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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Chicken Dish Rag or Pot Holder


This pattern was originally inspired by another chicken that I saw online a couple years ago, when I went to find a pattern the link was broken (way before I discovered Ravelry!). I really wanted to make a set for my grandmother so I came up with this cute chicken. It’s been a couple years since then and now there are many chicken patterns out there but I've decided to get this back on the blog anyways. 

You can use this pattern two ways, as a dish rag or a pot holder. The pattern is written for the dish rag option but here’s what I do to use it as a pot holder: First I crochet two chicken body/heads, sew them together and then move on to the wattle, feathers, comb and beak. Be sure to sew through all four loops of both bodies. 

This chicken pattern now has a version 2, made without the slit here:
Chicken Dish Rag or Pot Holder Version 2

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Jenni


Skill Level: Easy

Size: 8” x 10”

Supplies:
Size H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Size I (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
100% Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn, approx. 150 yds.
           Example Shows: Lily Sugar n Cream White
                                       Bernat Handicrafter Pale Yellow
                                       Bernat Handicrafter Country Red
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Tr - Treble Crochet

Notes:
-It’s important that you use 100% cotton yarn if you are planning to use this to set hot pans on, acrylic will melt if you set a hot pan on it.
-Joins are made with sl st.
-Ch 1’s & 2’s do NOT count as a stitch.
-Join to the first stitch in the row, NOT the beginning chain.
-Stitches listed between these brackets: [ ] should all be worked in to the same space.
-Gauge is not important for this pattern but 4 dc = 1"


Body & Head
With Size I Hook

Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 7 hdc. Join. (7 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same and in each around. Join. (14 dc)
Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same and in each around. Do not Join. Ch 2, turn. (28 dc)
Row 4: 2 dc in same, dc in next. *2 dc in next, dc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 2, turn. (42 dc)
Row 5: 2 dc in same, dc in next 2. *2 dc in next, dc in next 2.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 2, turn.  (56 dc)
Row 6: 2 dc in same, dc in next 3. *2 dc in next, dc in next 3.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 1, turn. (70 dc)
Row 7: 2 hdc in same, hdc in next 4. *2 hdc in next, hdc in next 4.* Repeat *to* around. Ch 1, turn. (84 hdc)
Row 8: Sc in same, skip 2, in next stitch: [3 dc, 2 tr, 3 dc], Skip 2, sl st in next. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Sc in same, hdc in 3, 2 hdc in next 3, hdc in 2, sc in last. Ch 1, turn.
Row 10: Sc in same, hdc in 4, 2 hdc in next 3, hdc in 2, sc in next, sl st in last two, sl st into next open stitch on the body. Fasten off and sew in ends.

At this point if you have decided you would like your pot holder to be double thick and you have made 2 bodies, sew them together just below the loops. You will still need to work along the edges of the body & head to add the remaining details. When you move on make sure you are working through the loops on both bodies.


Wattle
With Size H Hook

Join red yarn with a sl st in the same stitch as you just fastened off in.
Row 1: Ch 1, 2 hdc in next, hdc in next. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Hdc in same, sl st in 2. Fasten off, knot these two ends together then sew them in.


Feathers
With Size H Hook

Skip 3 spaces from where you fastened off for the wattle and join with a sl st in the next space (leave 3 spaces unworked).The feathers will be worked over the next 71 spaces. Double check count before starting, if you missed a stitch somewhere and only have 70 (for example) you may need to skip only 2 spaces. It’s always good to double check before starting.

Ch 1, *sk 1, 5 dc in next, sk 2, sc in next* repeat *to* 12 more times for (13 feathers made). Sk 1, 5 dc in next, sk last 2 stitches and now rotate your piece to the right so you can sl st down the V and up the other side of the V. Fasten off when you get to the corner by the head, sew in ends.


Comb
With Size H Hook

Now using red join with a sl st on top of the head right next to where you just fastened off with white.

*Ch 2, dc in same, in next space: [dc, ch 2, sl st into same], sl st in next.* Repeat *to*  4 more times (5 made). Fasten off and sew in ends.


Beak
With Size H Hook

If you have gotten the correct stitch count throughout the pattern you should have 6 open stitches on the face part of the chicken head (don’t worry if your stitch count is off, just place the beak where you think it looks best). With yellow join with a sl st in the 4th stitch away from where you just fastened off with red. Ch 2, dc in next. Fasten off and sew in ends.


Optional Hanging Loop
With Size H Hook

If you would like a loop to hang your potholder: Join with slip stitch a couple spaces down in to the V. Ch 6 and join with sl st on the other side of the V. Fasten off.


Optional Eye

With tapestry needle, stitch on a little eye above the beak. I usually leave this off of the pot holders I make that are only one layer because I don’t like that the end can’t be hidden easily. Maybe a small wooden button would work well, a plastic button may melt if a very hot pan is placed on the pot holder.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Small Fish Applique


This applique was originally created for a hat for my littlest fisherman! They work up super quick and they are very easy. The pattern calls for a size H hook but in the above example I've shown how changing the hook size can yield a slightly smaller/bigger fish applique.

