Today is I Love Yarn Day! This day is put on every year by the lovely people over at the Craft Yarn Council. Their ongoing theme is ‘Stitch it Forward’, which means they want you to share your love of yarn crafts (crochet, knit, weaving… whatever that may be for you) by teaching it to someone else.
Today I want to share a little with you about why I started to crochet and how this amazing craft has helped me in my life. Oh and I also have a FREE extra long ribbed chunky scarf pattern for you.
Crochet + self-Care = Love
Initially I learned to crochet when I was a child from my Grandma but over the years I stopped doing it. I retaught myself how to crochet when my middle child was about 3 months old. You can read about my little baby football hat and the mistake I unknowingly made here.
It was a tough time in my life. We had recently moved to a new town (4 hours from our family) and didn’t know anybody yet and I was feeling homesick to the max. Then add in adjusting to life with an 18-month-old and a new baby, it was rough. If you’re a mom you can probably relate to this, I felt like I was putting so much into taking care of the kiddos, my hubby, the house and everything else that I started to feel like I had lost a bit of myself. I put my self-care on the back burner.
Crochet gave that back to me. It nourishes me in a way I can’t explain. To take this raw piece of string and create something that actually stays together is so rewarding, especially in a life surrounded by the never-ending dirty dishes and laundry or all the forks from the silverware drawer that my toddler literally just spread across the living room floor. It is how I recharge my batteries at the end of the day so tomorrow I can be a better mom, a better wife… a better me.
Stitch It Forward
That is why I started this blog, I want to ‘stitch it forward’. I want to share my love for quick and mostly simple projects that you can use to recharge your own batteries, projects to nourish your soul.
Ok now that we are done being sappy. Let’s practice some self-care and make this scarf!
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This squishy long scarf is made using one of my favorite yarns, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. This scarf is really long… I mean REALLY long. I am 5’2 and with it hanging around my neck it brushes the ground.
For me, this was one of those projects I didn’t have to think too much about while I was crocheting, it was perfect thing to work on while I was watching TV. If you are just starting your crochet adventure, don’t worry you can totally do this. I will link to a couple tutorials in the abbreviations section explaining the stitch for this scarf.
- 2.5 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Moonlight (5 oz./87 yds) or similar #6 Super Bulky Yarn
- 15mm/Q Crochet Hook
- Large Eye Needle to weave in ends
Gauge and Sizing
- Gauge: 6 st x 3 rows = 4 in
- Finished Scarf Measures: Approx. 8 in x 80 in
- I use US Terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Dc: double crochet (tutorial here)
- BLO: Back Loop Only (tutorial here)
- St(s): Stitch(es)
- Ch 2 does not count as a DC
Ch 14 to start
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across.Turn (12)
Row 2: Ch 2, Working in BLO for entire row, Dc in same st as ch 2 and in each across. Turn. (12)
Row 3-55 (Or until desired length): Repeat row 2. On last row cut yarn and finish off and weave in ends.
Make 4 Tassels and attach 1 to each corner. I tied them on and using my yarn needle stuck the ends back down through the tassel. You can find a tassel tutorial here.