Thursday, November 16, 2017

Free Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar



Advent calendars are so fun! I remember waking up each December morning, popping open a little door on my cardboard advent calendar, and treasuring each delicious (at least to my 8 year old mind--we all know it tastes sorta waxy and cheap) piece of chocolate. This handmade advent calendar will bring the magic of Christmas to your home each morning, as a treasure is revealed inside each tiny stocking. Crocheted in a rainbow of colors and labeled with chipboard number stickers, this fun decoration will be a treasured heirloom to keep forever. Hung as a garland on the fireplace mantle, or straight up and down on a wall, the string of stockings will fill kids with anticipation for the big day.

The stockings are so quick to crochet, and with no sewing involved, you'll be crocheting many in no time. Use lots of different colors, or make them in traditional red and white.


Instead of Christmas colors, crochet eight little stockings in a Winter white and blue color scheme and fill them with gelt for a gorgeous Chanukah decoration.

Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar

Materials List
Caron "Simply Soft Party" Yarn -- Red, Fuchsia, Snow, Purple
Red Heart "Soft" Yarn -- Tangerine
American Crafts "Thickers" Number Stickers -- Sprinkles Glitter White
*Full disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links and will earn me a little cash! 

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet 2 stitches Together

Note: Stockings are made in two colors, A and B. Choose from any two colors of worsted weight yarns.

Stocking
Starting at the toe of the Stocking, with yarn A and a G hook, make an adjustable ring, ch1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.

Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnds 2-5: Sc into each st.
Change to B at the end of Rnd 5.

Heel
Row 6: Sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next st (10 sts)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, hdc2tog four times, sc in last st (6 sts)
Change to A at the end of Row 8.

Leg of Stocking
Rnd 9: Working down into sts of Rnd 5, without turning (see photo above for where to crochet), sc into next 6 sts, working into top edge of Row 8, sc into next 6 sts (12 sts)

Rnds 10-12: Sc into each st around (12 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc into next 9 sts, change to B, sc into next 3 sts.

Rnd 14: Sc into each st.

Rnd 15: Sc into next 11 sts, ch 6, join with a sl st to same st.
Fasten off and weave in end.

Finishing:
Arrange stockings in order for assembling garland.

With desired worsted weight yarn and a G hook, ch 9, join to first ch with a sl st, ch 10, *(sc into loop at top of stocking, positioning it left or right, ch 15), repeat from * for each until last stocking. For last stocking, sc into loop, ch 19, join with a sl st into 9th ch from hook. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Apply stickers to stockings in numerical order (or not, if you want to be tricky!). Use craft glue or hot glue if necessary to make sure stickers stay adhered. (Mine stuck fine without extra glue).

Use beginning loop and ending loop for hanging.

Do NOT stress out about this. You have lots and lots of time to make this before December 1st, even if its for next year :)

Hope you enjoy! If you make this, please tag me @craftyiscool on twitter and instagram, or tag @Crafty is Cool on Facebook!

*This pattern was previously posted and written for Michaels.com. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Amigurumi Thanksgiving Turkey



You want to make the turkey on Thanksgiving but your mom always calls dibs? You feel like having leftovers but everyone always leaves just the dark meat? You want to make something totally impressive to take to dinner besides your green bean casserole? You're in the right place. Crocheted turkey keeps well, is shelf-stable, and is 100% vegan, assuming you use acrylic yarn!

Here's a video tutorial I made to make this super cute Thanksgiving Turkey!


For those of you who want the pattern too, of course, here you go!

Materials:
Rust worsted weight yarn
Off-white sock yarn
Off-white worsted cotton yarn
Royal blue sport yarn (optional)
Artificial leaves
Polyester fiberfill

Tools:
D crochet hook
B crochet hook
Yarn needle
Hot glue gun

Body: 
Rnd 1: With rust yarn and D hook, make adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 in ring. Pull closed.
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each st.
Rnd 3: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat around (18 sts)
Rnds 4-5: Sc in each st.
Rnd 6: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts), repeat around (16 sts)
Rnd 7: Sctog, sc in each st (15 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc2tog, sc in each st (14 sts)
Rnd 9: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts), repeat around (12 sts)
Rnd 10: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts), repeat around (10 sts)
Stuff Body firmly.
Rnd 11: Sc2tog around (5 sts)
Weave in ends.

Legs (make 2):
Rnd 1: With rust yarn and D hook, make adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 in ring. Pull closed.
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each st.
Rnd 3: Sc in each st (10 sts)
Rnd 4: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts), repeat around (8 sts)
Rnd 5: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts), repeat around (6 sts)
Change to B hook and off-white sock yarn for bones with a sl st.
Rnd 6: Working into back loops only of each st, sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc2tog, sc in each st (5 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc2tog, sc in each st (4 sts)
Rnd 9: Bobble in next st, sl st in next st, bobble in next st, sl st in next st (4 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends. No stuffing is necessary.

