Sandscapes Scarf FREE PATTERN

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Sandscapes Scarf Crochet Pattern

©2017 Amanda Bryant


2 skeins Red Heart Unforgettable 100% Acrylic medium weight yarn (each skein 3.5 oz/100 g; 270 yards/246 meters)- color “Pearly”

6 mm crochet hook

yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge: 4 sc= 1 inch, 4 rows in pattern= 1 inch

Finished Measurements: approx. 54 inches long x 7 1/2 inches wide

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

sk- skip

sp (sps)- space (spaces)


Ch 35

Row 1- in the back bump of the foundation ch, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn (34 sc)

Row 2- sc in the 1st sc, ch 2, sk 2 sc, sc in the next sc, (ch 2, sk 2 sc, sc in the next sc) repeat the ( ) across the row, ch…

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Learn To Crochet- How To Make A Single Crochet (SC) & Weave In Ends- Photo Tutorial

Now that you’ve mastered making a basic Foundation Chain (FC), it’s time to learn how to make that first crochet stitch. In this photo tutorial I show you how to make a Single Crochet (SC) stitch into your FC, and how to weave in (and hide) yarn tails. As well, with learning this stitch, I’ll link you up with a free, simple washcloth pattern that uses the Single Crochet stitch.

But before we make a washcloth, let’s make a practice swatch (**PLEASE NOTE** If you are left-handed, you will simply be working in the opposite direction):

Gather your supplies:

You will need yarn, a crochet hook, a yarn needle (with an eye large enough that the yarn fits through), and a pair of scissors.

In this swatch, I used Peaches & Creme 100% cotton medium weight yarn, and a 5.5 mm crochet hook. This yarn is better suited for a 5 mm crochet hook, but I wanted to make sure the stitches were visible enough for this tutorial’s photos.  When you pick out your yarn to use, read the label, and it will tell you which hook size is recommended to use with that particular yarn.

ROW 1:

Step 1- The Foundation Chain (FC) Make a chain of 21 (in patterns, this would be written as “Ch 21”):


Step 2- Insert your hook into the 2nd chain to the left of the hook, the first chain being the one that is on the hook. (There are different ways to insert your hook into the chain, but this is the easiest and quickest way for a beginner):


Step 3- Wrap the working yarn over the hook:


Step 4- Pull the yarn (that you just wrapped over the hook) through the chain stitch. You will now have 2 loops on the hook:


Step 5- Wrap the working yarn over the hook again (like you did in Step 3), and pull the hooked yarn through both of the loops that are on the hook. You now have 1 Single Crochet (SC) stitch completed!:


Step 6- To make your next SC stitch, insert your hook into the next empty chain to the left of the SC stitch that you just made:


Next, repeat Steps 3 through 5 to make your next SC, and continue to repeat Steps 3 through 5 for each of your next SC’s across to the end of your foundation chain. At the end of the row, it should look like this (you will have 20 sc worked into your FC):



ROW 2:

Now we make another row of SC’s.

Step 1- To do this, make 1 ch (in a pattern, written as “Ch 1”). Remember from the Foundation Chain (FC) Tutorial how to make a chain (wrap the yarn over the hook, then pull the yarn through the loop on the hook). The “Ch 1” acts as a “turning chain”. It helps to keep the side edges of the rows neat and straight. This is what your “Ch 1” will look like when completed:


Step 2- After you’ve made your “Ch 1”, turn your work around so that the other side of the work is now facing you:


Next,  insert your hook under the top 2 loops (shown with the little black arrows in the first photo directly below) of the first SC (which is where the Ch 1 is connected to, shown in the second photo below). Wrap the working yarn over the hook:




Step 3- Pull the working yarn through the 2 loops of the SC, so that you now have 2 loops on your hook. Wrap the working yarn over the hook again:


Step 4- Pull the working yarn through both of the loops that are on the hook. You now have 1 sc made on your second row:


Step 5- Insert your hook into the top loops of the next SC. Wrap the working yarn over the hook:


Step 6- Pull the wrapped yarn through the top loops of the SC. You will have 2 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook again:

Step 7- Pull the wrapped yarn through the 2 loops that are on the hook. You now have 2 SC in your 2nd row.

Repeat Steps 4 through 7 of ROW 2 instructions. At the end of this second row it will look like this (20 SC made in this row also) :


To make another row, simply repeat the entire set of instructions that are laid out for ROW 2.

