Free Crochet Pattern: Darci Scrunchie

While I was on vacation in California last month, I needed some quick and easy crochet projects to take on the go. This led me to design a simple crochet scrunchie pattern that takes under 30 minutes to make.  Since there was a lot of interest on Instagram and Facebook, I’ve written it up as a pattern with a quick photo tutorial!  This quick and easy crochet scrunchie pattern is worked in the round as a tube and joined around a hair tie to make it stretchy.  These would be perfect for gifts or market prep, and they use less than 15 yards of yarn so they’re a great stash buster!

The free pattern is below, and you can purchase a low cost ad-free PDF in my shop here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/darci-scrunchie

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What you need: (If you make a purchase from one of these links, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you)
– 10-15 yards of DK or worsted weight yarn (https://amzn.to/2LLloIR)
– Size I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook (https://amzn.to/2LLjtEc)
– Tapestry needle (https://amzn.to/2IFM8qB)
– Scissors
– Elastic hair tie (https://amzn.to/2LKnQiM)

Abbreviations used:
rep = repeat
st(s) = stitch(es)
csc = center single crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
WS = wrong side
RS = right side

Helpful hints:
– This pattern uses the csc stitch to create a “knit” look. This stitch is worked almost the same as a normal sc. The only difference is the hook is inserted between the “v” of the stitch instead of just in the top two loops.
– Working in regular sc will create the exact same shape, with a slightly different texture.
– When working into the ch, sc into the back bump instead of the top two loops. This will make it easier to join at the end.
– After Round 1, all rounds are worked in spiral, so you will not ch 1 at the beginning and join at the end.

Instructions:
Ch 45 and join with a sl st in the first ch, being careful not to twist the ch.
Round 1: ch 1, sc in same ch and in each ch around
Rounds 2-15: csc in each st around

Assembly-

The piece should look like this.
crochet scrunchie
Turn the piece inside out so the WS is facing you and place the elastic hair tie around the middle.

crochet scrunchie

Flip up the bottom section so your hook is in position to continue around and the edges are aligned (RS should be facing you again).
crochet scrunchie
Begin slip stitching around the edges.
crochet scrunchie
Start by inserting the hook into the next st of the side the yarn is attached to and into the first starting ch. This will ensure the scrunchie doesn’t twist.
crochet scrunchie
Once you have slip stitched all the way around, join with a sl st in the first sl st, and fasten off.  Weave in the end by poking it into the scrunchie and out the other side. Cut it off as close as possible so it disappears into the scrunchie.

crochet scrunchie

I hope you enjoyed the pattern, and that you love your finished scrunchies! If you’re on Instagram, I would love to see your project! You can use #yarnhasmyheart to share your creations, and tag @yarn_has_my_heart in your photos ♥︎

Domain Email: How to Set It Up and Improve Your Branding!

Lately, I’ve been trying to make my “brand image” more cohesive, and one of the tasks on my list was to get a branded domain email. A branded email address is one that’s hosted at your website name, as opposed to a gmail.com or icloud.com email. With a branded email, you can make a better impression on your audience, whether it’s through a contact form or a business card. So you know you want a branded email, but how do you get one? I researched and tried a lot of different options to come up with the simplest solution possible. The best part is it integrates with gmail (or whatever other mail service you currently use for your business) so you don’t have to learn how to use a new mail app!

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Out of all the services I tried, improvmx.com was by far the best. Their support team responded quickly when I had a question, and their service is very simple to set up. Here’s how it works: you enter your website name and your current email address, and they provide a free alias email. What this means is you get a new email, for example yourname@website.com, that you can receive mail at, and those emails will be automatically forwarded to your existing email address. There is no separate inbox for the new email, and no complicated forwarding setup. ImprovMX does all the heavy lifting for you! The steps I used to set up my new domain email are below.

Step 1: Go to www.improvmx.com and enter your website address and current business email in the box. The email you enter will be the one your new alias forwards to, so make sure it’s the address you want to receive and send email at!

Step 2: Follow the steps to add the MX records for your hosting provider. This is the service you bought your website from (GoDaddy, Bluehost, Namecheap, etc). This probably sounds really technical, but I promise it’s not! ImprovMX has guides to help you through the process.

Step 3: Once everything is set up, go to your dashboard and create your first alias email. I entered my name in the box, so my new email is trinity@yarnhasmyheart.com. Next, click the “test” button to make sure you can receive email at your new address. Check your inbox for the email address your alias forwards to. If you got an email from ImprovMX, you’re good to go!

Now that you can receive email at your new address, you need to set up your existing email account so you can send email from your branded address as well. This post will assume you use gmail, but the setup process is similar for most email services. ImprovMX provides an easy to follow tutorial, which you can see here: https://improvmx.com/guides/send-emails-using-gmail. After you have followed all of the steps, go back to the “Settings” > “Accounts and Import” page in gmail and change your default email address to the branded address you just added. This will make this the “from” address when you send emails.

And that’s it! You can now send and receive email with your new domain email address. If you want to add more aliases to receive emails (for example hello@website.com or support@website.com), you can create up to ten for free in your ImprovMX dashboard. You don’t need to set up these ones in gmail unless you want to send email from them as well. The last thing you’ll want to do is change any public-facing mentions of your email address. This might include contact buttons on social media, mentions in your patterns, your customer support email for Ravelry or Etsy, or even your business card. You don’t need to worry about changing the email for all of your accounts or re-subscribing to every newsletter, since no one will ever see your old email there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to creating a branded domain email address! We all know that branding is essential, and my goal with this post is to help other makers by sharing the simplest (and least expensive!) way to professionalize an area of your brand that you might not have thought about. If you run into any issues, please feel free to comment or email me at my ~fancy~ new email, trinity@yarnhasmyheart.com, and I’ll be happy to help!

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The free pattern is below, and a low cost ad-free PDF is available in my shop here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-puff-stitch-stocking

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Tutorial: Mini Granny Square Earrings!

It’s been over a month since my last post, but today I have an adorable crochet tutorial to share with you!  I recently posted a photo of a tiny amigurumi elephant I made a couple years ago on Instagram, and it inspired me to come up with more mini crochet projects.  Small projects are a great way to use leftover yarn… Mine was from my Pacific Crop Tee. With this tutorial, you can make your own pair of tiny granny square earrings in under a half an hour! 

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