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FREE Carrot Crochet Pattern January 25, 2010

Filed under: craft,crochet,free patterns — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 3:42 pm
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Hello! I hope everybody had a great weekend. I know I did! Today I’d like to share a pattern with you for a crochet carrot which I created myself. Sorry the picture is a bit small! If you open file (which is the same as the pattern typed here, but maybe easier to print off because it is a word document) then you can see a bigger, better picture of the carrot. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and feel free to comment if you think you might make it, or if you do make it and want to share with me what you made! Happy Monday!

download file here: Oversized Carrot Amigurumi

Materials needed:

Orange acrylic yarn

Green acrylic yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver for both colors)

Small amout of black yarn or embroidery thread

6mm saftey eyes (2)

Size G/6 crochet hook

Yarn needle

Stitch marker

This carrot is worked in a spiral from the bottom up. Don’t join the rounds, just use the stitch marker to mark your place as you work. The carrot is about 6 inches from tip to the top of the leaves when finished.

carrot:

round 1: chain 2, sc 6 in 1st chain

round 2: 1 sc in each st

round 3: sc in first 5 sts, increase in last st

4: 1sc in each st

5: sc in first two sts, increase in next st, repeat around

6-7: 1sc in each st

8: sc in first 3 sts, increase in next st, repeat around

9: 1sc in each st

10: sc in first 4 sts, increase in next st, repeat around

11: 1sc in each st

12: sc in first 5 sts, increase in next st, repeat around

13: 1sc in each st

14: sc in first 6 sts, increase in next st, repeat around

15: 1sc in each st

16: sc in first 5 sts, decrease (sc2tog), repeat around

17: sc in first 4 sts, decrease, repeat around

18-19: sc in first 3 sts, decrease, repeat around

At this point you will want to attach the eyes, stitch in the smile, and stuff firmly.

Round 20: sc in first 2 sts, decrease, repeat around

21: sc2tog around, break yarn and close up top of carrot. Weave away ends.

Leaves (make two): When making leaves, on first row, crochet only in half of the “v” (in the back stitch) and on the way back around you will crochet in the other side of the “v.”

chain 10

2 dc and 1 hdc in 3rd st from hook

sc in next st

slip st in next st

sc in next st

hdc,dc,hdc in the next st

sc in next st

sl in next st

slip stitch again over into the other row of “v’s”

sc in next st

hdc, dc, hdc in next st

sc in next st

sl st in next st

sc in next st

hdc, dc, hdc in next st

sc in next stitch

slip stitch into top of other side leaf and fasten off and use tail to attach to the carrot.

Finishing:

Attach leaves to the top of the carrot. Weave in any lose ends and enjoy!

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FREE Crochet Pattern-Amigurumi Corn on the Cob January 20, 2010

Filed under: craft,crochet,free patterns — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 9:33 pm

Hiya avid readers! It’s Wednesday already-wow this week has flown by for me! Here I am trying to keep current on my blog, and instead of get up nice and early and write what I wanted to write about today, I stayed in bed late with a stuffy nose and drug myself out just in time to make it to work. So, I am coping out and giving you a free crochet pattern today. This cute little corn pattern is one of my own creations. I hope you will enjoy it, and if you don’t like corn on the cob, you can always switch the green for a darker yellow and make a banana instead! Enjoy, and don’t forget to let me know if you make this cute little guy. I’d really love to see your photos!

Materials:

1 ball of Light Yellow, Dark Yellow, and Green Yarn (I used Red Heart)

Small amout of black yarn or embroidery thread

6mm saftey eyes (2)

Size G/6 crochet hook

small amount of polyfiber stuffing

Yarn needle

Stitch marker

1” circular or 1×1/2 inch magnet

Hot glue gun

This corn is worked in a spiral from the bottom up. Don’t join the rounds, just use the stitch marker to mark your place as you work. The corn is about 6 inches from tip to the top of the ear when finished.

