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Holiday Crochet

Here it is almost the middle of September. Wow. The holidays are nearly here and with that comes a lot of crocheting.

I have two main projects each fall. First there is Halloween goodies for the trick or treaters. Second is Christmas hats which has grown from when I first started it. This year I am making more hats than ever. It should be fun but hope to finish early as I am usually making hats on the road. It’s one holiday tradition I’d really like to skip this year.

If crochet had a season then fall would definitely be it. I crochet more this time of year and there are some great yarn events around town. There’s a yarn crawl in October followed by a fiber festival in November. Not to mention that the weather starts to change so having that warm yarn wrapped around my fingers is nice and cozy.

For my Halloween crochet project, I am crocheting fruit. I remember trick or treating and hating getting fruit(now no one would ever give out anything not wrapped for sure!), so I decided to hand out fruit kids would like. I’ve just really started but am having a lot of fun since the fruit works up pretty fast. Sewing the eyes on will not be as fast I am sure of it. My goal is to make at least 25 and pray that is enough as the number of kids in the neighborhood has been slowly on the rise.

Between the hats and the fruit plus a one-off-must-make-this-now project that will be my holiday crocheting. What will be on your hook for the next few months?

Kirby

It’s wonderful to crochet for family. My daughter has challenged me several times to crochet her stuff. I love doing this as it not only keeps me on my toes but it is nice to make her something she absolutely loves. There’s no better reason to pick up the hook than putting a smile on someone’s face.

When Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released, needless to say that I was excited. Being a gamer and a crocheter it was a no-brainer that I must play this game. My daughter and I would play it together for hours. Good times indeed.

We are both Kirby fans. Kirby is a round-shaped character which makes him a great character to crochet, so when my daughter requested one, I thought, “I got this!”

Kirby was a little more challenging. His body was easy as was his feet. It was his face that presented a problem. It’s very expressive. Safety eyes wouldn’t work and I am not that strong with embroidery. I tried felt. I see so many wonderful examples of crocheters using felt with their projects and it all is very stunning.

I do not enjoy working with felt. Cutting a circle is the hardest thing ever. One way I got better with felt was buying a nice pair of scissors. Since I had gained some confidence with felt thanks to the scissors, I decided to make the eyes and mouth out of felt.

This was my second Kirby. The first one I tried to embroider the eyes, and it was a complete failure. This one turned out so much better.

While I am a long way from being really good with felt, it is nice to know that I can work with it enough to do small projects.

Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas

Here is a little Zero amigurumi I did a while back. I didn’t have a pattern, and it was one of the first times I had used felt with one of my creations.

I wanted the ‘ghost cape’ to be flowing and thought crocheting it would make it too heavy. The felt gave it more of a cape feel. Eventually I would like to attempt this again as I love Nightmare Before Christmas.

Crochet Egg

Crocheting Easter eggs is one alternative to both plastic and real eggs. You could even decorate the eggs with buttons, stickers, etc. This is a great little project for leftover yarn.

I didn’t create a pattern while working this up, but basically start with a base of 6 single crochets in a round either by starting with two chains and working six single crochets into the first chain or by starting with a magic ring and placing six single crochets into it. For the next round, increase twice into the first and third single crochet. The rest of the single crochets just place one single crochet. You should have eight single crochets in the round.

Continue to increase this way until you have the desired size of your egg. Then do three rows of even single crochet – that is each single crochet will just have one single crochet in it.

Then you can decrease the rounds much like the increase with two decrease stitches each round. Stuff before closing the egg.

The best thing about these crochet Easter eggs is that after Easter you can always frog them if you no longer want them. These crochet eggs make a great fast, easy, last minute craft for Easter.

Monster Egg Cozy

If your family is like ours, then you have plenty of plastic eggs lying around the house. After Easter, these plastic eggs take up space and while you can reuse the plastic eggs in useful ways, you can also craft with them.

This is my monster egg cozy. Isn’t he adorable? He is very easy to make. Just choose some yarn, crochet hook around 3.0 mm, and then chain two.

Single crochet six times into the first chain.(6)

Then for the next round, put two single crochet into the first single crochet, then a single crochet into the next two single crochets. Then place two single crochets into the next single crochet. Then place a single crochet into the remaining two single crochets for this round.(8)

Do an even round where you just place a single crochet into each single crochet.(8)

The next round will be an increase round where you place two single crochets into the first single crochet of the round followed by three single crochets. Next will be two single crochets into the next single crochet. Then single crochets for the rest of the round.(10)

Follow this with an even single crochet row.(10)

One more increase round should get you the size of the egg. If not, keep increasing and checking how your eggs is fitting into the piece. Basically on the increase round, start with an increase single crochet and then place another one about halfway through the round.(12)

Work even single crochets until you cover the egg. Then do a couple of rounds of decreases leaving the bottom large enough so you can place the egg through it comfortably.

I glued a large, googly eye on it and used some fun fur yarn to make some hair. It was a fast, simple project that turned out really cute. It’s a great project for leftover yarn. So dress up those plastic Easter eggs and make them a toy your kids will want to play with anytime of the year.

Christmas Aftermath

I got a wild idea about the middle of November to make everyone crochet beanies for Christmas. I had just had surgery in October and was home recovering thinking I had plenty of time.

I compiled my list of hats I needed to make. There were over 50 names on that list and with a schedule of making two a day and sometimes three I could technically make a Christmas deadline. Two hats a day was an impossible task for me with a full-time job and also just how slow I am apparently at making hats. Really thought I could whip those up faster.

So here I sit the first week of February and still not done with these hats. At this point these hats are giant leap towards crochet hats for Christmas 2017 as winter will soon be over if not already in our part of the country.

My grandmother always crocheted Christmas gifts throughout the year. Every November when I decide to make gifts then spend every free moment crocheting, I see her wisdom in her planning and vow to try it. This year I will be doing this and thanks to starting in November (and not making a Christmas deadline) I have a good amount done for Christmas 2017.

Halloween Pokeballs!

Each year for Halloween I make a small crochet happy to pass out to the trick or treaters. With the success of Pokemon Go and Pokemon mania in our house for Pokemon Sun and Moon, I decided to make more Pokeballs.

Crochet Pokeballs make for Halloween

I had made some back when we went to Gen Con. In all I made 21 Pokeballs. My goal was 30 but fell short. I had made them in stages – doing all the white first for 30 then adding the black, etc. We had one left over and I plan to finish the rest for Pax South in January.

Amigurumi Snakes on the Couch

Crocheted Snakes hanging out on the back of the couch

Crocheted Snakes

Here are a couple of my creations from back in the summer. They were a gift for one of my daughter’s friend and her younger brother. She loves snakes and has a ball python named Monty. She held her birthday party at the local snake farm, so it only seemed fitting to give her something reptile-themed.

I crocheted Monty out of some yarn I have been wanting to buy forever but never had a project for. It’s Sinfonia yarn that I bought at Hobby Lobby. So since the yarn is a thinner yarn I knew it would be perfect for the ami snakes. I did a Ninja Turtle snake for her younger brother who is wild about TNMT. Both were a big hit. I hope to make more but surprisingly it is time-consuming. I hate going in a small round although it looks awesome it takes a long time.

If I ever do a craft fair again, this will be one item I will make since I used a pipe cleaner in the body to give it some bend. I would like to try it with a stronger wire to possibly make a bracelet. That will be for the future as I have a few crochet projects to finish before the end of the year.

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