Thursday, September 20, 2012

Helmet 2


Hook: I/9 (5.5 mm)
             G/6 (4.25 mm)
Yarn: Medium worsted in two colors.

(ch 2 counts as dc.)

Hat: With larger hook and primary color-
Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first sc.
Rnd 1= Ch 2, 3 dc in each dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Turn. (18 dc)
Rnd 2= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 2 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Turn. (30 dc)
Rnd 3= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 4 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Turn. (42 dc)
Rnd 4= Ch 2, ( 3 dc in next dc, 6 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Turn. (54 dc)
Rnd 5= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 8 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Turn. (66 dc)
Rnd 6= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 10 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Turn. (78 dc)
Rnd 7-10= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Turn. (78 dc)
Rnd 11= Ch 2, 36 dc, 2 trc, dtrc, 2 trc, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2. Fasten off.

Neckpeice:
Row 1=Starting at the dtrc, sk 2 trc, sk 9 dc, join with dc, 54 dc. Turn. (55 dc)
Row 2-5=Ch 2, Dc across. Turn. (55 dc)
Fasten off.

With contrasting color, join with sc. Sc around, working 3 sc in the corners and hdc in trc and dc in dtrc. Fasten off.

Visor:
With primary color ch 51. Turn.
Row 1= Sc in second ch from hook, 6 sc, 5 hdc, 26 dc, 5 hdc, 7 sc. Turn.
Row 2= Ch 1, 7 sc, 5 hdc, (dc, sk dc, ch 1) thirteen times, dc in next dc, 5 hdc, 7 sc. Turn.
Row 3= Ch 1, 7 sc, 5 hdc, (dc, sk ch 1 sp, ch 1) 13 times, dc, 5 hdc, 7 sc. Turn.
Row 4= Ch 1, 2 sc, ch 3, sk 3 sc, 2 sc, 5 hdc, dc, (ch 1, dcfp around dc) 12 times, ch 1, dc in next dc, 5 hdc, 2 sc, ch 3, sk 3 sc, 2 sc. Turn.
Row 5= Ch 1, 2 sc, sc in each ch, 2 sc, 5 hdc, (dc, ch 1, sk ch 1 sp) 13 times, dc, 5 hdc, 2 sc, sc in each ch, 2 sc. Turn.
Row 6= Ch 1, 7 sc, 5 hdc, dc in each dc and ch 1 sp, 5 hdc, 7 sc. Fasten off.
In contrasting color, sc around edges, working 2 sc in corners.

With second color ch 50. Turn, in second ch from hook, hdc, hdc across. Fasten off. Sew to top of hat.

Viser buttons, make 2: (optional, you can use regular buttons if you wish.)
With second color and smaller hook, ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook. 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st in next sc, fasten off. Sew to sides of helmet.

Attach visor to helmet with buttons.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Helmet





Hook size I/9
Yarn: worsted weight in two colors

Ch 2 counts as dc

Hat:
In color A, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 1= Ch 2, 3 dc in each sc around. Sl st in top of ch 2. (18 dc)
Rnd 2= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. (36 dc)
Rnd 3= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 3 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. (54 dc)
Rnd 4= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 5 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2. (72 dc)
Rnd 5-10= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2. (72 dc)
Fasten off.

Nosepiece:
Row 1= On the side of the hat opposite of seam, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 4 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc. Turn.
Row 2= Sk sc, 2 sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, 2 sc. Turn.
Row 3= Sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc.
Fasten off.
Row 4-6= 4 dc in dc. Turn.
Fasten off.

Neckpiece:
Row 11= Beginning at the first sc from the nosepiece, sk 7 dc. Dc in next dc, 45 dc. turn.
Row 12-15= Ch 2, dc across. Turn (46 dc)
Row 16-18= Ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, dc across to last dc, 2 dc in last dc. Turn.
Sc around edges, working 3 sc in corners.
Fasten off.

