Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord,and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One Last Cozy...

...before Easter comes and I take a few weeks off to work on a blog revamp.  Speaking of which, if you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see on my blog or features you'd appreciate, please, let me know.  And without further ado...

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Funny Frog Egg Cozy
Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Green, Black, White)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
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Cozy Top
Use green yarn
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Finish off.  Weave in ends.
Cozy Bottom
Use green yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc, Sc] rep 3 times around (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [Inc, Sc 8] rep 2 times around (20 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 6: [Inc, Sc 9] rep 2 times around (22 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 10] rep 2 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Working in the Front Loops Only: Sc 15.  Leave the rest of the sts in the row unworked.
Sl st to finish off.  Sew the top and bottom cozy pieces together, sewing the unworked sts of the last round on the bottom to corresponding sts on the top cozy.
Eyes
Use white.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 10.
Finish off and weave in ends.  Use black yarn to stitch pupils.  Sew the eyes to the head.  Feel free to experiment with positioning; moving the eyes around gives the frog a whole range of expressions.
Front Feet
Use green yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2:  In the first two sts, work 2 Hdc each.  Leave remaining sts unworked.
Finish off.  Sew to the front bottom of the frog.
Back Feet
Use green yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: In the first st: (Hdc, ch 2, Dc 2).  In the second st: (Dc 2, ch 2, sl st)
Finish off.  Sew to the back bottom of the frog.

Refer to the picture as needed.  As always, enjoy, and feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Platypus Easter Egg Cozy

Okay, I'll admit it.  This one is mostly just because I'm personally amused by the idea.  Playpuses...(platypi?) are some of the funniest looking creatures God ever created and one of only two mammals that lay eggs, so turning one into a crocheted Easter Egg Cozy was just too many giggles to resist.  He's an odd, quirky little creature and definitely worth a laugh or two.  Have fun!
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Platypus Easter Egg Cozy


Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Tan, Brown, and Black)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Body
Start with tan yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-10: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: To make a foot [In the same st: Sc, Ch 3, Dc 3, Ch 3. Sl st in the next st to anchor foot to base]. Sl st 4. Rep directions in between [ ] to make the second foot. 
Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends. 

Tail
Use dark brown yarn.
Row 1: Ch 11
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3, Hdc 3, Dc 3, 6 Dc in the last ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain, Dc 3, Hdc 3, Sc 3
Finish off.  Weave in ends. Sew to the back of the cozy (opposite to the side the feet are on).
Top Beak
Use Dark Brown yarn. 
Row 1: Ch 5
Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3. 4 sc in the last ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain. Sc 3. Chain and turn.
Row 3: Sc 10 in each st around. Flip the beak wrong-side out.  Now, working across the flat end, 3 sc, 2 sc, 3 sc to form the “lip” at the top of the beak.
 Finish off, weave in ends. Sew the “lip” at the top of the beak in a slight curve to the center of the platypus’s face.
Bottom Beak
Use Dark Brown yarn.
Row 1: Ch 4
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, Sc 2, 4 sc in the final ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain. Sc 2.
Finish off and weave in ends.  Sew to the face just below the Top Beak.
Front Paws
Use Dark Brown yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Sl st, Ch 3. Dc in the next st.  2 Dc in each of the next 2 sts. 


 Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Sew a paw to either side of the platypus cozy.  Use black yarn to make two French knot eyes above the top beak. Refer to the picture as needed.  As always, enjoy, and feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!




Want your platypus to be swimming rather than upright?  Just move the beak to the top of the head and the eyes above it. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ready for the Next Installment

Continuing with last week’s nautical theme, here’s another sea creature.  This one will take a little more yarn (though still not a whole skein) and the body shape varies more than any of the other designs so far, but since all the tentacles are crocheted as one piece, there will be fewer ends to weave in when you’re done.

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Octopus Egg Cozy

Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (any color you like, I used purple)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Cozy
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 9: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 6 times around (30 sts)
Rnd 10: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 6 times around (36 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc] rep 12 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 12: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: [Sc, Ch 21. Starting in the 2nd ch from hook and working back down the chain, {3 Sc in one st, 2 Sc in the next} rep 10 times. Sc in the next Rnd 13-st.] rep 8 times around. Sc 2.
 Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends.

Eyespots
Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6         (12 sts)
Finish off, weave in ends.  Use black yarn to make a pupil in the center of each eyespot.  Sew both eyes to the front of your octopus, just above the tentacles. Questions or comments?  Feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com

My next installment won’t be oceanic, so if you’re Easter basket needs more aquatic friends, try designing a few of your own.  And feel free to send pictures of your finished designs.  Have fun!