Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas in July C2C Project....

Naughty or Nice?   is always a question Santa will ask kids, and even adults...lol.  To wrap up the month of July, I wanted something representative of Christmas in July.

If you don't do or have the "Elf on the shelf" well you could use this as a rug/mat displaying child's behavior throughout the month of December - keep a chart on how many days Naughty and how many days Nice....just a thought.

This cute project was made using Red Heart Super Saver Yarn -- now if you're going to be ordering yarn online, I sure would appreciate if you would click on my Red Heart Shop link banner across the bottom or the Amazon link in the right column of my blog and help me out so I can continue to keep my patterns free.

I want to use mine for several different purposes:
1.  Photo prop with my grandchildren;
2.  As a discipline tracker to pin names to appropriate side of Naughty or Nice;
3.  Place on the back of the couch;
4.  Use as a rug/doormat;
5.  Display throughout your house for holiday decor - bathroom mat, on the side or at the foot of your bed, in your dining room on a breakfast hutch, etc.

I joined my 2 graphs together with wrong sides facing to make it into one:  one side Naughty; other side Nice. And, then added border.  You can keep them separate; make each graph bigger...I'd love to see what ideas you get from this!!!

 Naughty or Nice C2C Graph Project

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate 

Size:  18" wide x 28 1/2" long

Materials:
--5.75mm hook
--Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in your colors of choice.  Red and green were my primary colors.  I didn't use a whole skein of any yarn. 
--tapestry needle for weaving 
   
Special Technique: C2C (corner2corner) method using ch5 and HDC instead of the traditional Ch6 and DC 

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

Directions:
1. You will start with one graph in the bottom right corner and work the C2C method.  If you are not familiar with this technique, then you need to internet search and get an understanding of how to read the graphs to make the stitches.  Once you complete the first graph, weave all tails.  

2.  Complete 2nd graph as above. 

3.  Now, you will lay wrong sides together and pin in place.  With white yarn, I started in the upper right corner.  Sl st join and Ch1.  SC in same st and around the whole perimeter while making sure I was working the needle through both finished pieces.  Into each corner, I put 3 SC st.  *Sl st join to first st and ch3.  
4.  Now, remove hook from the white ch3 and join red yarn with a sl st into the next st.  Ch3.  Remove hook from the red ch3 and put it back on the white ch3.  At this point, cross the white ch3 in front of the red ch3 and Sl st into the next st.  Ch3. Now -lack your hook back thru the red 3rd ch, cross it in front of the white and Sl st into next st.  Ch3.* You will repeat from * to * around.  This is a time consuming process and the yarn can get twisted but it's so worth it in the end..... 

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Crochet Baby Nest/Lounger

A pool noodle isn't just for the swimming pool.  I used it, as the barrier, to complete my Baby Nest/Lounger.  I added Velcro on the ends so the noodle can be removed for laundering the Baby Nest in the washing machine.

The Baby Nest is great for the floor, on the changing table or in the crib -- securely keeps baby in place.  I used Bernat Blanket Yarn so it's super soft, cozy and thick.  

Baby Nest/Lounger
Baby Nest/Lounger Pattern 

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  25" long and 23" at the widest point 

Materials:
--10mm hook
--Bernat Blanket Yarn (approx 205 yd to cover the noodle; approx 100-120 yds for remainder) 
--pool noodle (I bought one at Dollar Tree); you could opt to use polyfil if you preferred 
--tapestry needle for weaving 
--Velcro tabs (1 for each noodle end) 

Gauge: 7 HDC stitches & 5 rows = 4" 

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
MR: magic ring
FO: fasten off 

Directions: 
Noodle Cover:
1.  I used a 220 yd skein of "Little Royales."  I used approx 200-205 yds.  Ch15.  HDC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
2.  HDC across.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
3-80.  Repeat #2.  At the end of Row 80, FO and leave a long tail for whipstitching cover around noodle.  I did not whipstitch too tight because I want the noodle to be removable for washing the Baby Nest.  Check your number of rows with your noodle as you go - just in case yours is a different size than mine - increase or decrease the number of rows accordingly.  
Note:  you can stuff firmly with polyfil if you so desire... 
Noodle Cover Ends (make 2): 
1.  6 HDC into MR.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6) 
2.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next.  Repeat around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  

Attaching: when attaching each end, only whipstitch halfway around.  For the stitches left unworked, you will place a Velcro tab.  This is so you will have a way to open the end to remove the noodle for washing the Baby Nest.  

