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Crocheted beaver hat

This past weekend I finished a year-long adventure that was called Wood Badge.  For those that might not be familiar with this course, it is an adult leadership course through Boy Scouts of America.  My course was two 3-day weekends of camping and hands-on instruction in a small group called a patrol.  For me this was the Beaver Patrol.  Then I had to put this knowledge into practice and complete my ticket (five Scouting goals).

The reward for completing the process is a neckerchief scarf and leather woggle (neckerchief slide),  and two little wooden beads on a leather thong, in addition to the experience and prestige.

The other ladies that completed the course with me both had hats to represent their respective patrols.  So, I set out to figure out how to create a beaver hat.  After some looking, I found a pattern.  However, being the frugal person that I am, I didn’t want to pay for something that I could probably figure out on my own.  I kept searching and hopped onto the Repeat Crafter Me site since I knew she had several free hat patterns there.  A combination of a few patterns and some free-handed elements and I have my own beaver hat:

My hat used the basic hat instructions from this Sock Monkey Hat pattern and crocheted in a spiral rather than joining each round.  The ears are from the same pattern, but I folded them in half to create a smaller, 3-D looking ear.  I wanted a little bit of a feminine touch, so I used the bow pattern from this Penguin Hat to make the purple bow.  The other facial elements were my own creation for the muzzle, nose and teeth.  The eyes are black buttons sewn onto white felt circles.  The whiskers were just sewn on with black yarn.

I made my own pattern for the tail.  I’m not sure I like it, but it works for the general idea.  I think it’s a little short.  I might try to change that at some point.

What do you think, is making beaver hats my calling in life?

Christmas in July

I decided to participate in the Christmas in July gift exchange hosted by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects.  I was paired with Shannon from Crafty Bliggety Blog.  Since this was not a secret exchange, we were able to get to know each other a little and even make requests beforehand.  Shannon indicated that she really liked the crocheted headbands I had on my blog, so of course, I made her one.

Then, Shannon said that she loves the color purple and has a pet rabbit, so I came up with the idea to make an amigurumi bunny. I fell in love with this pattern for a floppy-eared bunny.

I thought the bunny needed a little something more, even after adding ear bows, so I made a little necklace by tying a Celtic heart knot.

Part of why I decided to participate in this exchange is because I absolutely love getting mail.  Anything addressed to me (besides bills) makes me happy.  I especially love getting surprises in the mail. I was super-excited to see what Shannon had in store for me, so I was thrilled when my package arrived and I found this:

A fun, handmade Peter Pan card in a sheet music envelope.  I love Peter Pan, it’s one of the first movies I remember seeing on VHS. Princess is a big fan of Tinkerbell.  I’m thinking I might have to frame the card for her room.  Plus, I enjoy playing the piano, so the music was a great personal touch.

Then I found this cute little jewelry box with my name engraved and two fun necklaces.

 I had mentioned that I collect thimbles, which I’m sure was the inspiration for the thimble necklace. I love the acorn as well. It not only ties in to the Peter Pan/Tinkerbell idea, but it makes me think about my recent Woodbadge training experience. These will both be fun pieces to wear.

I can’t wait to participate in another gift exchange.

Crochet Bobble Bag

The other day I shared a sneak peek of my bobble bag.  This was made from a pattern printed on a skein wrapper.  However, unlike Red Heart brand, I can’t find a link to this pattern.  I don’t think I’m infringing on any copyrights to share it.  This is NOT an original design by me, it is from Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn”.
The bobbles create an interlocking diamond pattern.

 

Bobble Bag
Skill Level:  Easy
Finished size:  15″ x 15″ without strap

Materials:
4 skeins worsted weight yarn (roughly 12 ounces of each color if using two colors)
(I used “I Love This Yarn” in Greybeard and Elements.)
size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Gauge:  10 sts and 11 rows = 4″ in pattern

Double crochet 3 stitches together (dc3tog):  (Yo, insert hook in st and pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Notes:  Use 2 strands of yarn held together for pattern.
Sc row is RS of piece.  Push dc3tog bobbles to back as formed.

