Friday, March 31, 2017

Safari Car Seat Cover With Removable Straps...

Here's my newest project that is now completed -- "Safari Car Seat Cover with Removable Straps" for Baby Jack.  While working on this project, I decided on removable straps.  In the past, I have made car seat covers with the straps attached to the cover on one end of it -- however, it seems to pull the yarn out of place after a short time.  So, I thought I would give a try at removable straps to:  1.  hopefully, prevent distortion of the cover; and 2.  it can be used as a blanket.  I just love versatility.

I was dreading designing the animal appliqués but it turned out to be pretty fun.  I think they look pretty good.  So, below, you will find lots of pics and the FREE pattern to use, if you so desire.

Safari Car Seat Cover with Removable Straps
 









Safari Car Seat Cover with Removable Straps

Size:  30" x 40"

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate

Materials:
--5.5mm hook
--3.0mm hook
--(4) 1 1/4" buttons
--#4 worsted weight yarn; 1 skein of:  brown, mid green, desert glaze, white, aqua (I used "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby); brown was the only skein that I used all of; I opted to use Brown Tweed for my strap colors just because I had a partial skein on hand and the flecks of color matched the colors I used
--small amount of gray, red, black, light brown, yellow and dark orange for animal appliques  
--very tiny amount of polyfil to stuff lion's mouth/nose 

Abbreviations:
--Ch:  chain
--Sl st:  slip stitch
--St:  stitch
--HDC:  half double crochet
--HHDC:  Herringbone half double crochet
--SC:  single crochet
--DC:  double crochet
--MR:  magic ring
--FO:  fasten off

Special Stitch:  I did the brown portion of the cover in the HHDC stitch and SC stitch.  I wanted a tight, neat stitch appearance and this certainly fulfilled what I was wanting.  If you are not comfortable with the HHDC stitch then you can use HDC.  I love the texture and look of the HHDC.

To make the HHDC stitch:  yarn over, insert hook into next stitch or chain, yarn over, draw through loop and first loop on hook; yarn over and pull remaining two loops on hook through.

Directions:
1.  With 5.5 mm hook and Brown yarn, Ch74.  HHDC into 2nd Ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (73)
2-50.  HHDC and SC in first st, skip next st.  Repeat across until the last st.  Into the last st, 1 HHDC.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 50, FO and weave ends.  (73 = 37 HHDC & 36 SC)

Your piece will measure approximately 16 1/2" x 21".

Now, you will be working around the perimeter: 
1. With 5.5mm hook and Mid Green yarn, join yarn in any stitch and Ch1.  Into the same stitch as the Ch1, DC and then DC around the entire blanket with 3DC into each corner.  Sl st to join and Ch1.
2.  DC around with 3 DC in each corner.  Before completing the last st, FO Mid Green yarn and join with Desert Glaze yarn, sl st to join and Ch1.  
3-5.  DC around with 3 DC in each corner.  At the end of each round, sl st to join and Ch1.  Before completing the last st, FO Desert Glaze and join White yarn and Ch1. 
6-8.  White White yarn, SC in each st around with 3 SC in each corner.  Sl st to join and Ch1 at the end of each round.  At the end of Round 8, FO and weave ends.

 Now, the following will be worked in rows on the short ends and not the perimeter:
9-13.  Working on the short end, you will make 5 Rows of DC.  At the end of each row, Ch1 and turn.  At the end of the 5th row, FO and weave ends.
14-18.  You will be working on the opposite short end.  Repeat as you did for rows 9-13.  Do not fasten off.

Now, you will be back to working around the perimeter:
19.  Continue with White yarn and work HDC st around the entire blanket.  Before completing the last st, FO White yarn and join Aqua yarn; then sl st to join and Ch1.
20-22.  In Aqua yarn, 1 HDC in each st around with 3 HDC st in each corner.  Sl st to join and Ch1.
23.  This Round can be a little tricky.  Mine worked out correctly but just know you may have to make a few changes by adding an extra chain or HDC stitch.  This round is completed by the following:  HDC in next st, Ch3, skip 3, around with 2 HDC, Ch1, 2 HDC in each corner.  Sl st to join and Ch1.
24.  HDC into each HDC of previous round.  Into the Ch3 space, you will make a cluster (HDC, Ch1, HDC).  Into each corner, 2 HDC, Ch1, 2 HDC.  Sl st to join and Ch1.
25.  SC into the HDC of the previous round.  Into the Ch1 space of the cluster of the previous round, you will complete 3 HDC stitches.  Into the corners, 2 HDC, Ch2, 2 HDC.  Sl st to join.  FO and weave ends.

