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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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!

Handmade washcloths ( free pattern )

For some strange reason we can not seem to keep washcloths?? They must run off with the socks, it’s the only thing that makes sense! Anyway, I’m constantly rummaging through cabinets and closets trying to find one and feel as though we have dropped a small fortune buying them over and over…..

So, in another moment of where the ?!?@ did they all go, I decided to just make a few. These are very basic, work up quickly, and hold onto soap suds nicely! What more could you ask for.
Washcloths

Supplies:

  • cotton yarn any color ( acrylic will not work here, must be cotton )
  • H – hook
  • Yarn needle

Ch 31

  1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, hdc across – 30
  2. ch 1, turn, hdc in back loops only – 30

Repeat row 2 for 30 rows total.
Fasten Off, weave in all ends.

See, super easy!! I love the ridges for gentle scrubbing and the slight dips hold soap bubbles well. 

  
P.s. For those wondering, that black bar is African Black Soap. For anyone with a teenager or problematic skin of your own, you need to run out and buy yourself a bar. It cleared up my daughters skin and keeps mine so SUPER soft!! 

Quick and easy warmth. (Free patterns)

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I like to think of these as the “oh crap I need a present!” mittens. Both sets work up quickly, with the fingerless obviously being a bit faster.
You’ll need an I – hook and worsted weight yarn. I made the hat out of Red Heart Super Saver Solids, the fingerless mitts are Red Heart With Love, and the full mittens are Loops and Threads Impeccable. So you have many options to choose from.
This is the mitten pattern, I’ll post the hat later this evening or tomorrow.

Basic Mittens/Fingerless Mitts

I-hook

Terms:

* hk – hook
* sc – single crochet
* slp st – slip stitch
* ch – chain
* hdc – half double crochet
* inc – increase ( 2 hdc in same stitch )
* dec – decrease
* bl – back loops

* I highly recommend weaving in loose ends as you go, it’s easier than turning the piece inside out when finished.
* Follow the main hand pattern for either style, it will let you know when to stop/or continue based off which one you are making.

Cuff:
(for both)

ch 11
1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, hdc across, ch 1, turn – 10
from this point, work only in back loops
2. hdc across, ch 1, turn – 10
3-21. repeat row 2 – 10 each row
F/O, sew two short ends together.

Hand:

1. slp st into top of cuff, sc evenly around – 24
2. hdc in each st around – 24
3-4. Repeat row 2 – 24 each row
5. ( hdc 5, inc ) 4x – 28
6. ( hdc 6, inc ) 4x – 32
7. ( hdc 7, inc ) 4x – 36
8-9. hdc around – 36 each row
10. hdc 27, ch 5, skp 7 sts, hdc – 34 ( counting the chain, ignoring the skp sts )
11. hdc around ( using ch, ignore skp sts ) -34
12. hdc around – 34
13. ( hdc 16, dec ) 2x – 32
14. hdc around – 32
15. hdc around – 32
16. ( hdc 15, dec ) 2x – 30

**Fingerless only:

17. ( hdc 7, dec ) 3x – 27
18. hdc around – 27
19. sc around in bl only, F/O, weave in ends.

Thumb: for fingerless mitts

slp st into corner of thumb hole
1. sc around – 15
2. hdc around – 15
3. ( hdc 3, dec ) 3x – 12
4. hdc around – 12
5. repeat row 4, F/O, weave in ends.

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**Full Mittens only:

17. hdc around – 30
18. Repeat row 17 – 30
19. ( hdc 4, dec ) 5x – 25.
20. hdc around – 25
21-23Repeat row 20 – 25
23. ( hdc 3, dec ) 5x – 20
24-25. hd around – 20
26. dec 10x – 10
27. dec 5x, F/O, sew shut.

Thumb: For full mitten

slp st into corner of thumb hole
1. Sc around – 15
2. hdc around – 15
3-4. Repeat row 2 – 15
5. ( hdc 3, dec ) 3x -12
6. hdc around – 12
7-9. repeat row 6 – 12
10. ( hdc 4, dec ) 2x – 10
11. dec 5x, F/O, sew shut

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Notes:

* These mittens are meant to be a bit more streamlined so they will fit snugger than your average pair.
* Remember crochet stretches as its worn.
* When closing off the thumbs, I prefer whip stitching the top, sew them shut however you like. 😀
* You can also add a small tag, I think it gives them a touch of something… Just use any ribbon you like, fold over the edge and sew into place. I picked up the adorable snowflake one at Michaels.

I hope you enjoy!

Wanna make some ornaments? (Free pattern!!)

Made a few cuties for the tree, thought perhaps someone else may like too as well. So in the spirit of giving and being thankful for my handful of followers ( oh how convenient, thanksgiving is next week!) here is the pattern. Enjoy!!

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Snowman ornaments:

Terms used:
hk – hook
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dec – decrease
F/O – fasten off

Supplies:

* White yarn
* black yarn
* small Orange Pom Pom
* small black buttons ( about 1/2 inch)
* yarn needle
* G – hook
* stuffing

Using white yarn, ch 2

1. sc 6 in seconds ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc around – 12
3. ( sc, 2sc ) 6 times – 18
4. ( sc 2, 2sc ) 6 times – 24
5. ( sc 3, 2sc ) 6 times – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 ( each row )
12. ( sc 3, dec ) 6 times – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec ) 6 times – 18
14. ( sc, dec ) 6 times – 12
15. dec 6 times – 6

stuff firmly, sew closed and F/O. Weave in ends.

Hat: G – hook

using black yarn, sc 2

1. 5 sc in 2nd ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc around – 10
3. ( sc, 2sc ) 5 times – 15
4. sc around in *Back Loops* only – 15
5 – 6. *Both loops*, sc around – 15 ( each row )
7. ( sc 6, dec ) 2 times – 13
8. *Front Loops only*, 2sc in each st around – 26
F/O, weave in ends

Assembly:

* using the black yarn, sew button eyes on and add a mouth.
* I use the top of the head for pulling yarn and tying knots, you can head them under his hat!
* glue or sew on nose
* you can use ribbon or make a long ch for the hanging loop, knot securely into a loop and weave through the top of the hat. Make sure you knot is large so it does not pull through.
* sew hat onto head.
* hang on tree or attach to presents.