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Elephant Ear Saver Crochet Pattern

elephant ear saver

With so many of us wearing face masks when we venture out of our homes, people are beginning to realize how truly uncomfortable they are. Many people are making ear savers (also called mask mates) by crocheting, sewing, and even 3D printing plastic ones. Since I have had elephants on the brain lately, I made this cute little buddy to wear for my next grocery trip.

Materials:

  • ½ oz. cotton worsted yarn
  • Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 googly eyes (sew-on preferred)
  • Two 1” buttons
  • Adhesive-backed felt

Directions:

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (12 hdc).

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Ch 5 at the end of Row 4.

Row 5: Sc in 2nd ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next 12 sts, work 4 chainless foundation sc (20 sc).

Rows 6-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 6 sts, sc in next 8 sts, leave remaining 6 sts unworked.

Rows 9-11: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Rows 12-13: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc across to last 2 sts, dec (6 sc at end of Row 13).

Row 14: Dec both ends (4 sc).

Row 15: Dec twice across top of head, then turn to work one rnd of sc around the entire piece with 2 sc in each corner. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Trunk:

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch.

Rnds 2-5: Sc in each st. Work in continuous rnds throughout. At end of Rnd 5, join with sl st. Fasten off. Sew trunk to middle of face.

Ears (Make 2):

Row 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each st (8 hdc).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st,* repeat 3 times (12 hdc).

Fold top of ear down to Row 1 (center) and sew in place. Sew top half of one ear to each side of head, leaving bottom half dangling.

Place elephant on felt and mark around the edges. Cut out felt shape slightly smaller than the marked line. Stick felt to back of elephant, trimming edges as needed to fit.

Sew or glue on eyes. Sew buttons to ends of arms. Weave in all ends.

PDF download available at My Fingers Fly.

Face Masks

Elephant Crochet Patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 25 – Elephants

Stash Busters – Elephant Puppet

Elephant Lovey C2C Pattern

For more elephant crochet patterns, including my latest release, please visit My Fingers Fly. Miles the Jazzy Elephant

miles elephant5

So many crafters have been sewing masks in an attempt to keep up with the demand. If you’ve neglected yourself while sewing for others, here’s a cute yarnicorn neck gaiter for you. Yarnicorn Neck Gaiter 

yarnicorn neck gaiter

With Mother’s Day coming up, the Yarnicorn is also available on t-shirts, coffee mugs, totes, and phone cases to delight your fiber artist mother.

Please stay safe, especially with some communities beginning to open businesses. Of course, we’re all excited at the prospect of yarn shops opening again! Take care.

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Mission Inn, Riverside – Bald Eagle Crochet Potholder – Labor Day Sale

Here I am, sitting at the airport waiting to start another California adventure. This time I will be going to Riverside and staying at the historic Mission Inn. It was built as a boarding house in 1876 and was designated as a historic landmark in 1977. Several wings have been added over the years, including the Cloister, the Spanish Wing, and the Rotunda Wing. The oldest bell in Christendom (dated 1247) is currently housed at the Mission Inn.

Mission Inn Courtyard
https://www.missioninn.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw2K3rBRDiARIsAOFSW_4C161I284X84mXQgBoXYuGJG8vroDwt4zWgovjJz1ulM0iVeL_hQwaAg71EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

I am so looking forward to exploring this beautiful inn and the surrounding Riverside community. What new designs will this trip inspire? I promise to take lots of photos and post them next week.

This week includes both Labor Day and V-J Day on September 2. V-J Day celebrates the day that Japan surrendered to the U.S. to end World War II on September 2, 1945. To honor the veterans of that war and all U.S. veterans, this week’s free pattern is a Bald Eagle Potholder.  Eagle Plushie Crochet Pattern is also available. 

For PDF download, click here
https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/bald-eagle-crochet-pattern

Materials:

Peaches & Crème cotton worsted yarn

     ½ oz. brown

     ½ oz. white

     Few yards gold

     1 yd black

Crochet hook size J

Yarn needle

Directions:

Row 1: With double strand of brown yarn, ch 16. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each of th enext 14 chs (15 sc).

Rows 2-5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Rows 6-7: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc across (13 sc). Fasten off brown.

Row 8: Switch to white yarn. Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, *sk next st, 3 dc in corresponding st of Row 6, sk next st, sc in next st,* repeat twice.

Rows 9-10: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc across, dec (9 sc).

