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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Basic Roselet

Basic Roselet
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
Somehow, I ended up with an extraordinary amount of pink yarn in my yarn stash.  This Basic Roselet helps cut that down.  Use it as a stand-alone project or as an embellishment for shawls or curtains.
Skill Level-Easy
Gauge- Not important
Finished Measurements- 1 ½ ” tall x 2 ¼ ”wide
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 .35 oz Peaches & Creme Tea Rose Cotton Yarn #01042
                 .05 oz Peaches & Creme Sage Green Cotton Yarn #01084
Materials-
                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
                 Polyester Fiberfill
Special stitches-
                 Back Loop Only: Insert the hook through the back loop of the stitch only (the loop         closest to the inside of the round).  Then complete the stitch as usual.
                 Half Double Crochet: Yarn over.  Insert the hook through the indicated stitch or space.             Yarn over and pull through.  With three loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through             all three loops at once to complete the stitch.

Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch
                 BLO..Back Loops Only                  Hdc..Half Double Crochet

Center
Use Tea Rose yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc  in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 2 times around (8 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 4: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnd 5: Work this round in the BLO.  3 Sc in the first 2 st.  In the third st, (Sc 2, Hdc).  Leave the rest of the round unworked.
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.  Wrap the overhanging stitches diagonally downward across the body of the piece and sew in place to finish.
Petals
Use Tea Rose yarn. Make 4. (Feel free to add more if you want a fuller rose).
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc  in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc, Sc] rep 3 times around (9 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 3 times (12 sts)
Rnd 4: BLO (Sc 3) rep 6 times.  Leave the rest of the round unworked.
 Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends. 
Leaves
Use Sage Green yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc  in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [(In one st: Sc, Ch 3, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in the ch-sts, Sc again to anchor) Sl St in the next unworked st] rep 6 times around.
 Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends. 

Finishing-

Sew the Petals around the center, overlapping them slightly.  Then sew the Leaves to the bottom to hold it all together.  All done!



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birdie Ball Rattles

Birdie Ball Rattle
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
I’ve been brainstorming stash busters to use up some of my Simply Soft yarn for January.  Luckily, we have a whole flock of new babies in my family for inspiration.  This easy project can be made with whatever colors you have on hand.  Choose Color A for the body and Color B for the wings.  Be careful to attach all the pieces as firmly as possible before giving any toy to a young child.
Skill Level-Easy
Gauge- Not important
Finished Measurements- 3” tall x 3”wide
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 Less than .5 oz each of Simply Soft Yarn in Colors A and B (Colors of your choice)
                 Less than .05 oz Simply Soft Yarn in White, Black, and either Orange or Yellow
Materials-
                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
                 Polyester Fiberfill
                 Ping-pong ball
                 Jingle Bell
                 Tape (I used masking tape, but duct tape or washi tape would work just as well)
Special stitches-
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch
                 Dc…..Double Crochet
To assemble rattle:  Use an X-acto knife to cut a slit in a ping-pong ball and insert a jingle bell.  (Feel free to experiment with multiple bells or bells of different sizes to get different sounds).  Tape the slit shut to finish.
Ball
Use Color A yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 6 times around (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 6 times (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc 5] rep 4 times around (28 sts)
Rnd 6: [Inc, Sc 6] rep 4 times (32 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 7] rep 4 times (36 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc 36 (36 sts)
Rnd 10: [Inc, Sc 8] rep 4 times (40 sts)
Rnds 11-13: Sc 40 (40 sts)
Rnd 14: [Dec, Sc 8] rep 4 times (36 sts)
Rnds 15-16: Sc 36 (36 sts)
Rnd 17: [Dec, Sc 7] rep 4 times (32 sts)
Rnd 18: [Dec, Sc 6] rep 4 times (28 sts)
Rnd 19: [Dec, Sc 5] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Wrap the ping-pong ball in fiberfill and stuff the body with it.  Tuck more stuffing around and add more as you go as needed.
Rnd 20: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 21: [Dec, Sc] rep 6 times (12 sts)
Rnd 22: Dec 6 times around (6 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Wings
Use Color B yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (16 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc, Sc] rep 4 times.  [Dc 3, Sc] rep 4 times. (28 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Eyes
Use White yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (16 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc, Sc] rep 8 times around (24 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.  Use Black yarn to make a French knot pupil in the center of each eye.
Beak
Use Orange or Yellow yarn.
Rnd 1: [Sc 2, Dc] rep 3 times in magic ring OR Ch 2, [Sc 2, Dc] rep 3 times in 2nd ch from hook
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Finishing-
Sew the finished eyes to the front of the ball and the beak slightly below them.  Then sew the wings firmly to either side to finish.




