60 grams 8 ply (UK - DK; US - worsted weight) acrylic yarn
3.00 mm crochet hook
small amount of contrast colour for collar and bell
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
Pattern = 1dc, 1tr on every row worked over an even number of stitches. That is, you will always be working a dc on top of a tr, and a tr on top of a dc.
BODY AND HEAD - Make 2 [Back and Front are the same]
Using main colour and 3.00 mm crochet hook Ch 27
Row 1: 1 dc into second ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, (1 dc in next ch, 1 tr in next ch) rep to end - 26sts - turn
Row 2: 1 ch, (1 tr, 1 dc) in first st, (1 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st) rep to last st, (1 tr, 1 dc) in last st - 28sts - turn
Row 3: 1 ch, (1 dc, 1 tr) in first st, (1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st) rep to last st, (1 dc, 1 tr) in last st - 30sts - turn
Row 4: same as Row 2 - 32 sts
Row 5: same as Row 3 - 34 sts
Row 6: 1 ch, (1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st) rep to end, turn
Rows 7 - 16 : same as Row 6
Row 17: 1 ch, dec by comb first 2 sts, (1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st) rep to end, - 33sts - turn
Row 18: 1 ch, (dc in next st, 1 tr in next st) rep to last 3 sts, 1 dc in next st, dec by comb last 2 sts - 32sts - turn
Row 19: same as Row 17 - 31sts
Row 20: same as Row 18 - 30sts
Row 21: same as Row 17 - 29sts
Row 22: 1 ch, (1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st) 10 times - 20sts - turn
Row 23 - 32: same as Row 22
Next row: 1 ch, (1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st) 3 times - 6sts - turn
Next row: same as Row 33
Next row: 1 ch, (1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st) 2 times, dec in last 2 sts - 5sts - turn
Next row: 1 ch, 1 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st, dec in last 2 sts - 4sts - turn
Next row: 1 ch, 1 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st, dec in last 2 sts - 3sts - turn
Next row: 1 ch, 1 tr in next st, dec in last 2 sts - 2sts - fasten off.
With first ear on right hand side, skip 8 sts, join yarn and work as for first ear.
Using main colour and 3.00 mm crochet hook
Make 2 ch and work 3 dc in 1 st ch, turn
Row 1: 2 dc into each dc, - 6 sts, turn
Row 2: 2 dc into each dc, - 12 sts, turn
Row 3: 1 ch, (1dc into next st, 1tr into next st) rep to end, turn
Rows 4 - 26: as Row 3
TO MAKE UP
Sew back and front pieces together, leaving base open. Stuff firmly with polyester fibrefill and close opening. Embroider eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers with black yarn.
Fold tail in half lengthwise and starting at the tapered end join the long seam and stuff lightly as you proceed. Place open end of tail at the back seam at top of shaping and sew in place. Curve tail towards the front of body at "floor" level and tilt tapered end upward. Sew into position.
Work I dc in 2nd ch from hook, and 1 dc in each ch to end (45dc)
Ch 7, sl st into beginning ch,
Ch 3 (1st tr made), 8 tr into same ch as the sl st, sl st to 3rd chain of 1st made tr, fasten off
.Place collar through loop of bell, then place collar around Pooska's neck and join ends securely with a few sewing stitches.
Make a short twisted cord of the same yarn, tie into bow and attach to front of collar at bell.
– 16 sts & 23 rows over 10 x 10cm in st st using 5.5mm needles & 8ply
Cosy is knitted in 2 pieces with yarn doubled.
Using 5.5mm needles & 2 strands of grass green cast on 34 sts.
Garter st 5 rows.
Starting with a knit row & continuing in colour A, st st 12 rows (approx.
measures 6.5cm from cast on edge).
Change to colour B & st st 12 rows
Next row – (k2,
k2tog) to last 2 sts, k2 – 26sts.
St st 5 rows
Eyelet Row – K2, (yf k2tog, k1) to end
St st 5 rows.
Make back to match.
Using 4.00mm hook & 1 strand of yellow, make 4ch, sl st into 1st ch to form
1st round - 8dc into ring, join with a sl st to first dc. Fasten off.
