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, February 22, 2017

Basic Egg Cozy Variation

Here is the second pattern in my Easter Egg Cozy series.  It's a very simple and classic variation that won't be difficult at all after you've mastered the original pattern. (P.S. If you find the French Knots too troublesome or too dull, feel free to decorate with any needle stitching you like).

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French Knot and Stripes Easter Egg Cozy


Supplies:
                Yarn (I used white, turquoise, yellow, and purple.  Feel free to vary colors if desired).
                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.

Stripes Cozy
Start with White 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: Switch to turquoise yarn.  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: Switch back to white yarn. [Inc, Sc 4] rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: Switch to yellow yarn. Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 12: Switch back to white yarn. Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 13: [Hdc Dec, Hdc 8] rep 2 times (18 sts)

Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends.  Use purple yarn to make French knots around the center white stripe.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!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ready for Spring?

We crocheters all know that if we want to stitch up something fun for the holidays, the key is to plan ahead.  So it only makes sense to start posting Easter patterns in February (plus it might help take my mind off the dreariness of an Illinois winter).
When I was growing up, one of the Easter traditions in our church was started by an older parishioner (who actually probably wasn't nearly as old as my childish memory thinks she was) who used to give all of the children in the church an Easter Egg cozy shaped like a chicken.  (For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, an egg cozy is a knitted or crocheted sleeve that wraps around your plastic egg to decorate it, with a hole in the bottom or side so that you can pop the egg out to get at the goodies inside).  I have no idea where she got the pattern, but I can remember finding the whole concept rather fascinating.  It seemed like fun to tap into my inner child and work up a series of egg cozies of my own, which I plan to publish in the weeks leading up to Easter.  This week, I'll post the Basic pattern for anyone who wants to try the Design Challenge and more variations and patterns will follow.  Hope you enjoy, and remember, think spring!

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Basic Easter Egg Cozy



Supplies:
                Yarn (Whatever colors you’d like)
                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.
Basic Cozy
Use whatever yarn you’d like.  I find the multi-color yarns look especially nice for this project.
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)
Check to make sure your egg fits inside the cozy, then finish off and weave in ends. 
Flower Add-On
Again, use whatever color you’d like for the flower.  I used purple for the petals and yellow for the center.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: In each stitch around: Slst, 2 Hdc (15 sts)
Sl st to finish off.  Use contrasting colored yarn to make a French Knot in the center of the flower. Weave in ends.
Leaves
Use green yarn.  Make 2 (or more if desired).
Row 1: Ch 6
Row 2: Working across: Sl st, Sc, 2 Hdc (both in the center st), Sc, Sl St.  Then swivel the piece so that the row you just worked is on the bottom and repeat Row 2, working back down the opposite side of the original chain.

Finish off, weave in ends. Sew your leaves to the egg cozy and then sew the flower centered on top of them.  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!

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Design Challenge

Ready to get crafty?  Start with my Basic Easter Egg Cozy design and make a cozy of your own.  It could turn into a chicken, a duck, a flower, or anything else you want.  Post pictures or a link in the comments or send them to me either through the "Contact Me" page or by email at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Get creative and have fun!

P.S.  Want more inspiration?  Check out my new Pinterest board here: https://www.pinterest.com/dustirose/easter-egg-cozies/

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day Hugs

The world seems to be divided firmly into two groups of people, those who love Valentine's Day and those who loathe it.  Whether you adore the romance of the holiday or dread the ritual overblown commercialization of affection, we can all use a hug this time of year, and Huggy the Koala is here to help.  Snaps sewn on to the ends of his paws let Huggy cling to your finger (or perhaps the bottom of a sweet bouquet?).  And his diminutive size means Huggy won't make long to make.

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Hugs the Koala


Supplies:
                Cotton Yarn (Grey, white, and black)
                Stuffing
                Crochet hook (Size F-3.75MM)
                Scissors
Needles (one for yarn and one for thread)
                Sew-on Snaps (2, size 2/0, I used Dritz brand)
                Wire pet brush (optional)

Head/Body
Use grey yarn. Start at the top of the head.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 8 in the 2nd chain from the hook
Rnd 2: Inc in each of the 8 sts (16 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 5: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next] rep 8 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc in the next 2 sts] rep 8 times (32 sts)
Rnd 8: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 8 times (24 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: Dec 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 11: [Dec, Sc] rep 4 times (8 sts)
Stuff firmly.
Rnd 12: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 13: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 2 times (10 sts)
Rnd 14: [Inc, Sc] rep 5 times (15 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 16: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 8 times (18 sts)
Rnd 17: [Dec, Sc] rep 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 18: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Ears
Make 2. Start with white yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Switch to grey yarn.
Rnd 2: Working in Back Loops Only: Inc in the next 3 sts, Dec (7 sts)
Rnd 3: BLO: Sc 7 (7 sts)
Rnd 4: Dec 3 to close (3 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
If you want the fuzzy look on your koala’s ears, use a wire pet brush to brush the fronts of the ears. Sew the ears to either side of the head, using the picture as a guide for placement. Using black yarn, stitch a nose and make French knot eyes.
Belly
Use white yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Sc 3 in the first st.  Sc in the second.  In the third st: [HDC 3, slst 1].  In the fourth st: [Slst 1, HDC 3]. Sc in the fifth st, and then slst to close the heart shape.
Finish off and weave in ends.  Sew the heart right-side-up to the front of the koala’s belly.
Arms/Legs
Make 4.  Use grey yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Sc 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in the first st, Sc in the next two] rep two times around (8 sts)
Rnds 3-9: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Finish off.  Do not sew closed and do not stuff.
Pinch one arm shut and sew one edge as close as possible to the edge of the “heart” tummy. Continue sewing around until the limb is attached. Repeat on the other side.  Then sew the legs just below the arms.  Use the picture as a guide for placement (or feel free to experiment with your own!). Using a thinner needle and grey thread, sew one half of each snap set to each opposite limb so that your koala can “hug”.  If you’re making the toy for a very small child, you may eliminate the snaps and just sew the tips of the limbs together to avoid a choking hazard.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com.  Enjoy!

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Design Challenge
Want to try your hand at designing your own amigurumi?  Design a baby for Huggy to hold and send me a picture through the contact page on my blog or at sheepofdelight@gmail.com or send me a link to the pattern/picture on your own blog or webpage.  Feel free to use my design as a starting place or start from scratch.  Have fun creating!-Sheep of Delight