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The Walking Tourists and a Giveaway!!!

A fellow local blogger asked me to take part in their 3rd Blogging Birthday and of course I said yes! They will be doing NINE different giveaways from now through October to celebrate this huge milestone! You can read more about that here. And I get to be a part of the first giveaway! If you are visiting my blog for the first time, you can read more about me on my about me page. And if you haven’t read the Walking Tourists before, here is a brief synopsis of what their blog is about:

Who are the Walking Tourists?

We love traveling – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally (not as often as we would like). We originally started the  site to share our experiences with friends and family.

Whether it’s across the world or in our own backyard in Omaha, Nebraska, we love to explore the sites and experiences all around us.  Lisa Trudell was in the travel industry for over 16 years now working for both a hotel company and later as a travel agent.  Tim Trudell is the photographer of the couple taking photos of fabulous places, people, and events.   We have traveled for business, for sporting events, extended family trips and of course for fun.  Even if we have been to the same city several times before, we look for the undiscovered treasures that we have yet to have found.  The reason for the walking tourists just indicates that we like to take our time walking to most local destinations once there to be able to discover the little things along the way.

On to the giveaway!

You may recognize this scarf because it is the pattern I just released on Thursday and you can get your hands on this exact scarf!!!Chunky-Ribbed-Infinity-Scarf-Colie's-Crochet

Read the Walking Tourists post about their travels to the bridges of Madison County and enter the giveaway here for your chance to win this scarf (retail value of $40.95) and to grab some great items from the Bridges of Madison County Festival!

If you are interested in purchasing a scarf from me, check out the shop listing here to send me a request for a custom order and check out all of the items in my shop here!

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Easy Ribbed Infinity Scarf

FREE Pattern | Easy Ribbed Infinity Scarf | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.comFall is in the air and one of my favorite things to wear in the fall is a scarf. Skinny, chunky, fancy, fluffy; it doesn’t really matter. This is a simple scarf to make, in fact you only need to know three crochet stitches: slip stitch, chain and half-double crochet. The chunky yarn makes it really warm and the yarn is super, super soft. If you don’t have chunky yarn on hand, you can even use two or three strands of worsted weight yarn together and achieve a similar look. I am including directions for a long, skinny version and for a smaller, thicker version as well. With this pattern, you can make a scarf in a little over 2 hours! 

Don't Crochet? You can purchase the finished item here - www.coliescrochet.etsy.comSizes:

  • 33” length (worn like a cowl)
  • 66” length (can be worn doubled)

Skill Level:

  • Beginner

Materials:

  • M-9mm hook; I used a Susan Bates hook.
  • I Love This Yarn Chunky in Plumberry. I used almost 2 3.5 oz. skeins. Any #5 Bulky yarn would be an acceptable substitute.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Gauge:

  • Not important

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Blo – back loop only
  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Rnd(s) – round(s)
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first
  • When working in rounds, the ch1 or ch2 NEVER count as the first stitch

33” length instructions:

Rnd 1: Ch 77 (or amount needed to obtain 33” length). Join with sl st to first ch taking care not to twist the chain. Ch 1, hdc in each chain around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (76)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, hdc in blo of each stitch around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (76)

Repeat rnd 2 until you reach approximately 16” wide or you run out of yarn. Finish off.

66” length instructions (shown in photo):

Rnd 1: Ch 153 (or amount needed to obtain 66” length). Join with sl st to first ch taking care not to twist the chain. Ch 1, hdc in each chain around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (152)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, hdc in blo of each stitch around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (152)

Repeat rnd 2 until you reach approximately 9” wide or you run out of yarn. Finish off.

 

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Variations

  • If you don’t have chunky yarn, hold 2 or three strands of worsted weight yarn together. Use different types of yarn to add extra texture.

Hope you enjoyed this scarf pattern! Hit Print below or click here to download a pdf

What is your favorite item to crochet in the fall?

