Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Penguin Cup Cozy

Since my craft business is named "Penguin Place" (my Facebook shop is actually 1PenguinPlace because Penguin Place is a real penguin conservatory), I figured I really should have a penguin cup cozy to put on my coffee cup when I'm doing craft shows.

I worked up this pattern at my last show. Enjoy!

Penguin Cup Cozy
Size H crochet hook
Black worsted weight yarn (less than 1 oz)
Small amounts of white and orange yarn

With black yarn, make a foundation HDC of 32 stitches (You could also chain 34 and then do a HDC in the third stitch from hook and each chain, but I think that a foundation HDC gives more elasticity to your beginning row. If you don't know how to do foundation HDC, you can google it and find tutorials). Slip stitch in top of beginning stitch to join. Use the tail from the beginning of your chain to join at bottom of stitch also.

Row 1-11:
*HDC in first stitch, HDC around front post of next stitch* repeat around.

Alternating HDC with a front post HDC gives you a ribbed look.

Face:
With white, make a magic ring.
Chain 4, 12 Treble Crochet in ring. Pull tight, but don't join.
Work 5 DC around the post of the last Treble Crochet worked. Slip stitch in center. 5 DC in the chain 4 you began with. Slip stitch at top of chain 4. This makes two semi-circles at the top of your large semi-circle. Now you have a heart-shaped face.

With black yarn, embroider small dots for eyes.

With orange yarn, embroider a triangle for the beak.

Flippers:
Attach orange yarn about 2 stitches off-center. SC in 4 stitches. Chain 1, turn.
SC in 4 stitches. Chain 3, turn.
Slip stitch in second stitch.* Chain 3, slip stitch in next stitch.* Repeat to end of row. End off.

Repeat on other side, starting 6 stitches off center (that way, when you do your 4 SC, you end up with two blank stitches in the center between the flippers).

Weave in yarn ends and enjoy. The Penguin Cozy will protect your hand from too-hot coffee... but he prefers to protect you from chilly hands when you enjoy an Iced Coffee!

Rainbow Sock Monkey hat for AG Doll

Somebody asked once "Why do you crochet?"

Jokingly, I said "Self-preservation! I need to make things to keep the yarn from taking over the house, and I need to sell my crochet items to pay for my yarn addiction." I have a tendency to be a bit of a hoarder, so if I'm not careful, my projects can overrun the house.

This week, in an effort to keep things tidier, I went out and bought myself a little table with 3 drawers. $17.99 at Ollie's.
I moved stuff from all around my chair into the drawers. Knitting needles and crochet hooks are in the bottom drawer. Buttons, various gadgets like pom-pom makers and measuring tapes are in the second drawer, and the entire top drawer is filled with small balls of yarn. When I first filled it, it was hard to get the drawer in and out, since it was overfilled. I needed to use up some yarn!

So... that got me on a stash-busting mission. I was watching a movie with my daughter (Grace Unplugged - great movie - I recommend it!), so I pulled out some bright colors, got Kit out for some measurements, and before the movie was over, Kit was sporting a new Rainbow Sock Monkey Hat! Now I'm working on the girl version... hopefully that will be ready in a day or two.

Rainbow Sock Monkey Hat / Doll Version

Uses Size H hook
Less than 1 ounce total yarn.
I had balls of yarn about the size of a large egg and still had yarn left over at the end.
2 small black button
white thread
yarn needle

Round 1: With Pink - make 6 HDC in magic ring. Pull tight, join.(6 stitches)
Note: you join each round, and start with either a chain two or initial half double crochet
Round 2: With Yellow, 2 hdc in each stitch (12 stitches)
Round 3: With Green, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc* repeat around (18 stitches)
Round 4: With Blue, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next two stitches*, repeat around (24 stitches)
Round 5: With Purple, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next three stitches*, repeat around (30 stitches)
Rounds 6 - 11: With Gray, work even in hdc.(Don't end off... you'll start one earflap now)
First earflap: Turn, hdc in next six stitches.
Second earflap row:
HDC decrease over first two stitches, hdc in next two stitches, HDC decrease over last two stitches
Third earflap row:
HDC decrease over first two stitches, HDC decrease over last two stitches
Fourth earflap row:
HDC decrease over two stitches. End off.
Fold hat in half and mark off 3 stitches on either side of the fold. Work the other earflap on those 6 stitches.

With pink, work a SC in each stitch around, doing 3 SC  at the point of the earflap.

Cut a 24" length of each of the rainbow colors (pink, yellow, green, blue, purple) and pull through point of earflap. Fold over double and braid. Repeat with other earflap.

