Friday, November 22, 2013

Crocheted Snowball Wreath


I'm dreaming of some snow this winter. Just enough so my boys can build a snowman in the backyard :) While I wait for those first few flakes, I decided to make a little bit of a winter wonderland in our house and I'm starting with this crocheted snowball wreath! I have visions of snowball garland hung  across the mantel, in the entry way and on the banister. If I can make it happen I will post lots of pictures! Although I can already see my husband giving me crazy looks for trying to yarn bomb our house.



I used a 12 inch round green styrofoam wreath. I found mine at Michaels.
The blue yarn is Red Heart with Love in Iced Aqua
You are going to create a long crocheted strip that you will then wrap around and stitch together onto the wreath.

The pattern is simple:
With size H hook
Chain 21, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain, chain 1, turn (20 SC)
Rows 2-150: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (20 SC)
Leave a long long tail after your last row so you can stitch the edges together onto the wreath.

When you wrap your crocheted strip around the wreath make sure your rows match up. Now take your tapestry needle and start stitch it together. It always looks like it won't work out, but keep matching up the beginning of the row to the end of the same row and it will all come together with no lumps or bumps at the end.




Now make your snowballs. I made mine in a couple different sizes. Here are the patterns:


With white yarn and a size G hook..

Large Snowball:
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat around (15 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two, repeat around (20 SC)
Round 5-7: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, repeat around 
Round 9: SC decrease, SC in next stitch, repeat around
stuff with poly-fil
Round 10: SC decrease around until closed.

Medium Snowball:
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat around (15 SC)
Round 4-6: SC in each stitch around (15 SC)
Round 7: SC decrease, SC in next stitch, repeat around 
stuff with poly-fil
Round 8: SC decrease around until closed.

Small Snowball:


Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 3-4: SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
stuff with poly-fil
Round 5: SC decrease around until closed.

Leave a long tail on the end of the snowballs to sew onto your wreath. But to be honest, I got tired of sewing snowballs so I whipped out my hot glue gun and just glued them in place :)




If you missed my snowman pattern, you can find it HERE
He sits on the middle of the wreath so nicely!

Now to make a some cute crocheted bunting!
First make 4 triangle pennant flags:
Chain 6, SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next, DC in next two, TC in last. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now you are going to chain 10 (or so) and then single crochet into the top of the flags. Chain 3 in between the flags.




I cut the word "snow" out of red felt and glued it on with a little hot glue.


Now I'm enjoying my little bit of "snow" while watching my favorite Christmas movies :) 
I love this time of year!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Crocheted Gingerbread Man Cookie Pattern


No need to worry about putting on extra weight during the holidays we these calorie-free crocheted gingerbread man cookies! Great as an appliqué, ornament, or holiday decoration. String them together for some gingerbread garland! Or sew two together and stuff with a little poly-fil to make a little stuffed toy. Finished gingerbread man measures approx. 3.5" x 2.5". 

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in brown and white. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Honey which is a great gingerbread color!
- Size G (4.00mm) Crochet Hook (or larger if you wish to make larger gingerbread men)
- Tapestry needle
- Small pom-poms for eyes and buttons and a little piece of red yarn for the smile.

Abbreviations:
DC = Double Crochet

Gingerbread Man Cookie Pattern

First lets make the body...
Magic ring, ch 2, make 10 DC in ring, join to first DC, chain 7

DC in 3rd chain from hook and in next 4 chains, (now you are back to your 10 DC round) skip one stitch and join to the next DC stitch, chain 7
DC in 3rd chain from hook and in next 4 chains, (now you are back to your 10 DC round) skip one stitch and join to the next DC stitch, chain 5
DC in 3rd chain from hook, and in next 2 chains, (now you are back to your 10 DC round) skip one stitch and join to next DC stitch.
Slip stitch in next two stitches.
Chain 5, DC in 3rd chain from hook, and in next 2 chains, (now you are back to your 10 DC round) skip one stitch and join to next DC stitch (this should be the same DC as where you started the first leg)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now make the head...
Magic ring, ch 2, make 12 DC in ring, join to first DC, fasten off and weave in ends.

Attach circle (head) to body with tapestry needle.

Surface slip stitch around entire edge if body. HERE is a great tutorial on how to make surface slip stitches.