Wings (make 2):
Row 1: With rust yarn and D hook, ch 12. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2, sl st in next ch, skip 3 chs, sl st in next ch, sc in next 2 chs, 2 hdc in last ch, sl st in same ch.
Fasten off and leave a long tail.

Assembly:
Stitch Wings into place towards the top of the Body on each side. Using the same tail, stitch Legs on each side of Body. Weave in ends.

Platter:
Rnd 1: With worsted off-white yarn and D hook, ch 5. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs, hdc 6 into last ch, turning to work into opposite side of ch, sc in next 3, hdc 6 into last ch (15 sts)
Rnd 2: Sc in next 5, 2 hdc in next 3, sc in next 6, 2 hdc in next 3, sc in next st (24 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in next 7, 2 hdc in next 2, sc in next 10, 2 hdc in next 2, sc in next 3 (28 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3), repeat from * around (35 sts)
Rnd 5: Change to blue sport yarn and sl st in each st around.
Rnd 6: Change to worsted off-white yarn, *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts), repeat from * around (42 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Use hot glue to attach pieces of greenery to platter. Attach turkey to platter with hot glue.

Hang from the center of the turkey or edge of platter with colorful twine.

Yummy!




Sunday, July 2, 2017

Okja the Super Pig amigurumi



Netflix has been putting out some awesome stuff for a while now. Kimmy Schmidt is one of my favorite shows, and there's Orange is the New Black, GLOW, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, House of Cards, and of course Stranger Things! They're also making movies, and the new film Okja is sorta strange, heartwarming, sad, funny, and completely unique. There are big stars on screen and behind the scenes. It's like Free Willy for grownups. The super pig star of the show is a creature named Okja. Okja is a lovable giant pig/hippo/rhino looking animal, and I made him out of yarn. If you want to, here's a pattern!

OKJA
Materials:
  Bulky weight gray yarn (Lion Brand "Hometown USA" -- Dallas Gray)
  Polyester fiberfill
  Black embroidery floss
  8mm brown safety eyes
Tools:
  Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
  Yarn needle
  Embroidery needle
  Quilting pins
  Super glue

*Okja as written measures 10" long. If you would like a smaller doll you can substitute worsted weight yarn and an E hook. Smaller eyes will also be needed.

Pattern:

Body/Head:
Rnd 1: Starting at the back end, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail to close hole.  (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each st (12 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next st), repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 6: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnds 7-10: Sc into each st.
Rnd 11: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 11 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (39 sts)
Rnds 12-15: Sc into each st.
Rnd 16: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 11 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnds 17-18: Sc into each st.
Rnd 19: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 20: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 21: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (22 sts)
Rnd 22: Sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next 9 sts (20 sts)
Rnd 23: Sc in 8 sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next 8 sts (18 sts)
Rnds 24-26: Sc in each st.
Rnd 27: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (20 sts)
Rnd 28: Sc in each st.
*Insert a stitch marker to hold your place. Stuff the Body firmly. 
Rnd 29: Sc2tog around (10 sts)
Rnd 30: Sc2tog around (5 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use a yarn needle to sew end closed. Weave in ends.



Muzzle:
Rnd 1: Ch 4. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, 5 sc in last ch, working around to other side, sc in next 2 chs, 5 sc in last ch (14 sts)
Rnds 2-3: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Pin Muzzle to Head of Okja. Stitch into place with a yarn needle, adding stuffing. Weave in ends.


Ears (Make 2):
Ch 7. Sl st in first st, sc in next 2, hdc in next 2, dc in last ch (6 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Sew to each side of head.



Front Legs (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Make an adjustable ring, ch 1, work 3 sc and 4 dc into ring. Pull tail to close ring (7 sts)
Rnd 2: Working into back loops only (BLO) of each st, sc in each st.
Rnds 3-5: Sc into each st.
Rnd 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts (9 sts)
Rnd 7: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st around (10 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Stuff and sew to bottom of Okja as shown.

Back Legs (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Make an adjustable ring, ch 1, work 4 sc and 4 dc into ring. Pull tail to close ring (8 sts)
Rnd 2: Working into BLO of each st, sc in each st.
Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st (9 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc in each st.
Rnd 5: Sc2tog, sc around (8 sts)
Rnd 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st (9 sts)
Rnd 7: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Stuff and sew to bottom of Okja as shown.


Tail:
Ch 5. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 (4 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Sew to the back of Okja.




Finishing:
Apply a dab of superglue to the post of each eye and insert into the head as shown. (Using super bulky yarn, it is difficult to use the washer and assemble the eyes, so gluing the eyes into place works better.)

Thread a yarn needle with a strand of gray yarn. Come up beside each eye and stitch a small short stitch over the top of each eye for an eyelid. Weave in ends.

Thread an embroidery needle with black embroidery floss. Stitch nostrils making loop shapes and straight stitches on the muzzle. Stitch a vertical line and two short diagonal lines for the mouth. Refer to photo.



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