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FPF: Dog Bone Ami

27 May

Wanna make a cute little bone for your cute little puppy friend?

Yeah, I thought you might.

Here’s the pattern, courtesy of Ginny over at Sunflowers at Home (you can also find it for FREE, of course, on Ravelry!)

Dog Bone Ami

1: work 6 sc in a magic circle

2: work 2 sc in each (12 sc)

3: (2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch) 6 times (18 sc)

4: (2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of the next 2 stitches) 6 times (24 sc), FO.

REPEAT rounds 1-4 but do not fasten off.

5: sc in each of the next 12 stitches, sc in any sc of the first circle made, sc in next 23 stitches of the first circle, sc in the next stitch of the original circle and in the remaining 11 sc (48 sc).

6: sc in 11, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 3 times, pull through all 4 loops on the hook, sc in each of the next 21 stitiches, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 3 times, pull through all 4 loops on the hook, sc in last 10 stitches (44 stitches).

7: sc in 10 (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 4 times, pull through all 5 loops on the hook, sc in each of the next 18 stitiches, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 4 times, pull through all 5 loops on the hook, sc in the last 8 stitches (38 stitches).

8: sc next 2 stitches together, (sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc next 2 stitches together) 6 times (31 stitches).

9: (sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc next 2 stitches together) 5 times, sc in last stitch (26 stitches).

10: (sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc next two stitches together) 5 times, sc in last stitch. (21 stitches).

11: (sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc next two stitches together) 4 times, sc in last stitch (17 stitches).

12-24: sc around.  FO.

Repeat from the beginning to make the second side of the bone.  Stuff each end (add a squeaker if you’d like), and sew the two sides together.

Now then.  Can I get a VOILA?  YAY!

FPF: Marker Holder

13 May

Friends.  I have reservations about this pattern.  I’m nervous about sharing it with you.  I’m seriously, SERIOUSLY afraid that someone will turn me in to What Not To Crochet and I’ll be forever branded as, “that girl who crochets weird and stupid things.”


I recently side-loaded about ninety books onto my beloved Nookery Nook.  Since I don’t want to immediately archive these books once I’ve read them, I needed a good way to keep track.  I came up with the awesome and utterly original idea of…drumroll please…  MAKING A LIST!

Who Is This?

Yeah, I don’t know.  I searched Google for “list” and this girl came up in the image results.  Apparently this is what a list looks like.  Lists are pretty!

Ahem.  Anyway.

So I needed to find a way to carry the book list and a marker with my Nook.

The List (and a pretty pink marker)

So, uhm.  Don’t judge, okay?  I like to make lists, and I like to hilight things.

Here’s the pattern:

Stitches: half double, half double-increase, triple

ch 2

1: with a G hook, 6 hdc in 1st ch

2: hdc-inc around (12)

3: (hdc, hdc-inc) around (18)

4: tr around in every other stitch (9)

5: hdc, ch3 in each space (9)

6: tr around (9)

7: hdc around (9)

8: (hdc, ch3) around

9: tr around

10: hdc around

11: (hdc, ch3) around

12: hdc around

13: ch20, join to first ch with sl st, FO.

Okay.  So.  Pretty please don’t turn me in to the crochet police.  If you don’t have a Nook, then you could… umm… hang a marker on your key chain, or… hang it from a magnet on the fridge right by your grocery list…  Or… Yeah, I don’t know.  But just in case you’ve always wanted to know how to crochet a little pouch to keep a marker in, now you do.  *sigh*

…maybe if i say “VOILA” ?…     meh.  I need some coffee.


3 May
Image representing Etsy as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

…okay, a Lucy *insipred* amigurumi!

And because this was originally supposed to be a Christmas present (I know, I know), Lucy with a little scarf!

HoooBoy!  Now I’ve got everyone done but Snoopy!  If you’re interested in the pattern, check out my Etsy shop — it should be appearing there in the next couple of days!

Stained Glass Awesome

15 Mar

*whew*  I made it back to Crochetlandia.

