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Crochet Scarf Pattern, Winter Clothing

Winter is right around the corner and many of your have been looking for the perfect crochet scarf pattern. Search no longer. Below are a few scarf patterns in both crochet and knit that will sure to please. As you select your pattern consider the infinity scarf or cowl. It is one of our most favorite winter items. For those in some of the coldest climates around the world, keeping warm with an infinity scarf is a must. It is likely the warmest winter item you will have in your closet. When tucked properly under your winter coat, it will keep the winter chill and wind at bay. Enjoy our infinity scarves as well as our other winter accessory patterns.

Which pattern did you choose? Have you completed your project yet? Who did you make it for? Email us to submit your photos. It maybe featured on the site. Happy New Year!

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DIY Holiday Knit Scarf

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If you are anything like us, you have a list a mile long and everything on it is DIY. We highly recommend starting now because time goes fast and lets face it: it takes time to make something DIY. If you are like us, making DIY holidays sounds great right now because you could save a little money with some extra effort and time. DIY gifts always have a special touch that other gifts can just not offer. Whatever your reason they are sure to love it and ask you for another one.

Speaking of the time it takes to make DIY holiday gifts: get started now. No, consider your projects when you are working down your list. Some projects will take longer than others obviously. That is why we love cowls. Depending on the length, they take a lot less time and are a must for those really cold locations. But, nothing beats a traditional scarf with a quick box hat or the traditional round hat. Both are excellent DIY holiday options as one can typically be worked up in one day.

With all that said, we put together some tips for your holiday DIY project list:

  • Make a DIY Holiday list
  • Make a Plan
  • Make a schedule and keep it
  • Get your patterns and supplies in time to stay on schedule
  • Get yarn and supply recommendations from our posts and patterns *see below, other articles and patterns
  • Make it personal (something They will like)
  • Consider your projects carefully. Keep it simple and fast so that you can complete your list in time
  • Use down time by taking your projects with you (lunch time)
  • Use the same pattern and different yarn to make it unique to each recipient
  • Take a knit along or crochet along or class
  • Get support from us on patterns you buy with us
  • Get 10% off in time enough for the holidays
  • Shop YLS (Norfolk, VA, USA)
  • Have Fun
  • Finish and mail early *the post office has been experiencing delays
  • Take pictures of your projects and share with us and others
  • Instagram your pictures
  • Have recipients take pictures of their gifts and share with us
  • When all else fails get them a gift certificate
  • How will you get your holiday DIY projects done in time? Which tips will you use? Which tips ended up being the most helpful?

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Why we love Cowls

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We love cowls for several reasons:

  • easy to keep up with / hard to lose
  • maximum warmth
  • maximum comfort

Having experienced the cold winter months of the Northeast, we know a little about cold and how to stay warm. In addition to staying warm, a cowl can be worn around the neck (almost like a turtle neck) making it easy to keep up with and offering some scaled down warmth once indoors. Because cowls can be tucked under coats and pulled up under and over chins, they provide maximum warmth by keeping cool and cold air out while clinging to the body, if made the right size. They also offer a lot of comfort during winter months and can be made out of soft wools like merino wool (below) to reduce itching and increase warmth. Shop our cowl patterns today! These make the perfect holiday gift as they can be quicker to work up than a traditional scarf. If you need help making your holiday gifts, sign up for one of our knit or corchet alongs or classes.

Who is on your Christmas list? What other DIY Holiday gifts are you making? Send us a picture of what you have made so far. Which types of arts and crafts are you using to make your DIY Holiday gifts?

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Types of Face Masks and Effectiveness – USA Today

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Knitted Masks: For this one, researchers used a mask with a looser weave.

“Think of the fabric as being something more similar to a sock than similar to a bed sheet, which is more like what you have for the standard cotton,” Warren said.

Larger and open pores in the masks may allow more particles to get in. Washing and drying the mask may further decrease its deficiency.

Souce: USA Today

There are a few things, we discovered, that can make your knitted masks more effective.

