October 26, 2014

RFS & RCT: Same Supplies, 2 Bags

With these materials, you can make both of these cute bags!

- 4 skeins of Lily Sugar 'n Cream Denim “Indigo”
- 4 skeins of Lily Sugar 'n Cream “Jute”
- 2 skeins each of Lily Sugar 'n Cream “Soft Ecru” and “Warm Brown”
- size I crochet hook
- size G crochet hook
- yarn needle

Downloadable PDF (contains BOTH patterns in one file)



Rorikstead Farmer's Sling Pattern

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This pattern was designed exclusively for using up the leftover yarn from the Rika's College Tote Bag pattern I designed this year. I love patterns and projects that call for leftovers because not only is that within my budget, it is so much more fun to be creative with leftovers!

When I'm crafting things, I like to be as efficient as possible. And when I use up all the materials I've set aside for a certain project, it feels like such a satisfying accomplishment. In my opinion, creating something useful and functional out of a bunch of unorganized (often random) bits and pieces is one of the most appealing concepts there is. Not to mention, it's earth-friendly! :)


MATERIALS:
-leftover yarn from Rika's College Tote Bag project (Lily Sugar 'n Cream “Soft Ecru,” “Warm Brown,” “Jute” and Lily Sugar 'n Cream Denim “Indigo”)
-size G crochet hook
-yarn needle

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rorikstead Granny Square:

(Make 10)

Tip: For the start of some rounds, you may want to use a “ch3” as the first dc, and a “ch2” as the first hdc. The “ch3” counts as the first dc of the round, and the “ch2” counts as the first hdc of the round. I tried to write up this pattern as simply as I possibly could, but I find it kind of hard to write up granny square patterns. (I tried making a chart, but apparently I need to work on my chart-making skills.)

Make ring: Ch6, sl st in first ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2dc into ring, *(ch2, 5dc into ring), repeat from * 3 times, ch2, 2dc into ring, sl st in first dc (remember, the ch3 is the first dc).
Round 2: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(sc, ch2, sc) in corner space, (ch1, skip next st, sc, ch1, skip next st, sc, ch1), repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 3: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner space, (hdc in next sc st, dc into the next dc the round below current round), repeat from * around. Sl st in first dc.
Round 4: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(hdc, ch2, hdc, ch1) in corner sp, (hdc in each of next 3sts, ch1)3times. Sl st in first hdc.
Round 5: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(sc, ch2, sc, ch1) in corner sp, (sc in next ch space, ch3)3times, sc in next ch space, ch1, repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 6: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(dc, ch2, dc) in corner sp, hdc in next sc, dc into the next dc 2 rounds below current round, (hdc in next sc, dc into each of the next 3 dc 2 the round below current round)3times, hdc in next sc, dc into the next dc the round below current round, hdc in next sc, repeat from * around. Sl st in first dc.
Round 7: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(sc, ch1, sc) in corner sp, sc in each of next 19 sc, repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.

Strap:

Note: At this point, I was left with mostly just the color “Indigo” still leftover, so I made the strap entirely with that color.

Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Ch1, turn.
*Sc in each sc, ch1, turn.
Repeat from * until strap reaches desired length plus about 2 inches, give or take, for sewing to the sides of the bag.

Pocket (OPTIONAL):

Make another Rorikstead Granny Square.


ASSEMBLY:

Arrange the 10 Rorikstead granny squares into a 2x5 strip and sew them together.
Fold the 2x5 piece in half with wrong sides facing and sew up the sides.
Optional: If you still have some leftover yarn, you can sc a round or two around the top of the bag.
Securely sew the strap to the sides of the bag.
Optional: Decide what side you want as the front of the bag and sew 3 sides of the 11th Rorikstead granny square onto that side so that it can function as a pocket. (Or sew the pocket on the inside of the bag, if you'd prefer to make it an interior pocket.)

This pattern is part of a 2-pattern set, which uses the same materials for both patterns.
Downloadable PDF (contains BOTH patterns in one file)

October 22, 2014

Tatty Teddy Inspired Crochet Pattern



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MATERIALS:

-WW yarn (I used less than 1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the following colors);
   "Grey Heather" (MC)
   "Wheat" ("Natural Heather" and "Fisherman" would work, too) (CC)
-small amount of pink yarn (optional: for the ball of yarn the bear holds)
-small amount of light blue yarn for embroidering nose (or powder blue embroidery thread)
-dowel cut into 2 pieces (optional: for the knitting needles in the ball of yarn)
-super glue or craft glue (optional)
-size D crochet hook
-stuffing

INSTRUCTIONS:

EARS:
Make 2.
Round 1: With MC, create a magic ring and 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)
Rounds 3-4 (2 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 5: (Dec1, sc in next 4 sc)2x. (10)
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