With color B, cut 6 inch strands and attach to top of hat in a wide stripe. Wrap yarn over hook and insert hook through the hat. Draw the ends through the loop and tighten.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Crocheted Earrings


Hook: 5
Yarn: Crochet thread size 10

Ch 5. Join into a ring with a sl st.
Row 1= Ch 2, dc in ring,(ch 3, dc2tog)four times in ring. Turn.
Row 2= Ch 2, dc in first dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog in first dc2tog, (ch 3, sc over ch 3 sp) four times, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over last dc2tog. Turn.
Row 3= Ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp, (Ch 3, sc over ch 3 sp) five times, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp. Turn.
Row 4= Ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp, (Ch 3, sc over ch 3 sp) six times, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp. Turn.
Row 5= Ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp, Ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, sc in ch 3 sp, (ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp) four times, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp. Turn.
Row 6= Ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp, ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, (ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp) three times, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp. Turn.
Row 7= Ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp, ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, (ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp) two times, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp. Turn.
Row 8= Ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp, ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp. Turn.
Row 9= Ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp, ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp. Turn.
Row 10= Ch 2, [(dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog) over ch 1 sp] twice. Turn.
Row 11= Ch 2, dctog over (ch 1 sp, space between dc2togs, ch 1 sp, turning ch), ch 1.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Attach earring hook to founding ch.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fingerless Lace Glove



Yay! Another wristlet pattern! If there are any mistakes please let me know. :)


Hook: 5
Yarn: Size 10 thread

Shell: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) over stitch.

Ch 82, join into a ring with sl st.
Rnd 1= Sc around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2= Ch 2, sk sc,* Shell in next sc, ch 4, sk 7 sc, (dc, ch 4, dc) in next sc, ch 4, sk 7 sc.* Repeat from * to * four times. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 3= Ch 2, sk 3 dc, *Shell over ch 2 sp, sk (3 dc, ch 4, dc), ch 2, [(tr3tog, ch 3) three times, tr3tog] over ch 4 sp, sk (dc, ch 4, 3 dc), ch 2.* Repeat from * to * four times. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 4= Ch 2, sk 3 dc, *Shell over ch 2 sp, sk 3 dc and ch 2, (ch 3, sk tr3tog, 2 sc over ch 3) 3 times, sk (tr3tog, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 3.* Repeat from * to * four times. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 5= Ch 2, *Shell over ch 2 sp, sk (3 dc, ch 3, 2 sc), ch 4, 2 sc over ch 3, ch 3, 2 sc over ch 3, ch 4, sk ch 3 and 3 dc.* Repeat from * to * four times. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 6= Ch 2, sk 3 dc, *Shell over ch 2 sp, sk (3 dc, ch 4, 2 sc), ch 4, (dc, ch 4, dc) over ch 3 sp, ch 4. * Repeat from * to * four times. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 7= Repeat round 3.
Rnd 8= Repeat round 4.
Rnd 9= Repeat round 5.
Rnd 10= Sl st to ch 2 sp, ch 15, sl st in next ch 2 sp (Thumb space). Turn and sc around the thumb space, ending with sl st in ch 2 sp. Ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch 2 sp, work pattern for rnd 6 around, ending with sk 7 sc, (dc, ch 4, dc) in next sc, sk 7 sc, sl st in ch 2.
Rnd 11= Repeat rnd 3.
Rnd 12= Repeat rnd 4.
Rnd 13= Repeat rnd 5.
Rnd 14= Repeat rnd 6.
Rnd 15= Repeat rnd 3.
Rnd 16= Repeat rnd 4.
Rnd 17= Repeat rnd 5.
Fasten off. On the other side of the foundation ch, dc around. (82 dc) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Thor Hat


Hook: H/8 (5mm)
Yarn: worsted weight red and gray

With gray ch 2.
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2= Ch 2, 3 dc in each sc around. Sl st in top of first dc. Turn. (18)
Rnd 3= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 2 dc) around. Sl st in top of first dc. Turn. (30)
Rnd 4= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 3 dc) around. Sl st in top of first dc. Turn. (46)
Rnd 5= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 4 dc) around, dc. Sl st in top of first dc. Turn. (64)
Rnd 6= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 6 dc) around, 3 dc in next dc, dc. Sl st in top of first dc. Turn. (86)
Rnd 7-13= Ch 2, dc around.  Sl st in top of first dc. Turn. (86)
Rnd 14-20= Ch 2, 60 dc. Turn. (60)
Fasten off. Sc around edge with red.

