Last minute gift ideas

Remember a few weeks back when the stores were all having "last minute" Christmas sales? Really? last minute?? It wasn't EVEN DECEMBER YET!!! OK now that Christmas is just a little over a week away... we can now officially call this last minute!

I'm normally one to be very prepared, making jars of jam throughout the summer, baking and packaging up things to send... not so much this year. This year is a mad scramble for some of the people on my list! What's a girl to do? Start hooking! Wait, that did NOT come out right... I'll try again... Pull out her crochet hook and start crocheting!!
earwarmer
If you have friends living in cold weather climates a hat or scarf is always nice... now what if your friend has a huge mass of hair... one that doesn't fit into a hat so well? You make him or her an ear warmer headband!
earwarmerside
I wasn't lying about the copious amounts of hair I have... just think I donated it a year ago... otherwise I'd have even more!

This takes about 30 minutes and only uses a single crochet stitch... the trick to make those ridges?? You only hook into the back loop instead of both loops! Here's a visual...
Crocheting Through the Front and Back Loops
Image source.

A - is standard crochet using both loops
B- is using the back loop only (that's what you want to do with this)
C- is using the front loop only (technically this would work too... the important part is to just do the same thing the whole time)

Now to the super duper hard pattern... I used a worsted weight yarn and a I hook.

Ch 10.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—9 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st across, turn.
Repeat last row until piece measures 21 inches (or the size of your friends melon). Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Use tail to slip stitch the two short sides together.

What's your go to last minute gift ideas? Mine are usually something baked... or something easy to crochet :) Or booze... booze always goes over well ;)

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6 chews:

steph said...

People are saying the commenting is broken... this is a test? helllooooo :)

Mom said...

Cute hat.  Did this come through?

It did! Not sure what was wrong for some people!

Tracy said...

So cute! I wish I knew how to crochet!

I can teach you! Crochet party! :)

Hannah said...

Great idea! It really is wonderful that crochet can go so quickly- Perfect for whipping up mementos like this in no time.

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