• Product Reviews

    Brava Worsted Speckle Yarn Review

    Two balls of Brava Worsted Speckle Yarn in a flay lay with text indicating a yarn review
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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you may be aware of the fact that I absolutely adore WeCrochet’s Brava Worsted Weight yarn line. I use it ALOT. It’s a fantastic acrylic yarn, it’s an amazing price and it comes in 55 different colours! I love it. Just when I thought I couldn’t love it anymore, WeCrochet launches their new Brava Worsted Speckle and they sent me some to check it out. Obviously, that means I’m going to share my findings with you all so that means it’s time for a yarn review!

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here. I’ll be focusing our review today on the Brava Worsted Weight Speckle this week:

    WeCrochet Brava Worsted Weight Speckle Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 8 speckled colourways but overall, there are 55 different colours in the Brava Worsted Weight line. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Premium Acrylic
    • Weight: 4 (Worsted)
    • Package Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 218 yd / 200 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5.5 – 6.5mm (I – K)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4.5 – 5mm (US 7 – 8)
    • Crochet Gauge: 11 – 14 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine washable, tumble dry low
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    close up image of the Brava Worsted Speckle yarn label

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    Hands crocheting a swatch with acrylic speckled yarn

    I was sent the Cake Pop Speckle and Snow Day Speckle colourways of the new Brava Worsted Speckle line and I loved the colours right away. I was also sent some co-ordinating colourways that would work with the Brava Speckle colours that I received. I got Celestial to go with the Snow Day Speckle and Cornflower to go with the Cake Pop Speckle. They look fantastc together and there are lots of other colours that would work with these. I personally like a combination of Celestial, Clarity and Sky mixed with the Snow Day Speckle and Rouge, Cornflower and Freesia with the Cake Pop Speckle.

    The Brava Speckle works up like a dream, just like regular Brava Worsted Weight Yarn. No splitting, soft and lush. It just reminds me why this is one of my favourite acrylic yarns to use. But how do the speckles look worked up? This is a big question for many crocheters because the effects of speckles and other coloureffect yarns, don’t always translate in the same way in crochet as they do with knitting. Many a times have I tried a yarn I fell in love with in a knit swatch only to be disappointed with how my crochet swatches worked up. Below you’ll see my swatches working with the Cake Pop Speckle and Snow Day Speckle. I started my swatches with a few rows of single crochet then a few rows of half double crochet and ending with the double crochet stitch.

    Brava Worsted Speckle in Cake Pop Speckle in a crochet swatch
    Brava Worsted Speckle in Snow Day Speckle in a crochet swatch

    Both swatches worked up beautifully and I love the way the speckles show up in the swatch. I think they translate well for crocheting because the speckles themselves are longer and more like mini streaks of colour. This helps the colour work with the bulkier nature of crochet and still give you those gorgeous pops of colour you want with a speckle yarn. I loved this yarn so much, I started a design with the Cake Pop Speckle the day it arrived and I can’t wait to share it with you soon.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried WeCrochet Brava Speckle yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    If you’re intersted in giving Brava Speckle yarn a try, check it out HERE.

    Two crochet swatches made with speckled yarn side-by-side with a furls odyssey crochet hook

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Snowella Crochet Snowman Hat Free Pattern

    Crochet snowman hat in a flat lay
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    We just had our first snowfall here and although none of it stuck to the ground, my kids are already asking me to go and make a snowman. This inspired me to make a crochet snowman hat pattern to share with you all. This hat is available in children’s sizes.

    While I was making my hat my 3 year old daughter was telling me what she thought a snowman should look like. She said that they would be “wearing a scarf, have a big bow on their head and a cute little carrot nose”. I loved the idea and decided to change what I was making to create her girly version of a snowman. When I asked her what colour the bow was she said “Pink! Of course!” We decided to name the snowman Snowella. I hope you enjoy it.

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    This crochet snowman hat is easy to make and perfect for gifting. If you’d prefer a less girly snowman, change up the main accent colour in the hat and omit the bow. Mix and match more than one accent colour for a different look too. You can customize this however you’d like to fit the requests and personality of the little one that will be the lucky recipient of your handmade crochet snowman hat.

    To make your own Snowella Crochet Snowman Hat, you’ll need to know how to do basic crochet stitches and techniques: single crochet, half double crochet, the magic circle as well as how to increase and decrease both single crochet and half double crochet stitches. I’ve included my video tutorial for how to do a magic circle here below in case this is something you haven’t done before or in case you need a refresher.

