Strawberries and Cream

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I’ve been in love with Tunisian crochet lately. I just love the way it stays loose and yet thick. So I decided to make a scarf using the Gobelin stitch. It’s a bit of a yarn eater, but oh so squishy in the finished form!! I grabbed some left over Caron one pound I had from a previous project and got to work. My daughter named it, she said its all she could thing of while I made it!! So here’s how I made the strawberries and cream scarf:
Supplies:
-worsted weight yarn, I used Caron One Pound
-afghan hook, size J ( out of personal preference, I’m using an extended hook, you don’t need to, you can use a basic straight one )
-yarn needle

Ch 30
Starting in second ch from hk:
1. *Insert hk into ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.

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Insert hk through next ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk* repeat across ch. -30 loops on hk

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2. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop.
Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO loops.
*yarn over hk, pull through nest TWO LOOPS* repeat across.
You’ll end with one loop on hk.

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Now we’re going to use the space between the stitches:

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3. Insert hk through vertical space ( 1 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. Insert hk through next vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk

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Continue using vertical spaces until the end, skip the last vertical space and insert hk through the ch spot, yarn over, pull through. -30 loops on hk

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4. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop. *Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO LOOPS.* repeat until end, ending with one loop on hk.

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5. insert hk through second vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. *Insert hk through next vertical space ( 3 ), yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.*

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repeat to end, including the last vertical space. Insert hk into ch space, yarn over, pull through -30 loops on hk
Repeat rows 2 – 5 until,desired length.

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To finish:
Finish on a repeat of row 4, fasten off the yarn leaving a long tail.
You can sew the two ends together or leave as a straight scarf, your choice!

Mini tree topper Carol-er

My love of vintage and mid-century shows its head with this one. I recently acquired some of my grandmothers paper angel and carolers. You know the ones I mean, with the paper cone bases and plastic heads. Well as I was gently trying to clean them up it struck me how fun they could be to make!
So here she is. She sits perfectly on a mini table top tree ( used my grandmas for the photo, it only seemed fitting ) or make a bunch in different colors and line them up on a mantle.

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_**Supplies:**_
F – hook
G – hook
Yarn : any worsted weight. skin tone, white, any color for dress, bonnet, and hair
Poly-fil stuffing
Yarn needle
Embroidery floss for eyes and mouth
Ribbon ( optional )

_**Terms:**_
ch – chain
hk – hook
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( two sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( single crochet two sts together )

_**Head/Base:**_
Using the F hook and skin tone, ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6 – 10. sc around – 25 each row
11. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
12. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
Begin stuffing, stuff firmly.
13. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
14. dec 5 – 5
15. In front loops only: 2sc in each st around – 10
16. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
17-18. sc around – 15
19. ( sc 2, inches )5x – 20
20. sc around – 20
21. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
22. sc around – 25
23. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
24. sc around – 30
25. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
26. sc around – 35
27. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
28-35. sc around – 40
Fasten off, weave in ends.

**_Arms:_ make two**
Using F hook and skin tone
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. sc around – 6
Switch to dress color
4. sc around – 6
5-12. sc around – each row
Fasten off, do not stuff, leave long tail for sewing.

_**Hair:**_
Using F hook, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6-10. sc around – 25 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
**_Bun:_**
Using hair color, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3-4. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Dress:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 24 ( leave a long tail at end of ch, we’ll use it later )Slip at the first ch to the last ch to form a ring.
1. Being careful not to twist your chain, sc around – 24
2-3. sc around -24 each row
4. ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
5. sc around – 28
6. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
7. sc around – 32
8. ( sc 7, inc )4x – 36
9. sc around – 36
10. ( sc 8, inc )4x – 40
11. sc around – 40
12. ( sc 9, inc )4x – 44
13. sc around – 44
14. ( sc 10, inc )4x – 48
15-16. sc around – 48
Fasten off, weave in end.