Mouth:
Chain 5 with white. SC in second stitch and next three stitches. 3 SC in next stitch. Rotate work and do 3 SC in the other side of the starting chain. End with two SC in same chain as beginning SC. End off, leaving a long tail to sew on.

With a double strand of pink, embroider smile.

Ears (make two)
With Gray, make magic ring. Chain 3 and make 10 DC in ring. Pull right, but do not join. End off, leaving long chain to sew on.

Sew ears to side of hat at the top 3 rows of gray.

Sew mouth to hat at the center front, close to the bottom

Using white thread and an X pattern, sew buttons over mouth, set closely together.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Da Bears Fingerless Gloves



Da Bears fingerless gloves

Size H Crochet Hook
Knitting worsted – a little over one ounce of brown, about half an ounce of blue, and scraps of white and black
Two small black buttons
Yarn needle

With blue yarn, chain 26. Join with slip stitch.
Each round begins with a Chain 3 or a standing starting double crochet and ends joining with a slip stitch.
Round 1:  Double Crochet (DC) in each stitch around. Join.
Round 2: Alternate DC and Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) (rather than making your DC in the top of the stitch, you draw your yarn up from around the “post” of the stitch.
Rounds 3 & 4: Repeat round 2. You will be making your FPDC around the FPDC in the row below, forming the “ribbing” ridges.

Round 5: Change to brown. DC in each stitch around
Round 6 (Left glove): DC in first 4 stitches, chain 4, skip 4 stitches, DC in each remaining stitch around.
Round 6 (Right glove): DC in first 18 stitches, chain 4, skip 4 stitches, DC in each remaining stitch around.
Round 7: DC in each stitch/chain around (26 stitches)
Round 8-9: DC in each stitch.
 If you would like your glove a little longer, you can add another row of DC. Or, you could add a row or two before the thumb opening in row six to make the cuff longer.
If the ear placement (next row) seems confusing, you can just put the glove on and put stitch markers for the 3 stitches where you want each ear to be located. You slip stitch up to the stitch before the marker, do your 7 DC in the center stitch, and slip stitch again in the stitch after the other marker.
Ears / Round 10 (left glove) : Slip stitch in first 6 stitches. Skip 1 stitch, make 7 DC in next stitch. Skip a stitch, slip stitch in next 4 stitches. 7 DC in next stitch, skip a stitch, slip stitch. End off and tuck in ends.
Ears / Round 10 (right glove) : Slip stitch in first 9 stitches. Skip 1 stitch, make 7 DC in next stitch. Skip a stitch, slip stitch in next 4 stitches. 7 DC in next stitch, skip a stitch, slip stitch. End off and tuck in ends.


Snout: With white yarn, chain 4. Single Crochet (SC) in second stitch from hook and next two chains. 3 SC in last chain. SC in back side of chain for two stitches, then make 2 more SC in same chain as beginning SC. End off, leaving tail to sew to glove.

Nose: With black, chain 3.
Do a Single Crochet Decrease over 2nd & 3rd chains from hook. End off, leaving a long tail to sew on and embroider mouth.

Sew on black buttons as eyes, as pictured.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Girl Minion Hat



Yes, I'm still stuck in Minionland... After my success with a girl hand puppet and scarf, I decided to see how it would look in a hat...I took a basic double crochet beanie, and did some orange for the hair, a bit of yellow, a black strip for the goggles, some more yellow, and then three rows of green with some white clusters. Then I added the eye, a mouth, and some pony-tails, and here she is!




Pattern?
For all of my basic beanies, I pull up one of the patterns from Repeat Crafter Me. She has a wonderful assortment of patterns in loads of sizes. I made up the chart below for this hat, and laminated it to go into my pattern notebook, so I can make this up in any size.

Size H Hook
Knitting Worsted in Orange, yellow, brown, white, black, silver/gray, and green
Sew-on gemstone or small black button

Basically, you start out with worsted weight yarn and a size H hook. For all sizes, the first four rounds are the same:
Round 1: 11 DC in a magic ring.
Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch (shown in chart as 0 stitches between increases)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next stitch, repeat around <shown in chart as 1 (33)>
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around. (44 stitches)

Keep going with increases/color changes as shown in the chart for the size you wish.

For the skirt, the pattern is 3 DC in green, then a white cluster (with white yarn, *YO, draw up loop, pull through two loops* three times <you're making 3 DC without doing the last part of each stitch>, pull yarn through 4 loops.

For the next row, you'll start out the row with two green DC, then a cluster, so your white cluster is centered between those in the row below. Third row of skirt is the same as the first. Then I finished off with a row of SC in green.

