Thursday, 21 November 2013

How To - Crochet a Thanksgiving Turkey



This pattern is for my lovely American and Canadian friends out there but the wonderful thing about this crochet pattern is that it is an adaption of my recent crochet video tutorial on how to make a little bird which you can watch here! So you can use this main body pattern to make many different types of birds. See my Robin below as another example.


The steps are the same for the main body but for the turkey I have chosen to use the following materials as well as adding some extra features;

  • Chunky/bulky weight yarn in dark brown
  • DK/Light worsted weight yarn in red, orange and yellow
  • 5.0mm crochet hook for the body
  • 3.0mm crochet hook for all other body parts
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing
  • Yarn needle and scissors

DB = Dark Brown
R = Red
O = Orange
Y = Yellow


Main Body

Round 1
Using DB and a 5.0mm crochet hook, crochet 6sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (6)

You can watch my tutorial here on how to work the magic circle if you would like;
http://youtu.be/0m0952XQjbA

Round 2
Without chaining, work 2sc in next st and in ea st around, do not join round - (12)

Round 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (18)

Rounds 4 - 5 
1sc in next st and in ea st around - (18)

Round 6
1sc in next st, 4sc in next 2 sts, 1sc in last 15 sts - (24)

Round 7
1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st, 4sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last 17 sts - (29)

Round 8
1sc in next st, 1sc in next 13 sts in front loops only, 1sc in next 6 sts as normal, sc2tog, 1sc in next st, sc2tog, 1sc in last 4 sts - (27)

Round 9
1sc in next 20 sts, sc2tog twice, 1sc in last 3 sts - (25)

Round 10
sc2tog twice, 1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog 4 times, 1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog twice, sc3tog, 1sc in last 2 sts - (15)

Pause your work here and start on the other body parts. This makes it easier to sew them on and hide the ends on the inside.

Tail Feathers

Row 1
Join R in first back loop only from round 8 with a sc, 1sc in ea back loop along - (13)

Row 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here or onwards), turn, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along - (13)

Row 3
Ch1, turn, working in front loops only for this row, crochet 10dc in 1st st, *sk1, sl st in next st, sk1, 10dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (4 red fan shapes made)

Row 4
Ch1, turn, 1sc in first back loop from row 3 and in ea back loop along - (13)

Row 5
Join O with your ch1, turn, again working in front loops only for this row, sl st in 1st st, *sk1, 10dc in next st, sk1, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (3 orange fan shapes made)

Row 6
Ch1, turn, 1sc in first back loop from row 5 and in ea back loop along - (13)

Row 7
Join Y with your ch1, turn, crochet 10dc in 1st st, *sk1, sl st in next st, sk1, 10dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (4 yellow fan shapes made) Fasten off R, O and Y. Tie in all tails (no pun intended!)

Wings (make twice)

Row 1
Using R ch5, 2sc in 2nd st from hook and in ea st along - (8)

Row 2
Join O with ch1 (again don't count as st here or onwards), turn, [1sc, 1dc] in 1st st, [1dc, 1sc] in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, [1sc, 1dc] in next st, 2tr in next st, [1dc, 1sc] in next st, 1sc in last st - (13)

Row 3
Join Y with ch1, turn, 2sc in 1st st and in ea st along - (26) Fasten off and sew both wings onto your main body, making sure they are placed correctly (you want the fatter part of the wing to be at the tail end of your bird).

Eyes, Beak and Wattle Skin

To make the eyes take two short lengths of Y and tie 3 knots into the middle of each length. Sew both ends into your main body and tie on the inside.

Wattle Skin

To make the wattle skin, take R and ch6, then crochet [1sc, 1dc, 1tr] in 2nd st from hook, [1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in next st, sl st in next st, [1sc, 1dc, 1tr] in next st, [1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in last st. Fasten off and sew onto your main body under the eyes.

Beak

Using Y, ch4, 1sc in 2nd st from hook, 1hdc in next st, 1dc in last st. Fasten off and sew onto main body over the top of your wattle skin.

Now stuff your turkey, preferable with toy stuffing or yarn scraps rather than sage and onion he he.... I know terrible humour (>.<)

..Main Body Continued

Round 11
sc2tog 3 times, 1sc in next st, sc2tog 4 times - (8)

Round 12
sc2tog 4 times - (4) Sew remaining gap closed with tail yarn. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

And now you're done!

Smaller Birds
Nursery birds using same main body pattern. 

If you would like to make the smaller birds, simply use DK/Light worsted weight yarn and a 3mm crochet hook for the main body.

