Crocheted Wreath and…

12 Dec
Happy December!
 
Well, here we are…the final month of 2012.  And I actually kept this goal for this year.  I also am keeping up with reading the Bible through in a year…well, I get behind a bit, but then catch up…so I would think I am keeping up with that goal as well.  I think the only goal I actually failed with this year is doing a RAOK (Random Act of Kindness).  I first thought it would be really good to do one of those a week, but soon realized I was not going to be able to keep that goal at all.  Then I thought that maybe one a month would be more realistic and doable, but sadly, I didn’t keep up with it.  Maybe I can actually do that next year…one a month.  I am glad that I was able to post one of my original patterns each month this year though, and I truly hope you have enjoyed each and every one of them. :)
 
Before moving on to the pattern I have for you, I would like to share about a sad thing that happened at the beginning of this month.  On Sunday, December 2, we had to take our kitty of almost 17 years to the vet, and sadly say good-bye to our furry family member.  That was so hard, and we are still missing our kitty Q so much.  We are thankful and glad we had him be part of our family for as long as we had him though.
 
I hope you all are enjoying this blessed time of year.  Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating that this week, and Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating that.  Hope everyone is almost done shopping, and decorating, and will be able to just enjoy this time of year.  And even though we all know that this is not really when Jesus was born, but just a time we have chosen to celebrate His birth, that we all will take time to do just that.  We usually have a birthday cake, or cupcakes for Jesus on Christmas Eve and sing Happy Birthday to Him.  And of course, our family reads from Luke 2 on Christmas morning. :)
 
For those who might be wondering, we are back up and running with our radio station.  It is completely safe for all family members.  Currently we have Christmas/holiday music going 24/7 with our auto DJ.  We do have scheduled live shows a few times a week, and today we will be doing a special impromptu show.  Since it is 12/12/12 we thought it would be fun to do a show beginning at NOON Eastern, and play tracks 12 from different Christmas/holiday CD’s that we have.  We will be on until 2 PM Eastern, and would love for you to join us if you can.  To listen go to:
 
Do you have any goals for the upcoming year?  I don’t really like to call them resolutions, but goals.  I also, like to keep them as realistic as possible.  At this point I think the only one I have is to try and do a RAOK once a month, but I’ll have to think if there are any others, I’d like to add to that. :)
 
Please let me know if you’ve enjoyed these free patterns, and how you are doing, and all of that.  I’d love to hear what you celebrate, and how, and would like any feedback at all really.
 
Here is this month’s pattern for you.  It is a small one, and you can work up quite a few of them before Christmas.
 
Crocheted Wreath
©November 13, 2010
 
Materials Needed:
small amount of WW 4 ply yarn in green
Hook Size:  G
Optional:  Any items you’d like to decorate it with.
 
Pattern Instructions:
CH 12, join with SL ST to first CH, being careful not to twist the chain.
 
CH 1, SC in same ST, and 1 SC in each CH around, join with SL ST to first SC. (12 SC)
 
Working in front loops only, SC in first ST, CH 3 and SC in same ST, *Sc, CH 3, SC in next ST, REP Around. (24 SC and 12 CH 3 SP)
 
Working in Back Loops Only SL ST in first ST, CH 4 (counts as first TRC), 2 TRC in same ST, *3 TRC in each ST around, join with SL ST to top of BEG CH 4. (36 TRC), Fasten off, and weave in ends.
 
Decorate as you wish.
 
You can attach a magnet, hanger, or pin depending on what you’d like to make it into.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
Stay creative and be blessed!

Simple Napkin Ring Crochet Pattern and…

12 Nov
Happy November Everyone!
 
Here we are in the full swing of the holidays…and I am loving every minute of it. :)
 
We have had some incredibly crazy weather here in New England…over the last 3 weeks, we have experience the remains of Hurricane Sandy, a Nor’easter which dropped about 6 inches of snow on us, and today…well today and this past weekend have been absolutely beautiful…in the 60’s, and a warmer breeze…this will probably be our last hurrah with the warm weather, before the bitter cold settles in, but glad we are getting a chance to enjoy it and that it has melted the snow we got last week, before more flies.
 
