Friendly Red Fox CAL’s

This past summer, The Friendly Red Fox hosted a couple CAL where she released parts of her patterns for the Elephant and Molly for free on her blog. You can find them here at Ravelry: Elephant  and Molly.

They were both fun and quick to make.  Her one tip that was new to me, was to use plastic hair rollers in the neck to keep the neck from flopping.  I had my sister grab some for me at the dollar store so I could try it.  It works pretty well.

She also demonstrated a way to change colors to prevent a step/jump in the color.  Basically the first stitch of the new color is a slip stitch.  It seemed to help make the color change less noticeable.

I recommend her patterns. Her blog is here: The Friendly Red Fox.

Red Heart Holiday CAL

20170921_121022502_ios.jpgFor the past couple of years, Red Heart has hosted a 12 week Christmas Crochet-A-Long (CAL). In 2015, I made a lot of the patterns but last year I wasn’t interested in the patterns they had.  The 2017 CAL just started. This is the first week’s pattern put on by Pattern Paradise.  You can find it here.

The placemat is made out of cotton yarn.  I couldn’t find a Christmas Green at my local store so I used an Evergreen color I had on hand. I did enjoy making it. The border turned out nice. The last round is done on the wrong side and gives it a little bump/dimension. The snowman’s face was challenging for me. I am not that good at faces.

I will make a second placemat so I have a pair. The red base was a little time consuming to make as every other row is done in back loops.  It used an H hook which was nice for my wrist. I personally don’t make much with cotton yarn as it hurts my wrist to use that yarn. This pattern was too cute for me to turn down making.

Soft, Cuddly Snowmen

I love Bernat Blanket Yarn. I was searching for patterns online one day and found an image of a snowman made out of Blanket Yarn.  The pattern wasn’t written that way though. The pattern is here.

I didn’t change the pattern at all. I used an L hook. One 10 oz skein of white was more than enough to make a snowman. 2 – 10 oz skeins is enough for 3 snowmen. One 3.5 oz skein is enough for the hat and scarf.  It took me about 3 hours to make one.

I will have a hard time selling these guys. I will have to make one that I can keep!

Super Soft Owls

I love owls. When I first saw the pattern for this owl, I couldn’t wait to make it. The pattern is by Repeat Crafter Me and you can get it here.

When the pattern came out, it used Bernat Blanket yarn which was new at the time. I fell in love with the yarn and have become slightly obsessed with it.  Most of the patterns out there are for blankets but I prefer to make soft animals and toys out of it.  I am always on the lookout for patterns that this yarn would work well with.

It takes me about 3 1/2 hours to make the owl. This owl (and the interest in it) is what started me selling my crocheting. In 2016 I sold quit a few of the owls. The only way I was able to make so many is I LOVE the yarn. It is so soft.

If you have not used the Bernat Blanket Yarn yet, this is an easy pattern to try it out on. It uses one big skein (10.5 oz) for the body.

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I made these cats from a free pattern from Crochet Stitch Witch. You can get the pattern here.

The black one I made  with G hook and worsted weight yarn. I had fun making him. I don’t usually get creative with faces and I enjoyed doing that with these cats.  Since I do sell crochet at a few craft shows, I decided to make a couple more. The brown one was a little bigger yarn that I found in my stash. I fell in love with him and am keeping him.

I really like Bernat Blanket Yarn. I attempted to make the pattern in gray using an L hook. I am not too pleased about how it turned out. I would adjust the pattern to make it come out a little rounder if I made it again using the Blanket Yarn (that probably won’t happen).

I am surprised I made three of them as I tend to only make a pattern once. Now on to the next pattern. 🙂

Sea Isle Tunic CAL

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I have crocheted many different types of items but I have never been too interested in adult sweaters. I would lose interest the few times I tried them.  This summer I tried to make a long tunic but didn’t like how it was turning out. I had specifically bought the yarn for it so I searched for a new pattern. I decided to make the Sea Isle Tunic that Cre8tion Crochet was hosting. She had the pattern offered for free during the Crochet Along (CAL).  The pattern is located here Sea Isle Tunic

The pattern was written very well and comes in a variety of sizes. I am not a fan of gauge because it never seems to work out for me. Instead I kept seeing if it would fit as I was crocheting. I used the suggested yarn from Knit Picks. This is what I had purchased for the other top I didn’t finish. It is Shine Sport  in the Sweet Potato color.