Trixie Cowl ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

Good Morning Dear Crochet Lovers,

Trixie means “she who brings happiness” and there isn’t much that makes me happier than a super-chunky, super-quick, and super-pretty crochet cowl worked in a watercolor inspired yarn (also, my painting obsession continues) and an interesting stitch! It’s large enough to wrap 2 or 3 times around your neck for extra snuggles. You can buy the ad-free pattern download for just $2 in my Ravelry shop or use the pattern freely here on the site. Thanks for visiting me today. <3  

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I love the first cool-off and rains of Fall which arrived for us this weekend. I put up my fall wreath on our front door this weekend to celebrate,and admired the mums and pumpkins at the grocery store with my little girl. Did you enjoy any Fall beauties?



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Trixie will snuggle you up all Fall and winter as you sip hot drinks and go on your pumpkin patch adventures! Here is the pattern:

SIZE
Finished Cowl measures 80” [203 cm] circumference and 7” [18 cm] wide after wet-blocking



YARN
Yarn Bee Watercolor Hues (100% Acrylic; 63 yd [58 m]/ 3.5 oz [99 g]); Mod Behavior #02: 2 skeins
For Yarn Substitutions: 126 yd [116 m] of #6 Super Bulky weight yarn (also called Roving weight)

CROCHET HOOK
Size N [10.00 mm] hook



NOTIONS
Yarn Needle

NOTES
This cowl is worked flat from the bottom up and seamed at both short ends to create an infinity scarf.

 

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SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
Quadruple treble crochet (quad tr): YO hook 5 times, insert hk into st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop (6 loops on hook), [yo, pull through 2 loops] x times.

GAUGE
Gauge is not critical to this design.
2 repeats = 4” [10 cm] in double crochet box mesh

INSTRUCTIONS (See Chart for Assistance)
Foundation Chain: Ch 12.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 2), dc in 7th ch from hk, (ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch) 3 times, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 2), dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc) 3 times, turn.
Row 3: (Ch 15, sc in next 2-ch sp) 4 times, ch 7, quad tr (5-wraps) in last dc, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 2, sc in next 15-ch sp) 4 times, turn.
Row 5: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 2), dc in next sc, (ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next sc) 3 times, turn.
Row 6: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 2), dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc) 3 times, turn.
Row 7: (Ch 15, sc in next 2-ch sp) 4 times, ch 7, quad tr (5-wraps) in last dc, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 2, sc in next 15-ch sp) 4 times, turn.

 



Squiggle Cowl Chart



Repeat Rows 5-8 twenty times or until cowl measures desired length.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 12” [30 cm] tail for seaming.

Finishing
With RS together, sew a seam joining foundation row to final row. Weave in yarn ends. Turn RS out and wet-block, lay flat to dry stretching lace open as desired.



STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS
” inches
ch chain
cm centimeters
dc double crochet
g grams
hk hook
m meters
mm millimeters
oz ounces
quad tr quadruple treble crochet (See Special Abbreviations)
RS Right Side
sk skip
WS Wrong Side
yd yards



Yours in Stitches,

Sara

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Camille Cowl ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

pattern tileHi Crocheters,

I’ve been in an exploratory phase of painting and mixed media sewing, and my love of all that color has translated into yarn as well, so today I have a special cowl design to share with you!

 



 

The pattern is free right here on the blog, or you can buy the $2 PDF download with Ravelry check-out for an ad-free pattern experience!

 



 

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Camille is a beautiful two-skein wonder to crochet, twist into a moebius, and wear all fall and winter when you want to snuggle up in dazzle of color with gorgeous texture.

SIZE
Finished Cowl measures 52” [132 cm] circumference and 8” [20.5 cm] wide

 



 

YARN
Red Heart Unforgettable Waves
(100% Acrylic; 119 yd [109 m]/ 3.5 oz [100 g]); Parade #3931: 2 skeins
For Yarn Substitutions: 238 yd [218 m] of #4 Medium weight yarn (Worsted)

 



 

CROCHET HOOK
Size K/10.5 [6.5 mm] hook

NOTIONS
Yarn Needle

 



 

NOTES
This cowl is worked flat from the bottom up, twisted to create a mobius loop and seamed at the short ends to create an infinity cowl.

