Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crochet Weighted Blanket -- Autism....


Crochet Weighted Blanket

I wanted to share a few pics of my current WIP (work in progress).  It's a "Weighted Blanket" for a therapist who treats children with Autism.

I'm so excited to work on this project.  Just the thought of potentially helping a child to relax and respond is humbling.  There's not a lot on Crochet Weighted Blankets out there so I'm hoping to do a tutorial on this.  One thing I will share with you is to avoid the colors red and black because it can be a trigger for some kids.  As I progress on this project, I will update this post with pics and the tutorial.

So far, each color change results in a different stitch.  I think the colors are coordinating quite well.

And, last, I will likely be blending my love of quilting into this project.  But, for the tutorial, I plan to hopefully offer a couple alternatives in completing this project.

So, PIN now, and continue to follow-up on this post for further details....

Happy Crocheting....

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can Toss Game - Woodland Animals...

Here's a quick and fun project for a kid's game.  Do you remember going to carnivals or festivals at school and throwing a bag at cans?  Well, over the weekend I bought a 6-pack of the V-8 Splash Tropical Blend and I just thought the cans were just so cute...lol.  And, the idea struck me to make covers for each of them.  I decided to make my set in Woodland Animals:  Owl, Wolf, Fox, Bear, Skunk and Beaver.

So, I'm doing the 3 R's on this project:
1.  Recycle
2.  Reuse
3.  Repurpose

If you don't want to use them as a game, as you can see in the pic below, they look super cute on my bedroom windowsill.  Or, how cute would these little critters be in a Nursery or little boy's room that's themed/geared toward the Woodland Animals???

This project would be super cute to make for Halloween decor, youth group, VBS, birthday parties, Christmastime games...lots of things you can do with the basis of the pattern and just change to suit your holiday/event need. 

Can Toss Game - Woodland Animals
 
Can Toss Game - Woodland Animals Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy
Materials:
--5.0mm hook
--(6) 5.5 fl oz cans
--6 pieces of felt cut into pieces (size of can top), craft glue and river stones (or you could use rice/beans - just something to add weigh to the can)
--#4 worsted weight yarn (I used scraps of I Love This Yarn and Redheart Supersaver)
--tapestry needle for weaving
--optional buttons for eyes/nose 
--polyfil for "bean" bag

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together 
BLO:  back loops only
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
Can Preparation:
First, I prepared the cans, I washed, rinsed and allowed them to air dry.  Remove the button tab.  I laid the can on top of the felt, and drew an outline.  Then, add 15-20 small river stone beads (or whatever you choose for weight) into the can.  Last, glue the felt to the top of the can.

  Basic Pattern for Cover:
1.  6 SC  into MR.
2.  2 SC in each st around.
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Repeat around.
4.  1 SC in the BLO around.
5-18.  1 SC in each st around.

For the Owl:
Rounds 1-8 in brown tweed.
Rounds 9-11 in light beige.
Rounds 12-18 in brown tweed.
Eyes:  I used buttons.  Or, if you want to crochet your eyes you could:  
1.  3 SC into a MR. Sl st to join, ch1.  
2.  1 SC around each st.  FO and leave long enough tail for attaching.
Ears:  I made 2 sets of tassel ears.  I used 4 different colors weaved onto each side and tied into a double knot.

Nose:  
1.  With yellow yarn, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.
3.  2 SC in first st; 1 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.
4.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.


For the Wolf:
Rounds 1-8 in gray.
Rounds 9-11 in white.
Rounds 12-18 in gray.

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 3 SC into a MR. Sl st to join, ch1.  
2.  1 SC around each st.  FO and leave long enough tail for attaching.  Embroider white yarn into the center of the eyes.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With gray yarn, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.
3.  2 SC in first st; 1 SC in next st.  FO, weave ends.
4.  Join white yarn into any st, ch1 and SC around.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.

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

Nose Tip:
1.  With black yarn, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st to join.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.


For the Fox:
Rounds 1-8 in burnt pumpkin/orange color.
Rounds 9-11 in white.
Rounds 12-18 in burnt pumpkin/orange color.

