Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gingerbread Man - 9" Tall

This Gingerbread Man sorta took on a life of his own and I'm really happy with how he turned out. He is 9" tall and super cute

I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn so he was very inexpensive to make.  

Gingerbread Man
Size:  9" tall

Gauge:  I did not gauge

Materials:
--2.0mm, 3.5mm, 4.0mm and 4.5mm hooks
--#4 worsted weight yarn in Warm Brown, Red, White and Hunter Green (I used Red Heart Super Saver brand)
--tapestry needle for weaving
--2 black safety eyes
--polyfil for stuffing 

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (creates decrease)
Rep:  repeat
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Special Note:  
1.  If you work in the round, then use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning/ending of rounds and move the stitch marker up as you start each new round;
2.  If joining each round, then slip stitch to first stitch and Ch1 at the end of each round;
3.  If you would like to make your Gingerbread Man larger than 9" tall, then use a larger hook size (with double-stranded yarn).

Directions:
Body/Head:
(the body and head are made in one piece with the body portion being made first)
1.  With 3.5mm hook and Warm Brown yarn, 6 SC into MR.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  (12)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next.  Rep around.  (18)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  (24)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  (30)
6.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 4 st.  Rep around.  (36)
7.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 5 st.  Rep around.  (42)
8.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 6 st.  Rep around.  (48)
9.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 7 st.  Rep around.  (54)
10.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 8 st.  Rep around.  (60)
11-16.  1 SC in each st around.  (60)
17.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 8 st.  Rep around.  (54)
18.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 7 st.  Rep around.  (48)
19.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 6 st.  Rep around.  (42)
20.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 5 st.  Rep around.  (36)
21.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 4 st.  Rep around.  (30)
22.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  (24)
23.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  (18)
24.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  (12)
-- Stuff body portion firmly --
25.  SC2tog 6 x.  (6)
26.  2 SC in each st around.  (12)
27.  2 SC in each st around.  (24)
28.  1 SC in each st around.  (24)
29.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  (36)
30.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  (48)
31.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  (60)
32-38.  1 SC in each st around.  (60)
39.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 3 st.  (48)
40.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st.   (36)
41.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next st.  (24)
42-43 1 SC in each st around.  (24)
44.  SC2tog 12 times.  (12)
--Stuff head portion firmly
45.  SC2tog 6 times.  FO and leave a tail for closing opening.  (6)

Arms (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and Warm Brown yarn, 6 SC into MR.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  FO Warm Brown and join White yarn.  (9)
3.  With White yarn, 1 SC in each st around.  FO White yarn and join Warm Brown.  (9)
4-7.  1 SC in each st around.  (9)
8.  1 SC in each st around.  FO.  Stuff and leave a long enough tail for attaching to side of body.

Eyes:
1.  I used 2 safety, plastic black eyes.  (see pics for placement)
2.  I then used Black yarn and embroidered an eyebrow above each eye.

Cheeks (make 2):
1.  With 2.0mm hook and Red yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.

Mouth:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and White yarn, ch9.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.
Wavy line:
-- Before you start working the stitches into the ch, please make sure your chain is long enough to wrap around the top of the head --
 1.  With 4.5mm hook and White yarn, I made, I think, 45 ch (I did not write down the number when I made it).  But, this is what I did:  1 SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, *HDC into each of the next 3 ch, DC into each of the next 3 ch, SC into each of the next 3 ch* and continue to rep from * to * around.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching around head.

Bow:
1.  With 4.5mm hook and Red yarn, make a MR and ch4.
2.  6 TC into MR. 
3.  Ch4.
4.  6 more TC into MR.
5.  Ch4.
6.  Sl st into MR and FO.  Pull tail to close up.  Leave a long tail for wrapping around center of bow and for attaching.

Buttons (make 3): 
I made 2 buttons with red and white yarn held together.
1 made 1 button with green and white yarn held together.

1.  With 4.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave tail for attaching. 

Happy Crocheting...
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Gingerbread All-In-One Hat & Neckwarmer...

After spending days lying in bed, I finally had to do something creative with my hands and came up with this design.  It's cute, efficient, requires minimal yarn and so versatile.

