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
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.
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 lei making ideas.