.  If you want to use a different type of hook with the Eleggant handle, you will definitely need access to tools which can precisely cut metal.  (I didn’t test this out myself because my only aluminum hooks at home are the Boye brand, which I prefer.)

Finding the right size hook: The Boye kit has color coded washers and if your Boye hooks are also color coded, that you can probably easily find the right size.  The washer, when positioned correctly, will probably cover the size information on the hook handle though.  As for the Eleggant kit, supposedly the hook size is etched into each hook.  When looking through mine, however, I’ve found that two don’t have the size etched into the modified hook.

The verdict: Overall, I prefer the Eleggant hook handle.  It feels sturdier, fits the hook more snug, and is smaller to hold in your palm.  In fact, soon after the second time that I washed my Boye hook handle, I gave up on using it.  Since I live with a cat, there is just no way that it can stay clean.  However, if you really need more access to a broader range of hooks, you may want to consider the Boye handle.