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, October 29, 2013

Sweet Sheep: Free amigurumi crochet pattern

Sweet Sheep
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
I’ve been wanting to make a sheep to go with my logo for a while, but I couldn’t get the wool to look the way I wanted it until now.  Using Back Loop Only stitches leaves you with a nice row of unworked loops that can be embellished later.  Try experimenting with it in designs of your own.
Skill Level-Intermediate
Gauge- Not important
Finished Measurements- 5 1/2” tall x 4 ”wide
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 .5 oz Peaches & Creme Ecru Cotton Yarn
                 .5 oz Peaches & Creme White Cotton Yarn
                 Less than .05 oz Peaches & Creme Black Cotton Yarn
Materials-
                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
                 Polyester Fiberfill
Special stitches-
                 Back Loop Only: Insert the hook through the back loop of the stitch only (the loop         closest to the inside of the round).  Then complete the stitch as usual.
                 Half Double Crochet: Yarn over.  Insert the hook through the indicated stitch or space.             Yarn over and pull through.  With three loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through             all three loops at once to complete the stitch.
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch
                 BLO..Back Loop Only                    Hdc…Half Double Crochet

Head
Use Ecru yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc, Sc) rep 3 times (9 sts)
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 3 times (12 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 3 times (15 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 6: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 3 times (18 sts)
Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 6 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc) rep 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff firmly.
Rnd 12: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Ears
Use Ecru yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5, Sl st (11 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Limbs
Use Ecru yarn. Make 4.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 2 times (8 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 6 (6 sts)
Finish off, but leave the ends of the limbs open.  Stuff and set aside.
Tail
Use Ecru yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5, Sl st (11 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Head Cap
Use White 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: (3 Hdc, Sl st) rep 6 times (24 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Body
Use White 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: Working in the BLO: (Inc, Sc) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 4: BLO Sc 18 (18 sts)
Rnd 5: BLO (Inc, Sc 2) rep 6 times (24 sts)
Rnds 6-7: BLO Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 8: BLO (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc) rep 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 10: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.  This is the bottom of the sheep’s body.  Turn the body right-side up. The BLO stitches have left a spiral of unworked loops.  Anchor into the first loop by inserting the hook from the top to the bottom. Yarn over and pull through.  Then yarn over and pull through.  Insert the hook into the original loop again; yarn over and pull through.  You should now have two loops on your hook.  Yarn over and pull through both loops to form the first single crochet of Rnd 11.
Rnd 11: (Sc 2, Sl St, Hdc, Sl st) rep 32 times around (160 sts)
Finishing-
Sew the Head Cap to the back of the head.  Position it high enough that you can see three of the lobes above the top of the head.  Use Black yarn to make French knot eyes on either side of the face and a mouth if you want one.  The legs should be sewn to the bare space at the bottom of the body; the arms should be sewn between two layers of the wool on either side of the body.  The tail goes on the back of the body near the bottom.  Then sew the bottom of the head to the top of the body to complete your Sweet Sheep.







Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Autumn Pumpkin: Free Crochet Amigurumi Pattern

Autumn Pumpkin
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
As much as I dislike summer, I adore autumn.  The weather gets cooler and the trees turn bright colors and there’s a feeling of adventure in the air.
Skill Level-Easy
Gauge- Not important
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 .35 oz Peaches & Creme Earthy Orange Cotton Yarn
                 Less than .05 oz Peaches & Creme Amber Cotton Yarn
Materials-
                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
                 Polyester Fiberfill
Special stitches-This design works best if you use June Gilbank’s Invisible Decrease instead of a typical Decrease stitch.  Instructions can be found on her website at planetjune.com.  A typical Decrease stitch can be used, but I like it best with the Invisible version.
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch

Pumpkin
Use Earthy Orange yarn. Starting at the top of the pumpkin:
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 (16 sts)
Rnd 3: (Sc 2 in one st, Sc 3 in the next) rep 8 times.  The edges of the piece will begin to waffle; don’t worry, that’s supposed to happen. (40 sts)
Rnd 4: (Dec, Inc 3) rep 8 times (56 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 5) rep 8 times (48 sts)
Rnd 6: [Dec, (Inc, Sc) rep 2)] rep 8 times (56 sts)
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 3, Dec) rep 8 times (40 sts)
Rnd 8: (Dec, Sc, Dec) rep 8 times (24 sts)
Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc) rep 8 times (16 sts)
Stuff very carefully, making sure to get stuffing in each lobe of the pumpkin.  Don’t overstuff or the pumpkin will lose its shape.
Rnd 10: Dec 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 11: Dec 4 (4 sts)
Finish off with a sl st.  I used the remaining end to stitch from top to bottom several times to form a small indentation at the top and bottom of the pumpkin before tying it off.
Stem
Use Amber yarn.
Row 1: Ch 5
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, Sc 1.  Sl st 3. 
Finish off with a sl st.

