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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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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Christmas Bulbs

Here’s the last of my Victorian style Christmas ornaments. They are basic/simple bulb style ornaments. They can be made in solid colors or stripes, however you choose.

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Bulbs:

Supplies:
F hook
Medium weight yarn in 4 ( I used Lily’s sugar and cream )
Poly fill stuffing
Yarn needle
Silver yarn, ( optional )
Glitter glue ( optional )

Bulb:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. sc in each st around – 5
3. 2sc in each st around – 10
4. ( sc, 2sc )5x – 15
5. sc around – 15
6. ( sc 2, 2sc )5x – 20
7. sc around – 20
8. ( sc 3, 2sc )5x – 25
9-14. sc around – 25
15. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
16. sc around – 20
-begin stuffing, keep stuffing firm.
17. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
18. sc around – 15
19. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
20. sc around – 10
21. dec 5, fasten off, sew shut

Top: ( optional )
Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around in back loops only – 8
4. sc around – 8
Fasten off.
Sew on to top

It’s hard to see in the photo, but I used fine glitter glue and covered a few stripes only. It glitters lovely in the light!

Stuffed heart ornaments.

Here’s number two of the Victorian inspired ornaments, Stuffed/embellished hearts. Enjoy!

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Stuffed Hearts:

Supplies:

Any color yarn in medium weight 4 ( I used Lily’s Sugar & Cream )
F hook
Poly fil stuffing
Yarn needle

Ch 2 ( make two )
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, 2sc)6x – 18
4 – 5. sc around – 18 each row
Fasten off

Join the “humps”:
*insert hook through one side of each hump and yarn over hk:

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*pull through both stitches, yarn over hk, pull through loop:

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*insert hk through next st on both humps:

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* yarn over hk, pull through both sts, yarn over hk, pull through both loops on hk. Your now connected.
* continue crocheting around both humps from this point on, starting here:

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6. sc around – 30
7. sc around – 30
8. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
9. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
10. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
11. sc around – 15
*start stuffing now.
12. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
13. sc around – 10
14. dec 5
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends.

Embellish anyway you choose!
I made a smaller circle and glued a gem on for the center and then quickly whip stitched lace ribbon along the edges.

Crochet “Paper Cones”

First of all apparently today is the one year anniversary of my humble little blog!
Alright onto the more important matters: a new pattern for you!
I’m starting you off with the “paper cone”, how cute would a bunch of these be filled with candies hanging off your tree. Your holiday guests can take one home with them as a quick little gift.

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“Paper Cones”
Supplies:

Medium weight yarn in 4
F hook
Yarn needle
Embellishments ( optional )

Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. ( sc 2, 2sc )2x – 8
4. sc around – 8
5. ( sc 3, 2sc )2x – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. ( sc 4, 2sc )2x – 12
8. sc around – 12
9. ( sc 5, 2sc )2x – 14
10. sc around – 14
11. ( sc 6, 2sc )2x – 16
12. sc around – 16
13. ( sc 7, 2sc )2x – 18
14. sc around – 18
15. ( sc 8, 2sc )2x – 20
16. sc around – 20
17. ( sc 9, 2sc )2x – 22
18. sc around – 22
19. ( sc 10, 2sc )2x – 24
20. sc around – 24
21. ( sc 11, 2sc )2x – 26
22. sc around – 26
23. ( sc 12, 2sc )2x – 28
24. sc around – 28
25. ( sc 13, 2sc )2x – 30
26. sc around – 30
27. slp st around

For the loop, I chained 25 and slip stitched into the edge.
If using a ribbon, weave in ends and sew onto back of edge.

They work up quickly and easily!

Christmas patterns coming!

Christmas is coming!!!! I’m way too excited about this…
And as the title suggests, I have a few new patterns on the way. Three are complete and two are on the hook. I’m trying to push through them as quickly as possible, while still working on commission pieces and gifts!
So keep your eyes open, the first ones will be appearing soon. Here’s a little glimpse:

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I call them Victorian inspired ornaments.
The two on hook are amigurumi loves!
See you soon with at least one new pattern for you!

Getting a jump on Christmas? Primitive style snowflakes.

Alright, so it’s obvious I haven’t posted in awhile. The problem is, and I think I said this before, I can’t recall, that I don’t crochet much in the summer. None the less I have been making things. Too many is the problem and lack the focus to finish them all. I will, I promise, just slowly….
Anyway. I love homemade Christmas! The problem is, come the season, you’re just too busy to craft for yourself. So today I decided, who cares if it’s August and 87 degrees outside, I’m making a Christmas decoration!!
Here it is, make them now so they’re ready come December.

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Primitive Style Snowflakes:
Materials:

_**For basic snowflake**_
Sticks
Sharp scissors
Hot glue
Small pice of cardboard

_**For decorations**_:
Pine pieces ( I suggest fake, otherwise they will dry up and die on you )
Ribbons
Red berries
Whatever you want!!

Preparing:

1. Start by cutting or breaking four longer sticks to the same size.

*****use your scissors to remove any “bumpies”. This will give it a cleaner look. However, I’m not concerned with perfection, these are rustic after all!**

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2. Now cut four more sticks slightly shorter and place in a snowflake pattern:

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3. If you’re happy with the size ( if not, either cut them smaller or start again with longer ones ) you can choose to add small details.

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* I did this by cutting thinner sticks at a slight angle. This is not necessary. This is your snowflake and each one will be different. Kind of like the real thing!

Assembly:

4. Cut your cardboard to fit just over the center.

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5. Place your cardboard on a flat surface. Start by applying hot glue to the tip of one larger piece. Place on cardboard. Repeat with all larger pieces.

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6. Once you have the four larger pieces down, you can apply the hot glue directly where the smaller pieces go. Glue all snowflake pieces to the cardboard.

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7. At this point I like to “fill in the gaps”. By the I mean I apply extra glue between the stick joints. It just makes it a bit more secure.

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**you can see the extra glue filling in the spaces.
If you’re adding the extra details, do it now.

Now the fun part, decorating!!
I used a vintage bulb, some green ribbon, a piece of my wreath, and some holly berries.

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I just rummaged around the house to see what I had on hand. This little project cost $0!!! My favorite amount. 😃

Have fun, make different sizes and decorate your whole house!