Bottom of corn: Using green yarn

round 1: Ch 2, sc 6 in 1st chain

round 2: 2 sc in each st

round 3: 2sc in each st

rounds 4-10: 1 sc in each st

Round 11: sc through the back post – (insert hook from BACK of work to front, around post of next stitch to the back again, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.)

As you complete this round you will see that a second row of “v’s” are forming. This second row will be the “ridge” or outer ring of v’s where the leaves will attach. The inside row will be where the yellow part of the corn extends from. When you reach the stitch marker again you will need to slip stitch into the first “v” on the outside row and fasten off the green yarn.

Corn: (with light yellow and dark yellow used as accents randomly throughout the ear)

round 1-8: sc into each stitch on the INSIDE set of green v’s and work around until you have 8 rows of yellow. You can change colors to dark yellow at random and back again if you wish to obtain a “bicolor” ear of corn, or simply keep it all light yellow.

round 9: sc 6, sc2tog (sc2tog=single crochet two together), repeat for entire round

round 10: sc 5, sc2tog, repeat around

round 11: sc 4, sc2tog, repeat around

round 12: sc 3, sc2tog, repeat around

round 13: sc 2, sc2tog, repeat around

At this point you will want to attach the safety eyes, embroider on the mouth, and stuff tightly with polyfiber stuffing.

round 14: sc2tog all the way around to close the hole at the top. Break yarn and fasten off. Weave in any loose ends.

Leaves (attach 3): Leaves are made attached to the body of the corn. Leave one sc between each leaf. You will want to start to the left or right of one of the eyes so that the face still shows through when the leaves are folded up.

Row 1: pick up/ sc into 7 of the stitches from the outside set of v’s. chain 1, turn.

row 2: sc in each st, ch 1, turn

row 3: sc in each st, ch 1, turn

row 4: sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog (5sts remain)

row 5-8:  sc in each st, ch 1, turn

row 9: sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tof (3 sts remain)

row 10: sc in each st, ch 1, turn

row 11: sc in each st,ch 1, turn

row 12: sc3tog, break yarn, fasten off, weave in any loose ends.

Reapeat this sequence twice more for 3 leaves total.

BANANA VARIATION:

Instead of using green yarn for the bottom, use the dark yellow for the banana peel and use the light yellow for the banana itself. Also use the dark yellow for the peels (the leaves on the corn)

 

Football Craft Sunday January 17, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,craft,crochet,Football,free patterns,knitting,Recipes — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 7:46 pm

I’ve really been getting into football this season in a big way. It really helps that my fave team, the Colts, are doing fantastically well, but I must admit, I’ve been watching football even when the Colts don’t play. I even watched a lot of college ball this year. So, now that I have made that admission, I must say that I have been thinking about some football related crafts as we get closer to the Super Bowl. One of my favorite things about watching football is getting together with friends and eating great food, and cooking is a craft for sure! One of my favorite things to eat in winter and for football games is chili. I’m also a big fan of the cheesy salsa dip with tortilla chips, but that isn’t much of a craft as it is dumping a cheese log in a crock pot and turning it on. Today, I’d like to share my chili recipe with you as well as share some other football related crafts that I found out on the internet.

FIVE BEAN CHILI

My chili is a vegetarian chili, but it is very hearty and really can fill you up after one bowl. It’s a fairly simple recipe which I have been working on for several years. One thing about it that is great is that it requires very little measuring (well, I barely every measure it, so you’ll have to take these measurements more as guestimates) and you can cook it on the stove if you want it ready fast, or you can put it in the crock pot (preferred method) and let it go for three or four hours until it is perfectly cooked and all the flavors really have a good time to simmer together. Ok, here’s a list of what you need

3 medium onions, peeled and diced

5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

3 tbs. vegetable oil

1 32oz can crushed tomatoes

1 32oz can petite diced tomatoes in own juice

5 cans of beans- you may use ANY kind of bean, but I prefer using garbazo beans (chick peas), black beans, red kidney beans, white canellini beans, and great northern beans. You’ll need to drain and rinse all the beans.