Enough about the weather…onto more festive things. :)
 
Next week we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the USA, so I have designed a simple pattern for you for this special holiday.  They work up quickly and several can be made in one sitting.  But before we move onto the pattern, I’d like to share about a tradition in our home on Thanksgiving Day.  Either before we eat our Thanksgiving dinner, or after (depending on how things are going), we all share 10 things we are thankful for…I know it can seem like a tedious and long event depending on how many folks are here, but it is the reason for our holiday celebration, and we like to observe it by sharing that way.  Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear about them. :)
 
One more thing, before we move onto the pattern I have for you this month…
 
If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you know that we had an internet radio station from April through September.  Sadly the place we were broadcasting through closed their doors in October, and we were at a loss as to whether we should find another place to stream through or not.  After much prayer, and discussion, we have decided to go forward with our station.  We have signed up with a broadcasting and licensing place at the end of last week, and are currently working hard to get music uploaded.  We decided with the time of year it is, and the holidays upon us, that we would put up all kinds of Christmas/holiday music, and keep that up until the first of the year.  Our stream isn’t quite ready yet, but will hopefully be up within the next couple of days.  If you are interested in wanting the link, once we are up and running, please let me know, and I’ll post it here for you.
 
If you are new to my blog, please know that I do need to approve any comments, but do try to do that as soon as possible.  Also, I never used to be good at answering the comments, but have tried to be better about that…if any need answering that is.  So please leave a comment. ;)
 
Okay, here is the pattern you’ve been waiting for, and I hope you enjoy it.
 
Simple Napkin Ring Crochet Pattern
©September 7, 2012
 
Materials Needed:
I used WW 4 ply variegated Cotton Yarn, but I think the pattern will work with WW 4 ply acrylic, or a solid color, if you’d rather.
Hook Size:  F
 
Abbreviations Used:
CH = Chain
REP = Repeat
SC = Single Crochet
SK = Skip
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SP = Space
ST = Stitch
 
Pattern Instructions:
Foundation CH and Row 1:  CH 8, 1 SC in 2nd CH from hook, 1 Sc in each CH across, CH 1, Turn (7 SC).
 
Row 2:  SC in first SC, CH 2, SK 2 SC, SC in next SC, CH 2, SK next 2 SC, SC in last SC, CH 1, Turn (3 SC, 2 CH 2 SP).
 
Row 3:  1 SC in first SC, CH 2, SK CH 2 SP, 1 SC in next SC, CH 2, SK CH 2 SP, 1 SC in last SC, CH 1, Turn (3 SC, 2 CH 2 SP).
 
Rows 4-19:  REP Row 3, (3 SC, 2 CH 2 SP).
 
ROW 20:  Do 1 Sc in each SC and CH across, CH 1, Turn (7 SC).
 
Join Row 20 to the other side of foundation CH with a SL ST in each SC and CH, (7 SL ST), Fasten Off,weave in ends, and Turn inside out, so the seam will be on the inside.
 
Weave in ends, and decorate with a ribbon and charm, or however you like, or leave as is.
 
Stay creative and be blessed! :)

A Pumpkin Patch of Crochet Patterns

12 Oct

Happy October everyone!

 

Well, my favorite season/time of year is finally here, and it seems to be flying by pretty quickly.  I love having all 4 seasons here in New England, but from autumn through Christmas is most definitely my favorite time.

 

Before I move on to the patterns I have for you today…and yes I said patterns…I have 2 for you this month. :)  I’d like to say that 22 years ago today our son was born…so a very happy birthday to him!

 

Also, today is the second annual “I Love Yarn Day”…so all us yarn lover’s…there is a day just for us.  And I think we should most definitely celebrate! ;D  Now how to do that exactly…maybe buy some more yarn? Hahahaha  Or maybe we can share some of our yarn stash with a fellow yarn lover….or maybe just curl up with our yarn and hooks and/or needles and just work our little hearts out on a project that needs some attention???  In any case…the possibilities are surely out there  so enjoy this “I Love Yarn Day”. ;D

 

Okay, back to the patterns I have for you this month.  Whether you like Halloween or not, you can’t deny that pumpkins are just too cute not to have around.  I created a few pumpkin patterns a couple of years ago, and I thought I’d share 2 of them with you.  I decided to do 2, because I know some of you like smaller, quicker projects to do…so you’ll find one of those after the first pattern I have for you.

