Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BINKY-PACIFIER TETHER




















MATERIALS:
Worsted weight (4) cotton yarn, slightly less than 11 yards
US Size F (4.0 mm) crochet hook
1 One inch suspender clip
Tapestry needle

NOTES:
1.    Read instructions through before beginning.
2.    I used Lily Sugar and Cream and Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton leftover from other projects.
3.    I ordered the clips from Everything Ribbons on Etsy.
4.    Fsc is foundation single crochet.  Here’s a link to how to make fsc:  


INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 1: Attach yarn to bar of clip with a sc, 4 sc around bar.  If you work over the tail you will have one less end to weave in.  (5 sts)

Rows 2 - 10: Ch 1, turn.  Sc across.  (5 sts)

Row 11: Ch 1, turn.  Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts.  (4 sts).

Row 12: Ch 1, turn.  Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts.  (3 sts).

Row 13 - 32: Ch 1, turn.  Sc across.  (3 sts).

Row 33: Ch 1, turn.  Sc2tog, sc in next st.  (Should be about 8 inches long)  (2 sts).

DO NOT fasten off.

LOOP: (photo shows where to make first fsc)

Ch 1, turn.  Sc in 1 st.  Starting by working in side of sc, work 15 fsc.  (Loop should be about 4 inches long.)

Fasten off leaving about a 5 inch tail.  Use the tapestry needle to securely sew end of loop to row 33.

Weave in ends.

TO USE:  Slip loop through ring on binky, then slip clip end through the loop and pull snug.  Fasten clip to baby’s clothing.



Saturday, January 04, 2014

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Friday, November 01, 2013

BASIC KID'S BEANIE

This is the cap I have been making for the local Salvation Army.  I wasn’t going to post the pattern but several people have asked me to share the pattern I was using.

I want to thank Jo in NY for testing the pattern.


SIZE:  Kid’s 18-20 inches, depth about 7.5 inches

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn, approximately 2 ounces
H (5.0 mm) or I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle

NOTES:
1.  Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
2.  Should fit children 3 to 12 years old.  For older children you can work a couple extra double crochet rounds to increase the depth.
3.  When joining with a slip stitch, pull the slip stitch tight.
4.  Do not count the ch 2 at beginning of rounds as a dc.
5.  Cap in photo was crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver and H hook.
6.  When I made some with Caron One Pound I used the I hook and only increased to 52 stitches.  To increase to 52 stitches work 2 dc in every 12th stitch on round 5.

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Ea = each
St = stitch
Sts = stitches
Fpdc = front post double crochet
Bpdc = Back post double crochet

INSTRUCTIONS:

ROUND 1: Ch 3, working over tail, 12 dc in first ch.  Join with a slip stitch in first dc.  (12 sts)

ROUND 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in ea st.  Join with a slip stitch in first dc. (24 sts)

ROUND 3:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch in first dc.  (36 sts)

ROUND 4:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch in first dc. (48 sts)


ROUND 5:
 Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in 7 sts, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch in first dc.  (54 sts)

ROUND 6:
 Ch 2, dc in each st.  Join with a slip stitch in first dc.  (54 sts)

Repeat round 6 until cap measures at least 6.5 inches (center to edge).  On most of my caps this was 11 rounds.  On the last round slip stitch around first true dc as if to fpdc.

NEXT 2 ROUNDS:  Ch 2 (counts as first fpdc), *bpdc around next st, fpdc around next st.  Repeat from * around.  End with a slip stitch around ch 2 as if to fpdc.  (54 sts)

Fasten off.  Weave in end.

With the beginning tail and using your tapestry needle run tail through the beginning double crochets and pull tightly to close any hole in the top of the cap.


Monday, October 21, 2013

ITTY BITTY AND NOT SO ITTY BITTY MITTS FOR KIDS

The local Salvation Army was so pleased to get my caps I decided to make something to keep little hands warm.  I made a mitten, then thought if only the end was open it would fit a wider range of ages.  So I played around with my envisioned mitt.  It had to be quick, no sewing and fit lots of kids.  I came up with was the Itty Bit Bigger mitt, of course at that point I hadn't named it. Then I decided I needed a wider range of sizes so came up with the Itty Bitty and the Not So Itty Bitty mitts.   So today I delivered the first batch of mitts and 59 more caps.

