Boxy Border Scarf – Free Pattern

Happy Friday!!  It’s been a while since I’ve done a free pattern Friday.  Today, I’m resurrecting an old favorite of mine, the Boxy Border Scarf.  I know it’s still a little chilly somewhere out there right??  Well if it is, and you are in need of warming up, here’s the pattern for you:

Boxy Border Scarf - Bobbles & Baubles

 

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Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband

In case you are wondering why I am putting up a ton of posts in one day… well here’s the answer: A few months ago, I left my old server and switched back to WordPress.  Unfortunately, in doing so, I lost all of my posts from 2014 and 2015 – what a mess!!  The good thing is that I managed to archive the majority of them.  The bad news – I have to manually type them all up again!

But no fear, I am up for the challenge.  Here’s the latest and greatest:

Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband

Easy Versatile 10 minute Headband - Bobbles & Baubles   Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Size G Crochet Hook
1 Coated Elastic Hair Band
Cotton Yarn (I used Lilly Sugar n’ Cream)
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends

INSTRUCTIONS
Make 2
Ch. 62
Hdc in second chain from hook and each st across
Finish Off.  Weave in ends.

Insert hook into ends of both strands
Insert hook into elastic band
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Join all with a single crochet.
Sc a few times through all 3 to make it more secure
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Your joining stitches will look like this
Take care not to twist your chains and repeat on the other side
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The elastic band will help make it stretchy and it’s sure to fit most head sizes.  Here’s a tip: using cotton yarn is best because regular acrylic yarn will stretch out over time.  Cotton yarn will help prevent this.

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That’s it for today.. Happy Hooking and stay tuned for the next freebie!

Boxy Neon Afghan – A Scrap Yarn Project

A couple of years ago, my oldest daughter requested a bright and colorful blanket for her bedroom.  She specifically requested that the main color be neon green.  While I don’t particularly like the colors used, they were her choices, so I went with it.  It was difficult coming up with a pattern would suit her teenage needs and that would incorporate the crazy array of colors. After much trial and error, I ended up with a very simple pattern that she loved.

Boxy-Neon-Afghan-Bobbles-Baubles1    Boxy-Neon-Afghan-by-Bobbles-Baubles1

The finished size measured 50×68, however, you can make it as wide or as long as you’d like.  It’s a great afghan to help get rid of all that scrap yarn you have laying around.   Once you get going, it’s all about repetition… so it’s a great afghan to make while watching TV, say Dr. Who! haha

Boxy Neon Afghan – A Scrap Yarn Project

MATERIALS
4-5 skeins of worsted weight yarn for the main color (I used Red Heart Soft, 7 oz skeins)
A whole ton of scrap yarn (will be noted as contrasting color or cc in pattern below)
Size I crochet Hook
Stitch Marker

NOTES
In order to add fringe,  yarn will not be carried over,  Finish off at the end of every row, leaving a 7-9″ tail.

INSTRUCTIONS
With main color, ch 204
R1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  * Ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch*  Repeat from * to * across, finish off.   Place stitch marker around any any st in this row to mark it as right side

R2:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Sc in each st and each ch across.  Finish off

R3:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc.  Ch 1 *sk next sc, dc in next 3 sc*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2 sc.  Sk next sc, dc in last.  Finish off.

R4:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join main color with sc in first dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in the sc skipped from the row below (it will be worked in the sc from row 2).  *Ch 4, skip next 3 dc, working behindnext ch, tr in the sc from the row below*  Repeat from * to * across to last dc.  Sc in last dc.  Finish off

R5:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc.  Ch 1 *sk next tr, working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 dc skipped from round below, ch 1*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2.  Sk next tr, sc in last sc.  Finish off.

R6:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Working behind next ch, dc in skipped tr from row below.  *Sc in next 3 dc.  Working behind next ch, dc in tr skipped from row below*  Repeat from * to * across.  Sc in last sc.  Finish off.

R7:  Turn, with right side facing you, join next cc with dc in first sc.  Dc in next 2.  *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next 3*  repeat from * to * across.  Finish off.

R8:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first dc, ch 3.  Sk next 2 dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in skipped  sc from row below.  *ch 4, sk next 3 dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in sc of row skipped below*  repeat from * to * across to last 3.  Ch 3, sk next 2, sc in last dc. Finish off.

R9:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc.  Working in front of next ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from the row below.  Ch 1, sk next tr.  *Working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 skipped dc from the row below.  Ch 1, sk next tr*  Repeat from * to * to last ch 3.  Working in front of last ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from row below.  Sc in last.  Finish off.

R10:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Sc in next 2 dc.  *working behind next xh, dc in tr skipped in row below.  Sc in next 3*  Repeat from * to * across.  Finish off.

R11:  With right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc.  Ch 1.  *sk next sc, dc in next 3.  Ch 1*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2.  Sk next sc, dc in last sc.  Finish off

Repeat rows 4-11 until afghan measures 50″ (or longer depending on the sign you wish), ending on a row 5.

Last Row:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc. *working in sts and chs, ch 1.  Sk next st, sc in next*  Repeat from * to * across.  Finish off

Fringe:  You may add additional yarn to make the fringe a bit fuller.

