Tuesday, August 19, 2014

                  

                         Tuesday's Wrap Up


Here are the posts that got the most attention last week on my Facebook page!!  KrissysWonders
 

                                   
                                   link

                                This one got a lot of attention!!!


This was an inspiring post!
Link

This was an exciting post!! ;)


Of course...the chickens always do well!!
Sorry there is no link, just inspiration!!


This was the absolute winner!!!


Finally, who doesn't love cats? Especially when they are this cute!!!



I hope you enjoyed Tuesday's wrap up!! If you would like to participate in the inspirations that are happening on my FB page, just click on the link and like my FB page!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Crocheted Pumpkins!! I love pumpkins!!! Free Pattern!

I recently viewed a set of crocheted pumpkins on the web that were absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately there was a language barrier that google translator wasn't able to help with.  So I wrote a pattern for myself, and for you!



A friend encouraged me to figure out how to make these pumpkins, and WOW!!! I could not quit making them. New designs kept swirling around in my head!!!!

Modern colors, Traditional colors.....



 Shabby colors.....


And the embellishments....oh my mind was spinning, and I am afraid it hasn't stopped! 



                                                                       

I LOVE them plain, and if you have modern decor, the gray and mustard pumpkins are perfect!




Adding other dark colors to the gray set looks wonderful!!!

Adding embellishments can add a country look to the dark pumpkins!



Putting a big pile of pumpkins together, in every different color and embellishment is fun too!!


I LOVE THESE PUMPKINS!!!




                

  


     
                       Pretty Pumpkins!!!                         
                           


 Any Worsted weight yarn in colors desired Red Heart super saver or Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn”

Pattern Notes:  SC DEC = crochet 2 sc together = in nxt st, insert hook pull up loop, in nxt st, insert hook pull up loop, 3 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Notions List: Yarn Needle, Polyester Fiber Fill or Stuffing Material of Your Choice

Cute embellishments: These little pumpkins can be plain or embellished with bows, beads, fabric or raffia, maybe a piece of vintage jewelry, buttons, lace, anything….they are so cute!


Hook Sizes
H–8/5 mm = Pumpkin body
I-9/5.5= Stem

Stitch Key
SC= single crochet
CH = chain
SLP ST = slip stitch
SP = space
nxt = next
beg. = beginning
st = stitch
SC DEC= crochet 2 SC together; in nxt st, insert hook, pull up loop, in nxt st, insert hook, pull up loop, 3 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook
repeat between * * = repeat the sequence that is between the * * as many times as stated
x = times, will follow number, example repeat sequence 8 x or 8 times

                                                         
  Itty Bitty Pumpkin    “H” hook
                                                      




Round 1: CH 2, SC 7x in 2nd CH from hook, join with SLP ST to beg. SC. (You will bypass Beg. CH 1, and it will recede to the back of work, making the seam less noticeable)

Round 2:  CH 1, 2 SC in joining st, 2 SC in nxt st, and in each st around; join with SLP  ST to beg. SC (14 SC)


Round 3: CH 1, SC in joining st, 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st, 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x ; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (21 SC)

Round 4: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st, 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (2x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (28 SC)

Round 5: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (2x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (3x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (35 SC)

Round 6 - 11: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (35 SC)

Note, if you would like a taller pumpkin, add more rows here….just crochet until you are content. One of my testers added HDC rows at this point, to get the height she wanted.

Decrease rows follow, you may start stuffing your pumpkin at this point, but there will be an opening at the end to finish stuffing your pumpkin. You will close the hole after stuffing is complete.

Round 12: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (2 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (3x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  *  5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (28 SC)

Round 13: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st, SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (2x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (21 SC)

Round 14: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC DEC; *SC in nxt st, SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (14 SC)

Round 15: CH 1, SC DEC in joining st;  *SC DEC* Repeat between *  *  5 more x; join w/slp st in top of first SC made, end off by pulling yarn through last st made, leaving a 36” to 42” tail for sewing through the center and around the pumpkin, picture tutorial will be at the end of the pattern (7 SC)


Stem   “I” Hook

Round 1: CH 2, SC 5x in 2nd CH from hook, join with SLP ST to beg. SC

Round 2:  CH 1, SC in joining st; 2 SC in nxt st; SC in nxt st; 2 SC in nxt st; SC in last st: join with SLP ST to beg. sc (7SC)


Round 3: CH 1, SC in joining st and in each st around, join w/ SLP ST to beg. SC (7 SC)

You can add another row here if you would like a taller stem.

Next, take the beginning tail and the ending tail, and tie them together, pulling the beginning tail just enough to flatten out and shape the top of your stem.

Then stuff the yarn ends back up inside, and glue the stem onto the pumpkin.

