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Crochet keyhole scarf pattern

20 Jan

This week, I was asked if I would be able to make a scarf for a nearly one year old. He is the grandson of a good friend of mine and lives in Canada (where scarves are needed!)
She specifically wanted a scarf which would have a hole in it so that one end could be threaded through the other, he does not like anything too high around his chin.
After a bit of Internet searching, I found this was called a keyhole scarf but patterns were few and far between so I decided to make it up and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

This is a pretty loose pattern, in the sense that you can then adapt it for different sizes of child/adult and different yarn. I used a very chunky wool mix yarn (Wendy pampas mega chunky) and a size 10mm hook. To make it longer, you just need to make a longer foundation chain and then continue to the desired width. My finished scarf was approximately 90cm long and I used around 90g of wool.

Begin by making your starting chain (mine was 80 +1 for turning).
The first row was worked in uk double crochet, one in each chain, until you reach the end of your row.
Turn your work and chain 2, as your next row will be worked in uk half treble stitches.
Row 2- Work a half treble stitch in each of the dc stitches of the previous row.
(If you are using a thinner yarn, you will obviously need to work more rows than I did so just keep going with this pattern of DC and then HTR stitch until you reach the middle point of your scarf’s finished width).
Row 3- chain 1and then work the third row in DC stitch. At the end of this row I fastened off the grey yarn and attached my next colour, white. This was the halfway point for my scarf (I wanted it to be about 8cm wide).
Row 4- chain 1 and then DC along the length of the scarf until you reach the point where you want your scarf to thread through itself. This took a bit of working out by eye, stopping and folding it over itself to work out where I wanted to put the keyhole so that the neck opening would be the right size.
When you have decided where you want your keyhole, chain stitches from the previous stitch to create a gap in your row. I chained 10 and had to do a bit of guess work to decide how long the gap needed to be in order to fit the ends of the scarf through it. When you have made your keyhole, join back into your previous row and continue DC until the end of this row.
Row 5- chain 2 (you are now working HTR again) and work along the row until you reach the chained keyhole gap. In each of the chains, I worked a DC stitch rather than HTR as this meat that I had stitches that were the same height all the way along the row. After you have DC in the chains, go back to HTR stitches until you reach the end of the row.
Row 6- chain 1 and DC along to the end of the row. This is where I finished and fastened off the white yarn. Finally, weave in the ends and you’re done!

I hope this makes sense and isn’t too tricky to adapt for different sizes/yarns. All you need to remember is to make your keyhole at the halfway point in the width of your scarf and put a bit of time into ting about where you want your hole to be so that you get an even length on either side.
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Mistletoe

25 Nov

I’m still, slowly but surely, working on my Christmas crocheted wreath and I hope to show you the finished item this week.
It has holly, red glass berries, teeny tiny flowers, bells…but it still needed something extra…mistletoe!
It wouldn’t be a Christmas wreath without it 🙂
I used this pattern (it’s written in US crochet terms so keep that it mind) and they came out very nicely!

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Chunky crocheted cowl

16 Nov

This week, despite an annoying virus, I have managed to finish something! It actually started life as something else however it was far too big for its original purpose so I turned it into an adult cowl half way through.
It’s a very simple, chunky cowl with a chunky flower attached, to prevent it looking like a neck brace 🙂
I crocheted it using a 10mm hook and very thick (and soft) cream wool (in Barley).
To begin with, I chained 44 and joined with a slip stitch.
The cowl is worked in a round, in half treble stitches (uk). Each new round starts by chaining 2, to make the first HTR. Then just continue around until you get the depth you want, mine is 10 rows of HTR stitches and one row of double crochet to tighten the top. Also, for the final two rows (10 & 11), I decreased two stitches which also made the top slightly tighter. Obviously, this is a matter of choice and you may prefer it looser.
I crocheted the flower using Lucy at attic24’s pattern and I used two strands together. One strand of the wool I used for the cowl itself and another of a very thin, blue alpaca wool which my sister gave me.
I hope you like it 🙂

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(By the way, the wool is actually a lovely creamy, oatmeal colour- the light was VERY poor when I took these pictures!)

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