1. TheFallingLeaf says:

    Honestly, this site has very good taste as far as what should not be crocheted, but this is a really good idea! In fact I bought one that was fleece for ten bucks and it is the most practical and comfortable thing I have ever spent $10 on. I wish I had thought to crochet it first ’cause I could have put the rest toward the rest of my snowboarding gear! If anything WERE wrong it would be the furiness of the yarn.

  2. HydraFemme says:

    Agreed, TheFallingLeaf—the furriness is the definite turn-off here. Which may explain why they got a model who looks as thought she’s seriously suffering behind that smile—she isn’t going to get much else in the line of assignments until that grill is a goner!

    Fun fur just isn’t necessary, people!

  3. Liz says:

    And how would you find your stitches in that thing, it’s an exercise in frustation? It’s a marvel that the one in the picture turned out straight!

  4. Pansy says:

    That sort of fuzzy yarn always looks greasy to me. Ish. I must echo what TheFallingLeaf said above: I have one of these in fleece, too, and it’s great!

  5. Maryann says:

    Oh, I don’t think it’s too bad. I’m not to hot about it ’round the head, but I don’t like headbands. The neck is fine – there are plenty of fuzzy scarves. Could dispense with the eyelash yarn, as usual, but it’s really just a cowel, you know. Old concept, new yarn. I wouldn’t want it, all fuzzy and in that hot pink, but I don’t think it’s mockable.

  6. Elizabeth Miracle says:

    Hi Everyone!

    I’m a high school senior and I’m the editor of Lion Brand’s Newsletter By Kids, For Kids (BK4K) where these two patterns appeared. BK4K is for people — kids particularly, age 5 and up — who want to learn to crochet or to knit. I design, make and publish between 6 and 10 origianl projects per month.

    I designed and made the neckwarmer first to go with my letter jacket and I liked it so well that I made the earwarmer too! I wore them to football games all fall and skiing later and I love them both. I’m modelling them in the pictures you show.

    The two pieces are not made of fun fur.

    I’m sorry if you don’t like them, but not everyone is going to like everything.

    All the projects in BK4K are simple because they are for beginners.

    With Warm Regards,
    Elizabeth Miracle

    (edited by WNTC to remove all the links to Lionbrand and their yarns!)

  7. anon y mous says:

    It is facinating that the most realistic complaint here, about this art, is that it would be too hard to reproduce. Honestly, I would be embarrassed to admit that in a public forum. It is like screaming to the world, “I really am not a very good crocheter! I don’t like this design because I cannot crochet very well. I am not competent enough to make something like this. Fun fur is too hard for a beginner like me to work with!”

    I mean, gosh, isn’t this site set up so people can ridicule, insult, mock and perhaps even slander honest artists?

    Well, couldn’t you folks be more creative than to complain that the art is too hard to reproduce?

    I guess the problem is that this is a brilliantly useful design and it must SUCK to find a way to insult something good.

    I mean, come on … complaining that the yarn is too hard to work with is just putting egg on your own faces and not the art!

  8. devil says:

    Couldn’t she just wear a scarf and hat and be done with it? Around the neck this just looks like a necklace made from muppet fur. Headbands are usually unflattering anyway, but fuzzy ones are hideous.

    Yeah, this is a better idea in theory than in practice. Not the most awful thing ever, but still dumb-looking.

  9. Bella says:

    I have been a professional designer for over 20 years, and work for a major needlecraft publisher. I visit this site because it can be hilarious at times, and also to keep up with what some crocheters are saying about current trends. I have not had anything on this site (yet!) but I know several famous and very sucessful designers who have. Don’t take it personally, you have talent and should go far as a designer. Just remember, “Those who can design, those who can’t write catty comments on blogs”. Just keep designing and you will be laughing all the way to the bank!

  10. whatnottocrochet says:

    As said by Elizabeth – “Just remember, “Those who can design, those who can’t write catty comments on blogs” – um, ya, even non-designers can recognize a bad design and I highly doubt it’s contigent on being able to design…if it’s bad, it’s bad…duh.

  11. Double Take says:

    I don’t think we’re the target audience. It’s obvioiusly for kids. I asked my teenage daughter and she liked it.

  12. Ghostface chrochetta says:

    Ha. I’m mostly entertained at how this one was a weak pick so I snark the snark of WNTC…it’s the only way I stay entertained.

  13. JerseyCow says:

    I just want to give kudos to Elizabeth for not leaving what seems to have become the typical teenager response. Too often in online forums I see kids just becoming defensive and insulting, not to mention filling their messages with long strings of expletives, whenever faced with a difference of opinion. And I’m in college, so I shouldn’t be that out of touch.
    Anyway, they’re not really my style, but I can totally see the use for a neckwarmer, since you don’t have to worry about them falling off like scarves. I like headbands… but much more plain, though… the furriness just isn’t something I’d wear. They are great for when you don’t want to mess up your hair. The only alternative in that case would be earmuffs, and they always look stupid, no matter what they’re made out of.

  14. Mazell Stafford says:

    I think the idea of a neckwarmer is great. Even the headband for those who like them (I always wear a hood because my head gets cold). I do think a smoother yarn would make it look a lot better though.

  15. Northern Crafter says:

    Usually I love looking at your postings and the comments – at times, I’ve been in tears the items are so bad, but I think you’ve got it wrong on this one. As a ski instructor and snowboarder whose teen years were more decades ago that I like to think about, in general the neck warmer is one of the best ideas around. If you have children and live in a cold climate you already know how practical these are for yourself and your kids. In particular on a ski/board hill, you don’t have to worry about them catching a scarf in a tow or chair and perhaps choking, and it works well with their helmets. It also reduces the odds of their losing a scarf on the slopes. As to the wool, well, each to their own type and climate. It is easy patterns like this that start kids crochetting and knitting, so I’m all for them.

  16. Minky says:

    I agree with Mazell S. I have a similar item not chrocheted and find I need to cover the rest of my head, so I gave it to my older girl, she has a ‘hot’head and loves it.

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