Floral Blossom Scarf – Neck warmer style crochet pattern

Floral Blossom scarf crochet pattern- Neck Warmer by Valerie Baber

The Floral Blossom Neck Warmer Scarf features an elegant floral design with a modern essence in the angled base of the scarf. Inspired by the floral blossoms that adorn the trees and bushes in the spring giving us a sign of new beginnings and beautiful moments to come. Two style options are available including embellishments around the whole scarf (ivory floral scarf) or just at the front (pink floral scarf). Make it without the embellishments for a modern contemporary style scarf.

Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. Perfect in a merino wool or other cozy yarns for the fall and winter or make it in a silk or linen yarn for the cool spring and summer days adding a floral touch to your wardrobe. The Floral Blossoms hand warmer and a longer scarf pattern are available to match this design.

The Floral Blossom scarf would be lovely in a ivory on the base with delicate pink floral blossoms. Another way would be to make it in a neutral tone like gray or beige with a subtle darker or lighter shade on the blossoms. You could also use the blossom as any five petal flower pattern, change the colour and you have your new favourite flower scarf. Make it with just the bunch of blossoms and leaves at the front of the scarf like the pink scarf various colour of flowers with green leaves. There are lots of way to crochet this scarf suit into your wardrobe and style.

You can purchase all three patterns together for a discount in the Floral Blossom Collection available on my other listings.

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

SAVE BY PURCHASING THE COLLECTION TOGETHER: Regular price when purchased separately. $24.00, when purchased together in this collection you save $4.00. Collection price: $20.00. Save an additional 10% for a limited time on my Etsy store.

Warm up your day with a beautiful floral blossoms crochet pattern today! You can change up the colours and blossom placement to make it your unique style.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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Floral Blossom hand warmers

Floral Blossoms hand warmers
by Valerie Baber Designs

The Floral Blossom Hand Warmers features an elegant floral design with a modern essence in the angled base of the hand warmers. Inspired by the floral blossoms that adorn the trees and bushes in the spring giving us a sign of new beginnings and beautiful moments to come. Two lengths are available including a regular length (pink hand warmer) and a longer length (Ivory hand warmer).

You can purchase all three patterns together for a discount in the Floral Blossom Collection available on my other listings.

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. The hand warmers can also be made without the embellishments for a modern contemporary style. Make it in multiple colours, two toned colours, hand painted yarns or a solid colour to suit your wardrobe and style. Floral Blossom scarf patterns are available to match this design.

Also available:

The Floral Blossom Collection includes the Floral Blossom Neck Warmer Scarf, Floral Blossom Hand Warmers and the Floral Blossoms and Lace Scarf crochet patterns.  SAVE BY PURCHASING THE COLLECTION TOGETHER: Regular price when purchased separately. $24.00, when purchased together in this collection you save $4.00. Collection price: $20.00.

Warm up your day with a beautiful floral blossoms crochet pattern today! You can change up the colours and blossom placement to make it your unique style.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Floral Blossom crochet pattern collection

Floral Blossom crochet pattern collection
by Valerie Baber Designs

Spring has sprung at Valerie Baber Designs with the new Floral Blossom scarves and hand warmer crochet patterns available separately or together in this ebook on my Etsy store at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com. Inspired by the floral blossoms that adorn the trees and bushes in the spring giving us a sign of new beginnings and beautiful moments to come. Includes the Floral Blossom (neck warmer) scarf, Floral Blossoms and Lace scarf (long scarf) and the Floral Blossom hand warmer pattern. SAVE 10% on Etsy plus save $4.00 by purchasing them together in the ebook ( Floral Blossom Collection). The Floral Blossom scarves and hand warmers are designed with a modern essence on the bases with an elegant floral touch. You can also purchase each design separately on my Ravelry store at: www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

All patterns in this collection use sock/fingerling weight yarn. You can use most sock weight yarns for these designs. Use your favorite brand and colours in your stash. Shown in beautiful Tough Love Sock yarn by www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com. Various colours of pink were used for the blossoms, trim and long scarf. The leaves were done in the Jasmine colour, Birch was used on the ivory base of the hand warmers and neck warmer. You can get some of the pink colours in their Colour Fade mini skeins called Lush. I love using SweetGeorgia Yarns for designing. They have so many beautiful yarns and colours to choose from.

