Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spoil Me Spa Cloth


Finished size - 9" square
Materials you will need - About 1/2 skein of TLC Cotton Plus in Cream, leftover TLC Cotton Plus for edging in Medium Blue (or any contrasting colors you prefer), H hook.
Gauge- 5 pattern reps, 5 rows = 3 1/2" . Use whatever hook size you need to obtain gauge.
Ch 35

Row 1 - sk first 2 chains, (sc, 2 dc in next ch, sk 2 chs) across, ending with sc in last ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 2 - (sc, 2 dc) in each sc across, end with sc in last sc, ch 1, turn.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 8". Change to edging color in last sc of last row. Do not turn.
Round 1 - ch 1, sc evenly along edge of piece, working 3 sc in each corner. End with 3 sc in last corner, sl st to first sc. Do not turn.
Round 2 - Ch 1, do a reverse sc in each stitch around. End with sl st in first reverse sc. End off. Weave in ends.

Note: Keep your sc's in the body of the cloth a bit tight or you will end up with holes in your cloth, but keep your dc's even. Hope you enjoy the pattern!

Update: I laundered the cloth for the first time and I have to say it went through with cotton towels and came out looking just like it did when I first made it. I am VERY pleased with that and knowing that the yarn was a good choice.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Sam" the Scarecrow Jar Topper

Before I begin, let me say this pattern has NOT been tested so there may be inaccuracies. My apologies, but I wrote this up rather hastily. If you find you have an extra sc at the end of a round, just stitch in it and continue...it shouldnt affect the finished piece. After the holidays, I will test the pattern and make any needed corrections.


This Topper will fit a jar with a 3" lid


Materials


Worsted weight yarn in off white, green and orange. Small amount of worsted weight in yellow. Small amount of #10 crochet thread in burgundy. Size F aluminum and size 9 steel crochet hooks. One green pipe cleaner, stretchy string (the kind they use for bracelets) in the thickest width, jewel glue, fabric glue, small wiggle eyes, small orange pom pom, black fabric paint, lt. brown fabric marker.

ALL ROUNDS ARE JOINED UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED


HEAD

Rnd 1- With off white and F hook, ch 2, make 6 sc in second ch from hk-

Rnd 2- Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.

Rnd 3- Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next stitch [increase made]) around,

Rnd 4- Ch 1, sc in same st and in next sc, increase, (sc in next 2 sc, increase) around

Rnd 5- Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 2 sc, increase, (sc in next 3 sc, increase) around

Rnd 6- Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 3 sc, increase, (sc in next 4 sc, increase) around

Rnd 7- Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 4 sc, increase, (sc in next 5 sc, increase) around

Rnd 8- Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS ONLY, sc in each sc around

Rnd 9- 10- Ch 1, working in BOTH LOOPS, sc around


SHAPE NECK


Rnd 11- Ch 1, sc in same st and next 2 sc, sc the next 2 sc together (decrease made), (sc in next 3 sts, decrease) around.

Rnd 12- Ch 1, sc in same st and in next st, decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease) around

Rnd 13- Ch 1, sc in same st, decrease, (sc in next sc, decrease) around

Rnd 14- Ch 1, sc in each sc around

Rnd 15- Ch 1, sc in same st and next 2 sc, increase, (sc in next 3 sc, increase) around, sc in last sc

Rnd 16- Ch 1, sc in same st and next sc, increase, (sc in next 2 sc, increase) around

Change to green in sl st of joining.


BODY


Rnd 17- Now working with green, ch 1, 2 sc in BACK LOOPS ONLY of each sc around

Rnd 18- 20- Ch 1, now working in BOTH LOOPS, sc in each sc around

Rnd 21- Ch 3 (counts as first hdc and ch 1) (sk next sc, hdc in next sc) around, join in second ch of first ch 3, finish off, weave in ends


Stuff head and neck area firmly but do NOT overstuff


NECK BASE


With off white, work first 3 rounds of head, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew base to inside along last row of neck (this holds the stuffing in)


HAT


Rnd 1- With orange, ch 2, 3 sc in second ch from hk

Rnd 2- Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc- 6 sc

Rnd 3- Ch 1, sc in same st, increase, (sc in next sc, increase) around

Rnd 4-10 - Ch 1, Continue adding 1 sc between increases until there are 8 sc between increases

Rnd 11- Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next sc, increase, (sc in next 2 sc, increase) around

Rnd 12- Ch 1, working in FRONT LOOPS ONLY, sc in ea sc around

Rnd 13- Ch 1, Now in BOTH LOOPS, sc in each sc around, fasten off, weave in ends


PATCH


With burgundy thread and steel hook make a 2 round basic granny square, fasten off, weave in ends. Using fabric glue, glue patch to side of hat.


Stuff hat lightly, set aside.


ARMS (make 2)


Rnd 1- With green and F hook, ch 2, work 4 sc in second ch from hk, DO NOT JOIN...mark beginning stitches with st marker if needed

Rnd 2- 2 sc in ea sc around- 8 sc.

Rnds 3-21- Sc in each sc around. At end of last rnd, sl st in next sc and fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing



Using yellow yarn, cut 63, 2 1/2" pieces. With the fabric marker, lightly stain the pieces to resemble straw. Fold the pieces in half and hook them around the unused loops of rnds 7 of head to create hair and 16 of neck to create fringe. Separate the plys on each strand and trim. Using a large eye needle, repeat the proceedure on the end of each arm, 4 strands per arm to create hands.

Lightly stuff the lower half of the arms, cut a pipe cleaner the length of the arm and insert down into the stuffing (This will allow the arms to bend a little) Sew arms to either side of body between the 1st and 2nd row of the body (rnds 17 and 18)


Run a bead of fabric glue along the loops where the hair is attached to rnd 7. Place the hat on the head, matching the unworked loops of rnd 11 of the hat to the glue. Press in place...allow to set.


Cut a length of stretchy cord a few inches larger than the circumference of the jar neck. Weave the cord in and out between the hdc's of the last rnd of the body, starting and ending at the back. Pull and knot the cord so that it will stretch to fit around the lid snugly. Cut ends


Using photo as a guide, glue onto head wiggly eyes using jewel glue and pom pom nose with fabric glue. Using black fabric paint, paint the mouth as shown. Bend arms into position.