Crochet pattern: Piggyback Stitch Warm Up America Block

Piggyback Stitch Warm Up America Block, free crochet pattern in Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern adds visual interest to any project. This block is sized for donation to Warm Up America, a charity that distributes handmade blankets to people in need.The Piggyback Stitch Warm Up America Block is a simple stitch pattern that will add visual interest to any project. This pattern is part of my monthly charity spotlight series, where I highlight a charity that accepts crochet and other handmade donations and share a crochet pattern designed with that charity in mind.

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April’s Featured Charity: Warm Up America

Warm Up America (WUA) was founded in 1991 in Wisconsin by neighbors who would make crochet and knit blankets for local people in need. WUA’s founder, Evie Rosen, had the idea for each person to make just a small block which would be joined into a blanket. Since giving was so easy, the project quickly expanded. Now, WUA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that collects blocks, blankets, and other projects to distribute to people in need. WUA also assists volunteers and groups so they can adopt WUA locally.

Warm Up America always accepts crocheted and knitted 7″ x 9″ (18 cm x 23 cm) blocks, finished blankets, hats and scarves for adults, and baby clothing. WUA also posts their current needs on the website, which includes campaigns for specific organizations that may have deadlines or other special requirements. You can get more information about about Warm Up America!, including how the donations work, recommended patterns, and answers to frequently asked questions (with the shipping address) on their website.

Charity Guide

Tips for Making Great Warm Up America Blocks

Warm Up America blocks are seamed together into blankets by volunteers, so blocks should be easy to combine. WUA recommends that crocheters and knitters use medium weight yarn (also called worsted weight or #4 yarn; UK readers will find that aran weight yarn is the closest match). Acrylic yarn is preferable because it is machine washable and dryable. You can use washable wool yarn instead, but must label it so that blocks will be combined with other wool blocks.

Stitch patterns that have few holes will provide the most warmth and stability to combine with other blocks. Besides the Piggyback Stitch Block, you may enjoy my Long Double Crochet Warm Up America Block.

Long Double Crochet Warm Up America Block, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafterIf you also knit, all of the Anthology Blanket squares and Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop dishcloth patterns include stitch multiples. These can easily be adapted as Warm Up America blocks, too.

To donate your projects locally (and save on shipping costs while making a bigger impact in your own community), follow Warm Up America’s tips for joining blocks together here. If you’d like to involve your children or grandchildren, WUA also has some great suggestions on their Kids page.

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Piggyback Stitch Warm Up America Block, free crochet pattern in Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn by Underground Crafter | This simple stitch pattern adds visual interest to any project. This block is sized for donation to Warm Up America, a charity that distributes handmade blankets to people in need.

Piggyback Stitch Warm Up America Block

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

This simple stitch pattern adds visual interest to any project. This block is sized for donation to Warm Up America, a charity that distributes handmade blankets to people in need.

Finished Size

  • Block: 7” (18 cm) width x 9” (23 cm) height.

Materials

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn (100% acrylic, 4.5 oz/128 g/268 yd/245 m) – 1 skein in 01222 Fern, or approximately 68 yd (62 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Block should measure approximately 6.5” (16.5 cm) across before adding edging.


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Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • Rnd – Round
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Block

  • Ch 26 (or any multiple of 3 sts, + 2).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across. (25 sts) Block should measure approximately 6.5” (16.5 cm) across.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in first st, sk ch-2 sp, *3 dc in next st, sk ch-2 sp; rep from * across to last st, 2 dc in last st.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rep Rows 2 & 3 until block measures approximately 8.5” (21.5 cm), ending after Row 3.

