Saturday, December 29, 2012

Frosty the Crochet Snowman




Frosty the Crochet Snowman

Written by +Teresa Richardson   +Crochet Geek 

Video Tutorial:  Frosty the Crochet Snowman


Video Tutorial: Frosty the Crochet Snowman Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch


Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stuffing/Filling of some type 

Bottom
Chain 4, join
Round 1: Work 6 SC through the chain loop
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around
Round 3: *Work 1SC in next, Work 2 SC in next
Round 4: *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 2, Work 2 SC in next, repeat around from * (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3, Work 2 SC in next, repeat around from * (30 single crochet total)
Round 6: *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 4, Work 2 SC in next, repeat around from * (36 single crochet total)
Round 7-10:Work 1 SC in each stitch around (36 single crochet total)
Round 11:Work one single crochet in each of the next 4 stitches, work a single crochet decrease. (30 single crochet total)
Round 12:Work one single crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, work a single crochet decrease. (24 single crochet total)

Round 13:Work one single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, work a single crochet decrease. (18 single crochet total)

Round 14:Work one single crochet in each stitch around  (18 single crochet total)

Head
Round 15:Work one single crochet in each of the next 2, 2 SC in the next  (24 single crochet total)

Round 16:Work one single crochet in each of the next 3, 2 SC in the next  (30 single crochet total)

Round 17-20: *Work 1 SC in ea stitch around, repeat around from * (30 single crochet total)

Round 21: *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches, repeat around from * (24 single crochet total) 

Note: This is where you will attach the nose, eyes and mouth, then insert the stuffing.

Round 22: *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 2 stitches, SC DEC, repeat around from * (18 single crochet total) 

Round 23: *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, SC DEC, repeat around from * (12 single crochet total) 

Hat
Chain 4, join
Round 1:Work 12 single crochet
Round 2:Work 1 SC in each stitch around (12 single crochet)
Round 3:Work 1 SC in next, work 2 SC in next (18 single crochet)

Round 4:Work 1 SC in next, in BLO back loop only (18 single crochet)
Round 5-8 :Work 1 SC in next, in each stitch around (18 single crochet)
Round 9:Work 2 SC in each stitch, in FLO front loop only (36 single crochet)
Round 10:Work 1 SC in each stitch around,  (36 single crochet) Slip stitch to join.  Sew to the top of the head.

Eyes - Make 2
Chain 3, join.  Sew to the head between rounds 20 and 21.

Carrot Nose - Bullion Stitch Embroidery
Attach yarn to tapestry needle, insert needle from inside to front of head.  Do not pull the yarn all the way through, leaving a tail.
Wrap yarn around needle 6 times loosely. Wrapping to tight will make it difficult to pull the needle and yarn through the loops. Move the needle over so you are inserting it in a different spot from where you came to the front but close. Pull the needle through.  The loops will make a nose shape.  Tie the ends on the inside of the head and the nose is complete.

Coal Mouth

Attach yarn to tapestry needle, insert needle from inside to front of head.  Do not pull the yarn all the way through, leaving a tail.
Wrap yarn around needle 2 times loosely. Wrapping to tight will make it difficult to pull the needle and yarn through the loops. Move the needle over so you are inserting it in a different spot from where you came to the front but close. Pull the needle through or guide the needle over to where you want your next lump of coal. Repeat until your mouth is complete.

Scarf
Make a chain of 30.  I used a Boa type yarn in the tutorial.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Little Mittens, Small Hands - One of my early crochet pieces

I was looking through some containers today and stumbled across these little mittens.  They were made for my daughter Amanda when she was really small, 3-5 years old.  That makes them 25-27 years old, which is also a testament to how long yarn can last.  The yarn is small, so I am thinking they were made with the 2 ply worsted and probably a size E crochet hook.  I didn't follow a pattern so this is one of my first engineered projects where I crocheted some and then measured the piece next to my daughters hand to get the right size.  I added some embroidery flowers with a lavender color to make them girly and different.  She loved to wear these mittens, even in the house and when it was warm.

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