Floral Blossom Scarf
Floral Blossom Hand Warmers
Floral Blossoms and Lace Scarf

Warm up your day with a beautiful floral blossoms crochet pattern today! You can change up the colours and blossom placement to make it your unique style.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Friendship Factor Scarf – Twisting the Night Away!

The Friendship Factor Scarf #2 – “Twisting the Night Away” is a continuing journey of weaving across the miles with a wonderful friend of mine, Lisa. We enjoyed weaving together so much (though we both live in different Countries) we decided to continue the Friendship Factor adventure. You can view the first Friendship Factor scarf here: Weaving a Friendship together – Friendship Factor Scarf #1 – Valerie Baber Designs

To begin the Friendship Factor “Twisting the Night Away” scarf Lisa and I found a pattern in our Little Looms Holiday 2020 issue Little Looms Holiday 2020 – Long Thread Media called Sangria Sunset by Judy Pagels. This unique pattern caught our attention with the interesting fringe all around one edge of the scarf. Leaving fringe on one side of the scarf while weaving is a great way to add multiple stripes without weaving in all those ends. Instead you use a floating selvedge technique to wrap the stripe yarns around while weaving the scarf. This is how the fringe formed during weaving. There is flexibility on how much fringe you would like by changing how many stripes you want to make on the design. Once you have finished the scarf you twist the fringe to finish.

Friendship is a precious thing we can treasure throughout our lives. Spend some time weaving your friendships together with special moments of time or literally weaving together. Join the adventure weaving, painting, crocheting, knitting, other crafts and artistic mediums with your friends, family or others you know. We can be inspired by the people around us everyday. Use that inspiration and help one another to achieve new goals.

Our weaving journeys of the Twisting the Night Away scarf are below: (I love this title Lisa came up with as you spend a good amount of time twisting your fringe making it the perfect title for this scarf)

Lisa:

Sangria Scarf with lots of fringe and stripes.

For my scarf, I chose yarn from my stash. My yarns were Merino and Superwash wool from Knit Picks. Not all of these yarns are available today, but Knit Picks has nice substitutes. For the dominant color red, I used Shadow, which was a fingering yarn at the time of purchase. For my coral tassels I used Shadow Lace and for the variegated colors I used Vermont Chroma Lace. Since Chroma Lace has long colorways, I used one color until I wanted a change. Then I cut that color off my shuttle and moved to the next color. It’s may be hard to see but the stripes are yellow, orange, pink, green and gray.
I chose these colors for something different. Normally, my first choice is any shade of blue with purple coming in second and brown third. It can be difficult for me to use other colors when I am making something for myself but I am pleased with the results.

Using lightweight yarns for a scarf was a new adventure and one that I will repeat many times, I am sure. The lightweight wool is soft, warm, and very light. This makes a lovely hand. When weaving, using the floating selvedge kept my fringes neat and mostly the same length. It also helped keep the fringes tidy after pulling the scarf off the loom – I just pulled the string through when it was time to twist a group of tassels. Having the tassels exactly the same length isn’t necessary in this scarf since it drapes over you a couple of times. In fact, it’s more fun to have unexpected elements, like varying lengths in tassels, in the finished cloth.

There are a lot of interesting options in making this scarf. You could choose not to sew the ends together like Valerie did for more wrapping options. Using more colors in the warp for a plaid effect is another possibility. Another fun and useful option, would be to form a secret pocket if you sew the ends together. Next time, I may use a variegated yarn for the tassels and then perhaps space the tassels a little further apart. There are more than 200 tassels on this scarf so when you finish it, count on “twisting the night away” for a few evenings.

Overall, it was a great project and a pleasure to weave. I love working on something that gives me more ideas while I’m making it. Instagram: Lisa Gossman-Steeves (@lisagossmansteeves)

Valerie:

Lisa and I both did the scarf differently as you can see by the photos. I wanted to try a few ideas out to see what would happen when I changed the width and weight of yarn on the fringed scarf. On the second scarf without all of the fringe I only added it to the two ends of the scarf and used yarn that made a plaid/tartan effect without all the work. Being a designer I can’t help but see other things I can do with a design or pattern. You will often see me change things from what the pattern suggests. I love to see what happens when I do this. Sometimes it is a success and sometimes it is not. The joy is in trying even if it doesn’t turn out.

Sangria scarf with fringe and gradient yarn.