    The Snowella Crochet Snowman Hat is worked from the top down in a single piece and the ear flaps are crocheted on so they won’t need to be sewn on. I’ve given the amount of chains needed to create ties for the hats (which are added after making the second earflap) but feel free to use as many chains as you would like to make longer or shorter ties to your preference.

    Looking for other free crochet hat patterns? Check some of my other crochet hat patterns here:

    For this projects I’ve used my favourite worsted weight acrylic yarn Brava Worsted Weight from We Crochet. I’ve used this yarn for a wide variety of projects and it has never disappointed me. I’ve used four different colours of Brava for this project: Orange, Black, White and Pink. Pink is the contrasting colour used to create the bow and edging/earflaps and can be substituted for whatever colours you prefer.

    You can substitute your favourite worsted weight yarn for Brava if you prefer but as this is a wearable, it is vital that you make sure that you are able to match the gauge listed in the pattern to ensure the hat will fit its intended recipient.

    Crochet Snowman Hat in a flat lay with Brava Worsted Yarn and Furls Crochet Hook

    Skill Level:

    • Easy


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

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    Abbreviations:


    Sizes Available:

    • 0 – 3 months, 3 – 6 months. 6 – 12 months, 1 – 3 years, 3 – 5 years, 6 – 10 years

    Gauge:

    • 14 sts x 10 rounds in HDC = 4 inches


    Notes:

    • This pattern is worked in joined rounds from the top down.  The hat, earflaps and ties are all crocheted on to eliminate sewing.  Then the antennae and eyes are crocheted separately and sewn on. 
    • Gauge is vital to ensuring that your hat will fit as expected.  Do a gauge swatch of HDC stitches done in the round to check your gauge.  Use whatever hook size allows you to match gauge.
    • Always join your rounds in the top of the first HDC of the round, not the CH.
    • The CH 1 at the start of every round does not count as a stitch
    • Always start your rounds in the first stitch of the last round.


    Special Techniques:

    • Invisible Join: FO leaving a tail that is at least 5 – 6 inches in length.  Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end.

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern which includes all sizes for a small fee HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.


    Snowella Crochet Snowman Hat Pattern

    0 – 3 Months

    Round 1: Using Garnet and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and HDC 8 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (From here on out noted as “Join”). (8)
    Round 2: CH 1, (HDCINC) x 8.  Join. (16)
    Round 3: CH 1, (HDC, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (24)
    Round 4: CH 1, (HDC 2, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (32)
    Round 5: CH 1, (HDC 3, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (40)
    Round 6: CH 1, (HDC 4, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (48)
    Rounds 7 – 12: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (48)
    Change to Rouge
    Rounds 13 – 14: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (48)
    Do not fasten off.  Start first ear flap as written below.


    3 – 6 Months

    Round 1: Using Garnet and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and HDC 8 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (From here on out noted as “Join”). (8)
    Round 2: CH 1, (HDCINC) x 8.  Join. (16)
    Round 3: CH 1, (HDC, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (24)
    Round 4: CH 1, (HDC 2, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (32)
    Round 5: CH 1, (HDC 3, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (40)
    Round 6: CH 1, (HDC 4, HDCINC) x 8. Join (48)
    Round 7: CH 1, (HDC 11, HDCINC) x 4. Join (52)
    Rounds 8 – 13: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (52)
    Change to Rouge
    Rounds 14 – 15: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (52)
    Do not fasten off.  Start first ear flap as written below.



    6 – 12 Months

    Round 1: Using Garnet and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and HDC 8 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (From here on out noted as “Join”). (8)
    Round 2: CH 1, (HDCINC) x 8.  Join. (16)
    Round 3: CH 1, (HDC, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (24)
    Round 4: CH 1, (HDC 2, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (32)
    Round 5: CH 1, (HDC 3, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (40)
    Round 6: CH 1, (HDC 4, HDCINC) x 8. Join (48)
    Round 7: CH 1, (HDC 5, HDCINC) x 8. Join (56)
    Rounds 8 – 13: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (56)
    Change to Rouge
    Rounds 14 – 15: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (56)
    Do not fasten off.  Start first ear flap as written below.

    1 – 3 Years

    Round 1: Using Garnet and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and HDC 8 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (From here on out noted as “Join”). (8)
    Round 2: CH 1, (HDCINC) x 8.  Join. (16)
    Round 3: CH 1, (HDC, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (24)
    Round 4: CH 1, (HDC 2, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (32)
    Round 5: CH 1, (HDC 3, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (40)
    Round 6: CH 1, (HDC 4, HDCINC) x 8. Join (48)
    Round 7: CH 1, (HDC 5, HDCINC) x 8. Join (56)
    Round 8: CH 1, (HDC 13, HDCINC) x 4. Join (60)
    Rounds 9 – 15: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (60)
    Change to Rouge
    Rounds 16 – 17: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (60)
    Do not fasten off.  Start first ear flap as written below.


