Monthly Archives: February 2012

Free Pattern Tuesday – Lego Person Newborn Baby Hat

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I love Legos, but often feel I’m to old to play with them. The next best thing is making Lego creations out of yarn.

This is a pretty easy knit pattern. I hate working in the round unless I use double pointed needles and that can be tedious. It’s made in one piece and seamed in the back. The decorations/face are made in crochet and then sewn on.

Happy Knitting and as always contact me if you have questions.

Copyright 2012: Drunken Aunt Wendy Designs
Materials, Notes, Abbreviation, Gauge
I love this yarn in Yellow
I love this yarn in black
Size 6 knitting needles
Size E crochet hook
P – purl
K – knit
K2tog – Knit 2 together
SC – Single Crochet
INC – SC 2 stitches into same stitch
BLO – Back loops only
Gauge – 18 stitches per 4 inches

Instructions
Newborn size
In yellow, Cast On 52
(K2, P1) repeat across, K last stitch
P1, (P2, K1) repeat across
Repeat row one
Repeat row two
Knit row
Purl row
Repeat 5 and 6 until piece measures 3.5 inches.
(K4, k2tog) repeat across, K last 4 stitches (44)
Purl row
(K3, k2tog) repeat across, K last 4 stitches (36)
Purl row
(K2, k2tog) repeat across (27)
Purl row
(K1, k2tog) repeat across (18)
Purl row
(k2tog) repeat across (9)
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing. Thread tail through remaining stitches and pull up tight to close. Sew back seam with mattress stitch.
Top of head – the bumpy

Note this is crocheted in the round.
In Yellow, ch 2
6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
INC in each stitch (12)
(SC, INC) 6 times (18)
(SC, INC, SC) 6 times (24)
SC in BLO
SC row
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Lightly stuff and sew to top of hat.
Eyes (make 2)

In Black, Ch 2
8 SC in 2nd Ch from hook, join with a slip stitch.
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.
Embroider the mouth using a straight stitch twice. Make the smile by using a small straight stitch in the center to pull the mouth in an arc.

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Free Pattern Tuesday – Boobie Barrette

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In honor of Fat Tuesday, here are the Boobie Barrettes I whipped up for parade this year. They can be attached to any type of clip barrette.

Enjoy Mardi Gras.

Copyright 2012: Drunken Aunt Wendy Designs
Materials, Abbreviations, Notes
I love this yarn – Hot Rose (A)
I love this yarn – Pink (B)
Vanna’s Choice – Beige (C)
Size E crochet hook
Poly fiberfill
Large eye blunt needle
2.5 inch bar barrettes
SC – Single Crochet
INC – 2 SC in designated stitch
DEC – SC 2 stitches together
Gauge is not important for this project
Note – this project is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join the rounds.

Instructions
In A, ch 2,
4 SC in 2nd chain from hook
(INC, SC) 2 times (6), change colors to B in last stitch
INC in each stitch (12), change colors to C in last stitch
(SC, INC) 6 times (18)
(SC, INC, SC) 6 times (24)
6-7. 2 rows SC
8. (2 SC, DEC) 6 times (18)
Stuff firmly
9. (SC, DEC) 6 times (12)
10. (DEC) 6 times (6)
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Close up opening and sew to the barrette being careful not to sew the clip closed.
Make another one and sew to barrette beside the first one.

Yellow Angry Bird

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Sorry this is so late. Apparently, the wine got the better me. Here it is and I’m sorry the pictures are so bad.

