Archive | January 2016

Progressing with leftovers for Valentine’s Day

So, yesterday I went through all my leftover’s and separated my worsted weight yarns (mostly Red Heart Super Saver with some Bernat mixed in) into “Valentiney” colors and “other” colors. This is what it looked like:

Then I sat and thought about what Valentine’s Day projects I could turn this mess into. This is what happened:

So far I have one stuffed heart and an armless, hairless and almost faceless doll, lol. I hope that I’ll have the doll finished by sometime tomorrow. Then, if it all works out well enough, I can share the pattern with you.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

Amanda

Just another update…

I’m still working on using up my leftover yarn.  Actually, today I am going through all that I have and will be trying to devise a Valentine’s Day related pattern, depending on how much red and pink yarn I find. It seems lately I’ve made a lot of hats, which are useful and have brought a lot of views to my blog. But truth be told, I’m tired of hats, lol.  HOWEVER, here is a hat I made (last week sometime), using the pattern for the You Are My Sunshine Infant Hat. The first photo is using a flash, the second photo, no flash.

The difference between the original hat and this hat, is that I used a 6 mm hook and Bernat Chunky yarn (the color is Plum Mist) for this hat. With both the yarn and the hook being larger than what the original pattern calls for, there were less rounds to make. I followed the pattern up to the end of round 4 (so there were 24 clusters and 24 ch-1 spaces around), and then worked even until the hat was about 5 1/2 inches long, and then followed the instructions for the brim. The hat will fit about a 6-9 month old child. The circumference around is about 18 inches. I am thinking about trying this hat again, but with a larger hook (maybe a 6.5 mm), and seeing if I can recreate the pattern for all the children’s sizes using the chunky yarn. But, like I said, I’m tired of making hats, for now, lol.

So, now I must go and delve into my stash. If you don’t hear from me in a week send out the search party! lol

Happy Hookin’ Y’all!

Amanda

Merry-Go-Baby Hat- Free Pattern

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This little hat will fit a child about 3 months to 6 months old. It is made using Front Post Double Crochet stitches. If you’re not familiar with how to work this stitch, you can read a tutorial HERE. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy, and addictive 🙂 It is worked in the round with sport weight baby yarn. I can’t remember the color I used, as once again I’m using leftover yarn (and I don’t have the label anymore), but I do know that it’s Bernat Baby Sport.

Merry-Go-Baby Hat Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Materials Needed:

3.5 mm hook

Bernat Baby Sport yarn

sewing or embroidery needle

Hat Measurements- about 15″ circumference and 5″ in length

Gauge- 5 fpdc= 1 inch, 5 rounds= 1 inch

Abbreviations Used:

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

fpdc- front post double crochet (see tutorial HERE)

Instructions:

Starting with a magic ring-

Round 1- make 8 sc in magic ring, join with a sl st in first sc (8 sc)

Round 2- ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in same st as join, make 2 dc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3 (16 dc)

Round 3- ch 2 (counts as first fpdc here and throughout), (make 2 fpdc in next dc, 1 fpdc in the next dc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the last dc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (24 fpdc)

Round 4- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 2 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in the last fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (32 fpdc)

Round 5- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 3 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 2 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (40 fpdc)

Round 6- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 4 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 3 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (48 fpdc)

Round 7- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 5 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 4 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (56 fpdc)

Round 8- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 6 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 5 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (64 fpdc)

Round 9- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 7 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 6 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (72 fpdc)

Round 10- ch 2, make a fpdc in next fpdc and in ea fpdc around the hat, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (72 fpdc)

Rounds 11- 23- repeat round 10

**If you wish to make the hat slightly longer, simply repeat round 10 until you reach your desired length.

Fasten off and weave in your yarn tails with your sewing needle.

There is no trim on the hat, but the last round will curl up slightly. I played around with different stitches for a trim, but in the end found that the hat looks much cuter with a little curl. But that is only my personal opinion. Feel free to add a trim to yours 🙂

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Springtime Beanie- Free Pattern

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Still using up my leftover’s, I made this hat following the pattern I created for the You Are My Sunshine Infants Hat Pattern. There are a few differences, however.  First of all, I used size 5 crochet thread and a 3.25 mm hook, rather than yarn and the larger hook. Secondly, this one fits an adult, and I didn’t make a pattern for a child sized one (although going by gauge and textbook measurements, I could guess at the pattern for a child sized, if you’re interested). And last but not least, there is no pointy little brim on it, just a trim of hdc’s.

