October 24, 2012

Lucky Penny Pendant



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Materials:

  • size 10 cotton crochet thread


  • size B (2.25mm) crochet hook


  • a penny (Optionally, one that is special to you in some way. You could choose one with the year of your birth, for instance.)

  • ribbon (optional) 

Instructions:


Round 1: Ch 2. In second chain from hook, sc 6 sts. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1.

Round 2: 2 sc in same sc and in each st around. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (12 sc)

Round 3: Sc in same sc, *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc), repeat from * to last sc, 2 sc in last sc. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (18 sc)

Round 4: 2 sc in same sc, *(sc in each of next 2 sc), repeat from * to last 2 sc, sc in each of last 2 sc. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (24 sc)

Round 5: Sc in same sc and in each of next 2 sc, *(2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc), repeat from * to last sc, 2 sc in last sc. Sl st in first sc. Ch 1. (30 sc)

Fasten off.



Repeat Rounds 1-5, but this time DO NOT fasten off after round 5.


Place the two crocheted pendant pieces together with the wrong sides facing each other and right sides facing out. Working through sts on both pendant pieces, sl st, ch 1.


Working through sts on both pendant pieces, reverse sc in each sc around - however, make sure to place the penny inside before reaching the end of the round. In joining space: Sl st, ch 1, sl st, ch 1.


Chain until chain measures approximately 24.5 inches (or desired length) when laid flat.
In joining space: Sl st, ch 1, sl st, ch 1. Fasten off & weave in ends.

You could also use a ribbon instead of a crocheted chain. If you choose to do this, after you sl st twice in the joining space, work the following: Ch 10. In joining space: Sl st, ch 1, sl st, ch 1. (This will provide a loop through which to thread the ribbon.) Fasten off & weave in ends.

July 12, 2012

Cactus Amigurumi




 
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Materials:

  • Worsted Weight (WW) yarn in the following colors: brown (soil), green (cactus), your choice (flower), small amount of black for embroidering mouth 

  • size G (4mm) crochet hook

  • 9mm black safety eyes

  • terra cotta pot (approx. 2.75" tall and 3" diameter)

  • small piece of cardboard

  • plastic pellets
  • stuffing
  • super glue

  • scrap of felt (optional)
  • yarn needle 


Instructions:



CACTUS HEAD
Starting with a magic ring and green yarn, 6 sc into ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in ea st around. (12)

Round 2: *(Sc, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)

Round 3: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24)

Rounds 4-8: Sc in each st around.

Round 9: *(Dec1, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * around. (18)

Note: This would be a good time to place and secure the safety eyes. 

Round 10: *(Sc in next st, dec1), repeat from * around. (12)

Round 11: 2 sc in each st around. (24)

Rounds 12-13: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off green yarn and attach brown yarn by pulling up a loop through the last two loops worked in green.

Round 14: Working through front loops only, 2 sc in each st around. (48)

Rounds 15-17: Sc in each st around.

Round 18: Sl st in each st around.

Fasten off.
Fill cactus with stuffing.

HEAD SPROUT
Starting with green yarn and a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 2: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)

Rounds 3-4: Sc in each st around.

Round 5: *(Dec1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12)

Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

Fill with stuffing. 

Sew to top of cactus head. 



ARMS
Make 2.

With green yarn, ch2. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 1: Sc in each st around.

Round 2: 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts. (8)

Round 3: Repeat round 1.

Round 4: 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 6 sts. (10)

Round 5: Repeat round 1.

Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

Sew arms to sides of cactus body. 


FLOWER
With yarn color of choice, ch2. 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 1: Sc in each st around.

Round 2: Working in back loops only, *(sc in next st, ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next chain, hdc in next chain, sc in same space), repeat from * four more times. (5 petals)

Sl st in first sc and fasten off.

Sew flower to top of head sprout (with the side of the flower with the "bump" on it facing up).


ASSEMBLY
With black yarn, stitch a smile on the cactus. 

Cut the small piece of cardboard to fit inside the base of the terra cotta pot.

Super glue the cardboard to the bottom of the inside of the pot.

Fill the terra cotta pot with plastic pellets and use super glue to secure the "soil" in place to the sides of the pot. 

Optional: Use the base of the pot to trace a circle onto the scrap of felt.

Cut the felt and use super glue to secure it to the bottom of the terra cotta pot (this will help protect your furniture).