    3 – 5 years

    Round 1: Using Garnet and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and HDC 8 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (From here on out noted as “Join”). (8)
    Round 2: CH 1, (HDCINC) x 8.  Join. (16)
    Round 3: CH 1, (HDC, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (24)
    Round 4: CH 1, (HDC 2, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (32)
    Round 5: CH 1, (HDC 3, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (40)
    Round 6: CH 1, (HDC 4, HDCINC) x 8. Join (48)
    Round 7: CH 1, (HDC 5, HDCINC) x 8. Join (56)
    Round 8: CH 1, (HDC 6, HDCINC) x 8. Join (64)
    Rounds 9 – 15: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (64)
    Change to Rouge
    Rounds 16 – 17: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (64)
    Do not fasten off.  Start first ear flap as written below.

    6 – 10 years

    Round 1: Using Garnet and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and HDC 8 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (From here on out noted as “Join”). (8)
    Round 2: CH 1, (HDCINC) x 8.  Join. (16)
    Round 3: CH 1, (HDC, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (24)
    Round 4: CH 1, (HDC 2, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (32)
    Round 5: CH 1, (HDC 3, HDCINC) x 8. Join. (40)
    Round 6: CH 1, (HDC 4, HDCINC) x 8. Join (48)
    Round 7: CH 1, (HDC 5, HDCINC) x 8. Join (56)
    Round 8: CH 1, (HDC 6, HDCINC) x 8. Join (64)
    Round 9: CH 1, (HDC 15, HDCINC) x 4. Join (68)
    Rounds 10 – 17 : CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (68)
    Change to Rouge
    Rounds 18 – 19: CH 1, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. (68)
    Do not fasten off.  Start first ear flap as written below.


    Ear Flaps for 0 – 3 months to 3 Years Old:


    First Ear Flap:

    Row 1: CH 1 and SC in the first stitch.  SC 9.  CH 1 and turn. (10)
    Row 2: SCDEC, SC 6, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 3: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 4: SCDEC, SC 4, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 5: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 6: SCDEC, SC 2, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 7: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 8: (SCDEC) x 2.  CH 1 and turn. (2)
    Row 9: SCDEC. (1)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Crochet Ear Flap Hat lain flat showing ear flap placement

    Second Ear Flap:

    With the right side of the ear flap facing you, fold the hat in half, leaving slightly more stitches towards the front of the hat than the back.  Place the second earflap lined up with the first earflap. Attach Rouge yarn in your starting stitch.
    Row 1: CH 1 and SC in the first stitch.  SC 9.  CH 1 and turn. (10)
    Row 2: SCDEC, SC 6, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 3: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 4: SCDEC, SC 4, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 5: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 6: SCDEC, SC 2, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 7: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 8: (SCDEC) x 2.  CH 1 and turn. (2)
    Row 9: SCDEC. (1)
    DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
    Continue to SC around the entire hat and ear flaps. At the top of each earflap: CH 30. SL ST in 2nd chain from hook and up the rest of the chain back to the body of the hat. Continue to SC around the hat.  Join your last stitch to your first stitch with a SL ST and fasten off.




    Ear Flaps for 3 – 10 years:


    First Ear Flap:
    Row 1: CH 1 and SC in the first stitch.  SC 11.  CH 1 and turn. (12)
    Row 2: SCDEC, SC 8, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (10)
    Row 3: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (10)
    Row 4: SCDEC, SC 6, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 5: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 6: SCDEC, SC 4, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 7: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 8: SCDEC, SC 2, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 9: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 10: (SCDEC) x 2.  CH 1 and turn. (2)
    Row 11: SCDEC. (1)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Second Ear Flap:
    With the right side of the ear flap facing you, fold the hat in half, leaving slightly more stitches towards the front of the hat than the back.  Place the second earflap lined up with the first earflap. Attach Rouge yarn in your starting stitch.
    Row 1: CH 1 and SC in the first stitch.  SC 11.  CH 1 and turn. (12)
    Row 2: SCDEC, SC 8, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (10)
    Row 3: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (10)
    Row 4: SCDEC, SC 6, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 5: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (8)
    Row 6: SCDEC, SC 4, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 7: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 8: SCDEC, SC 2, SCDEC.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 9: SC in the first stitch and each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (4)
    Row 10: (SCDEC) x 2.  CH 1 and turn. (2)
    Row 11: SCDEC. (1)
    DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
    Continue to SC around the entire hat and ear flaps. At the top of each earflap: CH 40. SL ST in 2nd chain from hook and up the rest of the chain back to the body of the hat. Continue to SC around the hat.  Join your last stitch to your first stitch with a SL ST and fasten off.

