Friday, January 19, 2018

Trolls - Branch Hand Puppet

With all the snow and ice here in North Carolina, I've stayed inside and keeping myself busy working on crochet projects. So, here is my second Trolls Hand Puppet - Branch!!!  I used #4 worsted weight yarn.  This pattern works up fairly quick.

Trolls - Branch Hand Puppet Pattern

Size:  Approximately 14" tall from top of hair to bottom and 7 1/2" across from finger placement to finger placement

Gauge:  I did not gauge this pattern

Materials:
--6.0mm hook (puppet)
--3.0mm (for ears and facial features)
--#4 worsted weight yarn in blue, purple, white and black
--a pinch of polyfil (for the nose)
--hair brush or comb for making the hair 
--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
HDC:  half double crochet 
DC:  double crochet 
TC:  triple crochet
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip 
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions: 
Note:  the front and back pieces are made exactly the same

Puppet (make 2):
1.  With blue yarn, Ch16.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
2-10.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
11.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 13 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
12.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
13.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 15 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (19)
14.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (19)
15.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 17 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (21)
16.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (21)
17.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 19 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (23)
18.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (23)
19.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 21 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (25)
20.  1 SC in each st across.  Turn.  (25)
21.  Sl st in each of the first 6 st.  Ch1.  SC in each of the next 13 st.  Leave the last 6 st unworked.  Ch1 and turn.  (13) 
22-27.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
28.  SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 9 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
29.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
30.  SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 7 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
31.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
32.  SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 5 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
33.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching front and back pieces together.

Repeat for second piece.  

Before you whipstitch the front and back together, make and attach the facial features to one piece.

Eyes (make 2):
--The eyes are made in 2 parts--
First part:
1.  With white yarn and 3.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join to first st and Ch1.  Pull to tighten the center.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 SC in the first st, 1 SC in the next 3 st.  Rep around.  FO and leave tail for attaching.  (15) 

Second part:
1.  With black yarn and 3.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  FO black yarn and join blue yarn.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  With blue yarn, 2 SC in the first st, 1 SC in the next st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a tail for attaching.   

Repeat for second eye. 

Eyelids (make 2):
1.  With black yarn and 3.0mm hook, Ch7.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave tail for attaching.  (6)

Eyebrows (make 2):
1.  With black yarn and 3.0mm hook, Ch8.  SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next ch, HDC in each of the next 3 ch, and SC in each of the last 2 ch.  FO and leave a tail for attaching.  (7)

Assembly of eyes:
1.  Attach second part to first part.  
2.  Then attach to the right side of one of the puppets.  I attached mine at rows 25-27.
3.  Attach eyelids above eyes.
4.  Attach eyebrows above eyelids.  (See pics for guidance) 

Nose:
1.  With purple yarn and 3.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join to first st and Ch1.  Pull to tighten the center.  (6)
2.  *2 DC in the 1st st, 2 DC in the next st, 2 SC in the following st,* rep around.  Sl st to join to first st and Ch1.
3.  *1 DC in the first 4 st, 1 SC in the next 2 st,* rep around.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching the nose.  

Assembly of nose:
1.  Attach nose in the center, below the eyes, at rows 20-24. 
2.  Whipstitch to close.  Before closing off, add a very small amount of polyfil (or you could use yarn) for the filling.  Weave ends.
3.  I also added a couple stitches on each side of the nose, about 1/2" inward on each side to create an indentation.  

Mouth:
1.  For the mouth, I used black yarn and embroidered it.  However, you could make a chain of stitches, if so desired.

