GO [insert team name here]! – Two sporty crocheted scarf patterns

Living in Colorado, the majority of folks in our area are going to be Denver Broncos fans. My dad asked me recently if I could make a Broncos scarf for his wife for Christmas. Any time my dad asks for something, I know he’s put a lot of thought into it and I am always happy to help him out!

I’ve been on the hunt for a chevron pattern for some time and realized this scarf would be the perfect project to do it with. But first, I had to find a chevron pattern.

Always helpful and coming to my rescue, Jamie, my fellow crocheter and associate editor, heard my plea and started looking frantically for a chevron pattern to help me in my “crisis.” (Ok, maybe she wasn’t really looking frantically and it wasn’t really a crisis, but she understood the magnitude of my situation).

Jamie found a great chevron pattern on our website. It actually came from a Beginner’s Guide article about yardage, called “Yardage: Crochet vs. Knit.” In the article, there are several chevron swatches, as well as feather and fan swatches in knit and crochet versions. And the best part? It’s a FREE download!

I decided on the Crochet Chevron 1 swatch to make my scarf and intermingled the definitive Denver Broncos colors of orange and blue. I added some white to break it up a little and maybe give it more of a “sporty” look.

20141121_125702_smI think it is coming along nicely. I did 9 rows of blue, then 3 rows of orange, 2 rows of white, and back to 3 rows of orange. The next 9 rows will be blue again and then back to orange and white. I’ll just keep going until I find the size I like. Hopefully, it will end with the blue color!

Of course, if you aren’t a Broncos fan, you can substitute any team’s colors and make a scarf too. This pattern works up quickly, so you could make a few for gifts for the sports fans in your life this Christmas.

If you aren’t really into chevrons, we also have the Game Day Scarf from our Love of Crochet Holiday 2012 issue. Since it, too, was made by a local designer, it is also in Bronco colors. Again, substitute the colors for your team and, “GO [insert your team name here]!”


Gift ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve gathered up a few fun projects you can make just for dad! Some of them take a bit longer than others, so keep them in mind for next year if you’re in a time crunch.

Nautical vestThe Nautical Vest from our Summer 2014 Issue of Love of Knitting would be a dapper addition to dad’s wardrobe. The simple stripes and handsome buttons will make it an instant favorite he can wear for work or play.

LOK-LOC-8723_200pxNext year, make your dad the Hudson River Trail Hat, featured in our upcoming Knit Accessories Issue. The chunky yarn and easy cables will have you finished in a flash, so you’ll have extra time to spend with him on Father’s Day.

Bering SEaCrocheters, the Bering Sea Hat and Scarf set from our Winter 2013 Issue makes a perfect gift for dad! He’ll love the texture, and you’ll love how quickly these pieces will be off your hook.

Game DayYou could also crochet him the Game Day Scarf from our Holiday 2012 Issue for a sporty accessory that will help him show his love for his favorite team. He’ll wear this fun piece year after year!

Are you making your dad a handmade gift for Father’s Day this year? We’d love to hear what you’re up to, so leave us a comment and let us know!