Skill Level: Beginner

Supplies:
Size H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn, in choice of colors
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Sc - Single Crochet
Sl st - Slip Stitch

Note:
-Stitches placed between these brackets [ ] indicate a group of stitches that are all worked in the same space.

Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in circle. Join with sl st.
Row 2: Ch 1, [sc, ch 1, sl st to top of sc, hdc, sc, ch 1, sl st to top of sc] all in same space.

Fasten off.

Optional: Using a tapestry needle and a small amount of black yarn stitch on a small eye.

Fasten off and sew in ends.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Toddler Mouse Hat


Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

Size: Toddler, 2-4 years, 19-20" head circumference

Supplies:
Worsted Weight Yarn
        Example shown in: Red Heart With Love Pewter
                                        Red Heart Super Saver White & Black
                                        Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Dusty Rose
Size H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Size G (4.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Stitch Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet 2 Together
Rs – Right Side
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Together
Sc3tog – Single Crochet 3 Together
Sl St - Slip Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet
Ws – Wrong Side


Hat 
With Grey & Size H Hook 

Notes:
-Joins are made with sl st.
-Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.
-Gauge: 4 hdc x 3 rows = 1".

Row 1: Magic circle (or ch 3, join), 11 hdc in circle. Join and pull circle tight, sew in end. (11 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same and in each around. Join. (22 hdc)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in next, *2 hdc in next, hdc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (33 hdc)

Your circle should measure approx. 2 ½” across the center.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (33 hdc)
Row 5: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in 2, *2 hdc in next, hdc in 2* Repeat *to* around. Join. (44 hdc)
Row 6: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (44 hdc)
Row 7: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in 3, *2 hdc in next, hdc in 3.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (55 hdc)

Your circle should measure approx. 5” across the center.

Row 8: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (55 hdc)
Row 9: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in 4, *2 hdc in next, hdc in 4.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (66 hdc)
Row 10-21: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (66 hdc)
Fasten off.


Earflaps 

Join in the 11th stitch from fasten off.

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc in same and in 10 more. Ch 1, turn. (11 hdc)
Row 2: Hdc2tog, hdc in 7, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (9 hdc)
Row 4: Hdc2tog, hdc in 5, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (7 hdc)
Row 6: Hdc2tog, hdc in 3, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (5 hdc)
Row 8: Hdc2tog, hdc in 1, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (3 hdc)
Row 10: Sc3tog.
Fasten off.

Leave 24 stitches unworked in the front of the hat.

Join in 25th stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc in same and in 10 more. Ch 1, turn. (11 hdc)
Row 2: Hdc2tog, hdc in 7, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (9 hdc)
Row 4: Hdc2tog, hdc in 5, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (7 hdc)
Row 6: Hdc2tog, hdc in 3, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (5 hdc)
Row 8: Hdc2tog, hdc in 1, hdc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Hdc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (3 hdc)
Row 10: Sc3tog. Ch 1, turn and sc around entire edge of hat & ear flaps.
Fasten off.

With pink, sc around edge of hat & earflaps.
Fasten off and sew in ends.


Ears 

Notes:
-Make joins with sl st.
-The side facing you as you crochet is the RS.
-Ch 1’s & 2’s do NOT count as a stitch.
-When you sew your ears to the hat be sure you are sewing down about 2" of the ear to the hat so they will stand up nicely. If you don't, the ears will flop around.

Inside Ear
(make 2)
With White & Size G hook 

Row 1: Magic Circle (or ch 3, join), ch 2, 10 dc in circle. Join. Pull magic circle tight and sew in the end. (10 dc)
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same and in each around. Join. (20 dc)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in next, *2 hdc in next, hdc in next* Repeat *to* around. Join. (30 hdc)
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in same, sc in next 2, *2 sc in next, sc in next 2* Repeat *to* around.
Join, fasten off and sew in end. (40 sc)

Outside Ear 
(make 2)
With Grey & Size H Hook

Row 1: Magic Circle (or ch 3, join), ch 2, 10 dc in circle. Join. Pull magic circle tight and sew in the end. (10 dc)
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same and in each around. Join. (20 dc)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in next, *2 hdc in next, hdc in next* Repeat *to* around. Join. (30 hdc)
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in same, sc in next 2, *2 sc in next, sc in next 2* Repeat *to* around. Join. (40 sc) 

Do NOT fasten off yet, switch to size G hook; hold WS of inside ear to WS of outside ear and sc pieces together.

Fasten off leaving a long end to sew ears on to hat.


Nose 
With Pink & Size G Hook

Row 1: Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (5 sc)
Row 2: Sc2tog, Sc in next, Sc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc3tog. Ch 1 & sc around edge, ch 1 at the corners.
Fasten off leaving a long enough end to sew on to hat.