SPECIAL ABBREVATIONS
Slanted Shell (sl sh): (sc-ch 1-dc) worked in st or sp indicated.

 



 

GAUGE
Precise gauge is not critical to this design.
4 slanted shells and 9 rows = 4” [10 cm]

INSTRUCTIONS (See Chart for Assistance)
Foundation Chain: Ch 18.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1 (counts as sc), sl sh in 3rd ch from hk, *sk 1 ch, sl sh in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, sk 1 ch, sc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as sc), sk first sc, dc, ch, sl sh in next sc and each sc across, sc in last ch, turn.
Rep Row 2 for pattern and work until piece measures 52” [132 cm] from foundation edge (97 more rows).

 



 

FINISHING
Lay cowl out with WS facing, turn one end in a complete twist to create a mobius loop. Sew a seam joining foundation row to final row with twist in place. Weave in yarn ends. Turn RS out.

CHART KEY  and CHART

Camille Cowl Chart

 



 

STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

” inches
* repeat the instructions following
the single asterisk as directed
ch chain
cm centimeters
dc double crochet
g grams
hk hook
m meters
mm millimeters
oz ounces
rep repeat
RS Right Side
sc single crochet
sk skip
sp space
st(s) stitch(es)
WS Wrong Side
yd yards

 



 

I hope you love Camille! As always, it is my joy to share free patterns with you here on the site. If you like my work and want to support more free patterns, please consider buying a copy of the pattern in my Ravelry shop or clicking a few ad links here on my site!

I wish you warm, snuggly, and beautiful makes this Fall!

Yours in Stitches,

Sara



Last-Minute Granny Square Gifts: 6 Charming Projects Made from 1 or 2 Granny Squares

granny square gifts

I was hard at work on an everlasting blanket of colorful crocheted granny squares when I realized I barely had enough for a crib-size baby blanket.

I couldn’t bear the thought of making 3-12 times as many squares to get the size I wanted and having to stitch them all together.

You know what I needed?

Instant gratification.

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I started playing around with the squares I had to see what I could make with them as they were.

 

It was fun and yielded some ideas for this little series of gifts you can make from just 1 or 2 squares plus some extra yarn for the seaming and small details.

YARN, HOOK, & TOOLS

I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! yarn in many, many colors and a size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook to make each of my squares. The Clover Amour crochet hook set is my go-to for every project but any old hook will work, of course!



Various other tools include a yarn needle, scissors, spray starch, fabric steamer, the odd button, a smidgen of sewing thread, headband elastic, wings, prayers, etc.

Please note that all of these tools are optional except the yarn needle and scissors.

NOTES

  • I finished each project with a gentle steaming to polish the stitches and make corners lie flat and smooth instead of curling. And a little spray starch wouldn’t go amiss on items like mug mats and tiny envelopes! I don’t usually starch items for wearing.
  • If you are new to granny squares, check out this link for help learning to make grannies. My grannies were made with 2-chain corners and 1-ch between each set of 3 dc along the sides. I changed colors for each round, and simply attached my yarn at any corner to get started.
  • Try to work over yarn tails whenever possible to cut down on the number of tails you need to weave in at the end.

One-Square Gifts

 

Tiny Envelope

Use this little pouch for giving gift cards, keeping love notes or holding business cards!

Materials:

  • 1 7-round granny square
  • button
  • sewing thread

Instructions:

Lay one 7-round granny square out  as a diamond with RS up. Fold lower three corners into center and crochet or sew seams to close. Turn right side out. Sew on a button at the bottom front of the envelope, fold top point down using the top corner eyelet as the buttonhole. Stuff with a love note and give!

 

Mug Mat

This little charmer is just a 5-round granny surrounded by a single round of single crochet. Give one as a mug mat or 4-8 as a coaster set!

Materials

1 5-round granny square (more if you want to make a coaster set gift)

Instructions:

Join contrast yarn at corner and work 3 sc in the corner, and 1 sc in each st; rep 3 times more around granny. Join with slip stitch and fasten off. Break yarn and weave in yarn tail.

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Bows, Bows, Bows!

Adorn a headband, a gift, a hat, or ear warmer with these sweet bows.

