DIY Crochet Infinity Scarf

Love infinity scarfs? Love colour? Looking for an easy-beginner level crochet pattern that you can whip up in no time while watching tv!?  Well well, I have a solution for you!

I started making crochet infinity scarfs about three years ago as Christmas presents, then got a little carried away last Christmas and I made them for almost everyone!IMG_0437

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks cozy right? So right! Well this is incredibly easy to make and is just a bunch of back and forth and back and forth row after row after row with a twist and a connection at the end once its long enough.  I usually make the scarfs long enough to wrap around the neck twice and put a twist in it to make it look fuller when worn. IMG_0443

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it has come to my attention that I should perhaps post a tutorial on the essentials of crochet, that’ll come after the weekend when I’ve got some time to sit down and take step by step photos of the basic stitches 🙂  But for now, here is the way simple pattern (no joke…too easy).

Usually I stock up on yarn at Michael’s when it goes on sale.  I can typically get a scarf out of two regular sized balls of yarn.  I’ve used these brands in the past with great success: http://canada.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-MichaelsCanada-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=C_nw0435 and http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/vannaschoice.html  Both have great colours and are the same weight/texture so its easy to work with. I tend to work with 4-5oz weighted yarns. And the softer the better, as no one wants to wear an itchy scarf!  I’m not a fan of working with really thin or light weight yarn as I usually end up in a tangled mess!

I also like to use varying crochet hooks to get different gauges and thickness. Most of the time I’ve been using a size 5 hook, but the blue one up top I think I used an 7or8.  For the purpose of this post, we’ll stick to size 5.

  1. chain 25-30 (or more, this will be the width of the scarf.  You’ll want it wide enough to have a fold for warmth).
  2. chain one extra (as its the first dc for your second row)
  3. starting in the second “V” from the end, double crochet (dc) all the way across, making sure not to miss any stitches.  I find the first row always the hardest, and sometimes have to redo it if I made my initial chains too tight!
  4. when at the end chain two (which is again your first dc for the next row)
  5. flip over and dc all the way across again
  6. Repeat repeat repeat: chaining two, flipping, dc starting in second stitch all the way across, chaining two, flipping,dc starting in second stitch all the way across etc….

Occasionally I like to stop and count my stitches across. (You can count the “v” shapes across the top) to make sure you haven’t missed any. If you’re missing one, don’t despair just do two dc into one space on the way back.  If you’re missing a whole bunch, you may want to rip out some rows to get back on track.  Don’t sweat it, it happens.

Once you’ve gone back and forth what seems like a billion times, and the scarf can wrap around your neck twice with the ends touching and its not too too tight, you’re ready to finish it off.  Here there are two options. Both simple and easy.  But first: take the scarf so far and place one twist in it and take the ends to meet

ONE: With the edges touching and lined up all the way across, single crochet into all the spaces all the way across, tying off and weaving in the ends.

TWO: With the edges touching and lined up all the way across, take a yarn needle and stitch a seam all the way across, tying off and weaving in the ends.

Ta-da! You’re done! Easy wearable handy craft that can be done while binge watching Friends on Netflix…

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Homemade Apron Fun!

I finished making a cute reversible apron today. It’s the same on each side just with different fabric. And it has pockets! Fun!
Of course I forgot to take pictures during this project…. But you can find the step by step instructions I used here. Thanks to whomever posted the pattern! If I make it again, and I probably will as a gift for someone, and I promise I’ll take my own step-by-step photos!

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DIY Canvas Wall Art

NOTE: January 2015 – want to thank everyone for continuing to check this post. Hope you’re able to be creative and do this yourself.  Feel free to share photos of your own creations! Thanks!

I found this idea in a store and decided that instead of spending lot of money on them I would make it myself! Easy right?

Necessary Supplies:

3 – 12″x12″ blank back stapled canvases (I buy them in bulk at Michael’s when they have awesome coupons) – $6.00

1 – white acrylic paint (dollar store is great for easy colours) – $1.00

1 or 2 – background colour(s) of your choosing (I used a robin’s egg blue & purple, from Michael’s with coupon) – $1.50 each

1 – wide acrylic paint brush – $4.00

1 – roll of painters tape (I had some lying around, its usually pretty cheap though)

Total cost for this project: $14.00

Steps:

  1. Lay out some old newspaper to create your super easy masterpieces
  2. Paint each canvas with the white paint, let dry and paint again (make sure to paint the outer edges of the canvas)
  3. Let them all dry and just create your art work using the painters tape. (I doubled up a few of the pieces of tape to make wider lines, and I also cut some of the tape pieces in half to make thinner lines.)
  4. Paint over the edges of ALL of the painters tape (this will help prevent any of the coloured paint seeping underneath the tape later, I promise). Let dry and run over the same lines again
  5. Once dry, paint over the whole canvas again in the colour of your choosing (making sure to get all the edges too!)
  6. Let dry, and paint again with the coloured paint
  7. Let the canvas dry COMPLETELY
  8. Gently peel the painters tape off the canvas to reveal the easy, simple, yet beautiful art you’ve created!

Seems easy enough right?

This could also be done on larger canvases, smaller canvases, or even multiple sizes to hang together.

Mine hang in my office at work. My grey walls needed some colour, and these fit the bill perfectly!