Free Crochet Pattern - Last Minute Christmas Gift Set

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It's the final countdown, seven days left before Christmas arrives! If you find you're a present short - maybe you're having some extra guests or visitors at the last minute - then this crochet pattern is the solution. The chunky hat, scarf, and mitts work up in a couple of hours, but since they are made to match with a feminine scalloped edging, they don't look or feel like a last-minute gift. Merry Christmas!

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If you follow the gauge suggestion, you can make all three patterns out of 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn, or a similar super-bulky weight yarn. The hat pattern is made for adult size large with extra instructions for size medium, and while the gloves and scarf are one size fits most, simply leave off the last increase row of the hat for a smaller teen size.

You will need a US Size P – 15/11. 5mm hook. The working gauge is approx. 5 stitches and 4 rows for a 3x3 square. Half-double crochet has the most give of any crochet stitch, so if anything looks as though it is coming out small just try it on and it will stretch.

Abbreviations:
HDC = Half-Double Crochet
CH = Chain
SLST = Slip Stitch

Anthropologie-Inspired Bow Scarf

Chain 52.
Row 1: Skip first 2 CH from hook, 1 HDC in each chain to end. (50 HDC) CH 2, turn.
Rows 2 & 3: Skip first 2 CH from hook, 2 HDC in first stitch, 1 HDC in all other stitches but the last, 2 HDC in last stitch. CH 2, turn. (52 HDC at end of row 2, 54 at end of row 3.)
Row 4: Skip first 2 CH from hook, 2 HDC in first stitch. 1 HDC in next 6 stitches. CH 5, skip next 5 stitches, and HDC in next 41 stitches. 2HDC in last stitch. CH 2, turn. (56 total stitches)
Row 5:  Skip first 2 CH from hook, crochet 2 HDC together. 1 HDC in next 52 stitches, crochet last 2 HDC together. (54 HDC) CH 2, turn.
Rows 6-7: Repeat the pattern used in row 5, crocheting together the first and last 2 HDC’s in each row. (52 HDC at the end of row 6, 50 HDC at the end of row 7)
At the end of row 7, bind off and weave in ends.

Scallop-Edged Cap

Begin with a magic loop. If you haven’t tried this technique before, visit http://diyods.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-to-crochet-basket-part-one.html to learn how!
Round 1: Crochet 6 HDC into the loop, pull closed, and join the round with a SLST in the top of the first HDC. (6 HDC)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch around. (12 HDC)
Round 3: *1 HDC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next*, repeat around. (18 HDC)
Round 4: *1 HDC in next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in next*, repeat around. (24 HDC)
Round 5: *1 HDC in next 3 stitches, 2 HDC in next*, repeat around. (30 HDC)
Rounds 6 - 13: 1 HDC in each stitch around. (For a smaller size hat, crochet straight until row 12 instead of 13, then jump to row 14.)
Round 14: *SLST in first stitch, CH 1, skip next stitch, 3 HDC in next stitch, CH 1* Repeat around. At the end of he round, SLST into the SLST that started the round, bind off, and weave in ends.

Scallop-Edged Mitts

Chain 12, and join end to beginning CH with a SLST.
Round 1: CH 2. In back loop only of beginning chain, 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join to beginning stitch with a SLST.
Round 2: CH 2, turn. 1 HDC in each stitch around, join to beginning CH with a SLST.
Rounds 3 - 6: CH 2, turn. 1 HDC in next 11 stitches. Do not join the rounds until the end of row 6, using a SLST.

For the scalloped edges on the thumb:
Beginning at the top of the thumb slit, count off 12 loops you can crochet into around the opening. Working counter-clockwise, repeat this pattern 3 times: CH 1, skip next stitch, 3 HDC in next stitch, CH 1, skip next stitch, SLST in next stitch. Continue to crochet the next row as usual.

Rounds 7 - 8: CH 2, turn. 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join to beginning stitch with a SLST.
Round 9: *CH 1, skip next stitch, 3 HDC in next stitch, CH 1, skip next stitch, SLST in next stitch.* Repeat 2 more times around, bind off after last SLST.

For the scalloped edges on the top edge:
Insert your hook into any stitch and bring a loop forward. Secure the short end of the yarn with a knot. Repeat this stitch pattern 3 times: CH 1, skip next stitch, 3 HDC in next stitch, CH 1, skip next stitch, SLST in next stitch. Then bind off the ends and weave them in and you’re done!