June 8, 2022

Crocodile Applique

By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
Ideas on how to use these appliques...
*These would be great to apply to any project.
*You can add them to kitchen towels,
*turn them into a keychain or fridge magnet.
*You can also make several and make a garland.
*Attach a ribbon to make them into bookmarks.
*Add them to the front of a homemade card.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 1.5"height x 3.5"length
...but can vary based on yarn and hook size.

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: Tea Leaf (5yds)
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Tapestry Needle
*Matching Thread

PATTERN NOTES - must-read...
 Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round/row indicate the total number of stitches.
 Always use stitch markers to mark your rounds.
 There's no need to sl st and/or ch when going to the next round unless stated to do so.
 Always do the 1st stitch where you slip stitch from the previous round.
 The chain, in the beginning, does NOT count as one stitch unless stated otherwise.
 You slip stitch on the first sc, not on top of the chain 1.

SPECIAL STITCHES
2 Chain Picot Stitch - ch2, insert hook into the 2nd chain from hook, y/o & draw up the yarn through all the loops.
3 Chain Picot Stitch - ch3, insert hook into the 3rd chain from hook, y/o & draw up the yarn through all the loops.
Half Triple Crochet (htr) 
- Y/O hook twice, insert hook into stitch & pull up a loop (4 loops remaining), Y/O hook & pull thru 2 loops (3 loops remaining), Y/O hook & pull thru the 3 remaining loops.
Invisible join - this VIDEO explains how to do this technique.
Other side of the foundation chains - this VIDEO explains how to do this technique.

** Facing Right **

Note: when you see a + sign it means all those stitches are supposed to be done in that one particular stitch.
BODY with tea leaf
  Rnd 1: ch17, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, htr in next 3 chs, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next 5 chs, 2sc+2ch picot st+2sc in last ch (place a stitch marker on last st), other side of the foundation chains sc in next 15 chs (35)
  Rnd 2: sl st in next st, 2ch picot, sl st in next 4 sts, 3ch picot, sl st in next st, 3ch picot, sl st in next 3 sts, *ch2, sl st in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * 3 more times, join to the next st with the invisible join
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

FEET with tea leaf
Count 4 sts from the stitch marker. On the 5th st attach the yarn, ch1, sc in same st, ch1, sl st in same st.
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.
Skip 3 sts. On the 9th st attach the yarn, ch1, sc in same st, ch1, sl st in same st.
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

** Facing Left**

Note: when you see a + sign it means all those stitches are supposed to be done in that one particular stitch.
BODY with tea leaf
  Rnd 1: ch17, 2sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 chs, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, htr in next 3 chs, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next 2 chs, 2sc in last ch, other side of the foundation chains sc in next 15 chs (place a stitch marker on that first st from these bottom stitches), sc+2ch picot on that 1st ch
  Rnd 2: *sl st in next 2 sts, ch2* repeat from * to * 3 more times, sl st in next st, 3ch picot, sl st in next st, 3ch picot, sl st in next 4 sts, 2ch picot, sl st in next st, join to the next st with the invisible join
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

FEET with tea leaf
Count 5 sts from the stitch marker. On the 6th st attach the yarn, ch1, sc in same st, ch1, sl st in same st.
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.
Skip 3 sts. On the 10th st attach the yarn, ch1, sc in same st, ch1, sl st in same st.
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.


ASSEMBLE
     SCALES...using embroidery floss or thread in a different shade of green than your working yarn or color of choice, embroider little upside-down "v's" across the tail.
     EYES...using black embroidery floss or thread, embroider the eyes on the 3ch picot stitch.
     MOUTH...using black embroidery floss or thread, embroider the mouth in the position you like best.
     BLUSH...you can use pink felt and make a tiny circle or you can use makeup blush and apply some on using a q-tip.


