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Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 6. Finishing off!

Woof, woof, woof and woof!

Eyelet scarvesToday we’re up to the finishing touches on our Eyelet scarf! It’s so excitement. Do you like my picture of Emma and my scarves side by side? I think I’ve done a very good job in the end – I certainly had to unravel parts – but now it’s looking great! How is yours looking?

OK so what I really want to tell you about today is how to finish off when you’ve crocheted your last stitch.  All you have to do is chop the yarn with your teeth… I mean scissors and pull the end through the last loop until it forms a knot like this:

Lesson 6BLesson 6C


Now you use a needle and thread to sew in the loose ends of yarn created by the color changes. It doesn’t have to be done in any particular way, I just sew an end into the fabric moving out from the knot for a little way, then turn around and sew back the way I came.

Lesson 6D

Finally I chop off the remainder of the thread and you can’t see it.

I hope your scarf is fantastic and you’ve enjoyed learning to crochet. We have some other FREE patterns for beginners that you might be interested in making so check out the Beginner Projects page for the details.  Happy hooking.

Until next time …. Woof!

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Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 5. Changing Color

DSC00001Woof and welcome, it’s Olive the dog here showing you how to make the Eyelet Scarf – let’s see how your first 17 rows went… all good? Congratulations. This is how mine is looking.

Lesson 5A

OK so the next thing to do, is to check your rows by counting them. When you are crocheting you can save yourself time by only counting the rows in the current section. For example after your 2 rows of eyelets count 5 wide rows to reach the top of the section. Then check that there is a short ridge – a row of sc – between each one. But you must end on a wide row.

When you think you’re at the top of Row 17 count ALL the rows a couple of times from the bottom to be certain.

The next thing we do is repeat row 2-17. Make sure you are starting with Row 2 – a sc row – and not Row 1 – a dc row. And that Row 3 – the first row of eyelets is – the SECOND row you make.

Lesson 5B

Then you should be right to just follow your nose, I mean the pattern. So now do 2 rows of eyelets, and 5 wide dc rows (always checking there is a sc row in between) and I’ll meet you at row 33. AFTER you’ve counted them from Row 1-33 to make sure you’ve done them all.

Lesson 5CGreat!

And now we’re going to do another 9 rows and a color change.  Make absolutely sure you’ve done Rows 1-42 and you’re about to start Row 43 first.

Now there are numerous ways to change color but we’re going to use Emma’s favorite.  It actually starts on the last stitch of the row before so undo one sc. Next go to make a sc but don’t quite complete it. STOP when you have 2 loops on the hook like this:

Lesson 5D

Then put the second color on your yarn holding paw … I mean hand, and pull the new color through the 2 loops to complete the stitch like this:

Lesson 5E

Pull both color ends to tidy up the stitch, and you are ready for your turning ch in the new color!

Lesson 5G

So now go ahead and finish the first row in the new color. It should look like this.

Lesson 5H

And that is all you need to know to get to the end of the scarf! Happy hooking and I’ll see you when you reach the end so I can show you how to finish it off.

Until next time …. Woof!

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Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 4. Making the Eyelets

Woof and welcome, Olive the dog here, continuing our lessons on the Eyelet Scarf

DSC00001Last time we made a sample square. OK, woof, so now you are happy with your sample, right?

Let’s start the scarf for real! Put aside your square, or unravel it.

As you will read on the pattern, the foundation ch is 18, Row 1 is dc and Row 2 is sc. This is basically the same as what we have already done but a bit wider.

Follow the instructions on the pattern and let’s meet up again when you’re ready for Row 3.

OK for Row 3, we do our turning ch (3 ch), 1 dc into the 2nd dc and then we do 2 chain stitches. To make the eyelet we skip the next two sc and we dc into the sc after that.  This is how it should look.Lesson 4A

As you can see, the two ch stitches line up over the two skipped sc so that we have a hole but we still have the same number of stitches.  Now see if you can complete the row and make it look like this, remember to count those stitches at the end of the row.

Lesson 4B

All good? Woof!

Now the next row is a sc row, but there is a trick to make it easier. Instead of trying to sc into the ch stitches themselves you can sc into the spaces they have made, as referred to in the pattern.

All you do is a turning ch, sc into the first two stitches, then instead of putting your hook into the chain stitch, put your hook into the space like this and pull the yarn through to make a sc.Lesson 4C

The finished stitch should look like this:Lesson 4D

Put a second sc stitch in this space as well, then continue to complete the row. It should look like this, with a total of 18 stitches.
Lesson 4E

Looking good?! Woof! Next we’re going to do it all again, repeat those 4 rows again.

Lesson 4F

Now don’t be alarmed that my square has turned pink. I had to start it again… I made a big mistake… I’ll explain in 7. Troubleshooting. Along with all the other things that have gone wrong.

Follow the pattern till you get to Row 17 and we’ll check in there at the beginning of the next lesson. You’re doing  woof …. I mean, wonderful!

Until next time…. Woof!

