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You know the expression “One bad apple will spoil the barrel”? Well, it doesn’t hold true in this case. This adorable apple with a little visitor sticking out is way too cute to spoil anything! Designed by Mary Pueschner, this wormy apple stands just 1 ¼ inches tall. I know you can’t wait to get started on crocheting this one, so here are the instructions:

Mini “Wormy” Apple
designed by Mary C. Pueschner

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 1 1/4”/23mm in diameter.

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m): #9748 Rubine Red (A): 1 skein; #9607 Limelight (B): 1 skein; #9750 Chocolate (C): 1 skein; #0006 Sand (D): 1 skein and #9727 Black (E): small amount

CROCHET HOOK: One size US C-2 (2.75mm).

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Yarn needle, Fiberfill stuffing, Stitch marker

GAUGE: Exact gauge is not critical for this project, stitching should be tight.

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch), Half double crochet (hdc), Single crochet (sc), Slip stitch (slip st)

SPECIAL TERMS: sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together—Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.

NOTES: All yarn used is split into 2 strands of 2 plies each. Use 2 plies of yarn throughout. Do not join rounds. Place a marker in the last stitch of round and move up as rounds progress.

DIRECTIONS:
Apple
Cut 2 yds of A and split. With A, leaving a long tail, ch 4, join with a slip st to form a ring.
Round 1: 6 sc in ring and over tail, do not join, pull tail to close center ring—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.
Round 2: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around—9 sc.
Round 3: Sc in each st around.
Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around—12 sc.
Round 5: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 6: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 4 times, sc in next 2 sts—22 sc.
Round 7: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 4 times, sc in next 2 sts—26 sc.
Round 8: Sc in each st around.
Round 9: Sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 7 sts, sc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 7 sts, sc in next 3 sts—26 sts.
Round 10: Repeat round 9
Round 11: Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts—22 sts. Stuff the amigurumi and continue to stuff as work progresses.
Round 12: Sc in next 2 sts, [sc2tog over next 2 sts] 4 times, sc in next 3 sts, [sc2tog over next 2 sts] 4 times, sc in next st—14 sts.
Round 13: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] 7 times—7 sts, join with a sl st in next st. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, weave through final rnd of sts, pull tight and secure.

Leaf (make 2): Cut 2 ft of A and split. With B, leaving a long tail, ch 8.
Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, sew leaves to center top of apple.

Stem: With C, leaving a long tail, ch 7 (tightly). Fasten off leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, weave tail back through sts and sew to center top of apple.

Worm: With D, leaving a long tail, ch 6 (tightly). Fasten off leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, sew to the side of the apple.

FINISHING: With yarn needle and E,  work a French knot for eye on the end of worm as pictured. Weave in ends.

 

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It me be hot outside now, but before you know it you’ll be looking for something to keep your kiddos warm! My latest Sheep(ish) design, the Pumpkin Pixie hat, will have you (or your child’s head, as it were) covered!

Knit up in colors: Lime(ish) and Coral(ish), the graduating stripes, earflaps and nubbin top are a little bit elfin and a little bit punk rock! Get the pattern on Caron.com and nab the yarn at JoAnn Etc. stores or Buy.Caron.com.

Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie
Twitter: @CaronYarns

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Bowl Cozy

Brighten up your table with this easy-to-crochet, container cozy. Made in Sheep(ish) color, Robin’s Egg(ish), this becozied bowl gives an unexpected handmade touch to an otherwise drab dish. Get the pattern today, in the August issue of Create & Decorate Magazine!

Get the yarn for this project at JoAnn Etc., Herrschners and Buy.Caron.com!

Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie

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No, really, I mean it. Anyone for a little baseball? Check out this cute little guy, brought to us by Tracie Barrett. It’s the perfect time of year to make this amigurumi for your baseball fan. 

Baseball Amigurumi Pattern

designed by Tracie Barrett

TECHNIQUE USED: Crochet

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 1 1/2”/4cm in diameter

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m):
#0001 Vanilla (A): 1 skein and #9748 Rubine Red (B): small amount

CROCHET HOOK: One size US E-4 (3.5 mm), or size to obtain gauge.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Yarn needle, two 6mm safety eyes, fiberfill stuffing, stitch marker,

GAUGE: 20 sts and 23 rows sc = 4″/10cm. Exact gauge is not critical for this project; stitching should be tight.

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch); single crochet (sc)

SPECIAL TERMS: sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together—Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.

NOTE: Do not join rounds. Place a marker in the last stitch of round and move up as rounds progress.

BASEBALL DIRECTIONS
With A, ch 2
Round 1: 6 sc in first ch, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around—18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around—24 sc.
Round 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around—30 sc.
Rounds 6-10: Sc in each sc around.
Note: Place eyes on baseball. With yarn needle and C, back st mouth on baseball as pictured. Stuff the amigurumi and continue to stuff as work progresses.
Round 11: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around—24 sc.
Round 12: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around—18 sc.
Round 13: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next sc; rep from * around—12 sc.
Round 14: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] around—6 sc.
Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, weave through final rnd of sts, pull tight and secure.

