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Save the Eagles Day – Eagle Plushie Crochet Pattern

How were the holidays for you? Hopefully your fingers survived the crafting frenzy of the last days before Christmas.

We had a great time at the Ferrel house. Everyone came over for a tamalada – a San Antonio holiday tradition where everyone gets together to form an assembly line to make tamales for Christmas dinner. My in-laws in San Antonio along with extended family from Mexico were here for a day of eating and exchanging gifts followed by playing the Saran wrap game. This year I was proud that my gift was the most popular in the white elephant exchange – Beer Mug Hat.

beer hat staged

Last weekend I made the drive to Houston to have Christmas with daughter #2 and her family. My grandson made us a lasagna for dinner, and it was so good, I went back for seconds. I don’t like to eat so much when I have a 3-hour drive ahead of me, but it was too good to pass up.

Now that festivities are done and the new year is already 10 days old, it’s time to turn my attention to this year’s goals. I have been working diligently on my next crochet book with the expected publication date in late February. Testers are in place for many of the designs, but I will be posting several more this month. If you are interested in testing crochet patterns, please join my Facebook group at My Fingers Fly. 

Baby Eagle Plush Toy Crochet Pattern

In honor of Save the Eagles Day, this week’s free pattern is a baby eagle plush toy.

While sitting in my back yard last summer, an eagle landed in an oak tree. Since then, I have been obsessed with eagles and could not get this design out of my mind. Finally it happened! Now you can make your own baby eagle stuffed animal. Crochet a couple for a patriotic wreath, make some for the children in your family, or change the color of yarn to craft a different breed of baby bird. When working with fuzzy yarn or eyelash yarn, use the back side of the stitches as the right side of the work.

Skill level: Easy

Finished eagle measures approximately: 7″ tall.

Materials needed:

  • Yarn Bee Cloud 9 (or Bernat Pipsqueak) yarn ½ oz. gray or white
  • Yellow or tan sport yarn 2 yards
  • Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)
  • Yarn needle
  • Polyfil
  • 2 black safety eyes 8 mm
  • Stitch markers are highly recommended for this type of yarn.

Directions:

HEAD AND BODY:

Rnd 1: With gray or white yarn and G hook, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.

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

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

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

Rnds 5-8: Sc in each st. Insert safety eyes at Rnd 5. If making for a baby, use double strand of black to make French knots for the eyes.

Rnd 9: *Dec, sc in next 6 sts,* repeat twice (21 sc).

Rnd 10: Sc in each st.

Rnd 11: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat twice (18 sc).

Rnds 12-15: Sc in each st. Stuff head and neck firmly.

Rnd 15: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat twice (21 sc).

Rnd 16: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat twice (24 sc).

Rnd 17: Sc in each st.

Rnd 18: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 19: Sc in each st.

Rnd 20: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 21: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnds 22-31: Sc in each st.

Rnd 32: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 33: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 34: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 35: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (18 sc). Stuff firmly.

Rnd 36: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 37: Dec around (6 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 6” length. Sew opening closed.

BEAK:

Rnd 1: With tan or yellow sport yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 3 sc in 2nd ch. Do not join. Work in continuous rounds throughout.

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,* repeat once (8 sc).

Rnd 6: Sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 9” length. Lay beak flat and sew closed. Sew to face below eyes.

WINGS: (Make 2)

Row 1: With gray (or white) 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). Fasten off leaving 12” length. Sew to sides at Rnd 21 with longer edge toward the front. Weave in all ends.

PDF download available at My Fingers Fly.

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Horny Toads – Texas Horned Lizard

Horny toads are again gaining in popularity. Thanks to Texas Hill Country, people are once again discovering my horny toad crochet patterns. Patterns for plush toy, hat, and coin purse are available at My Fingers Fly. Kindle and paperback versions of the book containing all three patterns are available on Amazon.

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There are still a few 2020 Crochet Calendars available. Get one free (while supplies last) when you spend $15.00 in my Etsy shop. Each calendar contains a new kitchen crochet pattern each month, along with a 25% off coupon valid on patterns and ebooks through 12/31/2020.

Here’s to a wonderful and crafty 2020!

 

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Summer Fun – Camera Day – Paul Bunyan Day

My summer has started off great. Last weekend was a trip to Houston to Daughter #2’s house for my grandson’s birthday. Daughter-in-law and granddaughter accompanied me on the drive from San Antonio. We got stuck in Houston traffic and arrived at the party late, but we still had a great time. More importantly, the birthday boy had a wonderful day! The return trip included a detour to Austin to give Daughter #4 a ride home.