 

Pumpkin Trivet

©October 21, 2010

 

Stitch Guide:

CH = Chain

BLO = Back Loops Only

DC = Double Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

SC DEC = Single Crochet Decrease

SL ST = Slip Stitch

ST = Stitch

 

Materials Needed:

4 ply WW cotton yarn in Orange.

4 ply WW yarn and Brown.

Hook Size:  H

 

Pattern Directions:

Pumpkin (Make 2):

BEG CH and ROW 1:  With orange CH 22, SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC in next CH, HDC in next 4 CH, DC in next 9 CH, HDC in next 4 CH, SC in last 2 CH, CH 1, Turn.

 

ROW 2:  Working in BLO, SC in first 2 STs, HDC in next 4 STs, DC in next 9 STs, HDC in next 4 STs, SC in last 2 STs, CH 1, Turn.

 

ROWS 3-15:  Rep ROW 2.

 

Border:

Working in both loops, SL ST in first 2 STs, SC in next 4 STs, HDC in next 9 STs, SC in next 4 STs, SL ST in next 2 ST, work 14 SL ST  evenly across the end of the rows, SL ST in next 2 Sts, SC in next 4 Sts, HDC in next 9 STs, SC in next 4 STs, SL ST in next 2 STs, work 14 SL ST evenly across the end of the rows, join with SL ST to first ST, Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Holding wrong sides together, SL ST around both pieces, Fasten off.

 

Stem:

With Brown join yarn with a SL ST to end of fourth row from right, CH 1, SC in same ST as SL ST, do 6 more SC evenly across the ends of the rows, CH 1, Turn. 

 

SC DEC over first 2 ST, SC in next 3 STs, SC DEC, over last 2 ST, CH 1, Turn.

 

SC DEC over first 2 Sts, SC in next ST, SC DEC over last 2 STs, CH 1, Turn.

 

SC DEC over first 2 ST, SC in next ST, CH 1, Turn.

 

1 SC in each of the 2 ST, Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Now for those of you who like the smaller, quicker projects this one is for you…they work up pretty fast and you can make quite a few in one sitting or crafting time.

 

Crocheted Pumpkin Magnet

©October 7, 2010

Corrected on October 20, 2010

 

Stitch Guide:

CH = Chain

BLO = Back Loops Only

HDC = Half Double Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

SC DEC = Single Crochet Decrease

SL ST = Slip Stitch

ST = Stitch

 

Materials Needed:

4 ply WW yarn in Orange.

4 ply WW yarn and Brown.

Hook Size:  C

Magnet

 

Pattern Directions:

Pumpkin:

BEG CH and ROW 1:  With orange CH 10, SC in 2nd CH from hook, HDC in next 2 CH, DC in next 3 CH, HDC in next 2 CH, SC in last CH, CH 1, Turn.

 

ROW 2:  Working in BLO, SC in first ST, HDC in next 2 STs, DC in next 3 STs, HDC in next 2 STs, SC in last ST, CH 1, Turn.

 

ROWS 3-5:  Rep ROW 2.

 

Border:

Working in both loops, SL ST in first ST, SC in next 2 STs, HDC in next 3 STs, SC in next 2 STs, SL ST in next ST, work 5 SL ST  evenly across the end of the rows, SL ST in next St, SC in next 2 Sts, HDC in next 3 STs, SC in next 2 STs, SL ST in next ST, work 5 SL ST evenly across the end of the rows, join with SL ST to first ST, Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Stem:

With Brown join yarn with a SL ST to end of third row from right, CH 1, SC in same ST as SL ST, do 2 more SC evenly across the ends of the rows, CH 1, Turn. 

 

SC DEC over first 2 ST, SC in next ST, CH 1, Turn.

 

1 SC in each of the 2 ST, Fasten off, weave in ends.

 
Attach magnet.
 

I hope you enjoy these patterns!