Springtime Beanie Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Materials:

Bernat Handicrafter crochet thread size 5- Fresh Fern (Color A) and Iris (Color B)

3.25 mm hook

sewing or embroidery needle

Gauge: 6 clusters= 2 inches; 6 rounds= 2 inches

Hat Measurements: approx. 22 inches circumference (unstretched); approx. 7 inches in length

Abbreviations Used:

ch- chain

beg cl- beginning cluster

cl- cluster

yo- yarn over

st- stitch

sl st- slip stitch

sp- space

hdc- half double crochet

Instructions:

Beg Cl- ch 2, (yo and insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yo and pull through all 3 loops on the hook

Cl- (yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook

Start with a Magic Ring and Color A

Round 1- make a Beg Cl, (ch 1, Cl) 5 times, ch 1, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (6 Cl and 6 ch-1 spaces)

Round 2- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *(Cl, ch 1, Cl) in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1*, repeat from * to *around,  join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (12 Cl and 12 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 3- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around,  join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (18 Cl and 18 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 4- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 2 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (24 Cl and 24 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 5- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 3 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (30 Cl and 30 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 6- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 4 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (36 Cl and 36 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 7- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 5 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1 Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (42 Cl and 42 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 8- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 6 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (48 Cl and 48 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 9- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 7 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (54 Cl and 54 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 10- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 8 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (60 Cl and 60 ch-1 spaces made)

Rounds 11- 16- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, Beg Cl in the same ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl

At the end of round 16 fasten off Color A

Rounds 17- 21- Join color B with a sl st in the first ch-1 sp, Beg Cl in the same ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl.

At the end of round 21 fasten off Color B

Rounds 22- 25- Join color A with a sl st in the first ch-1 sp, Beg Cl in the same ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl.

At the end of round 25 fasten off Color A.

Round 26 (the trim)- Join Color B with a sl st in the top of the Beg Cl of the previous round (the same one that you fastened off Color A in), ch 2 (counts as a hdc), and make 1 hdc in each ch-1 sp and in the top of each Cl around. Join with a sl st in the top of the beginning ch-2. Fasten off.

With your sewing needle, weave in all loose thread tails.

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You Are My Sunshine-Infants Hat- Free Pattern

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“You Are My Sunshine”

Infant’s Hat Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Unable to purchase any new yarn for the time being, I’ve been using up what’s in my “left-overs” stash.  The yarn I used in this hat is Red Heart Soft Touch in the color Lemon. Unfortunately, the camera on my phone doesn’t do the color any justice. It is actually much brighter than what you see in the photo. You can check out the Red Heart website for a better image of what the color looks like (click here to go to the page). The pattern below includes instructions for size 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months. (The 6- 12 month size fits my 13 month old daughter nicely.) I really love how this little hat turned out. The edging on the brim reminds me of little pointy rays of sunshine 🙂 Anyhow, I really hope you like this pattern. Any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Ok, here’s the pattern:

Materials:

5 mm hook

Red Heart Soft Touch yarn, color Lemon (1 skein will make 1 hat)

Yarn needle

Sizing: 0-3 months (about 12″ around), 3-6 months (about 15″ around), 6-12 months (about 18″ around)

Gauge- 6 rounds and 6 clusters= 3 inches

Abbreviations Used:

ch- chain

beg cl- beginning cluster

cl- cluster

yo- yarn over

st- stitch

sl st- slip stitch

sp- space

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

dc- double crochet

Instructions:

Beg Cl- ch 2, (yo and insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yo and pull through all 3 loops on the hook

Cl- (yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook

Start with a Magic Ring

Round 1- make a Beg Cl, (ch 1, Cl) 5 times, ch 1, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (6 Cl and 6 ch-1 spaces)

Round 2- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *(Cl, ch 1, Cl) in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1*, repeat from * to *around,  join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (12 Cl and 12 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 3- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around,  join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (18 Cl and 18 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 4- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 2 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (24 Cl and 24 ch-1 spaces made) **Stop here for the size 0-3 month and proceed to round 7

Round 5- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 3 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (30 Cl and 30 ch-1 spaces made) **Stop here for the size 3-6 month and proceed to round 7

Round 6- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 4 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (36 Cl and 36 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 7- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, Beg Cl in the same ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl

For the 0-3 month size, repeat Round 7 until hat is 5 inches from crown, then proceed to instructions for the Brim.