Olive paw 2OLIVE

Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 3. Making a sample square

Woof and welcome,

DSC00001Today we’re going to make a sample square. Now I know you’re probably thinking  “enough of this already, let’s make the woofing scarf!” but this isn’t an unusual thing to be doing. Many patterns and just about all garments start with a tension square. We’re not going to do that entirely but starting with a sample square is a great habit to get into.

As I said yesterday, if you look through the pattern you will see that every odd row is double crochet, and every even row is single crochet, so that is what we are going to practice.

Start with 15 chain (ch) stitches.

Lesson 3A

Make sure you don’t include the loop on the hook as one of your ch stitches.

Next we’ll make our turning chain. Because this is a row of double crochet (dc) stitches coming up we need a turning chain of 3 ch stitches, this will create a ladder like stitch as tall as a dc.

So do another 3 ch as your turning ch for Row 1, which means you’ll have 18 ch in total, then do your first dc into the 5th ch from the hook.

Lesson 3B

Now you have 2 stitches in your first row.

Keep doing dcs and when you get to the end of the row you will have 15 stitches including the turning chain (first 3 ch) as 1 stitch. Make sure you count them! ALWAYS count your stitches at the end of the line – it will save you a lot of trouble!!

It is easy counting dcs, just count the columns (these are called posts).

Lesson 3C

Next we will do a row of single crochet (sc).

This is a short stitch so our turning ch only needs to be 1 ch. So do 1 ch then turn the work around so you are ready to crochet at the far right side.

Crochet a sc into the top of the last dc in the previous row.

Lesson 3D

Next, sc into each of the remaining dcs in the last row. When you get to the turning ch at the end of the dc row, sc into the 3rd of the 3 ch, in other words the very top chain. See my hook in the third ch??

Lesson 3E

Now that you have completed your row of sc COUNT them!

Having trouble? Look at the top loops and count each one. Are there 15? Or did you count 16?? If you counted 16 don’t panic, you have probably counted the turning ch as a sc. Look carefully and see if this is so. The turning ch will be a loop only, whereas a sc have have a chunky little stitch below the loop.


OK so now we’ve done 2 rows. That was woof… I mean fun, wasn’t it!

Lesson 3F

Next let’s do 6 more rows alternating between sc and dc and see how we go. Remember to count those stitches at the end of each row.

If you don’t remember which row you are up to – dc or sc – an easy way to remind yourself is to look at the tail and incoming yarn threads. If both  yarn threads are on the one side you have completed a dc row, if they are on different sides you have completed a sc row.

And if you do make a mistake, pull the hook out and pull the yarn. Just unravel back to where you went wrong and try again! Don’t be frustrated, we all make mistakes, just think of the beautiful scarf you’ll soon own and keep on trying.

OK so this is what it should look like when you’re done.

Lesson 3G

Now if you have a problem and you don’t know why, jump ahead to lesson 7.Troubleshooting for some examples of the kind of things that go wrong and how to fix them. Or contact me at the end of this tutorial or through the contact us page. Don’t give up!

Once you’re happy with how your stitches are looking you are ready to move on to the actual scarf. Woof… I mean yah!

Until then … Woof!

Olive paw 2OLIVE

Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 1. Getting Ready

Woof and welcome. This is the finished scarf.  If you don’t have the pattern you can downloaded it here.  Pattern BEG001 Eyelet ScarfDSC00001Pattern BEG001

Before you start you will need to already know how to:

  • hold the yarn and hook
  • make chain stitches
  • make single crochet stitches
  • make double crochet stitches

If you don’t know  how to hold the yarn and hook you can go to Beginner Guide – Basic skills you need to crochet

To learn to make the stitches you can download our BEGINNER STITCH GUIDE  for links that will teach you .

I suggest you then practice making the stitches you need over and over on a sample square before you try making the project.

The materials you will need to make this scarf are:

  • 1 x 6mm hook (size J in US)
  • 3x 50g balls of 8ply yarn, each of different colors that go well together
  • a wool or tapestry needle for sewing in ends
  • a pair of scissors
  • a needle threader (Optional)

For my scarf I originally chose an orange, pink and multi-colored ball of pink, orange and purple.

Tutorial 3 - photo 1

However this was a bit of a naughty -puppy- breaking-the- rules thing to do because the multi-colored yarn was thicker than the other two. It didn’t turn out so well (Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 7. Troubleshooting) so I replaced the multi-colored thread with an 8ply light purple which looked much better.

Get your pattern downloaded and gather your skills, supplies and tools.  Tomorrow we will take a good look at the pattern and learn how to understand it.

Until then…. woof!

Olive paw 2OLIVE

Beginner Guide – Where do I find a teacher?

Olive mugshotWelcome and woof. It’s Olive the dog here.

Do you want to learn to crochet but don’t know anyone who can teach you? Let’s look at your options. There are probably more than you realise! Because we’re on the internet I know you are at least a little computer savvy, and with my help you’ll hopefully be able to find teachers online as well as teachers who live in your area and can help you on a one-to-one level.

  1. On-line

If you can learn by reading, or from a youtube video there is no end to the free instruction available on-line. That means if one internet instructor can’t help you maybe another will make more sense. I have 4 resources that I will be continually recommending but feel free to google or youtube the topic “Learn to Crochet” and you will find many more options.

