Monday, June 18, 2012

A New Chameleon Pattern inspired by Pascal!

This little guy is my tribute to little Pascal, even though it's a bit different. What fun, this little applique takes only 20 or 30 minutes to make, tops, and the flowers are even faster. I'm about to publish one of the flower patterns for free, but for today, I'm just introducing the New Pattern for Chameleon and Flowers Wall Hanging on etsy . We were driving back from the beach, and true to form, I was doodling with a crochet hook. I didn't think Scott was looking, but when I was done with the shape of the little guy, he said "Make him with an eye that sticks out." Genius!

Oh, and my Shannon said, "Make a tongue! Make a tongue! With a fly!" "aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!" That's her squealing. I must admit that was a darn good idea. So, it's really a collaborative effort, as you see. But truly a delight to make for your favorite chameleon fan, young or old. 

Actually I need to put these on a child's purse or pencil case, that's really what they're begging for. 

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Little Crocheted Jug project from the 70's! Free Crochet Pattern

Remember These? I remember my big sis making a milk jug bag in Camp Fire Girls...I think it was a lot like this! So much fun!! Here's how you make it (these are my only instructions, for now...this one doesn't exist as a pattern by me - yet) :

Materials you will need: 

  • plastic milk jug or 2 liter bottle (to cut in half)
  • single hole hole punch
  • size For G (3.75 or 4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • scraps of yarn in medium weights
  • heavy scissors for trimming jug and yarn

1) Cut a small milk jug or a 2-liter soda bottle in half; wash out and trim carefully so your edge is smooth. You'll be using the bottom for the base of your drawstring bag.

2) Using a single-hole hole punch, punch regular holes approximately 1/4" from the edge, 1/4" apart, all around the edge.

Now the fun part:

3) Single crochet around the jug, using the holes to work in instead of chains. When you get back to the beginning, just continue on in a spiral, so your work has no seam. Change colors a few times for an exciting design!

4) When you've reached a cylindrical shape approximately 5-6" high, work a round which will serve as a drawstring casing: work (dc, skip 1 sc, ch 1) around and join.

5) Finish off by chaining or braiding a 20 to 22" long drawstring and weaving it through your casing. Knot its two ends together and you're done!

You have to fill your little drawstring jug with marbles, or shells, or treasures!! Delightful! I'm so happy!!!!!

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