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Mummy, baby…& me scarf

Few months ago, I happened to know a nice coincidence that links my colleague to her daughter. They were born on the same day, obviously in different years. So while my colleague is happily enjoying her thirties, her daughter blew out her first candle. My colleague set a wonderful b-day party hoping to make that day unforgettable for her and her baby. I wanted to contribute in making their day special as well, so I thought to gift them with matching mummy and baby scarves.

mummyscarfbaby-scarfscarvesSince my colleague is a very sporty type, I wanted an easy to pair color and this blue jeans yarn from Rugby (colour n.14) was just the perfect match. I have used 3 and a half balls (350 grams) and my 8 mm crochet hook.

yarnsFor the toddler scarf, instead, I used some yarn left from my Valerie scarf I really love the creamy color of this yarn and the fact that is extremely soft , antiallergic and delicate on baby skin. For it I used less than a ball and my trusty 6 mm hook.

Here are the patterns I made up for these beautiful scarves. They are very simple, and considering that I ended them in less than a week working on them only in the evening after work, I may say they are really quick.

Mummy scarf

For this pattern we are going to need an even number of chains. I made a foundation of 150 chains

row 1: ch1, 1 hdc into the second ch from the hook, *ch1, skip the chain below , 1hdc into the next chain*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row.

row2-18 : ch1 and turn your work. *Ch 1, skip the stitch below and do 1hdc into the next ch 1 space*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sc into the very last stitch

Once you are happy with the fitting of your scarf, join the two ends of it and start sewing them. Now your scarf should be ready to be wrapped around your neck and keep you extra warm!!!

Baby scarf

Begin your project by making a foundation of 146 chains. It may seem a little weird the fatc that for both the mummy and the baby scarf, the number of initial chains is almost the same, but it’s only due to the fact that the yarn we use for the toddler scarf is thiner .

row 1: ch1, 1 hdc into the second ch from the hook, *ch1, skip the chain below , 1hdc into the next chain*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row.

row2-12 : ch1 and turn your work. *Ch 1, skip the stitch below and do 1hdc into the next ch 1 space*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sc into the very last stitch

My colleague really liked their matching gift and her baby too, since she kept moving her head toward, proudly taking all the compliments of the party guests.

It’s been a long time since I haven’t made something for myself as well. For years my knit like infinity scarf it’s been my daily winter accessory but I really wanted a renewing. This is why I decided to crochet the ‘mummy scarf’ even for myself using this beautiful dusty rose yarn from Rugby.

my-scarfI really love the color of this yarn and was surprised to see how versatile it is. It matches perfectly my brownish coat and I think it will look adorable even with a giant, oversized neutral cardigan for more springy outfits.

me2mevalerioI am so proud of how these gifts turned out and the happiness on my colleague’s face when she received them was just priceless. She really liked the idea of her and her baby walking around , wearing the same accessory. For sure now they’ll have even something more to share together.

Anyway talking about sharing and coincidences, I have a similar story too since I share my birth date with my grandpa. Do you have similar stories too and do you think there’s some kind of explanation between them? I am really curious to know your experiences and opinions, in the meantime I wish you a happy crocheting time and keep tuned since sooner I’ll be sharing my first spring project!!!! Love you all byeeee

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‘Valerie’ infinity scarf

I decided to name this scarf after a person who was very close to me during the most difficult time of my life. Her name is Valeria and she is the daughter of my mum’s best friend. Like me, she is an engineer and a strong woman who made her way through all the challenges and difficulties that life placed before her. One day, we were having a tea at my house and, talking about fashion and other ‘feminine topics’, she told me a warm white scarf was just what was missing into her wardrobe. That immediately rang a bell into my head, since I couldn’t think to any better way to show her all my gratitude for all her support and encouragement, than just making her wish come true.

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seed-stitch-scarfTo make this scarf, I used 3 balls of the soft Relax yarn in a candid white color and my trusty 6 mm crochet hook. It always get my smile the fact that this yarn is named ‘Relax’, since it is just as Latin people would say ‘ in nomen omen’ , a name that just explains itself.

relax-yarnI wanted to make this scarf very unique, using a pattern I never tried before and that looked light and elegant. Well, looking here and there, I found out it is possible to achieve the beautiful knitted seed stitch look even with crochet and so I went straight for it.

seed-stitchI studied a bit this stitch and after some trials, I understood that the better way to work with it is in rows back and forth. Generally you have seen me work infinity scarves in round , (Infinity scarf , knit-like infinity scarf, infinity bubble scarf) , but this time the only way to make your scarf look exactly the same on both sides is to work it in rows.

