July 26, 2017

Octopus Amigurumi Keychain


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Materials:
  • Patons Grace (or size 3 mercerized cotton)
  • size B / 2.25 mm crochet hook
  • black thread
  • needle
  • jump ring
  • key chain attachment
  • small amount of stuffing or yarn ends

Instructions:

Starting with a magic ring, 8 sc into ring. (Or: Ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook.)
Round 1: 2 sc around. (16)
Rounds 2-4: Sc around. (16)
Round 5: Dec around. (8)
Round 6: Working in FLO, (Sl st, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 ch, sl st in same st as starting sl st)in each st around. (8 tentacles)
Add stuffing. (I used leftover trimmings of red yarn)
Round 7: Working in BLO, sc around. (8)
Fasten off and draw yarn through sts.
Embroider eyes with needle and thread.
Attach jump ring to octopus.
Attach key chain attachment to jump ring.


July 22, 2017

Worry Dolls



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Finished Size: approx. 6 in / 15 cm tall

Materials:
  • worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver)
  • size G (4mm) crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • stuffing

Instructions:


MALE WORRY DOLL

BODY & HEAD
Starting with a magic ring and pants color, sc 6 into ring.
Round 1: 2sc around. (12)
Round 2: (Sc, 2sc)around. (18)
Rounds 3-5 (3 rounds): Sc around. (18)
Fasten off pants color.
Attach shirt color.
Rounds 6-12 (7 rounds): Sc around. (18)
Round 13: (Sc, dec)around. (12)
Fasten off shirt color.
Attach skin color.
Round 14: 2sc around. (24)
Round 15: Sc around. (24)
Round 16: (Sc 3, 2sc)around. (30)
Rounds 17-19 (3 rounds): Sc around. (30)
Fasten off skin color.
Attach hair color.
Round 20: Sc around. (30)
Round 21: (Sc 3, dec)around. (24)
Add stuffing as you continue.
Round 22: (Sc 2, dec)around. (18)
Round 23: (Sc, dec)around. (12)
Round 24: Dec around. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn.
Thread yarn through remaining sts to pull closed.

ARMS
Make 2.
I did not add stuffing to the arms.
Starting with a magic ring and skin color, sc 6 into ring.
Round 1: (2sc, sc)around. (9)
Round 2: Sc around.
Fasten off skin color.
Attach shirt color.
Rounds 3-8 (6 rounds): Sc around. (9)
Round 9: (Dec, sc)three times. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Thread yarn through remaining sts to pull closed.

LEGS
Make 2.
I did not add stuffing to the legs.
Starting with a magic ring and shoe color, sc 6 into ring.
Round 1: 2sc around. (12)
Rounds 2-3: Sc around. (12)
Round 4: (Sc 2, dec)three times. (9)
Fasten off shoe color.
Attach pants color.
Rounds 5-9 (5 rounds): Sc around. (9)
Round 10: (Dec, sc)three times. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Thread yarn through remaining sts to pull closed.

ASSEMBLY
Sew arms to body.
Sew legs to body.
Stitch face on head.


FEMALE WORRY DOLL

BODY & HEAD
Starting with a magic ring and leggings color, sc 6 into ring.
Round 1: 2sc around. (12)
Round 2: (Sc, 2sc)around. (18)
Round 3: Sc around. (18)
Fasten off leggings color.
Attach dress color.
Round 4: Sc around. (18)
Round 5: Sc in BLO around. (18)
Rounds 6-12 (7 rounds): Sc around. (18)
Round 13: (Sc, dec)around. (12)
Fasten off dress color.
Attach skin color.
Round 14: 2sc around. (24)
Round 15: Sc around. (24)
Round 16: (Sc 3, 2sc)around. (30)
Rounds 17-19 (3 rounds): Sc around. (30)
Fasten off skin color.
Attach hair color.
Round 20: Sc around. (30)
Round 21: (Sc 3, dec)around. (24)
Add stuffing as you continue.
Round 22: (Sc 2, dec)around. (18)
Round 23: (Sc, dec)around. (12)
Round 24: Dec around. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn.
Thread yarn through remaining sts to pull closed.

LEGS
Make 2.
I did not add stuffing to the legs.
Starting with a magic ring and shoe color, sc 6 into ring.
Round 1: 2sc around. (12)
Rounds 2-3: Sc around. (12)
Round 4: (Sc 2, dec)three times. (9)
Fasten off shoe color.
Attach skin color.
Rounds 5-7 (3 rounds): Sc around. (9)
Fasten off skin color.
Attach leggings color.
Rounds 8-9: Sc around. (9)
Round 10: (Dec, sc)three times. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Thread yarn through remaining sts to pull closed.
Sew legs to body, but do not sew over any of the unworked loops from Round 5.