Glue or stitch on face and button embellishments if desired.
I used small pom-poms from Craftprojectideas.com for the eyes and buttons. They came in this package of Rainbow Assorted Poms. You can find them HERE or at Walmart stores. I glued them on along with a small piece of red yarn for the mouth. You could stitch on a smile or crochet small buttons and eyes as well. 

Now here is the tutorial in pictures:








You can leave the gingerbread man "nudie"


or add embellishments!




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Monday, November 18, 2013

DIY Owl Stitch Markers with Polymer Clay


It has been a long time since I worked with polymer clay and I forgot how much I loved it! It's a perfect material to make custom stitch markers with. Something any crocheter would love! Make them for yourself or make them as a gift for your crocheting friends and family members. I chose to make cute little owls but keep in mind that you can really make any kind of shape/animal/food/object/etc that you can think of! And did I mention that these could easily be made into earrings or charms or magnets?!

Here are the materials you will need:


1. Polymer Clay. Fimo, Sculpey, and Craft Smart are some popular brands. I used Sculpey III clay that I purchased at Michaels in a variety color pack.
2. Sculpey Gloss Glaze (and paint brush).
3. Wire cutters and you will probably also need some needle nose pliers as well.
4. Small Jump Rings. I used 6mm.
5. Lobster Clasps/Closures no smaller than 12mm.
6. Eye pins.
7. Opional: exacto knife and clay tools. I have the Sculpey 5-in-1 tool kit. The exacto knife cuts the clay easily.




To make the owl you will want to take a small 1/2 inch ball of clay and mold it into an owl body shape as seen in the picture. Flatten the bottom a little and use one of your sculpey tools or a round pen to create the dip at the top for the ears. You will need two small orange balls for the feet, two white balls for the eyes, a small triangle for the nose (just shape with your fingers), and the smallest balls of black clay you can possible make for the eyeballs. The wings start as a ball, squish it flat and then pinch the end a little to shape the wing.


Press the white eyes on, then the wings, then the nose and then the orange balls will press onto the bottom for the feet. Then add teeny tiny black balls and press those on for the eye balls. 

Next you will trim the eye pin so it is shorter than the length of your owl. Poke it through the top of the head between the ears.


Putt on a baking tray and bake according to instructions on clay package. Mine baked at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.



When cooled, you will want to attach the jump ring and the lobster clasp. You will probably need to use needle nose plier to open the jump ring.



Next you will paint on the gloss glaze. I found it easiest to hold the piece by the clasp while painting. Let glaze dry for 24 hours and they are ready to use!










Thursday, November 14, 2013

Crock Pot Candied Yams


This is a great recipe for Thanksgiving and all the holiday meals you might be hosting in the next couple months! These candied yams are absolutely delicious and very easy to throw together in the crock pot.


Ingredients:
- 5 large yams (try to pick the nice long ones that will cut in nice circles)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:
1. Peel and cut yams into slices (about a 1/2 inch thick)
2. Spray crock pot with cooking spray and dump in yam slices.
3. In separate bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients. Make sure you melt the butter before mixing.
4. Pour mixture on top of yams.
5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. You may want to mix the yams about halfway through cooking so the yams on the top get some sauce coverage.
6. Serve warm! You can thicken the sauce by transferring it to a stove top pot and adding in a couple tablespoons of cornstarch. But to be honest, no need to even use the extra sauce. The yams are tasty just as is.




Enjoy!



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Crochet Reindeer Antlers Pattern


Last year I posted a crochet Rudolph the Reindeer hat pattern (pattern HERE) which was embellished with felt eyes and antlers. Although I absolutely love the look of the felt pieces, the antlers don't really stand up and I've had a lot of requests for crocheted versions of these parts. So here ya go!

I actually experimented doing the antlers a couple different ways, but this way was the quickest and easiest so this is the one I'm sharing :)

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in chocolate brown.
- Size G6 (5.5mm) hook
- Poly-fil stuffing
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC = Triple Crochet

Antler Pattern:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 9 SC inside magic ring. pull tight and continue to crochet in rounds
Rd 2-14: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Feel free to make this part longer if needed by continuing to SC in rounds.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat. Stuff with poly-fil.

Now make a second piece just like the first but stop after 4 rounds.


