Posted on 1 Comment

Valentine’s Day – Free Crochet Calendar

Well, things are moving along with my Texas crochet book to be published by the end of the month. That’s the good news. The bad news is I haven’t had time for much else lately. For Valentine’s Day, though, I have a free heart eyeglass holder crochet pattern. He’s as cute as a button and can be finished in an evening.

Heart Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn

1.5 oz. red

0.5 oz. white

0.5 oz. black

Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook

Yarn needle

Plastic googly eyes, 40 mm

2” white pompom

 Finished item measures approximately: 4.5” tall by 4.5” wide (excluding ears).

 Directions:

HEAD:

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).

Rnd 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (28 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (32 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (40 sc).

Rnd 11: *Sc in each of next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (44 sc).

Rnd 12: *Sc in each of next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 13: *Sc in each of next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (52 sc).

Rnd 14: *Sc in each of next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (56 sc).

Rnd 15: *Sc in each of next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnds 16-25: Sc in each st.

Rnd 26: Ch 10, sk 30 sts, sc in rem 30 sts. Do not join.

Rnd 27: Sc in each ch and sc around (40 sc).

Rnd 28: *Dec, sc in next 6 sts,* repeat around (35 sc).

Rnd 29: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 30: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat around (25 sc).

Rnd 31: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (20 sc).

Rnd 32: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (15 sc).

Rnd 33: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (10 sc).

Rnd 34: *Dec around (5 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 6” length. Thread this length through needle and pull through rem 5 sts. Pull tight to close. Stuff bottom and top half.

Return to unused sts of Rnd 26. Sc in each st and rem loops of 10 ch (40 sc).

Repeat Rnds 28-31: Stuff. Repeat Rnds 32-34. Fasten off leaving 6” length. Thread this length through needle and pull through rem 5 sts. Pull tight to close.

EARS (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With red yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc). Do not join.

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

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

Rnds 4-5: Sc in each st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.

Lat flat and sew Rnd 5 closed. Curve ear slightly and sew to side of head between Rnds 16-26.

SHOES (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With black yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc). Do not join.

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

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

Rnds 4-6: Sc in each st.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 16 sts. Leave rem sts unworked.

Rnds 8-11: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Fasten off leaving 6” length for sewing. Turn inside out. Fold heel and sew both sides of Rnd 11 together. Turn back to right side.

LEGS:

Rnd 1: Attach white yarn at back of shoe opening. Ch 1, work 16 sc evenly spaced around opening. Do not join.

Rnds 2-6: Sc in each st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing. Stuff legs very firmly to support body. Sew legs to body starting at Rnd 6 of body.

Glue pompom nose and googly eyes to face.

More Eyeglass Holders

Koala

Octopus

Owl Eyeglass Holder

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook

Crochet Calendar

The other good news (for you) is that I need to clear space in my craft room for the new books, so I’m offering the remaining stock of crochet calendars free to anyone who will pay for shipping (limit one per customer please) while supplies last. That’s a great bargain for 12 kitchen crochet patterns in a variety of themes.

2020 Crochet Calendar

Crochet – Texas Style

Follow my blog, Instagram or Facebook to get updates on my new book – over 30 Texas-style crochet patterns. Free pattern – Texas Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Posted on 20 Comments

Friday Freebie, Owl Eyeglass Holder

owl crochet pattern

The end of May is graduation season, so I created this cute little owl to make for your graduate. He can sit on the nightstand in the dorm room and guard their eyeglasses. There are several variations of the crocodile stitch, so I have posted a video on YouTube for this version.

The owl works up quickly with worsted weight yarn using about 2 1/3 ounce of ombre or variegated and 1 ounce of a matching solid color.

