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Snow white|Crochet ribbed beanie

Until now I have always made my pom poms using the Clover pom pom maker, but lately I saw faux fur pom poms are being very popular. You can see them used in thousand ways, as keyrings or charms for bags, as edging for long scarves and of course on top of chunky beanies. As a pom pom lover, I couldn’t help following this fashion trend, which inspired me to create such a basic, still cute accessory for the next winter season.

To make this beanie I used some Relax yarn I had left from my previous Valerie infinity scarf and I must say it was such a great choice since I was able to end my project using only a ball of yarn. Besides being cheap, which is always a plus for crochet projects, this pattern is also super quick and easy. Even a newbie knowing only the basic stitches can follow it without any problems.

Even if the recommended size for my yarn was a 6 mm crochet hook, I have used a 4.5mm size in order to get a more defined ribbed look and also a stretchy texture.

I started by chaining 46 and remember that the initial number of stitches you crochet will define the length of your beanie.

row1 : ch1 and turn your work. 1 sc in each stitch along.

row2-32 : ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along.

At the end of row 32 leave a long tale to close up the beanie. Using a yarn needle start going in and out of each stitch along the short side of your rectangle shape. Then pull it tightly and you’ll see your beanie take shape.

Now we need to close the body of our beanie. To bring closer the edge of my beanie I used the clover stitch markers and then, I simply started sewing along.

Once you have done, just fold the lower part of your beanie for about 4cm to create this beautiful band edging.

Since the edging looked a bit unfinished, I also made a row of reverse single crochet all the way around to complete the look.

My beautiful long faux fur pom pom is from Cowling Country Crafts Etsy shop. I really liked this shop, it provides a great selection of fur pom poms in different sizes and different colors and shades.

Sandra the owner, has been very professional. I had my product delivered in only few days and I also appreciated the padded mailing envelope my pom pom came in. It showed care even if there was only a pom pom inside.

For my ‘snow white’ beanie, I chose the color ‘Autumn Mink’ , since I loved how the beautiful darker tips blended with the beige neutral color of the pom pom.

Looking for this kind of pom poms, my main question was about how to apply them. ‘Should I sew them or what?’, I kept asking to myself. Well, I was very surprised to find out they come with an automatic closure at their bottom, which makes the assembly easier than I thought.I really love the chunky look of my beanie. The soft rim makes it so comfortable to wear around the head, also the close pattern makes it super warm and cozy. I really think this is the warmest beanie I have ever made, perfect for the freezing winter days especially if you have to stay outside for long time.

I put it on for a walk through the Christmas market and had fun posing for some pics with all the lights and Christmas trees, enjoying the magical atmosphere of these weeks.

I hope you guys like this pattern too. Let me know if you are going to use it for Christmas gifts or for yourself. Let me know also if you are familiar with faux fur pom poms or if you use a different technique to make them. Meantime I wish you a happy crocheting time and see you to the next post…bye!!!!

Easy chunky shrug…

I have been crocheting for a while, but until now, except for some accessories like scarves and hats, I never tried to make something I can actually wear and use as a fashion piece. I thought it was too difficult and it required much more experience and skills. That turned out to be wrong when, searching on-line for some directions, I run into the Lion Brand free pattern called “ simple shrug” and I was incredibly surprised at how simple and easy it was instead. It only took few days for me to have my cozy shrug done and I couldn’t resist to try it on and enjoy it during the last sunny autumn days.

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easyshrug3The shrug is worked as a big rectangle folded in half, sewing its sides to create the arm holes. Could you think of something easier than that? Since I wanted a softer texture, I worked my shrug holding two strands of yarn together and to give it a nice ribbing look I worked in the back loops only.ribbinglook

Choosing the color for my shrug was the most difficult part of all the work, but at the end I went for a white yarn to make it combinable with most of my outfit.

