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Free Polar Bear Pillow Crochet Pattern – Leap Year BOGO Sale – Xtreme Bulls

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San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo

Rodeo is an annual ritual for my family; this year we attended the Xtreme Bulls competition with the concert afterward by Whiskey Myers. I have to admit, I bought the tickets based on the bulls and had never heard of Whiskey Myers. They are a southern rock group from Palestine, Texas, and their concert was amazing! If you like good southern rock and awesome guitarists, definitely check them out. Their sound was obviously influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top, but I could also hear hints of CCR and the Beatles, along with a bit of country music. Tony Kent playing cowbell – WOW!

Xtreme Bulls with Whiskey Myers

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Crochet – Texas Style Book

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I am super proud of my latest book containing crochet patterns with a Texas theme. Over 30 patterns cover a wide range of Texas, including travel, industry, symbols, wildlife, and Christmas in Texas. To see a slideshow of pattern photos, visit Crochet – Texas Style Patterns.

The book is available as a PDF download at My Fingers Fly. With over 30 patterns included at only $15.99, that’s less than 50 cents a pattern. Increase your savings this week with my Leap Year Sale through March 2 – Buy 1, Get 3 Free patterns. All these patterns are also available separately from 99 cents to $5.50 each.

Crochet – Texas Style is also available on Amazon as Kindle download or paperback book. Amazon

Polar Bear Pillow Crochet Pattern

February 27 is Polar Bear Day, so I have designed a quick and easy pattern for polar bear fans. PDF Download

polar bear on bed

Materials: 

  • Bernat Beyond super bulky yarn  –  10 oz. white, 10 yards black
  • Size J (6.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfil (7 oz.)

Gauge: 3 sts = 1”, 3 rows = 1”

Finished bear measures approximately 12” diameter.

DIRECTIONS:
BACK:

Rnd 1: With white yarn, 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 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).

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnd 11: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (66 sc).

Rnd 12: *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (72 sc).

Rnd 13: *Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (78 sc).

Rnd 14: *Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (84 sc).

Rnd 15: *Sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (90 sc).

Rnd 16: *Sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (96 sc).

Rnd 17: *Sc in next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (102 sc).

Rnd 18: *Sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (108 sc).

Rnd 19: *Sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (114 sc).

Rnd 20: *Sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (120 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off.

FRONT:

Row 1: With black yarn, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in sc (2 sc).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st (3 sc).

Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn,  2 sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st. Turn to work 3 sc down side, 2 sc in unused loop of starting ch, 3 sc up the other side. Join with sl st (13 sc). Fasten off black yarn.

Rnd 5: Switch to white yarn. Ch 1, working in BLO, sc in next 5 sts, (2 sc, sc, 2 sc) down side, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, (2 sc, sc, 2 sc) up other side. Join with sl st (18 sc).

Rnd 6: Ch 1, working in both loops, *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (21 sc). Do not join. From this point on, work in continuous rnds.

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (27 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (33 sc).

Rnd 11: *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 12: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 13: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 14: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 15: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnd 16: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (66 sc).

Rnd 17: *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (72 sc).

Rnd 18: *Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (78 sc).

Rnd 19: *Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (84 sc).

Rnd 20: *Sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (90 sc).

Rnd 21: *Sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (96 sc).

Rnd 22: *Sc in next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (102 sc).

Rnd 23: *Sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (108 sc).

Rnd 24: *Sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (114 sc).

Rnd 25: *Sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (120 sc). Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.

EYES: (Make 2)

With black yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 6” length for sewing. Sew eyes to face above the snout.

EDGING:

Pick up yarn where you left off on front. Holding front and back together with wrong sides facing, sc through both thicknesses with white yarn, stuffing as you go. Join with sl st. Fasten off.

EARS: (Make 2)

Rnd 1: 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 st (12 sc).

Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.   Sew ears to top of head using photo for placement.

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Zoo Blog Hop Day 5 – National Black Bear Day

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London – Phone Booth Scarf Pattern

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.

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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.

https://youtu.be/dLNv1f3Kd4U

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

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn –

4 oz. red

2.5 oz. white

Few yards yellow

Crochet hook size H (5.00 mm)

Yarn needle

Gauge:

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).

Directions:

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.

Edging:

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.

Crown:

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.

crown applique

YouTube video for crown

Pattern Testers Wanted

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United States Marine Corps Birthday

Marine Baby Sweater

Veterans Day, November 11

eagle-potholder

Bald Eagle Potholder

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2020 Crochet Calendar

Update your kitchen with a new crochet pattern each month. Twelve patterns on a hanging wall calendar – a great value at only $14.99 each. Makes a great Christmas gift for the crafters on your list.

https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/2020-crochet-calendar-12-kitchen-crochet-patterns

Calendars printed by Printing Center USA.