Removable Straps (make 2):
1.  With Brown Tweed yarn and 5.5 mm hook, Ch6.  HHDC into 2nd st and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2.  Make first buttonhole:  HHDC into first st, Ch3, skip 3, HHDC into the last st. Ch1 and turn.  (2 HHDC & 3 Ch)
3.  HHDC into first st, 3 HHDC into the Ch3 space and HHDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
4-19.  HHDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
20.  Make second buttonhole:  HHDC into first st, Ch3, skip 3, HHDC into the last st. Ch1 and turn.  (2 HHDC & 3 Ch)  
21.  HHDC into first st, 3 HHDC into the Ch3 space and HHDC in the last st.  Ch1.  (5)
22.  SC evenly down the side, across the base, up the next side and across the last row.  Sl st to join.  FO and weave ends.  

Button Placement:
I measured 14" down from the top and 12" inward from each side to place the top 2 buttons.  I then measured 4" down from each top button to place the bottom 2 buttons.  (see pic)

That's it!!!!  Yay!!!  Now, on to the animal appliques.

Elephant:
Face:
1.  With 5.5mm hook and gray yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (8)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (16)
3.  2 HDC in first st, then 1 HDC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (24)
4.  2 HDC in first st, then 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.  (32)

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With 5.5mm hook and black yarn, 4 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO.  I embroidered white yarn into the center of the black (see pic).

Tusk:
1.  Ch15.  SC into 2nd ch and across until the last ch.  Into the last ch, 6 SC.  FO, leave a tail long enough to attach to the face.

I embroidered with black and red yarn to make the mouth and tongue (see pic).

Ears (make 2):
1.  With contrast yarn (I used Aqua), and 5.5mm hook, 8 HDC into MR.  Pull to tighten but do not join.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  2 HDC into the first st, 1 HDC into the next 6 st and then 2 HDC in the last st.  Before completing the last st, join gray yarn; Ch1 and turn.   
3.  In gray, 2 SC in the first st, 1 SC in the next 8 st and 2 SC in the last st.  FO.  Leave a long tail to attach the ears to each side of the face.  

Lion:
Face:
1.  With Desert Glaze and 5.5 mm hook, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (8)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (16)
3.  2 HDC into first st and then 1 HDC into next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  FO.  (24)
4.  Join into any st with a darker shade of orange and Ch1.  SC into the same st as the Ch1.  *Ch3 and sl st into the next st.  SC into the next st.*  Repeat around.  Sl st to join and FO.  

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With 3.0 mm hook and black yarn, 4 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO.  I embroidered white yarn off center of the black (see pic).

Mouth/Nose:
1.  With 5.5 mm hook and Desert Glaze yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a tail long enough to attach.  With Brown yarn, embroider nose.  (see pic on placement; before you finish attaching to the face, stuff with a very small amount of polyfil to make it puff up) 

Ears (make 2):
1.  With 3.0mm hook and Desert Glaze yarn, Ch2.  SC into 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC into st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC into first st and 1 SC into 2nd st.  FO, leaving a tail long enough to attach.  (3) (see pic for ear placement)

Giraffe:
Face/Body:
1.  With 5.5 mm hook and yellow yarn, Ch4.  SC into 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2.  2 SC into first st, SC in next and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
3.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
4.  2 SC into first st, SC in next 3 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
5.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch15.
6.  SC into the 2nd ch from the hook and the next 13 ch, then continue to SC in each st of row 5.  (21)
7-9.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (21)
10.  Sl st around perimeter of giraffe.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a tail long enough for attaching.

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With 3.0 mm hook and black yarn, 4 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO.  Embroider white yarn into the center of the eye.  

Mouth:
I used black yarn and embroidered mouth.  (see pic)

Ears (make 2):  
1.  With 5.5 mm hook, ch6.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook, and HDC into next 2 ch, then slip stitch into each of the last 2 Chs.  FO, leaving a long enough tail to attach.  