To start off , you will need an odd number of chain stitches, then  I chained 171.

row 1:  *1 sc into the second ch from the hook, 1 dc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way along.

seed-st-tutorial1row 226: ch1 and turn your work. *Skip one stitch and work 1 sc and 1 dc into the next same stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

seed-st-tutorial2seed-st-tutorial-3Once you have completed, join the two ends of your scarf and start sewing them to form a loop.loop-scarfinfinity-scarfThis scarf will always hold a special place into my heart, since it became for me a symbol of strength, courage and determination. This is the reason why I want to dedicate it to all the ‘super-women’ out there, all the women worlwide who everyday face challenges, but for whom giving up is not an option. To the women who always show their best side even if life shows them its worst. To the women who make mistakes and try to learn from them and improve themselves. To moms, who at the same time are wives and have succesfull career, but they always find the time to lovely kiss their children. A special thought is for all the people who suffered a loss, and always look at the sky with a smile and continue to live their life with enthusiasm, because they know this is how their beloved ones want to see them. This scarf is for all of us heart

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Wheat & Cookie beanies

I call it ‘pom pom mania’ and it affects me everytime I crochet a hat. I can’t help it, I have to put a pom pom on it and this is what I did for my latest winter beanies as well. I made two beanies with two different patterns, one more elaborated and luxurious, the other one easier, quicker and achievable by any crocheter newbies in a flash.   

crochet-beaniesI simply adore how the puff stitch and the front post double crochet combine together to create this beautiful, rich and sophisticated pattern. I also think that the monochrome yarn really helps this stitch to stand out. I decided to call this project thewheat beanie, don’t you think this pattern resembles wheat stalks?

wheat-beanie

To make this beanie I have used a little bit more than 2 balls of Regina yarn in this neutral grey color and my 3.5 mm hook. Actually even if the recommended size for this yarn was a 4.5 mm crochet hook, I used a smaller size so that the stitches didn’t look too loose and the pattern less compact and less visible.

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I started off by chaining 12 for the band. To give it a ribbed look I followed the pattern below.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-84: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Once you are happy with the fitting of your band, join the first and last row with slip stitches and start the body of your beanie.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 88 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc.  

From round 2 until your beanie measures approximately 25 – 26 cm keep repeating the pattern in chart.

crochet-weat-patternTo close up the beanie, fasten off your yarn being sure to leave a long tale. Using a yarn needle, go in and out of the last round stitches , and pull it tightly at the end. Here you can watch a useful video about this closing hat technique.

pic2pic3While I was making my second beanie, the more I went on, the more it made me think about a giant cookie with delicious drops of chocolate inside. This is why I called this project the cookie beanie.

cookie-beanieFor it I wanted a more relaxed pattern, the kind you can follow while sipping a warm cup of tea or watching a movie with your family. At the same time I didn’t want it to be trivial, so I went for the easy double crochet stitch alternated here and there with puff stitches.

stitch-2For this beanie I used pure ecological yarn in these beautiful neutral shades of creme-beige which I think make the simple pattern more intriguing. I played with contrast for the puff stitches , making them in a standing out brown color.

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I started off by chaining 10 for the band.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-76: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Join the first and last row with slip stitch and check the fitting of your band.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 81 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc. 

round 2: chain 2 (building chains), dc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first dc.

round 3: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 9 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 10th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

round 4: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 4 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 5th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

Keep repeating alternatively rounds 3-4 until your beanie measures 25-26 cm and then close it.

For the beautiful pom pom on top, I used my Clover pom pom maker. In this post you can follow my step by step tutorial on how to use it. It’s ridiculously easy!!

pic5I really love how these two beanies turned out and I must say, they have become my essentials during these days since the weather here in Italy is getting polar..brrrr!!! And what about the weather in your country? Which pattern would you pick for your personal beanie? I can't wait to know and in the meantime I wish you happy and warm crocheting times!!! See you to the next post…byeeee!!!