Small Wings

To make the smaller wings use a 2.5mm crochet hook or similar and ch6, sl st in 2nd st from hook, sl st in next st, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 5dc in last st.

Turning your work clockwise and crocheting back into your foundation chains crochet 1hdc in your 2nd foundation ch (your 1st was the last st where you worked 5dc), 1sc in next ch, 1sl st in remaining 2 chs, fasten off and sew onto your main body. See video above for instructions as well.

Robin version using same main body pattern.
Small Beak

Row 1
To make the smaller beak use a 2.5mm crochet hook or similar, ch3, 1sc in 2nd st from hook, 1sc in last st - (2)

Row 2
Ch1, don't count as st, turn, sc2tog - (1) Fasten off and sew onto your main body sideways.






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Friday, 15 November 2013

How To - Crochet a Strawberry


Another free crochet pattern for thee! This time for an adorable strawberry. (^-^)

Very quick and easy to make so here is what you will need;

Materials Required

  • DK/Light worsted weight yarn in red, green and pale yellow (or white, or pale green).
  • 3.0 mm crochet hook or similar
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing
  • Scissors and a yarn needle

Finished size is as real-life, approx. 1inch x 1inch

Videos relating to this pattern are:
Magic circle technique: http://youtu.be/0m0952XQjbA



Round 1
Using R and a 3.0mm crochet hook, crochet 6sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (6)

OR ch4, sl st into 1st ch to form a loop and work 6sc into your loop

Round 2
1sc in ea st around - (6) Do not join rounds.

Round 3
2sc in next st and in ea st around - (12)

Round 4
1sc in ea st around - (12)

Round 5
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat until end - (18)

Round 6
*1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat until end - (24)

Round 7
*1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat until end - (30)

Rounds 8 - 10
1sc in ea st around - (30)

Round 11
*1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat until end - (24)

Stop here and using PY and a yarn needle, sew some small sts onto your strawberry. Be careful not to pull to tightly otherwise you may distort your strawberry shape. Fasten off PY.

Round 12
*sc2tog* repeat until end - (12)

Stop here and stuff your strawberry with either toy stuffing or yarn scraps.

Round 13
*sc2tog* repeat until end - (6)

Fasten off R and using remaining tail end and a yarn needle sew your remaining gap closed. Do this by repeatedly sewing into the next 2 sts and draw-stringing your hole closed.

Hide your tail ends on the inside of your strawberry by sewing through your strawberry a few times (without pulling too tight otherwise you will distort your strawberry shape), push your strawberry down gently and keeping your tail end taut, cut your yarn, let go of your strawberry allowing it to bounce back and doing so will hide your tail end on the inside.

Now for the greenery!

Round 1
Using G and a 3.0mm crochet hook, crochet 5sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten and sl st to join - (5)

OR ch4, sl st into 1st ch to form a loop and work 5sc into your loop

Round 2
Ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sl st in next 2 chs, 1sc in same st as chs, *1sl st in next st on main circle, ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sl st in next 2 chs, 1sc in same st as chs* repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join round, fasten off and use remaining yarn to sew onto your strawberry, hiding your tails end the same way as before.

And now you're done!

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

How To - Crochet Simple Adult Slippers for Men or Women


This pattern is oh so simple to do but I am working on a video tutorial of it as well which I will share when it has finally uploaded. 

No-one likes to wait for a pattern right? so here is the written version first! Yay!

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I loved designing them.

Suitable for beginners.





Materials Required

1 x 100g ball of chunky/bulky weight yarn in white
Some chunky/bulky weight yarn in green
I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook
Scissors and yarn needle

Finished Sizes

Teens to adult – one size only (5-7 UK)

See notes for larger/smaller sizes.

Gauge

3hdc to 1”

Additional Notes

This pattern is in US terminology.

For longer or shorter slippers crochet more or less rounds on rounds 6 – 13 or rounds 14 – 22.

For thinner or wider slippers crochet more or less chains at the beginning or work less increase rounds at the beginning.

Stitch Library

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
() = total stitches

W = white yarn G = green yarn

Video tutorials relating to this pattern.
Crocheting into foundation stitches: http://youtu.be/FMdj4j8E9U0

Left Slipper

Round 1
Using W and an I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook, ch9, 2hdc in 2nd st from hook, 1hdc in next 6 sts, 5hdc in last st. Working back into your foundation chains again work 1hdc in 2nd chain along (your 1st chain was the same as the last chain from the first row, where you worked 5hdc), 1hdc in next 5 chs, 3hdc in last ch – (22 total sts from both rows).