This project works up fairly quickly.  3-in-1:
1.  It's a Gingerbread Messy Bun/Ponytail Hat;
2.  Close the top and it's a Gingerbread Hat;
3.  Open the top and button around your neck for a Gingerbread Neckwarmer.

Gingerbread All-In-One Hat & Neckwarmer Pattern

Size:  3 months - Adult

Gauge:  6 HDC st x 5 rows = 2"

Materials:
--5.5mm hook
--#4 Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Cafe Latte, Red and White (approx 60 - 80 yds) - yardage will vary slightly depending on the size you are making
-(5) 1/2" holiday buttons (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (creates a decrease)
HDC:  half double crochet
FHDC:  foundation half double crochet
DC:  double crochet
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Special Note:  you will be making a rectangle-shaped piece.

Special Stitch:
FHDC:  this creates the chain and stitch at the same time and is easy to achieve.
1.  Start with a chain 3.
2.  Yarn over and insert hook into the 3rd ch from the hook.  Yarn over and pull through the first loop on the hook.  You will have 3 loops on your hook.
3.  Yarn over and pull through the 1st loop on the hook - this creates the chain stitch.
4.  Yarn over and pull through 3 loops - this creates the HDC stitch.
5.  Now continue making HDC stitches.  Yarn over and insert hook into the chain stitch created in step #3.  Repeat steps 3-5 to continue making the chain and HDC stitches,

Directions:
Adult (21" head circumference):
1.  With Cafe Latte, FHDC 51.  Or you can ch 52.  HDC into 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (51)
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (51)
3-11.  Rep #2.  (51)
12.  1 HDC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (51)
13.  Join white yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each of the first 3 st.  1 HDC in each of the next 3 st.  1 DC in each of the next 3 st.  Rep this pattern across.  FO and weave ends.  (51)
14.  Re-join Cafe Latte, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn. (51)
15.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (51)
16.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next st.  Rep across.  Ch1 and turn.  (34)
17.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Rep across ending with SC2tog.  FO and weave ends.  (25)

Border:
1.  Now, you will join red yarn in the first base chain of Row 1 and Ch1.  1 HDC in each base ch across.  Ch1 and turn.  (51)
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (51)
3.  Join white yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each of the first 3 st.  1 HDC in each of the next 3 st.  1 DC in each of the next 3 st.  Rep this pattern across.  FO and weave ends.  (51)
4.  Re-join red yarn 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (51)
5.  1 HDC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (51)
6.  Re-join white yarn, 1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (51)

Button Placement:
1.  Attach 5 buttons on one side of the vertical end, spacing them approximately 1 1/2" - 2" apart.
Strap:
1.  With red yarn, ch100.  FO and double knot each end to secure.
2.  Using your tapestry needle, weave the strap in and out of Row 16.
Alternate Sizes:
Pre-teen/Teen Size (20" head circumference):
1.  49 FHDC.
2.  Repeat pattern as above.
*Note:  the last 2 rows for the top of the hat will work as follows:
1.  SC2tog, SC next st.  Rep across, ending with 1 SC in each of the last 2 st.  (33)
2.  SC2tog, SC in next 2 st.  Rep across, ending with 1 SC in each of the last 3 st.  (25)

Toddler/Kid (18" head circumference):
1.  45 FHDC.
2.  Repeat as above, except omit Rows 11 and 12 and then continue with pattern as above.
*Note:  the last 2 rows for the top of the hat will work as follows:
1.  SC2tog, SC next st.  Rep across.  (30)
2.  SC2tog, SC in next 2 st.  Rep across, ending with SC2tog.  (22)

6-12 Month Size (16" head circumference):
1.  41 FHDC.
2.  Repeat as above, except omit Rows 10 thru 12 and then continue with pattern as above.
*Note:  the last 2 rows for the top of the hat will work as follows:
1.  SC2tog, SC next st.  Rep across, ending with SC2tog.  (27)
2.  SC2tog, SC in next 2 st.  Rep across, ending with 1 SC in Last st.  (20)

3-6 Month Size (14" head circumference):
1.  37 FHDC.
2.  Repeat as above, except omit Rows 9 thru 12 and then continue with pattern as above.
*Note:  the last 2 rows for the top of the hat will work as follows:
1.  SC2tog, SC next st.  Rep across, ending with 1 SC in each of the last 2 st.  (25)
2.  SC2tog, SC in next 2 st.  Rep across, ending with 1 SC in each of the last 3 st.  (19)

Assembly/Use:
1.  To use as a Messy Bun/Ponytail Hat:  pull strap but don't close completely and secure strap into a bow;

2.  To use as a Hat:  pull strap and close opening completely and secure strap into a bow;

3.  To use as a Neckwarmer:  leave top open and unbutton 1 or 2 buttons to pull over head and around neck.  Secure buttons and strap into a bow.


