Crossbody Beach Bag – Sewing Pattern

Coming soon!

These amazing bags I made for my recent beach vacation.  Completely reversible and fits over the shoulder or cross body. I used fun colours and matching thread to make these easy casual bags that held everything I needed while spending a day at the beach (sunscreen, dress, snacks, books, trashy magazine, lip balm, kleenex, wet wipes etc.)

I’ll be posting the FREE pattern and instructions soon enough 🙂

Beach Bag

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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