A Little Fall Ghostie

I’d like to share another pattern I’ve come up with recently.  It’s another super easy, super quick pattern.  This time, it’s an adorable ghostie!

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My First Ghostie

There can never be too many Fall and Halloween decor items.  That’s my own personal opinion, of course, but I haven’t met anyone who would disagree.  Fall is a magical time of the year when you can start feeling cozy in your comfy sweaters, it’s not a million degrees outside, and pumpkin everything is in every store.  Hey, even candy corn is back!  Who doesn’t love a little candy corn in life?  Speaking of which…

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Candy Corn Ghostie!

This ghostie pattern is not for a stuffed decoration.  He is hallow, and that’s one of the reasons he is so easy and quick to make.  No need to make a bottom, or even have polyfil on hand.  Hooray!

A Little Fall Ghostie Pattern:

Materials Needed:
Lily Sugar N’ Cream Yarn in white (for solid white ghost) or white, orange, and sunshine (for candy corn version)
Size G hook (4.25mm)
Safety Eyes
Black Thread
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle

Stitches Used:
Slip Stitch
Single Crochet (SC)
Double Crochet (DC)

Pattern is crocheted in the round

Pattern:

BODY
Round 1:  Starting with white yarn — Chain 2 – SC 6 into 2nd chain from hook (6)
Round 2:  2 SC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: *2 SC in first stitch, 1 in next stitch* *Repeat around (18)
Round 4:  1 SC in each stitch (18)
Round 5: (If you’re marking a candy corn version, start this round with orange yarn) *2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in next two stitches* *Repeat around (24)
Round 6-11: (If making a candy corn version, start round 9 with yellow yarn) SC in each stitch around (24)
Round 12: *Slip stitch into first stitch, in second stitch (SC, DC, SC)* *Repeat around, ending with another slip stitch into the first stitch.  Leave a tail for weaving in, cut yarn, and weave in tail.

ARMS (Make Two) 
(If making candy corn version, make arms using orange yarn)
Round 1: chain 2 – SC 6 into 2nd chain from hook (6)
Round 2-4: SC in each stitch around (6)
Leave tail for sewing arm onto ghost, cut yarn, *sew arms onto ghost.

*I’d suggest putting on safety eyes and sewing on mouth before attaching arms, so you can make sure everything lines up well.

I played around with eye placement and mouth designs to make each face a little unique.  I hope you enjoy making your own ghostie face!
Now you are done!  That was super easy, wasn’t it?  I hope you enjoy your adorable ghost friends.  They are easy enough to gift to a Halloween lover in your life!  I already have!

I’d love to see pictures of your finished ghosties!  You can post them to ravelry (I should have the pattern up there soon) or tag me on Instagram (yawnsandyarn)!

Please feel free to sell your finished product, but please link back to my blog for pattern credit!

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Tiny Jellyfish Pattern

Hello, everyone!  It’s been… busy.  Not busy in a “I have to meet this deadline!” kind of way, but busy in a “holy cow, two kids guys.  TWO KIDS!”  So, I’m here to write a little something for you all.

I know the jellyfish craze started with One Dog Woof put out her jellyfish pattern.  I saw them EVERYWHERE.  I had four people tell me “you must make one!”  I honestly did not know I had so many friends who loved jellyfish so much, but they are pretty adorable, so I gave one a shot.  He was cute, but with two kids, I just didn’t have time to make so many big jellyfish.  I know that’s lame, it’s not like they are two feet wide and ten feet tall or something, but this is my excuse.

So I came up with a pattern for a tiny jellyfish for all us busy/lazy crocheters out there.  It makes you feel productive in half the time!

Tiny Jellyfish

I used Sugar n’ Cream yarn with a G hook (4.25mm).  This is crocheted in the round.

Stitches used:

Chain
Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet

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My First Tiny Jelly — My daughter immediately stole him.

For the Head:

Round 1: Chain 2 and SC 6 into second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: *2 SC in first stitch – 1 SC in next stitch* *Repeat around (18)
Round 4:  SC in each stitch around (18)
Round 5: *2 SC in first stitch – 1 SC in next two stitches*  *Repeat around (24)
Round 6-8:  1 SC in each stitch around (24)
To Finish:  Slip stitch into first stitch.  Leave a tail of yarn to weave in.  Weave it in now to get it over with.  (right?  Weaving in ends… ugh)

For the bottom of the Head:

Round 1:  Chain 2 and SC 6 into second chain from hook (6)
Round 2:  2 SC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3:  *2 SC in first stitch  – 1 SC in next stitch* *Repeat around (18)
Round 4:  *2 SC in first stitch – 1 SC in next two stitches* *Repeat around (24)
To Finish:  Slip stitch into first stitch.  Leave a tail of yarn to weave in.

For the tentacles:

I prefer my tentacles to all be the same length.  Call it OCD, if you must, but you are free to make them all different lengths, or longer, or shorter.  This is just the way I did it.

Row 1:  Chain 30 (or 40 — I like the look of the longer tentacle too)
Row 2: *SC in second chain from hook – 2 SC in next chain* *Repeat until the end of the chain*
Leave a tail for attaching to bottom piece
(Make 3 of these – or 4 – or 12)

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I made Jack “Jelly”ington with the longer 40 chain tentacles.

You then want to attach your tentacles to your bottom piece.  I’d like to tell you I weaved the ends into it to make it super secure, but I didn’t.  Instead, I just pulled each of the two strands per tentacle (one from the start of the chain and the tail from the end), up through the bottom piece and tied them in a triple knot.  Unless you’ve got kids swinging them around their heads, they won’t go anywhere.  If your kids are jellyfish tossers, please weave in the ends as well to make them more secure.