At this point, you will now, whipstitch the sides together, with right sides facing each other.
Whipstitch around the puppet, leaving the bottom open.  Now, turn right side out.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With blue yarn, 8 SC into MR.  Pull to tighten but do not join.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
2.  2 SC in the first st, 1 SC in the next 6 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
3.  2 SC in the first st, 1 SC in the next 8 st and 2 SC in the last st.  FO and leave a tail for attaching.  (12)

Assembly:
1.  First, I folded each ear inward.  
2.  Then, I attached to each side of the puppet.  (See pics for placement) 

Hair:
1.  For the hair, I used purple yarn.  I used my 6.0mm hook to attach the yarn in each st of the rows above the eyebrows all the way around.  I also placed hair in the stitches on each side (from the top side to the ear).  I worked the yarn into a stitch, pulled yarn through and tied into a knot (approximately 4 1/2 - 5" long).  I continued to do this until I was satisfied with the amount of yarn used. 
2.  Now, I used a hair brush to continually brushing through the yarn until the "hair" was achieved.  It takes a little time and patience to complete this, but it will happen.

And, that's it for my Branch Troll...

Here's my link to my Poppy Hand Puppet:
Trolls - Poppy Hand Puppet Pattern

Happy Crocheting...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Valentine Pillow Cover/Sham C2C Graph....

To celebrate and honor my relationship and love for my hubby, here's my FREE graph of hearts I designed to make now so I can display it for the entire month of February.  It's going to be a Valentine Pillow Cover/Sham, using the C2C (corner-to-corner) Crochet method.

I plan to use a 5.0 (H) hook and #4 worsted weight yarn, likely Red Heart Super Saver.  I'm also going to do an altered C2C by starting with a chain 5 (instead of 6) and then use HDC stitches with chain 2 (instead of DC with chain 3).

The back panel will be made in one solid color, of choice.

If you want to tackle this project on your own, please feel free to use my graph.

Valentine Pillow Cover/Sham 
C2C Graph....

Front Panel

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

Materials:
--5.0mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in pink, red and white (I used RHSS)
--tapestry needle for weaving

Directions:
1.  For the front panel, follow the C2C method, starting in the lower right corner.  I used a Ch5 and HDC st with Ch2.  
2-3.  Once, I completed my front panel, I then used pink yarn and completed 2 rounds of SC stitches for the border, placing 3 SC stitches in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  

Here's a pic just over halfway completed...

And, here's a pic of my completed front panel...
Back Panel
The back panel is completed the same way as the front panel.  The only exception is that the back panel is completed in one color.  And, then 2 rounds of SC st for the border.

Here's a pic of my completed back panel: 
To complete my pillow cover, I placed the right sides together and whipstitched across the top, down the side and across the bottom.  I left one side open.  Then, turn right sides out and add a standard-sized pillow.  At this point, you can whipstitch close the end if you'd like, but I left my end open.  


Hope you all will enjoy this pattern.  Have fun and show someone some love....

Happy Crocheting...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snowdrift Hat Pattern

I'm in love with the look, texture and feel of my newest hat design, Snowdrift.  This hat was designed using Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice in Colonial Blue.  It uses a variety of different stitches to make this hat a real beauty to have.

If you would like to purchase the Ad-free PDF version, then it is listed in my Etsy Shop for $1.99.  Here is the link:

Snowdrift Hat

 Snowdrift Hat Pattern
 Size:
1.  The directions given will comfortably fit a 19" - 21" head circumference.
2.  If you want a 4" diameter, then you will stop increase rounds after round #4.
3.  If you want a 5" diameter, then you will stop increase rounds after round #5.

Materials:
--5.0mm hook
--1 skein of Vanna's Choice Lion Brand yarn in Colonial Blue (it only uses approximately 1/2 a skein)
--faux fur pompom or you can make your own (optional)
--tapestry needle for weaving

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

Special Stitches:
1.  PS:  Popcorn Stitch - 4 single crochet stitches into the same stitch; remove hook from last loop and insert hook (front to back) into the first of the four stitches made, then re-join hook back into the fourth stitch loop and pull through.
2.  HDC Crossover:  Skip first stitch and place half double crochet into the next stitch.  Then, place half double crochet into the skipped stitch.  Continue to repeat around.

Special Note:
1.  If you work this in the round, then use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning/ending stitches.
2.  If you work this by joining a slip stitch to the first stitch at the end of each round, then you will chain 1.

