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It’s supposed to be rainy here in Vermont this weekend, so this seemed like the perfect amigurumi to share with everyone. Just take a look at this cutie and you will instantly feel better even if it’s gloomy and rainy wherever you are.

Raindrop Amigurumi
designed by Tracie Barrett

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 4”/10cm high

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft: #0004 Blueberry (A) and #9727 Black (B)

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

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Yarn needle, Two 9mm safety eyes, Fiberfill stuffing
Stitch marker

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)

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.

DIRECTIONS:

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 sc around.
Round 7: *Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
Round 8: Sc in each sc around.
Round 9: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—42 sc.
Rounds 10-14: Sc in each sc around.
Round 15: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
Rounds 16-17: Sc in each sc around. Place eyes on raindrop. With yarn needle and B, back st mouth on raindrop as pictured. Stuff the amigurumi and continue to stuff as work progresses.
Round 18: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
Rounds 19-20: Sc in each sc around.
Round 21: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
Round 22: Sc in each sc around.
Round 23: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 24: Sc in each sc around.
Round 25: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next sc; repeat from * around—12 sc.
Rounds 26-28: Sc in each sc around.
Round 29: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] around—6 sc.
Round 30: 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.

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

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Biased Opinion Scarf in color: Lime(ish)

Get the pattern for my latest, Sheep(ish) design for free at Caron.com. Order the yarn, here!
Stitch.Rock.Love,

Vickie

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Boo-treelicious!
Crocheted Ghost Ornaments

 

 

 

MATERIALS:

1 ball, Stitch.Rock.Love Sheep(ish) for Caron, in color: White(ish)

1 US F (4.25mm) crochet hook

Tapestry needle

6, 1 1/2″ Styrofoam balls

Scraps of black craft felt

Craft glue and white sewing pin (Ghost #3 only)

Spooky Tree (Found at craft stores or learn how to make your own here.)

ABBREVIATIONS:

Sl st=Slip Stitch

Ch=Chain

Rnd=Round

Sc=single crochet

St=stitch

Sk=skip

Sc2tog= single crochet two stitches together

 

DIRECTIONS:

Ghost #1 (Make 2)
Ch 2, join round with a sl st.

Rnd 1: Ch1, sc [6 times] in center. Join with a sl st. (7 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch1, sc in base of same st as ch. 2sc in EACH st around. Join with a sl st. (14 sts)

Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2. (28 sts.)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in next st and each st around. Join with a sl st.

Rnds 5-8: Repeat rnd 4.

INSERT STYROFOAM BALL

Rnd 9: Ch 1, *Sc2tog. Repeat from * to end/ Join with a sl st. (14 sts.)

Rnd 10: Repeat rnd 4.

Rnd 11-12: Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 13-16: Repeat rnd 4.

Rnd 17: *Ch 7, sk 2, sl st, ch 10, sk 4, sl st, ch 12, st st. Repeat from * , ending with a sl st in the base of 1st ch. Tie off.

(See ghost finishing at bottom of post)

Ghost #1

Ghost #2 (Make 2)

Rows 1-8: Work as for Ghost #1.

INSERT STYROFOAM BALL

Rows 9-16: Ch 1, sc in next st and each st around. Join with a sl st.

(Periodically stretch out ghost “body” while you’re working, so it flares out a bit).

Tie off.

(See ghost finishing at bottom of post)

Ghost #2

Ghost #3 (Make 2)

Ch 200. Turn.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch to end. Tie off, leaving tail.

Assembly: : Pin end of crocheted strip at the top of Styrofoam ball. Put glue on several inches of the wrong side of the strip and begin wrapping around ball, leaving a small gap for the eye area to peek through. Once you get to the bottom portion of the ball (before it rounds off), stop gluing. With a tapestry needle and yarn, tack strip loosely (intentionally letting some of them show) to itself as you continue wrapping to create “body”. Leave tails dangling and add a few loose strands randomly. Separate plies of yarn tales for unraveled look.

Ghost #3

 

FINISHING (all ghosts)

Hanging loop: With yarn and hook, pick up stitch off-center of the top of the ghost head. Ch 12, sl st in same spot that you picked up 1st st. Tie off.

Weave in ends.

Cut out felt eyes and mouth and glue them onto appropriate ghosts. Hang on your spooky tree. 