Copyright 2012: Drunken Aunt Wendy Designs
Materials, Notes and Abbreviations
Materials
I love this yarn – Yellow
I love this yarn – White
I love this yarn – Black
I love this yarn – Firered
I love this yarn – Orange
Size E crochet hook
Abbreviations
SC – single crochet
INC – 2 SC in next stitch
INC2 – 3 SC in next stitch

Instructions

In yellow, Ch 2
6 SC in 2nd chain from hook
(INC2, SC) 3 times (12)
2SC, INC2, 3 SC, INC2, 3SC, INC2, SC (18)
SC Row
3SC, INC2, 5 SC, INC2, 5 SC, INC2, 2 SC (24)
SC Row
4 SC, INC2, 7 SC, INC2, 7 SC, INC2, 3 SC (24)
SC Row
5 SC, INC2, 9 SC, INC2, 9 SC, INC2, 4 SC (30)
SC Row
6 SC, INC2, 11 SC, INC2, 11 SC, INC2, 5 SC (36)
SC Row
7 SC, INC2, 13 SC, INC2, 13 SC, INC2, 6 SC (42)
SC Row
8 SC, INC2, 15 SC, INC2, 15 SC, INC2, 7 SC (48)
CC to white for first and last stitch, SC remaining stitches in yellow [2, 46]
Note: White increases by 2 each row at the beginning and the end to create the white V portion on the front of the bird. Instructions list the amount of stitches per row with increases. I’ll also list the number of white/yellow stitches in [].
17. 9 SC, INC2, 17 SC, INC2, 17 SC, INC2, 8 SC (54) [4, 50] white in the first two stitches and last two stitches
18. CC to white for first three and last three stitch, SC remaining stitches in yellow [6, 48]
19. 10 SC, INC2, 19 SC, INC2, 19 SC, INC2, 9 SC (60), [8, 52] white in the first four stitches and last four stitches
20. CC to white for first five and last five stitch, SC remaining stitches in yellow [10, 50]
21. 11 SC, INC2, 21 SC, INC2, 21 SC, INC2, 10 SC (66), [12, 54] white in the first six stitches and last six stitches, fasten off yellow.
22. SC row white
23. 10 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 19 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 19 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 9 SC (66)
24. 9 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 17 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 17 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 8 SC (60)
25. 8 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 15 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 15 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 7 SC (54)
26. 7 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 13 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 13 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 6 SC (48)
27. 6 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 11 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 11 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 5 SC (42)
28. 5 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 9 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 9 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 4 SC (36)
29. 4 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 7 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 7 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 3 SC (30)
30. 3 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 5 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 5 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 2 SC (24)
31. 2 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 3 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 3 SC, DEC, SC, DEC, 1 SC (18)
32. SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC, DEC (12)
34. DEC 6 times
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Thread through last six stitches and pull up tight to close hole.

Eyes (make 2)

In black, Ch 2
6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
CC to B, INC in each stitch (12), don’t cut the C color
(SC, INC) 6 times (18) CC to C
SL in each stitch (18)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew above the white section as in the picture below.

Eyebrows (make 2)

In red, Ch 7
SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC remaining stitches (6)
Ch 1, SC in each stitch (6)
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing. Sew to bird over the eyes, slightly overlapping the eye.

Large feathers (make 2)

In black, Ch 2

4 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
(INC, SC) 2 times (6)
(INC, 2 SC) 2 times (8)
(INC, 3 SC) 2 times (10)
(INC, 4 SC) 2 times (12)
6-9. 4 rows SC
10. (DEC) 6 times (6)
Fasten off, see below for sewing instructions.

Small feathers (make 3)

Repeat instructions for Large Feathers through row 5
6-7. 2 rows SC
8. (DEC) 6 times (6).
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing.
Feather sewing instructions
Using one small and one large feather sew to the top of the head.
Using two small and one large feather sew to back of the body with the large feather in between the two small ones.

Top Beak

In Orange, Ch 2
4 SC in 2nd Ch from hook
3 SC in each stitch (12)
SC row
SC, (3 SC in next stitch, 2 SC) 3 times, 3 SC in next stitch, SC (20)
SC row
2 SC, (3 SC in next stitch, 4 SC) 3 times, 3 SC in next stitch, 2 SC (20)
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Fold in half on the diagonal. Fold in half to make an open triangle for the beak.