Eye: With brown, 8  HDC in magic ring. Pull right and join.
Round 2: With white, 2 HDC in each stitch around. (16)
Round 3: With white, 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around (24)
Round 4: With gray or silver (I used two stands of Vanna White's metallic yarn, 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3 stitches, repeat around. End off, leaving long tail to sew on. Sew a sew-on gemstone or small black button to the center.

For a smaller size hat, I do the silver for round 3 rather than 4, to make the eye smaller.

Mouth: With black yarn, chain 10. End off, leaving long tail to sew on.

Hair: Cut 12 strands of orange yarn about 20" long. Thread through hat at side of rows 3 & 4 (I did three strands in row 3 & 3 strands in row 4). Pull through evenly and braid tightly (since you're doubling it, you will have 12 strands of yarn to braid.) Tie tightly.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Frenchie Minion Hat


Minions are such fun... I love the Despicable Me movies. I printed out a picture of "Phil" dressed in his French Maid costume and made a hand puppet... (still needs a little tweaking before I publish that pattern). Encouraged by how well that turned out, I tried converting it to a hat... and here are the results! It was actually pretty easy to make. The hardest part for me was sewing on the very curly top frill in a straight line.




Size H hook
Worsted weight yarn – bright yellow, black, brown, white, silver or gray (I use a double strand of Vanna's Choice metallic silver yarn, since it's a lighter yarn. I like the metallic look.)
Small black sew-on gemstones (or small black buttons)

I begin all my double crochet rows with a chainless starting  double crochet rather than a chain 3. Here is a tutorial on how to do it:Chainless Starting Double Crochet

With bright yellow:
Round 1: Make magic ring, chain 2. 8 DC in ring. Pull tight, join.
Round 2:  2 DC in each stitch around (16)
Round 3: 2 DC in stitch, DC in next, repeat around (24)
Round 4: 2 DC in stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around (32)
Round 5: 2 DC in stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around (40). Change to black.
Round 6: 2 DC in stitch, DC in next four stitches, repeat around (48). Change to yellow.
Round 7: 2 DC in stitch, DC in next five stitches, repeat around (54).
Round 8: 2 DC in stitch, DC in next six stitches, repeat around (62)
Rounds 9 & 10: work even (DC) in yellow. Change to black
Rounds 11-16: work even (DC) in black. Change to white
Row 17: Chain 1, sc in first stitch. *Chain 3, sc in next stitch.* Repeat around. 


Top frill:
With white, make a chain long enough to reach from the top of one goggle band over the top center and down to the other goggle band. I think my chain was about 100 stitches, but I lost count and just worked by measuring it against the hat.  Make a DC in the third chain from the hook, then a treble crochet and another double crochet in the same stitch. Continue down the chain, making DC/TR/DC in each chain. Leave a long tail for sewing on. With your joining seam at the center back, lay hat flat and sew frill from the top of one goggle band to the top of the other, working through the bottom of your original chain.

 Hair:
Cut 5-6 strands of black yarn 3" long. Randomly tie them on rounds 2 & 3 at the front of the hat.
 
Eyes:
With white, make 8 hdc in magic ring.
Round 2: 2 hdc in each stitch (16)
Round 3: With gray/silver,  hdc in each stitch (16). (Working this row even makes the edge curl in a bit, giving it more of a “goggle” appearance. End off, leaving a long tail to sew on.
Sew a small gemstone to the center of each eye. Sew eyes on center, over black goggle strap.

Mouth: With black, chain 10. Leave a long tail to sew on.

Bow:
With white, chain 10. Make hdc in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across (9 hdc)
Row 2: chain 2, hdc in each stitch. End off and tuck in yarn ends.
Tightly wind yarn around the center of the bow about 10 times. Tie off at the back and sew at the center of the black “skirt”. 

Apron:
With white, chain 100.
HDC in 2nd chain from hook and next 14 stitches.
Rows 1-4: Turn, chain 2, work a decrease over the next two stitches. HDC to within 2 stitches of the end, work a decrease.
Slip stitch back up to beginning chain. Work  *SC, chain 3* in each stitch around the apron. Chain 85 for other apron string. Sew apron to front of skirt. Tie apron strings in back, tacking them down so they don’t come untied.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Gertie" puppet

I've been toying with the idea of making some Minion hand puppets. The first puppet I made based on my own hand size, and I goofed with my rounds, so it kept getting bigger and bigger as I approached the top. I decided to try again, with the girl minion from Despicable Me 2. I call her "Gertie." I have no idea what her name is in the movie. I was informed last night by a three-year-old that she's not actually a girl, but a boy minion dressed up like a girl.