 

Stitch.Rock.Boo!,

Vickie

 

 

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Knit Vase Cozies


Flowers aren’t the only way to add a pop of color to otherwise plain-Jane vases. With just a bit of yarn (Might I suggest, Sheep(ish)?) and an evening in front of the TV, you can whip up a craftier solution! These vase sleeves are worked up in the current pattern-craze du jour (see my Ode-to Missoni Blanket): the chevron stitch. Make them in your favorite colors, then change ’em out to fit the season… or your mood!


Get the pattern HERE and snag the yarn at select Michaels and JoAnn stores!


Stitch.Rock.Love,

Vickie


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Freddie Frog

This week’s amigurumi is Freddie Frog.  Isn’t he cute? But he looks like he could use a friend, so why not make a couple of these cute little guys? Better yet, create an entire colony, each one in a different color! 

 

 

Freddie Frog

designed by Mary C. Pueschner

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 3”/7.5cm tall

 

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m):

#9607 Limelight (A); #0001 Vanilla (B); #9727 Black (C)

 

CROCHET HOOK: One size US B-1 (2.25mm) & 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.

 

To Change Color: Work sc until 2 loops remain on hook, drop first color, yarn over with 2nd color, draw through last 2 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

Body

Cut 4 yds of A and split. With larger hook and A, leaving a long tail, ch 2.

Round 1: 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—7 sc. Place marker in last stitch.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around—14 sc.

Round 3: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * once, sc in next 4 sts—16 sc.

Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.

Round 6: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around—20 sc.

Rounds 7-13: Sc in each st around.

Round 14: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * around—16 sc.

Round 15: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * around—12 sc. Stuff the amigurumi and continue to stuff as work progresses.

Round 16: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] 6 times—6 sts. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, weave through final rnd of sts, pull tight and secure.

Eye (make 2)

Cut 1 yd each of B and C and split. With smaller hook and C, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch. Drop C, join B

Round 2: With B, 2 sc in each st around—12 sc.

Round 3: Sc in each st around. Drop B, join up A.

Rounds 4-6: With A, sc in each st around. Stuff eye.

Round 7: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] 6 times—6 sts. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, weave through final rnd of sts, pull tight and secure. Sew 1 eye on each side of head toward front as pictured.

Hind Leg (make 2)

Cut 2 yds of A and split. With smaller hook and 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: 2 sc in each st around—12 sc.

Round 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around—18 sc.

Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around

Round 6: *Sc in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * around—12 sc. Stuff leg lightly and continue to stuff as work progresses.

Round 7: Sc in each st around.

Round 8: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * around—9 sc.

Rounds 9-21: Sc in each st around. Finish stuffing.

Row 22: Flatten end of leg, working through double thickness, work 5 sc evenly spaced across end of leg—5 sc.

Row 23 (toes): Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in last ch, sc in next st in row 22, sc in next st, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in next st in row 22, sc In next st, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in last ch, sc in next st in row 22. Fasten off. Fold each leg in half and sew to sides of body as pictured.

 

Front Leg (make 2)

Cut 2 yds of A and split. With smaller hook and A, leaving a long tail, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.

Round 2: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around—9 sc.

Rounds 3-10: Sc in each st around. Stuff leg lightly.

Row 11: Flatten end of leg, working through double thickness, work 5 sc evenly space across end of leg—5 sc.

Row 12 (toes): *Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in last ch, sc in next st in row 11, sc in next st; repeat from * once, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in last ch, sc in next st in row 11. Fasten off.

 

FINISHING: With yarn needle and sewing length, sew front legs to front of body in line with eyes and even with knees of hind legs. With yarn needle and C, straight st 2 nostrils and back st a frown on face as pictured.

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Learn to Stitch at VK Live!

This week I’m heading off to Los Angeles for Vogue Knitting Live, where I’ll be teaching at the Beginner’s Boutique lounge! It’s free with admission, so come on down with friends who want to learn how to knit or crochet–they’ll leave with some mad skillz and a ball of Sheep(ish) yarn (while supplies last).

Coming to the marketplace preview on Friday evening? Stop by the Unwind booth, where I’ll be signing copies of Awareknits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco-Conscious Stitcher.

Hope to see you there!

xx,
Vickie

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ClickHEREto find a store near you!
I’m excited to mention that starting today, Sheep(ish) will be available in a handful of Michaels stores nationwide! Check out our handy-dandy locator app to find a retailer near you!
As always, thanks for the support!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie
Psst! Don’t forget, all colors are also available online at Buy.Caron.com!

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