Spots:
Large (2):
1.  With 3.0 mm hook and brown yarn, 5 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a tail long enough to attach.

Small (2):
1.  With 3.0 mm hook and brown yarn, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a tail long enough to attach.

Monkey:
Face:
1.  With dark brown yarn and 5.5 mm hook, Ch4.  SC into 2nd ch and remaining.  Ch1.  Turn.  (3)
2.  2 SC into first st, 1 SC in next, 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
3.  SC across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
4.  2 SC into first st, 1 SC in next 3 st, 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
5.  SC across.  FO with dark brown and join light brown.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
6-9.  With light brown, SC across.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
10.  2 SC into first st, 1 SC in next 5 st, and 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
11.  SC across.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
12.  With this round, you will use the light brown to SC evenly around the light brown perimeter, and then join the dark brown to SC evenly around the perimeter of the dark brown section.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a tail long enough to attach.  

Ears (make 2):
1.  With 3.0 mm hook and dark brown, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join with light brown.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  In light brown, 2 SC in each st around.  FO, leaving a tail long enough to attach.  (12)

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With 3.0 mm hook and white yarn, 4 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a tail long enough to attach.  With black yarn, I embroidered into the center of each eye.  (see pic)

Mouth:
I used red yarn to embroider mouth.  (see pic)

Animal Applique Placement:
I placed each animal in the corners of the Brown and Mid Green rows.  (see pic)

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Happy Crocheting!!! 




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Car Seat Cover...Safari Theme

And here's a pic of my progress completed today:

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The past few days I've been quite busy.  I had to take a trip out of town for my first cousin's funeral -- 4 deaths in my family since December.  Losing my cousin, who's just a few weeks older than me, has been the hardest to get through of the 4.  But, with God's unending mercy, love and grace, I'm pushing forward.

Anyway, I was asked to make a car seat cover, in my choice of design, for someone.  So, having been in an animal mode lately with my crocheting, I've decided on some sort of Safari theme...lol.

Here's what I'd completed as of yesterday.  I haven't taken any pics yet of today's progress...



I love the HHDC (Herringbone Half Double Crochet) combined with SC (Single Crochet) has given the brown portion a very tight and neat appearance.

I have several projects in the works at the moment.  I think my mind runs too rampant at times and my fingers just aren't as fast as the thought process...lol.

Happy Crocheting!!!!
And 
Many Blessings to you and yours....

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Crochet Little People Toy Sack...


With my colorful primary colors yarn, I decided to make Arielle a sack/satchel for her little people toys. She has Shopkins, Disney Princesses, animals and the list goes on.....

I used a #5.0 mm hook and #4 worsted weight yarn.

Pattern was fairly simple.
1.  8 sc into magic ring. Sl st to join.  Ch1. (8)
2.  2 sc in each st around.  Join.  Ch1.  (16)
3.  2sc in first st, then 1 sc in next st.  Repeat around.  Join.  Ch1. (24)
4.  2sc in first st, then 1 sc in next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Join.  Ch1. (32)
5.  2sc in first st, then 1 sc in next 3 st.  Repeat around.  Join.  Ch1. (40)
6. 2sc in first st, then 1 sc in next 4 st.  Repeat around.  Join.  Ch1. (48)
7-20.  1 sc in each st around.  Join.  Ch1. (48)
21.  1 sc in each st around.  Join.  Fasten off.  Weave ends.


Optional liner:
I measured the circumference of the sack and measured my fabric.  I placed right sides together and sewed the sides.  For the bottom, I turn up each corner into a small triangle and pinned in place, I then worked one running stitch to sew bottom part of triangle, then on across the bottom and then the bottom of the second triangle.  Trimmed excess yarn.

I turned the top of my liner down approx a 1/2" and then placed it inside the sack and sewed it to the sack with a coordinating color.

Now, I made a chain of 101.  I slipped stitches in 2nd chain from hook and across.  Fasten Off, leave a tail long enough to weave the cord in and out of the top row.

Use tapestry needle to weave chain cord in and out of the last row at the top of the sack.  Make sure once you complete this step, that the chain cords are even on each side.