On the Fringe scarf I made it wider with a sock weight yarn on both the warp and the weft though the pattern asks for lace yarn on the weft. We have cold winters here and I wanted to make the scarf wider and warmer. There are lots of stripes and fringe including at each end. The fringe at the ends of the scarf is omitted on the pattern. I decided not to use the floating selvedge for this scarf to see if I needed it. I think the floating selvedge would keep things neater and more organized, but you can weave it without if you choose. I used a combination of a sock blank available at Sweetgeorgia Yarns called Andromeda that goes from a magenta pink, purple to blue as the main colour on the weft with added stripes of blues and purples. The overall effect of the sock blank gives the scarf a wonderful gradient look.

Sangria Scarf with plaid effect and minimal fringe scarf.

The second scarf without all the fringe is not as wide and more like the pattern width. On this scarf I used various yarns to make the plaid effect with hand painted yarns in a sock weight yarn from www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com called Tough Love Sock yarn. I use this yarn a lot as the quality is excellent and the colour ways are amazing. For the plaid effect I used the hand painted Grouse colour way on the warp and on the weft I used Evening, Black Plum, Ultraviolet Purple, Grouse, Mermaid and some bits from my stash alternating these colours in stripes of various sizes throughout the scarf. The combination of these yarns make this wonderful plaid effect without all of the work. The plaid effect scarf is not sewn together as the pattern shows. On this scarf I wanted to have the option of wearing it differently and in various ways.

I love seeing what Lisa did with the scarf which is more like the original pattern. It is so interesting to see to see how using different yarns can really change the look of a scarf. The pattern calls for a lace weight yarn on the weft like Lisa used which gives a beautiful elegant drape to the scarf. The more fringe or stripes you add the more “twisting the night away” you will need.

I found the pattern wonderful to weave! This design is beautiful and a great addition to any wardrobe. You can design to suit your tastes by changing a few things like Lisa and I did. The great thing about this pattern is you get to decide how much fringe you want. Imagine the scarf with unique hand spun stripes and fringe or a glittery yarn for a sparkle essence when you need one. This pattern is well written and a wonderful pattern to make. I am sure I will be making it again soon.

We hope you are inspired to try your hand at weaving and perhaps spending time together or abroad weaving with others you know. We have begun our third Friendship Factor Scarf and look forward to another adventure in weaving our friendship together! Happy Weaving!

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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Night Garden Scarf crochet pattern

Pattern available on my Etsy store:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com See my Etsy store for more information such as yarn needed or to purchase.

Night Garden Floral Scarf crochet pattern has a beautiful floral design on a scarf base that can be worn long or as a neck warmer for different looks. Take a stroll along the garden, under the moon and stars in the Night Garden scarf. A beautiful evening spent enjoying the flowers and foliage found along the path. Embellished with flowers and leaves in beautiful dark tones of purple to blue, the Night Garden Scarf is reminiscent of an enchanted evening. This design can be made as shown in various colours using mini skeins or yarn from your stash. Made with a sock weight/fingerling weight yarn. Pattern is written using US crochet terminology.

The Night Garden scarf was designed for Sweetgeorgia Yarns in the fall of 2019 for their Crochet Fall with Sweetgeorgia Yarns, Vol. 2. It was a pleasure of mine to design this scarf with their beautiful yarns including the Party of Five mini skeins shown here. Thank you Sweetgeorgia Yarns for including me in such a wonderful collection of exquisite crochet patterns. Check out the other beautiful designs on the link highlighted in orange above. You can purchase the pattern and the yarn on their website.

PATTERN NOTES
The Night Garden Scarf base is worked in flat in the full skein colour with the flowers and leaves worked in the mini skeins or extra sock weight yarn. The trim around the edge is worked once the base of the scarf is finished. Follow the various charts and written pattern for the scarf base, leaves and flowers.

YARN
The night garden scarf can be done in various colours as shown in the photos or a solid colour as well. This design would be lovely in a beautiful neutral or a hand painted colour for a more subtle essence. You can use most sock weight yarns and yarn from your stash for the colours or make it in a solid colour too. The Party of Five mini skeins are perfect for this design and available at Sweetgeorgia Yarns.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Playing with plaid – weaving a scarf for my husband

Playing with Plaid while I was weaving a scarf for my husband. A personal request from my husband who wanted a scarf in his favourite colour from Sweetgeorgia Yarns Chili Chocolate (this colour is no longer available but there is a similar one). I decided to do a plaid version as if feel it is a nice design for a man but instead of weaving the plaid throughout the scarf I chose to only weave it at the bottoms and leave the middle with a more subtle strip pattern due to the warping. The colours in the stripes are a brown and a beige to give a more neutral effect to the design. The base colour yarn is a hand painted yarn and adds lots of splashes of subtle colour changes throughout the design. I am currently weaving another “plaid” style pattern where the yarn does most of the work because of how it is dyed. I will show pictures of this scarf at a later date.