After you’ve completed 6 rows, your work will look like this:


After 12 completed rows, it will look like this (the same, but bigger and better!):


When you reach the size of practice swatch that satisfies you, it’s time to snip the yarn and finish it off! To do this, when you reach the end of your last row, make a Ch 1. Cut the yarn (leave a 5 or 6 inch long yarn tail), and then pull the cut yarn through the Ch 1 with your hook. Pull it tightly so that the knot formed is secure.


It will look like this (photo below), with the working yarn at the top of the work being cut and secured.

This photo below also shows the Right Side (RS) of the work, which is the side that you want to show off, that you want everyone to look at. If you make a garment, you want the RS of the work on the outside of the garment.  When making a piece where you start with the traditional foundation chain (which we did here), the beginning tail of yarn will be on the left hand side when looking at the RS of the work, and when looking at the Wrong Side (WS) of the work, the beginning tail of yarn will be on the right hand side (Opposite if you are working left-handed). The RS and WS of work varies according to different patterns and stitches, and sometimes can be a bit tricky to determine which is which (don’t worry, there are ways to tell!). But for this project, this is the RS of the work:


When finishing up a project, you must also weave in all of your yarn tails (in this swatch, it is only the beginning tail from the FC and the ending tail that you just cut). This is done with a yarn needle (large or small, depending on the thickness of your yarn).

To begin, first string your yarn tail through the yarn needle, and turn work over so that you are looking at the WS of the work:


Next, insert your yarn needle (on the WS of your work) through the top thickness of the stitches you made, a couple of inches across (don’t push your needle through to the other side of the work):


Then pull the needle, with yarn, through those stitches:


Now, turn the needle around and run it back through those stitches, making sure that the needle and yarn are inserted under a different ply of the stitches (so that you aren’t just undoing the weaving you just did):


You can run the needle and yarn through the stitches in the same manner one or two more times to help ensure it’s secure. When you are done weaving it through, cut the yarn as close to the work as possible, without cutting your project, so that you can’t see any of the yarn tail popping out of the stitches:


And you’re done! You’ve made your first SC swatch! Congratulations!


Now that you’ve mastered the Single Crochet, do you think you can handle making your first Washcloth? You’ll be pleasantly surprised, I think, to find out that what you just made is pretty much the same thing as a basic Washcloth. Visit My First Crochet Washcloth- Free Pattern to get started!



My First Crochet Washcloth- Free Pattern


Well, this isn’t MY first crochet washcloth, as I’ve made millions of them (ok, maybe just 20 or so, lol), but I wanted to publish an easy pattern to go along with my SC Tutorial.  Since washcloths are usually one of the first projects a new crocheter makes, I thought this would be an appropriate pattern. Everyone can use a washcloth, right?


My First Crochet Washcloth

Free Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

Materials Used:

Peaches & Creme 100% cotton medium weight (“4”) yarn; 2.5 oz/70.9 g; approx. 120 yards/109 meters- 1 ball- Color “Navy”

size H/ 5 mm crochet hook


Measuring tape or ruler (to check your gauge as well as the size of the finished piece)

yarn needle (for weaving in yarn tails)

Gauge: 4 sc= 1 inch, 4 rows= 1 inch (hold a ruler or measuring tape next to your work. There should be 4 sc measuring 1 inch, and 4 rows should measure 1 inch. Following the gauge will help to ensure that your washcloth will be the same size as the one in this pattern. If your gauge is larger than what is shown here- for example, you have 3 sc in 1 inch-,  use a smaller crochet hook [try a 4.5 mm hook]. If your gauge is smaller than what is shown here- for example you have 5 sc in 1 inch-, use a larger crochet hook [try a 5.5 mm hook]. Always try to get as close to the correct gauge as possible, especially in garments, so that your work will turn out the same size as shown in the pattern.)

Finished Measurements:  about 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ (square)

Abbreviations Used (US Terminology):

Ch- chain

sc- single crochet

FC- foundation chain

RS- Right side (of work)

WS- Wrong side (of work)


Ch 35,

Row 1 (RS)- make 1 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, and make 1 sc in each of the next ch’s of the FC, ch 1, turn (34 sc)

Row 2 (WS)- make 1 sc in the first sc, and make 1 sc in each of the next sc across to the end of the row, ch 1, turn (34 sc)

Repeat Row 2 until 9 1/2 inches long (Or desired length), finishing with a WS row (your last row worked will be a WS wrong row).

Fasten off, weave in yarn tails.

And there you have it! Your first washcloth! Congratulations!



Weekly Update- June 17, 2018

Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day!

It’s been a productive week for me. Well, two weeks really, since my last “weekly” update. I’ve managed to get a fair bit of crocheting in, as well as tying in some loose ends and some spring cleaning (had to get something done before Summer officially gets here!). I needed to clear out the old energy, and make room for new, better energy!

