Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Braided Scarf {FREE PATTERN}

I am currently trying to do some stash busting. I have seen some braided scarves on Pinterest and thought I would make one! I have several skeins of the old Softee Chunky, which are not compatible with the new ones. I don't want to start anything too big, and not be able to finish, so I'm finding little things here and there. Here's the scarf I made:

I was worried about how the colors would look braided together, but I think it turned out great! I didn't take pictures or write anything up as I was working on it, because I didn't expect people to ask. :) Here's what I did...

You need:
Bulky yarn
K hook

** There are really a few different ways you can do this. You can use worsted and a J hook, and just chain more (width will probably be fine, but maybe not length), or you can hold two strands together.
You can use three different colors like I did, or you can use all one color. I saw all one color on Pinterest and it looked awesome!**

Make three (either one in each color, or all in the same color):
Chain 82
R1: Dc in third chain from hook and in each chain across (80)
R2: Chain 2 (does not count as st), turn. Dc in each st across (80)
R3: Repeat R2. With the first two pieces ONLY, fasten off.

When you finish R3 of the third piece, chain 1. DO NOT TURN. 
R1 (perpendicular direction): We are going to crochet down the side (like you're starting a border). Sc across, about 2 sc per dc works well for me (6 total for the first piece). You are going to join the other two strands by sc down their sides as well. See pic:

Sorry for my weaving there... My third strand was the light blue. I sc down the side of the light blue, and then the cream, and then the dark blue. With 2sc per dc row, I ended this new row with 18sc.
R2: Chain 1, turn. Sc across (18)
R3: Chain 2 (does not count as st), turn. Dc across (18)
*This row can be used for the button holes.*
R4: Chain 1, turn. Sc across (18)
R5: Repeat. Fasten off. 

I don't have a picture for the braiding, and I apologize for that. If I happen to make another one of these, I'll edit this and include pics. I did take a picture of my scarf laid out that I will include. All I did was set that perpendicular row underneath a heavy book. With my strands laying flat, I braided them loosely and gently, careful not to flip any of them. I actually set each piece down as I braided, to keep it loose and flat. This is what it looks like finished:

When I finished braiding, I left the pieces laying flat, and worked the "perpendicular row" at the end the same way. I started with the far right side of the far right piece, joined my yarn, and sc across. I still worked 2sc per dc row and joined the other two strands by sc them the same way. I repeated the same directions from above:
R2: Chain 1, turn. Sc across (18)
R3: Chain 2 (does not count as st), turn. Dc across (18)
*This row can be used for the button holes.*
R4: Chain 1, turn. Sc across (18)
R5: Repeat. Fasten off. 

This is how that end looks (a little prettier without my weaved ends):

 You can kind of see the gaps after the first two and last two dc on each end, where I had it buttoned. I sewed on two buttons, about 3/4" each, on the other end (seen in the very first picture). I like the length, but I suppose it is adjustable if you want to wear it tighter and button it in a dc row of the strands.

Hope this pattern was easy to follow! Pin it if you like it, comment if you love it, just let me know somehow! :) Thank you. :) 

Monday, February 4, 2013

The New Year

It has been so long since I last posted! And even longer since I posted any kind of update that didn't have to do with sales or patterns. ;) December and January were busy months. In December we visited both sides of the family and had a wonderful Christmas. In January I managed to squeeze in some time to make things for friends' babies and my own little one. I had a couple of orders, but they were opportunities to create styles I had not done yet, so it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed all of the "new" that came in January!

January was also fun because we found out the sex of #3! I made a hat to reveal the gender to my Facebook fans. It's a:
My son, 5, is doing great. I just can't believe how fast he's growing up. He has at least 3 loose teeth, and we just started tracking his chores/adding on more charts and paying him allowance. He has always been interested in money and is excited when he has his own money to spend. Now that he is earning allowance, he is starting to understand working and "getting paid" and spending wisely. We're doing a word of the week each day, which he writes, spells and uses in a sentence, and he is always writing the month and day each day to learn how to spell them. He catches on to everything so quickly!
My daughter, almost 2, is just as quick. She is already talking like a 3 year old (or older). All of our family who just got to see her for the first time in 6 months, 12 months, and 20+ months were very impressed. Everyone said she was like a miniature adult. She is tiny for her age, so it is even more impressive when she starts talking to you in full sentences. Her vocabulary is extraordinary and she learns absolutely everything we teach her. For several months now, she has been counting to ten and singing her ABCs. She also likes to sing country songs from the radio, and songs we sing at home like "Pat-a-cake." I am amazed every single day with what comes out of her mouth!
I am almost 22 weeks with #3. Due to the location of my placenta, I have just recently started feeling her movements regularly. I never posted it, but prior to this pregnancy we suffered a miscarriage. It made this pregnancy pretty difficult emotionally, so these movements are such a blessing. It has taken me a long time to really accept that we are having another baby and that everything's going to be okay. It was pretty hard up until I started getting those welcome little punches and kicks. I was also very ill for the first 14 weeks. I lost a good bit of weight because I couldn't eat much, but we are through that part, and hopefully it is smooth sailing for the next 18 weeks.
We have lots to look forward to in the coming months. I'm excited for February, because my son gets to take Valentine's to school for the first time. We have done them for family and friends for a couple of years, but it's exciting to start taking them to school. If my newly found energy and productivity keeps up, February will be awesome. I have many, many ideas of things I want to create, and I hope to really roll through some baby stuff. I have a lot of organizing to do to be able to fit my girls in the same room (mainly their clothes in the same closet!) so I have been diligently working on that while trying to save time for my projects. I have much that I want to crochet and sew for the new baby, and especially matching things for my girls. My son's requested a couple of hats that I need to get to as well. I think I'm already nesting, because my latest hobby (and I say that because I'm doing it "for fun) has been cleaning. I have been cleaning so much every day, and really enjoying it somehow. I still hate laundry. But for some reason, I feel this need for the house to be immaculate at all times. I'm getting used to it too, so I don't know if I can ever cut back now! The biggest thing I am looking forward to is my parents and little sister coming out here at the end of March. We'll be able to celebrate my daughter's second birthday and Easter together. It's little things like that that excite you immensely when you live far away from everyone you love dearly.
Well, I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start... I hope good things are happening for you and that you continue to be blessed each and every day! I will have another post very soon about a group that is dear to my heart and other charities that are calling my involvement.