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St. Paddy’s day is on Sunday and it’s not too late to get ready. Here are a few quick and easy projects you can pull together this weekend!

Cindy from Skip to my Lou shares an easy crochet shamrock garland pattern.

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A wine bottle and a skein of Caron Simply Soft is all you need to make your own St. Patrick’s Day Vase!

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imagesHave a great day and don’t forget: Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck!

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Get into the spirit and treat yourself and your besties to some fantastic Caron Valentine’s-themed accessory patterns!

Valentine Scarf Duo (crochet)

Valentine Scarf Duo (crochet)

Lacy Cluster Cowl (crochet)

Lacy Cluster Cowl (crochet)

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Tulip Booth Display

I just got back from spending a couple of days at TNNA (The National Needle Arts convention) in Columbus, OH. This is the bi-annual trade show where yarn stores come to order new products and designers meet with yarn companies and magazines about future gigs. This year, I went on behalf of Tulip needles and hooks to hang out and demonstrate their products. It was a good time, and especially nice to see friends, talk shop and play with new yarns and tools! Here are a few, quickie shots I snapped while I was there. xoxo, Vic

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Tulip gifted me Carry T, Carry C & Rose Etimo Hook sets. I’m one lucky gal!
Got to see one of my favorite people in the industry -- the brilliant, Erika Knight.:) #TNNA 
One of my all-time favorite designers and over all amazing woman, Erika Knight.
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Here’s a lilac version of the Purple Ninja for Purple Stitch Project, hanging out to promote the charity.
With IC Editor, Marcy Smith
With Editor-in-Chief of Interweave Crochet, Marcy Smith at the Craftsy party. Love the Tammy Hildebrand tunic she’s wearing!
With designer, Ellen Gormley
With designer, Ellen Gormley at the Craftsy party.
With Drew Emborsky
With my buddy, Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude). Have you checked out his crochet tool empire, lately? So proud of him!

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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 2”/5cm across

 

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft: #9748 Rubine Red (A), #9727 Black (B)

 

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

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Yarn needle, Fiberfill stuffing, Stitch marker

 

GAUGE: 22 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), Slip stitch (sl 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.

 

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

 

AMIGURUMI

Heart

With A, ch 2

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

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.

Round 3: Sc in each sc around.

Round 4: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.

Round 5: Sc in each sc around.

Round 6: *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.

Round 7: Sc in each sc around.

Round 8: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.

Rounds 9-11: Sc in each sc around.

Note: At this point, the heart will split and one side will be done and closed and then the yarn will be joined back to the piece and the other side will be done. Hook is positioned on one side of heart. With yarn needle and B, work 2 French knots for eyes and back st mouth on heart as pictured.

 

First Half

Round 12: Sc in next 7 sts, insert hook into next st, skip 14 sts, insert hook into next st, yarn over, draw yarn through all loops on hook (sl st made), sc in next 7 sts—14 sc.

Round 13: Sc in each sc around, skipping sl st.

Round 14: Sc in each sc around.

Round 15: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] around—7 sc.

Round 16: Sc in next st, [sc2tog over next 2 sts] around—4 sc.

Round 17: Sc in each sc around.

Round 18: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] twice—2 sc.

Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, weave through final rnd of sts, pull tight and secure. Stuff first half of heart. Attach yarn on back of heart to work second half.

 

Second Half

Round 12: Sc in each sc around, skipping sl st—14 sc.

Rounds 13-14: Sc in each sc around.

Round 15: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] around—7 sc. Stuff this half of heart.

Round 16: Sc in first st, [sc2tog over next 2 sts] around—4 sc.

Round 17: Sc in each sc around.

Round 18: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] twice—2 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: Weave in ends. Roll in hands to evenly distribute stuffing.

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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 1 1/2”/4cm tall.

YARN:  Caron International’s Simply Soft: #0017 Lemon (A), #9605 Mango (B), #9748 Rubine Red (C) small amount

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

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), Double crochet (dc),  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.

hdc2tog: Half double crochet 2 together—[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all five 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.

AMIGURUMI

Body

Cut 5 ft of A and split. With A, ch 2.

Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc.

Round 2-4: Sc in each sc around.

Round 5: Sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts—10 sc.

Round 6: Sc in each sc around.

Round 7: Sl st in first 2 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts—10 sts.

Rounds 8-9: Repeat Round 7. Stuff the amigurumi and continue to stuff as work progresses.

Rounds 10-13: Sc in each st around

Round 14: Hdc in next st, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next 6 sts—12 sts.

Round 15: Hdc in each st around.

Round 16: Hdc in next st, [hdc2tog over next 2 sts] twice, hdc in next st, sc in next 6 sts—10 sts.

Rounds 17-18: Sc in each st around.

Round 19: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, repeat from * once, sc in next 2 sts—8 sc. Stuff

Rounds 20-22: Sc in each st around

Round 23: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, repeat from * once—6 sc. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, draw yarn through sts of body to curl tail.

Wing (make 2)

Cut 2 ft of B and split. With B, ch 5.

Round 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 ch sts, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, whipstitch to center back of body.

FINISHING: With yarn needle and C, work 2 straight sts on face for eyes. Weave in ends.

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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:Amigurumi measures approximately 2 1/2”/6.5cm tall

YARN:Caron International’s Simply Soft: #0001 Vanilla (A), #9730 Autumn Red (B)

CROCHET HOOK: One size US D-3 (3.25mm).

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS :Yarn needle, Fiberfill stuffing, 6mm wiggle eyes or safety eyes,  Stitch marker

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

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch), Double crochet (dc),  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.

AMIGURUMI

Center (make 2)

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

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a sl st in first sc—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc—12 sc.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first sc—18 sc.

Round 4: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail. With yarn needle and sewing length, with wrong sides of 2 centers together, matching sts, whipstitch 2 centers together, stuffing before closing completely.

Petals

Round 1: Cut 1 1/2 yds of B and split. Join B with sc in any seam st on edge of flower centers, *5 dc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first sc—9 petals. Fasten off.

FINISHING: Glue or sew on eyes. With yarn needle and B, straight st a nose and back st a mouth on flower as pictured. Weave in ends.

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