October 24, 2012

Lucky Penny Pendant

MATERIALS:

- size 10 cotton crochet thread

- size B (2.25mm) crochet hook

- a penny (Optionally, one that is special to you in some way. You could choose one with the year of your birth, for instance.)

- ribbon (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS:

Round 1: Ch 2. In second chain from hook, sc 6 sts. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1.

Round 2: 2 sc in same sc and in each st around. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (12 sc)

Round 3: Sc in same sc, *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc), repeat from * to last sc, 2 sc in last sc. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (18 sc)

Round 4: 2 sc in same sc, *(sc in each of next 2 sc), repeat from * to last 2 sc, sc in each of last 2 sc. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (24 sc)

Round 5: Sc in same sc and in each of next 2 sc, *(2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc), repeat from * to last sc, 2 sc in last sc. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (30 sc)
Fasten off.

Repeat Rounds 1-5, but this time DO NOT fasten off after round 5.

Place the two crocheted pendant pieces together with the wrong sides facing each other and right sides facing out. Working through sts on both pendant pieces, sl st, ch 1.

Working through sts on both pendant pieces, reverse sc in each sc around - however, make sure to place the penny inside before reaching the end of the round. In joining space: Sl st, ch 1, sl st, ch 1.

Chain until chain measures approximately 24.5 inches when laid flat.
In joining space: Sl st, ch 1, sl st, ch 1.
Fasten off.

You could also use a ribbon instead of a crocheted chain. If you choose to do this, after you sl st twice in the joining space, work the following: Ch 10. In joining space: Sl st, ch 1, sl st, ch 1. (This will provide a loop through which to thread the ribbon.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends that need weaving in.

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July 12, 2012

Cactus Amigurumi

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MATERIALS:
size G crochet hook
scrap yarn in the following colors: brown (soil), green (plant), your choice (flower)
small amount of black yarn for embroidering mouth
9mm black safety eyes
terra cotta pot (approx. 2.75" tall and 3" diameter)
small piece of cardboard
polypellets
stuffing
super glue
scrap of felt (optional)
yarn needle

GAUGE: Gauge is not terribly important, just keep stitches as tight as possible so that stuffing/polypellets won't show through, and if necessary, use a smaller hook to achieve this.


PATTERN:

CACTUS AND SOIL:

CACTUS HEAD:
Starting with a magic ring and green yarn, 6 sc into ring.
Round 1: 2 sc in ea st around. (12)
Round 2: *(Sc, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)
Round 3: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24)
Rounds 4-8: Sc in each st around.
Round 9: *(Dec1, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * around. (18)
Note: This would be a good time to place and secure the safety eyes.
Round 10: *(Sc in next st, dec1), repeat from * around. (12)
SHAPE CACTUS BODY:
Round 11: 2 sc in each st around. (24)
Rounds 12-13: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off green yarn and attach brown yarn by pulling up a loop through the last two loops worked in green.
SOIL:
Round 14: Working through front loops only, 2 sc in each st around. (48)
Rounds 15-17: Sc in each st around.
Round 18: Sl st in each st around.
Fasten off.
Fill cactus with stuffing.

CACTUS HEAD SPROUT:
Starting with green yarn and a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 1: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Round 2: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)
Rounds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: *(Dec1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12)
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.
Sew to top of cactus head.

CACTUS ARMS:
Make 2.
With green yarn, ch2. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Round 1: Sc in each st around.
Round 2: 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts. (8)
Round 3: Repeat round 1.
Round 4: 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 6 sts. (10)
Round 5: Repeat round 1.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Sew arms to sides of cactus body.

FLOWER:
With yarn color of choice, ch2. 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Round 1: Sc in each st around.
Round 2: Working in back loops only, *(sc in next st, ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next chain, hdc in next chain, sc in same space), repeat from * four more times. (5 petals)
Sl st in first sc and fasten off.
Sew flower to top of head sprout (with the side of the flower with the "bump" on it facing up).




FINISHING & ASSEMBLY:
With black yarn, stitch a smile on the cactus.
Cut the small piece of cardboard to fit inside the base of the terra cotta pot.
Super glue the cardboard to the bottom of the inside of the pot.
Fill the terra cotta pot with polypellets and use super glue to secure the "soil" in place to the sides of the pot.
Optional: Use the base of the pot to trace a circle onto the scrap of felt.
Cut the felt and use super glue to secure it to the bottom of the terra cotta pot (this will help protect your furniture).