Blanket Portion: 
I used various coordinating yarn for this portion.  You can use one color or as many as you want.  
1.  Ch30.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (29) 
2-27.  HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (29)
28.  With white yarn, HDC around the perimeter, placing 2 HDC in each corner.  Sl stoning and Ch1.  
29.  Working across top, HDC2tog - 3 times.  1 HDC in each of the next 17 st.  HDC2tog- 3 times.  Ch1 and turn.  (23) 
30.  HDC2tog - 3 times.  1 HDC in each of the next 11 st.  HDC2tog- 3 times.  Ch1 and turn.  (17) 
31.  HDC2tog - 1 time.  1 HDC in each of the next 13 st.  HDC2tog- 1 time.  Ch1 and turn.  (15) 
32-33. HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15) 
34.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of the next 11 st, HDC2tog.    FO, leaving a long tail to attach to noodle.  (13) 

Lay noodle in a semicircle around perimeter of blanket portion.  Pin, if needed.  Turn over and whipstitch together.  
View from backside:

And, that's it.  This worked up fairly quick.  I think it would make a great gift for mommy-to-be.  Use in the floor, changing table or in the crib for baby to nestle in...

I added an elephant appliqué to mine.
Head: 
1.  With dark gray yarn, 8 HDC in MR.  (8) 
2.  2 HDC in each st around.  (16)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next.  Repeat around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (24) 

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, ch3.  Sl st in first ch.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  Embroider pupil with white yarn.  

Tusk:
1.  Ch9.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 6 ch.  6 SC in last ch.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  

Ears (make 2):
1.  With white yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Tighten, but DON'T join.  Turn and Ch1.  (8)
2.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next.  Repeat across.  FO white yarn and join dark gray yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
3.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching to side of head.  (12) 

See pics for help with assembly.  

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

3 Simple Flower Designs....

Today, I worked on 3 cute flower designs that can be used in a multiple of ways - napkin rings, on a headband/hat, on a hair clip, pin to a summer dress/top, put on a wreath...you can basically pin/attach it to anything to add a little flare/color.  Each flower uses very little yarn.

3 Simple Flowers

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Materials:
--4mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn (I used Redheart Super Saver & Lion Brand); 5-7 yards per flower
--tapestry needle for weaving

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

Directions:

Blue Hearts Flower: 
(Make 4)
1.  Ch5.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
2-4.  SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
5.  2 HDC in first st, sl st in next 2 st and 2 HDC in last st.  FO and weave ends.
Next, using the tapestry needle and a piece of yarn, you will weave in and out of Row 1 of each petal to join the petals together (see pic below):

And, now, you will pull the tail to tighten and join the petals together.  Tie into a knot and weave ends.

To make a center:
1.  Ch4 and sl st into 1st ch.  FO and attach.  Weave ends. 

Pink Rose Flower:
(Make 5)
1.  Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2-4.  SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
5.  HDC2tog, 3 DC in next st and HDC2tog.  FO and weave ends.
 
Next, using the tapestry needle and a piece of yarn, you will weave in and out of Row 1 of each petal to join the petals together (see pic below):
And, now, you will pull the tail to tighten and join the petals together.  Tie into a knot and weave ends.

To make a center:
1.  Ch6.  3 SC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.  This will cause a rosebud to form.  Weave tail end upward to make sure the bud stays closed/joined and then attach to center of flower.  Weave ends.  


Spring Green Butterfly Flower:
(Make 4)
1.  Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2-4.  SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
5.  SC2tog, into next st - TC, DC, TC - then SC2tog.  FO and weave ends.  (5) 
Next, using the tapestry needle and a piece of yarn, you will weave in and out of Row 1 of each petal to join the petals together (see pic below):
And, now, you will pull the tail to tighten and join the petals together.  Tie into a knot and weave ends.

To make a center:
1.  3 SC into MR. Sl st to join and FO.  Attach to center and weave ends.  
To make the ring for a napkin ring:
1.  Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2-15.  SC across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 15, you will sl st Row 15 to Row 1.  Leave tail to attach to back of flower.  

