Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Whim & Sie - Funny Little Bunnies


I do a lot of surfing when gathering inspiration.  Mostly ceramic and fimo type sites - but occasionally I venture over to sewing and embroidery websites.
It was several months ago that I can across an oddly shaped 'Funny Bunny' made from cloth and sewn together with over emphasized and elongated ears and tiny little body on which these ears sat.

So impressed I was with them, that I actually saved the photo and decided that I would make something similar for my daughter's classroom (for Easter)
They proved to be a bit more challenging than I originally thought.

So with that in mind, I introduce you to Whim and Sie.


Now, in my opinion, the hardest part of this project is NOT over-stuffing the body.  The body will be bent in half and sewn together to form legs - so if you stuff too much, it's going to be hard to get bunny to 1. set level and 2. not look like a 'blob' with ears. 
If there is an easier way to explain this pattern - it is escaping me, as I originally had all pieces of this written up last night, but felt as if it was still lacking in exact explanations.

 On to the pattern.

Pattern:
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in White, Baby Pink and Cornmeal
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US F5/3.75mm crochet hook
2- 6mm black plastic beads (lg eyes) 2- 4mm black plastic beads (sm eyes)
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins to position before sewing


Whim: (Larger Bunny)
Head: Make 1
The head is made by one rnd becoming 2 separate rounds - these will be labeled in the Rnds as "a" and "b" (Ie: Rnd 3a:  sc in ea st around = xx sts)

with Cornmeal:
chain 6,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st (14 sts)
___ Rnd 2: hdc-Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, hdc-Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, hdc-Inc in nxt st  (18 sts)
___ Rnds 3-6: sc in ea st around  (18 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7a: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, skip nxt 12 sts, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts *ear made*  (6 sts)
___ Rnds 8a-19a: sc in ea st around  (6 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving about 12 inches of yarn tail to sew.  Stuff ear ever so slightly, just enough to maintain the shape and close rnd and make 'tail' available for sewing by weaving in and out of loops in BLO (this creates the 'flat' at the end of ear) and bringing the tail through the center and out the bottom of the ear stem and out through back of head (close to bottom or where you will want to attach head to body).

Continuing from Rnd 6 -

___ Rnd 7b: skp nxt 3 sts from last st on rnd 6, join with sc in 4th st, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts   *ear made*  (6 sts)
___ Rnds 8b-19b: sc in ea st around  (6 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving about 12 inches of yarn tail to sew.  Stuff ear ever so slightly, just enough to maintain the shape and close rnd and make 'tail' available for sewing by weaving in and out of loops in BLO (this creates the 'flat' at the end of ear) and bringing the tail through the center and out the bottom of the ear stem. With tail, and in FLO, whipstitch the open 3 sts between the ears closed.  Finish with tail and bury end inside head.

Body: Make 1
The body is made by one rnd being separated by folding in half then stitched together to represent the appearance of legs.

with Cornmeal:
chain 9,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st (20 sts)
___ Rnds 2-15: sc in ea st around  (20 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 16: Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts tog, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (16 sts)
Finish off leaving about 12 inches of tail for sewing.  Stuff pocket - DO NOT OVER STUFF  (fold in half before sewing open end closed to gauge stuffing)
With whipstitch, sew opening closed using the FLO - fold in half and insert needle into about the 4th rnds of both front and back - sewing the piece on itself and creating the appearance of front and back legs.  Make several passes if needed to create the look which is pleasing to you or to tighten.
Pushing on bottom and sides, shape piece so that it has a flat base enabling it to stand on it's own.

Tail: Make 1
Chain 3,
In 3rd chain from hook make a bobble st.
** Bobble stitch is basically a group of double crochets in the same st-joined together.
Yarn Over, insert hook into st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops, (Yarn Over, insert hook in same st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops) 3 times, Yarn Over,and draw through all loops on hook - finish off and sew to backside.

Pin Head to body and step back . . . .     :)
Make sure that the head and it's weight is in a position that will not topple the little thing over.. that would be bad! 
Once you have the head in a good position, mark where you'd like to see the eyes of your bunny - either embroider or place 6 mm bead eyes in at this point then sew head to body and smile :)  You're all done..

umm.. except, now you have to make a Sie..
(same principals.. smaller version :)
 Now that you have an understanding of how the pattern works - the same techniques will apply in the nxt source of information

Sie: (Smaller Bunny)
Head: Make 1

with Baby Pink :
chain 3,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), Inc in nxt st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st , sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (16 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea st around  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [ Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts] twice  (14 sts)

___ Rnd 6a: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, skip nxt 9 sts, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts *ear made*  (5 sts)
___ Rnds 7a-12a: sc in ea st around  (5 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving yarn tail for sewing.  Stuff ear ever so slightly.