Wings (make 2): With gray ch 30
Row 1= Sc in second ch from hook, 28 hdc. Turn.
Row 2= Ch 2, hdc twice in first hdc, 24 hdc, sc. Turn.
Row 3= Ch 1, sc, 25 hdc, hdc twice in last hdc. Turn.
Row 4= Ch 2, 24 hdc, sc. Turn.
Row 5= Ch 1, sc, 24 hdc. Turn.
Row 6= Ch 2, hdctog over next two hdc, 19 hdc, sc. Turn.
Row 7= Ch 1, sc, 18 hdc, hdctog over next two hdc. Turn.
Fasten off.
Join red and sc around edge. Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew to side of hat.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Loki Hat



Hook: H/8 (5 mm)
Yarn: Medium worsted in gold and green.

With gold ch 2
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2= Ch 2, (3 dc in next sc) six times. Sl st in first dc, turn. (18)
Rnd 3= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 2 dc) around. Sl st in first dc, turn. (30)
Rnd 4= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 3 dc) seven times, 3 dc in next dc, 2 dc. Sl st in first dc, turn. (47)
Rnd 5= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 4 dc) nine times, 3 dc. Sl st in first dc, turn. (66)
Rnd 6= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 6 dc) nine times, 4 dc. Sl st in first dc, turn. (85)
Rnd 7-12= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in first dc, turn. (85)
Row 13= Ch 2, 65 dc. Turn. (65)
Row 14-19= Ch 2, dc across, turn. (65)
Fasten off. Join green with a sc and sc around edges. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Horns (Make two):
With green ch 25. Making sure not to twist stitches, form into a ring by sl st in first ch.
Rnd 1= Sc around. (25)
Fasten off. Join gold with a sc.
Rnd 2-3= Sc around. (25)
Rnd 4= (6 sc, sctog) three times, sc. (22)
Rnd5= Sc around. (22)
Rnd 6= 5 sc, 12 hdc, 5 sc. (22)
Rnd 7= (5 sc, sctog)three times, sc. (19)
Rnd 8-9= 4 sc, 11 hdc, 4 sc. (19)
Rnd 10= (4 sc, sctog) three times, sc. (16)
Rnd 11-12= 3 sc, 10 hdc, 3 sc. (16)
Rnd 13= (3 sc, sctog) three times, sc. (13)
Rnd 14-15= 3 sc, 7 hdc, 3 sc. (13)
(3 sc, sctog) until hole is closed.
Fasten off. Stuff horn and sew to front of hat. Weave in ends.

(I guess you could also do this for a cow costume or in Longhorn colors...)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Iron Man Hat

 Hook: H/8 (5 mm)
Yarn: Medium worsted in red, white, black, and gold.

Hat:
With red ch 2.
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2= Ch 2, 3 dc in each sc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 3= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 2 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 4= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 3 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 5= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 4 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 6= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 6 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 7= Ch 2, (2 dc in next dc, 8 dc) aorund. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 8-18= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Face piece:
With gold ch 18.
Row 1= Hdc in third ch from hook, hdc across. Turn.
Row 2= Ch 2, hdc across. Turn.
Row 3-4= Ch2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc across to last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc. Turn.
Row 5= Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, 6 hdc. Without fastening gold off, join black to next stich with a sc, 9 sc, fasten off black. Picking the gold up again, sc across black, hdc across to last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc. Turn.
Row 6-7= Ch 2, hdc across. Turn.
Row 8= Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc across to last hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc. Turn.
Row 9-11= Ch 2, hdc across. Turn.
Row 12-14= Ch 2, 5 hdc.
Without fastening gold off, join black to next stitch with a hdc, 12 sc, hdc. Ch 2 and turn, 2hdc in hdc.
Without fastening black off, join white to next stitch with a sc, 4 sc, fasten white off. Sk 2 sc and join white in next sc with a sc, 4 sc, fasten white off.
Going back to black, sc across white, 2 hdc, sc across white, 2 hdc in hdc. Fasten black off.
Returning to gold, sl st in between black rows and on top of black hdc, turn and hdc across. Turn, ch 2. Hdc across to end of black. Sl st in top of black hdc and inbetween black rows, hdc across gold to edge. Turn, ch 2, 5 hdc, sl st in bottom sl st and then in top sl st, turn and hdc to edge. Turn
Row 15= Ch 2, hdc across. Turn
Row 16-19= Ch 2, hdctog over next two hdc, hdc across to last two hdc, hdctog over last two hdc. Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew to hat.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Captain America Hat


And it's Captain America!