 

I also hope you’ll leave a comment for me, as I truly can no longer see my stats to see if anyone is reading my blog posts anymore, and I would love to hear from you.  I will do my best to answer any comments that need answering.  Thank you so much! :)

 

Be blessed and stay creative!

Autumn Harvest Basket

12 Sep
Happy September and almost autumn!  This is one of my favorite month’s for so many reasons (mentioned in a previous blog post), and definitely my favorite season!  I already have created 2 more new patterns within a week’s time, so I think it might be one of my more inspiring times of the year too. ;)  One of the new patterns will be for this month, and the other I will post in November, since I have an original pattern for October already in mind.
 
I’d like to say thank you to a few folks who said they’d test this month’s pattern for me.  I thought it might be a bit more complicated, when typing up the instructions so asked if anyone would be willing to pattern test for me.  4 sweet ladies did offer, but I only heard back from 2 of them.  I’d like to thank all 4, but didn’t get permission from 2 of them to include their names here, since I didn’t hear back from them.  In any case I would like to thank them as well as the 2 ladies I do have permission to share their names.  So thanks to:
 
Jessica W. and Becky D.
 
I have a blog address for Jessica, but do not for Becky, sorry.  If Becky happens to read this, I will most definitely edit this post with her blog address, if she has one, and is willing to share it here.  If you’d like to check out Jessica’s blog post go to:
 
 
Also thanks to Jessica and Becky for helping with the pattern corrections that needed to be made.
 
I have one more favor to ask.  Ever since Word Press made changes and updates, I can no longer view my stats…which means I have no idea if anyone is reading my blog posts anymore.  If you read, would you please be so kind as to leave a comment, to let me know that you read, or like the pattern, or any thoughts at all?  I do have it set to approve comments, just so you know…but it’s only to keep spammers from posting anything they like, and also to keep those who might not use family friendly words from just being able to say anything they like.  I am all about family friendly in every area of my life, and want to keep it that way on my blog too…I hope you understand.
 
I haven’t been the greatest about replying to comments on my blog posts in the past, but will do my best to reply from now on, if comments are left.  Thanks so much for your cooperation!  And hope you have been and will continue to enjoy my patterns this year.
 
Here is your pattern for this month…
 
Autumn Harvest Basket
©September 3, 2012
 
Materials Needed:
4 Ply WW Yarn in any autumn color you like.  I used Red Heart Woodsy for the one I made.
Honestly if you wanted to make this basket for other times of the year, I am sure it would work with whatever coordinating color you choose for the season. :)
Hook Size:  G
 
Abbreviations and Stitches Used:
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
DNT = Do Not Turn
FLO = Front Loops Only
HDC = Half Double Crochet
REP = Repeat
RND = Round
SC = Scingle Crochet
SK = Skip
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SP = Space
ST = Stitch
 
Pattern Instructions:
Bottom:
RND 1:  CH 3 (Counts as first HDC and CH 1 that you’ll be working into), 11 HDC in third CH from hook, Join with SL ST in top of CH 3, CH 1, Turn (12 HDC).
 
RND 2:  1 SC in each ST around, Join with SL St into first SC, CH 2 (Counts as first HDC on next RND), Turn (12 SC).
 
RND 3:  1 HDC in same ST as CH 2 ST, 2 HDC in each ST around, Join with SL ST into top of CH 2, CH 1, Turn (24 HDC).
 
RND 4:  REP RND 2, (24 SC).
 
RND 5:  REP RND 3, (48 HDC).
 
RND 6:  REP RND 2, (48 SC).
 
Sides:
For RNDS 7-14 DNT.
RND 7:  (Working in FLO this RND only) 1 HDC in each ST around, Join with a SL ST in top of CH 2, (48 HDC).
 
RND 8:  CH 1, 1 SC in same ST as joining ST, CH 5, SK 3 HDC, *1 SC in next HDC, CH 5, SK next 3 HDC, REP from * around 10 times, SC in next ST, CH 5, SL ST into first SC, ( 12 SC, 12 CH 5 SP).
 
RND 9:  SL ST in first CH 5 SP, CH 1, 1 SC, CH 5, *1 SC in next CH 5 SP, CH 5, REP from * 10 times, 1 SC in next CH 5 SP, CH 5, SL ST in first SC, (12 SC, 12 CH 5 SP).
 