I made a pompom for each end of the cord by wrapping the yarn 30 times around two of my fingers.  And, then tying a knot in the center and clip the ends.  Fluff out.  Attach each one to the end of the chain cord.



And that's it....a simple sack, satchel, bag....whatever you want to call it....

Happy Crocheting

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Crochet "My Unicorn" Blanket/Pillow



This morning I finally completed "My Unicorn" Blanket/Pillow in soft/pastel colors.  I'm sure my little granddaughter, Miss Arielle, is going to enjoy her blanket.  And, I used Bernat Blanket Yarn so it's going to keep her super warm.  Now, I chose to do the blanket portion in multiple colors, however, you may do this in one color, if so desired, and it would still look pretty...

Size:  35" wide x 43" long; however this can easily be adjusted to be made bigger or smaller by increasing or decreasing the number of increase rows

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate

Materials:
--8mm hook
--3 skeins of the Bernat Blanket Yarn 72 yds/skein in Baby Teal
--2 skeins of the Bernat Blanket Yarn 72 yds/skein in Baby Pink
--1skein of the Bernat Blanket Yarn 220 yds/skein in White (I had a small amount of thus leftover)
--292 yds of the Bernat Blanket Yarn in Purple (I had bought a 220 yd skein and a 72 yd skein and if you look closely, you will see a slight variation in the color -- I think one was Baby Purple and the other Purple)
--small amount of worsted weight yarn for the eyes and black yarn for nostrils
--small amount of polyfil to stuff horn and for the pink nose portion
--tapestry needle
--optional button (I just crocheted a button but you can use a button or omit it)

Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch
MR:  magic ring
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
Dec:  decrease
FO:  fasten off

Special Stitch:  The blanket portion was made using the Corner-2-Corner (C2C) method with HDC stitches and Ch5.  If you are not familiar with this procedure, you can make the blanket portion however you want.  Here is a link to a website that has a great tutorial on C2C.  This is by far the best video tutorial in learning to do it.

Directions:
Blanket:
1.  I completed the blanket portion as follows:
--12 rows Baby Teal
--7 rows Baby Pink
--1 row White
--19 rows Purple
--1 row White
--7 rows Baby Pink
--12 rows Baby Teal

--I worked my increase rows up to 30 ( 12 rows Baby Teal, 7 rows Baby Pink, 1 row White and 10 rows  Purple)
--Then, I started my decrease rows (9 rows Purple, 1 row White, 7 rows Baby Pink and 12 rows Baby Teal)

And, then with Baby Teal, I SC around the entire blanket, with 3 SC in each corner.  On the last stitch, before completing, I switched to white yarn.  I completed 2 rounds of SC in white.  



Hood:
On a short side, I counted in 15 stitches and placed a stitch marker on each end.  The hood is worked in the stitches between the stitch markers and not the two stitches that has the stitch marker.

1.  Starting with stitch 16, sl st to join white yarn, Ch1.  HDC in same stitch as Ch1 and work across to the last stitch before the second stitch marker.  Ch1 and turn.  

2-12.  HDC in each stitch across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 12, don't Ch1.  You can do one of two things:  you can leave a long tail and fold the rectangle shape you just made in half and whipstitch half of Row 12 to the other half of Row 12 to form the hood shape OR you can do what I did.  I folded it in half with RS facing each other and I slip stitched the half of Row 12 to the other half of Row 12.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With white yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch 1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
4-5.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
6.  Dec, then 1 SC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
7.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  FO, leaving a long tail for attaching.  (12)

Inner portion of Ear (make 2):
1.  With pink yarn, Ch2.  1 SC in second ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC in first st and 1 SC in next st.  Ch1.
4.  SC all around.  Sl st to first sc and FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching inner part to center of ear.

Curlicues:  
I used pink, white and teal colors.  
1.  Ch31.  2 SC in second chain from hook and into each ch across.  FO, leaving a long enough tail to attach to the top of the hood.  (60)

Horn:
1.  With teal yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (6)
2-8.  For remaining rows, you will add 1 additional HDC stitch (into any stitch of previous round) to each round (for example, round 2 will have 7 stitches and round 8 will have 13 stitches).  At the end of Round 8, FO, leaving a tail long enough for attaching.  Stuff with polyfil.