Hook: H/8 (5 mm)
Yarn: Medium worsted in white, red, and blue

With blue ch 2.
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2= Ch 2, 3 dc in each dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 3= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 4= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 2 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to white.
Rnd 5= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 6 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 6= Ch 2, (2 dc in next dc, 8 dc) around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
*You may need to tweak this depending on the tension of your stitches.
Switch to red.
Rnd 7= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to white.
Rnd 8-9= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to red.
Rnd 10= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to white.
Rnd 11-12= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to blue.
Rnd 13-15= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to red.
Rnd 16= Ch 2, dc around. Sl st in top of ch 2.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Make star and sew to top of hat.

I used the star pattern by lydienne on Ravelry. If you don't have a Ravelry account I highly reccommend getting one. It is free to sign up and the patterns and ideas are amazing. :) But anyway, that is the star pattern I used. You can find another one if you wish.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Incredible Hulk

So.. The Avengers is out and is an epic, awesome movie. I decided to design hats for all of the characters in the movie (Loki is my favorite) and here is the first one!


Hook size: H/8 (5 mm)
Yarn: Black eyelash yarn
           Medium worsted - green,black, purple, and white


With black eyelash yarn, Ch 2
Rnd 1= 6 sc in the second ch from hook
Rnd 2= Ch 2, 3 dc in each sc around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 3= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 4= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 2 dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 5= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 3 dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 6= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 4 dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 7= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 5 dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 8= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 6 dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 9= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 7 dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Rnd 10= Ch 2, (3 dc in next dc, 8 dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to green.
Rnd 11= (9 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of first dc.
Rnd 12-19= Ch 2, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch 2.
Switch to purple.
Rnd 20= (Sc, dc) around. Sl st in first sc.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2):
With green ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook. Switch to white.
[(Sc, sc twice in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc.] twice. Fasten off. Sew in place and hide ends.

Eyebrows (make 2):
With black eyeslash yarn ch 11
Hdc in third ch from hook. Hdc across.
Fasten off. Sew in place and hide ends.

Mouth:
With black ch 16.
Row 1= Hdc in third ch from hook, hdc across. Turn.
Row 2= Ch 2, hdctog over next two hdc, hdc across to last two hdc, hdctog over last two hdc. Turn.
Fasten off. Sew in place and hide ends.

Place hat on head and go on a rampage. ;)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Eezy-Breezy Basket


 This is a super easy and quick project to whip up with scraps. It is about six by four inches and is perfect for holding those miscellaneous items all over your dresser or end table.



Hook size: H/8 (5 mm)
Yarn: Medium worsted

Base: Ch 23
Row 1= Hdc in third ch from hook, hdc across. Ch 2, turn. (21 hdc)
Row 2-7= Hdc in each hdc across. Ch 2, turn. (21 hdc)
Fasten off. Weave in ends

Sides, long (make 2): Ch 23
(WS)Row 1= (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in) in sixth ch from hook, sk 2 ch, dc,* dc, sk 2 ch, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch, sk 2 ch, dc*. Repeat from * to * till end of row. Ch 3, turn.
(RS)Row 2= *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch 1 sp, 2 dcfp around dc*. Repeat to end of row, dc in top of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 3= *(2 dc, ch  1, 2 dc) in ch 1 sp, 2 dcbp around dcfp*. Repeat to end of row, dc in top of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 4= Repeat row 2.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sides, short (make 2): Ch 16
(WS)Row 1= (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in sixth ch from hook, sk 2 ch, 2 dc, sk 2 ch, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch, sk 2 ch, dc. Ch 3, turn.
(RS)Row 2= (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch 1 sp, 2 dcfp over dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch 1 sp, dc in turning ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 3= (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch 1 sp, 2 dcbp over dcfp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch 1 sp, dc in turning ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 4= Repeat row 2.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Assembly:
With the WS facing the base, sew the foundation row of each side to the edge of the base. Sew the sides together.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Unicorn Amigurumi


Needed:
Two colors of worsted weight yarn
Size G/6 hook

Head:
With color A, ch 2
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (6)
Rnd 2= Sc twice in each sc around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 3-4= Sc around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 5= 4 sc, sc twice in next 4 sc, 4 sc. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (16)
Rnd 6= 6 sc, sc twice in next 4 sc, 6 sc. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (20)
Rnd 7-8= Sc around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (20)
Rnd 9= 7 sc, sctog, 2 sc, sctog, 7 sc. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn.  (18)
Rnd 10= (Sc, sctog)around.  Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (12)
Stuff head.
Rnd 11= Sctog around. Sl st in first st. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing, and sew hole shut.

