One of my favorite things as a business owner is receiving an online order from a friend. It’s like a little surprise. Normally when an order comes through from my Etsy store, I get an e-mail listing the item purchased and the buyer’s information. The information is there and I take it in, but seeing your friend’s name in the “buyer” section comes as a slight shock.
If you sell crochet things, I’m sure you can relate. Most orders from friends tend to come in the form of verbal “suggestions”. You’re more than willing to crochet things, but when your friends say things like “I’d love a black scarf!” over Friday night dinner, you never know how serious they truly are.
That’s why Emily’s order meant so much to me. She treats JJCrochet like a real business and is thoughtful in her support. It’s rare to find a friend like that.
I knew Emily in college and, though in different sororities, we never seemed to notice. As is clear from the pictures, Emily (affectionately known as “Rexy”), is just bursting with life. She brights up rooms with her smile and contagious laugh. She’s a bright ray of sunshine. Emily is one spunky girl.
A couple weeks ago, Emily purchased a ruffle crocheted headband and a summery crochet headband. Because she is a dear friend, I also included a special gift when I packaged up her items – A red cowl that I knew would look great with her dark hair.
Emily surprised ME the other day by sending an e-mail with beautiful pictures. I told her I had to share them on my crochet blog. Thank you, Emily, for being a wonderful friend and for all the joy you’ve brought to me and everyone else in your life. Keep living the dream!
Crocheted and Knitted Cowls are big and chunky and warm and totally IN this winter. Why not make your own with our free crocheted cowl pattern? This particular crocheted cowl is worked in a flat rectangle then whip stitched together, but you can easily work it in the round.
FCH – Foundation Chain (or single crochet): Chain 2. Insert hook in the first of two chains. Yarn over, draw through loop (chain stitch just created). Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. (Single crochet created). You now have two fch completed. *Insert hook in upper loop of stitch just created. Yarn over, draw through loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.* Three fch completed. Repeat from * to *across for desired number of chain stitches.
HHDC – Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch. Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. (This will be a little awkward, but it’s correct. You might have to use your left thumb and forefinger to really hold the stitches so you can pull through both of them.) Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.
FCH 45. (If you can’t quite get the foundation chain, don’t panic! You can do a regular chain 45 and still be fine. A FCH just creates a stretchier base which will be better for your cowl, but either works!)
Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as first HHDC now and throughout). HHDC in each stitch across. (45 HHDC)
Round 2: Chain 2, turn. HHDC in the BACK LOOP ONLY of each stitch across. (45 HHDC)
Repeat Round 2 nine more times or until yarn ends.
Fasten off, leaving a 12″ tail to sew ends together. Match short ends of rectangle and whip stitch together. Weave in ends.
You’re finished! I’d love to see your new project and so would the world. Show off your new crochet cowl in JJCrochet’s Customer Gallery or post your project on Ravelry.