MUZZLE:
Round 1: With CC, create a magic ring and 8 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, (2 sc in next sc)2x, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. (12)
Round 3: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, (2 sc in next sc)3x, sc in next 3 sc, (2 sc in next sc)2x. (18)
Round 4: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, (2 sc in next sc)3x, sc in next 6 sc, (2 sc in next sc)2x. (24)
Round 5: Sc in each of next 2 sc, *(dec1, sc in next sc), repeat from * to last sc, dec1 over last sc of this round and first sc of next round. (15)
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

HEAD:
Round 1: With MC, create a magic ring and 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: *(Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat from * around. (18)
Round 4: *(Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat from * around. (24)
Round 5: Sc in next sc, *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc), repeat from * to last 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc. (30)
Round 6: Sc in next 3 sc, *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc), repeat from * to last 2 sc, sc in each of next 2 sc. (36)
Round 7: *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc), repeat from * around. (42)
Rounds 8-12 (5 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 13: *(Dec1, sc in next 5 sc), repeat from * around. (36)
Round 14: Sc in each sc around.
Round 15: Sc in next 2 sc, *(dec1, sc in next 4 sc), repeat from * to last 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc. (30)
Round 16: Sc in each sc around.
Round 17: *(Sc in next 3 sc, dec1), repeat from * around. (24)
Round 18: Sc in next sc, *(dec1, sc in each of next 2 sc), repeat from * to last sc, sc in next sc. (18)
Round 19: *(Dec1, sc in next sc), repeat from * around. (12)
Fill with stuffing.
Round 20: Dec1 around. (6)
Continue to add stuffing, if needed. 
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

BODY:
Round 1: With MC, create a magic ring and 7 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (14)
Round 3: *(Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat from * around. (21)
Round 4: *(Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat from * around. (28)
Round 5: Sc in next sc, *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc), repeat from * to last 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc. (35)
Rounds 6-12 (7 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 13: *(Dec1, sc in next 3 sc), repeat from * around. (28)
Rounds 14-15 (2 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 16: Sc in next sc, *(dec1, sc in next 2 sc), repeat from * to last sc, sc in next sc. (21)
Round 17: Sc in each sc around.
Fill with stuffing.
Round 18: Dec1 around. (7)
Continue to add stuffing, if needed.
Dec1 and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

ARMS:
Make 2.
Round 1: With MC, create magic ring and 7 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (14)
Round 3: *(Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat from * around. (21)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each sc around.
Round 6: (Dec1)5 times, sc in each remaining sc of round. (16)
Rounds 7-11 (5 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

LEGS:
Make 2.
Round 1: With MC, create magic ring and 8 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (16)
Round 3: *(2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc), repeat from * around. (24)
Rounds 4-8 (5 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 9: (Dec1)5x, sc in each remaining sc. (19)
Round 10: Sc in each sc around.
Round 11: (Dec1)3x, sc in each remaining sc. (16)
Rounds 12-14 (3 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 15: (2 sc in next sc)3x, sc in each remaining sc. (19)
Rounds 16-18 (3 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 19: [(Dec1)3x, sc in next 3 sc]2x, sc last sc. (13)
Stuff firmly to about 3/4 full.
Round 20: *(Dec1), repeat from * to last sc.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Thread yarn through last sts worked and pull tight.

FOOT PATCHES:
Round 1: With CC, create a magic ring and 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: *(Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat from * to last 4 sc, sc next sc, sl st in next sc, sl st in next st, fasten off, leaving last st unworked and a length of yarn for sewing.

HEAD PATCH:
With CC, ch 5.
Turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch.
[Ch1, turn. Sc in each sc.]4x.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.


ASSEMBLY:

I highly recommend searching Google images for tatty teddy photos and illustrations before you begin to sew together the parts.

Sew the head to the body.

Stuff and sew the muzzle to the lower portion of the head. I recommend sewing the muzzle on almost entirely, then adding the stuffing (so the stuffing isn't in the way when you are sewing).

Sew the ears to the head.

Use black yarn to embroider the eyes. The eyes are embroidered quite close together, just above the muzzle.

Sew head patch to head and embroider the nose in blue, using the photos as a guide. Embroider decorative stitching on head using black or dark brown yarn or embroidery thread.

Stuff and sew the legs to either side of the body.

Sew the foot patches to the feet. Embroider decorative stitching on feet using black or dark brown yarn or embroidery thread.

Lightly stuff arms (or don't add stuffing at all - I didn't add stuffing to mine because I didn't have stuffing on hand when I was finishing this project). Sew arms to either side of body.

Create 2 mini knitting needles from the dowel. (Optionally, apply a coat of glue to the mid-sections of the mini knitting needles to make it extra secure.) Wrap pink yarn around the mini knitting needles into a ball shape.

Sew the arms to the ball of yarn with knitting needles, so that the bear appears to be holding them.

And you're done. Enjoy! :)