Continuing from Rnd 6 -

___ Rnd 6b: skp nxt 2 sts from last st on rnd 6, join with sc in 3rd st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts   *ear made*  (5 sts)
___ Rnds 7b-12b: sc in ea st around  (5 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, in the same manner as you finished off second ear of larger bunny.

Body: Make 1

with Baby Pink:
chain 5,
Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st (12 sts)
___ Rnds 2-14: sc in ea st around  (12 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 16: Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts tog, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (8 sts)
Finish off leaving about 12 inches of tail for sewing.  Stuff pocket - DO NOT OVER STUFF  (fold in half before sewing open end closed to gauge stuffing)
With whipstitch, sew opening closed using the FLO - fold in half and insert needle into about the 4th rnds of both front and back - sewing the piece on itself and creating the appearance of front and back legs.  Make several passes if needed to create the look which is pleasing to you or to tighten.
Pushing on bottom and sides, shape piece so that it has a flat base enabling it to stand on it's own.

Tail: Make 1
Chain 3,
In 3rd chain from hook make a bobble st.
** Bobble stitch is basically a group of double crochets in the same st-joined together.
Yarn Over, insert hook into st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops, (Yarn Over, insert hook in same st, Yarn Over, pull up a loop, Yarn Over, pull through two loops) 2 times, Yarn Over,and draw through all loops on hook - finish off and sew to backside.





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Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Last Minute Introduction


I did not think that I would be able to complete this little fellow, let alone have him tested before Easter Sunday.
But, with a little elbow grease and a few carrot-y bribes..

Benton has sprung to life.


Now Benton isn't into the whole Easter tradition of Chocolate Bunnies and Candy Baskets.. but he loves all the attention that Bunnies get around this holiday.  He loves the limelight - and of course, his big juicy carrot.
From his over-sized bunny toes to the tip of his noggin, Benton stands at an impressive 13 inches tall.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

EARTH HOUR - TONIGHT!!!


On March 27, 2010, World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses and governments around the world to turn off their lights for one hour to make a global statement of concern about climate change.


I had received literature in the mail some time back; but often, as with most people, my busy schedule had me pay little attention to the message.  Until I saw a friend's post today..

We can all do without an hour of the light.. yes??  1 hour of no lights.. hmm... could have made it a little later... then I would have some sleep to catch up on - 
but, alas - 
that wouldn't be making a "STATEMENT" would it??

Make Your Statement! 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Little SpringTime Friends

Set II is now available in my etsy store to purchase - and I am working on Set I (it's a matter of typing/creating the pdf file) - all are made and tested - preview at the end of this blog. And I am also working on another of the Larger Critters for my shop (again, only the typing/creating of the pdf file/ and photos)


Set II (above) contains the Lovey the Lamb, Dilbert the Duck and Francis the Frog
All easy and quick to make up - just in time for Easter or anytime.

Set I (below) contains Brent the Bunny, Cing the Chick and Percy the Pig and will be available soon.


And yes, I am also working on a new *FREEBIE* to celebrate the Easter holiday :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away


I need to take photos of the Springtime Critters!!

Wouldn't you know it, the minute I set the Springtime Friends down outside on the soft cool grass for their photo shoot - the skies open up and the rain begins to fall again!

Ugh!

They did manage, however, to lay claim to the Easter Basket I prepared for the Hub's kids (his students).. so I snapped a few candid shots of them there as well.


 








They, along with Set I, will be available in my etsy shop very soon!

A Little Cooperation!!


Just a little cooperation would be appreciated at this point!

I have had a rough couple of days, since last I posted - some issues with 'the people' in school, some weather issues, some pet issues.. and this past weekend... some mechanical issues (which had me shopping for a new washing machine instead of crocheting)...
but the worst of it.. some 'color issues'

I am working on 2 sets "Spring Friends" that I had hoped to put up into my etsy shop on yesterday - but, I am really not happy with the color combination of one of the friends.  Usually, the photos I take, don't do my critters justice - in the case of 'Froggy' it is the exact opposite.  He takes a better photograph (blurry though it may be - due to rain and fog yesterday) than he looks in the .. fiber :)

So today, I will continue reworking him, so that I can get Set II up into my etsy store as quickly a possible..

huh?  oh.. a preview???
Sure....