    Close up of eyes, nose and bow on this crochet snowman hat pattern



    Nose – All Sizes (Make One)

    Round 1: Using Orange yarn and 3.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 4 into the MC.  DO NOT JOIN. Continue working in continuous rounds, using a stitch marker to mark the first ST of each round and moving the stitch marker up at the beginning of every round.  (4)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 4 (8)
    Rounds 3 – 6: SC around (8)
    FO leaving a long tail for securing to the hat.  Add stuffing to nose and sew onto the front of the hat where the bottom of the carrot lines up with the top of your colour change to Rouge on the hat.

    Eyes – All Sizes (Make 2)

    Round 1: Using Black yarn and 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (from here on out referred to as “Join”). CH 1. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. Join. CH 1. (12)
    Round 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6. Join. CH 1. (18)
    Round 4: (SCINC, SC 2) x 6. (24)
    FO using invisible join (see notes) and leaving a long tail to secure onto hat.  Using tail, sew the eyes onto the hat, on either side of the nose.


    Eye Reflection – All Sizes (Make 2)

    Round 1: Using White yarn and 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (6)
    FO using invisible join(see notes) and leaving a long tail.  Sew an eye reflection to each eye in the top right of the eye.  Make sure they’re in the same place on each eye. 

    Bow – All Sizes (Make One)

    Row 1: Using Rouge yarn and 3.5mm hook, CH 15.  SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across (14)
    Rows 2 – 7: CH 1 and turn.  SC in each ST across. (14)
    FO and weave in ends.  Using a long piece of yarn threaded onto a tapestry needle, weave the yarn through the center of the bow to cinch the middle together.  Pull the ends of the yarn and cinch the center of the bow together and tie a knot to secure it.  Wrap your tail around the center of the bow until you are satisfied with how it looks.  Tie a knot on the back of the bow to secure it. Use the remainder of your tail to sew the bow onto the hat.


    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the crochet snowman hat created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder Free Pattern

    Crochet gift card holder with a sloth face on it in a flat lay
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    Every Christmas I end up giving certain people giftcards for Christmas and they just feel impersonal to me. I wanted a want to make them feel a bit more fun and personal and so what better way to do that, than with crochet? When trying to decide on what kind of crochet gift card holder I would make to spruce things up, I decided on a sloth. My Christmas tree doesn’t have any sloths on it and I gave this sloth crochet gift card holder a hanger so I can hang it on my tree until it’s time to give it away. It has the added bonus of not getting lost among gifts under the tree. Anything that makes things a little bit easier for me during the holidays is a win to me.

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    This crochet gift card holder will fit the standard sized 3.5″ x 2.5″ rectangular gift card with a small bit of ease to make getting the gift card in and out easier. Gauge will be important to ensuring the best possible fit. It won’t be the end of the world if the gift card holer is a bit bigger than the gift card you’re using but potentially having it turn out smaller could mean you may not be able to get your gift card into it.

    For this project you’ll need worsted weight yarn in three coordinating colours. I used Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet because it’s my favourite acrylic yarn to use right now and it has a great range of colours. I have not been able to get the three colours I like to use for my sloth projects in the same brand before and I was thrilled to find all three of them at crochet.com. This is important to me because using the same brand of yarn in a project helps with consistency in your finished project.

    hands taking a gift card out of the diy gift card holder made with this free crochet pattern

    I specifically used yarn from the Brava Mini Packs in the Reds colours which is a set of mini balls of Brava Worsted Weight Yarn. I use these packs a lot for amigurumi because I can get a great colour selection without having to buy full balls of all the colours. This pattern uses less than a full mini skein of three different colours. If you don’t have the mini packs, that’s fine, the regular Brava Worsted Weight yarn or your preferred worsted weight yarn that you can match gauge with are fine to use.

    Crochet Gift Card Holder Construction Overview

    This crochet gift card holder is made of two different body panels that are seamed together and a set of three appliques that are used to create the sloth’s face are sewn onto one side of the gift card holder. I’ve used crab stitch to seam the two panels of the body together but if prefer to seam it with another stitch like single crochet or slip stitch, those will work as well. Just have fun with it.

    I recently read in a book I reviewed Crochet Hacking by Emma Friedlander-Collins something that stuck with me. It was the author’s personal motto: “It doesn’t matter how you get there. As long as you have fun and you get there in the end.” Crochet is about being creative and having fun. So experiment, have fun and as long as you enjoyed it and you get your project to where you want it to be, that’s a win in my books.