May 24, 2012

Stegosaurus Amigurumi



MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Jiffy, 1 skein (A) "Apple Green" & partial skeins (B) "Grass Green" & (C) "Dark Grey Heather"
size I or J crochet hook
9mm black safety eyes (or black yarn)
stuffing
yarn needle

Some stitches/abbreviations used in this pattern:

Dec1 = Insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Now, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. [1 stitch has been decreased]

PATTERN:

SHAPE HEAD:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rounds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 6-8: Sc in each st around.

SHAPE BODY & TAIL:
Round 9: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * to last 3 sts, sc in each of last 3 sts. (23 sts)
Round 10: 2 sc in next st, sc in ea st around to end of round. (24 sts)
Round 11: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice, *(sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc in each of last 2 sts. (30 sts)
Round 12: *(2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Secure safety eyes in place on head. Stuff head.
Rounds 13-20: Sc in each st around.
Round 21: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rounds 22-23: Sc in each st around.
Round 24: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 25: Sc in each st around.
Round 26: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 27-29: Sc in each st around.
Begin stuffing and continue until fastening off.
Round 30: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Rounds 31-33: Sc in each st around.
Round 34: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (8 sts)
Rounds 35-36: Sc in each st around.
Round 37: Dec 1 around. (4 sts)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.

SPIKES:
(Sew the spikes to the top of the body segment in the following order: small spike, medium spike, large spike, large spike, medium spike, small spike.)

SMALL SPIKES:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.
Round 1: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

MEDIUM SPIKES:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

LARGE SPIKES:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

FRONT LEGS:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: 2 sc in next st, sc in each st around to end of round. (9 sts)
Round 7: [Sc in next st, dec 1] three times. (6 sts)
Round 8: Dec 1 around. (3 sts)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

BACK LEGS:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Round 4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. (10 sts)
Round 6: Sc in each st around.
Round 7: [Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. (12 sts)
Round 8: Sc in each st around.
Round 9: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (8 sts)
Round 10: Dec 1 around. (4 sts)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

TAIL SPIKES:
Make 4.
Starting with a magic ring and C, 4 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-3: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.




May 3, 2012

Hannah's Red Dragon

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MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Jiffy, 1 skein "True Red"
small amount of black yarn
size G crochet hook (or size needed to ensure a tight gauge)
stuffing
yarn needle
12mm black safety eyes (or use the black yarn to embroider eyes)


FINISHED SIZE: Approx. 5 inches tall

PATTERN:
(NOTE: This pattern is based on a cartoon-y dragon I used to draw frequently as a kid.)



Red Dragon Wings Add-On

WINGS:
Make 2.

With red yarn, ch 2. 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, dec1 over last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: (Sc in first sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc), sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc) twice, sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same st).
Sl st approx. 8 sts down the side of the wing to meet up with the other tail of yarn.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing, and sew to back of dragon's body.
If desired, embroider black lines to accentuate the look of the wings, as shown in the photo.



BODY:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 4: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 5: *(Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Round 6: *(Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Rounds 7-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rounds 13-14: Sc in each st around.
Round 15: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 16: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 17: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.

HEAD:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rounds 3-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: Sc in next st, *(2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. (24 sts)
Rounds 9-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 7 sts. (30 sts)
Round 13: Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts. (34 sts)
Rounds 14-18: Sc in each st around.
Round 19: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1] twice, [Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1] four times, sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts. (27 sts)
Round 20: Sc in each st around.
Round 21: Sc in each of next 8 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 7 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 6 sts, dec 1. (24 sts)
Round 22: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
At this point, secure the safety eyes in place and begin stuffing.
Continue stuffing until fastening off.
Round 23: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Rounds 24-25: Dec 1 around.
(1/31/13: Alternately, you can omit Round 25, and then fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.
Sew head to body, using the length of yarn from the body segment.

ARMS:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew arms to body just beneath head.

LEGS:

HAUNCHES:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Lightly stuff and sew haunches to body just beneath arms.

FEET:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 2-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew feet to haunches/body near the base of the amigurumi.

EARS:
Make 2.
Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: Sl st in first st and in next 3 sts, ch 2, sl st in same st, sl st in each st across, ch 2, sl st in same st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew ears to head.

TAIL:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 4 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] twice. (6 sts)
Round 4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice. (10 sts)
Round 9: Sc in each st around.
Round 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts] twice. (12 sts)
Round 11: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.
Sew tail to body.


With black yarn, embroider details. Use the photos as a guide, if needed.



Enjoy! =)




January 23, 2013:

I just made another dragon in blue (Lion Brand Jiffy "Aqua") and added "fins" to the tail to make it a "water" dragon (or sea serpent). The fins are just another set of crocheted "ears" from the red dragon pattern. However, these, you obviously sew to the tail instead of the head.

The only thing I did differently for making the fins was to slip stitch down the side of the fins to meet up with the other end of yarn before fastening off.