Finishing-
Sew the stem to the top of the pumpkin and draw any remaining ends back into the pumpkin to hide them.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tropical Bird: Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern


Tropical Bird

Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks

Sheep Of Delight Crochet

I have to admit: I’m not a huge fan of summer.  Summertime in Illinois with no air conditioning means a lot of heat, a lot of humidity, and a lot of bugs.  Nevertheless, I felt like I should attempt at least one “summery” design for my blog, so here it is.  The Tropical Bird works up super quickly.  It only takes a few colors so that you can stick your yarn in your beach bag and finish a Tropical Bird before you finish working on your tan.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with color on this one, the brighter the better!

Skill Level-Intermediate

Gauge- Not important

Finished Measurements- 3 3/4” tall x 4 1/2”wide

Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-

                 .05 oz Peaches & Creme Yellow Cotton Yarn

                 .6 oz Peaches & Creme Bright Lime Cotton Yarn

                 .05 oz Peaches & Creme Black Cotton Yarn

Materials-

                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook

                 Yarn or tapestry needle

                 Scissors

                 Stitchmarkers

                 Polyester Fiberfill

Special stitches-None

Abbreviations-

                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 

                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)

                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease

                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch

 

Beak Top

Use Yellow yarn.

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

Rnd 2: Sc 4, Dec 1 (5 sts)

Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.

Beak Bottom

Use Yellow yarn.

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

Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.

Feet

UseYellow yarn. Make 2.

Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook

Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.

Wings

Use Bright Lime yarn.  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: To form the wing feathers: (Ch 4, starting in 2nd ch from hook Sc 3 to move back down the ch-4 sts, Sc 1 in the next Rnd 2-st to anchor the feather to the wing).  Rep 3 times.

Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.

Tail

Use Bright Lime yarn.

Row 1: To form the tail weathers: (Ch 6, starting in 2nd ch from hook Sc 5 to move back down the ch-6 sts) rep 3 times

Row 2: Sc 5 across the rough edge where the feathers are joined to even out the bottom of the tail.

Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.

Head/Body

Use Bright Lime 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 3) rep 3 times (15 sts)

Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)

Rnd 5: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 3 times (18 sts)

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

Rnds 7-8: Sc 24 (24 sts)

Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnd 10: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 6 times (12 sts)

Stuff firmly.

Rnd 11: Dec 6 (6 sts)

Rnd 12: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 13: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 3 times (15 sts)

Rnd 14: Sc 15 (15 sts)

Rnd 15: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 3 times (18 sts)

Rnd 16: Sc 18 (18 sts)

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

Stuff.

Rnd 18: Dec 6 (6 sts)

Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends. 
Finishing-
Sew the Beak Top to the front of the Head, about at about the halfway point and then sew on the Beak Bottom just below it.  Thread the needle with Black yarn and knot the end.  Draw the knot into the inside of the head and bring the needle back out where you want the first eye. Make a tiny stitch, draw the needle back inside the head and out at the other eye.  Make another tiny stitch and draw the needle back through to the first eye location again.  Pull tightly to narrow the head between the eyes.  Then stitch the eyes with Black French knots. Sew the Wings to either side of the body and the Tail to the back.  Finish by sewing the Feet to the bottom of the bird.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Peace

Today I am at peace.
It doesn't happen very often and that's my fault.  I don't deal well with stress.  Instead of turning to the gracious God who loves me and has a plan for my talents and my life, I try to outwork the stress.  I fill my life with doing so I don't have to deal with all the emotions I'm afraid I'll drown in.  If I work hard enough and fast enough, eventually I'll get past the daily grind and my fears of inadequacy and the unpleasant fact of how much I've come to hate my job and the gradually growing panic about what the rest of my life is supposed to be.
Today the air is cool and the woods around our house are that exquisite stained-glass shade of green that I love.  I was absurdly productive yesterday and now I'm happy to just rest in His presence and breathe.   I feel like I'm healing one day at a time and that's all I need.
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern: Baby Elephant

Nothing brightens my day more than success in my "crochet life" (as separate from my "retail life", which is basically never successful).  I worked earlier this week on figuring out tags on Etsy, used all available tags, and wrote new titles and descriptions for all of my items.  Today on my break at work I checked on my Etsy shop and I had four new likes and favorites for my shop and various items in it.  That's more than I usually get in a month!  Which is pretty pathetic, actually, but I knew when I started getting serious about making my crochet available to the world that I only had the time and energy for it to be a gradual process.
Anyway, to the free pattern.  My cousin had a baby shower earlier this spring and specifically requested a crochet elephant.  (My cousins like to challenge me.  One of them requested a sloth earlier that month).  This is the pattern that came from that venture (the elephant.  I'm still not sure I'm happy with the sloth:)).
 