I hope you will enjoy this pattern and maybe make a few for a charity.  After all these kids didn't make the decision to live in a car or under a bridge.

ITTY BITTY AND NOT SO ITTY BITTY CROCHETED MITTS FOR KIDS
Many thanks to Vanessa in WA who tested this pattern for me.
 Below you see her mitt.
SIZES:  Crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver (if made with a different thickness yarn your results will be different.  Vanessa made hers with a G and H hooks.

Itty Bitty: 2.75 inches across above thumb hole and 5.75 inches long
Itty Bit Bigger: 3 inches across above thumb hole and 6.5 inches long
Not So Itty Bitty:  3.25 inches across above thumb hole and 7.5 inches long

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight (4) yarn approximately 1.5 (1.75, 2) ounces 
US Size G (4.50 mm) crochet hook
US Size F (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Marker ( I use a bobby pin)
Tapestry needle

GAUGE:
8 sc = 2 inches 

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Sc  =  single crochet
St = stitch
Sts = stitches

NOTES:
  1. Read instructions through before beginning.
  2. Mitts are the same for both hands.
  3. After the cuff is joined into a tube the hand portion of the mitt is worked in continuous rounds.  This is where your marker needs to be used to keep track of rounds.
  4. Okay, here’s my spiel about the different thicknesses of worsted weight (4) yarns.  The thickness vary from the thinner yarns like Lion Brand Pound of Love and Caron Simply Soft to the thicker Caron One Pound.  All called worsted weight (4) yarns, go figure.  Due to this huge difference you may need to change your hook size and if making for a specific person use instructions for smaller or larger size than the measurements above indicate. 

INSTRUCTIONS:
Smallest size is first, medium and large in parentheses.  Small (medium, large)

CUFF:

With G hook, ch 8 (9, 10) sts. 

Switch to F hook for remainder of cuff.

Row 1:  Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.  I like to work into the bumps on the back of the chain, but that isn’t necessary.  (7, 8, 9 sts)

Rows 2-21 (2-23, 2-25):   Ch 1, turn.  Sc in the back loop of each st across.  (7, 8, 9 sts)

Joining cuff into a tube:
Ch 1, turn.  Hold the cuff as though you are about to work another row.  Take the beginning edge of your cuff and fold up to meet the last row worked.  Hook should be to the right, and in the row behind the beginning yarn tail.  Slipstitch these rows together through the back loop.  (7, 8, 9 sts)

Do not fasten off. 

Turn cuff so that the slipstitch row is to the inside. 

Change to G hook for remainder of mitt.

Round 1:   Ch 1, working into the sides of the cuff rows, sc 21 (23, 25) sts around top edge of cuff.  Do not join, work in continuous rounds.  (21, 23, 25 sts)

Round 2:  Sc in next 9 (10, 11) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in  next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 (9, 10) sts.  (23, 25, 27 sts)

Round 3:  Sc around.  (23, 25, 27 sts)

Round 4:  Sc in next 10 (11, 12) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 (10, 11) sts.  (25, 27, 29 sts)

Round 5:   Sc around.  (25, 27, 29 sts)

Round 6:   Sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 (11, 12) sts.  (27, 29, 31 sts)

Round 7:  Sc around.  (27, 29, 31 sts)

Round 8:  Sc in next 12 (13, 14) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts.  (29, 31, 33 sts)

Round 9:   Sc around.  (29, 31, 33 sts)

Round 10:  Sc in next 13 (14, 15) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 12 (13, 14) sts.  (31, 33, 35 sts)

Small size skip to round 13.

Round 11 (medium and large only):   Sc around.  (33, 35 sts)

Medium size skip to round 13.

Round 12 (large only):   Sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 15 sts.  (37 sts)

Round 13 (all sizes):  Sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts, skip 9 (9, 11) sts (for thumb hole), sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts.  (22, 24, 26 sts)

Round 14:  Sc into each st around. (22, 24, 26 sts)

Repeat round 14 until the measurement from the thumb hole is 1.5 (1.75, 2) inches.  Approximately 6 (7, 9) rounds]. 