Nose:
1.  With pink yarn, Ch5.  1 SC into second chain from hook and into the next 2 chains, 3 SC into the last chain.  Turn and work on opposite side of base chain.  1 SC into the next 2 chains and 2 SC in the last chain.  Sl st to join to first SC and Ch1.  (10)
2.  2 SC in the first st, 1 SC in the next 2 st, 2 SC in next st, 3 SC in next st, 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in 
next 2 st, 2 SC in next st and 3 SC in last st.  FO.  Leave long tail for attaching.  (18)

For the nostrils, I used black yarn to embroider.  

Cheeks (make 2)
1.  With pink yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Tighten.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  FO, leaving a long tail to attach.  (12)

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With 5.5 hook, and black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Before completing last st, switch to blue yarn.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC in first st, 1 sc in next 2 st, 2 HDC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, 1 SC in next 2 st and 2 HDC in last st.  Before completing last st, switch to white yarn.  Sl st to join.  Ch1. (8 HDC & 4 SC)
3.  SC around.  Sl st to join.  FO, leaving a long tail to attach.  (12)

With white, I embroidered a small stitch into the black portion of the eye.  

Optional Button:  
I used white blanket yarn and 8mm hook and made 8 HDC into a MR.  FO, leaving a long tail to attach to the top vertical side of the white yarn portion of the blanket so that my granddaughter could button her blanket and wear as a cape.  On the opposite side, I joined the white yarn, Ch1, SC in same st as Ch1, then Ch4 and sc in last st and FO.  Weave ends.  

Assembly:
See pics for placement of eyes, ears, horn, curlicues, cheeks and nose.  When I attached the nose, before completing, I added a small amount of polyfil.  




To make pillow:


Fold up about halfway, fold each side inward (like a paper airplane) so it will mirror the hood and slip under the hood.  

Hope you enjoy this.

Happy Crocheting...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Crochet Elephant Basket...

Cute, decorative and functional -- makes for a great combo.  Storage/hideaway for a boys toys...

And, here's another pic showing a great way to use the elephant basket.  Baby shower goodies for mom-to-be all inside a cute handmade elephant.  How cute and different would that be?  Or to give as a home-warming gift to a couple filled with goodies who loves safari home decor items...lots of ways to use this basket.  If you have safari decor in your bathroom, then get a trash can that fits inside and you have a unique place to store bathroom trash until it's ready to be emptied.  So, I hope y'all give it a try and share what you do with yours....


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Here's my "Elephant Basket" with a top completed.  I think he turned out super cute.

The storage basket measures just over 11" tall.  It's great for storing toys for kids, nursery items for a baby or yarn for the crafter...lots of options on where to use this.  I plan on posting the pattern fairly soon....


Elephant Basket
Materials:
--8mm hook
--9mm hook
--Bernat Blanket Yarn - dark gray (approx 400 yds; I bought (2) 10.5 oz of the big skeins that is 220 yds per skein.  I did not use all of the second skein)
--small amount of white blanket yarn for the tusks
--(2) 15mm black eyes
--tapestry needle for weaving
--(2) sheets of plastic canvas
--small amount of polyfil

Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sc:  single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
Sl st:  slip stitch
BLO:  back loops only
MR:  magic ring
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
1.  With 9mm hook and yarn, 8HDC into MR.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  Pull end to tighten. (8)
2.  2HDC into each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (16)
3.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (24)
4.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 2 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (32)
5.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 3 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (40)
6.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 4 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (48)
7.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 5 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
8.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
9.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
10.  In BLO, 1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)

Bottom piece will measure approx 11" across
Switch to 8mm hook
11.  1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
12-13.  1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
14-15.  1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
16.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
17.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
18.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
19.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
20.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
21.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
22.  HDC2tog, then 1 HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
23.  HDC2tog, then 1 HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
24.  1HDC in the first stitch, then 1Sc in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
25.  1Sc in the first stitch, then 1HDC in next stitch.   Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
26.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
27.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
28.  1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
29.  Sl st around.  FO.  Weave ends.

