Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Crochet Hooks!

Okay, I must admit I can't resist trying out a shiny new hook. And over the past couple of years I have been asked quite often where I find them, so here is a little peek at some of the different hooks I have tried and where you can find some of them! When I first started crocheting my first hook I ever bought was a Boye Aluminum Hook from Wal-Mart .
Red Heart Hooks from Wal-mart.
Addi Swing Hooks from Herrschners.
I picked up this dainty set of wooden Hooks from my local yarn/book Store Faking Sanity. 
A friend found these bamboo Hooks for me at their local Dollar Store. So you might want to search your Dollar Stores and see what kind of Hooks they sell in your area!
Double ended Hamanaka Crochet Hooks from Etsy. 
Bamboo Hooks from Etsy.  
 Rosewood Hook from Lantern Moon
The Crochet Dude Hook from Michaels.
 Sheldon Hook from The Lemonade Shop.
 Rosewood Hook from Furls.
Polka dot Hook from The Spotted Hook. Sadly I recently lost this hook, so I will need to replace it. 
Titanium Hook from Kingfisher Titanium.
 Wooden Hook from Deroisers Ink.
Disney Hooks from Daysies Creations.
Knit Pro Waves Hook
Well there you have it, a peek at most of the hooks I have tried so far! What's your favorite hook?

**Update**
I have had some people email me and leave comments wanting to know which hook is my favorite. First I want to explain why I didn't include this. I didn't include this because I don't have just one favorite brand of hook. For me I tend to bounce from hook to hook. But there are some hooks in my stash that I don't use anymore, and those are my Boye Aluminum Hooks, my Bamboo Hooks, and my Wooden Hooks. Now these are not bad hooks, I just don't use them. And right now my go to hooks in my stash are my Rose Tulip Hooks, my Minnie Mouse Hook from Daysies Creations for making hats, and my Pony Hooks. And of course whenever I get a new hook or hook set I will use it for quite a while, it's like getting a new toy. The test is if I keep going back and using that same hook or not :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Puppy Pattern

Abbreviations
Ch-Chain
Sc-Single Crochet
Inc-Increase
Dec-Decrease
Fo-Fasten Off

Supplies
2.5mm Crochet Hook
Acrylic worsted weight yarn in Skin (A), White (B), Blue (C ), Brown (D), Orange (E), Grey (F)
Black crochet thread
7.5mm safety eyes
Stuffing
Scissors
Needle

Finished Size
6 inches

Eyepatch 
Rd1: With (D) sc x 5 in an adjustable ring (5)
Rd2: Inc x 5, fo (10)

Head and Body
Rd1: With (A) sc x 7 in an adjustable ring (7)
Rd2: Inc x 7 (14)
Rd3: [Sc, inc] x 7 (21)
Rd4: Sc x 21 (21)
Rd5: [Sc x 2, inc] x 7 (28)
Rd6-7: Sc x 28 (28)
Rd8: [Sc x 5, inc] x 4, sc x 4 (32)
Rd9: Sc x 32 (32)
Rd10: In this round you will be marking where you will be placing the eyes. Sc x 12, place a stitch marker in the last stitch, sc x 5, place a stitch marker in the last stitch, sc x 15 (32)
Rd11: Sc x 32 (32)
Rd12: Sc x 5, dec x 3, sc x 7, dec x 3, sc x 8 (26)
Rd13-17: Sc x 26 (26)
Rd18: Dec x 13 (13)
Rd19: Now insert your eyes where you placed the stitch markers. For the left eye insert the safety eye in the middle of the eyepatch first, then attached it to your dolls head. Sew the patch in place. Stuff your doll as you are working. [Sc, dec] x 4, sc (9)
Rd20: Inc x 9 (18)
Rd21: Sc x 18 (18)
Rd22: Change to (B) sc x 18 (18)
Rd23: Sc x 18 (18)
Rd24: [Sc x 4, inc] x 3, sc x 3 (21)
Rd25: Sc x 21 (21)
Rd26: [Sc x 5, inc] x 3, sc x 3 (24)
Rd27: Sc x 24 (24)
Rd28: Sc x 3, change to (C )  and sc x 21 (24)
Rd29-33: Sc x 24 (24)
Rd34: Dec x 12 (12)
Rd35: Dec x 6 (6)
Rd36: Dec x 3, fo and weave in end (3)
Ear (Make 2)
Rd1: With (D) sc x 5 in an adjustable ring (5)
Rd2: Inc x 5 (10)
Rd3-18: Sc x 10 (10)
Rd19: [Sc x 3, dec] x 2 (8)
Rd20-24: Sc x 8 (8)
Rd25: Sc x 3, dec, sc x 3 (7)
Rd26-28: Sc x 7, fo at the end of Rd28 (7)

