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Benjamin Turtle CAL Part 3

TGIF! I hope everyone is enjoying the Benjamin Turtle pattern. Today’s post is the final one for this crochet-along. You will be making the bottom flap and assembling the nap buddy.

Directions:

Bottom:

Row 1: With Dark Olive yarn, ch 30, hdc in 2nd ch and in each ch across (29 hdc).

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc across (32 hdc at end of Row 4).

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, 1 hdc, ch 1, sk next st, 30 hdc.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each hdc and ch-1 sp.

Rows 7-14: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.

Rows 15-24: Repeat Rows 5-14.

Rows 25-26: Repeat Rows 5-6.

Rows 27-29: Ch 1, turn, dec over first 2 sts, hdc across (29 hdc at end of Row 29). Do not fasten off.

Edging:

Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across top, down side, across unused loops on bottom, and up the other side with 2 hdc in each corner. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.

Finished flap measures approximately 10” x 11”.

Assembly:

turtle blanket centers

Mark centers of blanket and turtle. Measure from center, 5” to left and 5” to right and pin blanket to turtle at these spots. Sew center 10” of blanket to turtle using Dark Olive yarn and back stitch. For extra security, sew edges of blanket to turtle with whip st.

Fold blanket into thirds and roll it, then fit it inside the turtle. Pin bottom flap centered over the blanket/turtle seam and sew in place.

turtle bottom flap

Sew buttons to bottom of shell corresponding to buttonholes in bottom flap.

turtle buddy bottom 

Head:

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout head.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnds 6-9: Sc in each st.

Rnd 10: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 11: Sc in each st.

Insert eyes at Rnd 4, approximately 1” apart.

Rnd 12: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (18 sc).

Rnds 13-16: Sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length.

Stuff head and sew to front of turtle at the top edge of the center hexagon. Weave in all ends.

turtle buddy both small

Part 1 of the CAL can be found at Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL.

Part 2 of the CAL can be found at Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL Part 2.

Free Turtle Jewelry Pattern

Please post your turtle photos to Facebook or Instagram.

Summer Solstice Giveaway

I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing crochet pattern giveaway! There are 25 designers, each offering a different summer pattern. Use coupon code SUMMER2020 on Ravelry through 6/24/2020. These amazing patterns should keep you busy for quite a while this summer!

Summer Solstice Giveaway

My contribution to the roundup is also available at First Day of Summer – easy butterfly flip flop pattern. If you prefer video tutorials, please see YouTube.

National Zoo & Aquarium Month

June 50% off patterns continue with today’s animal being the Polar Bear. We still have over a week to go in June with lots more half price patterns. Thursday’s sale is also still available – Fish Dish Towel. Makes a great Father’s Day gift!

June2020calendar

For the bargain shoppers among you, this week’s Etsy specials are 20% off yarn and 30% off select finished products.

King Snake crocheted in Bernat blanket yarn

king snake coiled

I spent this week working on a giant snake plushie. Bernat blanket yarn is so soft and squishy, I just love using it to make stuffed animals! The pattern is complete, but I need a couple of people to test it. If you would like to test, please join my Facebook group for the King snake and other testing opportunities. The snake in the photo measures 100″ long, and instructions are also given for a 66″ snake.

Panda Bear Eyeglass Holder

panda

For the Addi knitter, this cute panda pattern is quick and easy.

Panda Eyeglass Holder Addi Pattern

Have a safe and happy summer. Happy crocheting!

 

 

 

 

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Addi Fat Cat Pattern

Hopefully everyone is staying safe in this crazy new world. Boredom is a serious problem, so I’m working quickly to get new free patterns posted. This cat was done quickly, so please let me know if you see any problems.

Addi Fat Cat Pattern

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn –

3.5 oz. MC

2.5 oz. CC

Few yards yellow and black

Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook

Yarn needle

Fiberfil stuffing

Addi Pro & Addi Express machines

Directions:

BODY:

On Addi King, cast on CC. Work 20 Rnds.

Rnd 21: 22 CC, 1 MC, 23 CC.

Rnd 22: 21 CC, 3 MC, 22 CC.