To download the pattern as a PDF or to see other eyeglass holders, please visit https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/owl-eyeglass-holder-crochet-pattern
Please remember to share your projects on Instagram @myfingersfly.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn

   2 1/3  oz. ombre or variegated

   1 oz. solid

   Few yards orange

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

Plastic googly eyes 40 mm

Fiberfil

Pantyhose

Crocodile stitch video – https://youtu.be/HN_SNZDW21w

Directions:

BODY:

Rnd 1: With ombre yarn, 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). Join with sl st.  

Rnd 11: Ch 4 (counts as 3 dc plus ch-1), dc in same st, sk 2 sts, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in same st (V-stitch made), sk 2 sts,* repeat around (20 V-stitches). Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch-4.

Rnd 12: Ch 1, in first V-stitch, *work 5 dc around post of first dc of V-stitch, then work 5 dc around post of second dc of V-stitch (crocodile stitch made). Sl st in center of next V-stitch,* repeat around (10 croc st).

Rnd 13: Ch 4, dc in same st, *V-stitch in center of croc st, V-stitch in center of V-stitch,* repeat around. End with V-stitch in last croc, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-4.

Rnds 14-20: Repeat Rnds 11 & 12 three times, then repeat Rnd 12 once more. Fasten off ombre yarn.

Rnd 21: Switch to solid yarn, ch 1, *sc in V-stitch, 2 sc across first half of croc st, sc in center of croc st, 2 sc across 2nd half of croc st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnds 22-26: Sc in each sc. Do not join.

Rnd 27: *Dec, sc in next 8 sts,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 28: *Dec, sc in next 7 sts,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 29: *Dec, sc in next 6 sts,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 30: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnds 31-33: Sc in each st. Join with sl st at end of Rnd 33.

Insert pantyhose into body to prevent stuffing from showing, stuff pantyhose.  

Rnd 34: Holding both sides of Rnd 33 tog, sc through both thicknesses to close. Fasten off.

EYES: (Make 2)

With ombre yarn, ch 23, Join with sl st in 1st ch. Ch 1, hdc in each ch. Join with sl st. Fasten off. Sew eyes to top of body and glue googly eyes inside.

WINGS: (Make 2)

Row 1: With solid yarn, ch 8, hdc in 2nd ch and in next 6 chs. (7 hdc).

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in remaining sts (8 hdc).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st with 2 hdc in last st (9 hdc).

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, *sk 1 st, 4 dc in next st, sk 1 st, sc in next st,* repeat once. Fasten off leaving 12” length. Sew to sides above top croc st row with scalloped edge toward the front.

BEAK:

Rnd 1: With orange yarn, ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts (4 sc).

Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts (5 sc).

Rnd 4: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts (6 sc).

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts (8 sc). Fasten off leaving 6” length. Sew beak to face between eyes.

Cut 4 pieces of yarn 3″ long. Fold 2 in half, insert hook into top corner of head, pull loops through, then pull ends through loop. Repeat on the other side of the head. 

YouTube tutorial

Visit My Fingers Fly on Etsy to purchase a complete crochet kit. 

More Owl Patterns

owl crochet patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 2 – Owl Crochet Patterns

More Eyeglass Holders

Koala

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook

Poodle

Octopus

For a book containing all 15 eyeglass holder crochet patterns (available in Kindle and paperback formats), please visit my Amazon author page. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P3WPQ2K

Last year I had the opportunity to work with a home builder to coordinate a house for Operation Finally Home that was donated to a local Marine veteran who was injured while working as a police officer after returning home. My contribution was a Thin Blue Line afghan created on the Addi Pro knitting machine.

https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/thin-blue-line-afghan-pattern-for-addi-pro-thin-red-line-afghan-pattern-for-addi-pro

As a follow-up to my recent post regarding TSA rules and what crafters can carry on a plane, yesterday I found this great pair of travel scissors that are TSA compliant. There’s even a keychain hole, so I can carry them everywhere!