Here is where you decide if you want your jelly to have a face or not.  If so, attach safety eyes and sew on a mouth.  Or just use safety eyes.  Or just a mouth… although I’m not sure that would make much sense.  You can also crochet eyes, or use felt for eyes, or buttons, or any other crafty eye things you can think of.  I’d love to see pictures!

After the tentacles are attached, line up the bottom and top pieces together and SC them together into each of the 24 stitches around.  You can also sew them together.  I’ve done this both ways.  Sewing creates less of a lip around the bottom, so it just depends on if you’d rather see more of the bottom or not.  SC hides more of the bottom piece that sewing.  Weave in remaining ends.

Then attach a string at the top if you want!  These work up super fast.  I think I’ve made one in about an hour (and I’m pretty slow).

The Frankenjelly top and bottom were sewn together.  The Cutie-Patootie Jelly was SC together.  You can probably see the difference between the two different styles.

Feel free to make as many as you’d like for gifts, or to sell.  If you do sell your finished work, please link back to my blog for pattern credit!  Thank you!

I hope you all enjoy this pattern!  Please let me know if you give it a try, and what kinds of fun things you did with it!

 

My Very First Pattern – C2C Chick

The first time I saw a c2c pattern, I thought to myself “whoa, how on earth did someone make a picture with crochet?”  I had been making blankets and hats (not very well, I just cannot size a hat to save my life, even following a pattern), but I had never seen anything like this before.  It’s no shock to anyone familiar with crochet that I found my first c2c pattern on the Repeat Crafter Me blog, which is absolutely 100% amazeballs.  If you haven’t checked it out, do so now.  I’ll wait.  (psss… she’s on instagram and facebook too… go ahead, i’ll keep waiting).

So, I was inspired, and just so happened to have some software that might work for such a project.  You see, I also cross stitch.  Well, I mean, I used to.  I just can’t get myself to do it now that I have two kids.  One, I just know I’d lose a needle and assume it was inside of one of my kids, and two, I’m horribly slow at a cross stitching because I am a perfectionist.  I will count, double count, and triple count the stitches.  I will change the thread if the stitch doesn’t look identical to the one beside it.  It’s a long process.  I love the outcome, but I just can’t even right now, you know?  So, I’m putting my cross stitch software (PC Stitch) to good use by making some c2c patterns, and my first was a chick.

It didn’t take me long to make the pattern itself.  I started really small.  It’s only 15×15 (not inches, blocks), and it took me about 3 hours to finish the front.  I then did a solid white back and stitched them together with a single crochet stitch.  I was going to add a fancier border, but upon asking my husband if I should, he replied with “I don’t really care for those frilly borders.”  Fair enough. Plus, I was tired (I was 8.5 months pregnant at the time).  Here are some pictures of the final product…

The biggest thing I learned from this experiment is that I LOVE making c2c pictures like this.  I mean, totally love it, so much.  And also, you have so many ends to sew in.  I mean, maybe I’m doing it wrong, and there is a hidden trick, but I had just a crazy amount of ends… see…

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Phew.

My daughters finished Easter basket from us was filled with handmade crocheted items.  Other than this chick pillow, I made a amigurumi turtle (which I was too lazy to put legs on), eight easter eggs, and a quicky washcloth I made up.

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If you’d like to give this pattern a whirl, please feel free to do so!  Just remember that if you’d like to sell the finished product, link back to my blog and give me some credit, please!  Please do not publish this pattern as your own.

Just a warning, I have no idea how to make this pattern downloadable to you.  I will have to talk to my tech savvy husband about that and get back to you, if that’s something anyone is interested in!

c2c chick

I used Caron simple soft yarn in white, sunshine, neon orange, and black, and I’m almost positive I used a size H hook (don’t quote me on that).  The final squares were each 9×9 and I bought an 8×8 pillow form on Etsy to go inside.  It fit like a glove.

I hope you all enjoy this pattern.  I hope to make more to share with you!

Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to my new blog.  I’ve tried this blogging thing once or twice and have never been too successful with keeping up with it, but I’m hoping to change that with this blog.  Although I have no idea why I am trying to achieve this goal at this exact moment, since I currently have a daughter who is almost three and a son who is six weeks.  Maybe the sleep deprivation has made me delusional.  I mean, yea, that’s definitely it.

A little about me, to start you off with.  I am 32 years old (eek), married to my main squeeze for almost nine years, living near Raleigh, NC, and crafting in every spare second I have available (when I’m not washing dishes or laundry… how is there so much of these two things?!).  I mainly crochet these days, since it’s super portable and easy to do with a sleeping baby on my lap and a spunky toddler, but I also enjoy playing with polymer clay and other random crafts when I have the time, which I imagine I will have again in 3 to 5 years…

I don’t really enjoy cooking.  In fact, I kind of hate how long it takes compared to how long it takes to eat.  I mean, two hours to make, 15 minutes to eat?  Eh. But I am going to try to be better.  There are only so many frozen pizzas you can eat before you realize it’s probably not the best health decision for you and your family.  I do make a green smoothie once or twice a week though… so, you know… i’m totally healthy and junk.

Well, let’s hope I can get on here frequently and share lots of fun and amusing things with you.  I’m hoping I’ll be napping most of the time instead, but when I’m not, I hope to be sharing with you.  So, welcome to my life!  Enjoy!