Remove marker and lay mitt flat with thumb hole to one side.  Last st should be at the side opposite the thumb hole, if it not sc to 1 st before side and slipstitch in next st.  Here you can fasten off your usual way or use the invisible fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Make a second mitt.



Friday, October 11, 2013

OPERATION HOLIDAY STOCKINGS


You Are Invited To Support Our Troops!

This stocking was designed specifically for Operation Holiday Stockings, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that sends stockings to our brave troops serving overseas.   Please consider sending one or more to:

Operation Holiday Stockings
P.O. Box 3186
Sequim, WA  98382

Edited to add:  They can be any color.  For this year please mail in time to arrive by Nov 15th.  They accept stocking year round, so keep them in mind.

MATERIALS:
Approximately 1.25 ounce Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn
Small amount of White yarn for cuff
Size US G  (4.5 mm) hook
Tapestry needle

SIZE:
4 X 8 inches

GAUGE:
7 dc = 2 inches
4 dc rounds = 2 inches

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
St = stitch
Sts = stitches
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Rev sc = reverse single crochet

NOTES:
  1. Read instruction through before beginning.
  2. Yarns used in sample are Red Heart Super Saver; Paddy Green and White.
  3. For best results stocking needs to be worked at a fairly tight tension.  That is why I used a G hook for this project.  If you crochet loosely, please use a smaller hook. 
  4. Ch 2 at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch.  Skip the ch 2 and work into the first dc.

INSTRUCTIONS

All slipstitches in this section should be pulled tight.  The stitch should almost disappear.

Rnd 1:  Ch 3, working over starting tail 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  Remember to pull the slipstitch tight.  (10 sts)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * three times. Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (15 sts)
Pull the beginning tail tight to close any hole in the toe.

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * three times. Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (20 sts)

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * three times. Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (25 sts)

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in each st to end of round.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (26 sts)

Rnd 6-8:  Ch 2, *dc in each st around.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (26 sts)

Heel:
Slipstitches in this section should NOT be pulled tight.

Row 1 (right side):  Ch 1, sc in 1 st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (4 sts)


On rows 2-12 the last sc and slipstitch are worked into the dc sts of round 8.

Row 2:  Sc in 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (6 sts)

Row 3:  Sc in 2 sts, hdc in 3 sts (when working in hdc of previous row go into the front 2 loops of st), sc in 2 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (8 sts)

Row 4:  Sc in 3 sts, hdc in 3 sts, sc in 3 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (10 sts)           

Row 5:  Sc in 3 sts, hdc in 5 sts (when working in hdc of previous row go into the front 2 loops of st), sc in 3 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (12 sts)

Row 6:  Sc in 4 sts, hdc in 5 sts, sc in 4 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (14 sts)

Row 7:  Sc in 4 sts, hdc in 7 sts (when working in hdc of previous row go into the front 2 loops of st), sc in 4 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (16 sts)

Row 8:  Sc in 4 sts, hdc in 9 sts, sc in 4 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (18 sts)

Row 9:  Sc in 4 sts, hdc in 11 sts (when working in hdc of previous row go into the front 2 loops of st), sc in 4 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn.  (20 sts)

Row 10:  Sc in 4 sts, hdc in 13 sts, sc in 4 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn. (22 sts)

Row 11:  Sc in 5 sts, hdc in 13 sts (when working in hdc of previous row go into the front 2 loops of st), sc in 5 sts, slipstitch in next st, ch 1 turn.  (24 sts)

Row 12:  Sc in 5 sts, hdc in 15 sts, sc in 5 sts, slipstitch in next st. Join with a slipstitch in first sc.  Pull the slipstitch tight.   (26 sts)

Now go back to working in rounds, resuming above round count.


Leg:
All slipstitches in this section should be pulled tight. 

Rnd 9:  Ch 2, turn. (When working in hdc of previous row go into the front 2 loops of st).   Dc in 6 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in 12 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in each remaining st.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (28 sts)

Rnd 10-13:  Ch 2, dc in each st around.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (28 sts)

Fasten off.

Cuff :

All slipstitches in this section should be pulled tight.