Lid:
1.  With 8mm hook and yarn, 8HDC into MR.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  Pull end to tighten. (8)
2.  2HDC into each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (16)
3.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next stitch.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (24)
4.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 2 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (32)
5.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 3 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (40)
6.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 4 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (48)
7.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 5 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (56)
8.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 6 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (64)
9.  2HDC into first stitch, 1HDC in next 7 stitches.  Repeat around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
10.  In BLO, 1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
11.  In BLO, 1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (72)
12.  In both loops, 1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  FO.  Leave a long tail to attach lid to the basket.  (72)   *if you want to leave the lid detached then weave ends*

Lid Top:
1.  With 8mm hook, 6Sc into MR.  Pull to tighten.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  (12)
3-5.  1Sc in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1.  At the end of Round 5, do not ch1, but FO, stuff firmly with polyfil and attach to center of lid.

Trunk:
1.  With 8mm hook, Ch5.  HDC in 2nd chain from hook and across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (4)
2-15.  HDC in each stitch across.  Ch1.  Turn.  At the end of Row 15, FO and leave tail for attaching.



For the eyes, I used the 15mm black animal eyes.  You can simply make a MR and crochet your eyes.  See pic for eye placement.  I attached the trunk between the eyes and just below.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With 8mm hook, 8HDC into MR.  Pull to tighten but do not join.  Ch1.  Turn.  (8)
2.  2HDC in each stitch across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (16)
3.  2HDC in first stitch, 1HDC in next stitch.  Repeat across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (24)
4.  2HDC in first stitch, 1HDC in next 2 stitches.  Repeat across.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching the ears to each side of the basket.  (32)

Tail:
1.  With 8mm hook, Ch15.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1.  Turn.  (14)
2.  1HDC in each stitch across.  FO.  Leave a tail long enough to attach to the back of the basket.  See
pic for placement.  (14)


I added a pompom to the tail end.  I just wrapped the yarn around my 4 fingers 20-24 times.  I used a long piece of yarn to tie in the center and then trimmed and formed the pompom.  Attach to tail end with the long piece of yarn you used to tie in the center.

Tusk (make 2):
1.  With white yarn and 8mm hook, 4HDC into MR.  Pull to tighten.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1. (4)
2.  1HDC in each stitch around.  Sl st to first stitch to join.  Ch1. (4)
3.  2HDCtog and then 1HDC in the next 2 stitches.  FO.  Leave a tail long enough to attach.  See pic for placement.  (3)



To make the basket more sturdy:
I placed 2 pieces of plastic canvas on top of each other and whipstitched the short ends together to make a cylinder shape.  I then placed the canvas inside the basket and whipstitched it.



To attach the lid to the basket:
I placed the lid on the basket and then lifted it to the back and whipstitched 20 stitches of Round 12 of the lid to Round 29 of the basket.



Legal:
--do not copy my pattern as your own
--do not use my pics as your own
--credit me as the designer of the pattern
--link back to my blog




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Belle and Beast Apron In Round-Up...

I was just now browsing on Pinterest and came across a "Beauty and the Beast" round-up from Crochet-News.com. I was so excited to see my Belle and Beast Apron included.  There's some great patterns - free and paid - in this article.  So check it out!!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Crochet Safari Animal Blanket....

Safari Animal Baby Blanket





Measures approx. 40 1/2" x 40 1/2"

Materials:
--#4 worsted weight yarn (I used "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby)
--6mm hook
--tapestry needle for weaving

For each block:
1.  I used C2C method with HDC stitches and chain 5.
2.  I added 1 round of SC stitches in the background color after completing each block.  I put 3 SC stitches in each corner.

For the border:
1.  I used white yarn and 6mm hook to do one round of HDC stitches around each block with 3 HDC stitches in each corner.
2.  I then whipstitched the blocks together to make the blanket.
3.  Now, 1 round of HDC stitches around the entire blanket.
4.  I switched to dark green yarn and completed 1 round of SC stitches.
5.  I switched yarn to a dark brown and completed 1 round of HDC stitches.
6.  For the final round, I used Mid Green yarn and made *5 DC into a stitch, skipped a stitch, SC in next stitch, skipped a stitch* repeat from * to * around.  Fasten off.  Weave ends.

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And, Block 4 is now completed!!! A lion...



Here's an updated pic with Block #3 completed this evening....




I completed Block #2 last night of my Safari Animal Baby Blanket for baby Jack who will be making his appearance any day now.  Two more blocks to go -- giraffe and lion....