Eyes:  
I used buttons.  But, you can follow the same instructions for the Wolf to make your own.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With burnt pumpkin/orange color yarn, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.
3.  2 SC in first st; 1 SC in next st.  FO, weave ends.
4.  Join white yarn into any st, ch1 and SC around.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Nose:  
1.  With burnt pumpkin/orange color yarn, Ch5.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  1 SC in st across.  Ch1 and turn.
3.  SC2tog; SC2tog.
4.  1 SC in each st across.
5.  SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.
6.  1 SC in st.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Nose Tip:
I used a button.  But, you can follow the same instructions for the Wolf to make your own.

For the Skunk:
Rounds 1-18 in black.

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With white yarn, 3 SC into a MR. Sl st to join, ch1.  
2.  1 SC around each st.  FO and leave long enough tail for attaching.  Embroider black yarn into the center of the eyes.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  
2-5.  SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  At the end of round 5, FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Nose:  
1. With brown yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.
2.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  


White stripe between ears:
I used Redheart Buttercup yarn.  You can use worsted weight white yarn.
1.  Ch2, 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.
3.  2 SC in first st; 1 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.
4.  1 SC in each st around.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.


For the Beaver:
Rounds 1-18 in brown.

Eyes:
I used 2 small white buttons.  However, if you want to make your eyes, then follow the instructions under the Wolf.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With brown yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  
2-5.  SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  At the end of round 5, FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Nose:  
1. With black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.
2.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  

Tooth:
1.  With white yarn, Ch3.  SC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.
2-3.  1 SC in each st across.  After row 3, FO and leave a long enough tail to attach.  (I attached my tooth first and then attached the nose over a portion of the tooth -- see pics)

 For the Bear:
Rounds 1-18 in a medium shade of brown.

Eyes:
I used 2 small black buttons.  However, if you want to make your eyes, then follow the instructions under the Wolf.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With brown yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  
2-3.  SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  At the end of round 3, FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (I only made 3 rounds for my bear's ears, as opposed to 5 rounds on the beaver and skunk).

Nose:  
1. With light brown yarn, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  
3.  2 SC in first st; 1 SC in next st.  Repeat around.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  
I used black yarn and embroidered the nose tip and then a vertical line for the mouth.

Belly:
1.  With light brown yarn, Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.
2-3.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.
4.  SC2tog, SC in next st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.
5-6.  1 SC in each st across.  At the end of row 6, FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.
  
Assembly:
See pics for help in placing facial features and ears!!!

"Bean" Bag:
1.  With green yarn, Ch10.  SC in 2nd ch and next 7.  Into last ch, 3 SC.  Rotate and work on opposite side of base ch.  SC in next 7 ch.  2 SC in last ch.  Sl st to join and ch1.  
2.  SC in first 9 st.  3 SC in next st.  SC in next 9 st.  2 SC in last st.  Sl st to join and ch1.
3-10.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and ch 1.  At the end of round 10, stuff with polyfil and slip stitch the top closed.  (Or, you can whipstich the top closed)

That's it for these little critters.  I think they turned out super cute and were fun to make.  I hope you will enjoy making them, too.  

And, remember, you are following the 3 R's for this project:

1.  Recycle
2.  Reuse
3.  Repurpose

 Happy Crocheting....

Legal:
--don't claim my pattern(s) as your own
--don't use my pics
--okay to make, sale, and/or give away your finished projects
--credit me as the designer by providing a link to my blog; please do not distribute my pattern in electronic or written form


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Skirt/Dress Convertible

Okay, so how cute is this skirt that can also be worn as a dress/cover-up?  I made this during Fall 2016 so I will have to search through my pattern notes for the pattern.  Have you ever made something, set it to the side and then completely forgot about it?  Well, that's what happened here with this...lol.

This makes a great summer/fall accessory to have.  Wear over a bathing suit as a cover-up. Wear as a sun dress. Or add a top and wear it as a skirt....

Here are some pics taken today for your viewing/inspiration.

Sunhat - Red, White & Blue....

How cute is this sunhat?  I used Crafter's Secret Cotton Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  This is going to be for my granddaughter, Miss Arielle.  She will be heading to Busch Gardens and will definitely need a Sunhat.  

So, I hope you will enjoy making this hat as much as I did in designing it.  