**_Bonnet:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 4
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc – 3
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
3. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
4. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc – 4
5. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
6. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc, inc – 6
7. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
8. ch 1, turn, sc 5, inc – 7
9-22. ch 1, turn, sc across – 7 each row
23. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 5 – 6
24. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
25. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
26. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
27. ch 1, turn, sc, dec, sc – 3
28. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing on.

**_Collar:_**
Using G hook and color of choice
Ch 24
1. starting in second ch from hk, across – 23
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 23
3. ch 1, turn, sc 7, slp st 9, sc 7 – 23
Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

**_Assembly:_**
-Sew on hair base, add bun wherever you’d like, stuff it lightly as you sew on.
-Add face details.
-Weave the long tail on the top of the dress loosely through the first row. It is going to act like a drawstring to tighten the neck.
-If you’re going to decorate the dress, it’s best to do it now while the dress is flat.
-Slide the base through the neck of the dress and pull the “drawstring”, the neck will cinch up tightly. Tie off.
-Sew the arms to the dress.
-Sew the collar in place.
-Sew the bonnet on.
– Finished size: 5 1/2 inches.

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Snow Day Scarf ( super fast, last minute gift idea! )

Went to Michaels today, saw this yarn, fell in love, had to have it. That’s it, that’s the whole reason/inspiration behind this scarf!!

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Seriously though, it worked up so thick, warm and squishy!! And bonus, even though it’s called wool ease, it’s machine washable!!
So here you go, make yourself something that laughs at the cold days when the snow just keeps falling.
Supplies:

Super Bulky yarn ( size 6 ) I used two skeins of Lions Brand Wool Ease in Hudson Bay
P – hook
Yarn needle

For this cowl, we’re going to work in the third loop of a hdc:

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In the first photo, you’re looking at the hdc from the front, in the second photo, we’re looking at it from the top. Work all of your stitches into the marked loop.

Ch 100
Slp st to form a ring being careful not to twist.
1.Ch 2, hdc in each st around – 99
2.slp st into first 2 ch, hdc in the third loop of each st around – 99
3-10. Repeat row #2
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Look! You can wear it two ways!!
This one is super easy to customize, use more than one color, just switch colors on each row, make it thicker or thinner by adding or subtracting rows.
Have fun with it and stay cute and toasty!
Alright, I had this pattern written up and on hold for a couple of weeks now. It’s been scheduled to post this morning, I woke up, looked out the window, saw this:

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First significant snowfall of the season! And it’s still going. Turns out this scarf was named properly!!
Following the pattern, this took me only a couple of hours. So if you need a cute last minute gift, it’s perfect. The yarn can run you up to $10 a skein depending on your location, but don’t fear, go online and grab yourself a coupon. Michaels and joanns always have coupons available on their websites! 😉

Tiny little turkey!

I don’t really decorate for thanksgiving, which is strange because I do love this time of year?! So I thought I needed to make something in honor of turkey day and of course a turkey was perfect!
Here he is, I just love him! He’s the perfect size for table settings, not too big and not too small.

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_**Supplies:**_
G – hook
Medium weight ( 4 ) yarn: brown, yellow, and any color of choice for feathers
Safety eyes ( I used 9mm ) or black embroidery floss for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Yarn needle

_**Terms:**_
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( 2 single crochets in same hook )
dec – decrease ( crochet 2 stitches together)
slp st – slip stitch

_**Head/Body:**_
Using brown, ch 2
1. sc 5 in second ch from hook – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5-8. sc around – 20
9. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
10. sc around – 15
If using safety eyes, attach to the sides of the head now. I put mine in between row #4&5
Begin stuffing
11. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
12-13. sc around – 10
14. ( sc, inc )3x, sc 4 – 13
15. ( sc 2, inc )3x, sc 4 – 16
16. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 20
17. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
18-21. sc around – 25
22. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
23. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
24. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
25. dec 6, sew shut, fasten off, weave in ends

**_Beak:_**
Using yellow, Ch 2
1. 4sc in the second ch from hook – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Wings:_ Make two**
Using brown, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hook – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3-7. sc around – 10 each row
8. dec 4 – 6
9-11. sc around – 6 each row
Whip st closed ( do not stuff ) leave long tail for sewing.