DRESS / SKIRT
With legs facing up, go back to the front loops you ignored in Round 5 on doll's body and attach dress color with a slip stitch, ch1.
Round 1: Sc in same st as sl st, sc in each unworked front loop around. Sl st in beginning sc, ch1. (18)
Round 2: (Sc, 2sc)around. (27)
Rounds 3-8 (6 rounds): Sc around. (27)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

ARMS
Make 2.
I did not add stuffing to the arms.
Starting with a magic ring and skin color, sc 6 into ring.
Round 1: (2sc, sc)around. (9)
Rounds 2-5 (4 rounds): Sc around. (9)
Fasten off skin color.
Attach dress color.
Rounds 6-8 (3 rounds): Sc around. (9)
Round 9: (Dec, sc)three times. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Thread yarn through remaining sts to pull closed.
Sew arms to sides of body.

PINAFORE
With White yarn, ch6.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Ch1, turn.
Rows 2-4 (3 rows): Sc in each st across. Ch1, turn.
Row 5: Sc in each st across, ch7, turn.
Row 6: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch, sc in each sc. Ch7, turn.
Row 7: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch, sc in each sc. Ch1, turn.
Rows 8-10 (3 rows): Sc in each st across. Ch1, turn.
Fasten off.
Add a strand of yarn to each of the top corners (from Row 1) and placing the pinafore on the doll, cross the yarn across the back and thread each through the top corners of rounds 5 and 6, respectively.
Now tie these two strands of yarn in bow behind doll's back.

PIGTAILS
With hair color, attach yarn to side of head where hair meets skin with a slip stitch and ch8 or however short or long you want the hair to be.
Fasten off.
Cut a short length of hair color yarn and thread it through the last chain and pull the ends so they are equal lengths.
Knot the three strands of yarn.
Cut a scrap of contrast yarn and tie a bow just above the knot.

ASSEMBLY
At this point, your doll is mostly done.
Stitch face on head.
Weave in any ends that need weaving in.


July 7, 2017

Modest Grey Cross Body Bag


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Materials:
Worsted Weight (WW) yarn (For this project, I recommend wool or wool-blend yarn for its water resistant properties)
size H (5mm) crochet hook
yarn needle

Instructions:

BAG

Ch31.

Working in back loops (bumps) of chain, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Now, working on the opposite side, sc in each ch across.

Sc in each sc around until piece measures approximately 8 inches.

Flatten piece and make sure that your working loop is as close to the corner as possible.

Sc through BLO of each of next 30 sts, sc in each of next 30 sts normally.

Work 5 rounds sc.

Place working loop on a scrap of yarn to hold it.

Attach yarn to unworked front loops from 6 rounds ago and sc in each unworked loop. Ch1, turn.

[Sc in each sc across. Ch1, turn] five times.

Fasten off.

Place the working loop you put on hold back on your crochet hook and working through both layers at once, sc in each of next 30 sts, sc in each of next 30 sts normally.

*Sc through BLO of each of next 30 sts. Ch1, turn.
Sc through FLO of each of next 30 sts. Ch1, turn.*
Repeat from * to * three more times.

Sc through BLO of each of next 6 sts, ch4, skip next 4 sts, sc in BLO of next st, sc in BLO of each of next 9 sts, ch4, skip next 4 sts, sc in BLO of next st, sc in BLO of each of next 5 sts.

**Sc through FLO of each of next 30 sts. Ch1, turn.
Sc through BLO of each of next 30 sts. Ch1, turn.**

Repeat from ** to ** one more time.

Sc through FLO of each of next 30 sts. Ch1, turn.

Sl st through each st across.

Fasten off.

BUTTONS

Make 2.

Start with a magic ring and sc 6 into ring. (Or, ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook)

2sc in each sc around. (12)

(Sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc)around. (18)

(Sc in next 2 sc, dec)around. (12)

Dec around. (6)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

STRAP

Ch approximately 220 (for shorter strap) or 250 (for longer strap).

Working in back loops (bumps) of chain, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch1, turn.

[Sc in each sc across. Ch1, turn] four times.

Sl st in each sc across. Fasten off. Repeat sl st row for opposite side.

ASSEMBLY

Thread yarn through the sts of the last row of the button through the remaining sts and pull closed. Place the button on the bag, making sure that it will match up with the buttonholes. Sew the button in place. Repeat for second button.

For the strap, there are a couple options.

First, thread one end of the strap through the loop that you created on the back of the bag.

For the first option:
Taking care not to twist the strap, sew the ends of the strap together.
Weave in any ends and then pull the strap so that the joined part is hidden beneath the bag.

