‘Tis the Season to Crochet

Who’s counting down to Christmas? I know my family and I are! (Yes, there are only THREE days to go!) With Christmas in mind, I went to town with my crochet hooks, crocheting one timeless piece after another. And so, allow me to introduce you to a few pieces I put together.

Hanging merrily from the ladder in the back is a scarf I created (FREE pattern will be posted soon!) using a yarn called, “Comfort 12” by Jack Frost Yarn Co. Not only was the 50 gram ball priced right at a dollar and change back in the day, but the yarn itself feels wonderful! If you come across this vintage yarn, buy the entire lot and make yourself lots and lots of beautiful crochet items!

On the sofa, there is a pillow splashed with the colors of fall and I’ll argue- Christmas! See the red and green? Yup! The story behind this pillow is such:  I had two pillows which were going to pot from being put in the washing machine soo often. I didn’t want to toss them because they’re super comfy! So, I find a stitch pattern from my favorite handy-dandy book entitled, Crochet Stitch Guide by Jean Leinhauser and Mary Ann Frits, and come up with pillow covers for the pair. I tell you, it was a sigh of relief knowing that my two comfy pillows would not be thrown out! (No worries! Click HERE for my FREE Pillow Cover Pattern!) 

Last but not least, there is a cream colored lap blanket draped neatly over the head of the sofa. I used “Caron by the Pound” yarn for this pretty piece, and it’s THE softest blanket I’ve ever crocheted! It gets softer and softer with each wash, and makes the perfect Christmas gift for any loved one. (The stitch pattern was acquired from my handy-dandy pocket book mentioned above. See page 27 when you buy it! The stitch pattern can be found there.)

I hope my enthusiasm for crochet has inspired you to create your own masterpieces! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many blessings to you all.

(Revised 12/27/2016)

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Halloween Candy Corn Scarf Crochet Pattern by Debra Lee

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

Who doesn’t like FREE? Here’s your FREE Halloween Candy Corn Scarf Pattern by Debra Lee. 🙂

Yup! I’ve FINALLY completed my Halloween Candy Corn Scarf crochet pattern!!! It’s a PDF file, around 815 KB because of the photo added to the pattern. Do excuse the bullet points. Upon conversion of the file, they magically appeared! Give it a try, and please leave some feedback below! 😉 I’d love to hear from you all.

Best wishes,

Debra Lee

Halloween Candy Corn Scarf

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

I’m SUPER-DEE-DUPER excited to share my current crochet project:  my Halloween Candy Corn Scarf! 😀

I created this crochet pattern about six months after I learned how to crochet. It’s a fairly simple pattern, but has 100% Halloween flare! All you’ll need is medium-worsted yarn (yellow, orange, white, and black), size I (5.50 mm) crochet hook, scissors, a tapestry needle, and of course, the pattern.

P.S. I’ll be posting my FREE Halloween Candy Corn Scarf pattern on here really soon! I’m making sure it’s kosher so you all don’t struggle with a poorly written pattern. If for some reason it’s not written correctly, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you all have to say about it. Gracias!

The Lost Art of Finger Crochet

OH. MY. GOSH…! I just fell in love with a NEW way to crochet – finger crocheting! Who knew that one could crochet with a mere finger? Well, I suppose it could have been assumed, but I had never heard of it before yesterday. Hmm… it must be a lost art…? What say you?

I know the question is boiling up in your mind, “How the heck do you finger crochet anyway?” It’s quite simple, really. all you need is bulky yarn and your dominant index finger (AKA:  Mr. Pointer). Start with a slip knot like you always do. Be sure to leave enough room for both index finger and thumb to fit through at the same time. Begin to chain by putting your index finger through the loop. Grab the strand of yarn with your index finger, YO, and pull through with both index finger and thumb. Repeat until desired CH length is achieved. Ta-dah! Your on your way to creating a masterpiece!

Finger crochet is ideal for scarves and blankets. Keep in mind that anything fancy, like motifs, should be left for the good ol’ crochet hook. Not only will your finger crochet projects work up quickly and have a chunky, luxurious texture, but they’ll be extra warm and toasty around your body because of the bulky yarn used. 🙂 Additionally, keep your stitches small by using SC, HDC, and DC (click here to view crochet abbreviations). Go any taller and finger crocheting becomes difficult to do. It’s not that it’s impossible – just a pain in the rear! I tried it. No es practical. (It’s not practical.)

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

As for tension, I’m a really tight crocheter, which I learned, affects my finger crocheting immensely. Upon working my first finger crochet swatch, my right index finger began to turn purple while slowly plumping and going numb. SHEESH! Yes, I do have to learn to finger crochet loosely. There obviously is a learning curve if you’ve never done finger crocheting before. Tension being part of it. The other portion of the learning curve is the chain. When I first created my chain, it was uneven, much like when I began crocheting for the first time! Don’t worry. Practice always makes perfect! Needless to say, my chain looked far better the second time.

So, don’t just sit there daydreaming of what it would be like to finger crochet – get to it! Wal-Mart is almost always just around the corner (they usually have bulky yarn in stock :D). Let me know how your finger crochet project turns out in the comment box below. Cheers!