I also did the stitching/embroidering on the wings, ears and tail fins with Lion Brand Jiffy "Grass Green" and then stitched the hands and feet in black.

One other thing - I used a size G hook and didn't change the yarn type, so I guess just use whatever size hook works for you to achieve the tightest gauge (for keeping in stuffing).


March 13, 2012

Simple Beaded Earrings


MATERIALS:
size 7 (1.65mm) crochet hook
size 20 cotton crochet thread
earring findings
20 seed beads


MB (Move Bead) = move a bead up close to your work so that it will stay behind after the stitch is completed

PATTERN:
Thread 10 seed beads onto crochet thread. (It kind of goes without saying, but don't use any beads that don't fit.)

Start with a slip knot and ch 6. Sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch2 (counts as first hdc), hdc 4 sts into ring, ch3, hdc 5 sts into ring, ch3, hdc 4 sts into ring. Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 2: Ch 1 (do not turn), (MB, rev sc) 3 times into ch3 space, (MB, rev sc) in next 4 sts, (MB, rev sc) 3 times into ch3 space, rev sc next 5 sts, rev sc twice into ch3 space, rev sc next 4 sts, rev sl st to beginning rev sc.
Attach earring findings to the ch3 space that doesn't have beaded accents.


Super Simple Crocheted Hoop Earrings


MATERIALS:
a pair of earring findings
2 matching key rings (any size you want)
2 (separate) small amounts of size 10 crochet thread
size 7 (1.65mm) crochet hook


PATTERN:
Round 1: With both strands held together, sc completely around the key ring.
Sl st to beginning sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends as best as you can.
Attach earring findings.

For a different look, hook 2 or more smaller key rings together before crocheting to create a "linked" effect.

February 9, 2012

Easter Egg Amigurumi


Materials:
size E crochet hook
poly pellets (or stuffing)
scrap yarn in various colors
white yarn for plain egg

Special stitches/abbreviations used in this pattern:
Dec 1 = Insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Now, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. [1 stitch has been decreased]

Striped Egg:

Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc in ring.
Round 1: 2 sc in ea st around. (12)
Round 2: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)
Round 3: *(Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24)
Round 4: *(Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30)
Switch colors by drawing up a loop through the last 2 loops of previous st.
Round 5: Sc in ea st around.
Switch colors.
Rounds 6-7: Repeat round 5.
Switch colors.
Rounds 8-9: Repeat round 5.
Switch colors.
Round 10: Repeat round 5.
Switch colors.
Round 11: Repeat round 5.
Switch colors.
Round 12: Repeat round 5.
Switch colors.
Round 13: Sc in ea of next 2 sts, *(dec 1, sc in ea of next 3 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (24)
Switch colors.
Rounds 14-15: Repeat round 5.
Switch colors.
Round 16: Sc in next st, *(dec 1, sc in ea of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (18)
Switch colors.
Start filling with poly pellets and continue filling to end of work.
Rounds 17-18: Repeat round 5.
Switch colors.
Round 19: *(Sc in next st, dec1), repeat from * around. (12)
Round 20: Sc2tog through front loops only around. (6)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining sts.

Plain White Egg:

Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc in ring.
Round 1: 2 sc in ea st around. (12)
Round 2: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)
Round 3: *(Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24)
Round 4: *(Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30)
Rounds 5-12: Sc in ea st around.
Round 13: Sc in ea of next 2 sts, *(dec 1, sc in ea of next 3 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (24)
Rounds 14-15: Sc in ea st around.
Round 16: Sc in next st, *(dec 1, sc in ea of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (18)
Start filling with poly pellets and continue filling to end of work.
Rounds 17-18: Sc in ea st around.
Round 19: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (12)
Round 20: Sc2tog through front loops only around. (6)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining sts.

January 3, 2012

Recycled Silk Bag



Materials:
1 ball recycled silk yarn
1 ball black cotton yarn that I had lying around ("Patons: Grace" would be a good substitute)
size 9 knitting needles

Pattern:


This pattern uses seed stitch throughout.


With both strands held together, cast on 25 sts.


Rows 1-6: *(K1, P1), repeat from * across.


Row 7: Work in seed stitch for 8 sts, cast off 9 sts in seed st, work in seed stitch to end of row (there should be 8 sts on each side of cast off sts).


Row 8: Work in seed stitch for 8 sts, cast on 9 sts, work in seed stitch to end of row (25 sts).


Continue working in seed stitch until piece measures approx. 11 inches or until yarn is getting somewhat close to getting used up.


Repeat Rows 7-8.


Repeat Rows 1-6.


Cast off in seed st.


Weave in ends and sew sides together.