And that's it for these cute, simple and versatile flowers.  Hope you enjoy these FREE patterns.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Woodland, Christmas & Fall Softies...

Well, I spent my Monday, mostly lazy, working on my Softies...lol.  I made several Christmas and Fall themed ones.  I still have more to add to each season.  I think these are turning out super, super cute.

What do ya'll think?  Thumbs up or down?

 Softies -
Woodland Animals, Christmas-themed & Fall-themed

In the Christmas set you will notice an orange and an apple.  This is for my mom.  When she was a young girl, a stocking of fruit was her Christmas gift so I wanted to include a memory of hers into this cute set.  As I complete additional pieces for the sets, I will add them to this post.

Frankenstein 
Turkey 
Black Cat
All of these Softies are made using the same basic pattern - click on the following link to go to my post for my Fox Softie/Keyring.

For each individual Softie, I will add the pattern details for the ears and facial features.  I think they are so cute and are so quick to make.  Except where specifically stated, the hook size will be 4.0mm!!!

Materials (for variations from basic pattern):
--4.0 mm hook
--2.0mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in colors of choice
--buttons  

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
St: stitch(es)
Rep: repeat
SC: single crochet
SC2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together 
SC3tog: single crochet 3 stitches together
HDC: half double crochet
DC: double crochet
TC: triple crochet
MR: magic ring
FO: fasten off

Directions:  To make the basic SOFTIE shape, please click on the above link to the Fox Softie/Keyring.

Woodland Animals:
A.  Fox:  click on link for pattern details

B.  Owl:  I used 1 shade of yarn (blue) to make the softie.
Nose:  
1.  With yellow yarn and 4 mm hook, Ch3.  SC in 2nd ch and next.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2.  SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
3.  SC in st.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.

Eyes:  I used an orange and a blue button for each eye.

Wings (make 2):  
1.  With orange yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next st, 3 DC in the last st.  Rotate and work on opposite side of base chain.  HDC in next st, SC in next.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a tail for attaching.  

Tassel Ears (make 2):
1.  I used orange, yellow and blue yarn.  Weave yarn into each side at the top and tie in a knot.  I then used my tapestry needle to separate the strands.

Hanger:
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.

C.  Frog:
Eyes (make 2):
1.  With green yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  

Before attaching each eye to the top sides, attach a button to the center.

Mouth:
1.  Use black yarn to embroider a smile.

Stomach:
1.  With yellow yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Pull tail to tighten but do not join.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next.  Rep around.  FO and leave tail for attaching.  (9)


Hanger:
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.


D.  Wolf: same as fox; just change yarn colors

E.  Deer:
Ears (make 2):
1.  With white yarn, ch3.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
4.  SC2tog, SC in next st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
5.  SC3tog.  FO white yarn and join main color.  
6.  SC around perimeter of ear.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.

Antlers (make 2):
1.  With a dark brown, Ch8.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 3 ch.  Ch4, SC in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 2 ch.  SC in each of the 3 remaining base ch.  FO.  Leave a tail for attaching.

Nose:
1.  With black yarn, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (3) 

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, ch4.  Sl st to first ch and FO, leave tail for attaching.  Embroider white pupil.  Embroider black lashes. 
--or you can use buttons--


Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.

F.  Hedgehog:
Note:  Once you have the basic pattern made, using a dark brown yarn, you will want to make picot stitches (ch3, sl st into first chain) around the perimeter of the softie.

Face:
1.  With light taupe yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (6)2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (12)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (18)
4-5.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  At the end of round 5, FO, leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (18)

Eyes:
I used 2 small buttons.

Nose:
1.  With black yarn, ch4.  Sl st into first ch and FO.  Leave tail for attaching. 


Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.

G.  Cat:
Ears (make 2)
1.  With pink yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (9)
3-5.  1 SC in each st around.  At the end of round 5, FO, leaving a tail for attaching.  (9)

Eyes:
I used 2 small pink buttons.

Nose and whiskers:
I used black yarn and embroidered it.  See pics.

Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends. 

