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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, September 10, 2014

It's up..it's up...it's up!!!

Medallion Sampler Blanket from Lion Brand

OH MY GOD!! I feel like I have been waiting forever to be able to share this pattern with you! I designed this earlier this year, and decided to approach Lion Brand about it. They snapped it up right away, so I couldn't say a word. But, it is FINALLY up on their website....just in time for Fall crafting!!

It is a sampler baby size afghan featuring basket weave, fans, bp and fpdc, a cable owl motif, as well as a myriad of other sampler stitches. I'm so proud of this blanket. It makes me so happy to be able to share it with you. It makes me even happier that this little blanket will have the vehicle to go further than any of my other free designs. Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Another New (ish) Pattern!- Chubby Cardinal

I really don't know how I managed to find another pattern of mine that has been out for awhile, but somehow I completely missed putting on here. Honestly, I'm aghast....

This pattern is called Chubby Cardinal. I designed this, like I did Chubby Gator, for a friend who likes to give baby gifts of the new Mommy and Daddy's favorite college/sport teams. It's such a fun idea, and has allowed me the ability to really explore my "chubby" side. :)



Sorry for the lack of pictures. This pattern is over a year old already, and I apparently deleted everything. :-/ I had to go on Facebook to find pictures of more than just the front view. 

Available FREE on Ravelry and Love Crochet

Otherwise, here is the pattern: 

Materials: 
1 skein- Red WW yarn (Red Heart Super Saver) 
1 oz- Black WW Yarn (RHSS) 
1-2oz- Black WW Yarn- (like Wool-Ease- it’s a bit thinner than RHSS)
Scrap amt of Orange and Gold 
H hook 
Large Eye needle for assembly 
Polyester fiberfill 
Gauge: 7sc x 7rows = 2” x 2” 

Body: R1- ch2, 8sc in 2nd ch from hook (8) 
R2- 2sc in each (16) 
R3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (24) 
R4- sc 
R5- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (32) 
R6- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around (40) 
R7- sc 
R8- (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) around (48) 
R9- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next) around (56) 
R10- sc 
R11- (sc in 6sc, 2sc in next) around (64) 
R12- (sc in 7sc, 2sc in next) around (72) 
R13-17- sc 
R18- (sc in 7sc, inv dec over next 2sc) around (64) 
R19- (sc in 6sc, inv dec) around (56) 
R20- sc 
R21- (sc in 5sc, inv dec) around (48) 
R22- (sc in 4sc, inv dec) around (40) 
R23- sc START STUFFING 
R24- (sc in 3sc, inv dec) around (32) 
R25- (sc in 2sc, inv dec) around (24) 
R26- sc 
R27- (sc in 1sc, inv dec) around (16) Finish stuffing. 
R28- inv dec 8x (8) 
R29- inv dec 4x (4) Cut, weave ends and pull tight. 

Head: 
Repeat as for body through Row 8. 
R9-11- sc in each 
R12- (sc in 4sc, inv dec) around (40) 
R13-15 sc. Finish off. 
Leave a long end for sewing to the top of the body. Stuff. Position it on the body so that it “leans” a little forward, then whipstitch it to the body. (I left the end I “finished” at on top so that my finishing stitches that weren’t as pretty as my beginning stitches would get covered up by the head.) 

Head Cone: 
R1- ch2, 5sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5) 
R2- sc in each. Make sure that you turn the cone right side out before proceeding to Row 3. R3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) 2x, sc in last (7) 
R4- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) 3x, sc in last (10) 
R5- sc 
R6- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) 5x (15) 
R7- sc 
R8- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) 5x (20) 
R9- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) 10x (30) 
R10-12- sc Finish off, leaving a long end for sewing. 

Cone Feathers: Cut about 6 or 7- 4” pieces of yarn. Attach them to the top of the cone and trim them down to look like “tufts”. Stuff lightly- finish stuffing once you have the majority of the cone sewn to the top of the head. Make sure your tufts are facing forward, and angle it as you see it in the picture. Whipstitch it to the head. 

Face: 
R1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6) 
R2- 2sc (12) 
R3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (18) 
R4- You will be “breaking” the face into thirds here. So work the next series of stitches 3 times. (sc, hdc, 2dc in 2sc, hdc, sc). (24) 
R5- (sc in 2, hdc in next, 2dc in 2, hdc in next, sc in 2) 3x (30) 
R6- (sc in 3, hdc, 3dc in 2, hdc, sc in 3) 2x- leave the remaining stitches unworked and finish off. Leave a long end for sewing. Sew to the face with the last two sections at the top (one for each eye). 

Beak: Repeat as for Head Cone through R9. Cut. Sew to face, stuff before closing off. 

Eyes: Embroider eyes on with gold yarn in small straight stitches. 

Wings: Holding a strand of red and a strand of thinner black at the same time. 
R1- ch2, 5sc in 2nd ch from hook (5) 
R2- 2sc in each (10) 
R3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) (15) 
R4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) (20) 
R5- sc in 1sc, hdc in next, 2dc in 6sc, hdc in next, sc in 4sc, hdc in next, 2dc in 2sc, hdc in next, sc in last 3sc. (28) 

R6- (LEFT WING) sc in 3, 2hdc in next, (dc in 1, 2dc in next) 4x, 2hdc in next, sc in 8, (ch4, sl st in 2nd ch and next 2 chs) 3x, sc in the side of the last sc, hdc in next, sc in last 4. Join.

R6- (RIGHT WING) sc in 3, 2hdc in next, (dc in 1, 2dc in next) 4x, 2hdc in next, sc in 8, hdc, sc in next, (ch4, sl st in 2nd and next 2 chs) 3x, sc in side of last sc, sc in 5sc. Join. 
Cut, leaving a long end and stitch to each side positioning the “feathers” to the middle of the backside. 

You will be crocheting the tail to the body in between the wing feathers. 

Tail: 
R1- Have the butt facing you and attach around the spaces between the sc’s on Row 14 of the body. Sc from the right wing to the left wing around Row 14. Approx 15 sc 
R2- ch1, turn, sk the 1st sc, sl st in next sc, (ch4, sl st in 2nd ch and next 2 chs, sl st in next sc on R1, ch6, sl st in 2nd ch and next 4 chs, sl st in next ch) Repeat that series of stitches across R1. 

Sl st to finish and Cut. Weave ends. All Done! 

NEW PATTERN- CHUBBY GATOR!!


Welcome the newest member of the "Chubby" gang! This is Chubby Gator. 

You can use him for baby gifts, sports enthusiasts, or nature lovers! 

He's about 9 or so inches tall, and is wonderfully chubby and squeezable. 

Compared to a lot of my other animal designs, he really has very few "parts" to deal with. I would say that he would be a nice challenge for the beginner, but a very simple stuffy for an advanced crocheter. 

As always, you are welcome to contact me with questions concerning the pattern.