Baby Elephant

Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Soft Blue-one skein or less
Black-small amounts
Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill
Ears
Use soft blue yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc 2, Sc 2) rep 2 times (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 1, Inc 2, Sc 4, Inc 2, Sc 3 (16 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc 2, Inc 2, Sc 6, Inc 2, Sc 4 (20 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 20
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Use the tail to sew the open end of the ear closed.  If you have extra, you can use it to sew the ear to the side of the head.
Arm/Leg
Use soft blue yarn.  Make 4.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (8 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 8
Stuff.  I stuffed the arms and legs fairly lightly.
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 2 (6 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.  Leave the end of the arm/leg open.
Trunk
Use soft blue yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc 2, Sc 2) rep 2 times (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 2 times (10 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 2 times (8 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnd 8: Inc 6 FLO (only in the outer loop of each st) to form a rim of sts around the trunk (12 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Head/Body
Use soft blue 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 12 (24 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 6 times (30 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 5 times (25 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 25 (25 sts)
Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 5 times (30 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 15, Inc 5, Sc 5, Inc  5 (40 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc 15, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 times, Sc 5 (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 times (50 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc 15, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times, Sc 5 (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times (40 sts)
Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times, Dec 5, Sc 5, Dec 5 (25 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 10, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times  (20 sts)
Rnd 13: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 5 times (15 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 14: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times (10 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc 10 (10 sts)
Rnd 16: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 times (15 sts)
Rnd 17: Inc 10, Sc 5 (25 sts)
Rnds 18-19: Sc 25 (25 sts)
Rnd 20: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 21: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 5 times (15 sts)
Rnd 22: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times (10 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 23: Dec 5 (5 sts)
Finish off.  Draw the tail back into the elephant and out the back to form the foundation string of the tail.  Sew the ears to either side of the tail and the trunk to the front of the face between the cheeks.  Sew the arms and legs to the body.  Use black yarn to make French knot eyes. Thread your needle with a long piece of soft blue yarn.  Insert it to the right of the tail foundation string and bring it back out just to the left of the tail.  Pull it halfway through so that you have three strands of yarn of relatively equal length and then braid them together to form the tail.

On a side note, can anyone tell me why when I paste from a Word document to Blogger it leaves huge spaces between the lines?  I've tried adjusting the spacing in the original document and it doesn't seem to make any difference.

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Top Ten Reasons to Crochet (A little tongue in cheek)

10. It's a great excuse to watch TV and still look like you're being productive.  What other hobby allows you to watch the entire series of Psych and Leverage (with commentaries) while accomplishing something.
9.To prove that you are a domestic goddess, of course.  How impressed will your mother-in-law be when she sees you crochet your own dishcloths.
8. To make something useful.  Crochet isn't all granny squares and toilet paper cozies anymore.  Check out this lovely basket pattern by Crochet in Color I found online. http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2012/02/chunky-crocheted-basket-pattern.html
7.To improve your counting skills.  To keep track of your stitches, you have to count and count and, especially if you're crocheting around other people, count again and again.
6. Self-defense.  If your would-be mugger isn't intimidated by your sharp scissors and blunted hooks, you can trip him up with that one skein of yarn you just can't seem to get untangled.
5. It's impressive.  Think about it.  You're taking a crooked stick and a ball of string and turning into and amigurumi gryphon.  That's just cool.
4.It's also a great excuse to spend more time on Pinterest.  Like any of us needed an excuse.
3. It's a fantastic recycling tool.  Read about crocheting with plarn (plastic yarn) made from recycled bags here: http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/02/17/instructions-for-cutting-plastic-bags-creating-recycled-plastic-yarn/
2. It's calming.  And we all need a little more calm in our lives.
1.  Because crocheting and designing beautiful things brings delight to ourselves and others and really what else do you need to know?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Spring comes...