Change to the trim color. 
Rnd 14:  Attach yarn with a sc.  Sc in each st around.  Join with a slipstitch in first sc.   (28 sts)

Rnd 15:  Ch 1, sc in each st around.  Join with a slipstitch in first sc.   (28 sts)

If you don’t like crocheting reverse single crochet repeat round 15.
Rnd 16:  Ch 1, rev sc in each stitch.  Fasten off without joining and use the tapestry needle to join.
Weave in ends.



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BABYS PUMPKIN BEANIE

BABY'S PUMPKIN BEANIE


SIZE:  Approximately 13-15 inches, depth about 6.5 inches
Kid's is HERE.

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn, approximately 1.5 ounces orange
Worsted weight yarn small amount brown or green
I (5.5 mm) crochet hook (if you crochet loosely use a H hook)
G (4.5 mm) crochet hook for stem and tendril
Tapestry needle

NOTES:
1.  Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
2.  Should fit most babies.
3.  When joining with a slip stitch, pull the slip stitch tight.
4.  Do not count the ch 2 at beginning of rounds as a dc.
5.  On the very last round don’t join with a slip stitch but use your tapestry needle for the invisible fasten off.
6.  Cap in photo was crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver:  Beanie = Carrot, Stem = Tea Leaf .

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Ea = each
St -= stitch
Sts = stitches
Sc = single crochet
Sc2tog = single crochet two together
Hdc = half double crochet
Fphdc = front post half double crochet

INSTRUCTIONS:

ROUND 1: Ch 3, working over tail, 12 dc in first ch.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (12 sts)

ROUND 2:  Ch 2, dc and sc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc and sc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st. (24 sts)

ROUND 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, sc in next st.  *2 Dc in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (36 sts)

ROUND 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next st, sc in next st.  *2 Dc in next st, dc in 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st..    Repeat from * 4 times.  2 Dc in next st, dc in next 2 st   Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (48 sts)

ROUND 5:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in 2 st.  *Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st,   dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 2 st.    Repeat from * 4 times.  Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 3 st.   Join with a slipstitch in first st. (60 sts)

ROUND 6:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in 3 st.  *Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 4 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 3 st.  Repeat from * 4 times.  Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 4 st. Join with a slipstitch in first st. (72 sts)

ROUND 7:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in 4 st.  *Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 5 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 st..    Repeat from * 4 times.  Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 5 st. Join with a slipstitch in first st. (84 sts)


ROUND 8-10:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join and next 5 st.   *Sc in next st, dc in 13 st.   Repeat from * 4 times.   Sc in next st, dc in next 7 st   Join with a slipstitch in first st. (84 sts)

ROUND 11:  Ch 1, *sc2tog.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (42 sts)

ROUNDS 12-14:  Ch 1, *sc in ea st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (42 sts)

Fasten off.  Weave in end.

STEM:
Using G (4.5 mm) hook.

Ch 2, 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook.  Do not join.

Working in continuous rounds, *sc in next st, fphdc in next st.  Repeat from * until stem is about 1.5 inches.  You should have 4 raised ridges, 

Fill stem with a small amount of Polyfil or other stuffing material.

TENDRIL:

Slipstitch in next st (remember to pull it tight).   Ch 15, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.  Slipstitch in same st where first slipstitch was made.

Fasten off leaving about an 8 inch tail to sew to center top of cap.  Sew stem and tendril to top of hat centering over beginning hdc (I went twice around).  Pull tail to inside and tie in an overhand knot with the beginning tail.



KID'S PUMPKIN BEANIE


Lots of discussion at my house about the stem and tendril…should it be green or tan?  The ones at the grocery store are dry and tan, but if you want to make yours green my son will be grateful.


SIZE:  Approximately 16-18 inches, depth about 7.5 inches
Baby's is HERE.

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn, approximately 2.5 ounces orange
Worsted weight yarn small amount brown or green
I (5.5 mm) crochet hook (if you crochet loosely use a H hook)
H (5.0 mm) crochet hook for stem and tendril
Small amount of Polyfill or other stuffing
Tapestry needle

NOTES:
1.  Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
2.  Should fit most kids.
3.  When joining with a slip stitch, pull the slip stitch tight.
4.  Do not count the ch 2 at beginning of rounds as a dc.
5.  On the very last round don’t join with a slip stitch but use your tapestry needle for the invisible fasten off.
6.  Cap in photo was crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver:  Beanie = Carrot, Stem = Warm Brown, (Tea Leaf if you want green).