May 24, 2012

Stegosaurus Amigurumi


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Materials:

Lion Brand Jiffy, 1 skein (A) "Apple Green" & partial skeins (B) "Grass Green" & (C) "Dark Grey Heather"

size I (5.5mm) or J (6mm) crochet hook

9mm black safety eyes (or black yarn)

stuffing
yarn needle

Instructions: 


SHAPE HEAD
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

Rounds 3-4: Sc in each st around.

Round 5: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Rounds 6-8: Sc in each st around.



SHAPE BODY & TAIL
Round 9: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * to last 3 sts, sc in each of last 3 sts. (23 sts)

Round 10: 2 sc in next st, sc in ea st around to end of round. (24 sts)

Round 11: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice, *(sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc in each of last 2 sts. (30 sts)

Round 12: *(2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (36 sts)

Secure safety eyes in place on head. 
Stuff head. 

Rounds 13-20: Sc in each st around.

Round 21: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (30 sts)

Rounds 22-23: Sc in each st around.

Round 24: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts), repeat from * around. (24 sts)

Round 25: Sc in each st around.

Round 26: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Rounds 27-29: Sc in each st around.

Begin stuffing and continue until fastening off. 

Round 30: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12 sts)

Rounds 31-33: Sc in each st around.

Round 34: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (8 sts)

Rounds 35-36: Sc in each st around.

Round 37: Dec 1 around. (4 sts)

Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.



SPIKES
Small Spikes
Make 2.

Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.

Round 1: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.



Medium Spikes
Make 2.

Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.

Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.



Large Spikes
Make 2.

Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.

Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.

Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.


FRONT LEGS
Make 2.

Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.

Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.

Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)

Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.

Round 6: 2 sc in next st, sc in each st around to end of round. (9 sts)

Round 7: [Sc in next st, dec 1] three times. (6 sts)

Round 8: Dec 1 around. (3 sts)

Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.


BACK LEGS
Make 2.

Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.

Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.

Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)

Round 4: Sc in each st around.

Round 5: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. (10 sts)

Round 6: Sc in each st around. 

Round 7: [Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. (12 sts)

Round 8: Sc in each st around.

Round 9: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (8 sts)

Round 10: Dec 1 around. (4 sts)

Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.



TAIL SPIKES
Make 4. 

Starting with a magic ring and C, 4 sc into ring.

Rounds 1-3: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

ASSEMBLY
Sew legs to body.
Sew the spikes to the top of the body segment in the following order: small spike, medium spike, large spike, large spike, medium spike, small spike.
Sew tail spikes to tail.

May 3, 2012

Red Dragon Amigurumi

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Materials:
red worsted weight yarn
small amount of black yarn
size G (4mm) crochet hook
stuffing
yarn needle
12mm black safety eyes

Instructions:

BODY
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 4: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 5: *(Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Round 6: *(Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Rounds 7-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rounds 13-14: Sc in each st around.
Round 15: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 16: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 17: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.

HEAD
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rounds 3-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: Sc in next st, *(2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. (24 sts)
Rounds 9-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 7 sts. (30 sts)
Round 13: Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts. (34 sts)
Rounds 14-18: Sc in each st around.
Round 19: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1] twice, [Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1] four times, sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts. (27 sts)
Round 20: Sc in each st around.
Round 21: Sc in each of next 8 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 7 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 6 sts, dec 1. (24 sts)
Round 22: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
At this point, secure the safety eyes in place and begin stuffing.
Continue stuffing until fastening off.
Round 23: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Rounds 24-25: Dec 1 around.
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.

ARMS
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

LEGS

Haunches
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Lightly stuff.

Feet
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 2-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

EARS
Make 2.
Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: Sl st in first st and in next 3 sts, ch 2, sl st in same st, sl st in each st across, ch 2, sl st in same st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

TAIL
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 4 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] twice. (6 sts)
Round 4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice. (10 sts)
Round 9: Sc in each st around.
Round 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts] twice. (12 sts)
Round 11: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.

WINGS
Make 2.
Ch 2. 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, dec1 over last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: (Sc in first sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc), sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc) twice, sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same st).
Sl st approx. 8 sts down the side of the wing to meet up with the other tail of yarn.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

ASSEMBLY
Sew head to body, using the length of yarn from the body segment.
Sew arms to body just beneath head.
Sew haunches to body just beneath arms.
Sew feet to haunches/body near the base of the amigurumi.
Sew tail to body.
Sew ears to head.
Sew wings to back of dragon's body.
With black yarn, embroider details.