Using your tapestry needle, stitch the smaller part on the larger piece. 


Now you can stitch it onto the top your hat between the ears. 


If you also want to make crocheted eyes instead of felt, here is the pattern for that.

Crochet eye:
Using white worsted weight yarn...
Magic ring, make 10 HDC in ring, join to first HDC, chain 1.
Rd 2: HDC in first 5 stitches, 2 DC in next 2 stitches, 2 TC in next stitch, 2 DC in next, 2 HDC in last stitch, join. 
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.

Crochet eyeball:
Using black worsted weight yarn...
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 10 HDC in ring, join to first HDC.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto the white part of the eye.

So now you have two options! Rudolph with felt accents or a completely crocheted Rudolph! 






Monday, November 11, 2013

Our Cardstore Holiday Cards plus a GIVEAWAY!


Every year since we've been married, my husband and I have taken Fall photos and mailed holiday cards to our family and friends. I love this tradition of sending cards during the holiday season. There is something special about receiving an actual piece of mail from your loved ones. So when I was browsing online for this years card template, I came across Cardstore. I was drawn to their large assortment of customizable cards all with fresh new designs! The site was easy to navigate and within minutes I found three styles that would work perfectly with our photos. Since I could't decide which one I liked best, I ordered a sample of each one :)


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Crochet Snowman Pattern


Your holiday decorating won't be complete without this cozy crochet snowman amigurumi! I'm envisioning a whole family of them sitting on my mantel :) They would also make a wonderful handmade gift for kids and adults!

Materials:
-Worsted weight yarn in white, black, and red. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice.
-Size G6 (4mm) Crochet Hook
-Safety Eyes (Black, 6mm)
-Tapestry needle
-Poly-fil stuffing
-Poly-fil beads/ Poly-pellets*
-Stitch marker

*Although you could stuff the entire snowman with regular poly-fil stuffing, I recommend weighting the bottom of it with Poly-Pellets so your snowman will easily stand upright. Poly-Pellets are small plastic beads. You can find them at craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Anns or you can buy them online at Amazon. Do not try to replace poly-fil pellets with rice or beans. They will invite little pests into your crochet and if they get wet they can breakdown and mold. Also, you probably don't want to put your poly-pellets directly inside the crocheted piece. Overtime the yarn could stretch and the pellets could fall out. Not safe for young children. I put my pellets inside an old pair of baby stockings. I just cut the foot off, poured the pellets in (enough to make a nice ball at the bottom of the snowman) and tied it off.



Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Crochet Snowman Pattern
Finished snowman measure approx. 6" tall (from hat to bottom) and 3" at its widest point.

Magic ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC inside ring, pull tight and continue to SC in rounds (do not join). Use a stitch marker to keep track of your rows if needed.
Rd 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat around (15 SC)
Rd 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (20 SC)
Rd 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around (25 SC)
Rd 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around (30 SC)
Rd 6-10: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
Rd 11: SC Decrease, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around
Rd 12: SC in each stitch around (25 SC)
Rd 13: SC Decrease, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around
Fill with your polyfil beads and add button safety eyes
Rd 14: SC Decrease, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around
Rd 15: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (20 SC)
Rd 16: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around (25 SC)
Rd 17-19: SC in each stitch around (25 SC)
Rd 20: SC Decrease, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around
Add eyes and nose
Rd 21: SC Decrease, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around
Rd 22: SC Decrease, SC in next stitch, repeat around
Stuff with regular polyfil (not beads)
Rd 23: SC Decrease around until closed.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Carrot Nose:
Chain 4, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook, slip stitch in next chain, SC in last. Fasten off, sew onto head.

Scarf:
Chain 50, SC in 3rd chain from hook and rest of the way down chain. Fasten off weave in ends. Tie around snowman neck.


Top hat:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, pull tight, join, chain 1
Rd 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat around, join, chain 1 (15 SC)
Rd 3: in back loops only, SC in each stitch around (15 SC)
Rd 4: now working in both loops, SC Decrease, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around, join, chain 1
Rd 5-6: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (12 SC)
Rd 7: in front loops only, SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (12 SC)
Rd 8: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off leaving tail to sew on to head.
Add a cute button like a poinsettia. Stuff hat lightly with poly-fil stuffing before sewing onto head.




Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


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