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Ea = each
St -= stitch
Sts = stitches
Sc = single crochet
Sc2tog = single crochet two together
Hdc = half double crochet
Fphdc = front post half double crochet

INSTRUCTIONS:

ROUND 1: Ch 3, working over tail, 12 dc in first ch.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (12 sts)

ROUND 2:  Ch 2, dc and sc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc and sc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st. (24 sts)

ROUND 3:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, sc in next st.  *2 Dc in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (36 sts)

ROUND 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in next st, sc in next st.  *2 Dc in next st, dc in 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st..    Repeat from * 4 times.  2 Dc in next st, dc in next 2 st   Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (48 sts)

ROUND 5:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in 2 st.  *Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st,   dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 2 st.    Repeat from * 4 times.  Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 3 st.   Join with a slipstitch in first st. (60 sts)

ROUND 6:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in 3 st.  *Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 4 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 3 st.  Repeat from * 4 times.  Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 4 st. Join with a slipstitch in first st. (72 sts)

ROUND 7:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in 4 st.  *Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 5 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 st..    Repeat from * 4 times.  Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 5 st. Join with a slipstitch in first st. (84 sts)

ROUND 8:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, dc in 5 st.  *Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 6 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 st..    Repeat from * 4 times.  Sc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in 6 st. Join with a slipstitch in first st. (96 sts)

ROUND 9-12:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join and next 6 st.   *Sc in next st, dc in 15 st.   Repeat from * 4 times.   Sc in next st, dc in next 8 st   Join with a slipstitch in first st. (96 sts)

ROUND 13:  Ch 1, *sc2tog.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (48 -sts)

ROUNDS 14-17:  Ch 1, *sc in ea st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first st.  (48 sts)

Fasten off.  Weave in end.

STEM:
Using H (5.0 mm) hook.

Ch 2, 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook.  Do not join.

Working in continuous rounds, *sc in next st, fphdc in next st.  Repeat from * until stem is about 1.5 inches.  You should have 4 raised ridges, 

Fill stem with a small amount of Polyfil or other stuffing material.

TENDRIL:

Slipstitch in next st (remember to pull it tight).   Ch 15, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.  Slipstitch in same st where first slipstitch was made.

Fasten off leaving about a 8 inch tail to sew to center top of cap.  Sew stem and tendril to top of hat centering over beginning hdc (I went twice around).  Pull tail to inside and tie in an overhand knot with the beginning tail.


Friday, August 30, 2013

RATTLER BOOKMARK

MATERIALS
Small amount of worsted weight yarn  (6 gm)
Size US G (4.5 mm) Crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Small amount of Polyfil (or something else to fill head)
Wiggle eyes (6 mm)
3 inch piece of red or pink yarn for tongue
Craft glue

GAUGE:
Not important.

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Dc dec = double crochet decrease
St = stitch
Sl st = slip stitch

NOTES:
  1. Read pattern through before beginning.
  2. If you work over the beginning tail as instructed there is only one tail to weave in.
  3. If you crochet loosely use a smaller hook.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Chain 60.

TAIL:  2 sc in  the 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc each of next 11 chains (to create corkscrew effect); single crochet in each ch to the last 8 chs.

HEAD: 
Row 1 (right side):  Hdc in 2 chs, 2 dc dec over next 4 chs.  Hdc in 1 ch, 3 sc in last ch.   Working in the unused loop of starting ch and over beginning tail, hdc in next st, 2 dc dec over next 4 sts.  Hdc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st.

Row 2:  Ch 1, turn.  Skip 1 st, sc in next 13 head sts, sl st in next st.   Fasten off leaving about a 8 inch tail. 

Using the tapestry needle and 8 inch tail, whip stitch bottom of head closed by working through outside loops of row 2.  Insert a small amount of polyfil in head before closing completely. 

Fasten off and weave in end.

FINISHING

With yarn needle pull red yarn through the sts on bottom of the Snake’s head coming out near the center bottom.  Glue in place.    The easiest way to glue the tongue in place is by running the yarn in for about an inch under the head.  With about an inch protruding where you want the tongue, spread glue on half of it and pull inside the head. 

Glue on eyes.  

Trim the tongue after the glue is dry.

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