Directions:
1.  Create a MR.  Ch1.  10 HDC into MR.  (10)
2.  2 HDC st into each st around.  (20)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Rep around.  (30)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  (40)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  (50)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 4 st.  Rep around.  (60)
7.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 5 st.  Rep around.  (70)
8-9.  1 HDC in FLO of first st, 1 HDC in BLO of next st.  Rep around.  (70)
10.  PS in the first st, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  1 SC in last st.  (70)
11.  1 HDC in each st around.  (70)
12-13.  Rep #8-9.  (70)
14.  Rep #10.
15-16.  Rep #8-9.
17.  HDC Crossover around.  (70)
18-19.  1 SC in BLO of each st around.  (70)
20-21.  FPDC around the post of the first st, BPDC around the post of the next st.  Rep around.  (70)
At the end of Round #21, FO and weave ends.

Pompom (optional):
I added a gray, faux fur pompom to the center top of my hat by weaving yarn through the pompom and the top of my hat.  Then weaved ends. 

If you want to make a yarn pompom and don't have a pompom maker, then you can simply wrap yarn color of your choice around 4 of your fingers 50-60 times (or more, if so desired), use a long piece of yarn to secure a double knot at the center and then cut and trim to shape into a pompom.

And, that's it for my Snowdrift Hat!!!  It has a beautiful texture, sure to keep your head/ears warm and fits great...

And here it is in the color, Peacock:


Check out my above video wearing my Snowdrift Hat on a very cold and snowy day!!!!

Happy Crocheting...
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--don't use my pics as your own
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

"The Anchor Holds" Blanket

I finished up the border tonight for my "The Anchor Holds" Throw Blanket I have been working on.  I'm happy with the end result and love the little ripple-like waves for the border.

This throw blanket was made using "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby and a 6.0mm hook.  It measures approximately 40" x 58". 

The Anchor Holds - In Spite of the Storm...
 
 

  
 
Happy Crocheting... 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trolls - Poppy Hand Puppet

Here's the first of my Troll Puppets I'm currently working on.  I thought I'd start with Poppy.  All of my grandchildren seem to really love watching the Trolls movie -- and, as you can see below, Gabriel, was really enjoying himself playing with Poppy.  

This hand puppet works up fairly quick.  I completed it in one evening using worsted weight yarn and a 6mm hook.

Trolls - Poppy Hand Puppet

 

"Poppy" Trolls Hand Puppet Pattern

Size:  Approximately 14" tall from top of hair to bottom and 7 1/2" across from finger placement to finger placement

Gauge:  I did not gauge this pattern

Materials:
--6.0mm hook (puppet)
--3.0mm and 4.5mm hook (for ears and facial features)
--#4 worsted weight yarn in pink, bright/darker pink, blue, turquoise, white and black
--a pinch of polyfil (for the nose)
--hair brush or comb for making the hair
--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
HDC:  half double crochet
DC:  double crochet 
TC:  triple crochet
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
Note:  the front and back pieces are made exactly the same

Puppet (make 2):
1.  With pink, Ch16.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
2-10.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
11.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 13 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
12.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
13.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 15 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (19)
14.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (19)
15.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 17 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (21)
16.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (21)
17.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 19 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (23)
18.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (23)
19.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in each of the next 21 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (25)
20.  1 SC in each st across.  Turn.  (25)
21.  Sl st in each of the first 6 st.  Ch1.  SC in each of the next 13 st.  Leave the last 6 st unworked.  Ch1 and turn.  (13) 
22-27.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
28.  SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 9 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
29.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
30.  SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 7 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
31.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
32.  SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 5 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
33.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching front and back pieces together.

Before you whipstitch the front and back together, make and attach the facial features to one piece.

Eyes (make 2):
--The eyes are made in 2 parts--
First part:
1.  With white yarn and 3.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join to first st and Ch1.  Pull to tighten the center.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and FO white yarn.  Join black yarn and Ch1.  (12)
3.  With black yarn, SC in the first 5 st.  FO and leave tail for attaching.  (5)

Second part:
1.  With black yarn and 3.0mm hook, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO black yarn.  Join bright/dark pink and Ch1.  (3)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join to first st.  FO and leave a tail for attaching this piece to the first one.  Use white yarn to embroider dot at center of eye.

