Tuesday—at least it’s not Monday!!!!!!!!
This week’s blog entry, we are going to talk about great Christmas, birthday, anniversary, or any occasion gifts for crocheters.
My passion is crochet and I know I am very hard to shop for—or so I’ve been told! So, I thought I would try to put together a bit of a list for those of you struggling to find a nice gift for the crocheter in your life. Any ideas you all might have, please leave a comment with them and I will add them to the list! ;-)
1. A book. Not just any book, but there are all sorts of different crochet techniques. Tunisian crochet, double sided crochet, filet crochet, etc. Perhaps a how to book on a technique that she/he doesn’t already know how to do.
2. A fancy crochet hook. If you shop around on Etsy, you can find some beautiful handmade crochet hooks. All are very unique and always useful.
3. Premium yarn. A luxury yarn that you know he/she wouldn’t normally buy for him/herself.
4. Or I can give you one better, find a lovely scarf pattern online—you can find tons of them for free out there on the web. Pay attention to the yardage and weight (thickness) of the yarn. Then go to one of those luxury yarn sites or shops and buy enough yarn for the scarf. You can even purchase that unique hook in the size the pattern calls for and put it all in a bag or basket and voila—you’ve created a great kit. Not only that, but you’ve put a great deal of thought and effort into the gift. If you print the pattern out and take it with you to the yarn shop, the employee will be more than happy to help you get the right weight and yardage of yarn.
5. Adorable tape measures. You can find small tape measures in all sorts of shapes. Everything from ladybugs to sweaters. Just as a crocheter can never have too many hooks, she can never have too many tape measures. They’re always disappearing! Down in the couch cushions, under the ottoman. There’s just no end to the places that they can hide.
6. Yarn snips. Yarn snips are small scissors. Very small. They tuck easily into a project bag and are always needed. Like tape measures, you can never have too many of them--and you can sometimes find some with beautifully decorated grips.
7. Interesting stitch markers. Again, if you browse around on Etsy, you can find some lovely handmade ones that are quite unusual.
8. An alpaca!!! Shout out to my girl Christine--this was her brilliant idea. To my family and friends--I DO NOT want an alpaca for Christmas! Thanks Christine!
Now on to today’s free pattern—a lovely cowl and fingerless gloves set. Perhaps this is the pattern you can use for your kit???
Volcanic Cowl and Fingerless Gloves
Designed by Lori Baker
3 Skeins of Lion Brand Amazing yarn in Mauna Loa
Size I hook
3” round wooden disk (a circle cut from cardboard will work as well)
Row 1: Ch 29, (sc, 2dc) in 2nd ch from hook, sk next 2 sts, *(sc, 2 dc) in next ch, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to lasat ch, sc in last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), dc in next st across. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, sk next 2 sts, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to last st, sc in last st. Turn.
Rows 4-41: Rep rows 2 & 3.
Row 42: Ch 3, dc in next 18 sts, ch 8, sk next 8 sts, dc in last st. Turn.
Ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, [sk next 2 chs, (sc, 2 dc) in next st] twice, sk next 2 chs, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to end, working in ends of rows, work (sc, 2 dc) in end of each dc row to corner. Rep from * to first shell, join to beg sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, join to beg ch 3.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in same st as joining, 2 hdc in each rem st around, join to beg ch 2.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * around. Join to beg ch 2. Fasten off.
Holding circles with wrong sides together, crochet together with sc, with wooden disk in between. Sew to top of cowl on left side opposite of buttonhole.
Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Ch 1 and turn.
Rows 2-25: Working in BLO, sc in each st across.
Turn so that you are working across ends of rows.
Row 1: Ch 2, work 24 more hdc across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, work (sc, 2dc) in first st, sk next 2 sts, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st skip next 2 sts, rep from * across to last st, sc in last st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn.
Rows 4-7: Rep rows 2 & 3. Fasten off at end of row 7.
Row 8: Sk first 3 sts, rejoin to next st, ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in same st as joining, sk next 2 sts, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to last 4 sts, sc in next st, leave last 3 sts unworked.
Rows 9-12: Rep rows 3 &2. Fasten off at end of row 12.
With right sides together, sew glove together from row 7 down to beg of ribbing. Fasten off. Sew together from end of row 8 to end of row 12. Fasten off.
For second glove, work ribbing rows 1-25, fasten off at end of row 25. Rejoin to opposite side of ribbing and work rows 1-12 of glove body. Finish same as first glove.