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Jasmine earrings

Going from summer to fall might be less shocking if you have some accessories to help you say goodbye to hot and bright days and welcome to cooler temperatures and more ‘undressed’ landscapes. Within this spirit, these jasmine earrings are born, and for them I choose these beautiful red and mustard colors which blend so good with all the leeves now standing at the bottom of the trees and the general atmosphere this season of the year creates.

red jasmine earringsmustard jasmine earringsIt was my first time with the jasmine stitch and to learn it, I must say, I had a very good teacher. I followed one of Oana step by step tutorial on youtube . She is a very talented crocheter and in this video she explains perfectly how to work the stitch in round, and how to achieve the final look of the earrings as well. It really couldn’t be easier!

jasmine stitchDSC_5533If learning the jasmine stitch only needed a bit of practice, I think the most difficult part was to make the earrings exactly the same size. It was so funny because for each pair of earrings I had at least three pieces and just tried to pick the two that looked more similar in size. Let me know if you too have the same issue with twin crocheted items  !!!

crochet jasmine stitchWhat I like most about these earrings is their consistency. I am not actually a fan of shaping treatments like using sugar and water or glue and water, so I was really surpised and happy to see they were rigid enough to keep their shape once at the ears.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know if you are going to try the jasmine stitch and the earrings as well. I would like to know also if you are going to make them for yourself or to gift your friends. I will probably give them to my cousin and my sister in law, because we know, the most beautiful part of our art is to share them with others. I wish you a wonderful crocheting time my friends and see you to the next post. Bye!!!!

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The rainbow clutch…

Raffia bags are definetely a must-have accessory during summer times. Whether you carry them on the beach with all your sun products and towels, or use them in a smaller size to style your outfits, they always bring that exotic touch we can’t resist during this time of the year! What I couldn’t resist as well, was the warm and bright mix of color of this beautiful paper raffia from Katia, which was exactly what I was looking for, to create my first and ‘everyday wear’ raffia clutch.

Rainbow clutch

rainbow clutch IIBeing my first time working with raffia, I was really surprised. Against my expectations, even if it is very flat and soft, this material is truly resistant and easy to work with. Two balls were enough to make my clutch and I was able to do it usign my 6 mm hook, switching to my 4 mm hook for the edge.

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The pattern for this project couldn’t be easier! Starting from a foundation chain, the clutch is worked as a long rectangle of basic stitches which we are going to fold properly in three parts to create the body of the bag and its flap. Then, once you have chosen the color of your clutch, start chaining 30+2.

row1 : 1 hdc into the third ch from hook, then hdc in each ch across. (30 st)

row2-38 : ch2 and turn your work. Hdc in each stitch across. (30 st)

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raffia stitchesedging : using a 4 mm hook, make a row of single crochet all the way around our rectangle. Just remember to do 3 sc into the stitch at each corner of our rectangle to keep it flat.

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Since I wanted to add a nice detail to my clutch, I took a gold chain about 25 cm long and started joining it to my pattern through a row of single crochet.

gold chain

To close up the little spaces between one stitch and another and prevent stuff inside my purse from falling, I sewed a neutral piece of fabric all along my rectangle shape.

This part may sound a bit intimidating if you have never sewed anything in your life, but don’t be afraid and remember that handmade products don’t need to be perfect ;).

Put your piece of fabric on your rectangle to match it. Insert a neutral cotton thread into your needle and tie a strong knot at the tale. Start going into the fabric first and then into the following stitches including the fabric. Continue repeating that all the way around.

fabricSince crochet purses usually tend to be a bit floppy, I also interposed a cardboard between the raffia rectangle and the fabric to make everything look more rigid and ‘in shape’.

cardboardNow to transform our rectangle into a clutch we need to fold it so that the side of your purse measures about 1/3 of the entire piece length.

foldingTo keep our purse closed we are going to install a magnetic bag clasp not visible on the outside of the clutch. To do that, position one half of the clasp right in the center of your clutch flap and the other half on the corresponding half of your body clutch and sew them in place.

magnetic clasp

endI really feel enthusiastic about my ‘rainbow’ clutch. I love how the colors blend together and create a unique shade that matches perfectly these sunny, warm, summer days. As I am sure this one was my first attemp with raffia, I am sure it won’t be the last, but I’ll use it for sure again maybe for a bigger bag. I hope you guys liked this pattern too, give it a try and stay tuned for the next post…byeeee !!!!

