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I am 45. I am married to the love of my life. Together we have two beautiful young adults who bring me joy everyday. In 2015 we added another beautiful young adult to our house, our niece, and she has been a great joy! Secretly, I'm counting the years till grandbabies start coming; they just need to find their forever loves first.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OOps...

Nobody sent me pictures...so no Thank You Tuesday. LOL


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thank You Tuesday!

I am in need of a gimmick or two to get me blogging on a regular basis again. Too bad none of the days of the week start with C, because there would have to be a Coffee something or another. So I am going to start with hosting "Thank You Tuesday!" for all of my readers that would like to share a picture or two of my patterns that you have made with your very own fingers! :)

This week I have received pictures from Patty T. who did a great job on the AG doll backpack pattern. I love her color choice. It could go one of two ways...either super cute, serene and sweet or GO PACK!! :) Either way...Great Job Patty!!






If you would like to share your pictures with me so I can show the world how awesome you guys are...then please email them to me. You will find my email address in the bar on the right --->


And thank you for making my patterns!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fantasy Tree w/Elves & Animals Pattern

*Picture Heavy*

Fantasy Tree with Elves & Animals Pattern
By Elizabeth Mareno 2011
Go to my website to get the .PDF download of this pattern!

Supplies: (all yarn amts are approx)
F & H hooks
Large eye needle for assembly
fiberfill
5/8-1"button, washable
For Tree:
1 skein Warm Brown RHSS
3-4 oz Kelly Green RHSS
1 oz Black RHSS
small amt of tan for tree hole, if wanted
For Elves:
1 0z skin tone each. Used Off White and Bone Caron Simply Soft
1 oz clothing. Used Blue Mint SS, Navy SS, Random purple wool for pants.
1 oz hair. Used warm brown RHSS and random stash white.
small bits of lip and eye colors
tiny bits of accent colors for head bands and Gwinnet's belt.
For Bluejay:
1 oz off white soft ww yarn
1 oz blue soft ww yarn
small bit of soft black ww yarn
For Fox:
1 oz rust colored soft ww yarn
small bit off white and black soft ww yarns
For Unicorn:
2-3 oz white ww yarn. used white RHSS
small bit bone soft ww yarn
small bit black


TREE: with larger hook


Start with Warm Brown: Bottom
Row 1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch. (6) do not join.
Row 2- 2sc in each sc (12)
Row 3- (1sc, 2sc in next) around. (18)
Row 4- (1sc in 2, 2sc in next) around (24)
Row 5- (1sc in 3, 2sc in next) around (30)
Row 6-10- continue increasing 1 sc per stitch series until you have (1sc in 8sc, 2sc in next). (60)
Row 11- BLO (back loops only) sc in each sc (60)
Row 12- in Both Loops, sc in each (60)
Row 13-20- repeat row 12 (60)
Row 21- BLO- (sc in 8, sc dec) around (54)
Row 22- in Both Loops(sc in 7, sc dec) around (48)
Row 23-28- continue decreasing 1sc per stitch series until you have (sc in 1, sc dec) (12)
**Begin to stuff firmly at about row 25, placing the piece of plastic canvas on the bottom before filling- Make sure your open loops are to the outside or right side.
Row 29- (sc dec) around. (6)
Finish off leaving a long end.
Using needle sew top closed and weave ends.



Body: Use Warm Brown
Attach to open loops from row 20 of the bottom with a slip stitch.
Row 1: ch1, sc in join, sc in each open loop. (60sc) join.
Row 2: ch1, sc in join and each sc around. (60) join
Row 3-8: Repeat row 2
Row 9: ch1, sc in 57sc. Leave rem unworked. (57)
Row 10: ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 53sc, sc dec (55)
Row 11: ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 51, sc dec (53)
Row 12: ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 49, sc dec (51)
Row 13: ch1, turn, sc in each (51)
Row 14: ch1, 2sc in first sc, sc in each sc to last sc, 2sc in last sc (53)
Row 15-16: repeat row 14 (57 on row 16)
Row 17: (RS) ch1, turn, sc in each sc, ch3, join with first sc (57sc, 3chs)
Row 18: ch1, sc in each sc and ch around. (60) join.
Row 19: ch1, sc in join and each sc around. (60) join.
Row 20-25: Repeat row 19. Finish off after row 25 and weave ends.



