as a self-taught wannabe-crochet master, i tend to stick to simple projects that feel luxurious without being overly complicated or stressful (read: can be completed during an episode of Glee). I've fallen in love with a few of the winter cowls and neckwarmers floating around the blogosphere this season, so i grabbed myself a skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in Wheat (bulky, gorgeous, and easy to work with) and got to work on this beautiful neckwarmer that i will be gifting someone special this year. if you can do a simple crochet chain stitch, you can do this!
(pssst: if you want to learn to crochet, Threadbanger has some awesome video tutorials!)
First, i chain stitched 55 long - turns out, this is a great way to practice your fundamental crochet skills - i managed to keep this one straight and symmetrical (sometimes my projects shrink, distort, and fall apart halfway through when i don't count the stitches like a bad little crocheter!)
I did about a dozen rows (told you I am bad at counting!), or until it felt comfortable around the neck - When laying flat, my crocheted piece measured approximately 23 inches wide and 9 inches tall. I generally go by feel - wrap it around your neck and see what you think!
Next, I stitched on 2 vintage buttons with embroidery floss...
ta-da! You have now made a neckwarmer and can cross someone off your gifting list - I love how the buttons can slip into any one of the holes and the whole piece can be worn a few different ways...
I even did a "mini" one for a little matching earwarming headband!
Easy, right? This year i am (financially) forced to get creative with gift-giving, so stay tuned for more easy, budget-friendly gift ideas coming your way.... happy crocheting!
ps: Betsy over at The Dainty Daisy is having a crochet-stitch along to Stephanie's convertible cowl pattern and i think i might join her...... all aboard the crochet gift wagon!
disclaimer: family members who may receive a similar gift like this.. please act surprised.