And, that's it!!!  Gingerbread All-In-One Hat & Neckwarmer....

Variations:
1.  Make in your favorite seasonal characters by color choices;
2.  Use a solid yarn for a basic version.

A few more pics:

Happy Crocheting...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Blanket...

I love the simple design of my "Christmas" Blanket using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Cherry Red, White and Hunter Green and a 6.0mm hook.

This blanket worked up over the course of 4-5 days, with me only working on it 2-3 hours per day.  I was sick in bed and had to do something with my hands.  This would make a wonderful gift in any trio of coordinating colors and can be made in no time.

It measures approximately 40" wide x 64" long.

 Christmas Blanket





Size:  Approximately 40" x 64"

Gauge:  I did not gauge this project.

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red, Hunter Green and White); yardage will depend on the size you want to make; I had the jumbo sizes and did not use all of any one color 
--tapestry needle for weaving 

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

Special Note:  
1.  I worked my pattern as follows:  6 rows in white, 6 rows in green, 6 rows in red until my blanket measured 64" long.  I started and ended in white.  
2.  I used HDC st for the blanket, however, you could use DC st to make it bigger.  

Directions:
With white yarn: 
1.  Ch101.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  Or, FHDC 100.  If you want your blanket wider than 40", then start with a bigger ch.  (100) 
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (100) 
3.  3 HDC in first st.  Ch2, sk 2 st.  3 HDC in next st.  Rep across.  1 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (100)
4.  3 HDC in each Ch2 space of previous row.  1 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (100)
5-6.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (100)

Now, switch to green yarn:
7-8.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn. (100)
9-10.  Rep #3 and 4.  (100)
11-12.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (100)

Now, switch to red yarn:
13-14.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn. (100)
15-16.  Rep #3 and 4.  (100)
17-18.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (100)

Continue to alternate colors, completing 6 rows per color until you reach your desired length.  I started with white yarn and ended mine in white yarn.  

Border:
1-2.  With white yarn, 1 HDC in each st around, placing 3 HDC st in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  
3.  I held red and white yarn together.  1 DC in each st around, placing 3 DC st in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  

Quick, simple and so pretty.  I really love the way it turned out.  I made this for a special someone and I can't wait to give it to them for Christmas.... 

Happy Crocheting...

Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Sparkle Hat...

I made this "Holiday Sparkle Hat" in a woman's size over the Thanksgiving weekend.  I used Red Heart's Holiday Yarn in Green/Silver and White/Silver and topped it off with a white faux fur Pompom.

Holiday Sparkle Hat
 

Holiday Sparkle Hat Pattern

Size:  This will fit the average woman's head; my head circumference is 21"; it measures 9" long

Gauge:  I did not gauge this project

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--Red Heart Holiday yarn in Green/Silver and White/Silver held together (approx 1/2 skein of each color) or your favorite #4 worsted weight yarn
--white faux fur pompom (optional)
--tapestry needle for weaving

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

Special Note:  
1.  I held the 2 yarns together (double-stranded) to create a "Christmasy" effect;
2.  I slip stitch join and ch1 at the end of each round, however, if so desired, you can work this in the round.  If so, then use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning/ending of round and move up for the start of each new round.
3.  I wanted this to be more of a slouchy type hat and made it 9" long; it's very comfortable on my 21" head circumference.  If you want a more beanie-type style, then reduce the number of repeat rounds you do in the pattern.