I always wait eagerly for spring to come to Illinois and inevitably by the time it finally arrives, I've almost given up on it and miss it somehow as it sneaks in behind me.  The poets, if they exist anymore, could wax eloquent for hours about the sudden furious rain storms and the fresh, cool spring mornings and the smell of good, tilled earth waiting for seeds, but I'm always most impressed by the masses and miles of green.  God must have invented a special shade of green for Illinois; I never seem to see it in pictures of other places.  Of course, I can never seem to capture it in photos myself, so maybe it exists everywhere and is merely more elusive than other shades. It's a bright stained glass green caught between the leading of wood-grey tree trunks that makes me want to disappear into the woods and get lost and leaves me to wonder why anyone would choose to live in a city.  I'm predjudiced; I'm a country girl.  Something inside me starves for want of trees.  Whether city or country, have a blessed spring, full of yarn and miracles and keep your eyes open for green.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern: Big-Eared Fox


Big-Eared Fox

Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:

White or tan-one skein or less

Brown-small amounts

Black-small amounts

Other Supplies:

F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook

Yarn or tapestry needle

Scissors

Stitchmarkers

Polyester Fiberfill

 

Ears

Use white or tan yarn.

Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 8 (16 sts)

Rnd 3: Inc, 2 Hdc in the next 3 stitches, Inc, Sc 11 (21 sts)

Rnd 4: Sc 4, 2 Hdc in the next 2 stitches, Sc 15 (23 sts)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Head

Use white or tan yarn.

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

Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnds 3-5: Sc 12 (12 sts)

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

Rnd 7: Sc 6, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (24 sts)

Rnd 8: Sc 6, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 9 times (33 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc 6, (Dec, Sc 7) rep 3 times (30 sts)

Rnds 10-11: Sc 30 (30 sts)

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

Rnd 13: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnd 14: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 6 times (12 sts)

Finish off and weave in ends, making sure you leave the end open.  This will make it easier to attach the head to the body.  Sew the ears to the back of the head.  Use black yarn to make French knot eyes and stitch on a nose.  I used a few stitches to narrow the face in the area of the eyes to make the face more fox-like.  Use the brown yarn to stitch decorative markings on the fox’s face.

Back Feet

Use white or tan yarn. 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 3, Sc 3) rep 2 times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: (Dec 3, Sc 3) rep 2 times (12 sts)

Rnd 5: Dec 6 (6 sts)

Finish off and weave in ends.  I didn’t stuff the back feet.

Front Feet

Use white or tan yarn. 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 3, Sc 3) rep 2 times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: Dec 4, Sc 10 (14 sts)

Rnd 5: Dec 4, Sc 6 (10 sts)

Rnd 6: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 2 times (8 sts)

Rnds 7-8: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Stuff the lower part of the foot lightly.

Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 2 times (6 sts)

Rnd 10: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Finish off and weave in ends.  Leave the end open.

Tail

Use white or tan yarn.

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

Rnd 2: Sc 6 (6 sts)

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

Rnds 4-5: Sc 9 (9 sts)

Rnd 6: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 3 times (12 sts)

Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 3 times (15 sts)

Rnd 8: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 3 times (18 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc 18 (18 sts)

Rnd 10: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 3 times (15 sts)

Rnd 11: Sc 15 (15 sts)

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

Rnd 13: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 3 times (9 sts)

Rnd 14: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times (6 sts)

Rnd 15: Dec 3 (3 sts)

Finish off and weave in ends.  Leave unstuffed.

Body

Use white or tan 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 3, Sc 3) rep 2 times (18 sts)

Rnds 4-5: Sc 18 (18 sts)

Rnd 6: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times, Sc 9 (15 sts)

Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 2 times, (Inc, Sc 2) rep 3 times (16 sts)

Rnd 8: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 4 times (20 sts)

Rnd 9: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 10 times (30 sts)

Rnds 10-11: Sc 30 (30 sts)

Rnd 12: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 10 times (20 sts)

Rnd 13: Dec 10 (10 sts)

Stuff.

Rnd 14: Dec 5 (5 sts)

Finish off and weave in ends.  Sew the head to the top of the body (which starts at Rnd 1). The flatter side of the fox is the back, the curvy portion is the front.  The front feet should attach just below the rounded breast portion of the body.  The back feet should be sewn on at the base of either side of the body; the tail should be sewn on at the very back near the bottom.  Use the picture as a guide.

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, March 27, 2013

Dreaming

In the twenty-five years of my life, I have tried more art projects in more mediums than any one reasonably sane person should be able to admit to.  I've worked in oils and acrylics and watercolors, charcoal and graphite and marker, clay and paper and fabric.  I spent several years dabbling in dollhouses, filled more sketchbooks than I can count, and studiously examined the science of pop-ups.  I've built fairy houses from pebbles and twigs and dirt and laboriously sewed ill-fitting Barbie clothes by hand. I've done cross-stitching on canvas and plastic canvas, explored tatting, and bored myself to death with latch-hooking.  And for some time now, I've worked with the knowledge that my "Art" will never amount to anything, no one will ever see it, and no profit will ever come of it.