FINISHING: With yarn needle and B, back st lines on ball to mimic baseball stitching. Weave in ends. Roll in hands to evenly distribute stuffing.

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Jean Leinhauser, 1933-2011

Jean Leinhauser, who passed away in June, was of the driving forces in our industry and one of crochet’s biggest champions.  Because of this, the CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame will forever bear her name, keeping Jean’s achievements as inspiration to others.  (Note that the HOF logo is being updated to include her name at the top.)

 
Susan Sullivan and her team at Leisure Arts put together this video in celebration of Jean’s life so I wanted to share it with you.
 
I will never forget Jean’s combination of wit, smarts and creative (aka constructive) criticism when judging the entries in the crochet Design Competition at Chain Link, the way she could hone in on the best submission right away.  I would love to have been a party to her thought process.
 
I was lucky enough to talk with Jean just before her passing when I mistakenly called her, thinking I was calling Rita (Weiss), Jean’s long-time friend and business partner.   Jean had just had surgery that finally left her pain free and she sure sounded it!  She was thrilled to hear of her “win” as the Hall of Fame’s first inductee and was already giving a lot of thought to her acceptance speech.  She was upbeat and hard at work on 14 book contracts she and Rita had just committed to.  This is when she seemed happiest – promoting crochet, CGOA and anyone and anything crochet – and knit.  When describing her time at Chain Link (with both CGOA and TKGA members), she said, “These are my people.”  I know just how she felt….. 

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It’s summer time and we all love ice cream.  So how about some cute ice cream amigurumis?  Designed by Tracie Barrett, these guys are not only super cute, but they look super yummy too!

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Ice Cream Sandwich & Ice Cream Cone Amigurumis

designed by Tracie Barrett

TECHNIQUE USED: Crochet

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Ice Cream Sandwich measures approximately 3 1/2”/9 cm high. Ice Cream Cone measures approximately 4 1/2”/11.5cm high

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m): 1 skein each #9750 Chocolate (A), #9748 Rubine Red (B), #0001 Vanilla (C)

CROCHET HOOK: One size US F-5 (3.75 mm), or size to obtain gauge.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Yarn needle; Fiberfill stuffing; Two 9mm safety eyes (for Ice Cream Cone)

GAUGE:20 sts and 24 rows sc = 4″/10 cm. Exact gauge is not critical for this project, stitching should be tight.

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch; Single crochet (sc); Slip stitch (sl st); Double crochet (dc)

ICE CREAM SANDWICH
Sandwich Pieces (make 2)
With A, ch 11
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn—10 sc.
Rows 2-16: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Round 17: Sc evenly around piece, working one sc at end of each row and in each st across top and bottom. Join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off. With yarn needle and C, work 2 French knots for eyes and back st mouth on one sandwich piece as pictured.

Center
With C, ch 53.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn—52 sc.
Rows 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length.

FINISHING
Edging
Matching sts, lay the center piece on top of the sandwich piece with WS together.
Round 1: With center piece facing, working through back loop only of the center piece and both loops of the sandwich piece, join A in any st, ch 1, sc evenly around, join with sl st in first sc, turn. Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Repeat Edging on other side with second sandwich piece, stuffing sandwich before completing Round 1.

FINISHING
Weave in ends. Roll in hands to evenly distribute stuffing.

 

ICE CREAM CONE

SPECIAL TERMS
sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together—Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.

NOTE
Do not join rounds. Place a marker in the last stitch of round and move up as rounds progress.

Strawberry Sauce
With B, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
Round 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
Round 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
Round 7: *5 dc in next st, skip next st, sc in next st, skip next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st in last st.
Fasten off leaving a long sewing length.

Ice Cream
With A, ch 2
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
Round 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
Round 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
Round 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—42 sc.
Rounds 8-14: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off A, join C. With yarn needle and sewing length, whipstitch strawberry sauce on top of the ice cream. Place eyes on ice cream as pictured.
Round 15: With C, working in back loops of sts, sc in each sc around.
Round 16: Working in both loops of sts, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
Round 17-18: Sc in each sc around.
Round 19: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
Rounds 20-21: Sc in each sc around.
Round 22: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
Round 23: Sc in each sc around. Stuff the amigurumi and continue to stuff as work progresses. With yarn needle and B, back st mouth on cherry as pictured.
Round 24: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 25: Sc in each sc around.
Round 26: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next sc; repeat from * around—12 sc.
Round 27: Sc in each sc around.
Round 28: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] around—6 sc.
Round 29: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, weave through final rnd of sts, pull tight and secure.

Edging
Join A in any unused loop in Round 14, ch 1, sc in each sts around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

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Get the Chain Link pattern here!


Ok, I know we’re in the middle of a heat wave and so the timing isn’t awesome, but the pattern for one of my favorite Sheep(ish) projects is now available on Caron.com! The Chain Link Eternity Scarf (the longer sister to the Chain Gang Scarf from my site) is knit up in a double-strand of Camel(ish), making it relatively quick to make and luscious to wear. Get the yarn for it today at select JoAnn Stores and Buy.Caron.com!
Oh, an stay tuned for later in the Fall when I hold a KAL on Facebook & Ravelry for this project. Details to come!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie

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