Christmas-Themed:
A.  Santa:
Mustache and Beard (made in 1 piece):
1.  With white yarn, ch10.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch.  Ch3, skip 3 ch.  HDC in the last 3 ch.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  HDC in first 3 st.  3 TC into the ch3 space.  HDC in the last 3 st.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.

Hat:
1.  With red yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 5 st around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (7)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 6 st around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (8)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 7 st around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (9)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 8 st around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (10)
6.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (15)
7.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  FO red yarn and join white yarn.  Sl st join and ch1.  (20)
8.  With white yarn, SC around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (20)
9.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (30)

Pompom:
1.  With white yarn, I wrapped it around 2 fingers 18-20 times.  I tied knot in the center.  Trimmed and attached to the end of the hat.  

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, ch4.  Sl st to first ch and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  

Hanger: 
1.  Join red yarn in the center back of the hat.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.
 

B.  Snowman:
Nose:
1.  With orange yarn and a 2.0mm hook, ch3.  SC in 2nd ch and next ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2.  SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
3.  SC in st.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching.  
See pics for how I turned and attached nose.

Eyes:
I used 2 black buttons.

Hat: 
1.  With black yarn, ch7.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Turn.  Don't ch1.  (6)
2.  Sl st into the first 2 st.  2 SC in next st.  2 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  Leave last 2 st unworked.  (4)
3-5.  SC in each st.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 5, FO, leave tail for attaching.  (4) 

I used red and green yarn to embroider on the hat to make it similar looking to holly and berries.   

Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.

C.  Apple:
Stem:
1.  With brown yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and remaining 2 ch.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (3)
Attach stem to center top.

Eyes:
I used 2 black buttons.

Smile:
I used black yarn and embroidered smile.

Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.
 
D.  Orange:
Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 3 SC into MR.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.

Smile:
1.  Use red yarn and embroider smile. 

Leaves (make 2):
1.  With green yarn, Ch5.  Sl st into 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next and 3 DC in the last ch.  Rotate.  HDC in next ch.  SC in next ch. Sl st into the last ch.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.  

Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.

E.  Deer:  see above; under woodland animals; you could make the nose red for Rudolph, if desired.

Fall-Themed:

A.  Black cat:
 Ears (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (9)
3-5.  1 SC in each st around.  At the end of round 5, FO, leaving a tail for attaching.  (9)

Eyes:
I used 2 pink buttons.

Nose and whiskers:
I used pink yarn and embroidered it.  See pics.

Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends. 

B.  Pumpkin:
Stem:
1.  With brown yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and ch1.  (6)
2-4.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and ch1.  At the end of round 4, FO. Leave tail for attaching. 

Leaf:
1.  With green yarn, Ch5.  Sl st into 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next and 3 DC in the last ch.  Rotate.  HDC in next ch.  SC in next ch. Sl st into the last ch.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching to the front of the stem.

Eyes/Nose (make 3):
1.  With black yarn, and 2.0mm hook, Ch3.  SC in 2nd ch and next ch.  Ch1 and turn.
2.  SC2tog.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  See pic for help with where to attach pieces.

Hanger: 
1.  Join brown yarn in the center back of the stem.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.

C.  Turkey:
Feathers (make 5):
1.  Use your colors of choice for each feather color.  Ch11.  Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 SC in each of the next 3 ch.  1 HDC in each of the next 3 ch.  1 DC in each of the next 2 ch.  3 DC in the last ch.  Rotate to work on opposite side of base ch.  1 DC in each of the next 2 ch.  1 HDC in each of the next 3 ch.  1 SC in each of the next 3 ch.  Sl st to join.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.

Beak:
1.  With yellow yarn and 2.0mm hook, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st join and ch1.  (3)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (6)

Wattle:
1.  With red yarn and 2.0mm hook, Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO.  Leave a tail for attaching.  

Pompom Tail:
1.  With orange yarn, wrap around 3 fingers 20 times.  Tie a knot in the center.  Trim and attach.  

Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends.
  
D.  Frankenstein:
Eyes:
I used 2 black buttons.  You could use black yarn, ch4 and sl st into first ch and FO to attach.

Scar:
I used black yarn and embroidered on the side of the face.

Mouth:
I used black yarn to embroider mouth.