Leg (Make 2)
Rd1: With (A) sc x 6 in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2: [Inc, sc x 2] x 2 (8)
Rd3-4: Sc x 8 (8)
Rd5: Sc x 3, dec, sc x 3 (7)
Rd6: Sc x 7 (7)
Rd7: Sc x 3, dec, sc x 2 (6)
Rd8: Change to (B) and sc x 6 (6)
Rd9-10: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd11: Dec, sc x 4, fo (5)

Arm (Make 2)
Rd1: With (A) sc x 6 in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2: [Inc, sc x 2] x 2 (8)
Rd3: Sc x 8 (8)
Rd4: [Dec, sc x 2] x 2 (6)
Rd5-7: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd8: Change to (B) and sc x 6 (6)
Rd9-10: Sc x 6, fo at the end of Rd10 (6)

Collar
Row1: With (E) ch x 20 (20)
Row2: Turn, sc x 19, fo (19)

Tag
Rd1: With (F) sc x 5 in an adjustable ring (5)
Rd2: Inc x 5, fo (10)

Assembly
Stuff your doll firmly weave in ends. Stuff the arms and legs and sew them onto your doll. Sew the ears on your dolls head between Rd4-Rd5. Sew a little heart onto your tag, sew the tag onto the collar and sew the collar onto your doll. Embroider on eyebrows and a mouth.

Feel free to sell finished items you make using my patterns, but please do not distribute my patterns without my permission. And if you have any questions please feel free to email me at amidorablecrochet@gmail.com 

Christmas Dolly Pattern



Supplies
3mm Crochet Hook
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Buff (A), Red (B),  Brown (C ),  Black (D), Green (E)
7.5mm Safety Eyes
Polyester Stuffing
Crochet Thread
Scissors
Needle

Abbreviations
Ch-Chain
Sl st-Slip stitch
Sc-Single Crochet
Inc-Increase
Dec-Decrease
Fo-Fasten Off

Finished Size
10 inches

Head
Rd1: Starting at the tip of your dolls nose. With (A) 6sc in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2-4: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd5: Inc x 6 (12)
Rd6: Inc x 12 (24)
Rd7: Sc x 14, inc x 4, sc x 6 (28)
Rd8: Sc x 14, place a stitch marker in the last stitch, sc x 7, place a stitch marker in the last stitch, sc x 6 (28)
Rd9: Sc x 16, inc x 4, sc x 8 (32)
Rd10: sc x 32 (32)
Rd11: Sc x 18, inc x 5,sc x 9 (37)
Rd12-17: Sc x 37 (37)
Rd18: Now insert your eyes where the stitch markers are between Rd 8 and Rd 9, dec  x 18, sc, stuff your work firmly (19)
Rd19: Dec x 9, sc (10)
Rd20:Dec x 5 (5)
Rd21: Dec x 2, sl st in last st, fo and weave in ends (3)

Body
Rd1: With (A) 7sc in an adjustable ring (7)
Rd2: Inc x 7 (14)
Rd3: [sc x 2, inc] x 4, sc x 2 (18)
Rd4:[Sc, inc] x 9 (27)
Rd5-6:Sc x 27 927)
Rd7:Switch to (B) sc x 27 (27)
Rd8:Sc in back loop x 27 (27)
Rd9-10: Sc x 27 (27)
Rd11: [Sc x 3, dec] x 5, sc x 2 (22)
Rd12-13: Sc x 22 (22)
Rd14: [Sc x 2, dec] x 5, sc x 2 (17)
Rd15: Sc x 17, stuff your work firmly (17)
Rd16: Dec x 8, sc (9)
Rd17-19:Sc x 9, at the end of Rd19 leave a long tail and fo (9)
Arm (Make 2)
Rd1: With (A) 6sc in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2: [Inc, sc x 2] x 2 (8)
Rd3: Sc x 8 (8)
Rd4: Bobble stitch, sc x 7 (8)
Rd5: Dec, sc x 6 (7)
Rd6-9: Sc x 7 (7)
Rd10: Sc x 3, dec, sc x 2 (6)
Rd11-16: Sc x 6, fo  (6)

Sleeve (Make 2)
Rd1: With (B) 6sc in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2: [Inc, sc x 2] x 2 (8)
Rd3-5: Sc x 8, at the end of Rd5 leave a long tail and fo (8)

