There’s nothing better than a good handmade wedding present. Whenever a wedding invite comes in the mail, my go to gift is usually an afghan of some sort. But it’s been a particularly busy summer and I found myself with three weddings in rapid succession. Simply not having time to make three unique afghans, I spent some time brainstorming ideas for couples’ gifts.
My mind went to things I could make quickly. Scarves… Hats… But how to spiff them up a notch so they’d be wedding appropriate? I needed some cute His-and-Hers matching gift ideas.
For the first wedding, I decided to make matching Pocket Scarves for the couple. I had the idea of embellishing them with patches. I was sure I could find some cute fabric featuring famous pairings: maybe peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, or milk and cookies… It seems most of my ideas were food-themed, but really I was at the mercy of the fabric store.
Well, I never did find peas and carrots. But I did stumble across this great chess piece fabric and, along with it, the idea of Kings and Queens!
These were quick, easy and unique gifts. I made both scarves within a normal week while carrying on with real life, such as my day job (not like those rare vacation weeks where I can lounge around and crochet for days on end).
So far, I’ve made these for two different couples and they’ve been a big hit! These plush scarves quickly identify the wedding royalty and feature pockets for warming hands or keeping cell phones handy.
Of course, details are everything. Not only when making your handmade item, but when packaging it as well. So I wrapped them into beautiful reusable boxes with hand-lettered gift tags to add the final touch of class.
I found these boxes at Ross for $5-$8 a piece, which is not that much more than you’d spend on wrapping paper and bows anyway.
Have fun making your Pocket Scarves! Let me know if you have any questions and please share pictures of your creations. I would love to see what you make, so please feel free to post pictures of your own creations in the comments or on the Tincture Craft Facebook page.
King & Queen Pocket Scarves (download with basic pics)
King & Queen Pocket Scarves (download text only)
(original pattern written by Tommi Johnstone and available at TinctureCraft.com)
Size: One size fits all
Gauge: Checking gauge is not necessary for this pattern
Crochet hook, size M
Bulky weight yarn (category 5)
(Scarves shown are made with Sensations Plentiful Green Wool Blend and Brown Wool Blend)
Lightweight flannel fabric (I found some printed with chess pieces for these scarves)
SCARF (make 2 in complimentary colors)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (120 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1. Turn. Working in back loops only, sc in each sc across.
Repeat Row 2 until scarf measures 5” wide or desired width.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
POCKETS (make 2 in each color, 4 total)
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. (11 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2. Turn. Hdc in back loop of hdc. *Hdc in front loop of next hdc, hdc in back loop of next hdc. Repeat from * across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 6” or desired length (this measurement will be the depth of the pocket).
Fasten off, leaving extra long tail for attaching pocket to scarf.
Using a lightweight flannel fabric with images you like (I found this chess fabric at Joann’s), cut evenly around each image you want to use, leaving ¼” extra space on each side.
For these scarves, I used one king piece and one queen piece of each color.
Iron ¼” of edge under on all sides of patch. Center patch on one of the crocheted pocket pieces and sew along all four sides using a running stitch. Repeat for other three pockets.
Place pocket front at one end of the scarf. Using tail, whipstitch around three sides to make pocket. Repeat with other three pockets.
Stay tuned for the next ‘one week wedding present’…
All rights to this pattern belong to Tommi Johnstone and Tincture Craft. Please feel free to share this pattern or sell the pieces you make from this pattern, but please credit me and link back to TinctureCraft.com.