Nose:
1.  With black yarn, Ch3.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next.  Turn.  (2)
2.  SC2tog.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (1)

Hair:
1.  With black yarn, Ch8.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
2.  3 HDC in 1st st, sl st into the next 2 st, 3 HDC in the next st, sl st into the next 2 st and 3 HDC in the last st.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  See pics for help with placement.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With green yarn and 2.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next.  Rep around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (9)
3.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (9)
4.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next.  Rep around.  Sl st join and ch1.  (6)
5.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (6)
See pics for help with placement.  (place on each lower end side of the face)


Hanger: 
1.  Join main yarn in the center top.  Ch10 and sl st to center top.  FO and weave ends. 
And, that's it!!!  Use the base pattern to make the softie and then just add your features.  Simple and cute with a lot of options in using these for your seasonal and yearly home decor.  Or, to simply give to a child as a toy....PIN NOW and make these cute SOFTIES in the fall and winter...

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Caterpillar Rainbow...

On this rainy Sunday afternoon, here's "what's on the hook?" - a cute, colorful and educational Caterpillar Rainbow using primary colors of Red Heart Super Saver and Lion Brand yarns. This is a great, functional toy to teach toddlers colors and counting!!! 

I really love the way this turned out and I'm certain my grand babies will enjoy playing with him.

Caterpillar Rainbow




Caterpillar Rainbow Pattern
Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  Measures approximately 14" long (without stretching/pulling)

Materials:
--2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.5mm hooks
--#4 worsted weight yarn in your colors of choice (I used primary colors from scrap yarn I had on hand - Red Heart Super Saver and Lion Brand); it doesn't use a lot of yarn of each color so this makes a great stash buster
--(7) 4.5" round plastic canvas (I bought a 10-pack pre-cut from Hobby Lobby) 
--Velcro
--Polyfil
--Tapestry needle for weaving

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St: stitch(es)
Sk:  skip
Rep: repeat
SC:  single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together
MR: magic ring
FO: fasten off

Directions:
First you are going to make circular disks.  Each section will require 2 disks - a front and a back.  Now, the only repeat color is the front piece (face) and the last piece (tail).

Disks (make 14):
Make 2 of each color for the mid-section:  Orange, Red, Blue, White and Yellow
Make 4 of one color for the front and end section:  Green

1.  With 4.5mm hook, 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.  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 FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching the front and back sections to each other.  (48)  

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  FO and join blue yarn.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  FO and join white yarn.  Ch1.  (9)
3.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (9)

Nose:
1.  With red yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd chain from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  SC2tog. FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching. 

Cheeks (make 2):
1.  With purple yarn and 3.5mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (6)

Mouth:
1.  With purple yarn and 3.5mm hook, Ch13 and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.  

Antenna (make 2):
1.  With green yarn and 4.5mm hook, Ch3.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  (2)
2-6.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 6, FO and leave a tail for attaching.  (2)

Antenna Top (make 2):
1.  With yellow yarn and 2.5mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (9)
3.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and ch1.  (9)

Legs (make 4):
I only made 2 legs for the front piece and 2 legs for the back piece.  You can make 2 legs for each disk, if you want.
1.  With green yarn and 4.5mm hook, Ch3.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2-5.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 5, FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (2)

Feet (make 4):
1.  With yellow yarn and 4.5mm hook, 6 SC intro MR.  Pull tail to tighten but DO NOT join.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (6)

Curly Tail:
1.  With green yarn and 4.5mm hook, Ch21.  3 SC into 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  

Assembly:
1.  To make the disks:  sandwich together 2 matching colors with circular plastic canvas.  Place a small amount of polyfil on each side between the crocheted disk and the plastic canvas.  Whipstitch together.  Repeat for remaining colors. (So, you will have crocheted disk, polyfil, plastic canvas, polyfil, crocheted disk whipstitched together...)

For the antenna, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, feet and tail see my above pictures for placement.

With the Velcro, I reinforced mine with craft glue.  You will place Velcro on the back of the front piece, then Velcro the front and back of all of the mid-section pieces and then on the front of the back section piece.

And, that's it!!!  Super cute, colorful and a fun toy to teach toddlers/kids colors and to help them with learning to count!!! 
Happy Crocheting 

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