The Ribs and Ridges Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

This free crochet pattern should look familiar- It is my Katniss Cowl but on a much smaller scale! It is just such a fun pattern (I also have a headband version) that I wanted it in a more day to day scarf! So the Ribs and Ridges Scarf came to be!

You will love the texture of this scarf! It is so so squishy. I don't even know what to say other than that! With this length, you can wrap it around twice. It is about 65 inches long (before being attached to become a circle!) and 6 inches tall.

You will need:
2 Skeins of your favorite Size 4 worsted weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby's I love this Yarn in Graymist) It will take about one and half!
Size 5.5 or I hook
Yarn Needle
Let's begin, shall we?

Foundation Double Crochet (FDC) (see THIS tutorial)
Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) and Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) (HERE is a good tutorial)
Front Post Single Crochet (FPSC)

Row 1: FDC 250
Row 2: Alternate FPDC and BPDC until the end.Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3: Match your FPDC and BPDC. The posts should line up. Continue across. Chain 1 and turn
Row 4: FPSC across. There will be a row visible in the front. Slip stitch to the back stitches (not the line in front!) chain 2 and turn.
Row 5: DC in each row across. Make sure that you are not crochet in the FPSC. It will be easy to see the ridge if you are doing it correctly!
Row 6: FPSC across. Slip stitch to the back stitches (not the line in front!) chain 2 and turn.
Row 7:  DC in each row across. Make sure that you are not crochet in the FPSC. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 8: FPSC across. Slip stitch to the back stitches (not the line in front!) chain 2 and turn.

Repeat  Rows 1-8 (With a DC not a FDC for row 1) 2 more times!
I did not FPSC for the last row. For a more visual representation the entire scarf should look like this:
3 Rows of Post Stitches (This includes the starting DC row)
3 Rows of Post Stitches (This includes the starting DC row)
3 Rows of Post Stitches (This includes the starting DC row)

Clear as mud? Don't worry, once you get going the pattern is pretty obvious! This is one of my favorite patterns for sitting and watching TV or when I am traveling! Pretty simple, no color changes, but interesting and fun to do! (I love those post stitches!)

Then I lined up the two ends and sewed them together. Make sure the scarf does not loop or it will be all twisty. Lie it nice and flat to make sure!

Like how awkward I am? I much rather crochet than take pictures. haha! 
#notanatural #poser

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Best Amigurumi Tips and Tricks for Doll Faces

There is a lot that goes into making crochet dolls face... Every little detail is what makes the doll unique, special. Those details are my favorite part of making amigurumi- dolls or otherwise. The face deserves a lot of attention because it can change the whole aspect of the doll! When I started out, I had a lot of missed steps and trial and error. Now I feel much more confident when it comes to making the faces... and I am going to share the tips and tricks I have learned!

If you are looking for a doll pattern be sure to check out my Etsy Store and my Ravelry Shop!

1. Safety Eyes

They come in different sizes and colors. The eye is attached to a screw like thing that you will poke through the stitches and then there is a washer that you will place on the back. Push the safety eye through the stitches. Then tighten the plastic washer onto the back.

They are called safety eyes because once you place the washer on the back you cannot take them out so they are safe to play with! So you need to be ABSOLUTELY sure you like where they are before you stick that washer on! It helps to use the rows and count stitches so they are placed exactly where you like. Also, make sure you remember to place the eyes  before you close! (This has happened to me- oops!)

Also (before you put the washer on!) sew on some eyelashes! Always sew the eyelashes on before you stuff- this gives you more room to work!I use embroidery thread to sew on eyelashes. I rarely split the threads because my projects are usually fairly large. For smaller projects it might be better to split the thread. And I can get away with using my yarn needle to sew them on, since that is what I always have handy! Try to get under the edges of the eye to make sure there is no gap between the thread and the eye. I make an effort to sew each lash into the same hole under the eye to keep them uniform. For an idea of spacing, I try to hit the stitch even with the top, then the one down (middle) and then the stitch even with the bottom. You can see it in this picture. Tie it in the back and do the other eye!

 3. Embroidered Eyes
I was super excited when I figured out a great way to do this! I have been wanting to embroider eyes on dolls FOREVER but every time I did they did not turn out the way I wanted. I tried different embroidery stitches, different kinds of thread and even yarn... Less than satisfactory! Then one day while I was (I kid you not!) cooking breakfast it came to me!
First, chain to the desired length of the eyelash (lid? I dont know! The rounded part!) using a small hook and embroidery thread. I used my smallest hook, a B (2.25 mm). I chained as tightly as I could! Then cut it leaving a long tail to sew with. Attach it using pins (this is optional but helps me get it how I want!). Then sew in each chain using a regular embroidery needle! You can use a yarn needle if that is all you have on hand, but I think it looks cleaner with a smaller one. Then sew on the eyelashes! I go over it twice, using the same entry and exit points. Then tie off! Remember to do this before you close the doll head! I always do my eyes before I start decreasing.
2. The Nose
Push the needle up to the space you want to have the nose. I go one row down from the eyes, and three stitches in. Pull the yarn through. Go over three more stitches and insert needle. Pull through. Repeat until you have the size nose you want (I usually do 3-4 passes.) Then push the needle through to the top of the head. If you have to make a few passes that is fine. Cut yarn. Don’t worry if it pokes out- the hair should cover it.
3. The Cheeks
I use blush for all of my cheeks. I love how fun and girly a little blush gives a project! I had tried a crayon before and while that does work, I could never get it dark enough without making the yarn fuzzy and worn. Some have suggested paint and watercolor... It does not come out the same. So I use just a light coating of cheap blush from the dollar store! It does wear off eventually... But it is so easy to reapply and takes so little time that it doesn't bother me. I rather my dolls have subtle, pretty cheeks that requires a small amount of upkeep than the opposite.
Don't you love how subtle that is? But still noticeable!

For a tutorial on how to attach hair to a doll check out this post that shows three different styles!

And be sure to check out my patterns for dolls on Etsy and Ravelry! 

The Friendly Mermaid Crochet Doll

The Friendly Mermaid Doll is a little under 12 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide (not including the arms and hair.) This is the perfect doll for little girls who dream of being a mermaid and swimming in the sea. For this mermaid, I recommend using size 4 worsted weight yarn in whatever color you prefer. This particular one used Stylecraft’s Special Chunky in Cream. The beauty of the doll is that you are able to customize her in any way you would like! Enjoy making her!

This is a good advanced beginner pattern. I include A LOT of tips and tricks for those new to amigurumi and can be helpful for those who already love it! I include many photos for each step of the process. Written using U.S Crochet terms.

Your purchase comes with a copy of my Best Tips and Tricks for Amigurumi, the pattern complete with pictures for each step, and a tutorial for three ways to attach doll hair.

The pattern is a PDF and you will need Adobe Reader to open it. This program is free to download. Feel free to contact me if you need any help!
You will need:
Approx 100 g size 4 yarn
Crochet Hook in Size 4.0 or 3.75
Tapestry Needle
Polyfil or preferred stuffing
10 mm safety eyes
stitch marker

You will need to know how to use a magic circle, single crochet and how to increase and invisible decrease. I include instructions for the invisible decrease.

You can sell any items made from this pattern in a small capacity. You cannot share, reproduce or copy this pattern for any purpose. Please link back to the pattern and my blog listed below when you are selling finished items whether on Etsy, instagram, facebook, or any other social media or place online. Just respect my rights as the designer, thank you!

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