Baby, It's Cold Outside...

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Therefore, the perfect time to make a scarf (Sorry, if it isn't winter where you live). It's very easy and I've taken some pictures because personally I learn better visually. But my hands were shaking like an old person (no offense to old people). I think it's a after-effect of the flu. It stinks. I couldn't take a clear picture with my phone's camera without steadying my hand on something. :(

So that's my excuse for the blurry pictures ;)

1. You have to get the supplies: a size G crochet needle, a rubber stopper for the end (a thick rubber band wrapped around it will do the job too. it's so the yarn/lace stuff won't slip off. very handy), the yarn/lace stuff (I like the Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins the best because it's more delicate and very soft), and a pair of scissors.

Each yarn has a name. I don't know this one's because I've currently lost the wrapping...Sorry (I really am). 

For future reference look at this photo, in which the top is the top and the bottom is the bottom (I know it sounds confusing now but it won't in a minute):

2. Then, after you find the beginning of the lace (which takes longer than you would expect), you have to stretch it, gently. You don't have to unravel the whole oblong thing, just an arm's length or less is fine. 

That's the top part, near my fingertips.

3. Count out four holes at the top and fold the lace over on top of another four holes (eight in all) so that they line up. 

the side near the top of the picture is the  top side. the other is the bottom. the bottom looks fancier and more complicated while the top is much simpler.

4. Get your crochet needle. Poke it through the first hole from the side facing you (Always thread the crochet needle through the lace in the same direction). Skip a hole and put the needle through the lace again, in the third hole. 

5. Keep doing this (remembering to skip holes) until you have ten loops on your crochet needle. It helps to count as you push the needle through the holes, counting for each time you go through a hole. Don't count the skipped holes.

6. You can change around the number of loops to fit your personal preference (it affects the ruffles of the scarf and how tight or loose they are). But I recommend ten for this particular brand. Once you have ten loops, hook the first loop (the one nearest the crochet needle's hook) with the crochet needle and pull it through the rest of the loops. You should end up with one loop, which will be on the crochet needle. 
hook the first loop and pull it through the rest.   

7. Repeat. Again, there is no exact length that the scarf has to be, so just keep measuring it on yourself as you go along. 

It should start looking like this.

8. Once you have the length you want, you have to tie up the end and neaten up the beginning (where a little flap of raw-edged yarn will be). Don't panic, it's going to be alright (go ahead and take a few seconds to stretch though). 

9. Make the loop around your crochet needle bigger. Then cut the yarn about two to three inches from where the loop is. Pull the corners of the end of the yarn apart (sometimes it helps to snip a little with the scissors down the middle.You may want to twist each side to make it easier to pull through the loop and knot later on). Then pull the side closer to the loop through the loop. Once it's through, use this side and the other side and tie them together in a knot. Knot again, then snip off the extra yarn close to the knot. 

this is the last loop

you'll pull the twisted yarn (the one closest to the loop) through the loop
knot the two twisted sections twice
10. Tuck the knot into any random loop in the yarn (near the knot of course). Just somewhere that looks pretty and not noticeable.

11. For the beginning, there will be a flap of yarn left over (from when you folded the yarn at the beginning). Thou must not panic. Knot the corner that hangs free. If there's too much extra yarn when you knot it (the tail of the knot), cut the extra off. 

see I have way to much extra yarn hanging out of the knot (to the right)
12. Tuck this knot in somewhere inconspicuous too. Preferably into a section of the yarn that is the same color.

Tada! Congratulations, you have finished your scarf. 

Finished product:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to comment. And if you actually do this DIY (which would be so awesome), comment and tell me how it went or do a post on your experience with it (including lots of pictures of course). I want to see! 

Hugs and chocolate. 

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