Little Check Shoulder Wrap

Shoulder Wrap - Free Pattern. Great for seniors and those going through chemo.


Shoulder Wrap - Free Pattern. Great for seniors and those going through chemo
I have a dear friend who is going through chemo treatments. They have been going well and we are all hopeful. When she saw some shoulder wraps I had made for the local care center she said they would be great when getting chemo treatments as they always have blankets but that the blankets don’t cover the shoulders and the air in the treatment lab is always chilly. Also they would make it easy for the nurses to check the IV. I made one for her and when she wore it to her treatment she received lots of comments about it and had other patients asking where she had gotten it.

Since I really enjoy crocheting and love it if I can make things that people find useful and that can bring some comfort to someone, my ears perked up. I got busy and made up 8 and took them to the cancer center. They were immediately given out and others started asking for the pattern or where they could get one. Since then I have made more and have given out the pattern to others.

I liked the stitch on this pattern and have used it for lots of the wraps. I adapted the pattern slightly from:   http://stitcheryprojects.com/2014/04/03/little-checks-wrap/  

I really thank her for the great pattern!! 

HERE IS THE PATTERN:

The example is made in worsted weight acrylic yarn

Size: The sample is 18-½” from neck to edge. The bottom of each of the four panels is 26-½” wide. Size can be increased or decreased by changing hook size. The longer the wrap is made the bigger around it gets so it is easy to make the width and length you need.

Materials:
14.7 oz/937 yds worsted weight yarn
Size H (5mm) crochet hook (I use an I hook and I crochet loosely)

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
shell = 2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc in chain space indicated

Instructions:
Make all stitches in both loops

Chain 50

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 8 ch, (2
dc in next ch, dc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 8 ch) three times, 2 dc in next ch, dc in each of last 2 ch, Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: Shell in 4th dc, ** (skip 2 dc, 2 dc in space between dc) five times, skip 2 dc, shell in next dc. Repeat from ** three more times, skip 2 dc, dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.

Row 3: Shell in next shell, ** 2 dc in each space between previous row’s 2 dc sets across to the next shell, shell in the shell. Repeat from ** across the row, dc in the top of the turning chain. Ch 3, turn.

On all following rows you will be working 2 dc in spaces between previous 2 dc sets
and a shell in the center of each shell. 2 dc sets will increase by 1 set in each panel between shells..

Repeat row 3 until wrap is desired size, then finish off with the last row given below. The sample has 37 rows, including the last row.

Last Row: Dc in 2nd and 3rd dc, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, (dc in each dc across to next ch-1 sp, 3 dc in ch-1 sp) four times, dc in each of last two dc, dc in turning chain.

Finish off and weave in end.

The wrap can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

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Ribbed Crocheted Hat

I love this pattern.  I have tried several other patterns and keep returning to this one.  Plus since it has no openwork, it might be a warmer hat.   I get to use lots of scrap wool and change up the rows for interest. I found this pattern on a site on the internet but the site no longer exists and I have not been able to find the pattern elsewhere. If you know where the pattern came from I would be happy to give credit here as it is a great pattern!

Poster of pattern stated “I got this pattern from my 94 year old aunt.  She has made over 1000 of these during the past few years and donated them to shelters, and women’s prisons.” I make them in kids sizes and donate them to the local coats for kids campaign so they can give them out with the coats.

Here is the pattern:

I use a J hook when I want to make it for a size that fits my own head. You can use a smaller hook and thinner yarn to make for a smaller size. While I have a pattern I tend to improvise a bit with different wool and different size hooks. This pattern calls for one color. When I do it, like the picture, I use a different color here and there to make it more interesting.

Round 1, chain 4, slip stitch in first chain to form a ring. Chain 3 (this counts as a double crochet) then 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of chain 3 (so 12 dc made).

Round 2, (Chain 3, 2 dc) in first stitch, dc front post (fp) around the next stitch, (3 dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join. (24 stitches)

Round 3 (Chain 3, dc) in first st, fp around next st, (2 dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join (36 sts)

Round 4: (Chain 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, fp around next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join. (48 sts)

Round 5-12: Chain 3, dc in next 2 stitches, fp around next st, (dc in next 3 sts, fp around next st) around, join. At end of last round, fasten off.

( I don’t necessarily do 12 rows. I do as many as looks good or feels good on my head. Also…. I like to do a single crochet around the end for my last row.)

You can put a pom pom on the top, or put a crochet flower on the side, or just do different colors for every few rows, etc….this basic hat style can be changed any number of ways.

Handmade Animal Hats

Winter is the time for another of my interests – I love to crochet and really enjoy making new patterns and coming up with my own patterns and ideas. Now that the holidays are past I have been busy making animal hats. The first animal hat I made was the Angry Bird hat for my grand kids for Christmas. They all thought they were cute and recognized them immediately from the Angry Bird game. That started me thinking of other animal hats I could try to make. These hats were all made using different pictures for the basic idea and then going from there. None of them were made from patterns so when I make additional ones each looks a little different. I plan on trying to sell them so wish me luck!

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