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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.

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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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Impact Wrench Baby Rattle Crochet Pattern

Drill Baby Rattle Crochet Pattern - Impact Wrench Rattle Crochet Pattern
Drill Baby Rattle Crochet Pattern – Impact Wrench Rattle Crochet Pattern

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”

Materials:

Sport yarn or cotton worsted –

2 oz. gray

Few yards black

Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook

Fiberfil

Yarn needle

Rattle insert column

BODY:

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.

HANDLE:

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.

HAND GRIP:

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.

auto mechanic sweater

More Baby Designs

Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021

Baby’s Bundle of Joy Crochet Pattern Bundle – Flashlight Baby Rattle Crochet Pattern

Viking Axe Rattle Crochet Pattern

Angel Baby Rattle

Firefighter’s Jacket Baby Sweater crochet pattern, NB-3M, 6-9M or 12-18M sizes with axe rattle pattern

New Products in my Etsy Shop

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Xolo, the Mexican Hairless Dog Plush Toy Pattern
flamingo flipflop
Flamingo Fiber Artist Flip Flops – Also available in Yarnicorn design

National Kitten Day

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.

My Fingers Fly
Electric Waves Plague Mask
My Fingers Fly
Colorful Plague Mask

Halloween projects are so much fun – I’m looking forward to doing a few more in the next couple of months.

Coming Up:

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.

Happy Crocheting!

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.

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