"Knot" Door: with Black
with larger hook
Rows 1-6: Repeat Tree bottom Rows 1-6 ending with 36sc.
Create a loop on one side by putting a ch6 on the last row, reconnect with a slip stitch if its the last thing you do.
Stitch whatever "decorations" you want to knot to make it look more tree knottish.
Sew the opposite side of the loop to the tree to create a "door".



Tree Top: With green, do not join.
Work rows 1-10 of bottom, (60 sc)
Row 11: BLO, (sc in 9, 2sc in next) (66)
Row 12: (hdc in 10sc, 2 hdc in next sc) (72)
Row 13: (hdc in 11hdc, 2hdc in next hdc) (78)
Row 14: hdc in each around.
Row 15: (hdc in 12, 2hdc in next) (84)
Row 16: (hdc in 6, 2hdc in next) (96)
Row 17-18: hdc in each
Row 19: (hdc in 6, hdc dec over next 2) around (84)
Row 20: (hdc in 12, hdc dec) (78)
Row 21: switch to sc, (sc in 11hdc, sc dec) (72)
Row 22: (sc in 4sc, sc dec) (;60)
Row 23: (sc in 3sc, sc dec) (48)
Row 24: (sc in 2, sc dec) (36)
Row 25: (sc in 1, sc dec) (24) Start Stuffing!
Row 26: (sc dec) (12)
Row 27: (sc dec) (6)
Cut, leaving a long end for closing up the top. Weave through open ends to close up holes.
Attach open loops from row 11 to top of body with whipstitch.



Branch: Use warm brown.
Row 1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
Row 2: 2sc in each (12)
Row 3: BLO, sc in each (12)
Row 4: Both loops, sc in each (12)
Row 5: Repeat row 4
Row 6: (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) (15)
Row 7: sc in each. cut, leaving longer end to sew with.
Slip stitch in the open loops from row 3.
Stuff lightly and sew on.



Strap: with warm brown
Row1: ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 3 (4)
Row 2: ch1, turn, sc in each sc
Row 3-50: repeat row 2, do not cut.
turn on side, sc in each row end down the side. Cut leaving a long end.
Reattach to the other side and repeat. Sew handle ends to the bag.




Gwinnet & Riven
Riven, in his natural habitat

Riven, showing off his awesome ears

Gwinnet






Elves: with F hook, and flesh tone
Row 1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Row 2: 2sc in each sc (12)
Row 3: (1sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat (18)
Row 4-8: sc in each
Row 9: (sc dec) repeat (9) Stuff Head!
Row 10: (1sc in next, sc dec) (6)
Row 11: (2sc in each) (12)
Row 12: (for boy, change to tunic color) (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) (18)
Row 13: (for girl, change to tunic color), sc in each around
Row 14-17: sc in each
Row 18: BLO, sc in each
Row 19: (for boy, change to pant color, for girl, keep tunic color) Both loops, Sc in each (18)
Row 20: sc in each



Row 21: (sc in 1sc, sc dec) (12) Stuff
Row 22: (sc dec around) (6) Cut, sew closed

Tunic: with tunic color
1 side:
Row 1: in open loops on row 18, attach w/sl st to 1st loop of that row w/tunic color. sc in 8 more loops (9sc)
Row 2: ch1, turn, sc in each sc
Row 3-5: Repeat row 2. cut and weave ends



2nd side:
In remaining open loops, repeat 1st side.



