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MrsH

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With the economy so darned wonderful, I've been working really hard to find things that I can inexpensively make by hand to give as gifts. I have tried knitting in the past and discovered that I am HORRIBLE at it. I recently decided I needed to learn how to crochet. So.....for my family who all live up north where it is cold, I have started making scarves. I have asked them all what their favorite colors are and am making loads and loads of scarves. I've finished three of them. I'm really looking forward to doing them. My next scarf will be a hooded scarf. When I get a few completed, I will post pictures.
 
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I have crocheted a few scarfs for family members myself.I even bought a loom kit back in the spring and did a few hats and skinny scarfs.It's a peaceful hobby too.
 

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It is peaceful. I can do it watching football, crime dramas, or anything. :hello:
 

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Hello, fellow crocheters! In past years I've made afghans, hats, scarves, and mittens as Christmas gifts for family members. No one else in the family does any sort of needlecraft, so they think I'm amazing. I've been kept busy this year making baby afghans for new parents in my office. There are only about 40 employees, but I must have given four or five afghans just this year. Another baby was born last week, and another is due in December!

There's a thread somewhere on the forum here about crochet. Glad to know there are a few other "happy hookers" on the forum. I've always enjoyed it more than knitting, I guess, because my mother and grandmothers crocheted, but didn't knit. And it IS peaceful.
 

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I've had a hard time learning to knit for some reason.I've tried a few times,but My patience wears thin and the needles fly across the room..:)
Im currently working on 2 scarfs,just finished one for my MIL.
 
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Yay for crochet! tee hee

I can do scarves, and therefore probably a blanket...but if it isnt like [____] or [_] (you know?) I'm not sure if I could, like shirts, or a hat..
 

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Yay for crochet! tee hee

I can do scarves, and therefore probably a blanket...but if it isnt like [____] or [_] (you know?) I'm not sure if I could, like shirts, or a hat..
It's fairly easy to make a warm winter hat! I make them throughout the summer and give them to a homeless shelter when it gets cold.

Try this with knitting worsted (e.g., plain old Red Heart or another inexpensive acrylic) and an H or I hook:

Chain 45. (To save a step later, you can leave a long end for sewing up the top with.) Hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook. Hdc to almost the end, but sc in the last 4 ch. Ch 2; turn.

Work in back loops only for about 20 to 24 inches (usually 52 to 56 rows by my gauge), depending on the size hat you want to make, working hdc in the hdc's and sc in the sc's. One end will be narrower---that's so the hat will taper at the top. When you've reached the number of rows you need, break yarn at the end of an even-numbered row and finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Fold the piece and sew the long edges together, using the long tail you left when you finished off. Weave the end through several stitches to secure it before you cut the yarn.

Thread the long tail from the beginning through the edges of the rows and pull it up tight to form the top of the hat. Weave the end through several stitches to secure it before you cut the yarn. If there's a little gap, you can sew it up before you cut the yarn, or make a pompom to put over it.

Turn the hat inside out, fold up the bottom into a cuff, and you've got a thick ribbed hat that will keep your ears warm.

If the cuff is too wide to suit you, just make the chain shorter when you start, and there'll be less to fold up.

If you like a really thick hat and have more patience, use sc and sl st instead of hdc, chaining only 1 before turning for each row.

If that's too confusing ... just crochet a rectangle, sew up the long edge, and gather one end to make the top.
 
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Thank you for posting the pattern, Merry!
 
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Thanks for sharing that pattern!
 
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Yay! Hand-made gifts! ^^ I think it's the best way to express the feelings for people you appreciate because by doing something, a lot of love and commitment are put in each detail of the work. It's amazing! I'm cross-stitching a Christmas picture for my godparents right now. Although I'm not mowing forward lately, I hope to manage to finish it until Christmas. Well, I must finish it, heh. ^^
 

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I have ordered a Cross Stitch manual and the Aida cloth to make Christmas ornaments. I am going to use mason jar lids as frames and ribbon to hang them from. I will post pics when I have completed one!
 
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