2nd round - Join pink with a sl st to any dc, (4ch, leaving the last loop of each
dtr on hook, work 2 dtr into same dc, yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook,
4ch, sl st into same dc (petal), sl st into next dc) repeat 7 more times
working last sl st of the last repeat into the first dc of round. 8 petals
Fasten off. Make 6 flowers, 3 for front, 3 for back.
Using photo as a guide, sew flowers on (2 outer flowers are centred on the
colour change & the centre flower a little higher). I sew the flowers on
around the yellow centre then I also put a couple of holding stitches into each
petal from the back to keep them looking tidy.
Sew a button on each flower centre.
With a flat seam, sew up from the bottom as far as the garter stitch, & down
from the top to fit your pot’s handle & spout.
Crochet a chain drawstring and thread through eyelets, tying in a bow.
Row 1 Ch 4, 8 tr in 4th ch from hook, chain 3, turn.
Row 2 Ch 3, turn, 2 tr in last st of previous round (2 sts
increased at beginning of row), ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 tr in next st, ch 1
skip next st, 5 tr in next st (4 increases made at centre point of shawl), ch 1 skip
next st, 1 tr in next st, ch 1 skip next st, 3 tr in top of beginning chain
(2 sts increased at end of row).
Row 3 Ch 3, turn, 2 tr in last st of previous round (2 sts
increased at beginning of row), 1 tr in each of next two sts, tr in ch 1
space, tr in next st, tr in ch 1 space, tr in each of next two sts, 5 tr in
next st (4 increases made at centre point of shawl), tr in next 2 sts, tr in ch 1
space, tr in next st, tr in ch 1 space, tr in next 2 sts, 3 tr in top of beginning chain (2
sts increased at end of row).
Rows 2 and 3 form the pattern.
Make increases as set on every row, bringing new sts into
pattern, i.e. all even rows will start as row 2 and all odd rows will start as
Work a further 48 rows.
Rows 52 and 53 work another 2 rows of trebles increasing as
set by row 3.
Fasten off and work in loose ends.
The increases form a very neat edge. Tussles also look great!
Making your own wooden knitting needles is quite simple, and fun!
Buy wooden dowel rods from hardware stores - whatever size needle size you want. Cut the dowels to the length of needle required. Use a pencil sharpener to make the rough points, and then take sandpaper to the whole needle. First a rougher grain to do the shaping, and then a very fine grit one to make them very smooth. Rub the needle down with wax paper or use wood oil to condition the needle and make it smooth after sanding.
The ends of the needles can be made from any clay that you have. Make a ball or whatever shape you want. Bake the ends in your oven or let them air dry, depending on what clay you used.
You can be creative and colour your ends or shape them into little faces!!
securely glue the ends to your needles and let dry completely.
Then, they are done and ready to go!
They are pretty cheap, and you can get quite a few sets out of a dowel rods. Do not make your ends too big, or you'll have heavy needles wearing out your knitting fingers!
Most important, have FUN and make some to share, especially with kids, while you spread the art of knitting with others!!!
Using 3.00 hook and C2, make 4 ch, join with a sl st to form
1st round -
3 ch, 11tr in ring, sl st in 3rd ch at beg ... 12tr,
counting turning ch as 1 tr. Fasten off.
Using C1, join yarn with a sl st to same place as sl st, 3 ch,1tr in
same place as sl st, 2tr in each tr to end, sl st in 3rd ch at
beg 24 tr.
3rd round -
3 ch, 1 tr in same place as sl st, 2 tr in each of next 17 tr. Fasten off.
Leave rem tr free to attach to body.
Sew plastic eyes to centre.
BODY (make 2)
With right side of one eye facing, using 4.00 hook and M,
join yarn with a sl st to last
1st row -
1 ch, 1 dc in same place as sl st, * 2 ch, miss 1 tr on previous row, (l dc in sp before next tr, 2 ch, miss 2 tr) twice, 1 dc in sp before
next tr, miss 1 tr, 1 dc in top of turning ch *, 1 dc in last st of second eye, rep from * to * once, turn.