RNDS 10-13:  REP RND 9, (12 SC, 12 CH 5 SP).
 
RND 14:  SL ST in first CH 5 SP, {CH 3 (Counts as first DC), 1 DC, CH 4, 2 DC all in that same first CH 5 SP}, *CH 3, SL ST in next CH 5 SP, CH 3, {2 DC, CH 4, 2 DC all in next CH 5 SP}, REP from * around, CH 3, SL ST in first CH 3, (6 Shell STS, 12 CH 3 SP), Fasten off.
 
Handle:
ROW 1:  Pulling RND 14 forward, and working between 2 Shell STS and on RND 13, SL ST into CH 5 SP on one side of the SL ST on RND 14, CH 1, SC in same SP, then work 1 SC on other side of the SL ST, CH 1, Turn (2 SC).
 
ROW 2:  1 SC in SC, CH 5, 1 SC in next SC, Ch 1, Turn (2 SC and 1 CH 5 SP).
 
ROW 3:  1 SC in SC, {SL ST, CH 5, SL ST} all in CH 5 SP, 1 SC in SC, CH 1, Turn, (2 SC, 2 SL ST, 1 CH 5 SP).
 
ROWS 4-23:  REP ROW 3.
 
ROW 24:  {SL ST, CH 1, 2 SC} all in CH 5 SP, SL ST into SC, CH 1, Turn, (2 SL ST, 2 SC).  Then do a SL ST into first SC and CH 1.
 
Attaching to other side:
Count 3 Shell STS around, and working between the third and fourth Shell SP, and pulling RND 14 away from you and working in CH 5 SP on RND 13, SL ST into one side of the SL ST of RND 13, then work an SL ST in SC on handle, then work another SL ST on same side as you attached, and do another SL ST into same SC on handle, then work a SL ST on other side of the SL ST, and work a SL ST into the other SC on handle, and work one more SL ST into RND 13, and again into the second SC on handle, then one more on RND 13, fasten off, and weave in ends.
 
Decorate as you like, or leave as is.  Fill with anything you like, and enjoy!
 
Stay creative and be blessed! :)

Crochet Shell Wave Washcloth

12 Aug

Happy August Everyone!

 

Hope you are having a great summer so far.

 

Well it’s the 12th of yet another month, so time for another one of my original patterns for you.  I created this a few years back for a friend who had moved into a new home, and had an ocean theme for their bathroom.

 

I thought it would be a great pattern to share during what I consider the hottest month of the year.  Hope it makes you think of the beach, with the shells and waves found in this pattern.  Hope you are trying to stay cool during this last stretch of summer.  I personally can’t wait for autumn…it is my favorite season.  What is your favorite season?  And what have you been working on?  How are you liking my patterns?  I’d love to hear from you! :)

 

Here is the pattern as promised. :)

 

Crochet Shell Wave Washcloth

©July 21, 2008

Pattern Correction made on August 10, 2012.

 

Materials Needed:

4 ply worsted weight cotton yarn

Hook Size:  G

 

Stitches Used:

CH=Chain

SL ST = Slip Stitch

DC=Double Crochet

SK=Skip

REP=Repeat

ST=Stitch

 

Pattern Instructions:

Foundation Chain:  CH 46, SL ST in 2nd CH from hook, CH 3 (Counts as first DC now and throughout), 3 DC in same ST as SL ST made (First Shell Made), * SK next 3 CH’s, SL ST in next CH, CH 3, 3 DC in same ST, REP from * to end, CH 1 Turn. (12 Shells Made)

 

ROW 1:  *SL ST in ST between second and third DC on shell, CH 3, 3 DC in same ST as SL ST, REP from * across, CH 1, Turn. (12 Shells Made)

 

ROWS 2-19:  REP ROW 1, CH 1, Turn. (12 Shells Made)

 

ROW 20:  SL ST in ST between second and third DC on shell, *CH 3, SL ST in second and third DC on next shell, REP from * across, Fasten off. (12 SL ST and 11 CH 3 Made) Weave in ends.

 

Stay creative and be blessed!