Sunhat
 
Sunhat Pattern

Difficulty Level: Easy

Size:  Comfortably fits 19" - 21" head circumference

Gauge: 7 clusters of SC/HDC stitches + 12 rows = 4" x 4"
Materials:
--4.5 and 5.0 mm hooks
--less than 1 skein each of Crafter's Secret Cotton Yarn from Hobby Lobby (each skein is 120 yds)
--tapestry needle for weaving

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

Directions:  
1.  With smaller hook and blue yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1. (8)
2.  2 HDC in each st around. Sl st to join and Ch1.  (16)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (24)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (32)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (40)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 4 st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (48)
7.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 5 st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (56)
8.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 6 st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (64)
9.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 7 st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and FO blue yarn.  Weave ends.  (72)

Rows 10-21 are done the same way. It will be 2 rows red, 2 rows white.  Repeat until you complete the 21st row.

Note:  after 2nd repeat row of each color, I FO, weaved ends and joined new color.

10-21.  Join red yarn in any st and Ch1.  In same st as Ch1, *1 SC and 1 HDC.  Sk next st.* Rep around from * to *.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (36  SC and 36 HDC)
22.  Join blue yarn and Ch1.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (72)
23.  Switch to 5.0 mm hook.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (96)
24. Rep round 23 again.  Sl st to join, FO and weave ends.  (128)

And, that's it.  Of course you can add an appliqué, buttons, embellishments, etc.  I have quite a few nautical/summer appliqués on previous posts so check them out if you're looking to add something extra to your hat.  I opted to leave mine as is.

Happy Crocheting....

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--don't use my pics
--okay to make, sale, and/or give away your finished projects
--credit me as the designer by providing a link to my blog; please do not distribute my pattern in electronic or written form


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Dolphin Blanket

Well, here's the second version of my Dolphin Blanket/Pillow.  I made this one in Teal and Gray with Bernat Blanket Yarn.  I love this yarn.  It is so soft, warm and cozy.  It just calls after me for a nap....lol.  And, I'm sure it will be a hit with kids, and, maybe even, grown-ups!!!

I made a few changes from my original design for the Teal and Gray Blanket.  Please reference back to the following link for the original pattern:

 

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate - it requires knowledge of C2C Crocheting.  However, you could make the blanket portion by doing rows of HDC stitches.

Measures: 46" wide x 56" long from top of hood to bottom of blanket

Materials:
--10mm hook
--4 skeins of Teal Bernat Blanket Yarn
--2 skeins of Gray Bernat Blanket Yarn
--small amount of black and white yarn for the eyes, eyebrows and trim around nose; I used Blanket Yarn for mine, but you could use double-stranded worsted weight yarn
--tapestry needle for weaving
--very small amount of polyfil for the top fin.

For this C2C (corner-2-corner) Blanket, I made a couple changes from the original pattern to make it for an older pre-teen/teen kid....I still used HDC stitches plus Ch5.

1.  I used a 10 mm hook, instead of the 9.0 mm hook...

2.  For the rows:
1-32.  Increase rows in Teal.
33-36.  Increase rows in Gray.
35-33.  Decrease rows in Gray.
32-1.  Decrease rows in Teal.

For the border:
1.  With Gray Yarn, 3 rows of HDC stitches.

For the hood:
1.  I joined Gray Yarn on the short end in the 16th stitch (skip first 15 stitches).  Work HDC stitches across, leaving the last 15 stitches unworked.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  HDC across.  Ch1 and turn.
(Work 2 rows in Gray, then switch to Teal Yarn.).
3-13 In Teal, HDC across.  Ch1 and turn.
14-15. In Gray, HDC across.  Ch1 and turn.
Fold Row 15 in half and whipstitch together to make hood.

For the nose:
1.  I whipstitched the 2 parts together and then added the black outline before attaching to the blanket.

Please reference original pattern, for complete details, stitch abbreviations and assembly.  

The Teal and Gray Blanket/Pillow measures 56" from top of head to bottom of Blanket.  It measures 46" wide.  To make this blanket bigger, then you simply just make more increase rows before starting your decrease rows.

Happy Crocheting.....

Legal:
--don't claim my pattern(s) as your own
--don't use my pics
--okay to make, sale, and/or give away your finished projects
--credit me as the designer by providing a link to my blog; please do not distribute my pattern in electronic or written form 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Delightful Scarf....

"Delightful Scarf" I worked up using Redheart With Love yarn.  The color combo is beautiful.  And, I really love the versatility in wearing this multiple ways.   It worked up rather quickly.