Hair
Rd1: With (C) 7sc in an adjustable ring (7)
Rd2: Inc x 7 (14)
Rd3: Inc x 14 (28)
Rd4-9: Sc x 28 (28)
Row10: Turn, ch, sc x 20 (20)
Row11: Turn, ch, inc, sc x 18, inc (22)
Row12: Turn, ch, sc x 22 (22)
Row13: Turn, ch, inc, sc x 20, inc (24)
Row14-16: Turn, ch, sc x 24 (24)
Row17: Turn, ch, inc, sc x 22, inc (26)
Row18: Turn, ch, sc x 26 (26)
Row19: Turn, ch, inc, sc x 24, inc (28)
Row20: Turn, ch, sc x 28 (28)
Row21: Turn, ch, inc, sc x 26, inc, fo (30)

Boot Cuff (Make 2)
Row1: With (D) ch11( 11)
Row2:Turn, sc x 10, leave a long tail and fo (10)

Leg (Make 2)
Rd1: With (D) 6sc in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2-5: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd6: Swtich to (A) sc x 6 (6)
Rd7-8: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd9: Sc x 3, inc, sc x 2 (7)
Rd10-24: Sc x 7, at the end of Rd24 fo (7)

Dress Trim
Row1: With (B) insert your hook into any one of the front loops of Rd8, ch3 and sc all in the same stitch, [sc ch4 sc all in the same st] x 26, fo and weave in end (27)
Hat
Rd1: With (E) 6sc in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2-6: sc x 6 (6)
Rd7: [Sc, inc] x 3 (9)
Rd8: Sc x 9 (9)
Rd9: [Sc, inc] x 4, sc (13)
Rd10: [Sc , inc] x 6, sc (19)
Rd11: Sc x 19 (19)
Rd12: [Sc, inc] x 9, sc (28)
Rd13: Sc x 28 (28)
Rd14: [Sc x 2, inc] x 9,sc (37)
Rd15-18: Sc x 37 (37)
Rd19: Reverse sc x 37, fo (37)

Assembly
Stuff the body of your doll firmly, and sew the body onto your head. Sew the hair onto your doll. Place each arm into a sleeve, and sew them onto your doll. Sew the boot cuffs onto your dolls legs, and stuff the legs then sew them onto your doll. Stuff the hat, and sew it onto your doll. Embroidery a fun design on your hat. And embroider on a mouth and eyebrows. Weave in all ends and trim them.

Feel free to sell finished items you make using my patterns, but please do not distribute my patterns without my permission. And if you have any questions please feel free to email me at amidorablecrochet@gmail.com 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Elf Pattern

Abbreviations
Ch-Chain
Sc-Single Crochet
Inc-Increase
Dec-Decrease
Fo-Fasten Off

Supplies
2.5mm Crochet Hook
Acrylic worsted weight yarn in Skin (A), Red (B), White (C ), Brown (D), Black (E), Green (F)  
Black crochet thread
7.5mm safety eyes
Stuffing
Scissors
Needle

Finished Size
12 inches

Head and Body
Rd1: Starting at the top of your elf's head with (A) sc x 7 in an adjustable ring (7)
Rd2: Inc x 7 (14)
Rd3: Inc x 14 (28)
Rd4-5: Sc x 28 (28)
Rd6: [Sc x 2, inc] x 9, sc (37)
Rd7: Sc x 37 (37)
Rd8: [Sc, inc] x 18, sc (54)
Rd9-11: Sc x 54 (54)
Rd12: You will be marking in the round where you will be placing the eyes. Sc x 23, place a stitch marker in the last stitch, sc x 9, place a stitch marker in the last stitch, sc x 22 (54)
Rd13-15: Sc x 54 (54)
Rd16: [Sc x 3, dec] x 10, sc x 4 (44)
Rd17-18: Sc x 44 (44)
Rd19: [Sc x 2, dec] x 11 (33)
Rd20: [Sc, dec] x 11 (22)
Rd21: Insert your eyes where you placed this stitch markers between round 12 and round 13, sc x 22 (22)
Rd22: Dec x 11 (11)
Rd23: Change to (B) and sc x 11(11)
Rd24: Inc x 11 (22)
Rd25: [Sc x 2, inc] x 7, sc (29)
Rd26: Sc x 2, change to (C ) and sc x 27 (29)
Rd27: Sc x 29 (29)
Rd28: Sc x 3, switch to (B) and sc x 26 (29)
Rd29: Sc x 29 (29)
Rd30: Sc x 3, switch to (C ) and sc x 26 (29)
Rd31: Sc x 11, dec x 2, sc x 9, dec x 2, sc (25)
Rd32: Sc x 4, switch to (B) and sc x 21 (25)
Rd33: Sc x 25 (25)
Rd34: Sc x 5, switch to (D) and sc x 20 (25)
Rd35: Sc x 6, sc in front loop x 19 (25)
Rd36: Sc in front loop x 6, sc x 4, inc, sc, inc, sc x 8, inc, sc, inc, sc (29)
Rd37: Sc x 29 (29)
Rd38: Inc, sc x 12, inc, sc x 15 (31)
Rd39: Sc x 31 (31)
Rd40: [Sc x 4, inc] x 6, sc, fo (37)
Pants
Rd1: With the back of your doll facing you roll up the pants to round 36, with (A) sc in the  back loop in the middle stitch of your back, sc x 24 (25)
Rd2: [Sc x 4, dec] x 4, sc (21)
Rd3: Sc x 2, skip 10 stitches, sc x 9 (11)
Rd4: Dec x 2, sc x 7 (9)
Rd5: Dec, sc x 7 (8)
Rd6-17: Sc x 8, fo at the end of Rd17 (8)