Round 2
Without joining your round here and onwards, 1hdc in next 10 sts, 2hdc in next 2sts, 1hdc in last 10 sts – (24)

Round 3
1hdc in next 11 sts, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in last 10 sts – (26)

Round 4
1hdc in next 12 sts, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in last 10 sts – (28)

Round 5
1hdc in next 13 sts, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in last 10 sts – (30)

Rounds 6 – 13
1hdc in ea st around – (30)

Round/Row 14
1hdc in next 25 sts, ch1 (don’t count as st here and onwards), TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in next 20 sts – (21 – we’re only counting 21 sts now)

Rows 15 – 22
Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in next 20 sts – (21)

Row 23
Ch1, TURN, hdc2tog 5 times, 1hdc in next st, hdc2tog 5 times – (11)

Row 24
Ch1, TURN, hdc2tog twice, hdc3tog, hdc2tog twice – (5)

Row 25
Ch1, TURN, hdc2tog, 1hdc in next st, hdc2tog – (3)

Row 26
Ch1, TURN, hdc3tog – (1) Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Round 27
Re-join W anywhere on back on slipper, near the edge and work 1sc neatly around opening of slipper, join G with sl st to join round – (st count is not important).

Round 28
Continuing in G, work 1 sl st in ea sc around, sl st in first sl st to join round. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Right Slipper
Round 1
Using W and an I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook, ch9, 2hdc in 2nd st from hook, 1hdc in next 6 sts, 5hdc in last st. Working back into your foundation chains again work 1hdc in 2nd chain along (your 1st chain was the same as the last chain from the first row, where you worked 5hdc), 1hdc in next 5 chs, 3hdc in last ch – (22 total sts from both rows).

Round 2
Without joining your round here and onwards, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 20 sts, 2hdc in last st – (24)

Round 3
1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 21sts, 2hdc in last st – (26)

Round 4
1hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 22sts, 2hdc in last st – (28)

Round 5
1hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 23sts, 2hdc in last st – (30)

Rounds 6 – 28
Repeat rounds 6 – 28 of left slipper.

And now you’re done!

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Friday, 1 November 2013

How To - Crochet a Remembrance Day Poppy


I designed this poppy actually a few years ago now on Remembrance Sunday here in the UK when raising money for the Royal British Legion, as my family personally lost at least 2 uncles in WW1, which I discovered when researching my ancestry.

I felt designing this poppy was my way of remembering their courage but also the sorrow they left behind.

I now share this poppy pattern with you so you can remember your heroes in your own personal way.

You are more than welcome to sell poppies made from this pattern to raise money for charities of your choice.

Materials Required

DK/Light worsted weight yarn in red
DK/Light worsted weight yarn in black
C/2 (2.5/2.75mm) Crochet Hook
Yarn needle for sewing

Finished Sizes

2” approx. in width

Gauge

Not essential for this project.

Additional Notes

This pattern is in US terminology.

R = red yarn B = black yarn

Round 1
Using B and a C/2 (2.5 or 2.75mm) crochet hook, crochet 5sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join – (5)

OR ch4, sl st into 1st ch to form a loop.

Round 2
2sc in ea st around – (10)

OR work 10sc into your ch4 loop – (10)

Round 3
Join R with sl st to join round, ch1 (count as st), 1sc in next 5 sts – (6)

Round 4
Ch1 (don’t count as st here or onwards), turn, 1sc in 1st st, 2sc in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last st – (8)

Round 5
Ch1, turn, 1sc in 1st st, 2sc in next st, 1dc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last st – (10)

Round 6
Ch1, turn, 1sc in 1st st, 2sc in next st, 1dc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last st – (12)

Round 7
Ch1, turn, 1sc in 1st st, 2sc in next st, 1dc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last st – (14)

Round 8
Work 1sc neatly down edge of petal back to black, 1sc in next 5 sts (along the black), sl st in next st to match up red yarn.

Round 9
Ch1, turn, sk sl st, 1sc in 1st st (sc from previous row), 2sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last st – (6)

Round 10
Ch1, turn, 1sc in 1st st, 2sc in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last st – (8)

Round 11
Ch1, turn, 1sc in 1st st, 2sc in next st, 1dc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last st – (10)

Round 12
Work 1sc neatly down edge of petal back to black, sl st in next st and fasten off using black yarn tails to tie onto whatever you desire! (^-^)

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