“Jowls!” A dog toy

Mister calls Louis “jowls” all the time. He’s got some loose lips on him and my all time favorite movie is Jaws, so in my household it’s the best knick name. 😍
Louis is a crazy little beast who adores toys and sits ever so sweetly in my lap as I crochet, so I thought it was about time to make him something.
I present to you:
JOWLS!!!

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Supplies:

* G-hook
* Worsted weight yarn
* Yarn needle
* Poly-fill stuffing
* Squeaker ( optional )

Terms:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease
* slp st – slip stitch
* hdc – half double crochet

Special Notes:

* Make sure to pull your stitches tight! It will make the toy stronger and keep your stuffing in.
* If your dog is a destroyer, I suggest using a cotton yarn. Thankfully Louis does not eat his toys so we don’t have to worry about him swallowing acrylic yarn.
* If you’re going to use a squeaker, stuff the shark halfway, insert the squeaker, and stuff the sides around it firmly.

Pattern:
Body:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
7. sc around – 25
8. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
9. sc around – 30
10. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
11. sc around – 35
12. sc around – 35
13. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
14. sc around – 40
15. sc around- 40
16. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
17. sc around – 45
18. ( sc 8, inc )5x – 50
19-26. sc around – 50 each row
27. ( sc 8, dec )5x – 45
28-29. sc around – 45
30. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
31. sc around – 40
32. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
33-34. sc around – 35
35. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
36. sc around – 30
Start Stuffing
37. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
38. sc around – 25
39. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
40. sc around – 20
41. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
42-46. sc around – 15
Sew tail end shut flat. Weave in ends.

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Side Fins: make two
Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. dec 2, sc 12 – 14
9. dec, sc 12 – 13
10. slp st 7, hdc 2, slp st 4, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Dorsel fin:
ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. sc around – 16
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Tail Fin: make two
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. inc, inc, sc 4 – 8
4. sc around – 8
5. sc 2, inc, inc, sc 4 – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc 4, inc, inc, sc 4 – 12
8. sc 5, inc, sc 6 – 13
9. sc around – 13
Fasten off, sew the ends shut flat, leave long tail for sewing to body.

“Tail Center”
Holding two strands of yarn together,
Ch 7
1. starting in second ch from hk: sc across – 6
2. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
3. ch 1, turn, dec, dec – 2
4. ch 1, turn, dec
5. ch 1, turn, sc
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Tail Assembly:
Line up edges as shown, sew together.

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Sew the tail onto the body. I doubled my yarn and ran it a few times to make it strong.
Being that it is for a dog, I used embroidery floss for the eyes, no risking him swallowing plastic safety eyes.
Finished size 9 1/2 inches long from tip of nose to tail.

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As you can see, someone knew it was his and was not feeling the photo shoot.

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Taxidermy Rudolph!!

Ok, this guy cracks me up! I know he’s not for everyone, but come on, how cute and funny is he!! He’s on the small side so you can make him as a stocking stuffer or just some silly holiday decor.

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**_Terms:_**
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease

**_Supplies:_**

* G hook
* Two shades of yarn in medium weight 4 for the head and antlers
* Red yarn in medium weight 4
* Poly fil stuffing
* Safety eyes or embroidery floss
* Yarn needle
* Wooden plaque for mounting ( optional )
* Green yarn in medium weight 4 for holly leaves ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5-7. sc around – 20
8. dec 3, sc 5, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc 4 – 20
9. inc 2, sc, inc 2, sc 6, inc, sc 8 – 25
10. inc 2, sc 6, inc 2, sc 6, inc, sc 8 – 30
11. sc 3, inc 5, sc 22 – 35
12 – 16. sc around – 35
17. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
18. sc around – 30
Attach eyes now if using safety eyes, begin stuffing.
19. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
20. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
Do remaining rows in back loops only to help keep the back of the head flat.
21. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
22. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
23. dec 5
Sew shut, leave long tail for attaching to board.

**_Nose:_**
Using red, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. sc around – 10
4. ( sc, dec )3x, sc
Fasten off, stuff lightly, leave long tail for sewing.

_**Ears:**_ make two
Using head color ch 2
1. 5 sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. sc around – 15
5. ( sc 3, dec )3x – 12
7. sc around – 12
8. ( sc 4, dec )2x – 10
9-10. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
**Inside: **make two ( optional )
Using lighter color ch 3
1. starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 2
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 2
3. ch 1, turn, inc, sc – 3
4. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
5. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc – 4
Sc around whole piece to clean up edges.
Fasten off, leave long tail, sew into ear.
Do not stuff

**_Antlers:_**
Ch 2
1. 6sc in the second ch from hk – 6
2-4. sc around – 24
Fasten off, stuff lightly, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Holly leaves:_**
I used the awesome pattern by this lovely lady:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/holly-leaves.html

I used three different hook sizes when making my leaves in order to have three different sized leaves.

