Christmas CALathon 2020 is HERE! And now there is a SCHEDULE!!!!! Be sure to stop over to the Facebook group and check out the super fun stash busting Christmas CAL-a-Thon. Ornaments and other items to decorate for the holiday season
Who can resist making ornaments for their tree, or their neighbors or family or friends or to add to your cookie platters. Oh so many possibilities. One of today’s features will be my Suffragette Hat Ornament.
Since today is Collector Car Appreciation Day, I thought it would be fun to post a cute pattern I designed a few years ago, a baby rattle shaped like an impact wrench. It can be crocheted using cotton or polyester worsted, but I prefer I Love This Cotton for baby toys. It makes a great baby shower gift for expectant parents who are car enthusiasts, NASCAR fans, and automotive technicians, and even serves as a drill rattle for a future dentist.
Impact wrench rattle measures approximately 3 1/4” x 5”
Sport yarn or cotton worsted –
2 oz. gray
Few yards black
Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
Rattle insert column
Rnd 1: With black yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).
Rnd 3: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around. Do not join.
Rnds 4-7: Working in both loops, sc in each st around. At the end of Rnd 7, join with sl st. Fasten off black.
Rnd 8: Attach gray yarn, *sc in next st, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts* repeat around (18 sc). Do not join.
Rnd 9: *Sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 10: *Sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 11: *Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (27 sc).
Rnd 12: *Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc). Join with sl st.
Rnd 13: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around.
Rnds 14-23: Working in both loops, sc in each st around. At end of Rnd 23, join with sl st.
Rnd 24: Working in back loops only, *sc in each of next 3 st, dec,* repeat around (24 sc). Do not join.
Rnd 25: Working in both loops, *sc in each of next 2 st, dec,* repeat around (18 sc). Fill with Fiberfil and rattle insert.
Rnd 26: *Sc in next st, dec,* repeat around (12 sc).
Rnd 27: Dec around (6 sc). Fasten off leaving length for sewing. Thread through yarn needle and weave through last 6 sts. Pull tight to close opening and sew closed.
Rnd 1: With gray yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc).
Rnd 3: Sc in each st. Continue to work even in sc until piece measures 2 ½”.
Next rnd: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc).
Last rnd: *Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc). Fasten off leaving length for sewing.
With black yarn, ch 13. Join with sl st to form ring. Sc in each ch. Continue to work even on 13 sc until piece measures 1 1/2’”. Slide over handle and sew in place. Stuff handle firmly and sew to bottom of wrench body.
The matching baby auto mechanic sweater is also available at My Fingers Fly which includes the sweater and rattle patterns.
Who doesn’t love a cute little kitten? Several months ago, I published the Addi Fat Cat Pattern. He’s adorable and makes a quick project to use up your stash. Also in the cat world, this Kittens in a Row Afghan is currently 40% off on Etsy.
Head Start on Halloween
I know it’s the middle of summer, and the heat that goes along with it sometimes limits our crojo. Try making a few small projects that won’t cover you in yarn. My mind has been set on Halloween lately, and I came up with this spooky plague masks for Halloween using I Love This Cotton yarn.
Halloween projects are so much fun – I’m looking forward to doing a few more in the next couple of months.
In two weeks I will publish a special blog post for Christmas in July. Several other designers will be joining me to offer free Christmas patterns so you can get a head start on your holiday crafting. By that time, my new A to Z Animal Crochet book will be available on my website, Amazon, and Etsy. It will feature over 50 animal patterns – from home decor to Christmas ornaments to plush toys to silly hats.
There are still a few days left to take advantage of my 50% off crochet pattern sale. Use coupon code CGOA for any crochet pattern or ebook at My Fingers Fly.
Businesses across the country are beginning to open again, and people are returning to work. Do you have a little one who is returning to day care? Benjamin Turtle would be the perfect companion. He’s a cute plush toy that unfolds to reveal a toddler blanket for naptime.
I hope you enjoy making him as much as I enjoyed designing him. Thanks to also to tester Sharon Reid who provided me the beautiful photos.
I Love This Yarn worsted weight
21 oz. Dark Olive
6 oz. Mild Green
5 oz. Toasted Almond
2 oz. Sungold
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Two 8-mm black safety eyes
Three 3/4” buttons
Row 1: With Dark Olive yarn, ch 101, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in remaining chs (100 hdc).
Rows 2-10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.
Rows 11-12: Ch 1, turn, switch to Mild Green yarn and hdc in each st.
Repeat stripe pattern of 10 rows Dark Olive and 2 rows Mild Green 9 times. Then work another 10 rows of Dark Olive hdc.