March 13, 2012

Simple Beaded Earrings





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Materials:

  • size 7 (1.65mm) crochet hook

  • size 20 cotton crochet thread

  • earring findings
  • 20 seed beads




Instructions:


MB (Move Bead) = move a bead up close to your work so that it will stay behind after the stitch is completed

Thread 10 seed beads onto crochet thread. (It kind of goes without saying, but don't use any beads that don't fit.)

Start with a slip knot and ch 6. Sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch2 (counts as first hdc), hdc 4 sts into ring, ch3, hdc 5 sts into ring, ch3, hdc 4 sts into ring. Join with a sl st to first hdc.

Round 2: Ch 1 (do not turn), (MB, rev sc) 3 times into ch3 space, (MB, rev sc) in next 4 sts, (MB, rev sc) 3 times into ch3 space, rev sc next 5 sts, rev sc twice into ch3 space, rev sc next 4 sts, rev sl st to beginning rev sc.


Attach earring findings to the ch3 space that doesn't have beaded accents.



Super Simple Crocheted Hoop Earrings

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Materials:
  • a pair of earring findings

  • 2 matching key rings (any size you want)

  • 2 (separate) small amounts of size 10 crochet thread

  • size 7 (1.65mm) crochet hook


Instructions:


Round 1: With both strands held together, sc completely around the key ring.

Sl st to beginning sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends as best as you can.

Attach earring findings.



For a different look, hook 2 or more smaller key rings together before crocheting to create a "linked" effect.



February 9, 2012

Easter Egg Amigurumi




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Materials:

  • size E (3.5mm) crochet hook

  • poly pellets and/or stuffing
  • scrap yarn in various colors

  • white yarn for plain egg
Instructions:

STRIPED EGG


Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc in ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in ea st around. (12)

Round 2: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)

Round 3: *(Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24)

Round 4: *(Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30)

Switch colors by drawing up a loop through the last 2 loops of previous st.

Round 5: Sc in ea st around.

Switch colors.

Rounds 6-7: Repeat round 5.

Switch colors.

Rounds 8-9: Repeat round 5.

Switch colors.

Round 10: Repeat round 5.

Switch colors.

Round 11: Repeat round 5.

Switch colors.

Round 12: Repeat round 5.

Switch colors.

Round 13: Sc in ea of next 2 sts, *(dec, sc in ea of next 3 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (24)

Switch colors.

Rounds 14-15: Repeat round 5.

Switch colors.

Round 16: Sc in next st, *(dec, sc in ea of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (18)

Switch colors.

Start filling with poly pellets and continue filling to end of work.

Rounds 17-18: Repeat round 5.

Switch colors.

Round 19: *(Sc in next st, dec), repeat from * around. (12)

Round 20: Dec through front loops only around. (6)

Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining sts.



PLAIN WHITE EGG

Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc in ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in ea st around. (12)

Round 2: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)

Round 3: *(Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24)

Round 4: *(Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30)

Rounds 5-12: Sc in ea st around.

Round 13: Sc in ea of next 2 sts, *(dec, sc in ea of next 3 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (24)

Rounds 14-15: Sc in ea st around.

Round 16: Sc in next st, *(dec, sc in ea of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st. (18)

Start filling with poly pellets and continue filling to end of work.

Rounds 17-18: Sc in ea st around.

Round 19: *(Sc in next st, dec), repeat from * around. (12)

Round 20: Dec through front loops only around. (6)

Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining sts.


January 3, 2012

Recycled Silk Bag



Materials:

  • 1 ball recycled silk yarn

  • 1 ball black cotton yarn that I had lying around ("Patons: Grace" would be a good substitute)

  • size 9 (5.5mm) knitting needles



Instructions:


This pattern uses seed stitch throughout.


With both strands held together, cast on 25 sts.


Rows 1-6: *(K1, P1), repeat from * across.



Row 7: Work in seed stitch for 8 sts, cast off 9 sts in seed st, work in seed stitch to end of row (there should be 8 sts on each side of cast off sts). 


Row 8: Work in seed stitch for 8 sts, cast on 9 sts, work in seed stitch to end of row (25 sts).

Continue working in seed stitch until piece measures approx. 11 inches (28cm) or until yarn is getting somewhat close to getting used up.


Repeat Rows 7-8.


Repeat Rows 1-6.


Cast off in seed st.

Weave in ends and sew sides together.