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Rosy blanket…

About four years ago I made my first blanket ever for my little and at that time just newborn niece. Unfortunately I didn’t have a blog yet so I couldn’t share my work with you. This is why when I heard my colleague was expecting a baby girl and she is now eigth months pregnant, I thought this could be the perfect chance to gift her with something ‘heartmade’ and at the same time to show you one of my favorite patterns for baby blankets.

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Picking up the color for this project was easy. When I saw this beautiful pale pink I couldn’t think of anything more delicate and appropriate to welcome a new baby girl into this world. To make a piece of about 60×80 cm , I have used 6 balls of ‘Baby Supremo’ yarn ( a total amount of 300 gr) which is just as its name says…supreme !!

yarnIt is an antiallergic yarn and washable which is always a plus for mommies and babies who are experimenting their first meals and diapers!! It is incredibly soft and easy to work with. The suggested hook sizes ranged between 3 and 3.5 mm and with no hesitation I went for the biggest one to obtain a softer texture.

blanketIVI love the openwork pattern created by the V stitch, it makes this blanket perfect for babies coming during spring/summer times. I also adore the combination of a clear and simple body pattern with a precious, large and more elaborate edge. I think it really makes this piece unique and sophisticated.

VstitchedgeTo start your own blanket you are going to make a foundation chain multiple of 3+3. I chained 121.

row1 : dc into the 4th chain from the hook, ch 1 and dc into the same stitch. *Skip 1 chain and dc into the next ch. , ch1 and dc into the same stitch*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row when you will make a dc into the last ch.

row2-end : ch 3 and turn your work. *Dc into the next ch 1 space, ch 1 and dc into the same ch 1 space*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then dc into the last stitch.

As you might have seen the pattern for the body of this blanket is very relaxing and easy to follow since there is no counting at all, excepting for the initial foundation chain. On the contrary, for the edge I thought a written pattern would be too complicated, so I decided to post here a chart of it. It basically shows that on a base row of single crochet you are going to work this beautiful arches alternating dc joined together and simple chain stitches. 

patternI am always fascinated by the beauty of this pattern and I hope you will be impressed too. I only regret I didn’t take a picture when I used the same pattern for my niece’s blanket. She was born in June, then I wanted something that matched the brightness and the happiness that only summer times can do and I went for a pale yellow cotton thread. Even then the result was amazing.

blanketWell, now I will be waiting for your own blanket. Try to use this pattern, maybe playing with different colors and materials, use light yarn or thread and share your works with me on my blog and social media : facebook, twitter , google+. I really can’t wait to see them !!!! I wish you a lovely crocheting time and see you to the next post…byeeee!!

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Stripes & cape…

When I first took a crochet hook into my hands, my dream was being able to create my own pieces of fashion. Even if at the beginning, when all I was able to make were flowers and doilies, this sounded like a quite ambitious project, I didn’t loose my hopes. Little by little, trying and failing, I became more aware of patterns, crocheting techniques, I understood the process of counting, increasing, reducing  and that brought me to today when I am so proud to show you the last arrival into my handmade collection.

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This beautiful cape is a combination of all my favourite fashion trends ever. The turtleneck is so comfortable, elegant and keeps you warm without wearing any other layers.

The cape has always been one of my favorite accessory. I consider it the final touch to any outfits. You can wear it on a coat during the winter colder days or it looks gorgeous on a shirt during those springy days when you can feel the air getting warmer, but it is still too soon to go out without any layer on.  

My last but not least favorite is the pattern..stripes never go out of fashion! You will notice they have been making their appearance on the fashion runaways since forever. Wheter they are horizontal or vertical, they always add such an energetic feeling to any items.

cape5To make my cape I mixed 3 different colors to create kind of a melange effect. I started with a light black to make the collar and the part approaching the shoulder. I continued with a pale brown, then I added white for a bit of brightness and I ended with brown again. I love how this combination came out!!!

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Don’t you think it's funny that this yarn is branded RELAX ? smiley Anyway I have used it in the following amount :

2 balls of black yarn;

2 balls of brown yarn;

1 ball of white yarn

My trusty 6 mm hook helped me in the adventure. Now take yours and get ready to follow this easy pattern.