**_Assembly:_**
_Sew head together first in this order:_

* Ears
* Antlers
* Nose

_If using holly leaves and board:_

* Make sure to attach hanger to back of board or drill holes for hanging first
* Drill two holes completely through to tie the head on

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* Run yarn from the back of head through the two holes and knot securely to the back of board.
* I added a couple of small stitches to the leaves to make them one piece
* Then used three small dabs of hot glue to the two ends and bottom to glue on
* Finished size: Head – 2 1/2 inches not counting antlers

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Mini tree topper Carol-er

My love of vintage and mid-century shows its head with this one. I recently acquired some of my grandmothers paper angel and carolers. You know the ones I mean, with the paper cone bases and plastic heads. Well as I was gently trying to clean them up it struck me how fun they could be to make!
So here she is. She sits perfectly on a mini table top tree ( used my grandmas for the photo, it only seemed fitting ) or make a bunch in different colors and line them up on a mantle.

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_**Supplies:**_
F – hook
G – hook
Yarn : any worsted weight. skin tone, white, any color for dress, bonnet, and hair
Poly-fil stuffing
Yarn needle
Embroidery floss for eyes and mouth
Ribbon ( optional )

_**Terms:**_
ch – chain
hk – hook
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( two sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( single crochet two sts together )

_**Head/Base:**_
Using the F hook and skin tone, ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6 – 10. sc around – 25 each row
11. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
12. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
Begin stuffing, stuff firmly.
13. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
14. dec 5 – 5
15. In front loops only: 2sc in each st around – 10
16. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
17-18. sc around – 15
19. ( sc 2, inches )5x – 20
20. sc around – 20
21. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
22. sc around – 25
23. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
24. sc around – 30
25. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
26. sc around – 35
27. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
28-35. sc around – 40
Fasten off, weave in ends.

**_Arms:_ make two**
Using F hook and skin tone
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. sc around – 6
Switch to dress color
4. sc around – 6
5-12. sc around – each row
Fasten off, do not stuff, leave long tail for sewing.

_**Hair:**_
Using F hook, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6-10. sc around – 25 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
**_Bun:_**
Using hair color, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3-4. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Dress:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 24 ( leave a long tail at end of ch, we’ll use it later )Slip at the first ch to the last ch to form a ring.
1. Being careful not to twist your chain, sc around – 24
2-3. sc around -24 each row
4. ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
5. sc around – 28
6. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
7. sc around – 32
8. ( sc 7, inc )4x – 36
9. sc around – 36
10. ( sc 8, inc )4x – 40
11. sc around – 40
12. ( sc 9, inc )4x – 44
13. sc around – 44
14. ( sc 10, inc )4x – 48
15-16. sc around – 48
Fasten off, weave in end.

**_Bonnet:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 4
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc – 3
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
3. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
4. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc – 4
5. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
6. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc, inc – 6
7. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
8. ch 1, turn, sc 5, inc – 7
9-22. ch 1, turn, sc across – 7 each row
23. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 5 – 6
24. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
25. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
26. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
27. ch 1, turn, sc, dec, sc – 3
28. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing on.

**_Collar:_**
Using G hook and color of choice
Ch 24
1. starting in second ch from hk, across – 23
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 23
3. ch 1, turn, sc 7, slp st 9, sc 7 – 23
Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

**_Assembly:_**
-Sew on hair base, add bun wherever you’d like, stuff it lightly as you sew on.
-Add face details.
-Weave the long tail on the top of the dress loosely through the first row. It is going to act like a drawstring to tighten the neck.
-If you’re going to decorate the dress, it’s best to do it now while the dress is flat.
-Slide the base through the neck of the dress and pull the “drawstring”, the neck will cinch up tightly. Tie off.
-Sew the arms to the dress.
-Sew the collar in place.
-Sew the bonnet on.
– Finished size: 5 1/2 inches.

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Tiny little turkey!

I don’t really decorate for thanksgiving, which is strange because I do love this time of year?! So I thought I needed to make something in honor of turkey day and of course a turkey was perfect!
Here he is, I just love him! He’s the perfect size for table settings, not too big and not too small.