Rows 11-13: Repeat Row 6 (6 sc).

Rows 14-17: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 18: Repeat Row 9. Fasten off white.

EDGING:

With right side facing, attach brown yarn at side of Row 7. Ch 1, sc in same st. Sc in each row end with 2 sc in last row end. Sc in each unused loop of beg ch with 2 sc in last ch. Continue up side with sc, changing to white at Row 8. Sc around head in same manner with 3 sc in corners. At center top of head, ch 6, sl st in same st for hanging loop.

BEAK:

With double strand of gold yarn, ch 4. Counting backwards on white sts, in 7th st from brown section, sl st in 7th st. Sc in 1st ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch. Working on opposite side of ch, dec, sc in last ch. Sl st in next white st on head. Fasten off with 12” length. Use this length for straight sts to better define the beak.

Use double strand of black to make French knot for the eye. Weave in all ends.

Stay tuned for October’s release – Kitchen Crochet Pattern 2020 Calendar – which will include the bald eagle along with 11 other patterns to make for your kitchen.

More Potholder Designs

Zoo Blog Hop Day 21 – Giraffes

Beaver

Smiling Duck

Kitchen Crochet Pattern Ebook – 17 Patterns in PDF format

LABOR DAY SALE

There’s still time to get 15% off all crochet-themed gifts – t-shirts, leggings, tote bags, and coffee mugs. Use coupon code LABORDAY through 9/2/2019.

https://www.myfingersfly.com/discount/LABORDAY

With the holidays coming up, I will have several new patterns. As always, pattern testers are needed. See my Facebook group for more information. https://www.facebook.com/groups/875538646117910/?source_id=106106443174

Happy travels and happy crocheting!

 

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Free Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern for Mother’s Day

This week has been a busy one for me preparing the launch of a new section of my store – fiber-themed t-shirts and accessories. It’s always exciting to start a new venture, but it can be intimidating, too. My Fingers Fly will now offer t-shirts, coffee cups, tote bags, and more with silly crochet characters. Use code FRIENDS&FAMILY for 15% off t-shirts.

http://www.myfingersfly.com

Love Crochet, Owl Always Love Yarn, Yarnicorn, Flamingo Fiber Artist

After my recent posting about TSA rules and what fiber artists can carry on a plane, my sister found this wonderful tool. I’m going to order one and try it out on my next trip. https://www.amazon.com/Clover-3106-Cutter-Pendant-Antique/dp/B000WV1YC0/ref=sr_1_3?crid=P3BAUQIMAAK6&keywords=yarn+cutter+pendant&qid=1557501090&s=gateway&sprefix=yarn+cutt%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-3

Yarn Cutter Pendant

Next week will be National Police Week (May 13 to May 19, 2019). One of my favorite baby patterns is the Police Baby Sweater with a donut-shaped baby rattle. The sweater is crocheted in baby weight yarn and can be personalized with any color uniform you choose.

Through Sunday, May 12, this pattern and all crochet patterns in my Etsy shop are on sale for 99 cents. Time to stock up! https://www.etsy.com/MyFingersFly/listing/490181460/baby-police-officer-sweater-crochet?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1557501419591

For the procrastinators who didn’t order Mom’s gift in time, you can still get the Kindle version of Poems for Mothers.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R7HJ56Z

There’s also still time to crochet a gift for mom. The Lacy Infinity Scarf works up quickly in one evening and can be made with any yarn you have in your stash.

PDF download available at
https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/lacy-infinity-scarf-crochet-pattern

Materials:

Approximately 5 oz. worsted yarn  

Crochet hook size J

Yarn needle

Directions:

Row 1: Ch 25, dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as dc and ch 1), *sk 1 ch, dc next ch, ch 1* repeat from *.

Row 2: Ch 4, *dc in ch-1 space, ch 1,* repeat from * across. Dc in ch-4 space.

Repeat Row 2 until scarf measures 60”.

Last row: Ch 1, turn. Sl st last row and 1st row together.

Fringe: Cut 12” lengths of yarn. Insert hook in end of row from top to bottom and pull through 3 pieces of yarn and knot.

I hope your mother enjoys wearing it as much as you’ll enjoy making it!

Wishing you all a happy Mother’s Day and happy crocheting!

More Mother’s Day Ideas

Zebra Coin Purse

Mother’s Day Handbag Blog Hop

Poodle Eyeglass Holder

Sugar Skull Jewelry

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in Crochet