Rnd 23: 20 CC, 5 MC, 21 CC.

Rnd 24: 19 CC, 7 MC, 20 CC.

Rnd 25: 18 CC, 9 MC, 19 CC.

Work 80 rnds MC, 25 rnds CC. Bind off.

Fold piece inside itself with nose shaping on outer layer. Close top. Use black yarn to embroider nose and mouth. Stuff and sew bottom closed.

fat cat face

 

NOTE: If you’re not confident of your skills changing colors on the machine, nose shaping can be done with a duplicate st afterward. Work 25 rnds CC, 40 rnds MC. Then work duplicate st on Rnds 21-25. .

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The remaining parts are worked on Addi Pro.

EYES: (Make 2)

Cast on black, work 2 rnds. Change to yellow, work 8 rnds. Close both ends to form a circle. Sew to face with black on top.

fat cat eye

LEGS: (Make 4)

Cast on CC, work 10 rows. Change to CC, work 10 rows. Bind off.

Close CC end. Fold in half and work mattress st from end to center (where it changes to MC). Stuff lightly and sew closed. Stuff MC section and close end. Sew legs to body.

fat cat foot

EARS: (Make 2)

Cast on CC, work 8 rows, bind off. Pull ends tight and sew closed. Fold circle in half. Use MC yarn to sc around top edge – 6 sc on one side, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) at center, 6 sc down other side. Fasten off and sew ears to head.

fat cat ear

TAIL:

Cast on MC, work 10 rows. Change to CC, work 30 rows. Bind off. Fold in half lengthwise and use mattress st to close. Pull sts tight to curl tail. Stuff lightly and sew to back of body. Use a pipe cleaner if desired to bend tail.

fat cat tail

Download PDF at My Fingers Fly

Please share photos of your cats to Instagram.

More Cat Patterns:

Free Black Cat Crochet Pattern – Spooktacular Crochet Patterns Book

Black Cat Door Hanger Tutorial – Fox Christmas Ornament

Easter is coming up, so check out the free Easter patterns that I posted last year.

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

April in San Antonio – Amazon Giveaway – Free Easter Pattern

National Unicorn Day – Bunny Bath Puff Pattern – Amazon Giveaway

 

 

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Pink Ribbon Chemo Hat Pattern for Addi King

Lots of us are using this time at home to catch up on crafting for family members, Christmas gifts, and donations. This pattern will hopefully help those of you who donate to cancer hospitals. It can be made with any color ribbon you prefer, and it’s quick enough that you can make several a day.

pink ribbon addi small

Materials:  Worsted yarn – 2 [2.5] oz. white, 5 yards pink Tapestry needle Addi King knitting machine

Measurements: Women’s sizes Small and Large  – 22” head circumference, 8” [9”] tall

Instructions: Cast on MC. Work 80 [100] rows. Cast off.

With pink yarn, work duplicate st beginning at row 16 [26] according to the chart.

Double up hat and close ends. Sew both ends together on the inside. If desired, attach a pompom.

pink ribbon addi chart

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Queen with Adam Lambert – Christmas in July

The soundtrack of my teen years consisted of some of the greatest rock bands of all time. During my high school years, Queen quickly became one of the top bands to fuel our teenage obsession with music. Although I have always wanted to see them in concert, Freddy Mercury’s untimely death put an end to that dream for Queen fans.Fast forward a few decades, and American Idol was the TV show for me. I fell in love with Adam Lambert, a baby-faced singer with an amazing stage presence. Being the mother of four Italian children, I wanted to take him home and cook him a lasagna. With his dark hair and blue eyes, he looked like the boy next door but with an extra serving of charisma.Then last year came the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s a must see for Queen fans, and it refueled my love of their music. Rami Malek brought Freddy back to life. That evening on the way home, I started searching the internet for anything related to Queen. Much to my delight, they were on tour with Adam Lambert joining them as the lead singer. I bought tickets immediately for the Houston show, and we were privileged to see these true rock icons in concert this week. Sitting in the Toyota Center listening to their music, I was 16 again. Brian May and Roger Taylor have aged (as have we all), but they were the same amazing musicians that they were 40 years ago. Adam Lambert paid homage to Freddy in words and in his performance. It was truly a magical night.

