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Friday, August 26, 2016

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!!

It's back to school time! Time for homework, timed reading and AR tests. Why not make reading even MORE fun with this little guy?

My boys LOVE the Pigeon books and we love reading together. One day while we were reading, my oldest asked for a stuffed pigeon. It took a bit of working, but I finally came up with one that I was happy with. And even better, he loved it! My second son asked for one and off I went to make another... and to write the pattern! So now I'll share it with you! You can also find it on Ravelry here if you'd like to add it to your library.

What you'll need:
Worsted Weight yarn (light blue with small amounts of black and white)
G hook

 tapestry needle for sewing in ends

Stitches Used:
Magic Circle (MC) 
Single Crochet (sc) 
Slip Stitch (sl st) 
Chain (ch) 
Decrease stitch (sc2tog)
Back Loop Only (blo)
Half double crochet (hdc)

Pattern:


Body: (Starting with light blue)
R1: 6 sc in mc
R2: 2 sc in each st (12)
R3: **2sc in next st, sc in next** rpt around (18)
R4: **2sc in next st, sc in next 2** rpt around (24)
R5: **2sc in next st, sc in next 3** rpt around (30)
R6: **2sc in next 3 st, sc next 12** rpt once more (36)
R7-10: sc in each st around (36)
(Make sure you note the beginning of next round with a stitch marker or equivalent)
R11: ch 5, sk 5, blo sc around (31 st + ch 5)
(continue on treating the ch stitches as normal stitches)
R12: **sc2tog, sc next 4** rpt around (30)
R13: **sc2tog, sc next 3** rpt around (24)
R14: **sc2tog, sc next 2** rpt around (18)
R15: **sc2tog, sc next st** rpt around (12)
This is a good time to stuff the body
R16: sc2tog around (6)
f/o leaving a long tail. Weave tail through last 6 stitches and pull tight. Weave in end.

Tail:
From stitch marker that you placed in R11, count back 16 st, rejoin yarn.
R1: sc in same st as join and in next 3 stitches
R2: ch 1, turn, sc across (4)
R3: sc2tog twice (2)
R4: sc across (2)
R5: sc2tog
f/o and weave in end

Neck:
Rejoin blue yarn at stitch marker (you should have 10 stitches in next space to work with)
R1: sc in same st as join, sc2tog twice, sc next 2 stitch, 2sc in next 2 st, sc last st (10)
R2-9: sc around (10) (Start stuffing and continue to stuff as you go)
Change to white
R10-11: sc around (10)
Change to blue
R12-13: sc around (10)
f/o leaving long tail for sewing on head

Head:
R1: 6 sc in mc
R2: 2 sc in each st (12)
R3: **2sc in next st, sc in next** rpt around (18)
R4: **2sc in next st, sc in next 2** rpt around (24)
R5-9: sc around (24)
R10: **sc2tog, sc next 2** rpt around (18)
R11: **sc2tog, sc next st** rpt around (12)
This is a good time to stuff
R12: sc2tog around (6)
f/o leaving long tail. Weave tail through last few stitches, pull tight. Weave in end.


Eyes: (Make 2)
Starting with black
R1: 5 sc in mc
Change to white
R2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
R3: sc in next st, **2hdc in next, hdc next** twice, sc next st, sl st (you will be leaving st in round unworked)
f/o, leaving a long tail for sewing

Legs: (Make 2)
With black
Ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 2. Ch 4 (this creates other “toe”), sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 2. Sl st back up the remaining 7 stitches of the leg

Beak:
With orange
R1: Ch 4
R2-4: ch 1, turn, sc across
f/o leaving a long tail for sewing

Assembly:

Sew eyes on head. Make sure they are evenly spaced and eyes are “looking back.” Sew beak in between eyes. Sew head onto body. Sew legs on.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Autumn Breeze Earwarmer and Headband

Wow! It's been quite the summer! I haven't had a chance to post nearly as much as I've wanted. But school is about to start for us and its time to get back to the daily routine! And I can't wait to show you some of the things I have in the works!

First up, a free pattern for you! In honor of fall being just around the corner, I'm introducing the Autumn Breeze Earwarmer/Headband pattern! It works up super quick and has a beautiful, intricate design. It would also look great with the Autumn Breeze Cowl!

What you’ll need:
  • G (4 mm) hook
  • WW yarn (I used Red Heart Soft)
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Stitches used:
  • Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Chain (ch)
  • Puff Stitch – yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, repeat 2 more times (7 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all but one. Yarn over, pull through last two.
  • PuffTog- Yarn over, insert hook into puff stitch, pull up loop, yarn over, insert hook into space between puffs, pull up loop, yarn over, insert hook into next puff st, pull up loop (7 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 6 loops. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Gauge:
As worked in pattern R2-6 x 12 st (2 “leaves”) = 2.5”
9 FHdc= 2 in.


Notes:
  • Pattern is written for child size (adult size in parentheses)
  • Sizes measure child (19” ) adult ( 21”)
  • Pattern is worked in the round


Pattern:
(In Main color)
R1: FHDC 78 (84). Join with a sl st to 1st st. Ch 2.
R2: HDC in 3rd loop of each st (the loop behind the 2 stitches you would normally work in). Join. Ch 1
R3: Sc in 3rd loop of each st. Join.
Change to Contrast Color
R4:ch 5, **sk 2 stitches, dc in next st, ch 2** rpt around. Join to 3rd ch of starting.
R5: ch 4, **sk ch2 sp, puff stitch in dc, ch 1, puff stitch in next chain stitch, ch 1, sk rest of ch sp, dc in next dc, ch 1** rpt  around, ending with puffs and ch1. Join to 3rd ch of starting.
R6: ch 4, **sk ch sp, (2 puff stitches) in ch 1 sp between puffs from previous round (*note, there is no ch 1 between puff stitches), ch 1, sk ch 1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1** rpt  around, ending with puffs and ch1. Join to 3rd ch of starting.
R7: ch 5, **sk ch sp, pufftog over next 3 stitches (see special stitches and pics), ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2** rpt around, ending with pufftog, ch 1. Join to 3rd ch of starting.
Change to Main Color
R8: ch 2, hdc in same sp as ch, 2hdc in ch 2, *hdc in pufftog, 2 hdc in ch sp, hdc in dc, 2 hdc in ch sp* rpt around. Join with st st to first hdc.
R9: HDC in 3rd loop of each st (the loop behind the 2 stitches you would normally work in). Join. Ch 1.
R10: Sc in 3rd loop of each st.

f/o and weave in ends.

If you love this pattern, check out the Autumn Breeze Slouch Hat and Autumn Breeze Cowl!