**_Legs_: Make two**
Using yellow, ch 2
1. 6sc in the second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4-5. sc around – 18 each row
6. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
7. dec 3, sc 5 – 9
8. sc, dec 2, sc 4 – 7
Begin stuffing.
9-12. sc around – 7 each row
Do not stuff last two rows of leg. Sew shut flat. Leave long tail for sewing to body

_**Feathers**_: **make at least four of each**
Using brown ch 13
1.starting in second ch from hk, sc 10, slp st 2 – 12
2. ch 1, turn, slp st 3, sc 8, inc – 13
3. Now continuing around the back of the chain: inc, sc 8, slp st 3 – 13
From this point, you will have 26 stitches around with a flat base.
4. ch 1, turn, slp st 5, sc 7, inc, sc, inc, sc 7, slp st 5- 29
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
_Using any color you choose and an F-hook_
Follow the pattern for the feather base row 1-3.
Leave a long tail, sew onto the brown base

**_Wattle:_ Make two**
Using red
Ch 4
1. starting in second ch from hk, slp st 2.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Assembly:_**
Sew the beak on stuffing lightly as you go.
Sew wattles under the beak.
Sew on the feathers.
Sew on wings.
Sew on legs

Finished size: 4 1/2 inches sitting down.

Trick-or-Treat part 2!

And of course you need to make her little brother!!

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Vampire Boy!!

**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – triple crochet

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. sc 6 in the second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. sc 6 in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 8. sc around – 30 each row
9. hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc 25
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing to head

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. sc 5 in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
9 – 17. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off

**_Body:_**
***see the witch girl pattern for instructions on how to connect legs***

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
*switch to shirt color
4 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6. sc around – 6
*switch to shirt color
7 – 13. sc around – 6
* do not stuff arm, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Vest:_**
Using red, ch 22
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc across – 21
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 21
3. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 17, dec – 19
4. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 15, dec – 17
5. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 13, dec – 15
6. ch 1, turn, sc 2, ch 5, skip next 2 stitches, sc 7, ch 5, skip next two sts, sc 2-20
7. ch 1, turn, sc across.
Crochet around entire vest to clean up edges. Fasten off, leave a tail for sewing vest closed.

**_Cape:_**
Using black, ch 23
1. starting in the second ch from hk, sc across – 22
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 22
3 – 6. repeat row #2 – 22 each row
7. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 18, dec – 20
8. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 16, dec – 18
9. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 14, dec – 16
10. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 12, dec – 14
11. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 10, dec – 12
12. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 8, dec – 10
13. ch 1, turn, sc across – 8
14. ch 1, turn, 3dc in first stitch, dc in next 8, 3dc in last stitch.
Fasten off.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5 sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 6. sc around – 15 each row
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

Assembly:

* Sew hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Pin vest on and mark where the arms need to go, remove vest, sew arms into place
* Put on vest, put on cape
* Add any additional details

Finished size: 7 inches

Trick-or-Treat!

Halloween seems to lose something when you’re no longer picking out the perfect costume and walking around at night asking for free candy. And where I live is too rural for trick or treaters, so this year I made my own!

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**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 10. sc around – 30 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing onto head.

**_Pigtails:_ **make two
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2 – 3. sc around – 5
4. sc 2 in each st around – 10
5 – 7. sc around – 10 each row
8. dec 5
*stuff now
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
*switch to white
9 – 10. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
11. sc around – 10
*switch to white
12 – 13. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
14. sc around – 10
*switch to white
15 – 16. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
17. sc around – 10
Fasten off

_**Body: **_
*using the clothing color
Hold both legs side by side, insert the hook thought the inside of of one leg into the second leg.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through both legs.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through loop on hook. Your legs are now connected by one stitch.
Insert the hook through the next stitch on both legs, single crochet, your legs are now connected by two stitches.

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Starting in the first stitch on the left leg:

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Sc 8, now move to the second leg:

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Sc 8 around second leg, you now have a total of 16 stitches in clothing color.