Wednesday night was a sleepover at my house for my grandaughter, 3 nieces, and a nephew. We live far enough out of the city to enjoy a little bit of wildlife in the evenings, and the kids had a great time catching frogs, naming them, and then releasing them.

As far as crochet is concerned, the big question is what to crochet in the summertime. Many people believe it’s only a hobby that can be done in cooler months, but that is far from the truth. Blankets are great for winter crochet, especially once they get big enough so you can cover yourself while you work. However, there are lots of great options for crocheting in the warmer weather. Small projects such as amigurumi won’t smother you while you work on them. Potholders and scrubbies made of cotton are also great ideas. For many years, I have made a Christmas list at the beginning of January and spent the year filling in the slots with completed crocheted gifts. Summer is a great time to complete holiday gifts, prepare for winter craft shows, or make hats and scarves for your favorite charity. Of course, baby items are always such fun to make, and there always seems to be a new baby in the family or in the neighborhood. One of my most requested baby patterns is a Lumberjack Axe Rattle, perfect for Paul Bunyan Day today. The rattle requires just a few ounces of yarn (my favorite for this project is I Love This Cotton).

https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/baby-lumberjack-axe-rattle-crochet-pattern

For this week’s Friday Freebie, in honor of Camera Day on June 29, I have chosen a pattern on the Addi Express knitting machine for a Camera Lens Buddy. These were designed for a photographer I worked with last year, because she wanted something to make children smile at her camera. It’s a fun pattern that works up quickly and easily with yarn from your stash. I would love to see photos of your lens buddies at http://instagram.com/myfingersfly

https://www.etsy.com/MyFingersFly/listing/664266704/lens-buddy-addi-express-pattern-owl-lion?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1561740868771

Materials:

½ oz. worsted yarn

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

2 googly eyes

Picot st: ch 3, sl st in 1st ch.

Directions:

Cast on with waste yarn and work 4-5 rnds. Switch to MC yarn and work 12 rnds.  Switch to waste yarn and work another 4-5 rows. Cast off.

Holding both sides together, with G hook and MC yarn, work *sc, ch 1* through both sides. Do not fasten off.

OWL:

Ears:

Row 1: In back loop only, sc across 13 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in next st, picot in next st, hdc in each of the next 5 sts, sl st in Row 2, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, picot in next st, sl st in same st as last hdc. Fasten off.

Wings: (Make 2)

Row 1: Leaving 6” length with CC yarn, ch 2, work 4 hdc in 2nd ch.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec twice.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, dec. Fasten off. Sew wings on sides of lens buddy.

Glue on googly eyes.

Owl

LION:

Rnd 1: With MC yarn working in back loops only, hdc in each st. Do not fasten off.

Ears:

Row 1: Hdc in each of next 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc 3 sts tog.

Skip 8 sts on lens buddy and repeat Rows 1-2 for other ear.

Cut 4” pieces of CC yarn for mane. Pull through loops at back with 1 piece in each st.

Glue on googly eyes.

Lion

UNICORN:

Rnd 1: With MC yarn working in back loops only, hdc in each st. Do not fasten off.

Ears:

Row 1: Hdc in each of next 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc 3 sts tog.

Skip 8 sts on lens buddy and repeat Rows 1-2 for other ear.

Horn:

Rnd 1: Attach yellow or gold yarn in center top of head. 2 hdc in this st and 2 hdc in next st.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc, dec, hdc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, hdc.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, dec. Fasten off.

Cut 4” pieces of yarn in rainbow colors for mane. Pull through loops on either side of horn with 1 piece in each st.

Glue on googly eyes.

Unicorn

There’s still time to take advantage of half off patterns in my Ravelry store. Use code HALFOFF and get 50% off any $5.00 purchase through 6/30/2019. Get a head start on your Christmas gift list or back-to-school clothing.

https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lisa-ferrel

Stay tuned next month for some fun patterns for National Ice Cream Month. I will also be attending the CGOA Chain Link Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire next month and will be sharing about that trip.

Please join my Facebook group if you would like to be a pattern tester. https://www.facebook.com/groups/875538646117910/?source_id=106106443174

Happy summer and happy crocheting!

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Granny Triangle Bandana

Free Turtle Pattern

Butterfly Flip-flops

Lion Amigurumi

Unicorn Fanny Pack

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