2nd row -
3ch, miss next 2 ch sp, ('Shell' in next 2 ch sp) 6 times,
miss next 2 ch sp, 1 tr in last dc, turn.
3rd row -
3 ch, ("Shell" in next 1 ch sp) 6 times. 1 tr in
top of turning ch. Rep 3rd row 18 times.
Fold Body in half on
to wrong side and slip-st in position at base of eyes.
With right side
facing and working along side edge, use 4.00 hook and Cl, join yarn with a sl st to base of cosy (noting to work through
both thicknesses), * 1 dc in edge of row, 2 dc in next sp *, rep from * to * to base of
eye, using M 1 dc in each tr around first eye to last 6 tr, miss next 6 tr. miss next 6
tr on second eye, 1 dc in each tr around second eye, using Cl, rep from * to * to end. Fasten off.
With right side facing, using 4.00 hook and Cl. join both
pieces tog as foll - 1 htr in each of next 7 dc, leave one piece free, 1 htr in each dc to
last 7 dc on body, working through both pieces 1 htr in each of next 7 dc, 1 htr in
each dc around eyes, 1htr in each of next 7 dc on body, leave one piece free, 1 htr in
each dc to last 7 dc, working through both pieces 1 htr in each of last 7 dc. Fasten off.
Using C1, work htr in each dc on pieces left free. Fasten
Flll eyes and slip-st closed at base.
Using 4.00 hook and M, make 18 ch, miss 2 ch, 1 htr in each
ch to last ch, 3 htr in last ch, 1 htr in each ch along other side of foundation ch.
Sew Handle between eyes as illustrated.
Sew on beads for noses.
Using Cl, work 2 rows of chain st on both pieces as
3 colors of 4 ply worsted weight yarn.
The square is made by crocheting 5 strips and then joining them. Each strip
consists of 25 rows of 6 sc across. Use the chart below to determine color
changes. Each "block" on the chart represents 5 rows of 6 sc.
To begin strip, ch 7. Sc in second ch
from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
In all subsequent rows sc in each sc across, and ch 1, turn at the end of each
row. To make color changes, end off yarn, join new yarn in same sp, ch 1, and
turn. When changing yarn colors, crochet over both loose ends of yarn (old and
new) so that you won't have to hide those threads later.
After making all 5 strips, place them according to chart.
Join strips LOOSELY
with a sl st. Hide all remaining loose threads.
Note: Once you determine the size of the afghan you want to make, it may
be easier to crochet the "blocks" in one continuous strip the length
of the afghan. However, you may want to graph it out first since the square is
not positioned the same way throughout the afghan.
beads are amazing to create and require very little materials to achieve very
good results. Once you've got the hang of making them I guarantee you'll be adding
them to everything, the options are endless.
results use coloured paper or create your own by using plain paper that has
been decorated with bright colours.
For best results use a good quality
varnish to finish off your beads
Cut your triangles until enough
triangles for the number of beads you need.
paper marked with lines:
If you are using plain paper use felt tips or coloured
colour the beads yourself. Colour both sides of the paper making sure the edges
Glue the end securely in place
and allow to dry before glazing them.
each bead carefully between coats to make sure they do not stick to your
Once dry remove them from the
toothpick and touch-up the glaze if required.
Once your beads are completely
dry you can string them into a bracelet, necklace or use them for any bead
Make one for the love of your live and one for
or Pink Yarn
Craft Foam or Felt
Empty Egg Carton or Styrofoam Ball 5"
Square of Cardboard
Glue & Scissors
Make a pompon by wrapping yarn around a piece of cardboard at
least 100 times. Turn floppy over and cut completely through yarn on this side.
Turn yarn blob sideways and smooth down strands. Bend the pipe cleaner in half
and push it up through the pompon. Cut out 1 section of the egg carton. Trim so
it sits securely upside down. Cut a large heart (about 4") out of craft
foam. Glue the egg cup upside down in the center of the heart. You can also use
a Styrofoam ball. Cover the top and some of the sides of the cup with glue.
Separate the strands of the pompon and secure inside the cup. Arrange yarn and
bend chenille stems if desired. Cut out two hearts for eyes and one for mouth.
Cut out two small circles for pupils or use googly eyes.