Neck:
With color A, ch 15. Join into a ring with a sl st, making sure it isn't twisted. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1-3= Sc around.  Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (15)
Row 4= 7 sc, sc twice in next sc, 7 sc.  Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (16)
Row 5= 7 sc, (sc twice in next sc) twice, 7sc.  Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (18)
Row 6= Sc around.  Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (18)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the smaller opening of the neck to the bottom of the head.

Mane:
Cut several 6 inch lengths of color B.
 Each piece of yarn will act as 2 strands of hair. I used two stands of yarn held together for each stitch in order to make the mane look fuller.
Insert hook into horses head. Grab middle of yard strand with hook and pull through stitch, making a small loop. Pull both free ends of yarn strand through loop, pulling tight to secure hair.
Continue down the horses neck.

Ears (2):
With color A, ch 2.
Row 1= 2 sc in second ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2= Sc twice in each sc.
Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to sew ears to head. Sew ears to head.

Horn:
With color B, ch 6. Turn.
3 sc, 2 sl st. Ch 1.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave tail through stitches to the bottom of the horn and sew to the head.

Body:
With color A, ch 2.
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (6)
Rnd 2= Sc twice in each sc around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 3= (Sc, sc twice in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 4= (2 sc, sc twice in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (24)
Rnd 5-14= Sc around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (24)
Rnd 15= (2 sc, sctog) around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 16= (Sc, sctog) around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (12)
Stuff body.
Rnd 17= Sctog around. (6)
Fasten off. Sew hole shut. Sew to bottom of neck, stuffing the neck before completing the seam.

Legs (4):
With color B, ch 2.
Rnd 1= 7 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (7)
Rnd 2-3= Sc around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (7)
Fasten off. With color A, join with a sc in first sc.
Rnd 4-9= Sc around. Sl st in first sc. ch 1, turn. (7)
Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to sew legs to body. Sew onto body.

Tail:
Cut four 10 inch strands out of color B. Attach to body the same way you did the mane. (It may be easier if you use a larger hook for this.)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Toilet Paper Cozy


Main part:

Ch 2
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook
Rnd 2= Ch 2, dc 3 times in each sc around. Sl st in first dc, ch 2, turn.
Rnd 3=  (Dc three times in dc, dc) around. Sl st in first dc, ch 2, turn.
Rnd 4= (Dc three times in dc, 2 dc) around. Sl st in first dc.
Rnd 5= Sc in blo around. Sl st in first sc, ch 2, turn.
Rnd 6= Sk sc, (dc in next sc, dc in previous sc) around. Sl st in first dc, ch 1, turn.
Rnd 7= Sc around.
Rnd 8-14= Repeat rounds 6 and 7


Lid:

Ch 2
Rnd 1= Sc 6 times in second ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2= Sc twice in each sc around. (12)
Rnd 3-5= (Sc, sc twice in next sc) around. (18, 27, 36)
Rnd 6= (2 Sc, sc twice in next sc) around. (48)
Rnd 7= (3 sc, sc twice in next sc) around. (60)
Rnd 8= (4sc, sc twice in next sc) around. (84)
Rnd 9= Sc in blo around. (84)
Rnd 10= (Sc, sk 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, sk 2 sc) around.
Fasten off.
Sew a button on the middle of the lid.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Paper Boxes

 Valentines day is coming around.. I have never celebrated Valentines day, in fact, my husband bought a card for me last year and I was completely stunned... Personally, I think it is a pointless holiday... But that is just my opinion.
      Anyway... This cute little box is great for wrapping a little gift for that special someone or as a craft for your kids.

Supplies:
                  Crayons or markers or paints
                  2 sheets of card-stock or construction paper (I only had typing paper available when I spontaneously decided to make these at 4 in the morning.)
                  Glue (glue sticks work best but I didn't have any) or tape. (Tape is faster so I used it, but it doesn't turn out as pretty)
                  Rhinestones (I forgot to use them...)
                  Ruler (And I forgot to put that in the picture... I don't think I should do stuff like this so early)