Second Leg
Rd1: With the back of your doll facing you insert your hook into the first stitch to the left of your first leg and sc x 11 around (11)
Rd2: Jump back over to the first stitch and [dec, sc x 2] x 2, sc x 3 (9)
Rd3: Dec, sc x 7 (8)
Rd4-16: Sc x 8, fo at the end of Rd16 (8)

Arm (Make 2)
Rd1: With (A) sc x 6 in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd3: Puff stitch, sc x 5 (6)
Rd4-10: Sc x  6 (6)
Rd11: Swittch to (B) and sc x 6 (6)
Rd12-14: Sc x 6, fo at the end of Rd14 (6)
Foot 
Row1: With the front of your doll facing you upside down insert your hook into the stitch to the right of the middle stitch in your leg, with (E) sc x 3 (3)
Row2-3: Turn, ch, sc x 3, place a stitch marker in the last stitch in Row3 (3)
Rd4: Do not turn, sc x 14 around the entire piece to the stitch before the stitch marker (14)
Rd5: Sc x 15, fo (15)
**Repeat for second leg**

Sole (Make 2)
Row1: Ch x 3 (3)
Row2: Turn, sc x 2 (2)
Row3-5: Turn, ch, sc x 2, fo at the end of Row5 (2)

Ear (Make 2)
Rd1: With (A) sc x 6 in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2-3: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd4: [Sc, inc] x 3 (9)
Rd5: Sc x 9 (9)
Rd6: [Sc x 2, inc] x 3 (12)
Rd7: Sc x 12 (12)
Rd8: [Sc, inc] x 6 (18)
Rd9-10: Sc x 18 (18)
Rd11: Dec x 9 (9)
Rd12: Dec x 4, sc, fo (5)

Hat
Rd1: With (F) sc x 6 in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2-5: Sc x 6 (6)
Rd6: [Sc, inc] x 3 (9)
Rd7: [Sc, inc] x 4, inc (14)
Rd8: Sc x 14 (14)
Rd9: [Sc, inc] x 7 (21)
Rd10: [Sc, inc] x 10, sc (31)
Rd11-16: Sc x 31 (31)
Rd17: [Sc x 2, inc] x 10, sc (41)
Rd18: Sc x 41 (41)
Rd19: [Sc x 4, inc] x 8, sc (49)
Rd20-21: Sc x 49 (49)
Rd22: [Sc x 4, inc] x 9, sc x 4 (58)
Rd23-25: Sc x 58, fo at the end of Rd25 (58)

Snowball
Rd1: With (C ) sc x 6 in an adjustable ring (6)
Rd2: [Sc, inc] x 3 (9)
Rd3: Sc x 9, stuff your snowball (9)
Rd4: Dec x 4, sc (5)
Rd5: Dec x 2, fo and weave in end (2)

Assembly
Stuff your elf firmly. Sew the soles onto your feet. Embroider red dots and a green stripe onto your hat. With yellow yarn sew on strands of hair. Stuff your hat and sew it onto your elf's head. Stuff the arms and sew them onto your elf. Sew the ears onto your elf. Sew on eyebrows above the eyes, and sew on a mouth.

Feel free to sell finished items you make using my patterns, but please do not distribute my patterns without my permission. And if you have any questions please feel free to email me at amidorablecrochet@gmail.com