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
4. in back loops only: sc around – 16
5 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6 – 10. sc around – 6
*switch to clothes color
11. 2sc in each stitch around – 12
12 – 14. sc around – 12 each row
* do not stuff arm, using one or two stitches, sew just below the shirt sleeve sealing the arm itself shut.
* stuff the sleeve
15. dec 6, sew shut. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Skirt:_**
*using clothes color yarn, slp stitch in to the front loops of row #4
1. ( 2sc in first stitch, skip he following stitch ) repeat around – 16
2. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
3. 2sc in each st around – 40
4 – 6. sc around – 40 each row
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Hat:**_
Using black, Ch 2
*if you aren’t going to fold the top of the hat, skip row #5*
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. sc around – 4
3. 2sc in each st around – 8
4 – 5. around – 8
6. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
7. sc around – 12
8. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
9. sc around – 16
10. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
11. sc around – 20
12. ( sc 4, inc )4x – 24
13. sc around – 24
14. *in front loops only, ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
15. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

**_Assembly:_**

* See hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Sew arms onto body
* Add any details to face and dress

Finished size: 7 inches without her hat on.

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Apparently not done with Christmas patterns!

Well the title says it all. Commissioned for a mermaid blanket, should be working on that, started it, was happily crocheting away when this just popped into my head. Had to put the tail down and whip up him real quick. I can’t be the only one this happens to??!!
Anywho….we now have another free Christmas pattern coming to a blog near you! I’m in love, my guy says he’s disturbingly adorable. I’d say he’s a win!
Not sure if I’m posting his pattern late November or early December but keep your eyes open!

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Free Pattern jump start!

I’m being super smart and prepared this year. Started working on the free holiday patterns for everyone already! The Halloween ones were finished yesterday and I also have a non crochet craft in mind for Halloween as well. Getting the Christmas ones started today.
But for now, here’s a sneak peak of what I have ready for you all for Halloween this year!

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Marley’s Mitts ( quick fingerless gloves )

One last before Christmas pattern for you all! Named after my daughter who quickly stole them as her “payment” for modeling them, these fingerless mittens work up so fast you still have the time to make a few for gifts. This pair was made in one evening!
As she says “oh my god mom, they are so soft!” as well as easy to make. They are faux cables! There’s no real cabling going on here, just a little crochet cheating!!

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Marley’s Mitts
Supplies:
L hook
Yarn needle
Super Bully weight yarn in size 6
I used Isaac Mizrahi craft in “Central Park”
I needed two skeins of this yarn, one for each glove. With a small bit left over from each.

Ch 22
1. Starting in third ch from hk, dc across, ch 1, turn – 20
2. slp st across in the back loops only, ch 2, turn – 20
3. dc in each st across in the back loops only, ch 1, turn – 20
4. slp st across in the back loops only, ch 2, turn – 20
5. dc in each st across in back loops only, ch 1, turn – 20
6. slp st across in back loops only, ch 2, turn – 20
7. dc in each st across in back loops only, ch 2, turn – 20
8 – 12. dc in each st across in both loops, ch 2, turn – 20 each row
*Fold the glove in half in side out. Make sure when they are right side out, you have a thumb hole on the proper side for a right and left glove. The ridges should be on top for each glove when right side out.
*Starting from the bottom, sew the first 12 sts of each side together, skip 6 sts ( this is your thumb hole )sew the remaining 3 together.
*sc around the top and bottom edges to give it a more streamlined look.
*weave in all ends.

“Cables”
Starting at the bottom of the glove;
* Slip st into the right loop of the center ridge:

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*Chain 5 ( pull your chains tight ). Count up 5 stitches on the far right ridge. Slp st into the left loop of the fifth st:

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*Count up 10 sts of the center ridge from bottom. Slp st into the right loop of the 10th loop:

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* Continue going back and forth up the right side. Counting 10 stitches between each join.
* When you reach the top, you will turn the chain and follow the same pattern going down the left side.
* Fasten off, weave in all ends.
Wrap them up and you have a quick and luxurious gift! Or you know, keep them for yourself. That was my intention….