August 10, 2022

Round Plush Owl

By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
     For those who love cute things, this little owl is the perfect size to hold on your palm or attach to your bag as a keychain and be your traveling companion. You can also make a small blanket and attach him to make a lovey for your little one.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 3.5"height x 4.75"length

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: Medium Gray (42yds) & White (3yds)
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Felt: White, Black & Gold
*Fiberfill
*Tapestry Needle
*Matching Thread
*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
2 Chain Picot Stitch - ch2, insert hook into the 2nd chain from hook, y/o & draw up the yarn through all the loops.
Double Crochet Cluster (2dc cluster) - Y/O hook, insert your hook into stitch, Y/O & pull up a loop (3 loops remaining), Y/O & pull through 2 loops (2 loops remaining), Y/O & insert your hook into same stitch, Y/O & pull up a loop (4 loops remaining), Y/O & pull through 2 loops (3 loops remaining), Y/O & pull thru the remaining three loops.

HEAD/BODY with medium gray
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (12)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (18)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (24)
  Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st around (30)
  Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st around (36)
  Rnd 7: sc in next 11 sts, 2sc in next st around (39)
  Rnd 8-16: sc in each st around (39)
  Rnd 17: sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog around (36)
  Rnd 18: sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog around (30)
  Rnd 19: sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog around (24)
Start stuffing the head/body moderately firm.
  Rnd 20: sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog around (18)
  Rnd 21: sc in next st, sc2tog around (12)
  Rnd 22: sc2tog around (6)
F/O and leave a tail for closing. Add any bits of stuffing need it to finish shaping the head/body. Weave in the tail through the final round and draw up tight to close. Secure and weave in the ends.

RIGHT-WING with medium gray
  Rnd 1: 4sc in magic ring (4)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st (6)
  Rnd 3: 2sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st (8)
  Rnd 4: sc in each st around, in the last st change to white (secure the yarn ends and hide them inside the wing) (8)
There is no need to stuff the wing.
  Row 1: flatten to match up the stitches and *picot st, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * 3 more times
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

LEFT-WING with medium gray
  Rnd 1: 4sc in magic ring (4)
  Rnd 2: sc in next st, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in next st (6)
  Rnd 3: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts (8)
  Rnd 4: sc in each st around, in the last st change to white (secure the yarn ends and hide them inside the wing) (8)
There is no need to stuff the wing.
  Row 1: flatten to match up the stitches and *picot st, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * 3 more times
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

EARS with medium gray; make 2
ch3, 2 dc cluster in 3rd ch, 2ch picot st, ch2 and sl st into same st you made the cluster
F/O, leave a tail to sew. 


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.
     WINGS...place the wings between rounds 10 and 14.
     EARS...align them with the wings and place them between rounds 4 and 5.
     BACK PART of the EYES...using white felt draw out 2 circles overlapping to create the shape I used for the back. Place between rounds 6 and 13.
     EYES...with black felt make 2 circles. Place the black eyes in the center of each overlapped circle, like in the picture below.
     BEAK...using gold or mustard felt make a rounded triangle. Place in the center of the overlapping circles.
     SPOTS...using white or color of choice embroidery floss or thread, embroider little "v" beneath the eyes in the order you like best. 


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


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- Janet

This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (August 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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July 27, 2022

Cactus Plushie

 By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"

     For those who love cute things, this little cactus is the perfect size to hold on your palm or attach to your bag as a keychain and be your traveling companion. You can also make a small blanket and attach it to make a lovey for your little one.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 3.5"height x 2"length

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: Green of your liking (18yds), Medium Gary (15yds) & Salmon Pink (2yds) 
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*2 Safety Eyes (8mm)
*Small cardboard
*Pink Embroidery Floss
*Fiberfill
*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 is 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.

CACTUS with green
  Rnd 1: ch13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch1, turn (12)
  Rnd 2-23: back loops only sc in each st across (12)
F/O, secure and leave a 30" tail for sewing.

POT with medium gray
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in next st around (12)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (18)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (24)
  Rnd 5: back loops only for this rnd only sl st in each st around (24)
  Rnd 6: you will be doing this rnd over round 5 sl sts and you will still be working in the back loops of round 4 (this will make the upper part more sturdy). sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st around (30)
  Rnd 7-10: sc in each st around (30)
  Rnd 11: back loops only for this rnd only, sl st in each st around (30)
F/O, secure and leave a 20" tail to sew to the cactus.

NOTE: all stitches will be worked in the magic ring.
FLOWER with salmon pink
  Rnd 1: *ch3, dc, ch3, sl st* repeat from * to * 4 more times, pull tightly to close magic ring
F/O, leave a tail for sewing.


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 like to use matching thread).
     CACTUS...weave the tail through one side and draw up tight to close (start pulling the strand to close or the yarn will break off if you wait 'til the end). It is going to leave a little gap, turn the piece inside out and sew it close. Secure with a knot, do not finish off but slip stitch on the back loops (to continue with the same style) to close of the side. Turn your piece again to the right side.
     EYES...place the safety eyes in the position you like best.
     POT...cut out a piece of cardboard and place inside the pot to keep it flat.
     POT to CACTUS...if you have not already stuff your pieces moderately firm. Place the cactus in the pot. Sew in place.
     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 underneath the eyes with yarn or embroidery floss.
     FLOWER...sew it in the position you like best.


GLOSSARY:
ch/s: chain/s || dc: double crochet || f/o: finish off || rnd: round || sc: single crochet || 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!" (July 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.

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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- 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.