 What you’ll need :

  • 800 gr of Nordika yarn in a white color
  • 12 mm crochet hook
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • scissors

ProvaHolding two strand of yarn together, the first step is to make the foundation chain. Remember that the initial number of chains will be the length of your shrug (from your shoulder to your waste). In my case I chained 50 for a total length of approximately 25’’ (63 cm).

row1 : ch1, sc in the back loops all the way around.

row2-end : ch1 and turn your work, sc in the back loops all along.

Keep repeating row 2 until your piece measures approximately 30’’ (77 cm). Remember that the number of rows will affect the width of your shrug, meaning that adding rows you will have a longer sleeves shrug, reducing them you will have shorter sleeves.measuresOnce you have your rectangle ready, fold it in half paying attention to the fact that your rows run vertically, otherwise your shrug will be very short and wide. For the arm holes, make 10 sc into the two shorter sides of your rectangle and once you have done turn it inside out.foldedshrugTo finish my shrug, I used my 6mm hook to add four edging rows of sc worked into the back loops as well.crochetshrug

baackshrugTo be my first attempt, I am really proud of how my shrug came out. It fits me perfectly and it looks exactly the way I expected. There are also so many ways in which you can customize it, like you can make it using a single thread, you can add more edging rows and create a warm collar on your shrug or you can add some edging rows to the arm holes too. I hope you guys like this pattern too because I am already thinking about making a new one on a different color! Happy crocheting my dear and see you to the next post…bye XX.

‘Knit-like’ infinity scarf…

Hi my lovely friends, it’ s been a while since my last post , but a lot has happened! As some of you may know, last September I graduated as a civil engineer and I started looking for a job. At the beginning I felt a little discouraged, I used to spend almost my entire days in front of my laptop searching for companies, sending CV and it seemed no one was looking for me. By the way I didn’t give up, I kept looking with a more positive attitude and now I am super excited to tell you that I’ve been working since almost two months!! I am officially a civil engineer in a private company, even if I still didn’t get used to people calling me in this way. I love my job, it makes me travel a lot and every day I can meet new people who can help me growing up personally and professionally. Even if my job makes me very busy and some days really tired, I always have time for my biggest passion, because as they say in one of my favorite movies ‘passion is what keeps us alive’. So today I am here to share with you my last project, which is a ‘knit-like’ crochet infinity scarf.

DSC_1117You know what I think about infinity scarves, I love them, they go with every outfit and enrich also the simplest ones, even a basic white T-shirt with a jeans. To make this infinity scarf I have used 5 skeins of Roby Hobby (it looks like the website is still under construction) yarn in the grey color and my 8 mm crochet hook.

DSC_1051The yarn is incredibly soft and warm, it is the chunky type and you’ll be able to make three rows with each skeins. Be sure to have an enough big yarn needle and then just make yourself comfortable, maybe with a hot cup of tea (considering how freezing is outside ) and enjoy my super easy pattern.

Row 1 : ch 100

DSC_1083Row 2: ch2, hdc in the back loop of the 3rd chain. *Hdc in the back loop of each stitch around*. Repeat ** until the end of the row.

Crocheting in the back loops only, is what will give the knit like look to your scarf.

DSC_1087back loopsRow 3-15: ch 2 and turn your work. *Hdc in the back loop of each stitch around*. Repeat ** until the end of the row.

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DSC_1096Once you have your long ‘rectangle’ just sew the two ends together and you’ve done !!! It couldn’t be easier, am I right? Now twist your scarf twice around your neck and you won’t be able to take it off.

DSC_1132I hope you guys like this pattern, as you have seen it is super easy and super super (other 100 super) quick. Since the yarn is very thick your work will go very fast and you’ll be able to end it in an afternoon if you have a free one. Moreover, since it’s holiday season, you can use this pattern to make scarves as a gift for your dearest friends. They will appreciate it because it didn’t come only from your heart, but also from your hands.

Now after this long talk , it’s time to wish you happy crocheting, happy holiday season and whenever you have any questions, or just want to say ‘hello’ feel free to leave me a comment.

I love all my readers…kiss u

P.S. The movie I was talking about is ‘Dead poets society’ aw *.*