Saturday, 17 November 2018

Max the Moose

The pattern for Max is now available here where there is also more information.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Denzel at Christmas!

Earlier this year I released the pattern for Densel the Deer. As it is coming close to Christmas, I have given him a more festive look. Below is the pattern for the nose and scarf to add to the main Deer pattern.

You will need:·    
  •  Yarn needle 
  • 3mm crochet hook (This pattern can be made with any size yarn and hook. I recommend using a hook 1 size smaller than suggested on the yarn)
  •  DK Yarn – Approx. 30m


Stitches and abbreviations used: (US terminology)
·       MR - Magic ring 
·       Ch - Chain 
·       SC - Single Crochet 
·       Inc - Increase Stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
·       HDC – Half Double Crochet 
·       YO – Yarn Over 
·       ST - Stitch                                
·       SLST - Slip Stitch 
·       FO - Finish Off

Other things to note....
·       The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round.
·       *  * indicates repeated series of stitches. 
~ ~ ~
Nose – Red  
1.
6sc into MR (6) 
2.
*inc* x6 (12)
FO – Leaving yarn tail to sew to face. 
~ ~ ~
Scarf – Red 
1.
Ch 62
2.
Turn, starting in 3rdch from hook, 60 hdc 
3.
Turn, ch 2, 60 hdc
FO – Leave yarn tail to tack to body if desired. 








Friday, 2 November 2018

Scandinavian Christmas Gnome





You will need:
·     Yarn needle 
·     Soft toy filling
·     Weighted beads – Approx. 25g (optional)
·     3mm crochet hook (This pattern can be made with any size yarn and hook. I recommend using a hook 1 size smaller than suggested on the yarn)
·     DK Yarn – Approx. 125m


Stitches and abbreviations used: (US terminology)
·     MR - Magic ring 
·     Ch - Chain 
·     SC - Single Crochet 
·     Inc - Increase Stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
·     Dec - Decrease Stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
·     Fur stitch/loop stitch - Insert hook into stitch, wrap a loop of yarn around the finger that is holding the working yarn, yo and pull through leaving that loop on your finger. Complete the sc by yarning over and pulling through the 2 loops on the hook as normal.
·     BLO – Back Loop Only 
·     YO – Yarn Over 
·     ST - Stitch                                
·     SLST - Slip Stitch 
·     FO - Finish Off

Other things to note....
·     Most of this pattern is worked in continuous rounds. It is helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track.
·     The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round.
·     *  * indicates repeated series of stitches. 
·     Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product. This is done by using the FLO of the stitches while making the decrease. 
·     Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product. This is done by using the FLO of Changing colour - complete the stitch before the colour change by working the last yarn over of the stitch with the new colour.
·     Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch.
·     Remember to stuff the product little and often as you work.


Body  - Red 
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2.
*Inc* x6 (12)
3.
*1sc, inc* x6 (18)
4.
*2sc, inc* x6 (24)
5.
*3sc, inc* x6 (30)
6.
*4sc, inc* x6 (36)
7.
*5sc, inc* x6 (42)
8.
*6sc, inc* x6 (48)
9.
BLO- sc (48)
10-24.
Sc (48) – 15 rounds
25.
*6sc, dec* x6 (42) – place weighted beans at the base. 
26-30.
Sc (42) – 5 rounds 
31.
*5sc, dec* x6 (36) - Stuff the piece and continue stuffing until closed.
32.
Sc (36)
33.
*4sc, dec* x6 (30)
34.
*3sc, dec* x6 (24)
35.
*2sc, dec* x6 (18)
36.
*1sc, dec* x6 (12)
37.
*dec* x6 (6)

FO – Close hole. 


Beard – White
The loop stitches should be approx. 8cm long. 
1.
CH 13
2.
Turn, starting in 2nd ch from hook, loop stitch - 12sc (12)
3.
Ch1, turn, inc, 10sc, inc (14)
4.
Ch1, turn, loop stitch – 14sc (14) 

FO – Leaving yarn tail to sew to body at approx. round 27 with the row 4 being the top row of the beard. 
Cut the loops and then cut the beard into a triangle shape so it is tapered towards the middle, longest point. Then brush the yarn. The beard may need to be cut and shaped more once it has been brushed


Nose – Cream 
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2.
*Inc* x6 (12)
3.
Sc (12)
4.
*dec* x6 (6) - Stuff

FO – Close hole leaving yarn tail to sew to the centre top of the beard.  


Hat – Red 
1.
4sc into MR (4)
2.
*inc* x4 (8)
3.
sc (8)
4.
*3sc, inc* x2 (10)
5.
Sc (10)
6.
*4sc, inc* x2 (12)
7.
Sc (12)
8.
5sc, inc* x2 (14)
9.
Sc (14)
10.
*6sc, inc* x2 (16)
11.
Sc (16)
12.
*7sc, inc* x2 (18)
13.
Sc (18)
14.
*8sc, inc* x2 (20)
15.
Sc (20)
16.
*9sc, inc* x2 (22)
17.
Sc (22)
18.
*10sc, inc* x2 (24)
19.
Sc (24)
20.
*11sc, inc* x2 (26)
21.
Sc (26)
22.
*12sc, inc* x2 (28)
23.
Sc (28)
24.
*13sc, inc* x2 (30)
25.
Sc (30)
26.
*14sc, inc* x2 (32)
27.
Sc (32)
28.
*15sc, inc* x2 (34)
29.
Sc (34)
30.
*16sc, inc* x2 (36)
31.
*17sc, inc* x2 (38)
32.
*18sc, inc* x2 (40)
33.
*19sc, inc* x2 (42)
34.
*20sc, inc* x2 (44)
35.
*21sc, inc* x2 (46)
36.
*22sc, inc* x2 (48)
37.
*23sc, inc* x2 (50)
38.
*24sc, inc* x2 (52)
39-40.
Sc (52) – 2 rounds 

FO – Leaving yarn tail to sew to head. 


Legs x2 – Starting in Black 
1.
CH 7.
2.
1sc in the 3rd chain from the hook, 1sc into the next 3 chains, 3sc into the last chain, 1sc into the back of each 4 chains, 3sc into the space between the skipped chains 1 and 2. (14)
3.
4sc, inc x3, 4sc, inc x3 (20)
4.
4sc, *1sc, inc *x3, 4sc, *1sc, inc *x3 (26)
5.
BLO – sc (26)
6.
Sc (26)
7.
*1sc, dec * x6, 8sc (20)
8.
*1sc, dec * x4, 8sc (16)
9.
*dec, 1sc * x4, 4sc (12)
10.
Sc (12)
11-12.
White – sc (12)
13-14.
Red – sc (12)
15-16.
White – sc (12) – Stuff black foot section firmly leaving the rest unstuffed. 
17-18.
Red – sc (12)
19-20.
White – sc (12)
21-22.
Red – sc (12)
23-24.
White – sc (12)
25-26.
Red – sc (12)
27-28.
White – sc (12)
29-30.
Red – sc (12)
31. 
Flatten piece – 6sc through both sides to close flat. 

FO – Leaving yarn tail to sew to the bottom of the body.

 
Arms x2 – Starting in Cream


            1.   6sc into MR (6)
            2.   *Inc* x6 (12)
            3.   Sc (12)
            4.   *dec, 4sc* x2 (10)
            5.   Sc (10)
            6 - 15. Change to red - Sc (10) – 10 rounds - Stuff hand section firmly and arm section lightly.  
            16.   Flatten piece – 5sc through both sides to close flat.
                    FO – Leaving yarn tail to sew to either side of the body just below the hat.







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