Thursday, February 14, 2008

FO: Easy Glamour

Those of you who maintain a blog can hopefully relate to the real or imagined pressure to "feed the monster." I am absolutely in awe of those craft bloggers who have something to say - and seemingly a new project to show - nearly every day. How do they do it? Makes me feel as though I'm somehow inadequate. Eh, well. Perhaps, these be my issues alone.

As I was going to say, in an effort to keep you visiting my outpost, I figured I needed a hat, stat! Something quick, beautiful and useful. That's why I turned to my size K crochet hook and some chunky stash yarn to produce this lovely, glamorous duo.

FO: Crochet Hat and Neckwarmer

2.5 skeins Malabrigo chunky (104 yards) in the color Water Green
Size K (10.5 / 6.50 mm) crochet hook

The hat pattern is based on my own recipe for top-down crochet hats. One day, I may write it down. It's just something I've been using ever since I figured out how to crochet when I was still in the single digits. Next, I tacked on a vertical shell-like stitch called Twig from The Crochet Stitch Bible, page 81.

FO: Crochet Hat and Neckwarmer
The scarflet or neckwarmer is straight Twig for 17 or so inches, then I do a kind of short-row to extend the right side a bit. Sew on a couple of appropriately-sized buttons on the left side and there you have it: Easy Glamour in less than two days.

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Blogger Jodi said...

Lovely! I wish I were better at wielding a crochet hook.

Happy Valentine's Day.

2/14/2008 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Easy or not - it's stunning! Love the watery greens...very spring like!

2/14/2008 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I like the scallopy crochet around the bottom of the hat, and the scarf, it is beautiful. Oh, to have some Mal-chunky in my stash....

2/14/2008 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

What a gorgeous duo. I love the texture of crochet. I think it makes an extra warm fabric too. The color is just beautiful too. So springy!

2/14/2008 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger Two Cables and a Frapp said...

I Love your hat and scarflet. The yarn looks soft and I really appreciate the unique and soft color. Beautiful !

2/14/2008 04:38:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

Lovely! I like the color, and would love to have this glamourous set.

2/14/2008 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

They look so soft and yummy!

Sometimes I forget that I've been crocheting far longer than knitting. I should really hook some projects!

2/14/2008 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Me too, I am in awe of bloggers who can produce sweaters so quickly and they look fantastic on. I wished I could knit larger projects like sweaters all the time instead of maybe one a year:)
Lovely duo and I have to say once again I think I am the last person to not have used Malabrigo yet. I can't believe you knitted this neck warmer up so quickly. Love the buttons!

2/14/2008 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What a cute set, and you made them so fast!

2/14/2008 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

At least your climate allows you to whip up something wearable in a jiffy...what can I use? A bathing cap? :)

Gorgeous set! You are so multi talented!

2/14/2008 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

Cute, quick AND warm - a very good combination.

This reminded me I wanted to find a crocheted beret a year or so ago. I should do some research, but not tonight.

2/15/2008 03:00:00 AM  
Blogger The Happy College Knitter said...

I barely know the first thing about crochet (short of long chains and simple borders), but that set looks lovely! Very simple & elegant to boot :D

2/15/2008 03:11:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

My wrist aches just looking at your gorgeous crochet! So pretty!
(but I've never been able to keep at crochet long enough to produce anything b/c of said wrists!)

I'll keep coming back, don't worry, hon!

2/15/2008 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger monica said...

Cute FOs!! I know what you mean about blogging. That's why I split up the duties with Lynette.

2/15/2008 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

monica splits the duty with me and i've been HUGE slacker lately. i'm trying to do better.

i love your easy FOs. what a gorgeous set. look at you whipping projects up in a day or two. :)

2/15/2008 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wonderful set. I'll bet it's nice and cozy warm, too.

2/15/2008 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

i too am in awe of craft blogs that post everyday!!!
i am so loving this and your multi talents you have going on over there! i have no idea how to crochet.
such a soft, spring color.

2/15/2008 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

How cute! You always have such cute crochet projects. I really ought to beef up my skillz!

2/15/2008 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Lovely! Beautiful color & such sweet little pieces - perfect pieces of cheer in the midst of the continued winter blahs that we have around here. :) Oh wait, I see a bit of sun this morning. ;)

2/16/2008 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I'm definitely not an everyday or lots of project finished/started either type of knitter, so I can relate. I just blog when I can, when I feel like it, otherwise it feels like a chore and knitting is my hobby, not my life.

That said, very cute hate and neckwarmer combo!

2/16/2008 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMalabrigo! Karen, that's gorgeous! Please do write down your hat pattern. Like you, I am slow at producing finished projects.

How you feeling, girlfriend?

2/16/2008 02:24:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

wow, this is by far my favorite hat and scarf set you've crocheted and posted...the yarn/color/stitch combo is perfect. nice work! :)

2/16/2008 05:21:00 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

I am not usually as big of a fan of crochet as I am knitting, but this hat and neck warmer are really beautiful. I really like the use of chunky yarn, and that color is perfect for the design.

You figured that hat pattern out when you were in the "single digits". Oh my Lord, I might as well just give away my yarn and get on the short bus...

2/17/2008 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

So very FRESH! So very beautiful—waht a glamorous set :)

2/18/2008 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

How pretty. I know what you mean about blogging. I think of all sorts of things when I'm away from the computer and then I sit down...nada.

2/19/2008 06:35:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Very pretty! They look very sophisticated in that pale green.

I can make a crochet chain. That's about it.

2/20/2008 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger Bean said...

Yummy, gorgeous set! I love the buttons, too.

2/20/2008 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Susan Pandorf said...

You make the best looking hats and scarves!!!

good thing you live in Chicago, where you get many opportunities to wear them...


2/21/2008 08:57:00 PM  

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