Friday, February 16, 2018

Free Pattern Friday: Mama and Baby Foxes

Are foxes still trending? Whatever. They're super cute, trending or not. When I was little I always loved those stuffed animals that had a mother and babies, like puppies or kittens, that cuddled up next to the mom. Remember those?

Mother and Baby Fox


I originally wrote this pattern for Michaels. Simple stitches and soft wool-blend yarn in earthy colors make the project perfect for a Mother's Day gift (you've got so much time!) or a baby's nursery.

Materials List
Tapestry needle
Polyester fiberfill
Embroidery Needle
White felt
White thread
Black embroidery floss

Notes:
The pieces are all crocheted in the round in unjoined spirals. Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting.


Mama Fox Head
With yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st (24 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 7: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (33 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 9: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnds 10-11: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 12: *(Sc into next 3 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 13: *(Sc into next 2 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Head firmly. Continue to add stuffing as you work the last rows.
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Thread through last rows of stitches and pull to close. Weave in ends. Set aside.


Mama Fox Body
Starting at the head end of the Body, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st.
Rnds 7-14: Hdc into next 11 sts, sc into next 10 sts (21 sts)
Rnds 15-17: Sc into each st.
Rnd 18: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 19: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Body firmly.
Rnd 20: Sc2tog around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn tail. Weave through the last round of stitches and pull to close the hole. Weave end into the inside.


Mama Fox Ears (Make 2)
Starting at tip of Ear with yarn B and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Change to yarn A at end of Rnd 2.
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Set aside.

Mama Fox Legs (Make 4)
With yarn B and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-11: Sc into each st (5 sts)
Fasten off and set aside.

Mama Fox Tail
Starting at the tip of the Tail, with yarn C and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc into each st.
Rnd 4: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc into next 5 sts, 2 sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts (11 sts)
Change to yarn A at the end of Rnd 5.
Rnds 6-9: Sc into each st around, increasing one stitch each round. 15 sts at the end of Rnd 9.
Rnds 10-13: Sc into each st (15 sts)
Rnd 14: Sc2tog, sc into each st (14 sts)
Rnd 15: *(Sc into next 5 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Tail firmly.
Rnd 16: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Rnd 17: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Tail aside.



Assembly
Sew Head to Body at an angle, as shown. Use matching yarn and weave in ends.

With yarn tails, sew Ears, Legs, and Tail to Mama Fox. Legs should be positioned to all lay to the side so she can lay down.
Cut a wide teardrop shape from white felt for the muzzle. With straight stitches and an embroidery floss and embroidery needle, stitch a nose and mouth onto the felt. Stitch muzzle to Mama Fox Head with white thread.


Baby Fox Head
With yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st (24 sts)
Rnds 3-5: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 6: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 8: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 10:  *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Head firmly.
Rnd 11: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Thread through last rows of stitches and pull to close. Weave in ends. Set aside.

Baby Fox Body
Starting at the head end of the Body, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc into each st.
Rnds 5-10: Hdc into next 9 sts, sc into next 9 sts (18 sts)
Rnds 11-13: Sc into each st.
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Body firmly.
Rnd 15: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn tail. Weave through the last round of stitches and pull to close the hole. Weave end into the inside. Set aside.

Baby Fox Ears (Make 2)
Starting at tip of Ear with yarn B and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Change to yarn A at end of Rnd 1.
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Set aside.

Baby Fox Legs (Make 4)
With yarn B and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-5: Sc into each st (5 sts)
Fasten off and set aside.

Baby Fox Tail
Starting at the tip of the Tail, with yarn C and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc into each st.
Change to yarn A at the end of Rnd 3.
Rnd 4: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts (10 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc into each st around, increasing one stitch each round. 13 sts at the end of Rnd 7.
Rnds 8-9: Sc into each st (13 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc2tog, sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 11: *(Sc into next 4 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (10 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Tail firmly.
Rnd 12: Sc2tog around (5 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Tail aside.

Assembly
Sew Head to Body at an angle, as shown. Use matching yarn and weave in ends.

With yarn tails, sew Ears, Legs, and Tail to Baby Fox. Legs should be positioned to all lay to the side so he can lay down.
Cut a wide teardrop shape from white felt for the muzzle. With straight stitches and an embroidery floss and embroidery needle, stitch a nose and mouth onto the felt. Stitch muzzle to Baby Fox Head with white thread.

Embroider closed eyes as shown on face of Head with black embroidery floss and embroidery needle.

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
St: Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Sc2tog: Single Crochet 2 stitches Together

Techniques
Adjustable ring: Make a ring with yarn. Insert hook into ring, yarn over and draw up a loop. Ch 1, as directed in pattern. Work the stitches required in pattern into the ring. When complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring.



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Friday, December 22, 2017

Amigurumi Star Wars Porg! Free Pattern

Free Amigurumi Star Wars Porg
The breakout star from the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, for me anyway, was the Porg. Everyone saw them in the previews and was like "awww! Porgs!" But when Chewbacca was sitting there roasting a Porg over an open fire and that little Porg stood there pleading with him not to take a bite, how could you not fall in love with them?! So cute.

There are lots of super cute Porg patterns with lots of realistic detail and you should definitely buy those patterns because they're amazing. If you want a quick Porg fix and you're kind of a new crocheter, I've written an easy tutorial that's based on my popular "Baby Monsters Amigurumi". Add some color changes, duck feet, and wings, and you've got yourself a Porg.