GLOSSARY:
ch/s: chain/s || dc: double crochet || f/o: finish off sc: || hdc: half double crochet || htr: half triple crochet
rnd: round || sc: single crochet || sl st: slip stitch || st/s: stitch/es || y/o: yarn over 


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Have a nice crochet time!
- Janet

This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (June 2022). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use. Please do not resell or distribute it.
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May 18, 2022

Nigiri & Tamago Sushi Plushie

By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
     For those who love cute things, this little sushi are the perfect size to hold on your palm or attach to your bag as a keychain and be your traveling companion.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 1.5"height x 1.5"length

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: White (18yds), Salmon Pink (6yds), Aran (1yd) & Yellow (2yds)
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Felt: Black
*6mm Safety Eyes
*Fiberfill
*Tapestry Needle
*Hot Glue
*Makeup Blush & Q-tip (optional)

PATTERN NOTES - must-read...
 Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round/row indicate the total number of stitches.
 Always use stitch markers to mark your rounds.
 There's no need to sl st and/or ch when going to the next round unless stated to do so.
 Always do the 1st stitch where you slip stitch from the previous round.
 The chain, in the beginning, does NOT count as one stitch unless stated otherwise.
 You slip stitch on the first sc, not on top of the chain 1.

RICEBALL with white 
  Rnd 1: 4sc in magic ring (4) 
  Rnd 2: 3sc in each st around (12)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, *2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * 2 more times, 2sc in next st, sc in next st (16)
  Rnd 4: back loops only for this rnd sc in each st around (16)
  Rnd 5-9: sc in each st around (16)
  Rnd 10: back loops only for this rnd sc in next st, *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * 2 more times, sc2tog, sc in next st (12)
If you're using any, place the safety eyes in the position you like best.
Begin stuffing moderately firm.
  Rnd 11: sc3tog around (4)
F/O and leave a tail for closing. Add any bits of stuffing need it to finish shaping the rice ball. Weave in the tail through the final round and draw up tight to close. Secure and weave in the ends.

SHRIMP starting with salmon pink 
  Rnd 1: 5sc into magic ring (5)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around, in last st change to aran (10)
  Rnd 3: sl st in each st around, in last st change to salmon pink (10)
  Rnd 4: back loop only for this rnd sc in each st around (10)
  Rnd 5: sc in each st around, in last st change to aran (10 sc)
  Rnd 6: sl st in each st around, in last st change to salmon pink (10)
  Rnd 7: back loop only for this rnd sc in each st around (10)
  Rnd 8: sc2tog around (5)
There's no need to stuff the shrimp. 
  Row 1: flatten to match up the stitches and sl st across (3)
  Row 2: ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 hdc in last ch, sk next st, sl st in next st, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 hdc in last ch, sl st in last st
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

TAMAGO with yellow
  Row 1: ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn (5)
  Row 2-6: ch1, sc in each st across, turn (5)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends. 


ASSEMBLE
     I recommend pinning the pieces in place before sewing them to make sure you have them in the position you like best before sewing. (Most people like to use the yarn at the end of the finished pieces to sew them in place, but I personally like to use matching thread).
     TIP...For anything that I’m going to be using felt, I like to first sketch it out on white paper and make a stencil of what I need. Then cut it out. Then tape the stencil to the felt and cut it out.
     SHRIMP/TAMAGO...Sew the shrimp or tamago on top of the rice ball.
     NORI FOR TAMAGO...cut a strip of black felt. Place it in the center of the rice ball and tamago and glue the felt in place.
     EYES & MOUTH...these can be done however you like; the possibilities are endless. You can search online for "kawaii faces" or anything along those lines to get some ideas.
     BLUSH...you can use pink felt and make tiny circles or you can use makeup blush and apply some on each side of the eyes. You can also embroider lines with thread.


GLOSSARY:
ch/s: chain/s || f/o: finish off || hdc: half double crochet || rnd: round || sc: single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together || sc3tog: single crochet 3 stitches together || sl st: slip stitch
sk: skip || st/s: stitch/es


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Have a nice crochet time!
- Janet

This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (May 2022). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use. Please do not resell or distribute it.