Edging

  • Ch 1, turn to work across long edge, 2 sc in side of ea of next 2 rows, *sc in side of next row, 2 sc in side of next row;** rep from * across to first row, 2 sc in side of first row, ch 1, turn to work along unworked side of foundation chain, 2 sc in first st, sc in ea st across row to last st, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn to work across long edge, 2 sc in side of ea of next 2 rows, rep from * to ** across to last row, 2 sc in side of last row, ch 1, turn to work across short edge, 2 sc in first st, sc in ea st across to last st, 2 sc in last st, join with sl st to first ch 1. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2017 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/2017/04/24/crochet-pattern-piggyback-stitch-block. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Free pattern: Aster Flower Granny Square

Aster Flower Granny Square, free crochet pattern in Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn by Underground Crafter | Like its namesake, the Aster Flower Granny Square will brighten up any motif project while adding texture and depth. #madewithmichaels #MakeItWithMichaelsThis is the first in a series of floral granny squares I’ve been working on over the past few weeks. The Aster Flower Granny Square is inspired by the aster flower. Unlike some of the floral granny squares I’ve designed in the past, this one uses the “traditional granny square” background. I used the yarn I had leftover from the Sleeping Kitty Lovey.

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Aster Flower Granny Square

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Aster Flower Granny Square, free crochet pattern in Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn by Underground Crafter | Like its namesake, the Aster Flower Granny Square will brighten up any motif project while adding texture and depth. #madewithmichaels #MakeItWithMichaels

Like its namesake, the Aster Flower Granny Square will brighten up any motif project while adding texture and depth.

Finished Size

  • Motif: 6” (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn (100% acrylic, 4.5 oz/128 g/268 yd/245 m) – 1 skein ea in 01425 Soft Rose (CA) and 01221 Soft Fern (CB), or approximately 18 yd (16.5 m) in CA and 42 yd (38.5 cm) in CB in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Motif = 6” (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • Rnd – Round
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • () Instructions within parenthesis are worked into indicated stitch or space.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.


Pattern Instructions

Motif

  • With CA, ch 4, sk 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: [Ch 5, turn, sk 1 ch, hdc in next 4 ch, sc in ring] 6 times. (6 petals + 6 sc)
  • Rnd 2: Working behind petals from Rnd 1, [ch 3, sk petal, sc in next st] 5 times, ch 3, sk petal, sl st to first ch-3 sp. (6 ch-3 sp + 6 sc)
  • Rnd 3: [(Ch 5, turn, sk 1 ch, hdc in next 4 ch), sc, (ch 5, turn, sk 1 ch, hdc in next 4 ch) in same ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp] 6 times. (12 petals + 12 sc)
  • Rnd 4: Working behind petals from Rnd 3, [ch 4, sk 2 petals, sc in next sc] 6 times, fasten off CA. (6 ch-4 sp + 6 sc)
  • Rnd 5: Working behind petals from Rnd 3, join CB with sl st to any ch-4 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp, [6 sc in next ch-4 sp] 6 times, join with sl st to first sc. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, *dc in next 8 sts,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, 2 dc in first st, ch 1, join with sc (counts as part of ch-2 sp) to top of ch 3. (48 dc + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *[sk 4 dc, (ch 1, 3 dc) before next dc] twice, ch 1, sk 4 dc,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as part of ch-2 sp) to top of ch 3. (48 dc + 12 ch-1 sp + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *[sk 3 dc, (ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, ch 1, sk 3 dc,* (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as part of ch-2 sp) to top of ch 3 . (60 dc + 16 ch-1 sp + 4 ch-2 sp)

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2017 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/2017/04/11/crochet-aster-flower-granny-square/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Free crochet pattern: Simple Textures Newborn Hat

Simple Textures Newborn Hat, free crochet pattern in Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn by Underground Crafter | Columns of paired post stitches create texture in this newborn hat. A video tutorial is available to guide beginners through forming the post stitches. #madewithmichaels #makeitwithmichaelsOne of my favorite things about crocheting newborn hats is that they can be finished in one leg of my commute.

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After finishing the Sleepy Kitty Lovey, I still had some Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in my bag. I decided to work up this quick newborn hat to keep on the side for my donation to the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation later this year. And, of course, you can make one for your own little one or to keep on hand for your next bag shower.

Although I rated this pattern as intermediate, a confident beginner can definitely finish it. I included a video tutorial for the post stitches to make it easier.

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Simple Textures Newborn Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Columns of paired post stitches create texture in this newborn hat. A video tutorial is available to guide beginners through forming the post stitches.

Finished Size

  • Newborn: 12.5” (32 cm) hat circumference x 5” (13 cm) height.

