Monday, January 30, 2017

Crochet Jumbo Cowl

This yarn. I love it. It's so thick and chunky but I found that it was hard to figure out what to make with it. I made a partial blanket and it got waaaay too heavy. At least my son had fun "helping".

So..... I frogged it.

And made a cowl.

Its pretty simple to make since the yarn is HUGE and the hook is 25mm. It took me less than 30 minutes!


Loops & Thread "Chunky Grande" yarn (1-2 skeins)
25mm Crochet Hook
Large stitch marker (optional)


Starting with a slip knot, 
Chain as long as you want for the circumference you want. I chained 17.

Join the chain by doing a slip stitch to the first chain (careful not to twist stitches). 
Chain 1, 1 single crochet into each stitch all the way around (do not slip stitch to join the round)

Note: The rest of the cowl is crocheted in a continuous round and in the back loops only. If needed, place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Go straight into the first single crochet but crocheting into the back loops only. Continue crocheting 1 single crochet into the back loops only of each stitch until desired height is reached, slip stitch to the last stitch at the end of the last round. 

The yarn was large enough that I use my hands/fingers to weave in ends.

I just love the beauty of the stitches when crocheted into the back loops.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Crochet Becks Chunky Scarf

I love wearing scarfs but when someone asked me if I could make one of those wrap around the neck chunky scarfs with buttons, I thought "How come I haven't made many scarfs this season?". I'll tell you why... I made so many in the past that I have so many to wear daily! Also, I opened my Etsy shop, Handmade by Phanessa in August and have been crazy busy designing hats and cowls (my other favorite neck warmer) that I just haven't made many regular scarfs. This scarf, along with many projects, are on my to-do list! At least I can cross this one off my list!

I hope you enjoy this quick & easy project that will keep you nice and cozy all winter long! This project uses just under 3 skeins of Super Bulky yarn & a 9mm crochet hook so it really works up quickly. Worked in the back loops only, it creates a beautiful ribbing texture. The end results is a chunky, extra squishy, extra cozy scarf!


3 Skeins of Super Bulky Yarn - Lion Brand Hometown USA, Peacock
9mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
3 large buttons - I used 2" coconut buttons


ch - Chain
sl st - Slip Stitch
dc - Double Crochet
st(s) - Stitch(es)


Finished Measurements: 39" long | 10" wide

Pattern Notes: The beginning chain 2 does not count as a double crochet. The foundation is worked into the "humps" of the chain to create a prettier edge. The scarf is worked into the back loops only. To change/add new skein of yarn, do not complete the last step of the double crochet. With 2 loops on the hook, yarn over with the new yarn and pull through the 2 loops. Tie a double knot using the 2 tails from the different skeins.

Start with a slip knot. 
  • Foundation: ch 70 or desired length. 70 ch = 39" for my tension
  • Row 1: dc into the "hump" of the 2nd ch from the hook and all the way to the end of the chain. Twist chain slightly forward to find the "hump" in the back side of the chains.
  • Row 2: ch2 (does not count as a dc). 1 dc into the back loop of the same st, 1 dc into back loops only into every st all the way across. 
  • Repeat row 2 until desired width is achieved. I used up 2.5 skeins of the LB Hometown USA yarn & crocheted a total of 11 rows of double crochets.
  • Position your Scarf the with right end of scarf on top of the left end. Place the buttons where you want it but you will attach the buttons to the bottom (left side) piece (see photo). You can always do the opposite with left side over right, whatever your preference is.

  • Sew the buttons on using a yarn needle and the same color yarn. I used a yarn needle that fit through the button holes with a large enough eye to accommodated the super bulky yarn. The double crochet stitches are large enough to slip the buttons right through.

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