Directions:
1.  With 2 yarns held together, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (8) 
2.  2 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (16)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (24)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (32)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (40)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 4 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (48) 
7.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 5 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (56)
8.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in each of next 52 st, HDC2tog.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (54)
9.  1 HDC in first st, Ch2 and sk 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (18 st; 36 ch)
10.  1 HDC in first st, 2 HDC in ch space.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (54) 
11-16.  Rep steps 9 and 10.  (If you want a shorter length hat, then reduce the number of rounds that you complete.)
17-19.  Working in the BLO, 1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (54)
20-21.  1 SC in each st around.  (If you are making your hat a shorter length, then omit rounds 20 and 21)
Trim:
22.  With White/Silver strand only, 1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (54)
23.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  (54) 

Optional:
Added a faux fur pompom or use your yarn and make a pompom.  You can use a pompom maker or, if you're like me, wrap the yarn 40-50 times around 4 fingers, cut yarn, tie in double knot it center and then trim ends.

I hope you will enjoy this cute and easy Holiday Sparkle Hat...
Happy Crocheting...

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jolly Snowman Hat

How cute is this snowman hat?  I aptly named him - "Jolly Snowman Hat"!!!  I designed this in transmit from visiting my mom and dad-in-law for Thanksgiving.  I used worsted weight yarn and a 6.0mm hook. 

Jolly Snowman Hat  



Jolly Snowman Hat

Size:  This will fit the average 19-21" head circumference

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--#4 Worsted Weight Yarn in white, black, green and orange
--small amount of polyfil for top hat
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (creates a decrease)
HDC:  half double crochet
FPHDC:  front post half double crochet
BPHDC:  back post half double crochet 
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
1.  With white yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (8)
2.  2 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (16)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (24)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (32)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (40)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 4 st.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (48)
7.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 5 st.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (56) 
8.  Working in BLO, 1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (56)
9.  Working in both loops, 1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (56)
10.  Working in BLO, 1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (56)
11-17.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (56)
 At the end of Round 17, FO white yarn and weave ends.
18.  Join green yarn with sl st and Ch1 into any st.  HDC into the same st as the Ch1 (this will count as your first FPHDC), *BPHDC, then FPHDC.* Rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (28 FPHDC & 28 BPHDC)
19-21.  HDC into the first st (this will count as the FPHDC), then BPHDC.  *FPHDC, BPHDC* around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  At the end of Round 21, FO and weave ends.  (28 FPHDC & 28 BPHDC)

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

Nose:
1.  With orange yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2.  1 SC in each st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
3.  SC2tog, SC next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
4.  SC2tog.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching. (1)

Mouth (make 5):
1.  With black yarn, 5 SC into MR.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.

Top Hat:
1.  With black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC into each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (18)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (24)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (30)
6-9.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (30)
10.  Working in BLO, 1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (30)
11.  In both loops, 2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (45)
12.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching to top of hat.  Add a small amount of polyfil before you complete attaching the top hat.

Bow for Hat:
1.  With green yarn, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st into MR.  3 more SC st into MR. Sl st into MR.  Join and FO.  Leave a long tail to wrap around center and to attach to the hat.

Assembly:
See my pics for place of hat, eyes, nose and mouth.

Green Wave:
1.  Join green yarn with sl st in the top stitch in Round 8 of the hat and Ch1.  SC in same st.  Ch2.  Sk over 2 st and join yarn with a sl st in the top stitch of Round 10.  SC in same st.  Ch2.  Sk over 2 st and join yarn with a sl st in the top stitch of Round 8.  Continue to repeat this pattern around alternating between Round 8 and Round 10.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  (this creates a nice, wavy pattern)

Happy Crocheting...
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Snowman Tree Topper...

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

Snowman Tree Topper

OR use him as a 
Table Centerpiece:
Snowman Tree Topper Pattern

Size:  6" diameter

Gauge:  not important for this project

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Santa Pillow

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

Amazon is an amazing resource for Bernat Blanket Yarn.  If you have a prime account, you can get a 220 yd ball for 8.00 with free shipping (lots of colors available) by clicking on this link:
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Please do note that Santa's nose isn't as big as it appears in the pic.  I think it's from the lighting and me using my I-phone to take the pics late last night...lol!!!

Santa Claus Pillow

Santa Claus Pillow Pattern

Size:  12" tall

Gauge:  I did not gauge this project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crocheting...
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--don't claim my pattern/design as your own
--don't use my pics as your own
--don't share my pattern/design electronically or in print format but provide a link to my blog
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