Instructions:
                     Fold paper as shown below and cut the extra rectangular piece off to make a 8.5" square. Actually, not as shown. The camera angle was a little off... The bottom edge should be lined up.
 Smooth paper out and trace a 2.5" margin. On the opposite side, paint or draw the design or picture you want. I forgot to do this step at the right spot, being 4 in the morning and all....
 Cut along four lines on opposite sides to make small flaps and then fold paper along all of the lines.
 Tuck small flaps inside and tape the outer corners. Or just glue the small flaps to the larger flaps.
 Tape the inside and the top edge of the box. You may have to trim the top to make it even.
 For the lid, cut out a paper square 5.5" across and 5.5" long. Trace a 1" margin, cut flaps, and fold.
 Tape or glue flaps in a similar fashion as the box...
 And Tada!!! You have a cute little box. If you want, you can glue rhinestones onto it for a little sparkle.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Simple headbands





These are soooo easy. I made six just yesterday. They are great for quick and easy gifts.

Hook size: G/6
Yarn: Sock yarn or Crochet thread size 10

Ch 175
1= Sc in second ch from hook. 43 sc, 88 dc, 44 sc. Ch 1, turn.
2= Sc in sc, dc in dc, sc in sc. Ch 1, turn.
3= Repeat row two.

Like I said, super easy! If you want to dress it up though, here are some variations you might try.
String beads onto your thread and crochet them in.
To make a wider band simply add more rows.
For some texture add a trcluster stitch after every two dc on the second row. (Trcluster: loop yarn around hook twice, draw up a loop, draw yarn through two loops twice. Repeat twice, there should be four loops left on the hook when you are done. Draw yarn through all four loops.)
Also, you can crochet a flower or other applique and sew onto the band, or buttons.
The options are endless :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Scrap Afghan

      My first afghan pattern!!! (Lots of exclamation marks today because my awesome husband bought a bag of conversation hearts for me so I am on a huge sugar rush!!!) So! My New Year's Resolution this year was to not buy any more yarn until I can fit my stash into one, just one, dresser. Right now I have it crammed into one dresser and five boxes... Not little boxes either!!! I am addicted to yarn. I can barely walk past the yarn aisle... So I have been crocheting like a madwoman!! And the first thing was to use up my little scraps of yarn that are too big to throw away and too little to use for a project.
      The problem I have with scraps is, I hate making granny squares. I hate sewing all of the little squares together and I hate crocheting the little squares together. So this is my solution:
  
       The Haywire Afghan.

Hook: I/9
Yarn: Medium Worsted
Size of finished afghan: 36" by 42" including trim.

Ch 145.
Row 1= Ch 2, 2 dc in third chain from hook, (sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, sk 5 ch, ch 5, sc in next ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch) across, ending with sk 2 ch, 3 dc in last ch. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2= Sc in first dc, (sk 2 dc, sk sc, ch 5, sc over ch 5, sk sc, sk 2 dc, ch 5, sc in next dc) across, ending with sc in tch. Ch 5, turn.
Row 3= (Sc over ch 5, 5 dc in sc, sc over ch 5, sk sc, ch 5) across, ending with sc over ch 5, ch 2, dc in sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4= Sc in dc, (sk sc and 2 dc, ch 5, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, sk sc, ch 5, sc over ch 5) across, ending with sc over tch. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5= 2 dc in sc, ( sc over ch 5, sk sc, ch 5, sc over ch 5, 5 dc in sc) across, ending with 3 dc in sc.
Row 6-40= Repeat rows 2 through 5.

Edging:
Rnd 1= sc around edges, working 3 sc in corners.
Rnd 2= Dc around edges, working 3 dc in corners.
Rnd 3= Starting at corner, *[ch 23, turn. In second ch from hook, dc three times, dc twice in each ch over next 20 ch, hdc], (4 sc, ch 15. In second ch from hook, dc three times. Dc twice in each ch over next 12 ch, hdc) repeat to next corner.* Repeat from * to * until edging is complete.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

     I know these are not the prettiest cookies in the world, (this was the prettiest one out of the whole batch) but I firmly believe that a pretty cookie is a yucky cookie. This belief comes straight from my mother who makes the ugliest cookies ever, but you think you just died and went to heaven when you taste them. Her secret? She doesn't cook them all the way. For instance, her chocolate chip cookie recipe recommends 8 minutes in the oven. My mom only cooks them for 6 minutes. She taught me well and everyone I make cookies for says they are almost as good as my mom's. (I'll take that compliment. Her cookies are seriously delicious)
      This is my husband's favorite cookie. His face lights up like a Christmas tree whenever I make them. And although I am a die-hard dark chocolate woman (none of that fake stuff for me) I love these cookies too.