Small Beak

Repeat instructions for Large Beak through row 5.

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Doggie Boob Scarf

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Mardi Gras is coming up here in St. Louis. The Pet Parade is tomorrow with the full on parade next weekend. I felt my puppy should be properly dressed, so I fashioned him a mini boob scarf. He’s only four pounds so it is really mini.

He’s all ready for tomorrow. Here’s hoping its warm enough to actually venture out.

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Free Pattern – Handy Crochet Tote

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I have been trying to get this pattern up for awhile, but I’m never home during the daylight hours. I really wanted to get the picture outside. This is the best alternative I could come up with. I really prefer natural light, but I think the colors are fairly well represented. You can attach any flower. I like this sunflower, but you might want to check out Micah Makes and her interchangeable big button flower. You can find it here,.

Copyright 2011 (c) Wendy’s Wild Life
Materials
Size E Crochet Hook
Size G Crochet Hook
Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Dusty Green (A)
Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Chocolate (B)
I love this yarn in Sungold (C)
Abbreviations and Terms
SC – Single Crochet
INC – Increase (2 SC in designated stitch)
CC – Change Colors
DEC – SC 2 stitches together
SL – Slip Stitch
Ch – Chain
DC – Double Crochet
BLO – Back Loops Only
FLO – Front Loops Only
TC – Triple Crochet
PC – Popcorn – 4 DC in designated stitch, drop loop. Place hook in first stitch of popcorn grab dropped loop and pull through first stitch. Ch 1 to tighten up popcorn.
Note: Mark beginning of each row with a scrap piece of yarn
Instructions
Base

In A, Ch 32 with E hook
SC in 2nd Ch from hook, 29 SC, 3 SC in last Ch, 30 SC in unworked loops of stitches on opposite side, 3 SC in end stitch.
[30 SC, (INC) 3 times] twice (72)
[30 SC, (SC, INC) 3 times] twice (78)
[30 SC, (SC, INC, SC) 3 times] twice (84)
[30 SC, (3 SC, INC) 3 times] twice (90)
[30 SC, (2 SC, INC, 2 SC) 3 times] twice (96)
[30 SC, (5 SC, INC) 3 times] twice (102)
Change to G hook, SC in BLO
(SC, DC) 51 times
SC row
Repeat row 9
SC row
Repeat row 9
SC row
Repeat row 9
SC row
Repeat row 9
SC row
SC row
TC in 2nd Stitch, TC in 1st stitch (cross stitch made), repeat across (51 cross stitches)
SC row
22-34. Repeat rows 9 – 21
35-44. Repeat rows 9 – 18
Fasten off
Strap

Ch 11
SC in 2nd Ch from hook, SC in remaining 9 stitches, Ch 1, turn
SC in each stitch
Repeat until strap measures the desired length. Remember the strap will stretch
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Fold purse in half to get strap placement and sew on
Join (A) with a slip stitch beside the strap and single crochet the edge of the strap. Repeat on other side.
Flower

In B, Ch 2
6 SC in 2nd chain from hook
2 Popcorns in each stitch (12)
(SC, INC) 6 times (18)
[SC, PC, (SC, PC) in same stitch] 6 times (24), close circle with a SL
CC to C, in FLO (Ch 7, SL in 2nd Ch from hook, SC in next 5 stitches (24 petals)
Repeat row 5, in BLO
Fasten off. I recommend steam blocking to get the petals to lay flat. Sew to tote.

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The power of the puff

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My friend made these wonderful puff balls for her birthday party last weekend. They are super easy with a great payoff. Using 8 – 10 pieces of tissue paper accordion fold and secure the center with a small piece of floral wire. Gently separate the layers of tissue paper to make a ball. She used contrasting raffia to hang them.

I actually laid down on the floor to get the above photo.

Here’s some more pictures and fantastic parting gifts of salted caramel thumbprint cookies.

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