Friday, December 19, 2014

Crochet Christmas Lights



Something cool just happened. I was crocheting another tiny mouse from the pattern I posted yesterday and at the same moment my son was showing me a worksheet of christmas lights he colored at school. A light bulb went off...literally! The crochet "mouse" I had in my hand also made the perfect shape for Christmas lights!! I love when one pattern can become something else :) Of course you will need to add a little top to the bulb but that is easy. Complete pattern is below!

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Uarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Scarlett, Mustard, Fern, Purple, and Black. The turquoise is Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aqua.
- Size G Crochet Hook.
- Tapestry Needle
- Poly-fil fiber stuffing

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
DC = Double Crochet


Crochet Christmas Light Pattern:
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 4 SC, pull tight and continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around (16 SC)
Round 7: SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 3, repeat around (20 SC)
Round 9-11: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 12: SC Decrease, SC in next 3, repeat around
Eyes should be between round 5 and 6 and leave 3 stitches between the eyes.
Round 13: SC Decrease, SC in next 2, repeat around
Round 14: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around
Now is a good time to start stuffing with poly-fil and continue stuffing until completely closed.
change to black (or green or gray) yarn
Round 15-17: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail and similar to what you did to close the bottom of the mouse (SEE TUTORIAL HERE), you will use your tapestry needle to close the top of the bulb. Weaving your needle under the back loops of the stitches (two at a time) sew it shut. 
Create a little loop at the top before fastening off and weaving in ends. This makes it easy to string up!

Create a long chain to string lights on.  A chain of 150 was enough for 5 bulbs so double or triple accordingly.





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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tiny Crochet Mouse


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a... crochet mouse! This teeny tiny crochet mouse is as cute as can be especially if you dress him up for the holidays... how about a little crochet santa hat?! A perfect tree ornament, present topper, or just a cute piece to have any time of year. You could also stuff it will cat nip and gift it to your cat! Make a whole mouse family!

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Uarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Silver Heather.
- Size G Crochet Hook.
- Tapestry Needle
- Safety Eyes (12mm) 
- Poly-fil fiber stuffing

Optional: Holly Berry Button


Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
DC = Double Crochet

Finished mouse measures about 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.

Crochet Mouse Pattern:
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 4 SC, pull tight and continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around (16 SC)
Round 7: SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 3, repeat around (20 SC)
Round 9-11: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 12: SC Decrease, SC in next 3, repeat around
Now is a good time to add your safety eyes and begin to stuff with poly-fil.
Eyes should be between round 5 and 6 and leave 3 stitches between the eyes.
Round 13: SC Decrease, SC in next 2, repeat around
Round 14: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail
With tapestry needle weave in strands so the bottom closes. To do this you will make what is almost a SC decrease with your tapestry needle (but no yarn over). Just insert your needle under front loops of two crochet stitches. Keep doing this all the way around and pull tight. 
Leave extra yarn hanging for the tail.



Ears (Make 2):
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 4 DC in ring, chain 2 and join to ring. Pull tight. Don't join.
You should have a half circle.
Sew ears on behind the eyes.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crock Pot Peppermint Bark


Peppermint Bark is a classic holiday dessert but did you know that you can also make it in the Crock Pot?! The Crock Pot uses less energy than the microwave or stove and you don't have to continually check or stir your melting chocolate. So why not give it a try! Just another way you can use your slow cooker this holiday season :)

Ingredients:
- Two 12oz bags of white chocolate chips (I used Nestle brand)
- 1/2 - 1 cup crushed peppermint candy. I purchased a 10oz bag of crushed peppermint candies from World Market.
- Wax paper


Directions:
1. Place both bags of chocolate chips in your crock pot. I used my small 1.5 quart slow cooker but you could double the recipe and use a bigger one!
2. Set on low for 1 hour. It helps to stir after about 30 minutes to make sure bottom and edges aren't burning.
3. Stir after and hour. Chocolate should be melted (not necessarily runny)
4. Add in about a half cup of crushed peppermint candy. More or less depending on your taste and how chunky you like it!
5. Spread out onto baking sheet lined with wax paper.
6. Sprinkle more crushed candy on top.
7. Put in fridge for 1 hr. When cooled, break apart and serve!






Package up and gift to friends and family or serve it during your holiday party. Or just keep it on the counter and continuously eat it as I've been doing :)






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FREE Character Hats in the Craftsy Crochet Pattern Gallery!



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If I know you guys well (and I believe I do), I know you love character hats! I introduced you to Craftsy’s Crochet Patterns Gallery a couple weeks ago with a round-up of holiday patterns but did you know that they also have a huge selection of FREE character hats to choose from?! All of this included in over 33,000 crochet patterns with over 2,000 of those patterns being absolutely FREE! And remember you can narrow your search by selecting the type of pattern you are looking for (hats, afghans, animals, etc) or by person they are made for or simply by level of difficulty.