Stitches used :

  • chain : ch
  • double crochet : dc
  • half double crochet : hdc 
  • front post double crochet : fpdc
  • back post double crochet : bpdc
  • slip stitch : sl st

With the black yarn start chaining 72 loosely. Making sure not to twist your work join to the first ch with sl st.

Collar

row1: ch3 (it counts as the first dc). 1 dc in each ch around, then sl st to the top of ch 3. (72 sts).  

row2-20:ch2 (it counts as the first hdc). *Fpdc into the next stitch, bpdc into the next one*. Keep repeating from *to* untile the end of the row, then sl st into the top of ch 2. (72 sts)

Body

row1: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 8 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (80 sts)

row2: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 9 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (88 sts)

row3: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 10 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (96 sts)

row4: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 11 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (104 sts)

row5: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 12 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (112 sts)

row6: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 13 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (120 sts)

row7: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 14 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (128 sts)

row8: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 15sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (136 sts)

Fasten off your black yarn and take your brown one

row9: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 16sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (144 sts)

row10-12: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (144 sts)

row 13 : ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 17sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

row14-16: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

Fasten off your brown yarn and take your white one

row17-25: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

Fasten off your white yarn and take your brown yarn again

row26-33: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

I took advantage of the first day of Spring to wear my cape and go to the park where I took some pictures for you.  

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Between a picture and another, Valerio and I just stopped in a farm in the countryside and had lunch. This kind of places are called ‘osmiza’ which is a Slovenian word that means eight. Eight are in fact the days these farms can be open and sell their products to the customers. The food was amazing, everything was homemade, we had hardboiled eggs, cheese, meat, ham, cakes and last but not least red wine!

osmizaWe had such an amazing time there, we ate on the porch with a timid warming sun that made the atmosphere around so peaceful and relaxing. There were children playing, guys enjoying their time lying on the lawn, playing cards or other traditional games and a lot of people laughing because of too much wine!! Ahahahah I was totally amazed, so if you ever have the chance to visit the nord-est of Italy, be sure to check these places. It can be a nice way to spend some time far from the city chaos and enjoy nature and its products.

osmizaa3I hope you guys liked this pattern and all this blog post in general. I thought it would be nice to share with you not only my passion for crafts and crochet, but also for life and everything that makes me feel happy and good. I send you an enormous hug and wish you an amazing time with your beloved and..your crochet..see you to the next post, bye heart

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Infinity bubbles scarf…

Nothing is what it seems and there’s a trick even behind this scarf!! If you give a first look at it, you can immediately recognize the bubble texture and think that it’s all thanks to the pop corn stitch. Well, the truth is that the same fluffy texture can be achieved in a way a lot easier and quicker , by simply alternating treble crochet and single crochet stitches.picVIt’s the different size of the two stitches that creates the magic! The treble crochet, a tall stitch, tends to fold on itself when it is between the two smaller single crochet stitches and this is where the puffy look comes from. This technique works better with a bulkier yarn since it will emphasize more the difference between the two stitches used.

picIVTo make this scarf I used 4 balls of Rugby yarn which make a total of 200 gr. I am sorry but I wasn’t able to find an online link for this product, but anyway you can buy any type of yarn with the same features. I chose this intense blue color which I am really into lately and my 8 mm crochet hook.

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Except for the initial counting, that will give you the size of your scarf, there is no counting at all and this makes the pattern very relaxing and easy to follow.

I love wrapping my scarf at least twice around my neck, then I chained 110. Alternatively keep chaining until your piece will be approximately 140 cm long. Then join the first and last chain making sure your work doesn’t twist.

row1: ch1, *1 sc into the first ch, 1 treble crochet (tr) into the next ch*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the first ch.

row2: ch4 (it counts as the first tr), *1 sc into the next tr, 1 tr into the next sc*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the top of the intial ch 4.

row3: ch1, *1 sc into the first tr, 1 tr into the next sc*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the first ch.

row4-end : keep repeating the sequence row1-row2 until your scarf will be about 22 cm wide.

Then fasten off your yarn.

I took advantage of a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon and went to the park near my house where I took some pictures with my new ‘bubble scarf’. Yes, I like to think of this amazing texture as bubbles..isn’t the same for you too?  

picIpicIIpicIIIAt the end of our walk, Valerio and I just took a selfie to send you a big hug and wish you a lovely crocheting time! Byeeee heart

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