The sites I use personally are:

Another important site is Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/  Ravelry is more of a community than a learn to crochet resource. But they do have forums in which you can post questions and get help from other hookers around the world. This can be great if you don’t know quite what you are doing  wrong.

  1. Local Teachers

Probably the easiest way to find a local teacher is to google Learn to Crochet in ___________ (where ever you live). But if that doesn’t help you can try the following:

Now the only problem you’ll have finding a teacher is being spoilt for choice!

Until next time …. Woof!

Olive paw 2OLIVE

Beginner Basics – How do I pick a suitable pattern?

Welcome and woof. I’m Olive the dog and it is great to have you with me. Today we’re going to talk about choosing a pattern when you are a beginner hooker.

  1. Do you really like what you are making?

When you are about to make something new, or learn a skill you’ve never tried before, it is easy to get stuck into the project without really thinking it through much. It’s exciting! You want to get your teeth into it!!

Then part way through you start to have doubts… do I really want an orange and purple spotted sweater? Will this green tree frog beanie look good on me? How do you do a 2togsctr stitch anyway?

And then… you lose your enthusiasm, you put it down, and it becomes a UFO (unfinished object) forever more.

So the first and most important question to ask is do you LOVE this project and will you use it when it’s finished? If not, keep looking for one you do. The internet is a big place… there is bound to be something out there that really appeals… and don’t forget to check out ours!

  1. Is the pattern too hard?

Do you often find that the projects you like most are really REALLY difficult? Me too.  I’mdoily looking forward to the day when I can make that white lace wedding dress in Irish crochet lace, but that day is not today.

By all means choose something that includes a challenge – a new skill you have never tried – but make sure the pattern makes sense to you and you can do most of it.


  1. What should I avoid?

As a beginner the things you can’t expect to be able to do include:

  • frequent color changes
  • lace work
  • thin thread work
  • shaping – garments particularly involve a lot of shaping
  • things that look fancy
  • items that are really big – you don’t want to be making your first project for the rest of your life

Be honest with yourself  and choose something you know you can do.

I’m starting with a scarf.

And I can’t wait to get started!! Until next time …. Woof!

Olive paw 2


Interesting Opportunities

Pattern 6 photo 1
In March I was asked if I would like to sell some of my jewelry in an inspiring local gift store called Interesting Things. This shop sells all sorts of ornaments, jewelry, small furnishings, clothing and items that just canPattern 5 photo 2‘t be categorized. Most of the products are handmade Balinese artifacts and are hand picked and imported by the owner, Terrie.

This new opportunity has not only brought sales but the chance to do some custom made jewelry for people who want adaptions from my original designs. For example these earrings based on the flag of Australia’s indigenous people.

Pattern 25 photo 1

The shop will soon be moving to a new premises, and going through some exciting changes. As part of this I am working with Terrie on some special new jewelry for the relaunch.

At this stage all I’m prepared to say is that I am experimenting with beads in my crochet!

Pattern 29 photo 4

Granny Square Jewelry

Pattern 15 photo 1The Granny Square is a very popular design, known by most crocheters. It is usually used for large items like afghans and blankets. But here I have scaled it down and used it for a string of beads, a bracelet and a pair of earrings.

Pattern 13 photo 1

Pattern 14 photo 1

If you would like to make any of these patterns they are available for sale on Ravelry separately or together as an e-book.

Beads     $2.00 USD   buy now

Bracelet $1.50 USD  buy now

Earrings $1.50 USD buy now

E-book   $3.50 USD buy now

Elephant Freeform Bag

Freeform 2Yesterday I was reading kimmi’s post Hooked on Hooks at Inkeeart and she mentioned in her comments that she was hoping to do some freeform crochet in the future. This inspired me to get out my Freeform Elephant Bag. (Actually I lie, it is always with me but I have become so used to its presence I no longer notice it.)

This bag started out life as 2 recyclable supermarket bags which I sewed together to create a good sized bag to carry my crochet projects around in. And then I decorated it in freeform crochet. (And with elephants because they are super cool)

So what is freeform all about anyway? It’s a lot like doodling only with yarn.

Firstly there is no pattern. You decide what you want to make – a scarf is a good place for a beginner. Use a hook about 3mm – 4.5mm and a pile of different yarns, a LOT of different yarns, different colours, left overs, fancy bits, special threads, old favourites, different thicknesses, what ever you like, although it is best to use colours that go well together.

Freeform 4You can start by making little pieces of crochet (and/or  knitting) with your yarns – you can do little plain bits, different shapes and sizes, some embellishments if you want to get fancy, bits that are thick or thin, some with holes if you like, whatever you want.

Then you arrange them in different shapes and sizes next to each other and when you like how they look, you crochet or sew them together in the shape of the larger item that you are making.

These are my two favourite freeform crochet artists and if you are interested in freeform, you might want to check them out.

Prudence Mapstone at  http://www.knotjustknitting.com/ Prudence also runs a lot of classes to teach people freeform.

Myra Woods at http://myrawood.com/ is the first artist I came across who did freeform lace.