Crocheted Chocolate Cake with Life Savers

12 Jul
Well, July 12 is here, and time for another one of my original patterns as promised.  Sorry I am posting this so late in the day, but I literally just finished it.
 
I designed this cake for 4 very special people.  It is for our second daughter, and our grandson who both share a birthday later this month.  And is a tribute to my sweet Auntie who passed away at the end of June, and her grandson who is celebrating his b-day this week.  She was way too young to have to have left us…only 56…and she was such a sweet and caring person…who did everything for everyone. 
 
When I was a teenager she made me a cake most years for my b-day, just to name one out of many, many things she did for and with me…so I thought I’d try to replicate one of the unique ones she made for me…and that is why this pattern has come to be.  She made a chocolate cake with wintergreen Life Savers all over it, so I thought that would be a fun one to create.
 
R.I.P Auntie and Happy birthday to our 3 special July b-day babies!  This one is for all of you!
 
And if this is your b-day month…Happy Birthday to you, too!
 
Thought you’d like to see a pic of this one. ;)
 
 
 

Crocheted Chocolate Cake with Life Savers

©July 12, 2012
 
Materials Needed:
I used warm brown and white WW 4 ply yarn, and an “I” crochet hook, and a “C” hook.  But I am thinking you could use whatever color you like, and if you want to use a different type of yarn, just choose the correct size crochet hooks for the yarn you have chosen to use.
Stuffing
Yarn Needle
 
Cake Bottom:
With warm brown (or whatever color you’ve chosen for your cake and an “I” hook) CH3 (counts as CH and first HDC), do 11 HDC in the 3rd CH from hook, join with an SL St to the top of BEG CH 3. (12 HDC)
 
RND 1:  CH 2 (counts as HDC at the BEG of any RND that calls for it), HDC in the same CH as joining, do 2 HDC in each HDC around, SL ST to the top of BEG CH 3, (24 HDC).
 
RND 2:  CH 3 (counts as first DC on any round that calls for it), do 1 DC in each HDC around, join with a SL ST to top of BEG 3, (24 DC).
 
RND 3:  CH 2, 1 HDC in same CH, do 2 HDC in each DC around, join with SL ST at the top of BEG CH 2, Turn work, (48 HDC.
 
RND 4:  Working in Front Loops Only this round, SL ST in first CH, 1 TR in same CH, SL ST in next CH *SL St in next CH, 1 TR in same CH, SL ST in next CH.  REP from * around, SL ST in BEG SL ST, Turn Work (24 Decorative STs; 24 SL ST).
 
RND 5:  Working in unworked CH from previous RND, SL ST into first CH, CH 1, SC in same CH, SC in each CH around, SL ST in frist SC, Turn work (48 SC).
 
RND 6:  CH 3, 1 DC in each SC around, SL St in top of BEG CH 3, (48 DC).
 
RND 7:  CH 1, SC in same ST, SC in next 11 DC, SC DEC next 2 DC TOG, * SC in next 11 DC, SC next 2 DC TOG, REP around, SL ST in first SC, (44 SC).
 
RND 8:  CH 3, DC in each SC around, SL ST in top of BEG of CH 3, (44 DC).
 
RND 9:  CH 1, SC in same BEG CH, SC in next 8 DC, SC DEC next 2 DC TOG, * SC in next 9 DC, SC DEC next 2 DC TOG, REP from * around, SL ST in first SC, (40 SC), Fasten off.
 
Top of Cake:
With warm brown  (or whatever color you have chosen) and an “I” hookCH 3, 9 HDC in 3rd CH from hook. sL ST in top of BEG CH 3, (10 HDC).
 
RND 1:  CH 2, HDC in same ST, 2 HDC in each HDC around, SL ST in top of CH 2, (20 HDC).
 
RND 2:  CH 3, 1 DC in each HDC around, SL ST in top of CH 3, (20 DC).
 
RND 3:  CH 2, HDC in same ST, 2 HDC in each DC around, SL ST in top of CH 2, (40 HDC).
 
RND 4:  CH 1, SC in same ST, 1 SC in each HDC around, SL ST in first SC, (40 SC), Fasten off leaving enough of a tail for sewing onto bottom of the cake.
 
