Tiny bendable monkey

I’ve been having fun playing around with different techniques lately. First with making something glow in the dark and now with making bendable limbs. After messing around with a few different approaches, it seems the simplest way is the best way!
So here’s how I made a little monkey that can grab at fingers!
Supplies:

* F – hook ( 3.75mm )
* Worsted weight yarn in two colors ( main color, second color for details )
* Small amounts of poly-fil stuffing
* Pipe cleaners ( 2 per animal )
* scissors ( no need for super special sharp ones )
* Yarn needle
* Black yarn for eyes
* Stuffing tool ( not 100% necessary, however I find it extremely helpful. My favorite is the one that comes in the bag of poly-fil )

Terms used:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease

These require following the pattern in perfect order.

We’re going to start by preparing the pipe cleaners.
Using one ( the average sized ones you can purchase at Walmart, Michaels, etc. I believe they are 12inches in length ):

* Fold the pipe cleaner in half
* Cut right at the bend

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* Repeat on second pipe cleaner
* You now have four 6 inch pieces

Body/Head:

The head and body are one piece worked from the body up.

Ch2 in main color
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st – around
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. sc around – 15
5. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc around – 10

* Insert pipe cleaner for legs ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Stuff the body halfway

8. dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, sc – 7

* Insert pipe cleaner for arms ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Continue stuffing body ( this where the stuffing tool can come in handy, it will help to make sure your stuffing under and around the pipe cleaner, not just above )

9. inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, sc – 10
10. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
11. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
12. sc around – 20
13. sc around – 20
14. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
15. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
16. dec 5
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Arms: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. sc 4 in second ch from hook – 4
2. sc around – 4

* Switch to main color

3 – 10. sc around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

* Another good use for the stuffing tool, every few rows, insert the thinner end into the arm ( legs and tail ) it will open up the piece and help you see your stitches.

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Legs: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. sc around – 5

* Switch to main color

3 – 9. sc around – 5 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Tail:

Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2 – 12. so around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Ears: ( make two )

Ch 2 using second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

* Switch to main color

2. 2sc in each st around – 10
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Muzzle:

Using second color:
4sc in a magic circle.
Pull circle tight and slip stitch into the first sc.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Inserting the pipe cleaners for arms and legs:

* The process for setting up the bendable arms and legs can be a bit trying. It will take some practice and patience to line them up the way you’d like.

* Use your finger to hold open the body while inserting the first side. You’re going to go from the outside in, then run the pipe cleaner through the body coming out the second leg location.
* My example has the legs set up at just above row #3.
* The arms are set one row below the neckline.
* I find when pulling the second side through, it’s helpful to insert your hk where you’d like the pipe cleaner to exit the body. It will open up the stitch a bit making it easier to find.

Legs:

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Arms:

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Construction:

* Sew muzzle onto head. It can face any direction you’d like.
* Sew on eyes
* Sew on ears
* We’re now going to add limbs and tail:

1. Make sure the pipe cleaners are as even as possible on each side of body.
2. Line up one arm to the pipe cleaner, fold over at the end. You want it as close as possible to the length of the arm, however shorter is better than longer here!
3. Wrap the excess around itself, leaving a small loop at the end.

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4. Run yarn through the loop, thread BOTH ends of the yarn through the needle.

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5. Insert the needle through the arm, making sure to come through the center of the arm.

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6. Use the yarn ( threaded through the pipe cleaner loop ) to pull the pipe cleaner up, while pulling the arm down.
7. Sew the arm into place before moving into the next one.
8. Repeat the process for both legs.
9. For the tail, take a piece of pipe cleaner, make the loop on the end and loop yarn through for helping to place in tail. Fold any excess length ( after sizing against your tail ) and wrap ALL of it around itself. I like the tail to have the extra thickness and stability. Sew in place.

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Kuchi Kopi!

One of my favorite shows on t.v. right now is Bobs Burgers. We don’t really watch shows, mainly the television is just on for background noise, but come Sunday nights the yarn gets put aside, my guy puts down his drawings and all attention goes to Bobs. There’s just something about this show….. We see ourselves in the characters a little too easily!! Linda is my spirit animal, my guy is Bob ( the amount of times a day he says “oh my god” in response to something myself or offspring has said or done ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) and somehow offspring is all three of the kids rolled into one!
And then there’s kuchi kopi. My guy loves the episodes where he “comes to life”, so I knew I had to make him. My problem was I wanted him to glow. Looking online I only found glow in the dark yarn that was white and we all know that wouldn’t do! So after many trial and error prototypes and I found what I think is the best solution. ( cats not complaining, he has quite a few little crocheted balls that glow in dark to bat around the house now ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )
Here he is in all his glowing happiness, hope you like him.

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Kuchi Kopi:

Supplies:

* Cotton yarn, I prefer the cotton for this project due to its absorbent qualities. ( I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Hot Green ) one skein is plenty.
* G – hook ( 4mm )
* Poly-fil stuffing
* Yarn needle
* Small amount of white ( again I used cotton, for eyes )
* 1 can of Tulip Color Shot glow in the dark fabric spray ( I purchased this at Michaels )
* Black craft paint for pupils
* Gloves ( either disposable or dish, doesn’t matter, but make sure to wear gloves! )
* Circle of cardboard ( optional. The circle will need to be big enough to fit in the bottom of the body. Do not use cardboard if you intend on having to wash him )

Terms:

* Ch – chain
* Hk – hook
* St – stitch
* Sc – single crochet
* Inc – increase
* Dec – decrease

Eyes: make two

* We’re going to work eyes first.

