Thursday, July 26, 2012

Monkey Hat Crochet Pattern

One of my customers asked if I could make up a monkey hat pattern.  It took me a while, but I have finished it and it is available for sale on etsy here.  It is a great beginner pattern, and includes step by step pictures to make the hat, ears, and the flower! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

TUTORIAL: Apple Cozy



Materials Needed:
-Size H Crochet Hook
-Worsted Weight Yarn (I used
Peaches & Creme 4 Ply 100% Cotton Yarn)
-Wooden Button
-Sharp Needle to sew the button on

Notes:
-Be sure to crochet over your loose ends as you go along so you won't have as many to weave in when you are finished.
-Gauge: 6 sts and 5 rows = 2" (5 cm) If your gauge is not right, go up or down a size crochet hook in order to get the right gauge.
-All apples are a different size, this pattern is written for an average size apple. If you have a very small, or very large apple, you can move up or down a crochet hook size so that your cozy will fit your apple.

Instructions:

Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring
 

Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 12 hdc in the ring, join with a sl st to the first hdc (12 hdc)


 Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in each st around, join with a sl st the the first hdc (24 hdc)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts) around, join with a sl st to first hdc (32 hdc)


Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc first 2 sts together, sc next 2 sts together, hdc in next 24 sts, sc next 2 sts together, sc next 2 sts together, do not join (28 sts)



Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc first 2 sts together, hdc in next 24 sts, sc last 2 sts together (26 sts)


Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc first 2 sts together, hdc in next 22 sts, sc last 2 sts together (24 sts)


Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc first 2 sts together, hdc in next 20 sts, sc last 2 sts together (22 sts)



 Row 8: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across (22 hdc)

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc first 2 sts together, hdc in next 18 sts, sc last 2 sts together (20 sts)


Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sc first 2 sts together, hdc in next 16 sts, sc last 2 sts together, turn (18 sts) Fasten Off.


Edging:
With Green yarn, join with a sl st in the same st where you just fastened off.



 Ch 1, sc in the same st 2 times


Ch 15

sl st in the previous st

Now, sc evenly around the edge of the apple cover untill you get to the top of the "U".



Here is where we will crochet the 2 leaves. Do not fasten off.

 ch 7, sc in the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in each of next 3 ch, sc in the last ch, ch 1, sc in the last st again.

Now working on the opposite side, dc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st into the first st

Now, sl st down the center of your leaf,


ch 1, sc in next st


Now, repeat to make one more leaf. Start with the ch 7.


Now, continue to sc around the rest of your apple cover edge. Join with a sl st to the first sc, fasten off.


Sew your button on. I used a wooden 7/8" button, but you can use whatever size you would like. Just make sure it is in the right spot before you start sewing :)


Weave in your loose ends, and you are finished!

I think it would be fun to try making this in a bunch of different colors.  Enjoy your Apple Cozy!

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