Each of these little cuties IS pose-able - with arms and legs that bend or can be wrapped around an Easter Basket... 
They work up really fast (1 tester had 2 done in just over 2 hours)

Keep an eye on the blog and the shop for details :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Finished Up & Finishing Up...

I had a few more baby items to finish up with ..


and I posted the other half of this gift the other day.. in my post Babies Babies Everywhere..

but I've also been working on a new pattern for my shop, and I am very please to announce, he is nearly done.
I am hoping to have Dewey in the shop by week's end.
I hope you like him - he is really a little doll :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

TUTORIAL: When Round things go FLAT

Several of my crochet designs require you to crochet in the round - then BLAM, all the sudden you need to fold the piece "flat" and work on it like it's a row.  This is common in eyelids, fins, flippers - even in ending an arm or leg instead of sewing the opening closed.

Now, I didn't invent this little maneuver, and I arrogantly thought that everyone could adjust to working in a 'row' - after all, everyone began crocheting by working on afghans yes??  But after seeing quite a few people asking for further explanation, I thought a tutorial was in order.

okay... so there you are happily working in rounds..round and round and round...
then it says to fold flat and crochet through both layers..
huh? what?

First, remove from your mind that 'OMG, what do I do?' feeling.  If you can single crochet, you can single crochet 2 separate pieces into one flat row - I promise.

In the photos below, I have begun a simple round crochet piece which begins with the usual 6sc, increases to 12sc, then to 18sc  I used variegated yarn for the 'rounds' and gray will be used to illustrate the joining.


18 single crochet stitches which you are now going to reduce to a mere 9 sc in 1 swoop - without decreasing at all :)


In model #:
1.  You see the round as you most easily recognize it.
2.  Squeeze the round flat so that the round lys atop each other with equal fiber on each side
3:  Insert you hook, working first through both loops of the stitch (just like working a 'normal sc') but instead of yarn over..

4.  ... continue to push your hook through both loops of the stitch directly behind your original entry point.
5.  Now, you yarn over and crochet as if making any other sc st.
6.  As you can see, several sc sts together, look just like part of the round.



7.  However, on closer inspection, you have lessened the amount of stitches in your project;
8.  while, closing up the opening. 
9.  Here we see the piece completely closed by using the sc joining method.



Hope this helps -
:)
Happy Crocheting to All.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Babies - Babies - Everywhere there's...


Babies..

Apparently, 9 months ago was a very 'Loving Month' as it seems every time I turn around recently, someone is popping out a kid.
My daughter's teacher, 2 of  my neighbors' sons, another neighbor's daughter, my daughter's dentist..
it's Baby City... and I'm not traveling down that road..
my girls keep me quite busy .. "thank you"
although, the Hub really wants to keep trying for the 'boy'...

Today the people had their dental appointments - and while standing in the corner of the office (because, although we are 'big girls', we aren't going back there by ourselves!). ..  .
I was able to get some work done.



The afghan pattern is from the Annie's Attic leaflet,  Heirloom Baby Blankets by Lucille LaFlamme  This blanket, "Radiance", worked up incredibly fast (well, when I was able to actually work on it) and turned out lovely.  Have to finish up the trim on the Fleece Blanket and then they will be off to my girlfriend's daughter's new baby-love "Abel".

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Currently Working on "April Showers"

Hopefully, I will have a new pattern up in the shop very soon... although.. I am still awaiting the final approval from my boss.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Some Questions Answered


I have received quite a few emails over the past 2 years since I began  offering *free* patterns and tips on my blog - this has only increased recently.  Wow, I am truly flattered that people want to know these things.