Next Week:

Etsy Sale

Help me get to 1400 sales in my Etsy shop this week. Use code 1400SALES to get 14% off any item through 11/10/19. Also, the person who purchases the 1400th item gets a free gift with their order.

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Manchester, NH – CGOA Chain Link Conference – Ravelry Christmas in July Sale

Christmas Elf Gift Bag Crochet Pattern

I recently had the opportunity to visit Manchester for the first time. All my preconceived ideas of New England came true! It’s such a beautiful city, full of history. I only wish I could have stayed longer. The people, the food, the weather – everything was lovely!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP27RNyGrKk&t=49s

Chain Link Conference 2019

I can’t believe that I’ve been crocheting for most of my life but only found out about the Crochet Guild of America a few years ago. The conference was so much fun – meeting other crocheters from around the world, seeing their creations, hearing their ideas for new projects. Talk about idea overload! I may not sleep for a month with all the designs floating around in my head. One of the classes I took was Irish crochet, and I have so many ideas for future projects. For anyone who wants to learn, Susan Lowman does beautiful work, and she explains everything so well. My class piece isn’t finished yet, but hopefully this weekend I can get to it.

To thank all the wonderful people I met and learned from, My Fingers Fly is offering free shipping on t-shirts and leggings for crocheters. Just use code CGOA by July 31, 2019. https://www.myfingersfly.com/collections/t-shirts

This week’s free pattern is another Christmas in July theme. These little elf gift bags are so cute and versatile.

 

Materials:

Small amounts of worsted yarn – ivory, brown or black, red or green.

Crochet hook size H

Small pom poms, google eyes, 2 jingle bells

Directions:

Rnd 1: With ivory yarn, ch 2. Sc 6 in second ch from hook. Do not join.

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

Rnd 3: 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat (18 sc).

Rnd 4: 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat (24 sc).

Rnd 5: 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat (30 sc).

Rnd 6: 1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat (36 sc).

Rnds 7-13: Work even. Finish off ivory. Turn.

Rnd 14-15: With black (or brown) yarn, loop st in each st around. Join with sl st. Fasten off.

Rnds 16: Ch1, turn. Attach desired color for hat. Work even on 36 sc. Do not join.

Rnds 17-18: Work even on 36 sc.

Rnd 19: Dec, sc in next 4 sc, repeat (30 sc).

Rnds 20-21: Work even.

Rnd 22: Dec, sc in next 3 sc, repeat (24 sc).

Rnds 23-24: Work even. Join.

Rnd 25: Sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc, repeat. Join. Fasten off.  

Drawstring: Using same color yarn as hat, make a chain 12″ long and knot both ends. Pull through loops made in Rnd 22 of hat.

Ears: (Make 2)

With ivory yarn, ch 9, 3 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, hdc next ch, sc next ch, sl st next ch, ch 1, sl st in this ch. (This makes point of ear.) Working down opposite side of starting ch, sl st next ch, sc next ch, hdc next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 3 dc last ch. Join with sl st to beg ch-3. Sew one ear to each side of face from Rnds 9-13.

Glue on google eyes and pom pom for nose. Embroidery with straight stitch in pink or red for mouth. Sew a jingle bell to each side of drawstring.

Decorate hat as you wish with pom poms, rick rack, etc. You can sc Rnd 16 of hat with eyelash or bulky yarn to make a fringe. For the elf in the picture with the red hat, I used Yarn Bee Cameo Bulky in white.

This pattern is also available printed on note card at https://www.etsy.com/MyFingersFly/listing/574255967/christmas-elf-goody-bags-crochet-pattern?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1563564900966

or as a PDF download at https://www.etsy.com/listing/640459076/christmas-elf-goody-bag-crochet-pattern?ref=listing_published_alert

To purchase the Christmas Goody Bag paperback book, please visit my Amazon page at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1549546732

More Christmas Ideas

Bearded Elf Christmas Ornament Crochet Pattern

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Texas Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Moose Ornament

Crown Ornament

Fox Christmas Ornament

This weekend I will be catching up on housework (and crochet) and resting a bit before we’re off to Houston next week to see Queen and The Rolling Stones. Hopefully I can get my Adam Lambert and Brian May dolls finished before we leave.

Pattern testers are always wanted. Join my Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/pg/myfingersfly/groups/?ref=page_internal

Happy crocheting!