Free Pattern: Crochet Turkey

Hello everyone – it’s almost Thanksgiving, and for many of us here in the US, that means family gatherings – decorating the table, and turkey!

So, what better post for this coming holiday than my new friend Tom? He’s another great pattern from Lion Brand® Yarn!

Tom is a crocheted amigurumi (stuffed animal), made using continuous rounds.

Tom Turkey

Pattern Difficulty
Easy (and here is a link to the pattern difficulty chart used by Lion Brand)

Size
Approximately 7 inches

Supplies

  • Color A – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Chocolate (860-126)
  • Color B – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Mustard (860-158)
  • Color C – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Cranberry (860-180)
  • Color D – 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Honey (860-130)
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook – Size G6
  • Large Eyed Blunt Needle
  • 1 pair plastic Safety Eyes: 6mm diameter
  • Fiberfill Stuffing

GAUGE:

EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTES:

Work in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed.

HEAD AND BODY

  • Beg at top of head, with A, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around – 18 sc.
  • Rnds 4 -8: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 9: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
  • Following package instructions, attach safety eyes.
  • Rnds 10 -13: Sc in each sc around.
  • Begin stuffing piece, add additional stuffing as work continues.
  • Rnd 14: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 15 sts.
  • Rnd 15: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 18 sts.
  • Rnd 16: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, rep from * around – 21 sts.
  • Rnd 17: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
  • Rnd 18: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, rep from * around – 27 sts.
  • Rnd 19: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts.
  • Rnd 20: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 9 sts, rep from * around – 33 sts.
  • Rnd 21: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts, rep from * around – 36 sts.
  • Rnds 22 -26: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 27: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts.
  • Rnd 28: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
  • Rnd 29: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 18 sts.
  • Rnd 30: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
  • Rnd 31: *Sc2tog * around – 6 sts.
  • Fasten off.

BEAK

  • With B, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 3 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 6 sc.
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Fasten off.

WATTLE

  • With C, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 3: Sc2tog, sc in each of next 4 sts- 5 sts.
  • Rnd 4: Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sts- 4 sts.
  • Rnd 5: Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts- 3 sts.
  • Fasten off.

WINGS (make 2)

  • With A, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around –18 sc.
  • Rnds 4 -9: Sc in each sc around.
  • Rnd 10: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
  • Rnd 11: *Sc2tog, rep from * around – 6 sts.

TAIL

  • With C, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 8 sts.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across – 12 sc.
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. Change to D.
  • Row 5: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts, rep from * across – 16 sc.
  • Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Row 7: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts, rep from * across – 20 sc.
  • Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. Change to B.
  • Row 9: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 4 sts, rep from * across – 24 sc.
  • Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Row 11: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 5 sts, rep from * across – 28 sc.
  • Row 12: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
  • Fasten off.

FEET (make 2)

  • With D, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc. Stuff foot lightly.
  • Rnd 3: Sc2tog, 2 sc, sc2tog, sc2tog, 2 sc, sc2tog- 8 sts.
  • Rnd 4: *Sc2tog, rep from * around – 4 sts.
  • Rnds 5 -7: Sc in each st around.
  • Fasten off.

FINISHING

  • Flatten Beak, add a tiny amount of stuffing, and sew to to head.
  • Stuff Wattle lightly, and sew below Beak. Flatten Wings and sew to Body. Sew Feet to body.
  • Sew Tail to back of body.
  • Weave in ends.

Now, here’s a turkey that won’t require a Presidential Pardon to be able to enjoy the days after Thanksgiving!

I’ll have another fun pattern for you tomorrow!
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila

Free Pattern: Crochet Candy Corn

As promised in my last post, here’s another great Halloween pattern from Lion Brand® Yarn!

In the last post we looked at felting a yarn pattern – and today I have another term that may be new to many of you ‘amigurumi’. The term comes from Japanese, and means ‘knitted or crocheted doll/toy’ (this is a loose translation based on information from a variety of websites. Here is what Wikipedia has to say on the subject: Amigurumi.

Technically, amigurumi dolls or toys all have been given some anthropomorphic features (such as an ice cream cone that has eyes and a mouth). But for some yarn sites this has evolved to include stuffed toys even without the face or arms and legs. Such is the pattern I’m about to share with you – for those ‘purists’ who want a true amigurumi figure, please scroll down to the bottom of this post, where there are links to some other patterns from Lion Brand.
What makes this particular pattern an amigurumi is the spiral construction method.

Amigurumi Candy Corn

Pattern Difficulty
Easy (and here is a link to the pattern difficulty chart used by Lion Brand)

Size
Approximately 3 inches

Supplies Needed

  • 1 skein of Wool Ease Yarn: White/Multi (620-301)
  • 1 skein of Wool Ease Yarn: Gold (620-171)
  • 1 skein of Wool Ease Yarn: Pastel Yellow (620-157)
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook – Size G6
  • Large Eyed Blunt Needle

GAUGE:
EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTES:

  • Work in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed.
  • Yarn is sufficient for multiple Candy Corn.

CANDY CORN

  • With A, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 8 sts.
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
  • Rnd 5: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 16 sts.
  • Change to B.
  • Rnd 7: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 20 sts.
  • Rnd 9: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
  • Rnd 11: Sc in each st around.
  • Change to C.
  • Rnds 12-16: Sc in each st around.
  • Fasten off.

FINISHING
Lightly stuff Candy Corn and sew lower edge closed.
Weave in ends.

Just imagine a bowl full of these delights on your coffee table! (Nice to have a non-breakable decoration there isn’t it?) For those looking for something else, check out the links below.