INSTRUCTIONS
(Make 2 bag sections.)
With 2 strands held together, ch 38, turn.
Row 1-3:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn – 37 sts.
Row 4:  Ch 1, 2 sc, *dc3tog, sc, rep from * across, ending sc in last st, turn – 17 dc3tog.
Row 5 and all odd rows:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 6:  Ch 1, 3 sc, *dc3tog, sc, rep from * across, ending 2 sc – 16 dc3tog.
Row 8:  Ch 1, 2 sc, (dc3tog, sc) 2 times, *2sc, (dc3tog, sc), rep from * ending 2 sc, (dc3tog, sc) 2 times, sc – 13 dc3tog.
Row 10:  Ch 1, 3 sc, *dc3tog, 5 sc, dc3tog, sc, rep from * ending 2 sc – 8 dc3tog.
Row 12:  Ch 1, 2 sc, *dc3tog, 7 sc, rep from * across ending dc3tog, 2 sc – 5 dc3tog.
Row 14:  Ch 1, 6 sc, *dc3tog, 7 sc, rep from * across ending dc3tog, 6 sc – 4 dc3tog.
Row 16:  Ch 1, 5 sc, *dc3tog, sc, dc3tog, 5 sc, rep from * across – 8 dc3tog.
Row 18:  Ch 1, 2 sc, *2sc, (dc3tog, sc) 3 times, rep from * ending 3 sc – 12 dc3tog.
Row 20:  Ch 1, 3 sc, *dc3tog, sc, rep from * across ending 2 sc – 16 dc3tog.
Row 22:  Ch 1, 2 sc, *dc3tog, sc, rep from * across ending sc in last st – 17 dc3tog.
Row 24:  Rep Row 20.
Row 26:  Rep Row 18.
Row 28:  Rep Row 16.
Row 30:  Rep Row 14.
Row 32:  Rep Row 12.
Row 34:  Rep Row 10.
Row 36:  Rep Row 8.
Row 38:  Rep Row 6.
Row 40:  Rep Row 4.
Row 42:  Rep Row 1.

Finishing
With RS together, sew sides and bottom seams together.

Strap
With 2 strands held together, ch 6, turn.
Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn – 5 sts.
Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Rep Row 2 until strap measurres 64″ or desired length.

Fold strap in half and sew ends to top sides of bag.  With 1 strand of yarn, sc straps together along both sides – single 32″ strap.

Abbreviations:  ch = chain, dc3tog = double crochet 3 together, rep = repeat, RS = right side, sc = single crochet, st(s) = stitch(es), yo = yarn over

– I haven’t completely decided if the variegated yarn takes away from the bobble design or if it works.  The original pattern uses 4 skeins of the same, solid colored yarn.
– The suggested handle size works for a cross-body strap or a long shoulder strap.
– If you want a boxier bag, you could extend the size of the handle, sew it into a loop and then sew the front and back bag sections to the handle along the sides and bottom.
–  I added a row of single strand single crochet along the top edge of each bag section.

Please let me know if you find any problems with the pattern as these are probably due to typing errors on my part. 🙂  Leave me a comment if you decide to make one, I’d love to see it.

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Sock Monkey hat

I happened across a cute pattern the other day for a sock monkey hat and knew I had to make one.

Now I think I’ve been roped into making 7 more for a family photo. At least they work up quickly.

I used this tutorial and made it my own.  I used a larger hook (K) since I tend to have a pretty tight crochet stitch.   I wanted to get the mottled monkey look, so I used a strand of brown and a strand of white yarn together.  I also used double strands for the top portion by pulling from both ends of the skein on the red and off-white.  My next task is to try adding ear flaps.  I’ll add a tutorial if I can figure that out.

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