Skirt: with tunic color

Row 1: join with open loops, ch4, trc in each loop (18)
Row 2: ch3, (2trc in next, 1trc in next) (27trc)
Row 3: ch4, trc in each (27 trc)
Row 4: repeat row 3.
Row 5: ch1, sc in each trc . cut and weave ends.





Legs: start with flesh tone- do not stuff
Row 1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Row 2: 2sc in each (12)
Row 3: sc in 4, sc dec twice, sc in 4 (10)
Row 4: sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 4 (9) change to pants color for boy, leave flesh tone for girl
Row 5-13: sc in each.


leave long end, sew to bottom, evenly spaced.




Arms: with flesh tone- do not stuff
Row 1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
Row 2: sc in each. (12) change to tunic color for both
Row 3-10: sc in each. cut off, leave long end for sewing, sew to sides.






Ears: with flesh tone


ch2
4sc in 2nd ch from hook


ch2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next sc (created point to ear)
cut, sew to side of head. you will have to flip one to make sure the ear lobes are both pointing the right direction.





Embroider faces
Hair, cut 3" pieces and latch hook to head. Unravel strands to create "curly" hair.



Headband: ch20 out of coordinating color.
Girl belt: straight stitch belt on waist leaving long ends. tie at the waist and knot the ends.



Cristata, the Bluejay


Cristata, from the side




Bluejay: with blue, white and small amt of black


Head: start with blue
Row 1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
Row 2: 2sc in each (12)
Row 3: sc in 6, switch to white, sc in 6, swith to blue
Row 4: sc in 7, switch to white, sc in 5, switch to blue
Row 5: sc dec 4 times, Stuff, switch to white, sc dec 2 times, switch to blue. (6)




Body: with white
Row 1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
Row 2: (2sc in 2, 1sc in next) (10)
Row 3: sc in 1, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 3, 2sc in 2, sc in 2 (14)
Row 4: sc in each
Row 5: sc in 2, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 5, 2sc in 2, sc in 3 (18)
Row 6: sc in 3, sc dec, sc in 7, sc dec, sc in 4 (16)
Row 7: sc in 2, sc dec, sc in 6, sc dec, sc in 4 ((14)
Row 8: sc in 9, dec, sc in 3 (13)
Row 9: sc in 9, dec, sc in 2 (12) stuff lightly
Row 10: sc in 9, dec, sc in 1 (11)
Row 11: sc in 9, dec (10)
Row 12: sc in 7, dec, sc in 1 (9)
Row 13: sc dec once, leave rem undone, cut leave long end and sew flat
Tail Feathers: w/blue
Row 1: in tail end, sl to to one end, ch2, 2hdc in sm sp, 2hdc in next 2 spaces, 3 hdc in last space (10hdc)
Row 2: ch2, turn, hdc in each across (10hdc)






Wings, with blue:
Row 1: ch2, 3sc in 2nd ch (3)
Row 2-3: ch1, turn, 2sc in 1st and last sc, sc in each sc between. (7 sc by row 3)
Row 4: ch1, turn, sc in 5sc, dec (6)
Row 5: ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in each (5)
Row 6: ch1, turn, sc, sc dec twice (3)
Row 7: ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 1sc (2)
Row 8: ch1, turn, sc dec.



Make 2, attach to side with curved edge down. Embroider black accents



Attach head.






Beak: with black
ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 2, attach to face.






Feet: cut 3" pieces, latch hook 1 piece per leg to bottom. tie a knot at the bottom and cut close to make "feet"





Vulpini, the fox




Vulpini, from the side






Fox: with rust and Fhook



Body:



Row 1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
Row 2: 2sc in each (12)
Row 3: (sc in 1, 2sc in next) (18)
Row 4-10: sc in each
Row 11: (sc in 1sc, sc dec) (12) Stuff
Row 12: sc dec around (6)



Cut and sew closed



Legs: make 4- do not stuff
Row 1: repeat row 1 of body
Row 2-6: sc in each sc


cut and sew onto the bottom of the body


Tail:


Row 1: repeat as for body
Row 2: (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) (9)
Row 3-6: sc in each
Row 7: (sc in 1sc, sc dec) (6)
Row 8: sc in each. Cut and sew to butt.