Repeat for second eye.

Assembly of eyes:
1.  Attach second part to first part.  
2.  Then attach to the right side of one of the puppets.  I attached mine at rows 25-27.

Nose:
1.  With bright/dark pink and 3.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join to first st and Ch1.  Pull to tighten the center.  (6)
2.  *2 DC in the 1st st, 2 DC in the next st, 2 SC in the following st,* rep around.  Sl st to join to first st and Ch1.
3.  *1 DC in the first 4 st, 1 SC in the next 2 st,* rep around.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching the nose.  

Assembly of nose:
1.  Attach nose in the center, below the eyes, at rows 20-24. 
2.  Whipstitch to close.  Before closing off, add a very small amount of polyfil (or you could use yarn) for the filling.  Weave ends.  

Mouth:
1.  For the mouth, I used black yarn and embroidered it.  However, you could make a chain of stitches, if so desired.

At this point, you will now, whipstitch the sides together, with right sides facing each other.  Whipstitch around the puppet, leaving the bottom open.  Now, turn right side out.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With pink yarn and 4.5mm hook, Ch7.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  SC in the next 2 ch.  HDC in the last 2 ch.  FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Assembly:
1.  First, I folded each ear inward and added a few whipstitches in the center.
2.  Then, I attached to each side of the puppet.

Hair:
1.  For the hair, I used the bright/dark pink yarn.  I used my 6.0mm hook to attach the yarn in each st of the top 2 rows.  I worked the yarn into a stitch, pulled yarn through and tied into a knot (approximately 4 1/2 - 5" long).  I continued to do this around the top 2 rows.  I then worked a few strands on each side of the front side (to make the bangs) in the 4th row down -- on 1 side I made 2 strands; on the other side, I made 3 strands.
2.  Now, I used a hair brush to continually brushing through the yarn until the "hair" was achieved.  It takes a little time and patience to complete this, but it will happen.

Hairband:
1.  With turquoise yarn and a 4.5mm hook, Ch30.  HDC in the 2nd ch from the hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (29)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching.

Attaching Hairband:
1.  I attached the hairband between the hair and the bangs to hide the rows where the "hair" was made.

Flowers (make 3):
1.  With blue yarn and 4.5mm hook, make a MR and Ch4.  3 TC.  Sl st into MR.  Ch4.  3 TC.  Sl st into MR.  Ch4.  3 TC.  Sl st into MR.  Pull tail to tighten center and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching to the hairband.  

Attaching Flowers:
1.  I attached the flowers so that one was in the front center and the remaining two were on each side.  
And, that's it for my Poppy Trolls Hand Puppet!!!  I hope you all will enjoy this pattern.

 Happy Crocheting...
 Legal:
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--don't use/claim my pics as your own
--okay to make and sale your finished work
--don't share my pattern electronically or in print format (without prior consent) but provide a link to my blog

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year to all of you - near and far!!!  I hope this year is more rewarding, more kind, more loving and more crafting than last year.

I have several new projects - at different stages - I've been busy working on the past few weeks in between sickness, Christmas with family and getting my house organized and cleaned after the holiday season.

For me, I hope this year is a year of inspiring others to tap into their creative juices, to think outside of the box and to bring fresh, new ideas to an ever-popular crochet platform.

I will share with you one of my newest creations I'm working on is a blanket that I'm in love with.  I have it designed on paper and charted out on graphs that took me weeks to nail down and fine tune.  My color palette is: several shades of grays, white, black, and variegated blues.  I have the word graphs completed but what's really going to make this blanket "pop" is the remaining picture graphs I've designed to compliment "The anchor holds in spite of the storm..."

Here's a peek at it so far:
Happy Crocheting...
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Barbie Doll Clothing...

I found a few naked Barbie Dolls in a box and decided to make clothes for them so that my granddaughter, Miss Arielle, can play with them when she's at the house again.  Plus, my grandson, Jacob, told me, "Mamaw, I'm a boy, you need to put clothes on those naked dolls..." lol.

I have the patterns hand-written and jumbled notes - so I may add them later on....

Happy Crocheting...