Weaving with a plaid design is very enjoyable as it is interesting and keeps you focused while weaving. My next goal is to try a much bigger scarf that has a deconstructed plaid essence. The pattern I found was in my Handwoven (handwovenmagazine.com). That weaving adventure is for another day!

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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Horizons scarf crochet pattern

Pattern available on my Etsy store:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com See my Etsy store for more information such as yarn needed or to purchase.

Horizons Scarf crochet pattern has a beautiful seashore essence. My favourite place to be is on the beach by Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Moments by the waters edge calm and rejuvenate your mind and soul. Designed for SweetGeorgia Yarns as one of their monthly patterns which is very fitting since they to are in Vancouver and my favourite stop while I am visiting. I love spending time in their store side of the business see the newest colours and fibres available. What an uplifting time to be surrounded by so much colour and yarn! My creative mind is in bliss when I am there surrounded by creative people and stunning and exquisite yarns. Make sure you pop into SweetGeorgia Yarns when you are in Vancouver.

The Horizons Scarf features an elegant lace design giving the essence of calmness, the feeling of standing by the edge of a beach watching as the sand colour fades from light to dark. The blue deepens as you look further out into the sea, the beautiful white waves cresting in between. Each of the colour changes bringing you back to the peaceful moments by the Seashore. The gray toned scarf shows the versatility of this design and how you can personalize the colours it to your wardrobe. Pattern is written using US crochet terminology.

PATTERN NOTES
The Horizons Scarf is worked in flat and pattern is written for Scarf A (blue, ivory, apricot) using a combination of the large skein of Birch with intermittent Party of Five mini skeins in the Seashore colour. You can use different colours of sock weight yarn from your stash or other mini skeins as long as they are the same yardage. The trim around the edge is worked once the base of the scarf is finished.

YARN Scarf A (ivory with blues and apricot)

Main colour: 1 skein sock weight yarn 425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g skein (shown in SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Yarn in Birch).

Plus:
Accent colours: Instructions are written for Scarf A with 4 colours of stripes. You need 4 mini skeins or 4 colours of sock weight yarn for the stripes of colour. SEE BELOW.

Scarf A is shown in SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five Mini Skeins in the Seashore Colour that were put together for this scarf, (105 yd / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein).

Scarf B (gray and ivory) shows how you can use yarn from your stash or other mini skein sets just make sure the yardage is 105 yd / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein for each stripe.

You can use most sock weight yarns and yarn from your stash for the colours or make it in a solid colour too. The Party of Five mini skeins are perfect for this design and available at Sweetgeorgia Yarns.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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Mountain Inspired Mug Rugs

Mountain mug rugs are inspired by the beautiful colours of the mountains, trees, and lakes and rivers. This set was made for a family who loves hiking in the mountains surrounded by beautiful foliage and trees of green. They spend time fishing in the rivers and lakes as they enjoy the view around them of the beautiful blue waters. Memories of the wonderful moments are woven into the colours of the Mountain Mug Rugs.

For this set I used a wonderful colour way from Sweetgeorgia Yarns www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com called Grouse. This colour is actually inspired by Grouse Mountain in the Vancouver area and was the perfect choice for the greens, browns and has a touch of blue too. For the lakes I used various colours of blues I had in my stash. A bit of gray is add in one for the mountains and on the hem stitch.

The pattern is simply 2 picks of one colour and 2 picks of the other colour. The length is about 5” long and the width is about 5”.

Mug Rugs are a wonderful way to personalize a gift for those you care about. They are also a great way to try a new pattern, stitch or colour way since they are small. I am off to try weaving something else on my next Mug Rug.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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Happy New Years!!

Wishing you a wonderful, safe and healthy New Years! As we leave 2020 in the past lets learn from the year and move forward with a caring, loving and helping attitude. Give your time to others and help them during this difficult time and enjoy the joy of making a difference in others lives. It will help change a negative year into a positive moment in time.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with many joys and new found perspective on life. Enjoy the gift of giving! It will be the greatest joy you can ever imagine. Together we can accomplish anything!

Happy New Year! All my very best to you!

Valerie