Life Savers:
With white (or whatever color you choose) and a “C” hook CH 8, join to form a ring, CH 1, do 12 SC in ring, SL ST in first SC, (12 SC), Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew onto cake.
 
Make as many as you’d like to have on your cake.
 
Finishing:
Sew Life Savers on to sides of bottom half of cake, and on top of the top of your cake.  Stuff bottom half of cake, and sew top half to bottom half of cake.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends that didn’t already get crocheted in.
 
Be blessed and stay creative!

Crocheted Star Pillow

12 Jun
WOW!  June 12 already?!  Almost half way through 2012, and so far so good with me getting one of my original patterns out each month for you. :)  I hope you have been enjoying what I’ve been sharing?
 
I would really love your feedback on the patterns I’ve been sharing.  What you made, who they were for, if my patterns are easy enough to understand, etc. :)
 
This pattern was created for my sweet granddaughter, but I thought it would be a perfect kind of thing to make for either of the 2 American holidays coming up:  Flag Day which is coming up in 2 days, or for the Fourth of July (which will give you a bit more time to work on it).
 
Crocheted Star Pillow
 ©January 29, 2012
Revised January 30, 2012
Created for my sweet granddaughter.
 
Materials:
WW 4 ply yarn
Hook Size:  G
Stuffing
***SIDE NOTE:  I think this might work with any type of yarn, and appropriate hook size to go with the yarn you choose.***
 

Directions:
Star (Make 2)
Do not join rounds.
BEG and RND 1:  CH 2, 5 SC in second CH from Hook (5 SC).
RND 2:  2 SC in next SC (5 times), (10 SC).
RND 3:  1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC (5 times), (15 SC).
RND 4:  1 SC in each of next 2 SC, 2 SC in next SC (5 times), 20 SC).
RND 5:  1 SC in each of next 3 SC, 2 SC in next SC (5 times), (25 SC).
RNDS 6-26:  REP RND 5 increasing 5 SC evenly each RND (150 SC at the end of RND 26).
 
First Point:
ROW 1:  SL ST in next ST, CH 1, 1 SC in same ST, 1 SC in each of 29 SC, CH 1, Turn (30 SC).
ROW 2:  SC DEC in first 2 ST, SC in next 26 SC, SC DEC in last 2 ST, CH 1, Turn (28 SC).
ROW 3:  SC in each SC across, CH 1, Turn (28 SC).
ROWS 4-31:  REP ROWS 2 and 3, (1 SC at the end of ROW 31). Fasten off.
 
Second Point:
Find the next free SC on RND 26 and join yarn with a SL ST.
ROW 1:  CH 1, SC in same ST as joining, 1 SC in each of the next 29 SC, CH 1, Turn (30 SC).
ROW 2:  SC DEC in first 2 ST, SC in next 26 SC, SC DEC in last 2 ST, CH 1, Turn (28 SC).
ROW 3:  SC in each SC across, CH 1, Turn (28 SC).
ROWS 4-31:  REP ROWS 2 and 3, (1 SC at the end of ROW 31). Fasten off.
 
REP directions for Second Point for Points 3, 4, and 5.
 
***SPECIAL PATTERN NOTE:  I made a gusset for this pillow, but I think you could just use the 2 stars, if you prefer, to make a pillow that way.  You can SL ST around them, or sew them with a yarn needle.  If you’d like to try the gusset, please keep reading (This is my first try at creating a pillow with a gusset).***
 
Gusset:
BEG and ROW 1:  CH 11, SC in second CH from hook, 1 SC in each CH across, CH 1, Turn (10 SC).
ROW 2:  SC in each SC across, CH 1, Turn (10 SC).
Rows 3-320:  REP ROW 2, Fastening Off at the end of ROW 320.
 
Assembly:
SL ST or sew 1 star to the edge of 1 side of the gusset.  Once you’re all the way around SL St or sew up the seem of the top and bottom edge of the gusset.  Then begin to SL ST or sew the other star to the other edge of the Gusset.  Once you’re almost finished, leave a hole for stuffing, then finish closing.  Fasten off.  You’ll want to weave in ends as you go.
 
As always stay creative, and be blessed! :)
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