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Textured Hooded Cowl

With the insanely warm weather we are experiencing, it seems almost silly to be sharing this pattern, but I loved it so much I couldn’t keep it to myself! It is a great gift idea if you are on the search for something to work up before the upcoming holiday season.

image_medium2ha While on a roadtrip with a good friend we decided to stop at a couple craft stores because we are both big crafting types. We obviously couldn’t stop at a craft store and NOT get something, so I ended up picking up this super soft teal yarn with the intention of taking the time to make something for myself for a change. After waivering on what exactly to make I decided this beautiful cowl would look stunning with any coat or outfit I would choose this winter.

While I wouldn’t classify it as a beginner pattern per say, its definitely an easier pattern for someone that is looking to branch out a bit into new projects and challenges. As with many of the patterns I share on here, this can be found on Ravelry. It is for sale in Two Brothers Blankets’ Ravelry store HERE.

I’m sure that changing up the type of fibre, or even including some variegated yarns, could make for a great spin on this pattern. It is a warm and comfortable cowl, now I just need to work up some matching fingerless gloves or something similar to finish the set!

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Newborn Earflap Hat with Flower

This past year has been a crazy one filled with new adventures, life changes and one solid and unchanging thing – my crocheting! I have been working on some fun gifts for various friends and family members and this post is sharing one of the easier newborn gifts, an earflap hat that I have grown to love!

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This pattern can be worked in any colour combination for both the new little boys and girls coming into your life. To add to the flair of the hat, there is also a fun, and fairly simple, flower pattern to add to the hat as well. This uses basic worsted weight yarn, so you can obtain it pretty much anywhere (Michaels, Walmart, etc). It makes for a great addition to any shower gift.

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry HERE. If there is anyone reading this that hasn’t already signed up for Ravelry, run now and do it! The website is an amazing resource for crocheters everywhere – Filled with great patterns, information about various yarns and fibres, and groups where you can connect with other crafters around the world!

This particular hat is currently travel bound, in the mail, to good friends of my husband and I to celebrate the arrival of their newest little one. Hopefully I will have pictures to follow of it being put to good use!

If anyone out there gives the pattern a try, don’t forget to share your finished pictures on our Facebook page!


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Circle Crochet Scarf

I have been FAR too busy with a lot of personal things lately, and unfortunately this blog was neglected but I am back, working on gifts for the holiday season and ready to get sharing patterns again for all of you who have stuck around so faithfully!

The first one I want to bring back was one that I actually wasn’t even sure I wanted to try, but once I got working on the pattern I not only fell in love with working the pattern but also with how it was coming out! The result was a BEAUTIFUL and unique scarf.

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This pattern isn’t one I would suggest necessarily for beginners, but for those that have mastered all the basic scarves this is a great next/intermediate step. This pattern can be found, thanks to Michelle Gibbs as a free download on Ravelry HERE. This is a pattern based on the Catherine’s Diamond pattern found in Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet.

I can’t wait to get a response from my friend when she opens her gift in the mail to find this scarf in the package! Hopefully I will have follow up pictures to post in the near future. Has anyone else tried t his pattern? Please share your pictures either by emailing them to contactus@lovinglyhooked.com or sharing them on our Facebook page HERE.


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Newborn Anchor Hat

A good friend of mine is expecting, and I am beyond excited for her! She advised that she had found cute little newborn diapers for her photo shoot after he’s born, and just needed a hat to complete the look. So I set out on my task to make it happen.

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I couldn’t find a pattern that quite fit the look I was going for, so I set out to make one happen by putting a few different things together. First the hat – I decided a simple newborn hat would work, and just changed colours every 2 rows to give the stripe look. My favourite go to pattern for basic newborn hats can be found on Ravelry HERE by Athena de la Rosa Designs. This is a free download, and a great starting point for people who are starting to make newborn outfits.

I then created the applique using Aunt Lydia’s cotton thread and a pattern I purchased HERE from GoldenLucyCrafts on Etsy. This is a REALLY well written pattern and super easy to follow!

I was so happy with the final outcome – it fit my vision perfectly! Now just to be patient for the little one’s arrival so I can see it in use!

 


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Bridal Wrap

One thing that I have seen a lot of as of late is weddings – being in my late 20s its as if all my friends are getting engaged and married all at once (myself included only a year ago). With that comes the draw to crochet items that I know people are looking for, including this bridal wrap.

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I used a baby yarn that had a silver thread spun into it giving it a very delicate and pretty appearance. It also made it lightweight enough to be perfect for a warmer wedding without overheating the bride. The pattern is a free pattern from Caron whose website is no longer available, however the pattern is still available on Ravelry HERE.

This is not exactly a beginner friendly pattern but its also not super complicated. It would be a great project to aim towards for someone who is attempting to stretch their abilities. I can’t wait to see pictures when any of you complete it! Please share them over on our Facebook page HERE. Enjoy!


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Women’s Cold Weather Set

Every year my husband and I meet up with another couple for the Ice Wine Festival in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. Its a huge event, largely outdoor, in the cold Canadian winter. This year we’ve been seeing record breaking lows left, right and center so I decided I needed to make myself something to help keep warm while there!

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I had purchased a ball of Homespun almost a year ago in a colour scheme I loved with the intention of making myself something, however had never gotten around to doing so. Deciding I needed this warm set made for the perfect opportunity to pull it out and finally make use of it! I used 3 different patterns for the different parts of this set.

The hat was a pattern straight from the Lion Brand website HERE. Although sometimes Lion Brand can be hard to work with as it is a bit harder to see the stitches, the hat was pretty easy as far as the pattern. The finished product fit super comfortably and is very warm! (I may or may not have been wearing it around the house a bit for fun already).

The infinity scarf was a beginner friendly pattern from the Domestic Bliss Squared blog HERE. Due to the fact the Homespun isn’t as bulky as the yarn the pattern calls for I had to do a little over double the original chain and an extra 3 rows so that it would come out the right size.

Finally to round off the full set I needed to consider my hands. I have a cute little pair of touchscreen friendly gloves that would allow me to continue taking pictures with my phone, but the gloves are very thin and not overly warm. I decided the best way to handle that was to make some fingerless gloves that can go overtop of them. I found these fingerless gloves on Dearest Debi HERE. Although a little more complicated then the hat and scarf, they too are something that are fairly easy for a newer crocheter as long as you are comfortable reading patterns and have a grasp of the stitches it includes.

Overall I am SUPER pleased with the way that this all came together! I highly recommend this for anyone that would like to spoil themselves a little 😉 Enjoy!


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Stuffed Unicorn

A story from my brother about my niece’s desire to sleep at night with a hard plastic toy horse was enough to send me running to my computer in search of a pattern for something cuddly for her nighttime routine. Another story about her belief that her parents can buy her a unicorn at the horse auctions tipped the scale on which pattern would be just perfect, and this adorable little unicorn was the result.

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This adorable pattern can be found in the Fiber Doodles Ravelry store HERE. This is a designer I have blogged about previously when I shared the post Pretty Puppy HERE about a stuffed puppy dog that I had made for another one of my nieces. These patterns are fairly quick to work up and pretty simple to follow. Although not for a total beginner, they are a great step for those that are comfortable reading a pattern and wanting to take the next step from the scarves and hats they’ve accomplished thus far!

I am looking forward to trying some more of her patterns, and also looking forward to seeing a picture of my niece loving up on this unicorn! I have since had the report come back that when they leave she even asks her parents if they remembered to put her unicorn in the truck because ‘it makes her happy’ haha!

Enjoy!