I decided to try this on top-down and liked the way it turned out. I had traced the hand of a 9-year-old girl for size.

Gertie Hand Puppet
Size G & H crochet hooks
Worsted weight yarn in yellow, black, white, green, silver/gray and orange.
Small sew-on gemstone (or small black button)

With Size H hook and orange yarn
Round 1: Make magic ring. Chain 1, 8 hdc in ring. Pull ring tight and join.
Round 2: Chain 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around. Join. (16 stitches)
Round 3: Chain 1, **2 hdc in stitch. HDC in next three stitches**. Repeat ** around (20 stitches)
Rounds 4 & 5: Chain 1, work even  in hdc (20)
Change to bright yellow yarn
Rounds 6 & 7: Chain 1, work even in hdc (20 stitches)
Change to black yarn
Round 8: Chain 1, work even in hdc, working in back loops only (20 stitches)
Change to bright yellow yarn
Rounds 9, 10, 11 Chain 1, work even in hdc (20 stitches)
Row 12: Slip stitch in first five stitches. Turn, Chain 1, and HDC in 10 stitches.
Row 13-15: Turn, chain 1, HDC across (10 stitches). End off.
Note: It's easier to sew on the eye and mouth now, while it's still easy to get to the back side of your work.
Back side of puppet:
Attach yellow yarn and HDC across 10 unworked stitches. Work back and forth as you did on the front, for four rows.
Connecting row:
Chain 1, HDC in 10 stitches. Chain 2, HDC in ten stitches of front. Chain 2 and join to back.
Change to bright green yarn. Have white yarn ready to attach a few stitches in.

Skirt Row 1: 
Chain 1, *HDC in 3 stitches,  white cluster*, repeat around, randomly increasing 2-3 stitches in the row. Join.
(White Cluster: Do a HDC but don't pull the yarn through to finish the stitch. Do two more HDC without the final pull-through, and then pull through all the loops on your hook at the same time.)
Skirt Row 2 & 3:
Chain 1, hdc in green, white cluster - *hdc in green until you're centered between the white clusters on the previous row, white cluster*, while randomly increasing 2-3 stitches in the row.
I think the puppet could have used one row of SC around the bottom in green to finish it off...

Eye:
With white yarn and Size G hook, 8 hdc in Magic Ring. Pull tight & join.
Change to silver/gray yarn
Chain 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around. Join. End off, leaving long tail to sew on.
Sew small black gemstone to center of eye before sewing it to puppet.

Mouth:
With size G hook and black yarn, chain 18.
Slip stitch in second slip from hook, sc in next 2 stitches, hdc in next two stitches, dc in next two stitches, treble crochet in next 3 stitches, dc in next two stitches, hdc in next two stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, slip stitch in last stitch. End off, leaving tail to sew on. With white yarn, embroider tooth.

Arms:
With H hook and bright yellow yarn, work 13 hdc around thumbhole. Work in HDC around for four rows, decreasing one stitch at the inner thumb during each round. End off, leaving tail to sew top closed. Repeat on other side.

Braids 
Cut 24 strands of orange yarn approximately 18" long. Loop 12 strands through the 3rd row at the side of the puppet as it lays flat. Braid tightly, knot and trim. Repeat on other side.


Friday, February 21, 2014

M-I-N-I-O-N M-O-U-S-E

 Earlier this week, I got a Facebook message from a friend, asking if I had a Mickey Mouse hat in my craft show inventory. I told her I didn't, but I had a pattern. Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe has a great pattern for Mickey and Minnie Mouse Hats on her blog. She has loads of patterns for adorable hats on her blog, and she gives directions for sizes from infant to adult. She also has other craft projects and crockpot recipes. Stop by her blog... you'll be there for a while!

Anyway, after I finished up the adorable little hat above for a little girl in the Chicago area (her grandparents are going out next week for her birthday and predict she will love the hat so much she'll sleep in it), I decided I would see what it would look like if a Minion wore Mickey ears!

I started out with Sarah's basic pattern for the Mickey Mouse Hat, made a few changes (such as the FPHC "ribbing" on the last few rows), and added Minion embellishments. I made mine a 1-year-old size, but you could make any size basic hat and add a Minion face. For larger hats with more rows, just divide your extra rows evenly between the sections (black, yellow and blue).