I also worked up this awesome stash buster, which started like this:



And ended up looking rather like a stained glass window:


Groovy, man.

I love how patchworky and rustic it looks… I think the fuzzy dark blue yarn (left over from my granny sweater, dontcha know) really adds to the effect. I don’t usually like things with this many different colors, but for some reason I really like this combination.

Anyway, it’s not big enough to be a blanket, but the only color I’ve got left is the dark blue.   Maybe it’ll be the front of a pillow or something.  We’ll see.  In the meanwhile, Nina thinks it’s the perfect size for her.    =)


Smells like a nap to me!


Free Pattern Friday: Swirly, Twirly Hair Tie

4 Mar

Wanna make this?

Here’s how!

1. With whatever sort of hook you’d like and a yarn with a bit of stretch to it (the stretchier the better, actually), make a chain about 6 inches long.

I'll give you a dollar if you can tell me the last time I combed my hair...

2. In the second chain from the hook, and in each chain thereafter, work 4 double crochets.

3. When you get to the end of your chain, slip stitch to form a ring and FO.



Uhm, and in other news, apparently WordPress now has sponsored tags, because the recommended tags for this post include Kanye West and Eliza Dushku.  Hmmm…

Free Pattern Friday: Granny Shrug

18 Feb

Well friends, I did it!  I completed my first ever crochet sweater!  Check it out!

How cool is that?!  I found this free pattern on Ravelry, and made the following changes:


1. Because I really, REALLY don’t understand short sleeved sweaters (it’s cold enough for a sweater but warm enough for short sleeves?  DOES. NOT. COMPUTE.), I added 15 granny rows to each arm, making them nice and long.


2. Because I had it, and because I thought it looked cool, I sewed on this funky vintage button at the top:



Awww, look how the sun shimmers on this sweatery sweater!  So warm and fuzzy!

The sleeves form sort of a bell-shape!  Groovy, no?

Anyway, apparently there are tons of mad awesome fans of the granny shrug – there’s a whole Flickr group dedicated to them!

And, because I’m uber-proud of myself, here’s one more picture:

Hooray!  Happy hooking, everyone!  Have a most excellent weekend! })i({

Free Pattern Friday: Granny 1/2 Square Bag

28 Jan

Remember that Half Granny Square Tutorial I did earlier this month?  Well, I ended up with this:


It's a sting ray!

Which, if you fold all three corners in towards the middle and whip stitch them, ends up looking like this:


OMG cute, right?

I added a little handle and a velcro closure (which I reinforced by embroidering that little extra bit of light green you see in the middle — velcro needs something to stick to!), and mailed this off to the second official recipient of my 2011 Handmade Pay It Forward Campaign (Want to get involved?  Use some form of electronic communication to contact me & I’ll tell you all the cool details).

Here are the official pattern directions:

1. Make a 1/2 granny square 15 rows big (look HERE for a refresher on how to accomplish this).

2. sc around the entire 1/2 square & FO.

3: Fold any two adjacent corners in toward each other until they are touching and whip stitch them together through the sc’s (The whip stitches are white on my bag).

4. Fold the last corner in & whip stitch it into place. TURN YOUR BAG INSIDE OUT, making the inside the outside. Or, if you like the way the stitches look, just leave the bag the way it is!

(side note: I just realized I was supposed to switch the laundry two hours ago.  Oops).

5. Where the three corners meet, embroider a little oval or rectangle-y bit to even out the top edge and give some support to your velcro, should you decide to add some.

6. Chain a chain about the size of the circumference of your wrist, FO, & sew to the side of the bag.  VOILA!  (did you say “voila”?  Seriously.  It’s ever so much more satisfying if you say “voila”).


the back of the bag, which is also totally cute. Maybe it should be the front... Hmm...

Aahhh! The cuteness! It hurts my eyes! It's TOO cute! It's just TOO CUTE!!!


Obviously you can make as many rows as you’d like – the bigger the 1/2 square, the bigger the bag.  This size (which I made with a G hook, btw), is the perfect size for make-up.  Or snacks.  Mmmm…snacks.  I love snacks…  })i({