You can stuff the stem with polyfil, and sew it on if you would like. Although I glued a stem to a pumpkin and when I didn’t like the color, I thought it could be pulled off. Nope!! It would not come off without tearing up the pumpkin…so hot glue and yarn, go well together…who knew?



 Medium Pumpkin          “H” Hook

                                      


Round 1: CH 2, SC 7x in 2nd CH from hook, join with SLP ST to beg. SC. (You will bypass Beg. CH 1, and it will recede to the back of work, making the seam less noticeable)

Round 2:  CH 1, 2 SC in joining st, 2 SC in nxt st, and in each st around; join with SLP  ST to beg. SC (14 SC)


Round 3: CH 1, SC in joining st, 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st, 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  *
5 more x ; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (21 SC)

Round 4: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st, 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (2x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (28 SC)

Round 5: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (2x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (3x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (35 SC)

Round 6: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (3x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (4x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (42 SC)

Round 7: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (4x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (5x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (49 SC)

Round 8 - 16: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/slp st in top of first SC made (49 SC)

Note, if you would like a taller pumpkin, add more rows here….just crochet until you are content. One of my testers added HDC rows at this point, to get the height she wanted.

Decrease rows follow, you may start stuffing your pumpkin at this point, but there will be an opening at the end to finish stuffing your pumpkin. You will close the hole after stuffing is complete.

Round 17: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (4 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (5x), SC DEC* 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (42 SC)

Round 18: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (3 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (4x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  *  5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (35 SC)

Round 19: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (2 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (3x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  *  5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (28 SC)

Round 20: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st; SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (2x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (21 SC)

Round 21: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC DEC; *SC in nxt st, SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (14 SC)

Round 22: CH 1, SC DEC in joining st;  *SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made, end off by pulling yarn through last st made, leaving a 2 ft. tail for sewing through the center and around the pumpkin, picture tutorial will be at the end of the pattern (7 SC)


Stem   “I” Hook

Round 1: CH 2, SC 5x in 2nd ch from hook, join with SLP ST to beg. SC

Round 2:  CH 1, SC in joining st; 2 SC in nxt st; SC in nxt st; 2 SC in nxt st; SC in last st: join with SLP ST to beg. SC (7 SC)


Round 3: CH 1, SC in joining st and in each st around, join w/ SLP ST to beg. SC (7 SC)

You can add another row here if you would like a taller stem.

Next, take the beginning tail and the ending tail, and tie them together, pulling the beginning tail just enough to flatten out and shape the top of your stem.

Then stuff the yarn ends back up inside, and glue the stem onto the pumpkin.

You can stuff the stem with polyfil, and sew it on if you would like. Although I glued a stem to a pumpkin and when I didn’t like the color, I thought it could be pulled off. Nope!! It would not come off without tearing up the pumpkin…so hot glue and yarn, go well together…who knew?


 Large Pumpkin     “H” Hook



Round 1: CH 2, SC 7x in 2nd CH from hook, join with SLP ST to beg. SC. (You will bypass Beg. CH 1, and it will recede to the back of work, making the seam less noticeable)

Round 2:  CH 1, 2 SC in joining st, 2 SC in nxt st, and in each st around; join with SLP  ST to beg. SC (14 SC)


Round 3: CH 1, SC in joining st, 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st, 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  *
5 more x ; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (21 SC)

Round 4: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st, 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (2x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (28 SC)

Round 5: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (2x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (3x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (35 SC)

Round 6: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (3x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (4x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (42 SC)

Round 7: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (4x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (5x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (49 SC)

Round 8: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (5x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (6x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (56 SC)

Round 9: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (6x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (7x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (63 SC)

Round 10: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (7x), 2 SC in nxt st;  *SC in nxt st (8x), 2 SC in nxt st* Repeat between *  *  5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (70 SC)

Round 11- 20: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (70 SC)

Note, if you would like a taller pumpkin, add more rows here….just crochet until you are content. One of my testers added HDC rows at this point, to get the height she wanted.

Decrease rows follow, you may start stuffing your pumpkin at this point, but there will be an opening at the end to finish stuffing your pumpkin. You will close the hole after stuffing is complete.

Round 21: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (7 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (8x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/slp st in top of first SC made (63 SC)

Round 22: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (6 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (7x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (56 SC)

Round 23: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (5 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (6x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (49 SC)

Round 24: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (4 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (5x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (42 SC)

Round 18: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (3 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (4x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (35 SC)

Round 19: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (2 x), SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (3x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (28 SC)

Round 20: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st; SC DEC; *SC in nxt st (2x), SC DEC* Repeat between *  * 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (21 SC)

Round 21: CH 1, SC in joining st, SC DEC; *SC in nxt st, SC DEC* 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made (14 SC)

Round 22: CH 1, SC DEC in joining st;  *SC DEC* 5 more x; join w/SLP ST in top of first SC made, end off by pulling yarn through last st made, leaving a 2 ½ ft. tail for sewing through the center and around the pumpkin. picture tutorial will be at the end of the pattern (7 SC)


Stem   “I” Hook

Round 1: CH 2, SC 5x in 2nd CH from hook, join with slp st to beg. SC

Round 2:  CH 1, SC in joining st; 2 SC in nxt st; SC in nxt st; 2 SC in nxt st; SC in last st: join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (7 SC)


Round 3: CH 1, SC in joining st and in each st around, join w/SLP to beg. SC (7 SC)

You can add another row here if you would like a taller stem.

