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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

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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Materials:

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.)

Abbreviations:

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!~

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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.

Edging

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

Pattern:

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!

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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

blankcard

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!

memorymatch1

Time to play!

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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

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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

star

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

heart

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

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All The Makings: Memory Match Game – Circle Card

Hello, and a good Monday morning to you all! I do hope that everyone is enjoying this pattern series; after today, only 2 more shapes left to make! My very last post in the series will be on how to make the white background card and how to attach your shapes to your cards. Let’s get on to the next pattern! πŸ™‚

Memory Match Game: Circle Card

By Lauren Lasher

circle

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

[Note: I worked this circle shape in a spiral, as you can see if you look at the finished card. This means I didn’t join the rounds. I didn’t want a visible seam!]

I used a “magic circle” to start off my circle, which you can find dozens of tutorials for across the Web. As I always do whenever I need to learn a new crochet stitch or technique, I go to Moogly first! (Here’s her tutorial for the magic circle.)

– I started out with 3 sc stitches on the loop. I worked 2 sc in each of the 3 stitches. [6 sc]

– On the next go-round, I worked 2 sc in each of the 6 sc from the previous round. [12 sc]

– On this round, I did a pattern: 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch, and so on. [18 sc]

That was about how big I wanted my circle, but you can make yours a little bigger or smaller, if you desire. That’s what I like about spiral rounds: you can choose!

– For the last round, I just worked a sc in each stitch until I got to the beginning of the round (you can tell by using a stitch marker). Work sl stitch into the next sc stitch. Finish off, weave in ends.

Make 2. My game consists of 12 cards, with 2 cards of each shape. You can make more if you like, but I think 12 cards is big enough for a fun memory match game. 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: Star Card & Heart Card

Memory Match Game: White Card

~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~

I hope you enjoyed this week’s pattern! Have fun! πŸ™‚

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All The Makings: Memory Match Game – Diamond Card

Good morning, friends! After a brief week’s vacation, I’m back for the next pattern in my Memory Match series: the Diamond Card! I will say upfront, however, that this particular shape gave me the most trouble when I designed it, so hopefully I will be able to explain it without a lot of confusion. It’s really just a lot of increasing and decreasing, so if you know how to do that, you’re good to go!

Memory Match Game: Diamond Card

By Lauren Lasher

diamond

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

Β Ch 1.

Row 1: Work 2 sc into 1st chain. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in next stitch, 2 sc into last stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in next stitch, 2 sc into remaining 2 stitches (2 sc in ea stitch). Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in next stitch, 2 sc into each of the remaining 3 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Repeat Row 4.

Row 6: Sc2tog, sc in next 3 stitches, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Sc2tog, sc in next stitch, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Sc2tog, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 9: Sc2tog in last 2 remaining stitches. Fasten off, weave in ends.

That’s all! Hopefully, I’ve made it clear enough. If you can figure out a better way to make a diamond shape, please feel free (and maybe tell me how you did it!).

Make 2. My game consists of 12 cards, with 2 cards of each shape. You can make more if you like, but I think 12 cards is big enough for a fun memory match game. Happy makings!

Memory Match Game Pattern Series:

Memory Match Game: Square Card

Memory Match Game: Triangle Card

Memory Match Game: Circle Card

Memory Match Game: Star Card & Heart Card

Memory Match Game: White Card

~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~

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All The Makings: Memory Match Game – Triangle Card

Hello, friends! Are y’all ready for the next card in our series? I am! I had fun trying to figure out how to make these shapes, and I’m really pleased at how they all turned out. Let’s get started!

Memory Match Game: Triangle Card

By Lauren Lasher

triangle

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

Ch 11.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch across to end of row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 9: Sc2tog in nxt 2 stitches, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Sc2tog in last 2 stitches. Finish off, weave in ends.

That’s all! Rather simple, and make 2. My game consists of 12 cards, with 2 cards of each shape. You can make more if you like, but I think 12 cards is big enough for a fun memory match game. Happy makings!

Memory Match Game Pattern Series:

Memory Match Game: Square Card

Memory Match Game: Diamond Card

Memory Match Game: Circle Card

Memory Match Game: Star Card & Heart Card

Memory Match Game: White Card

~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~