1/2 C butter or margarine, softened
1/2 C shortening (the butter flavored shortening tastes sooooo much better but regular will do)
3/4 C granulated sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips

Cream butter and shortening together then add sugars and egg, beat well. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl then stir into butter and sugar mixture. Stir in vanilla and then white chocolate chips. (The recipe says to chill the dough for an hour, but I never did) Spoon dough onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

The cookies are done to perfection when they are gold around the edges and puffy in the middle. Don't worry if they seem goopy when you take them out, they will harden into a nice, crumbly cookie as they cool.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Toy Dragon

I made this dragon for my nephew for Christmas. I couldn't find a pattern for a toy dragon that I liked (story of my life :) so I wrote this pattern. His mom told me that he named it Toothless.


Medium worsted yarn - hook size G/6
stuff body and legs as you work
Body: Ch 2.
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (6)
Rnd 2= sc twice in each sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 3-5= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 6= (sc twice in sc, sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 7= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 8= (3 sc, sc twice in sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (22)
Rnd 9= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (22) 
Rnd 10= (2 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn (17)
Rnd 11= ( 3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (14)
Rnd 12-16= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (14)
Rnd 17-18= Sc twice in sc, sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (15, 16)
Rnd 19-20= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (16)
Rnd 21-22= Sc twice in sc, sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (17, 18)
Rnd 23= (Sc, sc twice in next sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (27)
Rnd 24= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (27)
Rnd 25= (2 sc, sc twice in next sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (36)
Rnd 26-29= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (36)
Rnd 30= (Sctog, sc) repeat three times. 18 sc, (sctog, sc) repeat three times. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (30)
Rnd 31= (Sctog, sc) repeat three times. 12 sc, (sctog, sc) repeat three times. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (23)
Rnd 32-35= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (23)
Rnd 36-37= Sc, sc twice in next sc, sc to last two sc, sc twice in next sc, sc. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (25, 27)
Rnd 38-40= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (27)
Rnd 41= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st.Ch 1, turn. (22)
Rnd 42-43= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (22)
Rnd 44= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 45= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 46= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (15)
Rnd 47-48= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (15)
Rnd 49= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 50-51= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 52= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (10)
Rnd 53-54= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (10)
Rnd 55= (2 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 56= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 57-59=  (2sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn.
Sctog until hole is closed. Fasten off

Left wing: Ch 17
Row 1= 4 sl st, 3 sc, 4 hdc, 5dc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2= 5 dc, 4 hdc, 3 sc, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3-6= repeat rows 1, 2, 1, 2
Row 7= 4 sl st, scfp across. Ch 2, turn.
Row 8-11= repeat rows 2, 1, 2, 1
Row 12= scbp across to sl st, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn
Row 13-16= repeat row 1, 2, 1, 2
Ch 3, turn and 2 sl st, 8 sc across top of wing. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew wing to side of body.

Right wing: Ch 18
Row 1= dc in third ch from hook, 4 dc, 4 hdc, 3 sc, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2= 4 sl st, 3 sc, 4 hdc, 5 dc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3= 5 dc, 4 hdc, 3 sc, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4-6= Repeat rows 2, 3, 2
Row 7= scbp across to sl st, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 8-11= Repeat rows 2, 3, 2, 3
Row 12= 4 sl st, scfp across. Ch 2, turn.
Row 13-16= Repeat rows 3, 2, 3, 2
Row 17= sl st across.
Ch 3, turn and 2 sl st, 8 sc aross top of wing

Legs (make 2): Ch 2
Rnd 1= Sc 6 times in second ch from hook. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (6)
Rnd 2= Sc twice in each sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 3-6= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 7= Sctog, 8 sc, sctog. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (10)
Rnd 8= Sctog, 6sc, sctog. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 9-11= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 12= Sctog around. Fasten off. Sew hole shut.
Sew claws on end of leg with contrasting color. Sew leg to body.

Sc over round eight in middle of dragon's head. (Ch 2, sc in second ch. Sc over next row three times.) Repeat across neck to tail. (Ch 3, sc in next two sc. Sc over next row three times.) Repeat across back to tail. (Ch 2, sc in second ch. Sc over next row three times.) Repeat to end of tail. Fasten off. Weave in ends.