For the 3-6 month size, repeat Round 7 until hat is 5 1/2 inches from crown, then proceed to instructions for the Brim.

For the 6-12 month size, repeat Round 7 until hat is 6 inches from crown, then proceed to instructions for the Brim.

Brim (for all hat sizes)- In first ch-1 sp, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc,sc).  *Sl st in the top of the next Cl. In the next ch-1 sp, (sc hdc, dc, hdc, sc). * Repeat from * to * around.  Join with a sl st to the first sl st of the last round.

Fasten off and weave in loose yarn tails with the yarn needle.

Best Friends Amigurumi

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I made these dolls in the Spring of 2015, but have just now typed up the pattern for them. A little girl who lives local to me now owns them, and the last I heard she sleeps with them nightly and they are her “Best Friends”. So, I’ve named this pattern for that 🙂 My husband and I had named them Myrtle (on the left) and Mavis (on the right), but of course you are free to call them whatever you wish! The colors are completely customizable. You can use whichever colors you wish to, perhaps make them look like your own little girl! Each doll is roughly 11 inches tall. Gauge really isn’t important, so long as the stitches are tight together so that the stuffing doesn’t pop through. The pattern was very lengthy to type out, so please overlook any typo’s I might’ve made 🙂 On that note, please let me know if you do find any mistakes.

Best Friends Amigurumi

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Supplies Needed:

4 mm crochet hook

12 mm plastic (black) safety eyes

Polyester Fibrefill

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Worsted weight yarn- I used Red Heart Super Saver in the following colors:

For Myrtle:

Skin- Aran (Color A)

Dress- Orchid (Color B)

Hair- Coffee (Color C)

Socks- Light Pink (Color D)

Shoes- Black (Color E)

Mouth- small amount of dark pink (Color F)

For Mavis:

Skin- Warm Brown (Color A)

Dress- Medium Thyme (Color B)

Hair- Coffee (Color C)

Socks- Claret (Color D)

Shoes- Black (Color E)

Mouth- small amount of light pink (Color F)

Special Notes:

-The head and body are crocheted as one piece, starting at the top of the head. Arms, legs, ears, hair and the skirt are added afterward.

-The hair is created as a wig, which is then sewn in place to the top of the head.

-The skirt is crocheted onto the body after the body is made, using the free front loops of Rnd 36 of the body. You will hold the doll upside down while creating the skirt, and work in the round.

-With the exception of the skirt, the doll is made in a continuous round, not joining each round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beg/end of each round.

-The nose is made using a small cluster of hdc’s.

-When placing the eyes, stuff the head and mark (with a pen or marker) where the eyes should go. Then remove the stuffing and secure the safety eyes on the marked spots. Once the eyes are secure, you can then re-stuff the head.

Abbreviations Used:

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

sc2tog- single crochet 2 sts together

sc3tog- single crochet 3 sts together

sl st- slip stitch

Instructions:

Head & Body-

Starting at the top of the head, with A, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook ( 6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (make 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in the next sc)  Repeat around. (18 sc)

Round 4- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 6- make 1 sc in each sc around (30 sc)

Round 7- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (36 sc)

Round 8- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 9- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (42 sc)

Round 10-13- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 14- make 1 sc in each of the first 20 sc’s, make 3 hdc’s (for the nose) in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 21 sc’s (44 sts)

Round 15- make 1 sc in each of the first 20 sc’s, sc3tog (which will be the 3 hdc’s that you made in round 14), make 1 sc in each of the next 21 sc (42 sc)

Round 16- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 17- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (36 sc)

Round 18- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (30 sc)- **Now is a good time to place eyes, at about round 11 of the head (see “Special Notes” at top of page)

Round 19- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 20- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (18 sc)

**Stuff head, taking care to help shape the nose

Round 21- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Rounds 22-23- make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 24 (starting body)- make 2 sc in each sc around (24 sc)

Round 25- With B, (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 26- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (36 sc)

Rounds 27-30- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 31- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (42 sc)

Rounds 32-25- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 36- working in the back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Rounds 37-38- working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 39- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (36 sc)

Rounds 40-41- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 42- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 43- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 44- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (18 sc)

**Stuff the body firmly. Make sure the neck is stuffed firmly to help hold up the weight of the head and hair.

Round 45- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Round 46- (sc2tog) Repeat around (6 sc)

Sl st in the next sc, fasten off. With a yarn needle weave yarn tail through the remaining stitches, pull tightly and close securely.