May 4, 2022

Onigiri (Rice Ball) Plushie

By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
     For those who love cute things, this little rice ball is the perfect size to hold on your palm or attach to your bag as a keychain and be your traveling companion.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 2.75"height x 3"length x 1.75"width

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: White (25yds) & Petal Pink (1yd)
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Felt: Black & Pink
*9mm Safety Eyes  
*Fiberfill
*Tapestry Needle
*Hot Glue

PATTERN NOTES - must-read...
 Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round/row indicate the total number of stitches.
 Always use stitch markers to mark your rounds.
 There's no need to sl st and/or ch when going to the next round unless stated to do so.
 Always do the 1st stitch where you slip stitch from the previous round.
 The chain, in the beginning, does NOT count as one stitch unless stated otherwise.
 You slip stitch on the first sc, not on top of the chain 1.

SPECIAL STITCHES
Other side of the foundation chains - this VIDEO explains how to do this technique.

RICE BALL
with white
  Rnd 1: ch9, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next 6 chs, 3sc in next ch, other side of the foundations chains sc in next 6 chs, 2sc in last ch, sl st into 1st st (18)
  Rnd 2: ch1, 2sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next 2 sts, sl st into 1st st (24)
  Rnd 3: ch1, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next 4 sts, sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, sl st into 1st st (32)
  Rnd 4: back loops only for this rnd ch1, sc in each st around, sl st into 1st st (32)
  Rnd 5-6: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st into 1st st (32)
  Rnd 7: ch1, *sc in next 14 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sl st into 1st st (30)
  Rnd 8: ch1, *sc in next 13 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sl st into 1st st (28)
  Rnd 9: ch1, *sc in next 12 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sl st into 1st st (26)
  Rnd 10: ch1, *sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sl st into 1st st (24)
  Rnd 11: ch1, *sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sl st into 1st st (22)
  Rnd 12: ch1, *sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sl st into 1st st (20)
Place eyes between rnd 9 and 10; 3 sts apart. Start stuffing the rice ball moderately firm.
  Rnd 13: ch1, *sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sl st into 1st st (18)
  Rnd 14: ch1, 2sctog around, sl st into 1st st (9)
  Rnd 15: ch1, *2sctog* repeat from * to * 3 more times, sc in last st, sl st into 1st st (5)
F/O and leave a tail for closing. Add any bits of stuffing need it to finish shaping the rice ball. Weave in the tail through the final round and draw up tight to close. Secure and weave in the ends.

Note: You can either crochet this section or use black felt. 
Nori (seaweed) with black
  Row 1: ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn (6)
  Row 2-6: ch1, sc in each st across, turn (6)
FO, secure and weave in the ends.

SHRIMP TAIL with petal pink
  Row 1: ch3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in last ch, ch3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st into the 1st ch of the foundation chains
F/O, tie a knot and leave the tails to sew into place.


ASSEMBLE
     I recommend pinning the pieces in place before sewing them to make sure you have them in the position you like best before sewing. (Most people like to use the yarn at the end of the finished pieces to sew them in place, but I personally like to use matching thread).
     TIP...For anything that I’m going to be using felt, I like to first sketch it out on white paper and make a stencil of what I need. Then cut it out. Then tape the stencil to the felt and cut it out.
     SHRIMP TAIL...sew it on the right side between rounds 13 and 14.
     NORI...place it in the center of the rice ball and sew or glue the felt in place.
     MOUTH...these can be done however you like; the possibilities are endless. You can search online for "kawaii faces" or anything along those lines to get some ideas.
     BLUSH...you can use pink felt and make tiny circles or you can use makeup blush and apply some on each side of the eyes. You can also embroider lines with thread.


GLOSSARY:
ch/s: chain/s  || f/o: finish off || rnd: round || sc: single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together || sl st: slip stitch || st/s: stitch/es


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Have a nice crochet time!
- Janet

This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (May 2022). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use. Please do not resell or distribute it.