Q:  You have such wonderful ideas and creations.  How did you start and why do you just give them away for free?
A: I have been crocheting for a lot of years.  I was taught how to hook when I was very young by my Nona - then hit teen years and put the hook down - only to pick it up again in my 30's.  Lord oh Lord, how hookin' had changed.  
It was no longer just a 'granny' hobby - people of all ages were picking up their hooks and creating the most interesting pieces.  From stunning afghans that were anything but 'Granny' to detailed and life-like people and animals.  Many of my favorite crochet artist happen to be of Asian decent (to which my first experience with was the Hub's Mother who is Thai).  Then a few years ago I found etsy.
Now I had long been doing my own thing to Annie's Attic patterns - changing up the eyes, adding eyelids, eyelashes, toes, taking a bear pattern and adding enough so it looked like a dragon or cat.. whatever - but the people on etsy had taken it to a whole other world with their creations.  I simply never had the confidence to show my creations to 'the world'.  It's easy with Family, they pretty much will say everything is great... but people you don't know - man they tell it like it is!
Then I met a community of people who all crocheted.  I began showing off my finished items to see what THEY thought.  After all, if you can impress a fellow hooker, then you must be doing something right.  As the accolades came, my confidence grew.  As my confidence grew, I started to feel more comfortable with creating my own projects - not just derivative works.

As far as why I give them away 'free'.  Most of what I have given away are very simple projects.  They are also exercises for my patterns which I am selling on etsy.  For instance, working with chains (more than just sc in ea chain) or crocheting very small, like a 4 or 5 sc in a round.  It also shows the reader (and potential buyer) how I write up my patterns - are they clear and easy to understand.. are they detailed?  
Also, I love watching - I get no greater satisfaction than seeing one of MY designs done by another's hand.  Especially when it is made to resemble something/one in that person's life that is important to them.  Yes, I am corny - but it's what makes me tic.


Q:  How come your things are not round?
A:  Amigurumi is the art of working in a continuous spiral, with simple stitches and then sewn together to create anthropomorphic (humanistic like) creatures... I've never read anywhere it says that everything has to be a ball/round :)
I just like a little character with my creations.. a triangle head instead of a circle one - or some elongated feet instead of tiny ones.  
All of my patterns consist of  at least 95% single crochet only stitches - but they are not simple (sc in X amount of stitches, Inc) x amount of time.  To create character you may need to sc in 10 sts in 1 rnd, and 15 in another before increasing or decreasing...
it's all about the visual cuteness and making that cuteness as easily attainable as possible.

Q:  Do you still buy patterns?
A:  Yup, when the designer isn't too insecure to think I am going to better their designs.  (It became an issue recently - which saddened me and then later angered me, that I had been so insulted!)  
I love to design, but I also love to just follow directions - sort of.  I have never fully followed a purchased pattern.  Whether it was something as simple as a color or hook size change or something drastic like completely changing the features - but I love and support MANY of my fellow designers - there's no reason not to.  Lately, however, I've been so busy trying to fill obligations and get my own ideas out on paper - that I've not had time to work on anything for my own 'relaxation'.  
But, yes - I would/and do purchase patterns from my fellow designers.

Q:  Who does your testing?  Can I test patterns for you?
A:  I have 4 skilled, fellow designers who test out/proof read my patterns for me.  I am not into name dropping.  Currently, I am not in need of testers.  If there ever becomes a time where I would need 'testers', I would ask people who've already purchased patterns and completed works from my designs.  As they would already have shown a vested interest in my work and I could be assured of getting the feedback in an expedient manner - so that I could release the publication quickly.

Q: What are you designing next?  Are you going to make ___fill in the blank___?
A:  I dunno... that is the long and short of it.  
My latest design, Cluny the St Paddy's Day Cow was originally going to be a Leprechaun.  However, my children - who are the supervisors/bosses/inspirations said that 'leprechauns are short little trolls' (hey, their words, not mine). So there went that idea.. but I liked the concept of the outfit (which was inspired by the Grinch). 
Lu was created after walking in my local WalMart and my youngest playing with a Valentine's Day Plush Devil who's pitchfork spun in circles, announcing in LED lights it loved ya all the while singing "Hot Blooded".  Layla was inspired from the Littlest Pet Shop line of toys and Maximus.. hello, my name is KATT (and yes, that is really what people call me on a personal basis).
It is really a mesh of how my children see things - mixed with my own slightly warped sense of humor, but you can rest assured, sooner or later, there will be CATS on the menu. :)
Currently, I have 2 products in the testing phase and 2 that are in the designing phase... think Spring :)

Okay, that was some of the questions which I had either gotten multiple times or that bare relevance on recent events.  I ALWAYS take time to read my emails and I do watch for finished items on Ravelry - Your feedback and questions are always appreciated, if I did not answer your question today (or in a return email), I will try to answer soon.  I consider all my readers, buyers and onlookers important and I really do VALUE your thoughts.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bó Finn - The Irish White Cow

Perhaps you know, perhaps you don't - but Irish legend tells of a tale of the "white cow" (as well as a black and red cow/Bo-Ruadh, and Bo-Dhu) who were destined to fill the Ireland country-side with the most splendid cattle, so that the people should never know want.

