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Braided earwarmer

Earwarmers are being very popular during this winter season. They represent a cute alternative to beanies and hats, especially for all those days when you feel to wear your hair up but you don’t want to give up on warmth and coziness. Among the variety of types and patterns fashion proposes, I decided to create myself the braided kind. I really love their texture and the romantic as well as bohoo look they give to all your outfits and styles.

The pattern for this accessory is ridiculously easy and quick, that you’ll be able to end it in an hour or so. Also, since it doesn’t require a great amount of yarn, it is a great pattern for leftover yarns. I only needed 70 grams of some mustard color yarn I had stored in my ‘yarn keeper basket’ and my 4.5 mm crochet hook.

I didn’t want my earwarmer to be too oversized around my head, on the contrary I wanted it to look more stretchy and well fitting. So after many trials and frogs I came up with the right amount of initial chains number, 85.

row1 : ch2, 1 sc in the third ch from hook. then work 1sc in each stitch below

rows2-6: ch2 and turn your work. 1sc into the back loop only of each stitch below

row7: ch2 and turn your work. Work 1 sc in the next 3 st below. Ch 79. Finally work 1 sc into the last 3 st below

row8: ch2 and turn your work. 1sc in each stitch below

rows9-13: ch2 and turn your work. 1sc into the back loop only of each stitch below

row14: ch2 and turn your work. Work 1 sc in the next 3 st below. Ch 79. Finally work 1 sc into the last 3 st below

row15: ch2 and turn your work. 1sc in each stitch below

rows16-20: ch2 and turn your work. 1sc into the back loop only of each stitch below

At the end of row 20 you’ll have three strands of yarn ready to be braided.

A three strands braid is the basic and easiest kind of braid you can make. To achieve the look start to cross the right strand over to the center

Now take the left strand and cross it over to the center

Take again the right strand and cross it over to the center as well

Keep repeating these easy steps and you'll see your braid take shape

While braiding you will see that the ends tend to twist a bit, but I noticed that they unravel by themselves after the second braiding step.

Once you have done braiding, simply close the earwarmer in a circle and sew the ends together.

I really love how the mustard color brings such a pop of color on grey winter days. I also made another earwarmer in a more versatile, neutral and everyday color.

Here are my earwarmers together and I simply adore this beautiful color combination. Don't you agree with me?I am very proud of how this project came out. Earwarmers are very trendy lately and I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I can combine something traditional like the art of crochet with the latest fashion trends.

I hope you guys like this pattern and have fun making your own earwarmer. You can try the basic three strands braid or if you are familiar with braiding techniques, you can even try to make a four or five strands crochet braided earwarmer. Tag me on facebook , twitter , if you are going to use this pattern, I would love to see your version of these cabled earwarmers. Happy braiding time to everyone and see you to the next post!!

‘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.


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