5 dried california chili peppers, top stem and seeds removed (available at Mexican grocery stores and many regular groceries, too)

3 tbs. chili powder

1 tbs. ground cumin

1 tbs. ground coriander

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbs. soy sauce

2 tbs. red wine vinegar

optional: 1 bag of Morning Star Farm meatless veggie crumbles

Ok, the first thing you want to do is cut the top off the dried chili peppers and shake out as many of the seeds as you can. Fill a bowl with really hot water and put the chili peppers in and set aside to re-hydrate until they are soft ant pliable.

Now, dice your onions, mince your garlic, and put in in a saute pan with the vegetable oil and cook, stirring as needed, on medium-high heat until the onions are translucent and start to brown on the edges.

Meanwhile (if you can multi-task, then while onions are cooking), open all the cans of beans and tomatoes. Pour the crushed and diced tomatoes into the crock pot (don’t drain the juice off the diced tomatoes, put in in the crock pot, too). After draining and rinsing the beans, pour them into the crock pot with the tomatoes and mix them all together well. You can turn your crock pot on high at this point.

Now, back to the onions: Once they are translucent, pour the chili powder, cumin, and coriander into the saute pan and cook for a couple of minutes until the spices are very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Use about 1 tbs. off soy sauce to “deglaze” the saute pan (basically just make it easier to get all the spices out). Pour the onions into the crock pot along with the spices, the rest of the soy sauce, and the red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. If you are adding the meatless crumbles, pour them in now, too. Mix it all again.

Get your food processor or blender out and strain the re-hydrated chili peppers out and into the food processor. Add about 1/4 cup of pepper soaking water to the food processor with the peppers and process until the water turns bright red and the peppers are very well minced. Pour the whole pepper mixture into the crock pot and give it one more good stir.

Put the lid on the crock pot, stir occasionally, and now you just have to be patient and wait a couple of hours for the chili to become piping hot, and then you know it is ready to serve.

Some of my favorite toppings for this chili are sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced pickled jalapeno peppers from my garden. Of course it goes great with corn bread, but it isn’t a necessity because this chili is really going to feel you up!

Alright, now if your chili is on and you need something to work on before the game starts, or while the game is on here are a few more fun football crafts to occupy your time.

Knit Football Washcloth

I found this great pattern on Ravelry. It looks like a pretty fun pattern and I think that if you knit a lot, you may well be able to finish this in one, if not two games.

The free pattern for this washcloth can be found on Ravelry, but if you aren’t a member you can also get it from BunnyStamping Blog.

If you are a crocheter instead of a knitter, you could buy the super cute Football Star Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Owlishy on Etsy. I’ve done a couple of her patterns and find the fantastically written and easy to read.

I am sure you could go all out and customize this guy by switching colors so he is in your teams favorite colors, and you could even put your favorite players number on him, too (mine would probably be #85 Pierre Garcon)!

If you feel like crocheting something a little more functional than cute, you could also buy the pattern for a mere $3 to make this Football Beverage Cozy by Laura’s Left Hook.

If you are still in need of inspiration for more football related crafts, Craftster hosted a “Are you ready for some football?” swap back in November, and there are ideas (no tutorials, just lots of pictures) for quilted banners, hair ties, crochet baby pants, and even these super cute football shoes, which I’m sure you could make for your favorite team with the proper paint and glue and logos printed off.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration to make a craft that supports your favorite team. I sure got a lot of inspiration while looking around for these crafts, and next Sunday you should check back and see MORE football crafts and a new football recipe.

