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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Earth Day 2014: Rhino Bowl Plarn Crochet Pattern

In honor of Earth Day, I decided to do some experimentation with plarn, plastic yarn made from recycled plastic shopping bags.  I found really simple directions for making plarn (along with a lot of other really cool patterns and information at plasticbagcrafts.com here.  Also, check out my Pinterest boards under Crochet Fun and Recycled Craft Ideas for more plarn pictures and ideas.  
Plarn Rhino Bowl
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
This is my first experiment designing and using plarn.  I used the white and grey plastic bags from my local Walmart since that’s what I have the most of.
Skill Level-Intermediate
Finished Measurements- 2 ¼ ”  tall x 5 ½ ”wide


Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 Approx. 4 bags worth of grey plarn
                 Approx.  3 bags worth of white plarn
                 Less than .05 oz Peaches and Creme Black Yarn
Materials-
                 H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
Special stitches-
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch

Bowl
Use Grey plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (16 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 8 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 4: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 8 times around (32 sts)
Rnd 5:  Working in BLO, Sc 32 (32 sts)
Rnds 6-13: Sc 32 (32 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Ears
Use Grey plarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (16 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Small Horn
Use White plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 2 times (6 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Large Horn
Use White plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 6
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.

Finishing-
Sew the ears to either side of the bowl.  Sew the small horn near the top center and the large horn below it.  If you have trouble using the plarn to sew, feel free to use thread to attach pieces.  Then use black yarn to make French knot eyes.


Have you created something else interesting or intriguing out of plarn?  Feel free to send me photos.  I'd love to start a plarn gallery.  Be sure to include links to the original designer if the pattern you use is not your own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Duckling: Free Amigurumi Crochet pattern

Spring Duckling
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
This little guy has been sitting in the back of a storage tote for far too long so I decided to get him out to play for spring.  He’ll work up quickly for an Easter basket stuffer.
Skill Level-Intermediate
Gauge- Not important
Finished Measurements- 3 ¾ ” tall x 2”wide
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 . 60 oz Peaches & Creme Yellow Cotton Yarn #1010
                 .05 oz Peaches & Creme Bright Orange Cotton Yarn #1628
                 .05 oz Peaches & Creme Black Cotton Yarn #1040
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

Head/Body
Use Yellow yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 times around (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 6 times around (18 sts)
Rnds 4-5: Sc 18 (18 sts)
Rnd 6: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 6 times (24 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 8: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 9: [Dec, Sc] rep 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 10: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Rnd 11: Sc 6 (6 sts)
Rnd 12: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 2 times around (8 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 14: [Inc, Sc] rep 4 times (12 sts)
Rnd 15: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 3 times (15 sts)
Rnd 16: Sc 12, Inc 3 times (18 sts)
Rnd 17: Sc 12, Dec 3 times (15 sts)
Rnd 18: [Dec, Sc 3] rep 3 times (12 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 19: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Wings
Use Yellow yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Work 2 Hdc sts in the first 4 sts.  Leave the final 4 sts unworked. (8 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Beak Top
Use Bright Orange yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.
Beak Bottom
Use Bright Orange yarn.
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.
Feet
Use Bright Orange yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Work 2 Hdc sts in ea of the first 3 sts (6 sts)
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends.


Finishing-
Sew both feet to the bottom of the duckling and both wings to either side of his body.  Thread a yarn or tapestry needle with a length of black thread and knot the end.  Insert the needle under the head where the stitches are a little looser and bring it back out where you want the right eye, drawing the knot inside the head.  Insert the needle again slightly to the right or left, making a tiny stitch, and bring it out at the position for the left eye.  Stitch back and forth a few times, drawing the stitches tight to narrow the face.  When you’re satisfied with the shape, use the same black yarn to make French knot eyes in each indentation.  Then sew the beak pieces to the front of the head to finish.