Eyes 
With Black & Size H Hook 

Magic circle, ch 1, 7 hdc in circle. Pull circle tight and join.
Fasten off leaving a long enough end to sew on to hat.

You could also use two small buttons for eyes.


Large Bow(optional)
With Pink & Size H Hook 


Row 1: Ch 28, Join with beginning chain being sure not to twist chain. Ch 1, hdc in same & in each around. Join with sl st. (28 hdc)
Row 2-3: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join with sl st. (28 hdc)
Fasten off leaving a very long end, enough to wrap around the center of the bow about 20 times.


Small Bows (optional)
(make 2)
With Pink & Size H Hook


Magic circle, ch 3, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st into circle (Half of the bow complete). Ch 3, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st into circle. Pull circle tight and fasten off leaving long enough end to wrap around the center about 8 times.

Sew all your pieces on to the hat and then move on to the whiskers below.


Whiskers 

Use white yarn and tapestry needle to stitch on whiskers.


Braids 

For each braid use 5 strands of each color cut to about 15”.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Chevron Rag or Pot Holder

(Shown in from left: Bernat Handicrafter Pale Yellow & White
Lily Sugar n Cream Hot Pink, Ombre LoveWhite 
Lily Sugar n Cream Hot Pink, Yellow & White)

This simple pattern yields a larger size rag, if you would like a slightly smaller rag you can try going down a hook size. The pattern is written for the Yellow & White Chevron design in the above photo, feel free to change up the color changes how you wish though.

If you would like to add a some texture to your rag, work in the BLO for rows 2-20.
Below is an example rag worked in the Back Loop Only (and the border was also left off).

(Shown in Bernat Handicrafter Pale Yellow & Country Red)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Jenni


Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size: 9" x 9"

Supplies:
Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn, approx. 65 yds. per 1 rag
Size I (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Sc - Single Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
Sk - Skip
Sp - Space

Note:
-Stitches placed between these brackets [ ] indicate a group of stitches to all be working into the same space.

Gauge: 4 sc =  approx. 1"


For a pot holder: Make 2
For a rag: Make 1

Row 1: Ch 46, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. Ch 1, turn. (45 sc)
Row 2-4: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. Ch 1, turn. (45 sc)
Row 5: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. (45 sc)

Fasten off and join new color with sl st & ch 1.

Row 6-9: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. Ch 1, turn. (45 sc)
Row 10: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. (45 sc)

Fasten off and join new color with sl st & ch 1.

Row 11-14: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. Ch 1, turn. (45 sc)
Row 15: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. (45 sc)

Fasten off and join new color with sl st & ch 1.

Row 16-19: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. Ch 1, turn. (45 sc)
Row 20: 2 sc in first. *Sc in 4, sk 2, sc in 4, 3 sc in next.* Repeat *to* across until you have one sp left. 2 sc in last. (45 sc)

For a pot holder: Fasten off, make your 2nd rag. When the 2nd rag is complete, hold together the two rags and work the edge below working through both rags as you go.
For a rag: Do not fasten off, continue below with the edge (or you can leave the edge off if you like).

Edge:
Sc around the entire edge of the rag. At each corner/point work the following: [sc, ch 2, sc].
After you have worked all the way around the rag/potholder if you would like a loop for hanging work the following into the last sp: [ch 8, sl st] then join to the first sc you made for the edging.
Fasten off and sew in ends.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Textured Infinity Scarf

(Shown in Red Heart With Love Pewter)

This pattern has been re-written to correct the curling along the edges, you can find the new free pattern here: Textured & Ribbed Infinity Scarf



Skill Level: Easy

Size: Teen/Women's, 6 1/2" wide

Supplies:
Size K (6.50 mm) Crochet Hook
Red Heart With Love Yarn, approx. 300 yards
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms):
BLO – Back Loop Only
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Fpdc – Front Post Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch

Important Notes:
-Ch 2's count as dc in final stitch count at the end of the row but do not make your joins to the ch 2. Join the the first dc instead, see photo below:


-All joins are made with a sl st.

Gauge: Approx. 6 dc x 2 rows = 2”

Row 1: Ch 159, join to first ch making sure not to twist the chain. Ch 2, dc in same and in each around. Join. (160 dc)
Row 2-3: Ch 2, Fpdc around next, *dc in next, fpdc around next.* Repeat from *to* around. Join. (80 fpdc, 80 dc)
Row 4-6: In BLO: Ch 2, dc in same and in each around. Join. (160 dc)
Row 7-9: Ch 2, dc in same and in each around. Join. (160 dc)
Row 10-12: In BLO: Ch 2, dc in same and in each around. Join. (160 dc)
Row 13-14: Ch 2, Fpdc around next, *dc in next, fpdc around next.* Repeat from *to* around. Join. (80 fpdc, 80 dc)
Fasten off & sew in ends.

This scarf has a matching slouchy beanie, you can find the free pattern here: