Monday, November 20, 2017

Snowman Tree Topper...

I've been seeing all kinds of Snowman Tree Toppers on social media and at various stores.  So, I decided to make my own crochet version of one.  This only takes a couple hours to make using worsted weight yarn.

Snowman Tree Topper
Snowman Tree Topper Pattern

Size:  6" diameter

Gauge:  not important for this project

Materials:
--5.5mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in white (60-70 yds), black (50-60 yds) and small amounts of orange, green and red (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
--6" Styrofoam ball
--small amount of polyfil to stuff hat
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (creates a decrease)
HDC:  half double crochet
DC:  double crochet
Rep:  repeat
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off
BLO:  back loops only

Special Stitch:
1.  Picot Stitch:  Chain 3 and slip stitch into first chain

Note:
1.  If you do not want or have a Styrofoam ball, then you can use polyfil to stuff the head portion.


Directions:
1.  White white yarn, 10 SC into MR.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (10)
2.  2 SC into each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (20)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (30)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (40)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (50)
6.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 4 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (60)
7.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (60)
8.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 5 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (70)
9-13.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (70)
14.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 5 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (60)
15-17.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (60)
18.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 4 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (50)
--at this point, I went ahead and placed the Styrofoam ball in the cover and worked the remainder of my rounds--
19.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 3 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (40)
20.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (30)
21-22.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (30)
23.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (20)
24.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (20)
25. SC2tog.  Rep 9 more times.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave a long tail to weave in and out of last round to close up opening.  (10)

Hat:
1.  With black yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (8)
2.  2 HDC in each st around.   Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (16)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Rep around.   Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (24)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Rep around.   Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (32)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Rep around.   Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (40)
6-12.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  At the end of Round 12, FO black yarn and join red yarn.  (40)
13-14.  With red yarn, 1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  At the end of Round 14, FO red yarn and join black yarn.  (40)
15.  Working this round in the BLO, with black yarn, 1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (40)
16.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (60)
17.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (80)

Holly Leaf (make 2):
1.  With green yarn, Ch5.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch.  3 SC in the last ch.  Rotate to work on opposite side of base ch.  SC in the next 2 ch.  2 SC in the last ch.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (10)
2.  *HDC into first st and picot (see above).  Sl st into next st.*  Rep this pattern around.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  

Holly Berries (make 3):
1.  With red yarn, Ch4.  Make 4 DC st into the first ch.  Remove hook from loop.  Slip hook into the 1st stitch and then join back into the last loop.  Pull stitch through and FO.  Leave a long enough for attaching. 

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (9)

Nose:
1.  With orange yarn, Ch5.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
2.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
3.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
5.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
6.  SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
7.  1 SC.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching. 

Mouth (make 5):
1.  With black yarn, 5 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (see pic for placement)

Assembly:
1.  Attach facial features;
2.  Attach holly leaves and berries to hat; stuff hat with poly fil and then attach hat to top of snowman.

And, that's it for a super cute Snowman Tree Topper...
 
 
 Happy Crocheting...

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Santa Pillow

How cute is this Santa Claus using Bernat Blanket Yarn?!  This is the first of a trio I'm working on for this Christmas Season.

Amazon is an amazing resource for Bernat Blanket Yarn.  If you have a prime account, you can get a 220 yd ball for 8.00 with free shipping (lots of colors available) by clicking on this link:
https://www.amazon.com/Bernat-Blanket-Ounce-Lilac-Single/dp/B00KIFBIIU/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=6045781042223-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=f45417dd74244f1e52e77b79cb7b2661&creativeASIN=B00KIFBIIU

Please do note that Santa's nose isn't as big as it appears in the pic.  I think it's from the lighting and me using my I-phone to take the pics late last night...lol!!!

Santa Claus Pillow

Santa Claus Pillow Pattern

Size:  12" tall

Gauge:  I did not gauge this project

Materials:
--#10mm hook
--#6 super bulky yarn (Bernat Blanket Yarn in Red, White and Peach for the front; I used Baby Dove for the back
--2 black safety eyes (I bought a 264-pc set of colored eyes, varying sizes in a storage case from Amazon for 9.99.  Here's the LINK...
--polyfil for stuffing
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together (creates a decrease)
MR:  magic ring
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
Front:
1.  With red yarn, Ch2.  1 HDC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 HDC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
5.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
7.  1 HDC in each st across.  FO red yarn and join peach yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
8.  With peach yarn, 2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 5 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
9.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
10.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 7 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
11.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
12.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 9 st, 2 HDC in last st.  FO peach yarn and re-join red yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
13.  With red yarn, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
14.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 11 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
15.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
16.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 13 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
17.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
18.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 15 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (19)
19.  1 HDC in each st across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching.
Back:
The back is made exactly as the front.  The only difference is that I used one solid color to make it.
Hat Trim:
1.  With white yarn, Ch8.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching over rows 7 and 8 of the front side.  (7)

Mustache:
1.  With white yarn, Ch14.  HDC in the 2nd ch from the hook.  Sl st into the next 11 ch.  3 HDC in the last ch.  Rotate to work on the opposite side of the base chain.  Sl st into the first ch, 3 HDC in the next ch.  Sl st into the next ch.  3 HDC in the next ch.  Sl st into the next 3 ch.  3 HDC in the next ch.  Sl st into the next ch.  3 HDC in next ch.  Sl st into next ch.  2 HDC in the last ch.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Beard:
1.  With white yarn, Ch12.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
2.  SC2tog, SC in next 7 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
3.  SC2tog, SC in next 5 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
4.  SC2tog, SC in next 3 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
5.  SC2tog, SC in next st, SC2tog.  FO and weave ends.  (3)
6.  Join yarn on the side stitch of Row 1 and Ch1.  You will work down the side, across Row 5 and up the other side (you will not work any stitches across Row 1).  Into the same st as the Ch1, 3 HDC, then *sl st into the next st.  3 HDC into the next st.*  Rep this around.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching.

Nose: 
1.  With peach yarn, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st into MR.  3 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Assembly:
1.  Attach hat trim at Row 7/8 of the front side.  Weave ends.
2.  Attach Row 1 of beard at Row 12/13 of the front side.  Weave ends. 
3.  Attach mustache across top of the beard.  I only whipstitched across Round 1 of the stitches (I did not whipstitch the stitches I made across the base of the chain).
4.  Attach nose at the center of the mustache.
5.  Attach eyes above the nose.
6.  Join the front and back pieces with right sides facing and whipstitch around.  Before finishing off, turn right side out and stuff with polyfil.  Finish off and weave ends.

I think my Santa Claus Pillow turned out super cute...and he's so, so soft!!!!

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Fox Hoodie Bathrobe - 2T - 3T

I was wanting to use up the Pumpkin Spice Bernat Blanket Yarn I had so I decided to make a Fox Hoodie Bathrobe, size 2T - 3T.  I used a 10mm hook so it was a quick project to make.

Amazon is an amazing resource for Bernat Blanket Yarn.  If you have a prime account, you can get a 220 yd ball for 8.00 with free shipping by clicking on this link:
https://www.amazon.com/Bernat-Blanket-Ounce-Lilac-Single/dp/B00KIFBIIU/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=6045781042223-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=f45417dd74244f1e52e77b79cb7b2661&creativeASIN=B00KIFBIIU

A wide variety of colors are available!!!

My grandson, Gabriel, enjoyed modeling this for me.


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Loss of a Parent...

This day -- 11/19 -- of the year is always a day I dread so much.  19 years ago today, I had to let go of the first man I ever loved - my daddy.  If you've never lost a parent, then count yourself blessed and thankful to still have them.  You have no idea the pain, the loss, even the abandonment you feel as a child (no matter your age). 

Take the time to enjoy them because work, money, things are not what's most important. Spending actual, physical time with your family is what will comfort your heart in years to come or will eat away at you for knowing you didn't take the time to spend with them.  

I miss my dad every day.  I think about him every day - his humor, his little quips, his unconditional love to me and to his family.  He loved his family.  I have no regrets in my heart.  I gobbled up as much time with him as I could.  If you're still blessed to have your parents or parent with you then I encourage you don't take their life for granted.  Spend actual time with them.  

In the last months of my dad's life, he was so happy with all the love and support he received from family and friends.  He got to spend time with his mom, his brothers, sisters, his best friend, the sis-in-law he loved, lots of nieces and nephews who travelled great distances, his wife and children -- I know, in my heart, Dad was filled with so much love.  He knew he was loved.  And, I really believe it helped him in the days leading up to his death.  He had Jesus waiting on him and he was surrounded by so much love.  


I miss you, always, Dad!!!  

Here's an old pic of me with my dad 3 years before he died!!!  I was 24 in this pic.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Holiday Shoes

Quick and simple "Holiday Shoes" using Bernat Blanket Yarn and a 10.0mm hook.  These are super soft and sure to keep my feet warm and cozy during this holiday and winter season.

Amazon is an amazing resource for Bernat Blanket Yarn.  If you have a prime account, you can get a 220 yd ball for 8.00 with free shipping by clicking on this LINK.  A wide variety of colors are available!!!

Well, I've received multiple messages asking for the pattern so I'm going to go ahead and post it.  I've not had a chance to make in multiple sizes yet, but I'm going to explain below what I did.  This really is a very simple and fast project.
Holiday Shoes...




Holiday Shoes Pattern

Size:  Women's 10

For alternate sizes:
1.  You will need to measure the length of your foot from heel to big toe.  Mine was 10". 
2.  Then you will need to make your starting chain 2 times the size of the length of your foot since you will be folding over in half from left to right in the end to make your shoe.
3.  You will need to measure from the top of your toe to the center top of your foot; this way you will know how many stitches to leave unworked on each end for stitch marker placement at the end of Row 6.
4.  If making for a child, you will need to adjust the number of your rows before and after stitch marker placement.

Special Note:  I have not had a chance yet to make these in different sizes but I hope my directions are easy enough for you to make and adjust to your desired sizes...

Materials:
--10mm hook
--1 skein of Bernat Blanket yarn in Navy (220 yds/skein) and 1 skein of White (79 yds/skein)
--Plasti Dip (multipurpose rubber coating) - this is optional; I add a coat of this to the bottoms of my slippers to make them non-slip
--stitch markers
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
1.  With Navy yarn, Ch41, HDC in 2nd chain from hook, *SC next ch.  HDC next ch.*  Rep from * to * across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20 HDC & 20 SC = 40)
2.   HDC in first st.  SC in next st.  Rep across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20 HDC & 20 SC = 40)
3-6  Rep # 2.  At the end of Row 6, FO.
Stitch Marker Placement:
Count over 8 stitches from each end and place a stitch marker.
7.  Now, re-join Navy yarn with a sl st and Ch1 into the 9th st. HDC in same st as Ch1 and into each of the next 24 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
8.  HDC in each st across.  FO and join white yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
9.  With white yarn, HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
10-11.  HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
12.  *SC in first st, sk next st, 3 HDC in next st, sk st.*  Rep across from * to *.  Place a SC st into the last st.  FO and weave ends.

Your shoe will look like a rectangle. To shape into a shoe:
1.  Fold left to right with right sides facing.  Use navy yarn to whipstitch across the bottom, up the side and across until you get to the white yarn.  FO and weave ends.
2.  Turn right side out.
3.  Fold white rows down.

Drawstring:
1.  With white yarn, Ch60 and FO.  Tie a double knot on each end to secure the ends.
2.  With tapestry needle, weave the drawstring, in and out of the stitches of Row 8.

Pompom:
1.  I held the Navy and White yarn together and wrapped 20 times around my 4 fingers.
2.  Tied a knot in the center and trimmed the ends open and shaped.
3.  I attached the pompom at the center top of my shoe.  (This way the drawstring is tied into a bow just underneath it.)

And, that's it!!!  Super simple and cute shoes.   


Variation to pattern:
I completed the last 2 rows with FPHDC and BPHDC stitches...

And, here's a size 5 Toddler:
Happy Crocheting...

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Snowman Applique

Snowman Applique to accessorize with this holiday season.  This cute little guy measures 3" tall.

Snowman Applique
Snowman Applique Pattern

Size:  3" tall

Gauge:  I did not gauge this project

Materials:
--2.0mm, 3.0mm & 4.0mm hooks
--#4 worsted weight yarn in white, black, red and orange (small amounts)
--pin to add to back
 --crafter's glue
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
Rep:  repeat
SC:  single crochet
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
Head:
1.  With 3.0mm hook and white yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching to body.  (9)

Body:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and white yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Weave ends.

Hat:
1.  With 2.0mm hook and black yarn, Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Don't Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2.  Sl st into first st, sl st into next st and Ch1.  Into same st, SC.  SC in next 2 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
3.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching hat to the top of the head.

Assembly:
1.  I embroidered a red stitch onto the hat. 
2.  Join hat to top of head.
3.  Join head and body.
4.  Embroider eyes and "buttons" with black yarn to head and body.
5.  Embroider nose with orange yarn to head.
6.  I used crafter's glue to attach the pin to the back of the hat.



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Ashes Messy Bun/Ponytail Hat...

I made this Messy Bun/Ponytail hat last night.  It worked up quickly.  I really like the texture of this hat and the chunkiness is sure to keep my ears toasty warm this winter.
Ashes Messy Bun/Ponytail Hat




Ashes Messy Bun/Ponytail Hat Pattern

Size:  Teen - Adult (up to a 21" head circumference)

Gauge:  6 stitches (HDC/SC) x 5 rows = 2"

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--1 skein of Charisma in Ashes Yarn from Michael's (#5 bulky yarn)
--small amount of #5 bulky yarn in black for the trim
--ponytail holder
--tapestry needle for weaving ends

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
FPDC:  front post double crochet
BPDC:  back post double crochet
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
1.  20 SC st around ponytail holder.  Sl st to first st to join and Ch1.  (20)
2.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (20)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (30)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (40)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (50)
6.  HDC and SC in the first st, sk the next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (25 HDC & 25 SC)
7.  SC and HDC in the first st, sk the next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (25 SC & 25 HDC)
8-13.  Rep steps #6 and #7.
14-15.  FPDC, BPDC around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (25 FPDC & 25 BPDC)
At the end of Round 15, FO Ashes yarn and join black yarn.
16-17.  With black yarn, FPDC, BPDC around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (25 FPDC & 25 BPDC).  At the end of Round 17, FO and weave ends. 


Happy Crocheting...

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