Star Wars Porg Baby Monster Pattern

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn: Taupe (A), Gold (B), White (C)
*I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
Black embroidery floss
Black 15mm safety eyes (you can use 12mm if you can't find 15mm)

Tools:
E/3.5mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Embroidery needle

Head/Body: 
R1: Starting at the top of the Porg’s head, with worsted weight yarn A (taupe) and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, chain (ch) 1, and single crochet (sc) 6 stitches into the ring. Pull the ring closed with the loose yarn tail.
R2: 2sc into each st (12)
R3: (2sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep around (18)
R4: 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, change to gold yarn B, (2 Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) four times for a total of 16 gold sts, change to taupe yarn A, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 (24 sts)
R5: Sc in next 4, change to yarn B, sc in next 6, change to white yarn C, sc in next 4, change to yarn B, sc in next 6, change to yarn A, sc in next 4 (24 sts)
R6: Sc in next 4, change to yarn B, sc in next 5, change to yarn C, sc in next 6, change to yarn B, sc in next 5, change to yarn A, sc in next 4 (24 sts)
R7: Sc in next 5, with B sc in next 4, with C sc in next 6, with B sc in next 4, with A sc in next 5 (24 sts)
(Cut yarn B--you're done with it!)
R8-13: Sc in next 8, with white C sc in next 8, with A sc in next 8 (24 sts)
Fasten off. Set aside.

Feet:
Join yarn B at front loop of first st of white on bottom rnd of Body (see photo) with a sl st, ch 3, 2 dc in front loop. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Repeat for second foot by joining at last st of white on last round of body.

Base:
R1: With white yarn C, make an adjustable ring, chain (ch) 1, and single crochet (sc) 6 stitches into the ring. Pull the ring closed.
R2: 2 sc into each st (12)
R3: (2 sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep to end of rnd (18)
R4: (sc into next st, 2sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep to end of rnd (24)
Fasten off.

Insert eyes into Head between R5 and R6, 4 sts apart. Insert stuffing into Body and sew Base to Head/Body.

Wings (Make 2):
With yarn A, ch 10. Trc in 5th ch from hook and next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch. Fasten off and weave in one yarn tail. Weave in second yarn tail and use it to sew wing to body as shown.


Use a scrap of yarn B and a yarn needle to make eyelids. Stitch two diagonal stitches across tops of eyes as shown. Weave in ends.

Use an embroidery needle and black embroidery floss to stitch two tiny nostrils and an upside down V shape for the mouth.

For a Christmas tree ornament, cut a string (I used baker's twine) 6" long, knot ends, insert hook into top of Head, pull up a loop and pull ends through loop.

Merry Christmas and enjoy your Porgs!
Amigurumi Porg
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Free Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar



Advent calendars are so fun! I remember waking up each December morning, popping open a little door on my cardboard advent calendar, and treasuring each delicious (at least to my 8 year old mind--we all know it tastes sorta waxy and cheap) piece of chocolate. This handmade advent calendar will bring the magic of Christmas to your home each morning, as a treasure is revealed inside each tiny stocking. Crocheted in a rainbow of colors and labeled with chipboard number stickers, this fun decoration will be a treasured heirloom to keep forever. Hung as a garland on the fireplace mantle, or straight up and down on a wall, the string of stockings will fill kids with anticipation for the big day.

The stockings are so quick to crochet, and with no sewing involved, you'll be crocheting many in no time. Use lots of different colors, or make them in traditional red and white.


Instead of Christmas colors, crochet eight little stockings in a Winter white and blue color scheme and fill them with gelt for a gorgeous Chanukah decoration.

Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar

Materials List
Caron "Simply Soft Party" Yarn -- Red, Fuchsia, Snow, Purple
Red Heart "Soft" Yarn -- Tangerine
American Crafts "Thickers" Number Stickers -- Sprinkles Glitter White
*Full disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links and will earn me a little cash! 

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet 2 stitches Together

Note: Stockings are made in two colors, A and B. Choose from any two colors of worsted weight yarns.

Stocking
Starting at the toe of the Stocking, with yarn A and a G hook, make an adjustable ring, ch1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.

Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnds 2-5: Sc into each st.
Change to B at the end of Rnd 5.

Heel
Row 6: Sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next st (10 sts)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, hdc2tog four times, sc in last st (6 sts)
Change to A at the end of Row 8.

Leg of Stocking
Rnd 9: Working down into sts of Rnd 5, without turning (see photo above for where to crochet), sc into next 6 sts, working into top edge of Row 8, sc into next 6 sts (12 sts)

Rnds 10-12: Sc into each st around (12 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc into next 9 sts, change to B, sc into next 3 sts.

Rnd 14: Sc into each st.

Rnd 15: Sc into next 11 sts, ch 6, join with a sl st to same st.
Fasten off and weave in end.

Finishing:
Arrange stockings in order for assembling garland.

With desired worsted weight yarn and a G hook, ch 9, join to first ch with a sl st, ch 10, *(sc into loop at top of stocking, positioning it left or right, ch 15), repeat from * for each until last stocking. For last stocking, sc into loop, ch 19, join with a sl st into 9th ch from hook. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Apply stickers to stockings in numerical order (or not, if you want to be tricky!). Use craft glue or hot glue if necessary to make sure stickers stay adhered. (Mine stuck fine without extra glue).

Use beginning loop and ending loop for hanging.

Do NOT stress out about this. You have lots and lots of time to make this before December 1st, even if its for next year :)

Hope you enjoy! If you make this, please tag me @craftyiscool on twitter and instagram, or tag @Crafty is Cool on Facebook!

*This pattern was previously posted and written for Michaels.com. Thanks for reading!

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