If you're pressed for time like so many of us are these days, then no worries.  Just PIN now and save for later.


Delightful Scarf Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  5 1/2" x 52"

Gauge:  10 HDC stitches x 10 rows = 4" x 4"

Materials:
--5.5mm hook
--1 skein (180 yds) plus 3 yds Red Heart With Love, Delightful (I was short by 44 stitches to complete; I didn't want to run out and get another skein of yarn, so I used Redheart gray yarn to complete the last 44 stitches)
--tapestry needle for weaving

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch: chain
St: stitch(es)
Sk: skip
HDC: half double crochet
HDC2tog: half double crochet 2 stitches together
FO:  fasten off

Special Note:  One end of the scarf is used to make the 10 decrease rows; and the opposite end is where the 3 keyholes will be made.

Directions:
1.  Ch151.  HDC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (150)
2.  HDC2tog, HDC in the next 148 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (149)
3.  HDC in 147 st across.  HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (148)
4.  HDC2tog, HDC in the next 129 st.  Ch6 and Sk 6.  HDC in remaining 11 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (141 st plus ch6)
5.  HDC in first 11 st.  6 HDC into the Ch6 space.  HDC in next 128 st.  HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (146)
6.  HDC2tog, HDC in the next 144 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (145)
7.  HDC in 143 st across.  HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (144)
8.  HDC2tog, HDC in the next 125 st.  Ch6 and Sk6.  HDC in remaining 11 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (137 st plus ch6)
9.  HDC in first 11 st.  6 HDC into the Ch6 space.  HDC in the next 124 st.  HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (142)
10.  HDC2tog, HDC across.  Ch1 and turn.  (141)
11.  HDC in 139 st.  HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (140)

Do not decrease in the last 2 rows.

12.  HDC in first 123 st.  Ch6 and Sk6.  HDC in the last 11 st.  (134 st plus ch6)
13.  HDC in first 11 st.  6 HDC into the Ch6 space.  HDC across.  FO.  Weave ends.  (140)

Optional:  If you'd like, then go ahead and add 2 more rows of HDC stitches across.  If I had bought 2 skeins, then I would've made 15 rows.

Here's a few pics to show you the different styles in which you can wear this...











   Happy Crocheting...

Legal:
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--don't use my pics
--okay to make, sale, and/or give away your finished projects
--credit me as the designer by providing a link to my blog; please do not distribute my pattern in electronic or written form


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Whipped Mocha Pillow Covers

I finished up this pillow cover set today for a housewarming gift.  I wanted it to be removable for washing in the laundry when needed.  So, I crocheted this on both sides of the foundation chain, continually working in rounds.  The covers are made to fit 12x12 pillows.

You can find the cute owl appliqué on my previous post.

Pillow Covers

Here's a few pics while I was working on them:


Difficulty Level:  Easy

Measures:  Pillows are 12"x12" in size

Gauge:  6 HDC st + 5 rows = 2"x2"

Materials:
--5.5mm hook
--2 skeins of Yarn Bee's, Sugarwheel in Whipped Mocha
--2 (12"x12") pillow forms
--tapestry needle for weaving

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

Directions:
1.  Ch 46.  HDC in 2nd ch and all the way across.  Rotate to work on opposite side of base chain.  HDC in each st on that side.  Then sl st to first st and Ch1.  (90)
2-25.  HDC in each st around.  Sl st to first st and Ch1.  (90)

At the end of Round 25, FO and weave ends.  As you can see in my pics, I folded my cover on the diagonal and then inserted the pillow forms.  I wanted the pillow covers to be removable for easy laundering.  Now, of course, you can add buttons or a zipper if you so choose, but I just left mine as is.  

The owl applique can be found here if you want to make one for one or both of your pillows:

And, that's it!!!!  PIN now - and make later if you're pressed for time!!!

Happy Crocheting...

Legal:
--don't claim my pattern(s) as your own
--don't use my pics
--okay to make, sale, and/or give away your finished projects
--credit me as the designer by providing a link to my blog; please do not distribute my pattern in electronic or written form


You will notice affiliate link ads are now appearing more on my blog.  Clicking on the links and buying any supplies you may need helps me out in a small way so that I can continue posting my patterns for FREE....any help with this is much appreciated!!!