Head:


Row 1: ch10, join to make circle, sc in each ch, join.
Row 2: ch1, sc in each sc
Row 3: ch1, sc in 2sc, hdc in 5, sc in 3 (10)
Row 4: ch1, sc in 2, 2hdc in 2, sc in 1, 2hdc in 2, sc in 3 (14)
Row 5: ch1, sc in 2, sc dec in 2, sc in 1, sc dec in 2, sc in remaining
Row 6: sc


Row 7: sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 4 (9)
Row 8: (sc in 1, sc dec) (6)
Row 9: (sc dec) (3), cut, stuff, sew head on.




Ears: make 2


Row 1: ch3, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch (2)
Row 2: ch1, turn, sc dec (1)
Row 3: ch1, turn, sc in each, cut and sew on.




Bib: with off white
Row 1: ch4, sc in 2nd ch and each (3)
Row 2-4: ch1, turn, sc in each
Row 5: sc dec, sc in 1 (2)
Row 6-8: sc in each
Row 9: sc dec (1)


cut, leave long end for sewing. with a whipstitch attach to the front between nose and front legs.




embroider eyes, nose and ears with black



Seata, the unicorn




Seata's Hair


Seata, from the side




Unicorn: starting at the nose with white, ch2.
1- 5sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5)
2- 2sc in each (10)
3-5- sc in each
6- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) 3 times, sc in 4 (13)
7-10- sc in each
11- (sc in 1, dec) 4 times, sc in last (9) Stuff
12- (dec) 4 times, sc in last (5)
Cut and sew closed, set aside.
Embroider eyes and nostrils with black.

NECK: with white, ch9, join to make a circle, don't twist it.
1- ch1, sc in each ch, join (9)
2-5- ch1, sc in each sc, join
Cut, sew to head with eyes on top @ rows 10-12.

HORN:
ch4, join for circle
Row 1: 5sc in circle, join
Row 2-3: sc
Row 4: sc dec twice, 1sc in last (3), join, cut leave long end for sewing.
sew to forehead.

EARS: with white, ch3
1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and next (2)
2- ch1, turn, sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next. (3)
Cut and sew to head with a slight curve.

BODY: with white ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
2- 2sc in each. (12)
3- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around (18)
4- (sc in 2, 2sc in next) around (24)
5-17- sc in each
18- (sc in 2, dec) around (18)
19- (sc in 1, dec) around (12) STUFF
20- (dec) around (6)
Cut, leave long end, Weave ends pulling closed like the prince and princess.

**Sew head and neck to body on begin side of body, leave the closing end for the tail.

LEGS: Do not stuff, make 4
with tan or brown, ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
2-3- sc in each, change to white at end of row 3
4-10- sc in each
11- 2sc in each,
Cut and sew on to the body at the 'shoulder' areas of the body. It's ok if the fluted pieces of the legs overlap a little. The horse will stand on its own.

MANE & TAIL: Cut 4" pcs and latch hook them around sc posts on the neck. Put as much or as little as you like. Cut 4-5/6" pcs for the tail and fold over and latch hook to the butt.
Use same method for making hair curly as done for the elves.















Officially Published!!

And I didn't even have to ask for it! :)

Thanks to Christine over at AllFreeCrochet.com, who features my free patterns quite a bit in her newsletters (*SHOUT OUT to all my fellow free crochet pattern junkies*), I am now a published crochet designer.

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Don't get me wrong, I will be starting an etsy store here pretty quick, but not as a way to sell my paper ideas. It will be a way for me to sell my personally handmade items. Some of my etsy items will be patterns I already have, some of them will be new, original and exclusive to my etsy shop. Patterns that I will not make available to the public. Ya gotta give me that much. ;)

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