 

FREE Owl Coaster Crochet Pattern January 12, 2010

Filed under: craft,crochet,free patterns — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 9:39 pm

Hello, hello! I’m back to work as of yesterday, and of course I feel like it is already cutting into my blogging time and crafting time and being lazy on the couch time. I’ve been trying really hard to post a blog every day (one of those new year resolution thingys) but yesterday it just wasn’t happening. So, as an apology I’m giving to my fantastic readers a FREE crochet pattern. I used to sell this little cutie on my Etsy, but I’ve pretty much stopped selling patterns on Etsy, so I figured I may as well put it out there for every one to enjoy- and on the plus side, now you know I’m no one trick pony who just sits around making jewelry all day, but that I can do some other crafts as well. So, I really hope you like this pattern. I learned how to crochet from Debbie Stoller’s Happy Hooker book and I sure wouldn’t be able to put some of what I can do with crochet into words if it weren’t for her! Also, I should give a fair warning that this pattern hasn’t been professionally tested or anything, so if you want to make any suggestions after you make a couple, or tell me if I screwed up somewhere, that would be great, so that all others after you can avoid the same fate. I really hope you enjoy this pattern. Feel free to leave a comment if you think you might give it a shot, or share a picture if you make any!

Crochet Owl Coasters

Materials needed:

Brown 100% cotton yarn (cotton is preferred because it is absorbent)

Yellow cotton yarn

small pieces of yellow, white, and orange felt

black and orange embroidery floss

yarn needle

size G crochet hook

With this pattern, you can make as many owl coasters as you want. I like to give them out in sets of 4!

The Body (a basic circle)

Chain 6. Join chain with slip stitch. Double Crochet 6 into the center of the circle. Slip stitch to close round. Chain 2 (acts as first DC) and DC into same stitch. DC two times in each stitch around. Sl St to close round. Ch 2. Dc in same, DC two times in each stitch around. Sl st to close round. Ch 2. DC in same stitch, DC two times in each stitch around. Sl St to close circle. At this point, you might want to check with your favorite cups and see if the circle is large enough to sit under the cup with the edge exposed. If it is not, you may want to add another round in the same manner as above, slip stitching to end, and weaving in tail.

The wings: (make two in the same manner)

Chain 12. SC in second stitch from hook in BACK LOOP ONLY! SC in each back loop to the end of the chain. At the end, SC in last loop twice, then turn crochet and work back down the other side of the chain with SC in each front loop. Sl st to close, and leave a long tail to tie wing to body.

The legs: (make two in the same manner with yellow yarn)

NOTE: Leave a longer than normal tail when you start the chain so that you can use it to attach the legs to the body.

Chain 12. SC in second chain from hook, and sc in each stitch until you reach the second to last stitch. In the last stitch you will crochet all 3 “toes.” To add toes in last stitch, ch 2 sc in same stitch 3 times. Sl st to close and weave in end.

The head (note that head is basically a half circle. You will work half the circle, then turn and work back in the other direction):

In a magic loop, sc 3. Pull loop tight. Ch 1 and sc in same stitch, sc 2 times in each stitch to end, turn, ch 1, sc in same stitch, and sc 2 times in each st to the end. Again, depending on how many rounds you made the body, it will depend on how many half rounds you make the head. You may stop after the third turn, or continue for a fourth or even fifth turn to make the head proportionate to the size of the body. With each turn, remember to turn, ch 1, and sc 2 times in each sc.

Now you are done crocheting each part of the body. Sew the head, wings, and legs onto the body as shown in the picture. It is important at this point you realize you may need to block the coaster so that it lies totally flat. Do this by wetting the coaster completely with water and wringing it out by gently rolling it in a towel. Unroll the towel and flatten the toes and wings into the proper shape. Allow to dry completely.

To add the face to the owl, cut 2 small circles of white felt craft felt and 2 slightly smaller circles of yellow felt. Using black embroidery floss, lay one yellow circle on top of one white circle and attach with a long skinny black stitch as shown in picture. You may add several lines of floss on top of one another to add depth. Do this for both eyes as shown in picture. For the beak, cut a small orange triangle out of craft felt and attach with orange embroidery floss or fabric glue.