Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mouse head lovey*

It seems like loveys are the new fall fad, and why not? They are as simple as they are versatile. There are as many lovey ideas as there are cartoon characters, but with your imagination, or a child’s idea, you can make a lovey of your very own. I chose a simple design, traditional Mickey and Minnie. I love the idea of getting my blanket fix on a much smaller level. Loveys don’t take that much yarn either. To alleviate boredom, I usually chose a different blanket pattern for each head. It keeps it interesting. Click here to see my last lovey, the frog.

Mouse head

Materials needed- small amount of worsted weight black yarn, G (4mm) hook
Do not slip stitch or chain. This pattern is worked in rounds. Use a marker to keep track of your stitches. Stuff with washable, baby safe material as you go.

In a magic ring, sc 6x.
Rnd1: 2sc ss 6x. (12sc)
Rnd2: *2sc ss, sc, repeat to end. (18sc)
Rnd3: *2sc ss, sc 2x, repeat to end. (24sc)
Rnd4: *2sc ss, sc 3x, repeat to end. (30sc)
Rnd5: *2sc ss, sc 4x, repeat to end. (36sc)
Rnds6-11: sc in each st. (36sc)
Rnd12: *sc2tog, sc4x, repeat to end. (30sc)
Rnd13: *sc2tog, sc 3x, repeat to end. (24sc)
Rnd14: *sc2tog, sc2x, repeat to end. (18sc)
Rnd15: *sc2tog, sc, repeat to end. (12sc)
Rnd16: *sc2tog repeating to end. (6sc)

Make sure the hole is not too big for the stuffing to come loose.

Repeat to round 5 twice for the ears and sew firmly in place. Sew the head firmly onto the lovey and weave in all ends.

For Mickey I used a variation of this square. For Minnie I used a variation of this pattern from Bernat. You will need to log in to view.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Misty flower hanging towel*

Misty flower hanging towel

Materials: H hook, stitch markers, a button and small amounts of 5 different colors of cotton yarn, I used Lion Brand.
You will need to make 2 flowers from the misty rag pattern. Mark the top stitch of every fourth petal with a stitch marker, pin, etc.

Attach green colored yarn to any marked stitch with a slst, ch6, 3dc in joining st, *ch1, skip the next petal, 3dc in top st, ch1, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in next marked st, repeat around, ending with 2dc in the first st to complete pattern, slst to third ch. Do not turn your work.

Round2: ch1, (slst, ch6, 3dc) in ch3 space, [*ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space, repeat from * 2x. ch1, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in ch3 sp] repeat inside brackets around, ending with 2dc in first st to complete pattern. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Round3: attach chocolate colored yarn to any stitch and sc around each square. With back sides together, sc through both squares down one edge. Do not fasten off. Continue to sc around the entire rectangle shape. Fasten off and weave in ends.

I added a sc row of orange on top.

Not the easiest way, using a magic ring.
For the large granny rectangle, I needed Crochet Cabana’s help. Click here for different ways to crochet a granny rectangle. I used method 4. Sc along top edge with orange and sew to the bottom of the flower rectangle.

Still looks like a square to me.

Whew! OK, It's a rectangle.

At this point, I knew I wanted to keep it.


Strap: sc foundation row of 5. Ch1,turn. (5sc)
Rows1-2: sc 5x. Ch1, turn. (5sc)
Row3: sc, ch3, sc in last. Ch1 and turn. (2sc, ch3)
Row4: sc, 3sc in ch space, sc. Ch1 and turn. (5sc)
Rows5-19: repeat row 1.
Row20: 2sc ss, sc, repeat acoss. Ch1, turn. (8sc)
Row21: 2sc ss, sc 2x, repeat across. Ch1, turn. (11sc)
Row22: 2sc, sc 2x, repeat across. Ch1, turn. (14sc)
Row23: 2dc ss, dc 2x, repeat across, adding an additional dc in last stitch. Ch1, turn. (19dc)
Row24: 2dc ss, dc 17x, 2dc in last st. Ch1, turn. (21dc)
Row25: dc across. Ch1, turn.
Row26: with purple,  dc, 2dc ss 2x, dc 15x, 2dc ss 2x, dc. Ch1, turn. (25dc)
Row27: 2dc ss, dc, repeat across. Ch1, turn. (38dcs)
Rows28-29: dc across. Ch1, turn. Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew to the top the flower rectangle with orange.

The stitch marker indicates where I started.
Trim: with chocolate, attach yarn to first sc on the left bottom corner of the flower rectangle with a sl st. Single crochet down along the edge of the granny rectangle. 3sc in the ch3 space. Single crochet along bottom edge. 3sc in the ch3 space. Single crochet up along side of granny rectangle. Continue to sc in BLO up along the side of the flower rectangle, marking the first stitch made on that rectangle. Single crochet in both loops around the strap. Single crochet BLO down the side of the flower rectangle. Continue to single crochet in BLO to the marked stitch on the opposite side of the granny rectangle. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Coin purse with a kiss clasp*

I found the pattern for the smaller, not so fat coin purse! I think these are great gifts for a variety of people and they are not hard at all. I hope you give it a try.

Coin purse

What I used: H hook, small amount of sturdy yarn, kiss clasp

What I did: chain 11, 2sc in the second chain from the hook using Back Loops Only, sc 8x, 4sc ss. Your work will naturally turn to the left to work along the backside of the starting chain. Sc 8x, 2sc ss in last stitch. Do not chain or turn.
Round2: 2 sc ss, (mark the first with a st marker and move it up as you go, this will help keep track of your rounds) sc 10x, 2sc ss 2x, sc 10x, 2sc ss.
Round3: 2sc ss, sc 12x, 2sc ss 2x, sc 12x, 2sc ss.
Round4: 2sc ss, sc14x, 2sc ss 2x, sc 14x, 2sc ss.
Rounds5-20? Or until work is desired size (approx 3 ½”): sc in the round. I have used cotton and a wool blend for this project.  The cotton needed a G hook, but not as many rows. I was surprised when I used Rainbow wool and an H hook, it turned out a bit smaller?

Kiss clasp: be aware when purchasing the clasps, not all the holes drilled were correctly when I last looked.  There were only 3 I felt were worth buying.
If you are lucky, you have a clasp with large enough holes to use yarn to sew the crochet piece to the clasp. If not, you can use heavy-duty thread.
Don't forget to check out the Fat coin purse, too!

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