Materials:

1 4-round granny square

Instructions:

Pinch one 4-round granny square neatly in the center (adjust the pinch to make the bow folds even. Tie a length of about 20″ contrast color yarn into a square knot at the back of the granny to hold the bow shape with 10″ tails. Now wrap each tail around the bow center 8-10 times to reinforce and cover the gather, tie another knot at the back to hold the yarn wraps. Weave in both tails.

Other ideas: decorate gifts, make Christmas tree ornaments, baby bow ties, sew onto brooches or hot-glue onto hair clips. Try with smaller grannies to make them even more twee!

Two-Square Gifts

 

Arm Warmers

These colorful mitts will keep your mitts warm this winter. They are nice for texting, but for warmth you can also wear them over those cheap, stretchy $1 gloves to fancy them up a bit and extend the cuffs. Hate that chill that creeps in between my coat cuffs and short gloves, don’t you?

Materials

  • 2 8-round granny squares (I chose to make my 8th round in the same color yarn though my squares did not match)
  • Extra matching yarn to extend the cuff edge and sew up seams.

Instructions:

With RS facing, fold granny square so that 2 opposite edges line up and sew a seam from bottom for 4th ch-sp opening. Fasten off and break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. From the opposite (top) end, sew a seam to the 2nd ch-sp opening. Fasten off and break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Weave in yarn ends. Turn RS out.

Rnd 1: Join yarn at bottom edge seam and pull up a loop. Work hdc in seam and each st or ch-sp around cuff, join rnd with a sl st.

Rnd 2-3: Ch 2, *hdc betw next 2 sts; rep from * around.

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Weave in yarn ends. Steam lightly to finish.

Repeat for second arm warmer.

 

Fancy Gift Bag/Trinket Pouch

Fill this colorful little drawstring bag with marbles, candy, special soaps or any small gift.

Materials

  • 2 7-round granny squares
  • Extra yarn for seaming, making bag top, and braiding drawstrings

Instructions:

Lay 2 squares out with RS facing, lined up evenly. Sew or crochet a seam around 3 edges, leaving the 4th edges open to form the mouth of the pouch. Fasten off, break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Turn pouch right side out. Join extra yarn at a side seam and crochet one granny round around the mouth of the pouch as follows:

Edge Round: Ch 3, dc in next ch-sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-sp; rep from * to other seam, work 1 dc in last ch-sp, 1 dc in seam, 1 dc in next ch-sp; rep from * across other side. Join with a sl st to close round.

Braid drawstrings (make 2)

Cut 3 lengths of 20.” Tie a knot at one end and make a 12″ braid. Pinch to hold braid in position and tie another knot. Trim knotted ends evenly.

Thread both drawstrings in 2nd row of eyelets and tie to close pouch.

 

Pixie Bonnet

Sizes: Baby (Toddler, Child)

Note: The sizing is quite free for this design. The size shown was made for a toddler but modeled on a 4-month old baby.

She’s cute, isn’t she?

Yes, I am her mother.

Materials:

  • 2 7-round (8-round, 10-round) granny squares
  • Extra yarn for seaming and colorful braided ties
  • Optional adornment such as a bow, flower, or other doo-dad. Doo-dad is a technical term.

Lay grannies out lined up evenly with right sides facing. Sew a seam along 2 adjacent edges, fasten off, break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Turn bonnet right side out and join yarn at a seam corner.



Edge Round: Work granny row (3 dc in each ch-sp, ch 1 betw dc shells) along 4 open edges and join rnd with a sl st to close.

Make chin straps:

Cut 2 30″ lengths of yarn in 3 different colors (6 lengths of yarn total).

Thread yarns through chin corners of bonnet and pull until even. Create 3 sections of 2 strands each. Mix the colors as you like. Work a 7 (8, 10)” braid and tie off in a knot. Trim knotted yarn neatly. Repeat  for opposite chin strap.

Finishing

Weave in all yarn ends. Push the top corner seam outward for maximum pointiness–the more point, the more pixie. Steam lightly.



Decorate with optional adornment. Put on the nearest child and take adorable, winter-wonderland type Instagram photos.

I hope you enjoyed this series of gift ideas. Let me know! #lastminutegrannysquaregifts

Happy Stitching,

Sara Kay