Crocheters, hope you aren’t feeling jealous over yesterday’s big Knit Along with Debbie Macomber giveaway ’cause there’s no need…Today I’m offering up some great crochet hat and scarf pattern books to some lucky winner!
Hats and scarves are my favorite projects to make and donate. They’re usually quick and easy to crochet, and you can stitch up a bunch and really feel like you’ve accomplished something for those in need. To inspire you to indulge in your own hat and scarf crocheting frenzy, I thought I’d show off some of my favorite Leisure Arts patterns:
From Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s new Heady Affairs—7 Impetuous Hats to Crochet, I’m lovin’ this Chinese Acrobat Hat—
The long tassel is just too much fun! Who says hats for charity have to be boring? The other 6 projects are pretty cool, too! I may have to experiment with them next.
I’ve crocheted so many hats for kids from No Adults Allowed by Kay Meadors that it’s hard to pick a favorite pattern. I like all 13 designs!
The Little Guy Preemie Cap
Birthday Cake Cap
For example, The Little Guy Preemie Cap is so very sweet…but who could resist crocheting the hat that goes with that face under the Birthday Cake Cap? Of course, I‘m also drawn to the Elf Cap (guess I’m a little obsessed with long tassels…).
The Eco Green hat from Celebrity Slouchy Beanies by Lisa Gentry caught my fancy with its great V-st pattern. (The fact that it’s green didn’t sway my opinion…I’m so enamored with green yarn that any project stitched with it becomes a favorite for me.) This little book is just the right size to carry around with you so you can crochet wherever you are, and it has hats for women, men, and even the kids!
I really like the texture created by the Back Post, Front Post, and Linked Double Crochet stitches on this Basketweave Stocking Cap from In All Caps (another great little take-along book) by Drew Emborsky. It reminds me of…
…the Basket Weave Hat & Scarf Set that I was working on earlier this year from Noggins & Necks by Bonnie Barker.
Remember my green Basket Weave Scarf that I made from Bonnie’s pattern from a previous post? (I did finish it, but I didn’t actually get to keep it for myself. One of my kids made off with it!) All 10 of the designs in this book are great because these scarf and hat sets can be crocheted in a weekend or less!
If you’re looking for a book that’s just full of reasonably easy scarf patterns, check out Ruthie’s Easy Crocheted Scarves by Ruthie Marks. With 11 designs to pick from, you’ll never get bored!
This Long Stripes scarf is probably my go-to in Ruthie’s book because with simple hdc stitches and one skein of multicolor yarn, I can create a bright fashion accessory that the teenagers at my house are willing to wear. The loopy fringe on the ends is just the crowning touch.
Once in a while, I want a little more challenge in my crochet patterns. Even if I’m crocheting for charity, I want to learn something new. On those occasions, I turn to Learn a Stitch Create a Scarf by Mary Nolfi. It includes 22 pattern stitches and 9 fringe and tassel treatments that turn into scarves as you teach yourself how to do them. (Just think of all the original afghans you could make after learning these stitches!)
The first design I tackled from Mary’s book was this Single Cable Scarf. I’ve always liked the look of knitted cables, but since I don’t knit, I was pretty excited about the idea of being able to crochet cables. Turned out to be pretty easy!
Are you inspired yet? If so, comment below before Monday, August 15, for a chance to win all 7 books. Brag a little about your history of crocheting for charity or your future plans to donate! We’d be even more impressed if you also posted a photo or photos of your crocheted donations on the Leisure Arts Facebook Page to inspire us all!