Using white: ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. ( sc, inc )4x – 12

* Slip stitch into next st, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing
* Set aside

Body/Head:

* The body is worked from bottom up

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. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
7. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35

* If using cardboard, trace the base now and cut out. Put the cardboard circle aside for now.

8. *in back loops only* ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
9. sc around – 40 each row
10. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
11. ( sc 8, inc )5x – 50
12 – 18. sc around – 50 each row
19. ( sc 8, dec )5x – 45
20. sc around – 45
21. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
22. sc around – 40
23. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
24. sc around – 35

* Insert cardboard now

25. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
26. sc around – 30

* Begin stuffing, make sure to stuff firmly throughout.

27. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
28. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
29. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
30 – 37. sc around – 45 each row
38. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
39. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
40. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
41. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
42. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
43. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
44. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
45. dec 5
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends.

Arms: ( make two )

Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 7. sc around – 10 each row
Stuff just the bottom lightly, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Ears: ( make two )

Ch 2
1. 3sc in the second ch from hk – 3
2. ch1, turn, inc, sc, inc
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

* Sew arms, ears, and eye whites onto body
* In a well ventilated area, evenly coat the entire piece with glow spray. I can’t stress enough how important gloves are right now, my hands were glowing for days…..
* Set aside to dry.
* I strongly suggest going for it in one go. I had issues with this spray, it works amazing the first time but gets a little difficult when you try to use it again. So to combat struggling, I used the entire can in one sitting. Just try to keep it as even as possible. ( it is worth the effort! )
* Repeat if necessary as many times as you’d like.
* Add the pupils to the eyes once the piece has dried. Set under a light, let charge up and enjoy!

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Strawberries and Cream

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I’ve been in love with Tunisian crochet lately. I just love the way it stays loose and yet thick. So I decided to make a scarf using the Gobelin stitch. It’s a bit of a yarn eater, but oh so squishy in the finished form!! I grabbed some left over Caron one pound I had from a previous project and got to work. My daughter named it, she said its all she could thing of while I made it!! So here’s how I made the strawberries and cream scarf:
Supplies:
-worsted weight yarn, I used Caron One Pound
-afghan hook, size J ( out of personal preference, I’m using an extended hook, you don’t need to, you can use a basic straight one )
-yarn needle

Ch 30
Starting in second ch from hk:
1. *Insert hk into ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.

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Insert hk through next ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk* repeat across ch. -30 loops on hk

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2. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop.
Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO loops.
*yarn over hk, pull through nest TWO LOOPS* repeat across.
You’ll end with one loop on hk.

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Now we’re going to use the space between the stitches:

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3. Insert hk through vertical space ( 1 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. Insert hk through next vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk

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Continue using vertical spaces until the end, skip the last vertical space and insert hk through the ch spot, yarn over, pull through. -30 loops on hk

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4. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop. *Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO LOOPS.* repeat until end, ending with one loop on hk.

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5. insert hk through second vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. *Insert hk through next vertical space ( 3 ), yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.*

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repeat to end, including the last vertical space. Insert hk into ch space, yarn over, pull through -30 loops on hk
Repeat rows 2 – 5 until,desired length.

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To finish:
Finish on a repeat of row 4, fasten off the yarn leaving a long tail.
You can sew the two ends together or leave as a straight scarf, your choice!

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 โ€œdrawstringโ€, 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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Snow Day Scarf ( super fast, last minute gift idea! )

Went to Michaels today, saw this yarn, fell in love, had to have it. That’s it, that’s the whole reason/inspiration behind this scarf!!

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Seriously though, it worked up so thick, warm and squishy!! And bonus, even though it’s called wool ease, it’s machine washable!!
So here you go, make yourself something that laughs at the cold days when the snow just keeps falling.
Supplies:

Super Bulky yarn ( size 6 ) I used two skeins of Lions Brand Wool Ease in Hudson Bay
P – hook
Yarn needle

For this cowl, we’re going to work in the third loop of a hdc:

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In the first photo, you’re looking at the hdc from the front, in the second photo, we’re looking at it from the top. Work all of your stitches into the marked loop.

Ch 100
Slp st to form a ring being careful not to twist.
1.Ch 2, hdc in each st around – 99
2.slp st into first 2 ch, hdc in the third loop of each st around – 99
3-10. Repeat row #2
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Look! You can wear it two ways!!
This one is super easy to customize, use more than one color, just switch colors on each row, make it thicker or thinner by adding or subtracting rows.
Have fun with it and stay cute and toasty!
Alright, I had this pattern written up and on hold for a couple of weeks now. It’s been scheduled to post this morning, I woke up, looked out the window, saw this:

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First significant snowfall of the season! And it’s still going. Turns out this scarf was named properly!!
Following the pattern, this took me only a couple of hours. So if you need a cute last minute gift, it’s perfect. The yarn can run you up to $10 a skein depending on your location, but don’t fear, go online and grab yourself a coupon. Michaels and joanns always have coupons available on their websites! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

LITTLE WITCH

**_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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