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Candy Corn Applique

Crochet Candy Corn Applique | FREE Pattern | Colie's Crochet | coliescrochet.comOne of the things I look forward to most about autumn is candy corns being for sale in stores. Now they come in every flavor and color combo you can dream up but I still love the plain old honey flavored ones with the classic white-orange-yellow colors. When I was thinking of fall items to make for my shop and new patterns to create, the candy corn was a must! The pattern for the hat pictured will be coming soon so you’ll have to keep your eye on the blog!

Don't Crochet? You can purchase the finished item here - www.coliescrochet.etsy.comSkill Level:

  • Beginner

Materials:

  • I-5.5 mm hook but you can use any hook size you like. I usually use the same size hook as the project I am working on.
  • Worsted Weight Yarn, I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby in Orange, Yellow and White. Aran yarn would be an acceptable substitute if you don’t have access to worsted weight yarn.
  • Yarn or Tapestry needle to weave in ends and to sew onto hat, afghan, or other finished item.

Gauge:

  • Not important

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • St – stitch

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first

Applique

Row 1: With yellow, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch and in each ch across  (10)
Row 2: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next st and in each st across, switch to orange (9)
Rows 3 – 6: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next st and in each st across
Row 7: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next st and in each st across, switch to white (4)
Row 8: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next st and in each st across (3)
Row 9: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next st (2)
Row 10: ch 1, sc2tog (1)
For border: If you want a white border, do not finish off. If you want a different color border, finish off.
Sl st around entire applique, working 2 sl st in each corner. Join to 1st sl st and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

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So what about you, do you love candy corns as much as I do? Leave a comment below or let me know on any of my social media (buttons below). Happy Autumn to you!

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12 Crochet Pencil Patterns – A Roundup

Since there are 5 Mondays in September (and I’m still not quite ready to release my next pattern), I wanted to do another fun pattern round up. This week, I think just about every kid in the US has gone back to school. My inner nerd immediately thinks of the smell of a newly sharpened pencil. I’ve looked on Ravelry (a crocheter’s paradise!) and found some great free and paid patterns for all things pencil-y! Enjoy! 

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All patterns found on Ravelry.com and can either be purchased or downloaded directly from Ravelry or links are given for blogs and other websites where the patterns can be found. 

1. Pencil Case by Belle Tracy on Ravelry. A cute little pencil shaped pencil case to hold all of your freshly sharpened pencils!

2. Pencil Afghan by Jean R. Leffler on Ravelry. An afghan made up of strips that looked like pencils all neatly lined up just like kids at the end of recess!

3. Back to School Coaster by Amber Jones of Yarn Pixie. A cute little pencil shaped coaster that would make a great gift for a teacher to set a coffee cup on!

4. Pencil Dishcloth by Lily / Sugar’n Cream on Ravelry. A fun pencil-shaped dishcloth to wash all of those dirty containers from school lunches!

5. Crochet Pattern – PENCIL – Pencil Case / Purse by Sky Magenta on Ravelry. Use this pencil-shaped case as a purse or to store all of your pens and pencils (or crochet hooks, scissors, and needles)!

6. Pencil Mug Rug by Kathleen Stuart on Ravelry. A great little coaster for that favorite teacher to hold their favorite drink without messing up all of those papers that need grading!

7. Pencil and Finger Lip Balm Cozie Crochet Pattern by Cathy Scott on Ravelry. Store your favorite lip balm in this cute little pencil-shaped cozie!

8. Pencil Necklace Purse by Aundie Molina on Ravelry. You can store your essentials in this adorable pencil-shaped necklace/purse!

9. Pencil Scarf by April Hudson on Ravelry. Keep yourself warm on that long walk to school with this pencil-shaped scarf!

10. Colored Pencils by CrochetNPlayDesigns on Ravelry. Make yourself (or your favorite student or teacher) a whole set of these adorable amigurumi pencils!

11. Bookmark by LittleOwlsHut on Ravelry. Crochet a pencil bookmark for your favorite bookworm! 

12. Penny Pencil by Katie Rogers of Purple Bird Crochet. Another adorable little amigurumi pencil named Penny. This one comes with a bonus amigurumi apple named Albert!

Hope you enjoyed my little pencil-shaped roundup and got in your geek fix like I did with this one! 🙂 Spread your love of crochet pencils and comment, share, and pin!

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