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
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