I wrote up a “to do” list about two weeks ago, and for a change I didn’t forget about it. A number of things were scratched off the list.

I frogged, finally, my knit sweater (which I wrote about and shared a photo of HERE). I’ve been considering, talking about, and planning to frog it for a long time now.  I began working on it back in the fall. I hadn’t touched it in quite a long time, and to be honest, I got bored with it and tired of it. So I took it apart and am currently figuring out what I’m going to make in place of it. I have 7 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (color Autumn Red). I’m thinking a poncho (crocheted). I did sit down on a few occasions since I frogged the sweater and played around with stitch patterns and gauge swatches to see what I could come up with. I’ve got a few great ideas brewing 🙂

That Ripple Blanket which I “finished” back in March, is really truly done now. I sat down a few nights ago and painstakingly tied in all of the yarn tails. As I was working on that, I turned to my husband and told him to never let me make another one again, lol. There were 22 colors, the color pattern repeated three times…too many tails! So now that it’s almost 100° F out there, the blanket is folded up, waiting for the cold weather to come back, in a large trash bag!

I published a couple of new patterns since my last update, and I’m happy that they’ve both been received well by readers. If you missed them, you can see them by clicking here: Bath Pouf- Free Pattern (With Photo Tutorial)  and The Orange Cat- Free Pattern.  I also re-blogged a couple of my older patterns, which you can check out here: Neck Pillow- Free Pattern and Best Friends Amigurumi- Free Pattern.

Chances are that if you’re reading/following this blog, you already know how to crochet. But if you don’t crochet, or you know of someone who wants to learn, I have begun a new series on learning! This is in response to the poll I recently held on the COTB Facebook fan page. The majority of voters chose that I publish How To’s/Tutorials for additional content on the blog. So, last week I published the introductory lesson, a post called Learn to Crochet- How To Make A Foundation Chain (FC)- Photo Tutorial. I plan to make regular posts on learning to crochet; the next one will be How To Single Crochet, which will also include a photo tutorial and probably a free pattern along with it. I will be doing tutorials for all of the basic stitches, and then I will move on to stitch patterns. I would love to do a video tutorial, but it’s not an option for me right now. We still live in a hotel, so we are all crammed into one room, and it’s never quiet. Well, the only time it’s quiet is when Olivia’s sleeping, but then Mommy and Daddy have to be quiet (relatively, lol). The TV is almost always on, even just as background noise. Anyway…point being…I have to stick with just photo tutorials for now.  And do you know just how difficult it can be to make a photo tutorial? I only have two hands, and we only have one window for natural lighting, and Olivia loves to “help”. A simple photo session can take me hours, just trying to get the best possible picture! Having said that, I do hope that I’m able to help people learn, and that the photo’s I provide are useful and beneficial.

One of my newest WIP’s- Crossbody/Sling Purse– is just about complete. I’ve cut and sewn the lining for the bag, and it’s now pinned into the bag waiting to be sewn in. I just need about an hour of uninterupted time to do that, since all of my sewing is done by hand. Then it will be done. I even made a child sized version of it for Olivia, hers being in a bright yellow and purple striped pattern (her choice…she loves bright colors!). It won’t be lined though, at least not for a while, as the owl print fabric that I bought for my purse doesn’t coordinate well with the color scheme of hers. On my next supply shopping trip I’ll pick up a fabric that will work well with hers. Once my purse is completed, I will publish the pattern here on the blog. I have to admit that I was surprised at how many views my post about this WIP received. I think that maybe readers were hoping for a pattern to go along with it? Well, if that’s the case, readers won’t have to wait much longer for the pattern 🙂

I have also been working on revising Olivia’s Chocolate Milk Hoodigan , using Red Heart Super Saver (acrylic) instead of cotton, since the acrylic is cheaper and I have plenty of it! It’ll be a long while before it’s done though. I am hoping to have it done by the fall, but we’ll see. I’ve gotten a lot of my other “stuff” taken care of this week, and like I said at the beginning of this post, there is now room for new, better energy (to work on other things!).  It does get to me to have so much unfinished business hanging around, cluttering up my space.

As for the Grenadine Doll, which I gave to Olivia, I’m not sure yet if I’ll be recreating it. I know in the beginning I thought I would be making a few of them, in different clothing and colors, as well as making a boy version. Maybe once I’m done with everything else that I’m doing, I’ll consider it again.

Yesterday was rainy and cool, a nice day to stay indoors and do a quickie project. So I created a new pattern, which should be published tomorrow sometime.

And I think that pretty much sums up this Weekly Update.

Until next post…