For the second option:
Weave in any ends and then knot the ends of the strap together.

Weave in any remaining ends and add a lining if you like.

After using this bag for a while, I highly recommend adding a zipper.

June 22, 2017

Cross-body Bag with Stripes




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Materials:
  • size J (6mm) crochet hook
  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (or any worsted weight yarn): Buff, Warm Brown, Soft White, Gold
  • yarn needle


Instructions:

BAG
You will be working in continuous rounds.
With strands of Buff and Warm Brown held together, ch 36.
Rnd 1: 2sc in second chain from hook, sc in each of next 33 chains, 2sc in last chain. Working on the opposite side of the chain, 2sc in first ch, sc in each of next 33 chains, 2sc in last ch.
Rnd 2: 2sc in first sc, sc in each of next 35 sc, 2sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in each of next 35 sc, 2sc in next sc.
Rnds 3-4 (2 rounds): Sc in each st around.
Fasten off Buff and Warm Brown.
Attach Buff and Soft White by pulling up a slip stitch through the last two loops of the last sc stitch worked.
Rnds 5-9 (5 rounds): Sc in each st around.
Rnd 10: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 11: (2dc in next st, dc2tog)around.
Rnd 12: Hdc in each st around.
Rnds 13-17 (5 rounds): Sc in each st around.
Fasten off Buff and Soft White.
Attach Buff and Gold by pulling up a slip stitch through the last two loops of the last sc stitch worked.
Repeat rounds 10-12.
Fasten off Buff and Gold.
Attach Buff and Soft White by pulling up a slip stitch through the last two loops of the last sc stitch worked.
Repeat rounds 5-17.
Fasten off Buff and Soft White.
Attach Buff and Warm Brown by pulling up a slip stitch through the last two loops of the last sc stitch worked.
Work 3 rounds sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st, ch 1. Work 1 round in reverse sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

STRAP
With strands of Buff and Soft White held together, ch 176.
Working in back loops of ch, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across.
Rows 2-3 (2 rows): Ch1, turn. Sc in each sc across.
Fasten off Buff and Soft White.
Attach Soft White and Warm Brown by pulling up a slip stitch through the last two loops of the last sc stitch worked.
Rows 4-5 (2 rows): Ch1, turn. Sc in each sc across.
Fasten off.
Sew strap to sides of bag using the yarn needle and weave in ends.

April 21, 2017

Clothes For Jellycat Bunny: Sweater & Nightcap








Materials:
  • Red Heart Super Saver in the following colors: Aruba Sea, Aran
  • size US 8 / UK 6 (5mm) knitting needles
  • yarn needle

Instructions:

SWEATER

Sleeves:

Make 2.
Start with Aran.
CO 14 sts using crochet cast on.
Work 3 rows K1 P1 ribbing.
*Switch to Aruba Sea.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.
Switch to Aran.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.**
Repeat from * to ** once.
Switch to Aruba Sea.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.
Switch to Aran.
Knit.
Work 2 rows K1 P1 ribbing.
Cast off in K1 P1.
With wrong sides held together, sew sides of sleeves.
Weave in ends.

Front & Back Panels:

Make 2.
Start with Aran.
CO 22 sts using crochet cast on.
Work 3 rows K1 P1 ribbing.
*Switch to Aruba Sea.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.
Switch to Aran.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.**
Repeat from * to ** once.
***Switch to Aruba Sea.
K1, Ssk, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Purl.
Switch to Aran.
K1, Ssk, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Purl.****
Repeat from *** to **** once.
Switch to Aruba Sea.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.
Switch to Aran.
Knit.
Work 2 rows K1 P1 ribbing.
Cast off in K1 P1.
With wrong sides held together, sew sides of panels together, leaving spaces for sewing the sleeves in place.
Weave in ends.
Turn right side out.

NIGHTCAP

Front & Back Panels:

Make 2.
Start with Aran.
CO 20 sts using crochet cast on.
Work 3 rows K1 P1 ribbing.
*Switch to Aruba Sea.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.
Switch to Aran.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.**
Repeat from * to ** two times.
***Switch to Aruba Sea.
K1, Ssk, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Purl.
Switch to Aran.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.****
Repeat from *** to **** 6 times. (6 sts remain)
Switch to Aruba Sea.
K1, Ssk, K2tog, K1.
Purl.
Switch to Aran.
Work 2 rows St st, beginning with a K row.
Ssk, K2tog.
Purl.
K2tog.
Cut yarn and draw yarn end through remaining loop to finish.
With wrong sides held together, sew sides of hat, leaving holes on either side for the ears.
Weave in ends.
Turn right side out.