  • Use 100% cotton, preferably a stiffer cotton like Pima Cotton
  • Use a smaller needle or hook than required to create a fabric with smaller pores
  • Sew a side loading filter pocket on the back of the mask to decrease pore size and increase cleanliness by replacing used filters.
  • Some recommend coffee filters. Of course you can use what you prefer.
Types of Masks and Effectiveness
Source: USA Today
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Shop our mask patterns, which include side loading filter pockets or Shop our pre-made and ready to go masks with side loading filter pockets. If you would like to make your own, attend one of our knit alongs or classes for help. When you purchase a pattern with Shidonna Raven Pattern and Publications, you also receive free pattern support. We pray that you and yours stay healthy and keep preventing the spread of COVID 19. Share your comments (about your projects or our products) with the community by posting them below. E mail us a photo of your project or our project and we may post it in our articles (here). Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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Making Masks and CDC on Masks


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Source: CDC -Robert R. Redfield, MD | #COVIDStopsWithMe
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Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

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Making and Safely Wearing Face Masks

How to safely wear a face mask - Brett Sutton

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Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, State, Australia
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Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

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Why we should all start making our own face masks during coronavirus—and an expert-approved guide on how

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Published Thu, Apr 2 202012:12 PM EDTUpdated Fri, Apr 3 202012:35 PM EDT Nir Eyal, Contributor@NIREYAL

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization made it clear that, unless you’re sick or are a medical professional, you do not need to wear a face mask.

On February 29th, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

Adams’ message comes with good intentions. With COVID-19 cases soaring, doctors, nurses and other frontline health-care workers confront a severe shortage of masks — and cautioning people against buying them can help offset the problem. 

But other countries have already taken aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by telling citizens to wear masks, even if the masks are homemade.

Last week, George Gao, director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told ScienceMag.com that the “big mistake in the U.S.” is that people aren’t wearing masks. “This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role,” he said. You’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth.”

Gao has done significant research on viruses that have fragile lipid membranes called envelopes — a group that includes SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) — and how they enter cells and move between species.

“Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections,” he continued. “If they’re wearing face masks, it can [help] prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.”

‘People should be contemplating wearing masks’

In recent days, it appears that U.S. authorities are realizing they should have encouraged mask-wearing during the early stages of the outbreak.

Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, said on Sunday in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that “people should be contemplating wearing masks. We should be putting out guidelines from the CDC on how you can develop a [cotton] mask on your own.”

And on Wednesday, Adams told NBC’s “TODAY” show that he has asked the CDC to investigate whether his earlier recommendation should change. (Current CDC guidance is that healthy people don’t need masks or face coverings.)

While homemade masks aren’t as effective as medical-grade masks (like N95 respirators, which filter out at least 95% of airborne particles), researchers studying respiratory illnesses — including SARS, which is another form of coronavirus — have found that a simple mask can help lower the risk of infection.

It’s important to note that wearing a homemade mask alone will not guarantee protection against COVID-19. But its effectiveness is better when combined with basic safety precautions, such as regular hand-washing and social distancing. 

Shop our Masks Patterns & Handmade Masks today. Or get help making your mask in one of our upcoming knit or crochet alongs. Once you have completed or received your mask email us a picture and we will share it with the community. You may also post comments about making your own masks here. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. You are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

Source: CNBC

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Masks & Mask Patterns

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With all the controversy surrounding masks and whether or not one should wear one, there are still many types of masks. Many knitters and crocheters, as one might have expected, have opted to make their own masks and to make masks for others especially when there was a major shortage of masks. Now production has caught up with demand, which leaves us with the plethora of types of masks that we see on the market today. For the knitters who wish to make their own masks, one can find a very popular pattern here. For those who would rather just get their masks already made, one can find them here.

With the current insurgence of spikes all over the world, perhaps an abundance of caution is warranted and wearing a mask is worth it. Naturally, we are most interested in your opinion. What have you seen in your community with mask wearing? Has your community experienced a spike? Do you think this is in part due to the lack of wearing masks? Post your comments here and share them with the community. Most importantly we are praying for everyone’s continued safety and health. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.