Then I discovered crochet.
And something magical and miraculous and thrilling happenened.

People liked it.  People, strange distant people from the far-off world of the internet started viewing and liking and talking about my patterns.  And more importantly, I liked it.  I believed in it and I started very slowly to dream again.  Good dreams.  And I can't tell you how rarely any of my dreams manage to be pleasant.  At the end of the night, after spending most of my day working retail and then coming home to spend several more hours struggling with my latest crochet project, I can look at my work and praise God and be happy and dream.

Do not forget, while you are working, to dream, my friends.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern: Baskets


Basic Oval Basket and Picnic Basket

Finished Dimensions:

Approx. 3” tall x 3 1/2”wide

Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:

Your choice (I would suggest using cotton yarn for a stiffer basket)

Other Supplies:

F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook

Yarn or tapestry needle

Scissors

Stitchmarkers

 

Basket

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 3, Sc 3) rep 2 times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: (Inc 6, Sc 3) rep 2 times (30 sts)

Rnd 5: (Sc 3, Inc 6, Sc 6) rep 2 times (42 sts)

Rnd 6: (Sc 3, (Dec, Sc 2) rep 3 times, Sc 6) rep 2 times (36 sts)

Rnds 7-8: Sc 36

Stop here if your are making the Basic Oval Basket. Continue for Picnic Basket.

Rnds 9-11: Sc 36

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Lid Sections

These are worked as a half circle. The first step is done as a round; all others are rows. Stitch counts do not include the turning chain. Make 2.

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

Row 2: Inc 3, Ch and turn (6 sts)

Row 3: Inc 6, Ch and turn (12 sts)

Row 4: Sc 3, (Inc, Sc) rep 3 times, Sc 3 (15 sts)

Row 5: Sc 3, (Inc, Sc 2) rep 3 times , Sc 3 (18 sts)

Finish by chaining 2 for the corner and working sc sts across the flat bottom to make it even.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Handle

Row 1: Ch 21

Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 20.

Fasten off; weave in ends.

For the Basic Oval Basket, sew the ends of the handle to either side of the basket.

For the Picnic Basket, sew the flat edges of the two lid pieces together so they form a circle/oval that is hinged in the middle.  Sew either side of the hinge to either side of the basket so that it can open and close.  Then sew the ends of the handle to either side of the basket.

This is an easy pattern to add variation to.  Try decorating with crocheted flowers or cute buttons or add an edging or some ribbon.  I’d love to see your pictures!


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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern: Happy Hippo


Happy Hippo
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Light Blue Cotton Yarn-one skein or less
Black Cotton Yarn-small amounts


Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill

Ears
Use blue. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5, sl st in the last sc of the previous rnd to fasten off. (10sts)
Finish off.
Arms/Legs
Use  blue. Make 4.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5 (10 sts)
Rnds 3-5: Sc 10 (10 sts)
Rnd 6: (Dec, sc 3) rep 2 times (8 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 7: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Tail
Use blue.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Finish off.  
Head/Body
Use blue.
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 (18 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 18 (18 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 3 times (15 sts)
Rnd 6: Inc 15 (30 sts)
Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 1) rep1 5 times (45 sts)
Rnd 8: (Dec 4, Sc 1) rep 5 times (25 sts)
Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 10: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 5 times (25 sts)
Rnd 11: Inc 25 (50 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 50 (50 sts)
Rnd 13: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 10 times (40 sts)
Rnd 14: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 10 times (30 sts)
Rnd 15: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 10 times (20 sts)
Rnd 16: Dec 10 (10 sts)
Sew on ears and use black yarn to make French knot eyes and stitch on a mouth.  Stuff.
Rnd 17: Sc 10 (10 sts)
Rnd 18: Inc 5, Sc 5 (15 sts)
Rnd 19: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 times, Sc 5 (20 sts)
Rnd 20: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 5 times, Sc 5 (25 sts)
Rnd 21: Sc 25 (25 sts)
Rnd 22: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 5 times, Sc 5 (30 sts)
Rnd 23: Sc 30 (30 sts)
Rnd 24: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 10 times (20 sts)
Rnd 25: Dec 10 (10 sts)
Sew the limbs and tail to the body. I pinched the openingsof the limb closed and sewed it flat to the body, but you may use whatever joining method you prefer.  Stuff.
Rnd 26: Dec 5 (5 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.


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.