Simply Chenille Cowl

As promised, I’m pleased (excited!) to share my newest free crochet pattern with you. I have fun coming up with new ideas to use up my slowly-diminishing yarn stash, and it gives me practice in my crochet design skills. [Note: if you find anything in my patterns that you don’t understand or that I didn’t explain, let me know!]

I’ve had some Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick that has been sitting very patiently just waiting for me to use it. Inspiration struck the other day, and I pulled out the chenille yarn and whipped up this lovely little cowl in just under 3 hours!

Simply Chenille Cowl


Isn’t it so thick and plush? I love the way it feels, and it doesn’t feel heavy at all! Perfect for the cold weather coming ever closer!

Simply Chenille Cowl Pattern

By Lauren Lasher

Simply Chenille Cowl

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9mm crochet hook

85-100 yards of chenille yarn (I used Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick in Purple, but any other chenille yarn, or even a bulky weight yarn, should work just as well! I can’t guarantee the yardage will be the same, however.)


ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

trc = treble crochet (US). To make a treble crochet, yarn over your hook twice, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on your hook, yarn over, pull through next two loops on your hook, yarn over one more time, and pull through last two loops on your hook. Look at that; you’ve made a treble crochet!

Pattern: [note: the first row is worked flat then seamed at the ends to make it round]

Ch 74.

Row 1: Work first trc in 4th ch from hook. Work one trc in each ch across to the end of the row. Use sl sts to join the two sides together, forming the round cowl shape.

Round 1(Row 2, if you prefer): Ch 4. Work one trc in each st around to end of round. Sl st in beginning trc.

Round 2 (Row 3, if you prefer): Ch 4. Work one trc in each st around to end of round. Sl st in beginning trc.

Round 3 is optional if you don’t want the edging. Just work one more round of treble crochet, then slip stitch to finish. Make it however wide you want!

Round 3(Row 4, if you prefer): [edging] Ch 3, *skip next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3* to end of round, ending with a sl st in last st.

That’s all there is to it, friends! As always, let me know if you come across any problems or have any questions! Just comment or you can find my contact info on my About Me page.

~Copyright Lauren L. 2014. I don’t mind if you use my patterns to sell items (just don’t sell the pattern itself), but I would appreciate it if you used your own pictures of what you’ve made on your website or listing. My pictures might not be very good, but they are mine!~


All The Makings: Container Completed!

Hello, all! I just accomplished my first crochet challenge ever, and I am so very excited! It was a great project overall, although I accidentally made a small blunder in my yarn choice. This basket is made using the basket weave stitch, but it is hard to tell because my yarn colors are so bold. Oh, well. [You can find the pattern for this basket on my last All The Makings post here.]


I like the sturdiness, and I know the handles look rather thin, but by the time I was ready to make the handles, I was ready just to finish it! I’m thinking of designating this basket as my “WIP” basket, which translates to “work-in-progress,” for those of you unfamiliar with craft lingo. πŸ™‚

close up of basket2014

I might even make the letters “WIP” to put on the side; that would be a neat addition, I think. As Christmas gets nearer and nearer, I’m trying to put together a list of what gifts I’ll be making for my family, so my next project will probably be one of those. I can’t say what that might be right at the moment, as I know my family reads this blog, and I want them to be surprised!

(I’m actually halfway participating in the Mystery Adventure Scarf KAL & CAL over at Yarnspirations; I say halfway because I’m not actually using Caron yarn, and I haven’t been closely following the clues. Crochet rebel, right here. It is fun, though, and you should get started, too, if you’re feeling ambitious!)

Hope y’all have a great week; be on the lookout for this week’s Weekly Gathering and possibly a Doctor Who post, too!

Have you ever done a crochet challenge? Would you like to? Tell me about it!


All The Makings: Container Challenge Accepted!

Hello, dear friends! I hope this Monday has been going well for you; it has been for me, despite the ragweed currently making my eyes water and itch. I can’t believe that September is already half over! *starts frantically counting the weeks left to finish making Christmas presents* Only 16 and a half weeks… and so far, no gifts have been made. I need to get on that.