Here's a pic of the turtle and monkey.  I posted the FREE pixel graphs awhile back after I designed them.  So check out my previous posts so you can make a Safari blanket, too.  

Each block is made using the corner-2-corner (C2C) method.  However, I'm using HDC and chain 5 with a 6mm hook instead of DC and chain 6. After I complete the block, I do one round of single crochet around the border with 3 single crochet in each corner.

The C2C method is a fun way to make lots of stuff and it's not as complicated as you may think.  The BEST tutorial, hands down, that I found available when I learned to do C2C was from Mike at The Crochet Crowd.

Here's a link to it so don't be intimidated but give it a go.....




Here's the link to my previous post of the 4 pixel graphs I designed:

Friday, March 17, 2017

St Paddy's Day...celebration

I took my cousin/sister, Shirley (she's more like my sister and best friend than cousin) out for lunch today.  We both wore our new LularoebyBrookeEdwards outfits and we looked pretty good.  And, the Italian food was amazing. So, so yummy...



Downside, I had 3 of my grand babies tagging along -- Jacob, Gabriel and Arielle.  Luke was with his daddy at the doc's office for his next round of baby shots...poor fella.

So, poor Luke missed out on the ice cream trip:


However, once all four were together, I noticed my grandsons, Jacob, Gabriel and Luke, were happy donning their St. Paddy's Day shirts...so I snapped a few pics of them.



I'm the proudest grandma.  I have the cutest, funniest and most lovable grand babies....

Crochet Spring Wreath -- Bunny

And, here's a pic of my completed --

"Spring Bunny Wreath..."


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Spring Bunny Wreath Pattern

Materials:
--5.5mm hook (for wreath cover)
--4.0mm hook (for the bunny rabbit, bowtie and pennants)
--3.5mm hook (for the eggs, carrots and flowers)
--Red Heart Gumdrop - Lemon
--#4 worsted weight yarn in blue, mango, white, green, yellow and orange
--11.8" wreath form
--polyfil
--2 (10mm) eyes
--tapestry needle for weaving

Abbreviations:
 Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)
FO:  fasten off
MR:  magic ring

Directions:
Wreath Cover:
1.  With 5.5 mm hook and Red Heart Gumdrop yarn in Lemon, I started with a Ch20.  SC and HDC into the 2nd ch from the hook, *skip a stitch, then SC and HDC into the next st.*  Repeat across until the last stitch.  SC in the last st.  Ch1.  Turn.  (19 total st)
2.  SC and HDC into the first st, skip the next st.  Repeat across until the last stitch.  SC in the last st.  Ch1.  Turn.  (19)
3-75.  Repeat #2.   Leave a long tail to weave finished piece around the wreath form.  (19)

Rectangular piece will measure approx. 26" long and 5" wide.  

 Bunny Rabbit:
4mm hook
Head:
1.  With blue yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 HDC into first st, 1 HDC into next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
4.  2 HDC into the first st, 1 HDC into the next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (24)
5.  2 HDC into the first st, 1 HDC into the next 3 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (30)
6-7.  1 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (30)
8.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC into the next 3 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (24)
9.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC into the next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
 --before starting round 10, I attached the 10mm eyes and then stuffed with polyfil--
10.  HDC2tog.  Repeat 8 more times.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  Leave a long tail.  (9)
(weave tail in and out of row 10, add more polyfil, if needed, and then pull tail to close opening)

Body:
1.  With blue yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 HDC into first st, 1 HDC into next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
4.  2 HDC into the first st, 1 HDC into the next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (24)
5-7.  1 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1. 
8.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC into the next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
 --before starting round 9, stuff with polyfil--
9.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC into the next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1. FO.  Leave a long tail.  (12)
(weave tail in and out of row 9, add more polyfil, if needed, and then pull tail to close opening)

Arms (make 2):
1.  With blue yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC into first st, 1 HDC into next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (9)
3-6.  1 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (9)
 --before starting round 7, stuff with polyfil--
7.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC into next st.  Repeat around.  St st to join.  Ch1.  FO.  Leave a long tail.  (6) 
(weave tail in and out of row 7, add more polyfil, if needed, and then pull tail to close opening)

Legs (make 2):
1.  With blue yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
3-10.  1 HDC into each st around.  St st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
(At the end of round 10, stuff with polyfil.  FO and leave a long tail; weave tail in and out of row 10, add more polyfil, if needed, and then pull tail to close opening)

Ears (make 2):
1.  With blue yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 HDC into first st, 1 HDC into next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
4-5.  1 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (18)
6.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC into the next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
7.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  (12)  
8.  HDC2tog.  Repeat 5 more times.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
9.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st to join.  FO.  Leave a long tail; weave tail in and out of last row.  Do not stuff.