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lucky Lil' Piglet Amigurumi Pattern


Lucky Lil’ Piglet

Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks

Sheep Of Delight Crochet

Happy New Year, everybody!  I’m praying for a year of blessing and bounty in 2015.  How about you?  Some of my favorite memories of last year are the trips I took with my cousin to all the local zoos in our area.  With all the amazing animals we saw, I have to admit that some of our favorites were the baby pigs.  (What can I say, we’re farm kids).  I decided I’d design one for my first pattern of the New Year.  Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Skill Level-Intermediate (Uses BLO sts and basic shaping)

Gauge- Not important

Finished Measurements- 3 ¾ ” tall x 5 ½ ” long

Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-

                 .5 oz Peaches & Creme Pastel Pink 01421 Cotton Yarn

                 Less than .05 oz Peaches & Creme  Black 01040 Cotton Yarn

Materials-

                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook

                 Yarn or tapestry needle

                 Scissors

                 Stitchmarkers

                 Polyester Fiberfill

Special stitches-

                 Back Loop Only: Insert the hook through the back loop of the stitch only (the loop         closest to the inside of the round).  Then complete the stitch as usual.

Abbreviations-

                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 

                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)

                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease

                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch


Ears

Use Pastel Pink yarn. Make 2.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: (Hdc, Dc) in the first st.  (Dc, Hdc) in the second st.  Inc 4 to complete the rnd. (12 sts)

Finish off with a slip stitch.


Legs

Use Pastel Pink yarn. Make 4.

Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 5 (10 sts)

Rnd 3: BLO Sc 10 (10 sts)

Rnd 4: [Dec, Sc 3] rep 2 times to complete the round. (8 sts)

Rnds 5-6: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc] rep 4 times around. (12 sts)

Finish off with a slip stitch, leaving the top of the leg open to attach to the body.

Tail

Use Pastel Pink yarn.

Row 1: Ch 21.

Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from your hook, sl st in the first 15 ch-sts.  Twist the completed stitches into a loop to form the curl in the pig’s tail.  Sl st through the two layers of the twisted curl and the next unworked ch-st to fix the curl in the tail.  Then sl st in the rest of the unworked ch-sts to finish.  (If you find it easier, you can also just sl st  in every ch-st and then sew the tail into a curled position).

Finish off with a slip stitch.

Body

Use Pastel Pink yarn. Starting at the nose:

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 times around (12 sts)

Rnd 3: [Inc in the first 3 sts, Sc in the next 3] rep 2 times to finish the round. (18 sts)

Rnd 4: Working in the BLO, Dec 3.  Working in both loops, Inc 3.  BLO Dec 3, Sc 3. (15 sts)

Rnd 5: In both loops, Sc 3.  BLO Dec 3. Working in both loops, Sc 3, Inc 3. (15 sts)

Rnd 6: Sc 3, Inc 3, Sc 9.  (18 sts)

Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 6 times around (24 sts)

Rnd 8: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 6 times (30 sts)

Rnds 9-11: Sc 30 (30 sts)

Rnd 12: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 6 times (36 sts)

Rnd 13: [Dec, Sc 5] rep 6 times (30 sts)

Rnd 14: [Dec, Sc 3] rep 5 times, Sc 5 (25 sts)

Rnd 15: Sc 5, [Dec, Sc] rep 5 times Sc 5 (20 sts)

Rnd 16: Inc 5, Dec 5, Inc 5 (25 sts)

Rnd 17: Sc 10, Inc 5, Sc 10 (30 sts)

Stuff the head before continuing.

Rnds 18-20: Sc 30 (30 sts)

Rnd 21: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 6 times around (36 sts)

Rnd 22: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 6 times (30 sts)

Rnd 23: [Dec, Sc 3] rep 6 times (24 sts)

Rnd 24: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 6 times (18 sts)

Stuff firmly.

Rnd 25: [Dec, Sc] rep 6 times (12 sts)

Rnd 26: Dec 6 times.

Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.




Finishing-

Remember when assembling your piglet that the part of the neck that is most severely narrowed is the back of the neck/ top of the pig.  Also, the top of the snout is the last portion you decreased BLO in Rnd 5.  Thread a needle with black yarn and knot it.  Draw the knot into the body of the pig and draw it out where you want the first eye.  Make a small stitch; draw the yarn through the head and back out at the desired position of the second eye.  Make another small stitch and draw through the head and back out the first eye position to slightly narrow the face.  Make French knot eyes in both positions and then stitch on the piglet’s mouth.

Using Pastel Pink yarn, position and sew the ears toward the rear of the head, the tail to the back of the piglet, and the legs underneath, taking special care with the positioning of the legs so that the weight of its head doesn’t make it pitch forward on its nose.  Then you’re finished!  Have fun with your Lucky Lil’ Piglet and enjoy your new year!