Car shows and crochet

So I spent this past Saturday at a local car show with my cousin. He was showing his 1963 Falcon. While I love all things vintage ( cars included ) there’s only so much sitting one can do and walking through the cars loses interest quickly. What’s one to do?? Bring yarn and hooks of course!

Look at his pretty! 😀

  
Being a car show, I decided a keychain was in order. And being on a Studio Ghibli kick, it was only logical that I make a Chuu Totoro for said keychain. So I sat on the ground and whipped him up in about an hour.  

 

Ahhh, he’s so cute, I love him!! ( ugh, please disregard my beat/dirty car, thank you )

Stay tuned, his pattern as well as Chibi Totoro are coming soon!

The Super Slouchy Beanie (free pattern)

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Here’s the hat I made to go with the mittens! Again, this is a quick and easy pattern. All you need are basic crochet skills and a few hours.
This hat, like the mittens, was made a little snug on purpose, the more you wear it, the loser and more relaxed it becomes, without losing its fit and becoming overly stretched like most crochet projects.

Super Slouch hat:

I-hook
Worsted weight yarn, I used red heart super saver solid

Terms:

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

Notes:

* end each row by slip stitching into the top of the first ch
* Starting from row 2, crochet in bl only on every row, unless otherwise noted.

Ch 4
1. dc 12 into 4th ch from hk – 12
2. ch 2, 2dc in each st around – 24
3. ch 2, ( dc, inc ) around – 36
4. ch 2, ( dc 2, inc ) around – 48
5. ch 2, ( dc 3, inc ) around – 60
6. ch2, dc around – 60
7. ch 2, ( dc 4, inc ) around – 72
8. ch 2, dc around – 72
9 – 22. repeat row 8 – 72 (each row)
23. sc 10, dec ) 6x – 66
24. ch 1, hdc around in both loops – 66
25. hdc in bl only around -66

*For rows 25 and on: When crocheting a hdc you will notice it has three loops ( look at the row directly from the top ) make sure you use the furthest one back, this is what gives you the lifted ribbing.

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* continue row 25 in bl only around until your brim is as thick as you’d like, mine was done 6 times ( so my hat has a total of 31 rows ), finish off with one row of sc. F/O weave in ends.
* Add a cute little tag if you’d like. I used ribbon I picked up at Michaels, just cut a small piece, fold over the edge and sew into place. Just love the snowflakes!
* The hat may seem slightly snug, remember that crocheted items do stretch.

Now you have a set!!

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New Pattern coming soon! ( because it’s cold )

It’s been chilly here lately and I hate the cold! Typical of the area, my house is oil heated and anyone who knows the horrors of oil, it can get expensive. This time of year, you’ll find me wearing multiple layers in a feeble attempt at not going “heat broke”. And we won’t even talk about the instant icicles my poor hands turn into whenever I have to step outside. For these lovely reasons I have worked out two/one new pattern for you folks. Trust me, that makes sense it’s a “fitted” mitten ( for when those super bulky ones won’t do ) that can easily be turned into a fingerless mitt ( you know, to wear in the house. Don’t worry no ones judging you ).
So hang in there, I’ll be posting in a few days and your hands can to benefit from some new snugly warmth!

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.

Free pattern Friday!?

So if you’re like me, you tend to have lots of little balls of yarn kicking around. I was trying to come up with something to do with them and ended up with this little dude. So in the spirit of trying to kill all those pesky little yarn balls, here is a free pattern to try to use them up!

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Pocket Sheep

Make your own little flock of colorful sheep! These little guys work up quickly and do not use much yarn. They’re great for stash busters!

Terms used:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
dec – decrease
F/O – fasten off

Supplies:

* two colors of yarn, “A” and “B”
* G hook, F hook
* safety eyes or embroidery floss
* yarn needle

Head: G – hook

begin with “A” yarn, ch 2

1. 6 sc in second ch from hook – 6
2. 2 sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, 2sc ) 6 times – 18
4. ( sc 2, 2sc ) 6 times – 24

5. ( sc 3, 2sc ) 4 times – 28

6 – 8. Sc around – 28 each row

9. ( dec 2, 10 sc ) 2 times – 24

10. sc around – 24

11. ( dec 1, sc 10 ) 2 times – 22

12. sc around – 22

13. ( 2 sc, sc 10 ) 2 times – 24

14. sc around – 24

– place and attach eyes, if you’re going to embroider them, you can wait until the head is finished

15. ( sc 2, dec 1 ) 6 times – 18

– begin stuffing

16. Switch to “B”, ( sc, dec 1 ) 6 times – 12

17. dec 8, F/O weave in ends.

Body: G – hook

Using “B”, ch 2

1. 6 sc in second ch from hook – 6
2. 2 sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, 2sc ) 6 times – 18
4. ( sc 2, 2sc ) 6 times – 24
5. ( sc 3, 2sc ) 6 times – 30

6 – 13. Sc around – 30 in each row

14. ( sc 3, dec 1 ) 6 times – 24

15. ( sc 2, dec 1 ) 6 times – 18

F/O leave lone tail for sewing

Feet: G hook, make 4

Using “A”, ch 2

1. 6 sc in second ch from hook – 6

2. 2 sc around – 12

3 – 5. Sc around – 12 in each row

6. dec 2, sc 8 – 10

7. dec 1, sc 7 – 9

8. Sc around – 9

F/O leave long tail for sewing

Ears: F hook, make 2

Starting with “A”, ch 2

1. Sc 4 in second ch from hook – 4

2. 2sc in each st around – 8

3 – 4. Sc around – 8

5. ( sc, dec ) 2 times – 6

6. Switch to “B”, sc around – 6

F/O, sew ears shut flat ( I like to whip stitch them shut) do not stuff, leave long tail for sewing.

assembly:

* Firmly stuff body, sew head onto front of body, about the halfway point of back of head
* Line up the “B” color of head and ears, sew ears on
* Firmly stuff legs, sew onto body
* Weave in all ends

Love your new little friend!

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