Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord,and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

Friday, March 17, 2017

Platypus Easter Egg Cozy

Okay, I'll admit it.  This one is mostly just because I'm personally amused by the idea.  Playpuses...(platypi?) are some of the funniest looking creatures God ever created and one of only two mammals that lay eggs, so turning one into a crocheted Easter Egg Cozy was just too many giggles to resist.  He's an odd, quirky little creature and definitely worth a laugh or two.  Have fun!
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Platypus Easter Egg Cozy


Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Tan, Brown, and Black)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Body
Start with tan yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-10: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: To make a foot [In the same st: Sc, Ch 3, Dc 3, Ch 3. Sl st in the next st to anchor foot to base]. Sl st 4. Rep directions in between [ ] to make the second foot. 
Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends. 

Tail
Use dark brown yarn.
Row 1: Ch 11
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3, Hdc 3, Dc 3, 6 Dc in the last ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain, Dc 3, Hdc 3, Sc 3
Finish off.  Weave in ends. Sew to the back of the cozy (opposite to the side the feet are on).
Top Beak
Use Dark Brown yarn. 
Row 1: Ch 5
Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3. 4 sc in the last ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain. Sc 3. Chain and turn.
Row 3: Sc 10 in each st around. Flip the beak wrong-side out.  Now, working across the flat end, 3 sc, 2 sc, 3 sc to form the “lip” at the top of the beak.
 Finish off, weave in ends. Sew the “lip” at the top of the beak in a slight curve to the center of the platypus’s face.
Bottom Beak
Use Dark Brown yarn.
Row 1: Ch 4
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, Sc 2, 4 sc in the final ch-st to work your way around to the opposite side of the chain. Sc 2.
Finish off and weave in ends.  Sew to the face just below the Top Beak.
Front Paws
Use Dark Brown yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Sl st, Ch 3. Dc in the next st.  2 Dc in each of the next 2 sts. 


 Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Sew a paw to either side of the platypus cozy.  Use black yarn to make two French knot eyes above the top beak. Refer to the picture as needed.  As always, enjoy, and feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!




Want your platypus to be swimming rather than upright?  Just move the beak to the top of the head and the eyes above it. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ready for the Next Installment

Continuing with last week’s nautical theme, here’s another sea creature.  This one will take a little more yarn (though still not a whole skein) and the body shape varies more than any of the other designs so far, but since all the tentacles are crocheted as one piece, there will be fewer ends to weave in when you’re done.

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Octopus Egg Cozy

Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (any color you like, I used purple)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Cozy
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 9: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 6 times around (30 sts)
Rnd 10: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 6 times around (36 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc] rep 12 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 12: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: [Sc, Ch 21. Starting in the 2nd ch from hook and working back down the chain, {3 Sc in one st, 2 Sc in the next} rep 10 times. Sc in the next Rnd 13-st.] rep 8 times around. Sc 2.
 Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends.

Eyespots
Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6         (12 sts)
Finish off, weave in ends.  Use black yarn to make a pupil in the center of each eyespot.  Sew both eyes to the front of your octopus, just above the tentacles. Questions or comments?  Feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com

My next installment won’t be oceanic, so if you’re Easter basket needs more aquatic friends, try designing a few of your own.  And feel free to send pictures of your finished designs.  Have fun!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Clownfish Cozy

There’s just something about tropical fish.  Whether it’s their bright colors or the bemused expressions on their little faces, you can’t help but enjoy them.  So how about crafting an ocean-themed Easter basket with this little guy?

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Clownfish Egg Cozy





Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Orange, White, and Black)
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needle
Plastic Easter Egg, normal size (I buy the ones from Walmart)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch. Adjust as needed to get your cozy to fit your egg.
Special Stitches:
Half Double Crochet Decrease (Hdc Dec) [YO. Insert hook in the stitch or space indicated.  Pull up a loop] rep 2 times.  YO.  Pull through all five loop on your hook.
Cozy
Start with orange yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 5 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 5 times around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc in each of the next 2 stitches] rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Switch to white yarn.
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Switch to orange yarn.
Rnds 9-10: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Switch to white yarn.
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Switch to orange yarn.
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)
Rnd 14: Sc 18 (18 sts)
Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends. 
Tail
Start with orange yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in the first st, Sc in the next] rep 3 times around (9sts)
Rnd 3: 3 hdc in the first st.  Sc in the next 2 sts. Switch to white yarn. Inc in each of the next 4 sts. Switch back to orange yarn. Sc in the next 2 sts.
Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Sew the two tail pieces to opposite sides of the opening at the bottom of the cozy, right sides facing out and white tips farthest from the cozy.  Use the picture as a guide.
Side Fins
Start with orange yarn.  Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: 3 sc in the first st.  Sc in the next st. Switch to white yarn. Hdc Inc in each of the next 3 sts. Switch back to orange yarn. Sc in the next st.
Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Sew the two fins to opposite sides of the fish, right sides facing out and white tips pointed back.  Use the picture as a guide.
Top Fins
Use orange yarn.
Row 1: Ch 8
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from hook: Hdc, Sl st, Hdc, Sl st, Hdc, Sl St, Hdc
Finish off. Weave in ends.  Sew to the top of the fish.
Eyespots
Use orange yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Finish off, weave in ends.  Use black yarn to make a pupil in the center of each eyespot.  Sew the eyes to either side of the fish.  Use the picture as a guide. 
Questions or comments?  Feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Happy hooking!
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Design Challenge

Bonus points if you can design an anemone Easter basket for this little dude and his pals to hide in!