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

polar bear pillow

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.

More Pillow Patterns

Axolotl Pillow

Taco Pillow Pattern

Roller Skate Pillow Crochet Pattern

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in Crochet

More Bear Patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 5 – National Black Bear Day

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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!

Fun Summer Patterns

Granny Triangle Bandana

Free Turtle Pattern

Butterfly Flip-flops

Lion Amigurumi

Unicorn Fanny Pack

Owl Crochet Patterns

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April in San Antonio – Amazon Giveaway – Free Easter Pattern

Butterfly Baby Dress Crochet Pattern

easter

Unfortunately, our Houston mini vacation has been postponed due to Mick Jagger’s health. Disappointing for us, but I’m sure it’s more frustrating for the Rolling Stones. Hopefully he will heal quickly, and the tour will be rescheduled. Facebook rumors say it will be rescheduled for October, so we’ll see.

We also had tickets for the San Antonio Commanders final home game this weekend, but the Alliance of American Football abruptly shut down the league this week. It’s so disappointing for San Antonio football fans. We attended all the home games, and the fans were great! Texas is definitely football country.

football earwarmer 2

http://Football Earwarmer Knit Pattern

From an entertainment standpoint, we definitely won’t be bored. April is definitely a good time of year to be in San Antonio. This weekend is the Poteet Strawberry Festival, which has always been a favorite for our family. Great music, carnival rides, and all the typical fair food including anything you can think of that is made of strawberries. If the rain holds off on Saturday, we will go see David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, one of my husband’s favorite Tejano bands.

Next week I’ll be getting the house ready for Easter. The Ferrel Family tradition is fajitas for Easter dinner – beef, chicken, and sausage. There will also be rice and beans, potato salad, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas, and I’m still working on ideas for a dessert to impress. Family, good food, children running in and out, and of course, cascarones, confetti eggs to crack on someone’s head.

My go-to gift for the children for Easter is a bunny bag filled with candy. The pattern is available in my Ravelry shop as a free download with any purchase through Easter.

bunny in sun

https://www.ravelry.com/people/myfingersfly

My newest Easter pattern will be available only on the blog this month – Easter Bunny Scrubby using Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle. Make a few as hostess gifts, or add a couple to your teen’s Easter basket as a gag gift.

bunny scrubby

Materials:

Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle –   ¼  oz.

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

 

Directions:

BODY:

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). Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.

HEAD:

Row 1: Ch 1, 6 hdc in next st.

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

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, hdc in next 2 sts, dec, sl st in base of same st. Do not fasten off.

EARS:

*Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 ch,* sl st in Row 3 of head. Sl st in Row 2, repeat * to *, sl st in

Row 1 of head. Fasten off.

TAIL:

Ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st in top of 1st dc. Fasten off leaving 6” length. Sew tail securely to body. Weave in all ends.

More Easter Patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 15 – Bunnies!

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Easter Enchantment Crochet Patterns Ebook – Over 20 Easter Patterns in PDF Format

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet

Flower Easter Basket Pattern

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Bunny Bath Pouf Pattern

 

April is also Month of the Military Child. My Military Baby Pattern Book was inspired by my daughter’s fatigues. Living in Military City, USA, I am very proud of these designs. Through April 10, you have a chance to win a free Kindle copy by liking my Amazon Author Page.

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/699d3d5f2b25f3cd

military book cover amazon

This month promises more adventures at Fiesta San Antonio. Stay tuned for more free patterns to come.