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_**Supplies:**_
G – hook
Medium weight ( 4 ) yarn: brown, yellow, and any color of choice for feathers
Safety eyes ( I used 9mm ) or black embroidery floss for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Yarn needle

_**Terms:**_
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( 2 single crochets in same hook )
dec – decrease ( crochet 2 stitches together)
slp st – slip stitch

_**Head/Body:**_
Using brown, ch 2
1. sc 5 in second ch from hook – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5-8. sc around – 20
9. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
10. sc around – 15
If using safety eyes, attach to the sides of the head now. I put mine in between row #4&5
Begin stuffing
11. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
12-13. sc around – 10
14. ( sc, inc )3x, sc 4 – 13
15. ( sc 2, inc )3x, sc 4 – 16
16. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 20
17. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
18-21. sc around – 25
22. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
23. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
24. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
25. dec 6, sew shut, fasten off, weave in ends

**_Beak:_**
Using yellow, Ch 2
1. 4sc in the second ch from hook – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Wings:_ Make two**
Using brown, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hook – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3-7. sc around – 10 each row
8. dec 4 – 6
9-11. sc around – 6 each row
Whip st closed ( do not stuff ) leave long tail for sewing.

**_Legs_: Make two**
Using yellow, ch 2
1. 6sc in the second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4-5. sc around – 18 each row
6. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
7. dec 3, sc 5 – 9
8. sc, dec 2, sc 4 – 7
Begin stuffing.
9-12. sc around – 7 each row
Do not stuff last two rows of leg. Sew shut flat. Leave long tail for sewing to body

_**Feathers**_: **make at least four of each**
Using brown ch 13
1.starting in second ch from hk, sc 10, slp st 2 – 12
2. ch 1, turn, slp st 3, sc 8, inc – 13
3. Now continuing around the back of the chain: inc, sc 8, slp st 3 – 13
From this point, you will have 26 stitches around with a flat base.
4. ch 1, turn, slp st 5, sc 7, inc, sc, inc, sc 7, slp st 5- 29
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
_Using any color you choose and an F-hook_
Follow the pattern for the feather base row 1-3.
Leave a long tail, sew onto the brown base

**_Wattle:_ Make two**
Using red
Ch 4
1. starting in second ch from hk, slp st 2.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Assembly:_**
Sew the beak on stuffing lightly as you go.
Sew wattles under the beak.
Sew on the feathers.
Sew on wings.
Sew on legs

Finished size: 4 1/2 inches sitting down.

Trick-or-Treat part 2!

And of course you need to make her little brother!!

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Vampire Boy!!

**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – triple crochet

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. sc 6 in the second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. sc 6 in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 8. sc around – 30 each row
9. hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc 25
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing to head

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. sc 5 in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
9 – 17. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off

**_Body:_**
***see the witch girl pattern for instructions on how to connect legs***

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
*switch to shirt color
4 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6. sc around – 6
*switch to shirt color
7 – 13. sc around – 6
* do not stuff arm, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Vest:_**
Using red, ch 22
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc across – 21
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 21
3. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 17, dec – 19
4. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 15, dec – 17
5. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 13, dec – 15
6. ch 1, turn, sc 2, ch 5, skip next 2 stitches, sc 7, ch 5, skip next two sts, sc 2-20
7. ch 1, turn, sc across.
Crochet around entire vest to clean up edges. Fasten off, leave a tail for sewing vest closed.

**_Cape:_**
Using black, ch 23
1. starting in the second ch from hk, sc across – 22
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 22
3 – 6. repeat row #2 – 22 each row
7. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 18, dec – 20
8. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 16, dec – 18
9. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 14, dec – 16
10. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 12, dec – 14
11. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 10, dec – 12
12. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 8, dec – 10
13. ch 1, turn, sc across – 8
14. ch 1, turn, 3dc in first stitch, dc in next 8, 3dc in last stitch.
Fasten off.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5 sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 6. sc around – 15 each row
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

Assembly:

* Sew hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Pin vest on and mark where the arms need to go, remove vest, sew arms into place
* Put on vest, put on cape
* Add any additional details

Finished size: 7 inches

Trick-or-Treat!

Halloween seems to lose something when you’re no longer picking out the perfect costume and walking around at night asking for free candy. And where I live is too rural for trick or treaters, so this year I made my own!

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**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 10. sc around – 30 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing onto head.

**_Pigtails:_ **make two
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2 – 3. sc around – 5
4. sc 2 in each st around – 10
5 – 7. sc around – 10 each row
8. dec 5
*stuff now
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
*switch to white
9 – 10. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
11. sc around – 10
*switch to white
12 – 13. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
14. sc around – 10
*switch to white
15 – 16. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
17. sc around – 10
Fasten off

_**Body: **_
*using the clothing color
Hold both legs side by side, insert the hook thought the inside of of one leg into the second leg.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through both legs.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through loop on hook. Your legs are now connected by one stitch.
Insert the hook through the next stitch on both legs, single crochet, your legs are now connected by two stitches.