Materials

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn (100% acrylic, 4.5 oz/128 g/268 yd/245 m) – 1 skein in 01222 Fern, or approximately 75 yd (68.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 5 in pattern = 4” (10 cm) diameter. For best fit, always check your gauge.

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Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Hat

  • Starting at crown, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join with sl st to first sc. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 dc in same st and in ea st around, join with sl st to first dc. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in same st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, starting in same st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in next st and ea st around.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, FPdc around same st and next st, dc in next 2 sts, *FPdc around next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc.
  • Rep Rnd 7 until hat measures approximately 5” (13 cm) from crown.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st and ea st around, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

 Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.
© 2017 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/2017/04/03/crochet-simple-textures-newborn-hat. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Crochet Pattern: Sleeping Kitty Lovey

Free crochet pattern: Sleeping Kitty Lovey in Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn by Underground Crafter | This sleeping kitty provides comfort and naptime companionship. This project was inspired by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that provides a caring community for families with children being treated in hospitals. #CrochetCharityDrive #MadeWithMichaelsHave you ever noticed that cats have the magic ability to relax you? MC and I are always discussing the “sleep sauce” that our cats seem to produce when they lay at our feet.

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For this reason, I thought that a cat would be the perfect critter to attach to this month’s charity spotlight pattern for a lovey. (Each month I highlight a charity that accepts crochet and other handmade donations and share a free crochet pattern designed with that charity in mind.)

Free crochet pattern: Sleeping Kitty Lovey in Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn by Underground Crafter | This sleeping kitty provides comfort and naptime companionship. This project was inspired by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that provides a caring community for families with children being treated in hospitals. #CrochetCharityDrive #MadeWithMichaelsThis little lovey provides a touch of comfort and a bit of warmth in a portable package. Just fold your lovey up and it fits into a bag for cuddling on the go.

March’s Featured Charity: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) helps families stay close to their children who are seriously ill and receiving treatment in the hospital through a worldwide network of local Chapters. Founded in 1974, RMHC has over 350 Ronald McDonald Houses, where families can stay close to the hospital for little or no cost; over 200 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, family respite areas near pediatric or intensive care units in partner hospitals; and nearly 50 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, mobile health care units that provide pediatric services all over the world. In addition, RMHC provides grants and scholarship programs around the world. (And, yes, while the organization continues to receive funding from local McDonald’s owners and operators, most of the funding comes from donations from others. You can read more about the history of RMHC here on the website of the first Ronald McDonald House.)

Each Ronald McDonald House is independently operated, and not all accept handmade donations. Please contact your local Chapter to determine if donations are accepted. Because Ronald McDonald Houses are places for families experiencing a stressful situation, I thought a lovey would be the perfect project. A lovey can provide comfort to a sibling and is portable enough to travel from the House to the hospital with ease.

Tips for Making Great Loveys (or Lovies)

Before designing this pattern, I reached out to several moms and grandmothers for advice. All agreed that while a baby blanket or child’s sized blanket is great to have, those sizes are too large for a lovey that will be used on the go. For that reason, I opted for a small size for this project.

This small lovey is easy to fold up and drop into a carry along, day bag. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable, an easy care yarn that can easily be laundered using washing and drying machines after a long day spent sitting in a waiting area or visiting a sibling at the hospital. Also, I made a flat, unstuffed head for the cat. These options make this project more portable and allow a child to lay down on the lovey, using the cat head like a flat pillow.

Free crochet pattern: Sleeping Kitty Lovey in Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn by Underground Crafter | This sleeping kitty provides comfort and naptime companionship. This project was inspired by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that provides a caring community for families with children being treated in hospitals. #CrochetCharityDrive #MadeWithMichaels

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Sleeping Kitty Lovey

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

This sleeping kitty provides comfort and nap time companionship. This project was inspired by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that provides a caring community for families with children being treated in hospitals. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive on Facebook.

Finished Size

  • Lovey: 17” (43 cm) wide x 18.5” (47 cm) long blanket; 17” (43 cm) wide x 26” (66 cm) long with cat head attached.