Also released this week is the Sugar Skull Purses Crochet Patterns. Instructions include three different versions – waist bag (fanny pack), messenger bag, and neck wallet. Two versions require an approximately 4″ zipper which is very difficult to find, so I made a YouTube video on how to shorten a zipper. https://youtu.be/s8fyr_As-tA

http:// https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/sugar-skull-purses-crochet-pattern
These bags were inspired by a purse I bought for my daughter on our recent trip to Monterrey, Mexico.

Stay tuned for Sugar Skull Crochet Patterns ebook which will be available also on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. I am also working on some California-themed patterns and hope to visit Los Angeles next month to snap some photos.

To celebrate my new line of crochet-themed clothing, I will be giving away one free pattern for each t-shirt or set of leggings purchased through May 31, 2019. Simply place your order, then email me at lisa@myfingersfly.com with the name of the pattern you would like (ebooks not included). I will email you the requested pattern with 24 hours.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.
Posted on 14 Comments

TSA Rules for Crochet – Mother’s Day Poetry – Poodle Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

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.

Zoo Blog Hop Day 25 – Dog Crochet Patterns

More Eyeglass Holders

Koala

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook

Owl Eyeglass Holder

Octopus

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

Posted on 13 Comments

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

The sun is shining, the birds are singing

On this lovely spring day.

Hummingbirds are searching for nectar,

And squirrels come out to play.

Lamb Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

Materials:

Bernat Pipsqueak yarn – 2 oz. white

Worsted weight yarn – 1/2 oz.dark gray

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

Fiberfil stuffing

2 black plastic safety eyes 15 mm

Directions:

SNOUT:

Rnd 1: With dark gray yarn, 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 next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (24 sc).

Rnds 5-7: Sc in each st.

Rnd 8: 2 sc in each st (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.

HEAD:

Rnd 1: With Pipsqueak yarn, 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: Sc in each st.

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). Turn inside out so the fuzziest part is on the outside. Stuff snout and sew to front of head. Insert eyes through top of snout. Stuff.

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.

EARS (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With dark gray yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (9 sc).

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

Rnds 4-7: Sc in each st.

Rnd 8: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (9 sc).

Rnd 9: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (6 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.Sew one ear to each side of head. Weave in all ends.

More Easter Ideas

Zoo Blog Hop Day 23 – Sheep

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

Bunny Bath Pouf Pattern

Easter Enchantment Crochet Ebook Giveaway – Flower Easter Basket Pattern

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Bunny Scrubby

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet Crochet Pattern

Eyeglass Holders

Friday Freebie, Owl Eyeglass Holder

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook

Koala

Octopus

Poodle Eyeglass Holder

Fiesta in San Antonio

Spring is Fiesta time in San Antonio. If you have never visited the city, April is the perfect time. The summer heat hasn’t yet begun, and the city comes alive with festivals. The traditional Fiesta kick-off is the Oyster Bake at St. Mary’s University with food booths and live music. We attended Friday night at the Tejano stage where Jay Perez performed, followed by David Lee Garza y los Musicales. Both groups are staples of Tejano festivals all across Texas. The atmosphere at Oyster Bake was wonderful – live music, great food, and perfect spring weather.

Jay Perez and the Band – Oyster Bake 2019

 

David Lee Garza https://youtu.be/GUpTpVTOs-o

 

Fiesta will continue through April 28 with parades and festivals throughout the city. One of the most popular is the Battle of Flowers Parade commemorating the victory at San Jacinto. The parade is so popular, it’s a school holiday. Fiesta queens riding the floats in elaborate gowns are taunted with, “Show me your shoes!” What started as young women wanting to wear something comfortable over the years has become an informal contest of creativity in footwear, and the crowd loves it!

Sugar Skull Bowling Ball Bag or Market Bag

Continuing my bowling ball bag patterns with a Fiesta flair – https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/sugar-skull-bowling-ball-bag-crochet-pattern-or-market-bag-crochet-pattern

Getting a head start on Mother’s Day gifts, I have combined several of my most popular potholder patterns into an ebook. These quick and easy patterns are sure to please Mom and Grandma.