Next take the beginning tail and the ending tail, and tie them together, pulling the beginning tail just enough to flatten out and shape the top of your stem.

Then stuff the yarn ends back up inside, and glue the stem onto the pumpkin.

You can stuff the stem with polyfil, and sew it on if you would like. Although I glued a stem to a pumpkin and when I didn’t like the color, I thought it could be pulled off. Nope!! It would not come off of there without tearing up the pumpkin…so hot glue and yarn, go well together…who knew?




Tutorial on pumpkin shaping

Start stuffing and shaping your pumpkin.


You will need to close this hole up, once the pumpkin is stuffed to the firmness that you desire. (I like my pumpkins semi-firm. IMPORTANT NOTE: Use your finger to poke a hole through the center of the stuffing, so your needle can go through without getting stuck on your stuffing)

Insert the hook in the stitch closest to ending stitch.


                                                       
Using the yarn tail, draw up a loop.



  Then begin to SC DEC around the opening.
                                                                 

Close the hole by joining with a SLP ST to the opposite side, and pull the yarn through to finish closing the hole. This is the bottom of your pumpkin. You will have a very long tail of yarn.
  
                                                                                        

Thread your tail into the yarn needle, insert the needle in the center 
                           

Push the needle through the center to the opposite side or "the top" of your pumpkin, pulling the yarn through the center of pumpkin, making a dent.

                                                                   

The first dent sequence, will dent ½ of the pumpkin. You do this by wrapping the yarn completely around the pumpkin, coming back to the top, making sure your pumpkin is halved and evenly dented.

                                                               

Insert your needle back into the center hole.

                                                                 

Go completely through and out the center bottom of the pumpkin, pulling and shaping to make the dents secure.

                                                                     
 


Continue passing through the middle of your pumpkin, pulling and wrapping your yarn, to make the dents.

                                                           


I use the clock method of shaping, 12 to 6, 3 to 9 and so on..

                                                                 



Continue shaping….

                                                               


Until your are happy with your pumpkin, and tie off and secure your yarn end at the bottom.

                                                                       

If you have enough yarn left, you can back over your dents one more time. Then sew your stem in the dent at the top of the pumpkin, or use hot glue…I like hot glue!

                                                                   

 

And then embellish to your hearts content!!!


                                                                 
                     
                                                               



  

This pattern is protected by copyright© KrissysWonders 2014. Do not sell,
alter, or redistribute this pattern in any way or form. You have my
permission to sell your finished product, but you are responsible for the
finished product.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern!  You can find more exciting patterns at 
www.krissyswonders/etsy.com

Thank you for viewing my Pretty Pumpkins!!! There will be more action with these pumpkins here soon....so stay tuned, and be sure to follow  www.theslantedlife.blogpot.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Inspirations from last week!

I love to share what inspires me!! I love it even more when others respond and give me feedback when I share my inspirations!


For example....this gorgeous shawl created quite a buzz last week when I shared it on my Facebook page. It is a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn, and you will find the link below the picture!

                                                         



Lion Brand's Ravelry link

Another item that created a little stir, was this sweet picture! I know it isn't crochet, but it would be easy to duplicate. Just follow the link in the picture. It is a lady in Europe who is selling her items online.....but this is so inspirational! Don't ya think?

                                                    

Annnnnnd.............THIS!!!!! I couldn't find the link, and one of Krissy's followers posted a Ravelry link that would make this bolero!


This cute little number had all of us in a tizzy!! Yes...yes there is  free pattern
 Chicken link

I am sure you understand why this created quite a stir!! No explanation needed here!
Stocking hat

Mixed Media...I am all for it! Especially when it is as stunning as this!! I am sorry I couldn't find a link for this...but it is so inspirational...and it was discussed quite a bit!


This one got a lot of attention as well. I still gasp and drool when I look at this. There was no link...but I am determined to make something similar in the future...and when I do...well...you know I'm gonna tell you about it!!


           

Well, that's Tuesday's wrap up! I hope you enjoy what others enjoyed, and if you have time stop by my Facebook page. Yes I will show you what is being created at Krissy's house from time to time, but I LOVE showing other's are creating as well! So come join us!