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Starting in the first stitch on the left leg:

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Sc 8, now move to the second leg:

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Sc 8 around second leg, you now have a total of 16 stitches in clothing color.

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
4. in back loops only: sc around – 16
5 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6 – 10. sc around – 6
*switch to clothes color
11. 2sc in each stitch around – 12
12 – 14. sc around – 12 each row
* do not stuff arm, using one or two stitches, sew just below the shirt sleeve sealing the arm itself shut.
* stuff the sleeve
15. dec 6, sew shut. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Skirt:_**
*using clothes color yarn, slp stitch in to the front loops of row #4
1. ( 2sc in first stitch, skip he following stitch ) repeat around – 16
2. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
3. 2sc in each st around – 40
4 – 6. sc around – 40 each row
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Hat:**_
Using black, Ch 2
*if you aren’t going to fold the top of the hat, skip row #5*
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. sc around – 4
3. 2sc in each st around – 8
4 – 5. around – 8
6. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
7. sc around – 12
8. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
9. sc around – 16
10. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
11. sc around – 20
12. ( sc 4, inc )4x – 24
13. sc around – 24
14. *in front loops only, ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
15. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

**_Assembly:_**

* See hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Sew arms onto body
* Add any details to face and dress

Finished size: 7 inches without her hat on.

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Apparently not done with Christmas patterns!

Well the title says it all. Commissioned for a mermaid blanket, should be working on that, started it, was happily crocheting away when this just popped into my head. Had to put the tail down and whip up him real quick. I can’t be the only one this happens to??!!
Anywho….we now have another free Christmas pattern coming to a blog near you! I’m in love, my guy says he’s disturbingly adorable. I’d say he’s a win!
Not sure if I’m posting his pattern late November or early December but keep your eyes open!

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Crochet your own “taxidermy”

I made this a while back and never posted the pattern! Alright, honestly I didn’t even realize I wrote it down…
But I’m sharing her now, so that counts for something right?

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Supplies:
-G- hook
-Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose
-Yarn needle
-Safety eyes and nose, the eyes I used are 25mm, or you can use embroidery floss or yarn.
-poly-fil stuffing, A TON of it. This head will take so much stuffing, so much…..

**Muzzle/Head:**
1. 10sc in magic circle – 10
2. 2sc in each st around – 20
3. ( sc, inc )10x – 30
4. sc 14, inc, ( sc 2, inc )3x, sc 7 – 34
5 – 13. sc around – 34
14. In front loops only: ( sc 3, inc )8x, sc 2 – 42
15. ( sc 5, inc )7x – 49
16. ( sc 6, inc )7x – 54
If using a safety nose, attach now. Begin stuffing, keep stuffing firmly the entire time.
17. ( sc 7, inc )7x – 63
18. ( sc 8, inc )7x – 70
19. ( sc 9, inc )7x – 77
20. ( sc 10, inc )7x – 84
21. ( sc 3, inc )11x, sc 51 – 95
If using safety eyes,matts have now.
22. – 42. sc around – 95 each row
43. ( sc 3, dec )11x, sc 40 – 84
44. ( sc 10, dec )7x – 77
45. ( sc 9, dec )7x – 70
46. ( sc 8, dec )7x – 63
47. ( sc 7, dec )7x – 54
48. ( sc 6, dec )7x – 49
49. ( sc 5, dec )7x – 42
50. ( sc 4, dec )7x – 35
51. ( sc 3, dec )7x – 28
52. ( sc 2, dec )7x – 21
51. ( sc, dec )7x – 14
52. In back loops only: dec 7 – 7
Fasten off, sew shut

**Ears: make two**
Ch 2
1. 6sc in 2nd ch from hk – 6
2. 2ac in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6. ( sc 4, inc )6x – 36
7. – 13. sc around – 36 each row
Fasten off, do not stuff, leave long tail for sewing.

**Eyelids: make two**
2sc, sc 3, 2sc

**Flower Crown: optional**
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. switch to petal color, ch 3, slip stitch into next st, ch 3, slip st into next st, continue around.
Fasten off, leave tail for sewing
For the headband, I just chained a length I was happy with.

**Assembly:**

* Fold ears in half and sew onto head.
* Sew eyelids over eyes
* Loop a small amount of yarn or rope through the back for hanging.