Legs (make 2):

With E, starting at the bottom of the shoe, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (make 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (18 sc)

Rounds 4-5- make 1 sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Round 6- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Rounds 7-8- With D, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc) (this is the sock)

Round 9- With A, working in back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc) (this is the round where the sock’s ruffle will go)

Rounds 10-14- Working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc). *Stuff legs firmly as you go.

Rounds 15-18- With B, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

After Round 18, sl st in the next st, fasten off leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Squeeze the leg closed and using the yarn tail stitch across the top of the leg. Tie off, but don’t cut the yarn. You will need the remainder of the yarn tail to sew the leg to the body. Sew the legs to the bottom of the body.

Arms (make 2):

With A, and starting at the hand, ch 6

Round 1- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each of the next 4 sc across (=5 sc), then sc in each ch across the opposite side of the foundation chain (10 sc total)

Rounds 2-5- make 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Round 6- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (2 x’s) (8 sc)

Rounds 7-14- Stuffing firmly as you go, make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Rounds 15- 18- With B, make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc )

Round 19- make 1 sc in the first sc, then flatten the open end closed, ch 1, sc through both thicknesses, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew arms to sides of body, as shown in the photos.

Ears (make 2):

With A, ch 2

Round 1- make 4 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (4 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Sl st in the next sc, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the beginning yarn tail inside the ear, fold ear in half and with the yarn needle and the long ending tail, sew the ear shut. Sew the ear to the side of the head, the top of the ear beginning at Round 11 of the head (will line up with the eyes). Do the same on the other side of the head with the other ear.

Sock Ruffle:

With the leg upside down, re-attach D in Round 9 of the leg, in the front unused loops. (Ch 2, sl st in each of the next 2 sts) repeat around, and join with a sl st to the bottom of the first ch-2. Fasten off. Repeat for other sock ruffle on other leg.

Mouth:

With F, stitch mouth on to the face. Pull the stitches in tight at both the top corners to help shape the face and smile.

Skirt:

Holding the doll upside down, attach B with a sl st to the front loops of Round 36 of the body (preferably on the backside of the doll so that joins are not too noticeable). There are 42 loops going around.

Round 1- Ch 1, make 1 sc in the first front loops and in each of the next loops around, join with a sl st to the first sc (42 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (48 sc)

Round 3- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 7 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st  to the first sc (54 sc)

Round 4- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (54 sc)

Round 5- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 8 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (60 sc)

Round 6- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (60 sc)

Round 7- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 9 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (66 sc)

Round 8- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (66 sc)

Round 9- (skirt ruffle)- (Ch 3, sl st in each of the next 2 sts) repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off.

Belt:

With D, cut a strip of yarn long enough to wrap around the waist twice, adding a few extra inches to tie off. Fold the yarn length in half and with a yarn needle, stitch around Round 35 of the doll’s body (weaving through every other stitch). Secure and fasten.

Hair:

With C, follow Rounds 1-12 of the head to create the wig piece. After Round 12, sl st in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the wig to the head.

Bangs- Cut 18 strips of yarn, each about 4 inches long. Fold each one in half and loop through 18 consecutive sc’s of Round 12 of the wig piece, to form the bangs.

Pony Tail- Cut 18- 12 inch strips of yarn. Fold each in half and loop through Rounds 1 and 2 of the wig piece.

Sew hair piece to the head, at a slight angle. Stuff lightly if needed to fill out. Trim bangs. Fluff up bangs to hide any uneveness.

Hair Ties (make 2- 1 in color B, and 1 in color D)- Ch 55. Tie both around the base of the pony tail (double knot). Trim the length of the pony tail to even out.

Granny Square Doll Blanket

I finally finished it. It only took me about six months to do so! Really, it shouldn’t have taken so long to complete but I kept getting sidetracked by other projects.

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It consists of 63 squares, each one about 3″x3″. Every square is a different color sequence. The pattern for this can be found in the book “Afghans to Knit & Crochet” by Better Homes and Gardens, copyright 1986.

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Now I just have to wash it and hope that it doesn’t fall apart, lol.