All you need to do is create your own free Craftsy account and you will have access to free crochet pattern downloads! Here is a round-up of some of my favorite character hats. Of course you will find many more just by searching the Craftsy Crochet Pattern Gallery. CLICK HERE for these free character hat patterns pictured above including Olaf, Angry Birds, Mario Mushroom, Lightning McQueen, Lalaloopsy, Cookie Monster, Snoopy, and Ninja Turtles!


Let me know what else you find on the Free Crochet Patterns Gallery on Craftsy! I would love to see what you are working on!


Thank you Craftsy for sponsoring this blog post and for supporting pattern designers like myself by NOT charging listing fees or taking commissions.






Friday, December 12, 2014

Crochet Santa Sleigh and Reindeer Hat


Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN! On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN! And I know you all recall the most famous reindeer of all, which is Rudolph of course :) I found the most adorable sleigh and reindeer buttons the other day and thanks to Amazon Prime I got them in hand yesterday and immediately attached them to a crochet hat! The buttons are small (about a 1/2 inch wide) so I thought a simple single crochet baby hat would fit them best. The pattern for this 0-3 month size hat is below but you could re-create this hat using any of my basic hat patterns (Try my gingerbread hat for a HDC hat or the base of my Snow Queen Hat for a DC pattern).


Materials:
- Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in Aquamarine - This is a bulky weight yarn but worsted would also work.
- White worsted or bulky weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Baby's First Yarn in Cotton Ball
- Size H Crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle

 

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet

0-3 month size Single Crochet Hat Pattern:
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 11 SC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (22 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (22 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 1 (33 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (33 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 1 (44 SC)
Round 7-19: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (44 SC)
change to white yarn
Round 20: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew your buttons on! 
Make french knots with white yarn to create falling snow. HERE is a tutorial on how to make a french knot.


Merry Christmas!


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Polymer Clay Snowman Buttons


When you can't find what you want in stores you have to DIY it! This was the case for these snowman buttons. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted at the craft store so I took out my polymer clay and made my own! These are easier to make than you may think. It helps if you make an assembly line and create a bunch at once. Perfect for embellishing your crochet hats, cup cozies, and many other projects! Leave off the button holes, add a magnet on the back and give a set of them as a gift. Lots of possibilities!

Materials:
- Polymer Clay.  I used Sculpey III purchased from Michaels in a big assorted pack of colors. Luckily the white had a nice glittery shimmer to it! Perfect for snow :)
- Empty water bottle (optional). I used a Dasani water bottle.
- Sculpey gloss glaze and paint brush
- 4 toothpicks

First lets make the circle for the head. Create a ball and press it down so its fairly thin (about and 1/8th of an inch). Use the water bottle as your cutter to create a nice round shape! You want to avoid using kitchen tools with polymer clay because it leaves a residue that is toxic. You don't want to mix it with your food. It also helps to work with your polymer clay on parchment paper for easy lifting and molding.


Now add your embellishments. Use teeny tiny balls of black for the mouth and eyes. Make the smallest ball possible and lightly press it down. Make a thin carrot nose and lightly press it down as well. You will want to make sure your nose is large enough for the button holes. Add earmuffs or hat if you wish!


Now lets create the button holes. Tape together 4 toothpicks like in the picture below. The two toothpicks on the ends will hang down lower. These will create even holes.


Poke through the top, flip over and poke through the same spots on the bottom to ensure you have a hole wide enough for a needle to go through. I made the holes through the nose so you could sew them on with a piece of orange yarn and it would be camouflaged. 



Set on baking sheet and bake in the oven at 275 degrees for about 15 minutes. Let cool and then paint over the top of each button with a gloss glaze.


I can't wait to see how you use your happy snowman buttons (or magnets, clips, etc!)







Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crochet Christmas Tree Applique


Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! This crochet Christmas Tree Applique is so quick to make you could have a whole forest in just an hour :) Perfect on a hat, potholder, blanket or more. Embellish with buttons, pom-poms, or stitch on some yarn ornaments.

Materials:
- Size F Crochet Hook
- Worsted Weight Yarn in Green and Brown
- Extra yarn for ornaments or tiny Pom-poms, or buttons.
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Tree Pattern:
With green yarn...
Chain 11, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 2: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 3: SC Decrease, SC in next 6, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 4: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 5: SC Decrease, SC in next 4, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 6: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 7: SC Decrease, SC in next 2, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 8: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 9: SC Decrease twice, chain 1, turn (2 SC)
Row 10: make 2 SC, chain 1, turn (2 SC)
Row 11: SC Decrease, and continue to SC around all three edges.
fasten off and weave in ends.

Starting 4 stitches in from the bottom, attach brown yarn.
Make 4 SC, chain 1, turn
Row 2-3: SC in each stitch across (4 SC)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Glue on pom-poms and star button. Or stitch on yarn embellishments.

Merry Christmas!