I suscribe to lots of fellow crocheters on Facebook, and at the beginning of September, I kept seeing all these shares about a crochet challenge that Red Heart Yarn is sponsoring for the month of September. I read up on the challenge, and decided to do it using what Red Heart yarn I had left in my stash, which is decreasing little by little.

Want to take the challenge yourself? You can read all about the Basket Weave Container Challenge here!


I have made decent headway with my container. Currently, I am just about to start doing the basket weave stitch, and I really love the way my Red Heart Fiesta in black & gold looks with my soft red Red Heart Super Saver. I am so happy that I finally found a great pattern to showcase the Fiesta yarn; it’s so bold that it needs to stand out, but I like mixing colors, so I threw in a little red yarn to complement it.


I can’t wait to finish it up! Rest assured, I’ll post pictures when I do. In the meantime, get cracking on those containers! (Or check out some of my Weekly Gathering pattern roundups for some more crochet inspiration and free patterns!)

Ever tried the basket weave stitch before? I haven’t, so this may be a first time for both of us if you decide to try crocheting a container of your own!


All The Makings: Hills & Heights Scarf Pattern!

Happy Monday, friends! Truthfully, I am pretty beat today from my classes; there’s a lot of tests and projects due this week, and I’m tired already. I don’t what it is about everything being due in all my classes every 4 weeks, but you’d think the teachers would try to mix due dates up a bit so that students weren’t taking 3 tests in one day! (Yep. That’ll be me this week.)

Anyway, I promised y’all in my roundup of garland patterns that I had something new to share. So it’s time for me to introduce my Hills & Heights scarf!

Hills & Heights scarf

I named it the Hills & Heights scarf for the edging along two of the sides (which I designed myself while in a hospital waiting room). The edging reminds me of gentle rolling hills and towering mountains.


This scarf was really simple to make, even though the bulkiness of the yarn made it kind of hard to see the stitches in places. I’ve decided to post the pattern for you, so have fun making, and please let me know if you run into complications! Have a crafty Monday! (And by crafty, I mean working with materials and being creative, not being diabolical.)

Hills & Heights Scarf

By Lauren Lasher

Hills & Heights scarf

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Materials: 6.5mm hook (K), and bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Homespun)

Abbreviations: ch=chain, hdc=half double crochet, hk=hook, st=stitch, sk=skip


Ch 157.

Row 1: Hdc in 3nd ch from hk, then hdc in every st across to end of row. Turn.

Rows 2-7: Ch 2, hdc in next st and in every st across to end of row. Turn.

Edging: *Ch 4, sk 1 st, sc in next 2 st, ch 3, work picot st in same st, sc in next st*; repeat from* to end of first long side.

Work sc stitches evenly down the short side of the scarf, then repeat the edging pattern above on the last long side. Work sc stitches evenly up the short side of the scarf, then fasten off. Weave in ends.

~I don’t mind if you use my patterns to sell items (just don’t sell the pattern itself), but I would appreciate it if you used your own pictures of what you’ve made on your website or listing. My pictures might not be very good, but they are mine! Copyright Lauren L. 2014~

Happy makings, friends!


All The Makings: Alternating Projects

Hello, my friends all over the world! I hope that today has been a good day for you. Here in the States, it’s Labor Day, which means a lot of businesses are closed and the schools consider today a holiday. I’ve enjoyed not going to classes today, and just relaxing and working on the last little bit of homework for the week. [Note: My All The Makings posts are not limited to Mondays anymore! I can post about what I’m making whenever I want to now/when I have the most time. Carry on.]

I don’t know about your crochet or your crafting practices, but my crochet practice tends to take the form of starting a bunch of projects at the same time, then alternating them until they are finished. It’s probably not the best way to finish projects, but I enjoy rotating through a lot of different projects; variety being the spice of life and all that jazz.

Currently, I’m in the process of making a striped grey-on-grey scarf for my little sister…

grey scarf

A chunky blue scarf that I’m making up the pattern for as I go along…

blue scarf

A Tunisian dishcloth that is mostly finished except for a border and blocking…


And a queen-size scrapghan of my own pattern creation, to top off the bunch! (Ha! The spell-checker wanted me to change “scrapghan” to “scrapheap”!)