    Other Free Crochet Sloth Patterns Available on my Blog

    If you love sloths, you may be interested in checking out some of my other free crochet sloth patterns that I have here on my blog:

    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder made with this free crochet pattern

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this crochet gift card holder pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Skill Level:

    • Beginner

    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • HDC = Half Double Crochet
    • HDCINC = Half Double Crochet Increase
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • FO = Finish Off

    Size:

    • 4” long x 3.25” wide


    Gauge:

    • 8.5 sts x 9 sts = 2”

    NOTES:

    • This project is made of two panels and appliques that are used to create the sloth’s face.  After joining the panels together a chain is created and joined from one side to the next so this can be hung on the tree.
    • This project fits a standard 3.5” x 2.25” gift card with a small bit of ease to make getting the gift card in and out simple.
    • Gauge in the body of the gift card holder will be most important to ensuring a proper fit.
    • Stitch markers are used to mark the first stitch of each round for the face and eye patch pieces.  Move the stitch marker up every round to keep track of the first stitch.
    • Instructions given in () are to be repeated the number of times indicated next to the ().

    Special Stitches & Techniques:

    • Crab Stitch: Also referred to as Reverse Single Crochet because you are working Single Crochet stitches from left to right instead of the normal right to left. Insert hook into the next stitch to the right of your hook. YO and pull through ST (two loops on hook). YO and pull through both loops on hook. 
    • Invisible Join: FO leaving a tail that is at least 5 – 6 inches in length.  Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end.

    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder Pattern

    Face Patch

    The Face Patch is worked in continuous rounds.  Only join where indicated.

    Using Almond, CH 7.

    Round 1: SCINC in the 2nd CH.  SC 4, SC 4 in the last CH.  Working on the other side of the CH, SC 4, SCINC in last ST.  (16)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x2, SC 4, (SCINC) x4, SC 4, (SCINC) x2 (24)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x2, SC 6, (SCINC, SC) x3, SC 6, SCINC, SC. (30)
    Round 4: SCINC, SC 2, SCINC, SC 8, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x2, SC 8, SCINC, SC 2. (36)

    Sloth crochet gift card holder with a furls odyssey hook, scissors and brava yarn

    FO using invisible join, leaving a long tail to sew onto the gift card holder body.

    Eye Patches (Make 2)

    Using Sienna, CH 5.

    Round 1: HDCINC in the 2nd CH from the hook.  HDC 2, HDC 5 in the last CH.  On the other side of the CH, HDC 2, HDC 3 in the last CH.  (14)

    FO using invisible join, leaving a long tail to sew onto the face.

    We Crochet Accessory Bag with a gift card holder and tools peeking out the top

    Gift Card Holder Body – Panel 1

    Row 1: Using Brindle, CH 18. SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each ST across. (17)
    Rows 2 – 14: CH 1 and turn.  SC in each ST across. (17)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Gift Card Holder Body – Panel 2

    Row 1: Using Brindle, CH 18. SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each ST across. (17)
    Rows 2 – 14: CH 1 and turn.  SC in each ST across. (17)
    Do NOT finish Off.


    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder in a flay lay with Brava Worsted Weight Yarn and a crochet hook

    Assembly:

    Sew the face patch the right side of one of the gift card body panels.

    If using shank/mushroom buttons: Place the button through the small gap created when you put 5 SCs in the last CH of the eye patch.  Secure button using sewing needle and thread.  Repeat with the other eye patch.  Position each eye patch on the face, slightly overlapping the edge of the face and sew onto gift card holder panel. 

    If you’re using safety eyes: Insert the safety eye through the small gap created when you put 5 SCs in the last CH of the eye patch.  Then position your eye patch at a slight angle on one side and push the safety eye through the face patch.  Put the back on the eye. Repeat with the other eye and eye patch. 

    Sloth Eye Patch image 1
    Sloth Eye Patch 2

    Adding the Nose: Use a length of Sienna, sew a nose onto the face patch approximately 3 STs wide between the eyes. 

    Place Gift Card Holder Panels with wrong sides together and the panel with the yarn still attached on the back.  The working yarn loop should be in the top left corner when facing you.  Pull the working loop from back to front through the front panel and CH 1.  Working through both layers, crab stitch into each stitch and the end of each row along 3 edges of the gift card holder, placing 3 STS in each corner. When you reach the end, CH 20 and attached with a SL ST to the opposite corner to create the hanger.  FO and weave in ends.

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