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

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Free crochet pattern: Cinnamon the Amigurumi Hen

My  niece moved out to the country this week, and the part that excites her most is that she now has room to raise chickens.  It's also close to her birthday, so I decided to crochet a chicken for her as a present.






Cinnamon Hen

 
Finished Size:

 Approx. 5 ½ “ tall x 4 ½ “ wide

Materials:

F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook

Stuffing

Worsted weight yarn in medium brown, red, yellow, and black

Needlepoint/Tapestry needle

Scissors

 

Head:

Start with medium brown yarn

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnds 4-6: Sc 18 (18 sts)

Rnd 7: Sc 6, Inc 4, Sc 4, Inc 4 (26 sts)

Rnd 8: Sc 6, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 4 times, Sc 4, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 4 times (34 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc 6, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times, Sc 4, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (26 sts)

Rnd 10: Sc 6, Dec 4, Sc 4, Dec 4

Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 3 times (15 sts)

Rnds 12-13: Sc 15 (15 sts)

Rnd 14: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 5 times (20 sts)

Rnd 15: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 5 times (25 sts)

Rnd 16: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 5 times (30 sts)

Rnd 17: (3sc, 2sc) rep 15 times (75 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Beak:

Use yellow yarn.

Rnd 1: Sc 3 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 3 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 3 (6 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 3 times (9 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Wattles:

Use red yarn.

Row 1: Ch 4

Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Row 3: Ch 4

Row 4: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Crown:

Use red yarn.

Row 1: Ch 4

Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 3sc in each st of ch

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew crown, wattle, and beak to head.  Use black yarn to sew French knot eyes.

 

Wings:

Make 2

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 6 times (24 sts)

Rnd 5:  3sc in the 1st 4 sts (12 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Body:

Use medium brown yarn.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnds 4-5: Sc 18 (18 sts)

Rnd 6: Inc 12, Sc 6 (30 sts)

Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 12 times, Sc 6 (42 sts)

Rnd 8: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 12 times, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 3 times (57 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc 16, Inc 16, Sc 16, Sc 9 (73 sts)

Rnd 10: Sc 16, Dec 16, Sc 25 (57 sts)

Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 3 times, Dec 12, (Dec, Sc 2) rep 3 times, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times (36 sts)

Rnd 12: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times, Dec 6, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times, Sc 6 (24 sts)

Rnds 13-14: Sc 24 (24 sts)

Rnd 15: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnd 16: Sc 18 BLO (18 sts)

Stuff body.

Rnd 17: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 6 times (12 sts)

Rnd 18: Dec 6 (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using medium brown yarn, 3sc in each of the 18 sts left from the BLO sts in Rnd 16.  Sl st back in the 1st st of the round to join.

 

Feet:

Make 2

Use yellow yarn.

Row 1: Ch 4

Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Row 3: Ch 4

Row 4: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Row 5: Ch 4

Row 6: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3
Sl st in 1st st of Row 1 to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Sew the wings to either side of the body and the feet to the bottom front, just under the 3sc fringe.  Stuff the head and sew it to the top of the body.  And you’re done!


All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.


 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More Baby Hat Embellishing

Oooh, here's a nice simple design with options for embellishment with bear ears and ear flaps!
http://bysmallmeans.wordpress.com/free-patterns-and-tutorials/  Just follow the link and scroll down to the crochet section.

Monday, August 20, 2012


Okay, so I'm only scratching the surface here, but here's some of the embellishment ideas I dredged up with the great inter-net for our hats.
Flowers: http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/04/another-flower-pattern-6-petals.html
(plus I think this blog is really cute![I'm beginning to realize how often I use the words "cute" and "adorable" in this blog. I promise you, this is not normal for me].)

(Haven't actually had time to read through the rest of this blog yet, but I intend to).

(Also a blog I need to read more of).

I'd like to come up with more details to add to the baby boy hats, as I think they should be just as "fancy" as the baby girl hats, but that may have to wait till next month's hats. The more I research crochet, the more I find out I have to learn.

Until next time,
Sheep O'Delight

Midnight Reverie

I have had a truly awful, wretchedly terrible, unspeakably horrible day so ,to spite the devil, I'm going to write a blog about things that make me happy.

Things That Make Me Happy or Delightful Interludes


1. The clever five year old from my Sunday School class who, in an attempt to "trick" the youth minister who was teasing her this morning, pointed behind him at the wall of the church basement and announced, "Look behind you!  It's a pony!"
2. The absolutely gorgeous view of the night sky I was treated to when I got out of my car a few minutes ago.  The sky is extraordinarily clear, and I don't think I've ever seen so many stars at once.
3.  My amazing, incredible, insane, clannishly loyal, delightfully eccentric family.  Especially the newest members, who are all so adorable it almost hurts to look at them.
4.  The hand-painted "Please Slow Down-Chicken Crossing" signs my neighbors have put up at the side of the road on either end of their property.  I'm not sure why they fill me with such delight every timeI drive by, but they do.  And I very dutifully slow down every time.
5. The slowly growing pile of crochet patterns I've invented. Design makes me ridiculously, obscenely happy.
6. The younger co-worker who, seeing that I was getting overwhelmed, told me quite seriously, "I know you'll be fine.  You're a superstar."
7.  Babies.  The one thing I really, really enjoy about working retail is the extraordinary number of adorable little ones I get to see/talk to/coo over during my shift.
8. Leverage commentaries. I'm aware it makes me a dork, but I think I've now watched the first three seasons of the amazing TNT show with commentaries far more than I have without commentaries.  And somehow they never get boring.  And while I'm at it, seasons of show on DVD in general, since we don't actually get channels.  I'm always a season behind, but the ability to rewatch indefinitely is totally worth it.
9.  The fact that I'm actually managing to pick up an internet signal this late at night and ...
10. ...the fact that I don't have to work until afternoon tomorrow and therefore, could conceivably sleep until after lunch.  Not that I will, but it's nice to have the option.
Good night, world,
Sheep O'Delight

Friday, August 17, 2012

Last weekend, a bunch of ladies from my church (ok, it was four, but it's a very small church) got together to crochet hats for the newborns at the nearest local hospital with a maternity ward (which is located an hour away.  Very small church, very small town.).  For anyone who's never crocheted in a group before, I highly recommend it, especially if you can find a way to do it for a good cause.  And now of course, I'm mildly obsessed with the concept of hat-making and am dying to find better ways to embellish the very simple basic hat pattern we used.  We started off with the dimensions and instrucions from this website: http://www.slugsontherefrigerator.com/home/2011/10/how-to-design-a-hat.html And delving a little deeper for those using less basic stitches she adds a second blog post here: http://www.slugsontherefrigerator.com/home/2011/10/how-to-design-your-own-hat-pt-2.html . Both are fantastic, well-written articles that I really need to remember to print off.  But I'm dreaming of pom-poms and earflaps and flowers and edgings and lots and lots of delightful etcetera, so I think I'm going to have to go websurfing and collect some more links.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  Signing off, Sheep O'Delight
P.S. I highly recommend browsing the aforementioned blog!