Flower Power Pot Holders

My wife has been asking me for quite some time to make some potholders for our lovely remodeled kitchen.  I’m not sure why, but for some reason I’ve been putting it off.  Last week, I started working on an adult sized version of the candy striped afghan I recently completed (pics and instructions found here) for our living room.  I’m almost done with it, but I began to find myself a little bored by the redundancy,  so I decided to give the pot holders a go. I was extremely pleased with how they turned out so I decided to make some more and add some extra little touches.  Here are two of the finished products:

Bobblesandbaubles.com: Flower Power Pot Holder Patten

I love them and I can’t get enough of making them!  It’s a great way to use up some of the scrap yarn I have laying around the house and they make great gifts too.  Everyone uses pot holders.  They only take about an hour each and the color combinations are endless.  Here’s how you can make your own:

Materials: Any type of yarn will do.. in any color

                      Size F Hook

Instructions:

r1:  Start with a magic loop, ch 3.  15 dc in loop. (15 sts)

r2:  Ch3, 2dc in each dc around.  Join with sl st (30 sts)

r3:  Ch3, *dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Join with sl st (45 sts)

r4:  Ch3, dc in same st, ch1, 2dc in same st.  *skip next 2 sts, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st*.  Repeat from *to * around.  Join with sl st.  Sl st 2 more sts to end at ch1 space. (15 shells)

r5:  Ch3, dc in same st. ch1, 2dc in same st.  *2dc, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 space*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Join with sl t.  Sl st 2 more sts to end at ch1 space.

r6:  Ch3, 2dc in same st, ch1, 3dc in same st.  *3dc, ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space*.  Repeat from *to* around.  Join with sl st.  Sl st 3 more times to end at ch1 space.

r7:  Ch3, 6dc in same st.  *7dc in next ch1 space*.  Repeat from *to* around.  Join with sl st.  Weave ends in.

Edging:

With right side facing you, sl st in between any of the shells

ch1.  Sc in next 7 sts.  Sc in between the 2 shells

ch1.  Sc around the row below (you’ll have to turn the potholder a bit to reach the row below – row 6)

ch1. Sc around row 5

In row 4, you have skipped 2 sts, sc into the one on the right, ch1, then sc into the the one on the left

ch1.  Sc around row 5 (you are headed back up now – right next to the previous ones)

ch1.  Sc around row 6

ch1.  Sc around row 7

Repeat this pattern until you are right back to where you started.  At this point you can add a loop by: 12 sc, sl st to same sc.  Fasten off.

If you would like to add a ring around the center(pictured in the blue/green potholder above):  Sl st into any sc around r4, sc around, fasten off.

Experiment with different hooks to give you different sizes.   Add embellishments, try different color patterns, etc..

TIP: You will have to block this when you are done as the pot holder is a bit on the curly side.  Here’s a great post from “For the Knit of It” showing you how.  I used the steam technique.  It was quick and worked like a charm.

Happy Hooking!

My Never-Ending Scrap Yarn Bobble Blanket

Nearly every time I crochet, I can usually be found working on two different projects at once.  Not because I’m this amazing multitasker, but because I get easily bored (especially with big afghans).  For the past several months, my boredom buster has been this bobble blanket:

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I love it!  Not only does it use up all my scrap yarn, but it has also given me a chance to step out of my color rut.  Plus, there’s nothing like a repetitive pattern to help me relax and catch up on my Dr. Who episodes!  As you can see, the bobble pattern is staggered. This helps to eliminate any gaps between bobble rows and makes for an ultra thick, warm afghan.

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When I crochet, I tend to crochet very loosely.  For this blanket, I am trying ever so hard to tighten up my stitches.  It gives the blanket a fuller, thicker feel.  It’s a work in progress.  My fingers tend to have a mind all their own when I get into the swing of it.

The bonus part of this blanket is that not only is the front attractive, the back is quite lovely as well!

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This is an ongoing project for me and my color palette makes no sense at all!  However, I find myself falling in love with the color combination.  Making this afghan did help me realize one thing though: I tend to make afghans with warm colors (excluding the baby ones). I had very little light or cool colors.  So I confess, I did go out and actually buy some yarn for my scrap yarn project. What can I say *shrugs* 🙂

So, if you would like to try your hand at it, here is my pattern.  I have not finished mine, so I’m not sure what type of border I will put on it, or if I’ll put any border at all.  As it stands now, the edging looks as if the bobbles are floating which is very cool!  Either way, when I get to the end, I will update this post.  Happy Hooking!

Materials:  Worsted Weight Yarn, Assorted Colors

Crochet hook:  Size I

BOBBLE CROCHET: double crochet 5 together

Here is a good tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_aVEWSoEeI

Row 1:  Chain 177 (or any odd number needed to reach your desired length)

Row 2:  Bobble crochet in the 2nd ch from hook.  Bobble crochet in every ch thereafter all the way across.  Ch1.  Turn

Row 3:  SC (in both loops) in second ch from hook. Sc in every ch thereafter all the way across. Cut yarn leaving a long tail of at least 6 inches.  You will have to weave this end in later.

Row 4:  With new color, slipknot onto hook.  Insert hook in last loop of row 2 and pull through.  Ch1.  Turn.  Bobble crochet all the way across. Ch1.  Turn

Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length is achieved.

Final Row: Skip last step (ch1 and turn).  Bind off.