With Dark Olive yarn, ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across top with 3 hdc in corner. Turn to work down side, work hdc with approximately 3 sts for every 2 rows. Lay work on a table occasionally to make sure it is laying flat; adjust sts as necessary. Turn to work across bottom with 3 hdc in corner, hdc in each unused loop of starting ch, 3 hdc in corner. Turn to work up next side using the same number of sts as the other side. Join with sl st in 1st hdc.
Okay, the easy part is done. Stay tuned for part 2 to make the turtle shell which will hold the blanket. Pattern PDF is available for download at My Fingers Fly. Please feel free to share photos on Instagram or Facebook.
Worsted weight yarn – few yards of red, black, ivory, brown
Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)
72 mm diameter, 10 mm wooden ring (or any 3” ring)
2 google eyes
Finished ornament measures approximately 4” diameter
Working in sc around wooden ring, *4 black sc, 4 red sc,* until ring is completely covered. Fasten off. Cut 8” piece of black yarn and loop around ring for a hanger.
Row 1: With brown yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch (4 sc).
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, inc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, inc in last st (6 sc).
Rows 3-6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.
Row 7: Ch 1, turn, dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, dec over last 2 sts ( 4 sc).
Rows 8-12: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Do not fasten off.
Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last st on top of head. Working down the side, sc in 1st row end, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch (ear made), continue sc down side, across bottom, and up other side. After sc in Row 11 end, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch (second ear made), sc in Row 12 end. Join with sl st.
Row 1: With ivory yarn, work 5 fsc, sc in 6 sc across top of head, work 5 more fsc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 chs, sl st in next sc, sc in next st, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch and next ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch and next ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 chs, sl st in next sc. Fasten off ivory. Weave in all ends.
Use black yarn to make nostrils with sl st. Sew moose to ring. Glue on google eyes.
Now it’s time for me to get all the gifts finished for my Christmas gift list. I hope everyone has the happiest of holidays.
London the second time around was so much better. Last August, we winged it. This year we went on as a group for the Houston Texans game and signed up for all the tours available. NFL On Location handled everything, and we got to see so much more of the city than we did last year. After arriving in London and checking in at the Hilton Park Lane hotel, we were treated to brunch by the Hard Rock Café just around the corner.
That afternoon was a tour of the city on a double-decker bus, culminating in a ride on the London Eye. It’s a 30-minute ride during which you can see all of London. Our tour included a champagne toast with our group.
Since my first visit to London last year, I have been toying with the idea of a scarf made to look like the phone bbooths scattered around London. For this trip, I just had to make one and get a photo.
London Phone Booth Scarf
Worsted weight yarn –
4 oz. red
2.5 oz. white
Few yards yellow
Crochet hook size H (5.00 mm)
7 dc + 2”; 4 rows = 2”
Women’s scarf measures approximately 7.5” wide by 52” long (instructions are given to lengthen scarf if desired).
Row 1: With red yarn, ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2 (sc, ch-2 counts as first dc), dc in each ch across (24 dc).
Row 2: Turn, sc in first st, ch 2, dc in st across.
Rows 3-94: Repeat sts of Row 2, alternating colors as per chart.
Rows 95-97: Turn, sc in 1st st, ch 2, dc next 2 sts tog, sc across to last 2 sts, dc next 2 sts tog. (18 dc at end of Row 97). Do not fasten off. If a longer scarf is desired, repeat Rows 7-14 until desired length.
At end of Row 97, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across top, sc down the side with 2 sc in the side of each dc. Work 3 sc in each corner, sc across bottom, 3 sc in corner, sc up other side with 2 sc in the side of each dc. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Rnd 1: With yellow (or gold) yarn, ch 10, sc in 2nd ch and next 7 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next 7 ch, 2 sc in last ch (20 sc). Join with sl st.
Rnd 2: Ch 10, sk 3 sts, sc in 4th st, ch 10, sk 3 sts, sl st in next st.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, 12 sc around 1st ch-10. Sl st in sc, ch 7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot), *ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch,* repeat once, sl st in remaining 3 ch, sl st in sc between 2 ch-10s, ch 1, work 12 sc around ch-10 loop, sl st in Rnd 1. Fasten off leaving length for sewing. Center crown at top of scarf and sew in place. Weave in ends.
Looking for unique patterns for Christmas gift this year? Join my Facebook testers group and check out the patterns available for testing. All you need is a basic knowledge of crochet and the desire to give feedback on the patterns. Most of my designs are easy to Intermediate.