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I took the plunge: I opened a new Etsy shop called Soft Illusions! My main Etsy shop is still alive and well, but I have wanted to design and create some crocheted accessories, such as fingerless gloves, cuffs, hats, mittens, scarflettes, etc. Since my first shop is more whimsical, cute, and toy-like, I thought it better to have a second location. šŸ™‚ Somehow, I will keep up with both of them! Anyone know the connections between the two titles of my shops (eternalsunshine and softillusions)??? As a sidenote, if you are of my first 10 sales, you get a free crochet surprise.

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I have been working on Christmas ornaments, such as the above Christmas Peace (Peas) ornament, and a mini cupcake ornament that resembles its big sister cupcake I designed a while back. I have so much more to list and show, but I will need some time to unveil the goodies! My creative juices have been flowing, and it’s exciting to create the accessorizing items because it is a departure from smiling pumpkins and frowny s’mores. I’m testing my crochet limits (hopefully I have none!) and having a lot of fun. It’s humbling to “start over” though, and see that “0 items sold”, even though I feel like a seasoned Etsy Seller. Here are a few things in the new shop:

Sparkly Strawberry Shortcake Fingerless Gloves

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A Striped Pastel Zebra Cuff

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And my newest, a Fall Colors Ruffled Scarflette (mini scarf or “neck warmer”)

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To celebrate my new shop opening, I am posting the craft tutorial for making the scarflette here. Click below!

You will need:
a G hook
2 colors of yarn, 2 worsted, or at the very least the main color worsted, and the secondary color a slightly lighter weight
button
embroidery thread

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I do not do much “turning” in this pattern because I like all the stitches to be going in the same direction, for a cleaner look.
With main color (orange in this case), ch 60. (if you wrap it around your neck, the two ends should cross each other and there should be about an inch “extra”).

Row 1: Hdc across, ch 1 turn. Pull up a big loop and leave main color yarn there.
Row 2: With secondary color, join at the opposite side from the big loop (where you began to hdc), ch 1, and sc across.
Join with main color, ch 1, and snip both with 2 inches of tail for weaving.

Row 3: On opposite side (from the snipped ends), join main color, ch 1, and sc across. Again, pull up a big loop and leave main color there.
Row 4: With secondary color, join at the opposite end again from the big loop, ch 1, and sc 3. Then ch 3 (for button hole), skip 2 sc, and sc into next. See if your button fits into the hole, not too loose, not too tight. Sc across.
Join with main color, ch 1, and snip both with 2 inches of tail for weaving.

Row 5: On opposite side (from the snipped ends), join main color, ch 1, and sc across.(Sc the chained stitches like normal) Again, pull up a big loop and leave main color there.
Row 6: Row 2: With secondary color, join at the opposite side from the big loop (where you began to hdc), ch 1, and sc across.
Join with main color, ch 1, and snip both with 2 inches of tail for weaving.

Row 7: On opposite side (from the snipped ends), join main color, ch 1, and hdc across. Do not finish off.

Ch 1, and repeat the following all the way around the scarflette (all four sides): (Slip stitch, ch 1) in every stitch, space, or free loop. Finish off.

Try on scarflette, and see where the button hole lines up with the other side. Sew button with embroidery thread there.

Send me pics if you make one!