Materials

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn (100% acrylic, 4.5 oz/128 g/268 yd/245 m) – 1 skein ea in 01222 Fern (CA), 01221 Soft Fern (CB), 01425 Soft Rose (CC), and 01044 True Grey (CD), or approximately 155 yd (142 m) ea in CA and CB, and 75 yd (68.5 m) ea in CC and CD in any medium weight yarn.
  • Small amount of medium weight yarn in black, approximately 5 yd (4.5 m).
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 12 sts x 8 rows = 4” (10 cm) in blanket pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • ch – chain
  • cl – cluster – (Yo, insert hook in same st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Blanket

  • With CA, ch 58 (or any multiple of 2 sts, + 4).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (57 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), cl in next, *ch 1, sk 1 st, cl in next st; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st.
  • Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st, changing to CB with last yarn over of final sc.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 3, changing to CC with last yarn over of final sc.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 7: Rep Row 3, changing to CB with last yarn over of final sc.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 3, changing to CA with last yarn over of final sc.
  • Row 10: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 11: Rep Row 3, do not change color.
  • Rows 12-41: Rep Rows 2-11, 3 times. Fasten off. Continue on to Cat Face.

Cat Face (Make 2)

  • With CD, start with magic adjustable ring. (Oombawka Design has a magic ring tutorial here.)
  • Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), 7 hdc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (8 sts)
  • Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in same st, *2 hdc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (16 sts)
  • Round 3: Ch 2, hdc in same st and next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: Ch 2, hdc in same st and next 2 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (32 sts)
  • Round 5: Ch 2, hdc in same st and next 3 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (40 sts)
  • Round 6: Ch 2, hdc in same st and next 4 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (48 sts)
  • Round 7: Ch 2, hdc in same st and next 5 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (56 sts)
  • Round 8: Ch 2, hdc in same st and next 6 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 2. (64 sts)
  • Fasten off first Cat Face.
  • Do not fasten off second Cat Face. Set aside second Cat Face with yarn attached for seaming. Continue on to Nose.

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Nose

  • With CC, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch. (1 st)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in next st. (2 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and ea st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases 1 st)
  • Rep Row 3 until Nose reaches desired size. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 8”/ 20.5 cm) for seaming. Continue on to Face Embellishment.

Face Embellishment

  • Embellish first (fastened off) Cat Face piece.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Nose. Sew Nose to center of front side of Cat Face.
  • Thread yarn needle with black yarn. Use the backstitch to create eyelids and mouth on front side of Cat Face. (Fiber Flux has a backstitch tutorial here.)
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on wrong (back) side of Cat Face.
  • Continue on to Assembly.

Assembly

  • Hold both Cat Face pieces together with wrong (back) sides facing each other. With your crochet hook and holding the unembellished Cat Face piece towards you, choose the top center st on the embellished Cat Face piece.
  • Starting at top center st, join pieces together with sc seam. (You can find my tutorial for the single crochet join here.) At end of Round, join with sl st to first sc to join.
  • Do not fasten off. Continue on to First Ear.

First Ear

  • Row 1: Turn so embellished side of Cat Face is facing you, ch 1, sk current st, sl st in ea of next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts. (7 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sc in next 6 sts. (6 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sc in next 5 sts. (5 sts)
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sc in next 4 sts. (4 sts)
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sc in next 3 sts. (3 sts)
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sc in next 2 sts. (2 sts)
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st. (1 st)
  • Fasten off. Continue on to Second Ear.

Second Ear

  • With unembellished side of Cat Face facing you, join CD with sl st to fourth st to left of top center st (if right-handed) or to right of center st (if left-handed).
  • Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 6 sts. (7 sts)
  • Rep Rows 2-7 as for First Ear.
  • Fasten off. Continue on to Neck.

Neck

  • With embellished side of Cat Face facing you, join CD with sl st to fourth st to right of bottom center st (if right-handed) or to left of center st (if left-handed).
  • Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 6 sts. (7 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in ea st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases 2 sts)
  • Rows 3-5: Rep Row 2, 3 times. (15 sts)
  • Do not fasten off.
  • To join Neck to Blanket, sk 21 sts along short top edge of Blanket. Starting in next st, join Neck with sl st join to edge of blanket. (You can find my tutorial for the slip stitch crochet join here.)

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
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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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