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Stash Busters

Because so many of us have been sequestered at home over the past few months, there has been a lot of talk in the crochet groups on Facebook about what to do with leftover scraps of yarn. This is also the time of year that crafters begin to look at their Christmas lists and plan for homemade gifts. Amigurumi is always a big hit with the little ones, and this elephant finger puppet pattern takes less than an ounce of worsted yarn, and they’re so quick, you can make a few in one evening. PDF is available at My Fingers Fly on Etsy.

YouTube tutorial

Elephant Finger Puppet

Materials:

¾ oz. worsted yarn

Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook (size I to fit a man’s fingers, size E or F for children)

Small amount of Fiberfil

Yarn needle

2 googly eyes

Stitch markers

Directions:

Legs (Make 2):

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

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 3: Working in back loops only, sc in each st. Do not join.

Rnd 4: Working in both loops, sc in each st.

Repeat Rnd 4 until leg measures 3” (approximately 15 rows, or desired length). When leg 2 is desired length, do not fasten off.

Joining Rnd: Sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc in next 12 sts of other leg, sc in last 6 sts of first leg (24 sc). Do not join.

Next Rnd: Sc in each st. Repeat this Rnd once. Join with sl st. Fasten off.

Trunk & Head:

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

Rnd 2: Working in back loops only, sc in each st.

Rnds 3-6: Working in both loops, sc in each st.

Rnd 7: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, turn, skip sl st, sc in each of the next 9 sts.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc in next 5 sts, dec (7 sc). Continue to work around in Rnd 9, sc in end of Rnd 9, sc in sl st of Rnd 9, sc in each rem st of Rnd 9, sc in sl st of Rnd 9 (18 sc). Do not join.

Rnd 11: Sc in each st.

Rnd 12: *Dec, sc,* repeat around (12 sc). Stuff trunk and head.

Rnd 13: Dec around (6 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off. Sew opening closed.

Ears (Make 2):

Row 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each st (6 sc). Fasten off. Sew an ear to each side of head. Sew head to top 3 rnds of legs. Glue on eyes.

More Elephant Patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 25 – Elephants

Elephant Lovey C2C Pattern

Miles the Jazzy Elephant Amigurumi

Elephant in the House Crochet Patterns Ebook – 14 Elephant Crochet Patterns

Elephant Ear Saver Crochet Pattern

More Stash Buster Patterns

4 Cuddly Penguins

Impact Wrench Baby Rattle Crochet Pattern

Texas Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Black Cat Door Hanger Tutorial – Fox Christmas Ornament

Crown Ornament

Save the Eagles Day – Eagle Plushie Crochet Pattern

Zoo Blog Hop Day 26 – Cows

Final Day of Zoo Blog Hop – Birds

 

Rip It! Frog

frog collage

How do you feel when you have to frog a project? This little froggy just thinks, “oh well.” My new line of fiber artist gifts is now available on Etsy and includes t-shirts, tote bag, coffee mug, travel mug, and water bottle.

Weekly Specials – August 17-23

Gnome Election

There’s still time to make a gnome of your favorite political party before the election.

Election 2020

Coming Soon

I’m still working diligently on Halloween patterns for a new crochet book. So far I’m in love with all the designs. When the book is ready to publish, I will be announcing a Halloween giveaway. Several patterns are already available:

In the meantime, happy crocheting!

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Back to School Pattern Roundup

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Friends!! It is roundup time!!🍎
Crochet Wizzard has collected 10 amazing patterns in a Back to School Roundup, from 10 amazing designers!! Go check out these amazing patterns! They are perfect for those going back to school and for the wonderful teachers in your life!

These wonderful designers are all on Instagram:
🍎 @graceandyarn5
🍎 @bluestarcrochet
🍎 @myfingersfly
🍎 @garnknuten
🍎 @needleklankers
🍎 @hookedonpatterns
🍎 @sunflower.cottage.crochet.too
🍎 @hookedbykati
🍎 @thenicolechase
🍎 @crochetwizzard

Half Price Patterns August 10-16

Please visit my Etsy shop to see this week’s specials:

All patterns are half price through August 16, 2020. No coupon code required.

New Pattern Release

Today I released a Halloween Baby Rattle Crochet Pattern. It’s super cute for baby’s first Halloween, and it only takes a little bit of yarn. You may even have enough already in your stash! More Halloween patterns will be released every week during August.

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Don’t forget about the Gnome Election 2020 competition. Check out last week’s blog to see the details.

Stay safe, stay cool, and happy crocheting!

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Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL Part 2

Good morning everyone! We had a cool front come in this week with gorgeous morning temps. It will be a hot one in the afternoon, but I’ve been enjoying my morning coffee on the patio enjoying the 70-degree weather.

Benjamin is proving to be as popular with crocheters as I had hoped – he’s just so cute! Please share your color combinations on Instagram or Facebook. This week we’ll be making the African flower motifs for his shell and putting them together. Next week will be making the turtle head and bottom flap, then attaching the blanket to the turtle shell.

Part 1 is available at Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL.

Part 3 is available at Benjamin Turtle CAL Part 3

Free Turtle Jewelry Pattern

Turtle Directions

African Flower (Make 10):

Rnd 1: With Sungold yarn, Magic Ring (MR), ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, ch 1, *2 dc, ch 1,* repeat 4 times, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off Sungold.

