Crochet Yarn Lei
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It’s almost high school and college graduation time. Growing up in Hawai’i, this time of year means making or buying leis for graduating family and friends. It’s a little harder to make a fresh flower lei here on the mainland, but I’m not willing to let my baby graduate from high school with out a bunch of leis from her family. I decided to make crochet yarn leis for my daughter and her group of friends. It’s a beginner level project and a fun graduation gift to give.
This lei in white resembles a pikake lei. I’ve made it with 3 strands of white to look like a traditional pikake lei, but this was the perfect opportunity to use up some leftover yarn scraps and make one of the 3 strands a contrasting color.
Crochet Yarn Lei
Yarn, sport or worsted weight
Crochet hook, size H
To start, chain 2, draw loop of yarn up through 2nd chain. Make loop about 3/4 to 1 inch long.
Yarn over (add another loop), and insert the crochet hook back through the same stitch. Yarn over and pull the loop through. Repeat until you have 9 loops on the hook.
Yarn over and single crochet your 9 loops closed.
Repeat until your lei is about 40-43″ long, depending on the height of the person you’re giving the lei to.
Make 3 strands.
Tie one end together and twist the strands together until you reach the other end and tie off. Tie the lei together and add a ribbon to cover the joining.
I made some of the leis in the girls’ favorite colors and other leis in the school colors. I can’t wait to surprise them at graduation with a crocheted yarn lei.
Drop by next week and I’ll show you how to crochet the green leaf strand wrapped around the middle lei.
Check out the leis I crocheted last year and the lei I crafted for my daughter’s hula competition.
Lei pattern adapted from Hawaiian Lei in Crochet by Roberta Wong
More DIY Lei Tutorials and Instructions
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Looks simple and cute!! I have leftover yarn too like ALL other hookers. 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Bobbi, it is simple and a great gift. I’d love to see your lei when you make one.
I just love these! I never thought about crocheting a lei. These came out beautiful and I know your daughter and her friends will love and cherish them forever.
love it! a sweet way of combining your memories with your daughters. thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
Found you on Jewish Mom’s blog and have to tell you this is amazing. I have a daughter that loves unique scarves and I am going to adapt your beautiful lei into a scarf for her. Thanks so much for the tutorial and sharing. With a post like this, I had to subscribe.
Alice, I’d love to see how you evolve the lei into a scarf! Have fun with it and welcome to Organized 31.
I hope this still works. But I’ve never crocheted before and the instructions sound easy. I am a visual learner and there’s not many step by step pics or a video. Is there anyway you could make a video on how to make this?
I’d be happy to, Dominique. It’ll take me some time, but I’ll get on it as soon as I can. Feel free to email me with any questions.
Hi. Is there a video? I’m a little confused
There’s not, Mandi. I’ll try to make one, but it won’t be for a bit.
Have you made a video for this yet? I’ve tried it and I’m a little confused.
I haven’t yet (it’s on my to do list). Are there any questions I can answer? You can email them to me at Susan (at) organized31 (dot) com