Candy Bags
Pumpkin Candy Bag – Pattern #80750AD – Yarn: Lion Wool – Crochet Pattern, Felted – Level: Easy

Felted Candy Corn Bag – Pattern #70462AD – Yarn: Lion Wool – Crochet Pattern, Felted – Level: Easy

Amigurumi
Pumpkin Pal – Pattern #70446AD – Yarn: Wool Ease – Crochet Pattern – Level: Beginner

Pirate Pal – Pattern #70445AD – Yarn: Wool Ease – Crochet Pattern – Level: Beginner

Wigs these patterns do not require knowledge of knit or crochet
Cowgirl Wig – Pattern #60446 – Yarn: Wool Ease – Level: Beginner

Cleopatra Wig (but it would also make a good witchy wig!) – Pattern #60445 – Yarn: Festive Fur and Glitterspun – Level: Beginner

Rag Doll Wig – Pattern #60444 – Yarn: Wool Ease – Level Beginner

Pattern and links reprinted by permission of Lion Brand Yarn.

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila

Free Pattern: Felted Black Cat Bag

Hello everyone!

Yes, it’s been a while since I posted, but the quilt retreats have been taking a lot of my time lately (but they are great fun!).

I just got an email from Lion Brand® Yarn , with some of their great Halloween patterns. Since it’s now officially October – I thought this was a great time to post these. After all, do we really want to wait until the 20th of the month to do our crafting for the holiday?

First up is the Felted Black Cat Bag – can be used for candy or as a purse with the right costume! Or just a neat place to put your Halloween greeting cards as they arrive (yes, they do have to move off of the dinning table sometimes for meals).

I suppose I should take a moment out to explain felting to those who may not be familiar with it. In very basic terms – you knit or crochet a project out of wool yarn (must be 100% wool), wash in hot water, and then dry flat (or with a form if needed). Please note – while yarn crafters do call this felting, the technical sites I looked up all said that felting is only done with raw wool. Doing the same thing with a finished piece is called ‘fulling’. (Since this blog is about crafters and not technicians – we’ll stick to calling it felting, but if you want to see what the techs have to say here it is!)

As I said, that’s a very basic explanation – for more information on felting, check this link: Knitty Chick

And now – on to the pattern!

Felted Black Cat Bag

Pattern Difficulty
Easy + (and here is a link to the pattern difficulty chart used by Lion Brand)

Finished Size
About 9” diameter after felting

Supplies Needed

  • 2 skeins of Lion Wool Yarn: Ebony (820-153)
  • 1 skein of Lion Wool Yarn: Rose (820-140)
  • 1 skein of Lion Wool Yarn: Dark Teal (820-178)
  • 1 skein of Lion Wool Yarn: Pearl Grey (820-149)
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook – Size K (10.5)
  • Large Eye Blunt Needle

GAUGE
10 hdc = 4 in. (10 cm) before felting with 2 strands of A held together.
EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

FRONT

  • With 2 strands of A held together, ch 5; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 11 dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 12 dc.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), hdc in same st as join, 2 hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 24 hdc.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 36 hdc.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-2.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 48 hdc.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-2.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 2, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 60 hdc.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-2.
  • Rnd 9: Ch 2, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 72 hdc.

Ear

  • Row 1: Sc in next 7 sts; leave remaining sts unworked.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 6 sts.
  • Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 4 sts.
  • Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 3 sts.
  • Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 2 sts.
  • Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next st.
  • Fasten off.
  • Sk 10 sts to the left of Ear just completed, join yarn with sl st, rep Rows 1-7 of Ear.
  • Fasten off.

BACK
Work same as Front, omitting Ears.
FINISHING

  • With wrong sides of Front and Back together, join one strand of A at left edge of base of second ear.
  • Rnd 1: Working through both thicknesses, sc evenly around outside edges to base of first Ear to join. Fasten off. Edge between Ears remains open.

HANDLES (make 2)

  • With 2 strands of A held together, ch 57.
  • Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as 2 hdc), hdc in each ch to last ch, 3 hdc in last ch; pivot to work in free loops along opposite side of foundation ch, hdc in each ch to last ch, 2 hdc in last ch; join with sl st in first hdc.
  • Fasten off.

NOSE

  • With 1 strand of B, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 2 sc.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each sc – 4 sc.
  • Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc – 6 sc.
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc across.
  • Fasten off.

EYES (make 2)

  • With 1 strand of C, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join.
  • Rnd 2: Do not turn, work sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
  • Weave in ends.

FELTING

  • Put pieces into a mesh laundry bag or a pillowcase and wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate.
  • To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry.
  • Remove from dryer and pull into shape.

FINISHING

  • When dry, sew Nose to center of Front.
  • Sew on Eyes.
  • With 2 strands of B held together, embroider Mouth in an upside down “Y”shape under Nose.
  • With 1 strand of D, embroider 3 whiskers, each 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) long, on either side of face.
  • Sew ends of one Handle to Front, with about 1 in. (2.5 cm) of ends extending inside Bag.
  • Repeat with remaining Handle on Back.

You’ll love the finished product – and for those who haven’t felted before, believe me, it can be addicting.  (I know several knitters and crocheters that can verify that!)

Tomorrow I’ll post another free pattern from Lion Brand® Yarn – and some links to other great Halloween patterns from them. Don’t forget that in order to view their patterns you need to register – it’s free, and it’s a one time registration (as long as you don’t forget your password!)

Pattern reprinted by permission of Lion Brand Yarn.Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

Sheila