Rnd 2: Attach Mild Green yarn in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next 5 ch-1 sps. Join with sl st in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 6 dc in same ch-1 sp, 7 dc in remaining 5 ch-1 sps. Join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off Mild Green.

Rnd 4: Attach Toasted Almond yarn at first dc of any 7-dc group, ch 1, *sc in each of 7 dc across top of shell, sc in sp between shells two rows below in Rnd 2,* repeat 5 times. Join with sl st in top of first sc. Fasten off Toasted Almond yarn.

Rnd 5: Attach Dark Olive Yarn, ch 1 (does not count as st), *hdc in each of 8 sc across side of hexagon, ch 1,* repeat 5 times. Join with sl st in top of first hdc. Fasten off Dark Olive Yarn. Block squares and sew together in the following configuration.

turtle assembly

Each side of the hexagon is 8 hdc with a ch at each end. Sew these sts together. On the hexagons that form the outer edge (as indicated in photo below by arrows), continue this seam for an additional 4 sts.

turtle hexagon arrows

Edging:

Rnd 1: Attach Dark Olive yarn at any st, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next st and each st around. Some hexagons will still have ch-1 sps. Skip these. At seam, work dc dec across both sides of seam. Join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off Dark Olive.

Rnd 2: Attach Sungold yarn, ch 1, sc in same st, *sk 2 sts, 6 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st,* repeat around. It may be necessary to manipulate the skipped sts towards the end of the rnd in order to finish with a shell st rather than a sc. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off Sungold.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on this pattern. The pattern PDF is available at My Fingers Fly. If you prefer Ravelry, turtles are the featured animal on June 13 – Benjamin Turtle. Each day in June, a different animal pattern is half price.

Rainbow Nap Buddy

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

More Turtle Patterns

World Oceans Day – 4 Free Turtle Patterns

Free Turtle Earrings Pattern

Turtle Christmas Ornament

June2020calendar

National Zoo & Aquarium Month 2021 Blog Hop

Last year I published an Elephant Crochet Pattern ebook, but I just wasn’t satisfied with the amount of patterns, so I added a few more patterns. The ebook PDF is now available on Etsy and My Fingers Fly. Kindle and paperback versions are also available on Amazon. ElephantBookCover

Miles the Jazzy Elephant was so much fun to make; I hope you’ll enjoy him too. Elephant patterns are also available separately on Ravelry, Etsy, Lovecrafts, and My Fingers Fly. Also included in the book is an Elephant Ear Saver Crochet Pattern (free on the blog).

Miles and Benjamin will both be included in my next book, A to Z Animal Crochet. Animal patterns are so much fun!

I still have a few 2020 Crochet Calendars left – just pay shipping. Even though the year is almost half gone, the 12 kitchen crochet patterns can be used forever.

Stay safe and happy crocheting!

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Elephant Ear Saver Crochet Pattern

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With so many of us wearing face masks when we venture out of our homes, people are beginning to realize how truly uncomfortable they are. Many people are making ear savers (also called mask mates) by crocheting, sewing, and even 3D printing plastic ones. Since I have had elephants on the brain lately, I made this cute little buddy to wear for my next grocery trip.

Materials:

  • ½ oz. cotton worsted yarn
  • Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 googly eyes (sew-on preferred)
  • Two 1” buttons
  • Adhesive-backed felt

Directions:

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (12 hdc).

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Ch 5 at the end of Row 4.

Row 5: Sc in 2nd ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next 12 sts, work 4 chainless foundation sc (20 sc).

Rows 6-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 6 sts, sc in next 8 sts, leave remaining 6 sts unworked.

Rows 9-11: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Rows 12-13: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc across to last 2 sts, dec (6 sc at end of Row 13).

Row 14: Dec both ends (4 sc).

Row 15: Dec twice across top of head, then turn to work one rnd of sc around the entire piece with 2 sc in each corner. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Trunk:

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch.

Rnds 2-5: Sc in each st. Work in continuous rnds throughout. At end of Rnd 5, join with sl st. Fasten off. Sew trunk to middle of face.

Ears (Make 2):

Row 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each st (8 hdc).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st,* repeat 3 times (12 hdc).

Fold top of ear down to Row 1 (center) and sew in place. Sew top half of one ear to each side of head, leaving bottom half dangling.

Place elephant on felt and mark around the edges. Cut out felt shape slightly smaller than the marked line. Stick felt to back of elephant, trimming edges as needed to fit.

Sew or glue on eyes. Sew buttons to ends of arms. Weave in all ends.

PDF download available at My Fingers Fly.

Face Masks

Elephant Crochet Patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 25 – Elephants

Stash Busters – Elephant Puppet

Elephant Lovey C2C Pattern

For more elephant crochet patterns, including my latest release, please visit My Fingers Fly. Miles the Jazzy Elephant

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So many crafters have been sewing masks in an attempt to keep up with the demand. If you’ve neglected yourself while sewing for others, here’s a cute yarnicorn neck gaiter for you. Yarnicorn Neck Gaiter 

yarnicorn neck gaiter

With Mother’s Day coming up, the Yarnicorn is also available on t-shirts, coffee mugs, totes, and phone cases to delight your fiber artist mother.

Please stay safe, especially with some communities beginning to open businesses. Of course, we’re all excited at the prospect of yarn shops opening again! Take care.