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in black, bright yellow, denim blue, white and silver/gray
(For the silver rim on the Minion goggles, I use two strands of a sport weight metallic silver yarn - I think it's Vanna's Choice)
Size G & H crochet hook
Yarn Needle
Two small sew-on gemstones

Stitches:
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FPHDC - Front Post Half Double Crochet
SC: Single Crochet
SS - Slip stitch

With black yarn and size H hook, make a magic ring. Chain 1
Round 1:10 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, ch 1

Round 2: 2 HDC in each around (20 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 3: 2 HDC, HDC in next, repeat around (30 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 4: 2 HDC, HDC in next 2, repeat around (40 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 5: 2 HDC, HDC in next 3, repeat around (50 HDC), change to bright yellow, join, chain 1.
Round 6-12:  HDC in each around (50 HDC), chain 1. (Change to Denim Blue at the end of round 12)
Rounds 13-15: HDC, FPHDC, repeat around. Chain 1.
Fasten off, weave in ends.


Goggle Band - Attach black yarn in second row of yellow from the top. Draw up a loop from the next hdc over and make ss. Repeat around.

Eyes Make two (unless you want a one-eyed minion):
With white and size H hook, make a magic ring. Chain 1.
10 HDC in ring. Change to gray/silver yarn. Join, Ch 1
2 HDC in each stitch. Join. End off, leaving long tail to sew on. Sew a small sew-on gemstone to the center of each eye.

Mouth: With black and size H hook, chain 12. End off, leaving long tail to sew on. (Note: there are some other Minion Mouths described in my Minion Scarf post. If this was a bigger hat, with more room for a mouth, I think I would have gone with the half-moon mouth.)

GRU Logo: 

With G hook and black yarn, chain 5.
SC in 2nd stitch from hook and each stitch across (4 sc). Ch 1, turn
Rows 2-4: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn.
Leave a long tail for sewing on.


With blue yarn, embroider the Gru G on the square. Turn the square sideways so it makes a diamond. Using the diagram above, stitch the following:
1-2
3-2
3-4
5-4
6-5
Tie blue yarn off on wrong side.
Ears (Make 2)
With black and size H hook, make magic ring. Chain 1
Round 1: 10 HDC in ring. Join, chain 1.
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch. Join. End off, leaving long tail to sew on.


Materials:
- Medium worsted weight yarn in black, red and pink
- Size H (5.0) Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Two 1" white buttons for Mickey hat, 1/2" or 1/4" white buttons for Minnie hat and bow.
Hat Pattern:
Note: Always begin your round in same stitch as your joining chain
Magic Ring, chain 1
10 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, ch 1
Round 2: 2 HDC in each around (20 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 3: 2 HDC, HDC in next, repeat around (30 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 4: 2 HDC, HDC in next 2, repeat around (40 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 5-9: HDC in each around (40 HDC)
Round 9-13: HDC in each around with red yarn for Mickey or pink for Minnie (40 HDC), fasten off, weave in ends.
- See more at: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/06/mickey-and-minnie-mouse-crochet-hat.html#sthash.pHHDnBHo.dpuf
Materials:
- Medium worsted weight yarn in black, red and pink
- Size H (5.0) Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Two 1" white buttons for Mickey hat, 1/2" or 1/4" white buttons for Minnie hat and bow.
Hat Pattern:
Note: Always begin your round in same stitch as your joining chain
Magic Ring, chain 1
10 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, ch 1
Round 2: 2 HDC in each around (20 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 3: 2 HDC, HDC in next, repeat around (30 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 4: 2 HDC, HDC in next 2, repeat around (40 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 5-9: HDC in each around (40 HDC)
Round 9-13: HDC in each around with red yarn for Mickey or pink for Minnie (40 HDC), fasten off, weave in ends.
- See more at: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/06/mickey-and-minnie-mouse-crochet-hat.html#sthash.pHHDnBHo.dpuf
Materials:
- Medium worsted weight yarn in black, red and pink
- Size H (5.0) Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Two 1" white buttons for Mickey hat, 1/2" or 1/4" white buttons for Minnie hat and bow.
Hat Pattern:
Note: Always begin your round in same stitch as your joining chain
Magic Ring, chain 1
10 HDC in magic ring, join to first HDC, ch 1
Round 2: 2 HDC in each around (20 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 3: 2 HDC, HDC in next, repeat around (30 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 4: 2 HDC, HDC in next 2, repeat around (40 HDC), join, chain 1
Round 5-9: HDC in each around (40 HDC)
Round 9-13: HDC in each around with red yarn for Mickey or pink for Minnie (40 HDC), fasten off, weave in ends.
- See more at: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/06/mickey-and-minnie-mouse-crochet-hat.html#sthash.pHHDnBHo.dpuf