With the holidays just around the corner I'm sure we'll see posts on ornaments, decorations as well as gift ideas from very talented Pinterest fans. Even Sherry mentioned that she might try some ornaments. Since I'm the kind of person who does their Christmas shopping throughout the year (even though I can't bear the idea of putting Christmas decorations up until after Thanksgiving) I wanted to work on some gift items for those on my list. But what to make????
I saw several patterns that I liked some free and some on etsy. I loved the esty pattern above but knowing that my friend is cold natured the scarf could not have lots of open areas but rather need to be more closely stitched. I started a couple of tutorials I found but decided to go with a standard double crochet (dc) stitch.
Here's the pattern I did:
Chain 27. In third chain from needle dc. Continue to end of chain. Chained two, turned and started dc all over again. Repeat, repeat, repeat.....
I didn't count how many rows were there I just continued until I ran out of yarn in the skien I was using. I connected the two ends with a single crochet. Some sites said to twist the scarf before connecting the ends so it would lay "right" but I found just connecting it in a full circle worked just fine. This entire project took me Desperate Housewives, Pan Am and part of my local news (well, a little less cause you know I had to stop every so often to catch up on what was happening on Wysteria Lane!).
I think my friend will enjoy this gift and for the price of a skein of yarn and a little time I couldn't find a more affordable gift. I'm thinking about one for myself.....but before then I decided my friend who's getting the afghan should also have a scarf. This one follows the same basic pattern except I didn't connect the ends since I know she likes her scarf this way. I added a contrasting color around the outside using a single crochet and then added three little flowers in the same contrast color just to make it interesting. I'm happy with the way they turned out but even happier that now I can go back to the afghan.
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