Think I’m crazy? Join the club; IΒ know I’m crazy! It is a lot of different projects, to be sure, but I love being able to pick and choose what I want to work on, depending on what kind of mood I’m in that day (or that hour). The first three projects are fairly close to being finished, which is nice since I’m beginning to start crocheting Christmas gifts. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my crochet practice of project rotation. Happy makings!

What is your crochet practice or method? Do you rotate current projects, finish them one at a time, or just pick them up after a long absence and go on a crochet frenzy? I would love to hear about it!


All The Makings: Memory Match Game – White Card

I can’t quite believe that this post will be the final post in my Memory Match Game series, friends! I have really enjoyed doing these posts for y’all, and it has given me more confidence in my pattern designing, so thank you for reading and hopefully I’ve inspired you to make your own Memory Match Game! On to the very last pattern. (Don’t forget to scroll down to the end of this post for the shape patterns to go on your cards!)

Memory Match Game: White Card

By Lauren Lasher


I used a white worsted weight yarn for all 12 of the background cards, and a 5mm hook.

Ch 17.

Row 1: Work 1 hdc into the 3rd chain from hook, and in each chain across to end of row. Ch 2, turn.

Rows 2-10: Work 1 hdc into each stitch across to end of row. Ch 2, turn. Finish off, and weave in ends after Row 10 is completed.

There you have it! Really simple and works up quickly, thanks to the half-double crochet stitches. Just make 12!

Attaching Your Shapes To The Cards:

I have to be honest, it took me a long time to figure out how on earth I could attach my shapes to the cards without the colors showing on the back of the cards. It is supposed to be a little challenging for the little ones, after all! πŸ™‚ After much thought (and researching crochet forums!), I came up with a solution: Liquid Stitch.

Liquid Stitch Fabric Mender.

via Wal-Mart.com

All you have to do is spread the backs of your shapes with the Liquid Stitch, making sure to get all the corners covered, then press the shape firmly to the white card for at least 15 seconds with a lot of pressure. After I had attached all the shapes to their respective cards, I wanted to be extra sure that they would stay that way, so I laid all the drying cards on my dining room table and piled three books on top of each card!

After I let the cards dry for atΒ  least 24 hours, I unstacked the books, and took a look at my cards, hoping that the Liquid Stitch worked like it was supposed to. To my pleasant surprise, it did! All of the shapes were firmly attached to the cards, and they looked great, to boot! I was and still am so very pleased.

Finished Memory Match Game!


Time to play!


Enjoy, y’all! Happy makings! Get ready for next week’s All The Makings and Tunisian Crochet!

Memory Match Game Pattern Series:

Memory Match Game: Square Card

Memory Match Game: Triangle Card

Memory Match Game: Diamond Card

Memory Match Game: Star Card & Heart Card

Memory Match Game: Circle Card


All The Makings: Memory Match Game – Star Card + Heart Card

I hope that everyone is having a lovely day today! I start my first week of college classes today, and I’m hoping that everything goes without a hitch today, with 4 classes one after the other. We’re racing towards the finish line in my Memory Match series; you can do it! πŸ™‚

Memory Match Game: Star Card


I used a yellow worsted weight yarn, and a 4.25 or a 5mm hook.

Before I begin, however, let me just say that I am by no means a crochet designer. I am close to an Intermediate skill level in crochet, but in terms of crochet designing, I’m just a baby. That being said, all of the previous Memory Match card shapes have been my own patterns and designs. For this star, however, I just couldn’t figure out how to get started.

Here is the pattern I followed from Maggie’s Crochet: Small Star Crochet Pattern. I am not one to take credit for someone else’s work or design. Her design was so simple and easy to follow, and it turned out a great star shape!

My last Memory Match shape card was also not of my own design; it was also from a Maggie’s Crochet pattern, which I will link to below the picture.

Memory Match Game: Heart Card


Here is the pattern I followed from Maggie’s Crochet: Small Heart Crochet Pattern. I hope that you have fun making these final two shapes! Next week, I’ll post my pattern for the blank white card that your shapes are attached to, and how to attach the shapes! Have fun, and happy makings!

Memory Match Game Pattern Series:

Memory Match Game: Square Card

Memory Match Game: Triangle Card

Memory Match Game: Diamond Card

Memory Match Game: Circle Card

Memory Match Game: White Card