Of course, I had to crochet some dolls to commemorate the evening using a pattern from Crazy Craftiness.http://crazycraftiness.blogspot.com/2011/06/basic-amigurumi-body-june-pattern-part.html?m=1

We’re headed back to Houston today for another legendary band, the Rolling Stones. What an awesome way to spend my birthday weekend! I’ll share the details next week.Since it’s the last week of July, I have the final Christmas in July free pattern, a Santa Claus gift basket made on the Addi king knitting machine. They’re easy to work up. Then fill them with your favorite holiday treats and pass them out to neighbors and coworkers. Make a few extra to have on hand as hostess gifts for those last-minute party invites.

https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/santa-claus-gift-basket-addi-king-pattern-free-pattern

More Christmas Ideas

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Texas Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Moose Ornament

Crown Ornament

Happy crocheting!

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TSA Rules for Crochet – Second Chance Giveaway – Mother’s Day Poetry

One of the questions that I see over and over in the crochet groups on Facebook is, “Can I take my crochet hooks on a plane?” Personally, I have never had a problem with my hooks, and I carry a small nail clipper rather than scissors just to be safe. According to the TSA website, crochet hooks and knitting needles are allowed.

Scissors are allowed, but they must be less than 4″.

Airline travel involves lots of down time, so I always pack a small project in my carry-on to keep me occupied on long flights and layovers. There’s nothing more satisfying than turning down time into productive time. Enjoy your summer vacation and happy crocheting!

The latest edition to my pattern collection is a series of bowling ball carriers, but these would make great carry-on bags for your travels. Stay tuned for the fourth in the series along with an ebook of novelty bowling ball bags. https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/eyeball-bowling-ball-bag-crochet-pattern

Take Baby to Work Day Sweaters – Military Edition

To celebrate Month of the Military Child, I am giving away a copy of Military Baby Sweaters Kindle book. Like the post and tag a friend by 4/28/2019 to be entered. See my Instagram for details. http://instagram.com/p/Bwr1M6fBfAX/

If you’re interested in a ready-made item, I have green camo, blue camo, and sailor sweaters available in Newborn-3 month size. https://my-fingers-fly.myshopify.com/admin/collections/192715014

Poodle Eyeglass Holder

My most popular pattern last Mother’s Day was the Poodle Eyeglass Holder. This free pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry with instructions for crochet or to make on the Addi King knitting machine. The pattern is also available translated to Dutch by Jeannette Kemp – Poedel Brilhouder. It’s a great Mother’s Day gift, and it also works well for those of you who do spring craft shows. Several other eyeglass holders are also available including elephant, tiger, lamb, and clown. Post a photo of your poodle to Instagram and tag @myfingersfly. I’d love to see them all!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poodle-eyeglass-holder

Materials:

Red Heart worsted weight yarn – 2 oz. MC

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

Plastic googly eyes

¾” black pompom

Directions:

HEAD:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnds 11-22: Work even on 60 sc.

Rnd 23: *Dec, sc in next 8 sts,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 24: *Dec, sc in next 7 sts,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 25: *Dec, sc in next 6 sts,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 26: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 27: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 28: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 29: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (18 sc). Stuff firmly.

Rnd 30: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 31: Dec around (6 sc). Fasten off leaving 6” length for sewing. Weave through last 6 sts and pull firmly. Sew opening closed.

SNOUT:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (8 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (16 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (20 sc).

Rnds 6-10: Work even on 20 sc. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing. Sew to center front of head.  

Make two 1-1/2” pompoms for ears and sew to sides of head even with snout.

Make a 3” pompom for top knot and sew to top of head.

Glue black pompom to end of snout, and glue eyes to face above snout.

More Eyeglass Holders

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook

Owl Eyeglass Holder

Another alternative for a Mother’s Day gift is poetry. If Mom loves the greeting cards you buy her every year and saves them in a scrapbook, she’ll flip over this poetry book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095818457

Mother’s Day Handbag Blog Hop