In honor of Cluny's pre-release date, I will share with you his little cousin, Bo Clu.
I hope you enjoy :)
 
 
Bo Clu
Pattern:
Beginner/Advanced Beginner


Materials Used in Model:
Small amounts of Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in White, Coffee, and Aran
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US F5/3.75mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning for sewing
4mm plastic beads for eyes

Terms Used and their Meanings:
ch - chain
slst - slip stitch
Dec - Decrease
Inc - Increase
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
nxt - next
st or sts - stitch(s)
ea - each
tog - together

** all Inc and Dec are single crochet unless indicated otherwise. Pattern is worked in rounds through both front and back loops, without joining; unless otherwise noted.
If you need assistance with any of these stitches, please view stitch guide at
http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/content.html?type_id=S  for further assistance and visual aides.



Head (Make 1)
with White

Chain 4,
___ Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt st, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of  original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in nxt st, Inc in last st. (10 sts)
___ Rnd 2: sc in ea st around  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 3: (sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in nxt st, (Inc in nxt st) 3 times, sc in nxt nxt, slst (losely) in ea of nxt 3 sts  (11 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, (hdc-Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt  4 sts  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in ea st around  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 9: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts] 4 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 10: hdc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, hdc in ea of nxt 5 sts  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (12 sts)
Stuff head - do not overstuff

___ Rnd 12: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
Finish off and bury tail inside head to hide.


Ear (Make 2):
With Color of choice

Chain 4,
slst in 2nd chain from hook, sc in nxt st, (2 hdc, ch-1, 2 hdc) in end/turning stitch - working up other side, as if a flat round, sc in nxt st, slst in last st
Finish off leaving tail to sew ear to head.


Horn (Make 2):
with Aran

Chain 3,
slst in 2nd chain from hook and in nxt st
Finish off leaving tail to sew horn to head.


Body (Make 1):
with White

Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 4 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2: [3 sc in nxt st] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, (sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 3 times, sc in nxt st (16 sts)
___ Rnds 5-6: sc in ea st around  (16 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnds 8-9: sc in ea st around  (12 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 10: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
Finish off leaving tail for sewing head to body.


Hand/Arm (Make 2):
with Coffee

Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2: [3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts] twice  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (10 sts)
Stuff lightly - just enough to maintain shape

___ Rnd 4: [Dec in nxt st] 5 times  (5 sts)
___ Rnd 5: Dec in nxt st - UNFINISHED rnd  (4 sts)
Finish off with coffee and bury tail inside hand

Arm-
with White

in center of last rnd and working through BOTH thicknesses (front & back) join with sc, sc in same st, chain 11 -
working in back 'bump' of foundation chain, Inc in ea of nxt 10 sts, join in 1st sc made with a slst and finish off.


Feet/Leg  (Make 2):
with Coffee

Chain 4,
___ Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt st, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of

original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in nxt st, Inc in last st. (10 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts] twice  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (12 sts)
Stuff lightly - just enough to maintain shape

___ Rnd 4: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea st around (6 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [Dec nxt 2 st tog, sc in nxt st] twice  (4 sts)
Finish off with coffee and bury inside foot

Leg-
with White

in center of last rnd and working through BOTH thicknesses (front & back) join with sc, sc in same st, chain 11 -
working in back 'bump' of foundation chain, Inc in ea of nxt 10 sts, join in 1st sc made with a slst and finish off.


Tail (Make 1):
Chain 6,
slst in 2nd chain from hook and in ea of nxt 4 sts
Finish off leaving tail to sew to body. 
Add 2 or 3 scraps of yarn to tip of tail - separate the 4-ply into single strands and trim.

Assemble your cow by sewing head to body; arms and legs to body - ears, horns and eyes to head.  Using coffee or other contrasting color, embroider some spots on your cow using long and short stitches.






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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cluny the St Paddy's Day Cow


Cluny - Irish for "from the meadow"


Cluny was thrilled to receive an invitation to his neighbor's St. Patrick's Day Party.  Dressed in his finest St Paddy's attire, Cluny was ready to party.  Although, he's not quite sure why he was asked to bring cabbage.
Won't you invite him to your St Patrick's Day Celebration - at least he can rest assured he won't become the main dish.


Cluny will be available on Etsy: Friday, March 5th 2010