Bowtie:
1.  With lemon yarn and 4.0mm hook, make a MR and ch3.  5 DC into MR.  Ch3.  Sl st into MR.  Ch3.  5 DC into MR.  Ch3.  Sl st into MR.  Sl st to first ch.  FO.  Leave a long tail to wrap around the center of the bowtie and for attaching to the bunny. 

Assembly:
See pics for assembly.  I simply attached the ears to each side of the head, then attached the head to the body.  I then attached the legs and arms.  I used a small amount of white yarn to embroider nose/mouth.  I used one safety pin at the top of the head and one at the bottom of each leg to attach to the wreath so I could remove the bunny from the wreath, if I so decided.

Pennant (make 4):
1.  With mango, Ch8.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1.  (7)
2-3.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch1.  (7)
4.  Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next 3 st and sc2tog.  Ch1.  (5)
5-6.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch1.  (5)
7.  Sc2tog, 1 sc in next st, sc2tog.  Ch1.  (3)
8-9.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch1.  (3)
10.  Sc2tog, 1 sc in next st.  Ch1.  (2)
11.  Sc2tog.  Ch1.  (1)
12.  Sl st around pennant.

I used a small amount of white yarn and embroidered the letters "h, o, m, e" onto the pennants.  To make the garland, I started with a Ch5 of the mango yarn (leave a starting tail for attaching to the wreath), I then sl st across the top of the pennant, then Ch5, sl st across the top of the next pennant.  Repeat this across.  After the last pennant, Ch 5.  Leave a tail long enough to attach to the wreath. 

Eggs:
1.  With a 3.5mm hook and worsted weight yarn, 3 sc into a MR.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (3)
2.  2 sc in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)
3.  2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (9)
4.  2 sc in first st, 1 sc in the next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
5-6.  1 sc in each st around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (12)
7.  Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  Lightly stuff with polyfil.   (9)
8.  Sc2tog, 1 sc in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join.  Ch1.  (6)

I made 6 eggs for my wreath:  2 green, 2 white, 1 mango and 1 yellow

Carrots:
1.  With a 3.5mm hook and orange yarn, Ch2.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1.  (1)
2.  2 sc in st.  Ch1.  (2)
3.  2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next.  Ch1.  (3)
4.  2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next.  2 sc in the last st.  Ch1.  (5)
5.  2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 3 st.  2 sc in the last st.  Ch1.  (7)
6.  2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 5 st.  2 sc in the last st.  Ch1.  (9)
7.  2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 7 st.  2 sc in the last st.  Ch1.  (11)

At the end of row 7, FO.  Leave a long tail.  I rolled up the carrot, like a tortilla, and then whipstitched it closed.  By doing this, I did not need to use any polyfil for stuffing. 

For the carrot top, I used the 3.5mm hook and green yarn and Ch4.  Sl st into the 2nd Ch from the hook, *Ch 4.  Sl st into the 2nd ch from hook and the remaining 2 Ch.  Then sl st into the 2nd ch of the base ch.*  Now, sl st into the next base ch and repeat process from * to *.  Repeat one more time.  FO.  Leave a tail long enough to attach to the top of the carrot.

Flowers:
I made 2 flowers for my wreath.  The 2 on my wreath are my own design.  I may add the pattern for each later on.  There are a ton of free flower patterns available on the Internet.  However, if you are interested in my flower design, then please comment or email me and I will include the instructions.

 
Legal: 
--credit me as the designer
--don't use my pics
--link to my blog

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Here's a spring wreath I'm working on with a bunny holding a pennant banner, spelling "home"...  I still have a few more items to make and add to it but I think it's looking pretty good so far...