Friday, March 23, 2012

Easter Bunny Ring Decoration - Free Pattern

When I did my Christmas ring ornament series last year, I had a few requests to keep the ring ornaments coming for other holidays too.  So I thought I'd try a bunny ring decoration for Easter.  The bunnies are crocheted around a 2" plastic ring.  You can make them girl bunnies, boy bunnies or just plain bunnies.  A bunch of these strung together on ribbon would make a cute little bunting.  :)


Materials:
Red Heart Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn
  - 10 yards
Size G (4.25mm) Crochet Hook
2" Plastic Ring
Yarn Needle

Round 1

Join yarn with a sl st around 2" plastic ring, ch 1, 14 sc around ring














ch 10














sc in 4th ch from hook














sc in each of the remaining 6 ch sts















continuing to work around ring, work 4 sc














ch 10














sc in 4th ch in hook and sc in each of the remaining 6 ch sts














continuing to work around the ring, 14 sc around ring, join with a sl st to 1st sc on round.














Round 2


ch 1, sc in same st as joining and sc in next 12 sts, sk next sc st














working up the outside edge of the right ear, sc in first 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts















work 4 hdc in the space at the tip of the right ear















working down the inside edge of the right ear, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in last 4 sts














sk the first sc st after the right ear, and sc in next 2 sts, sk next sc st















working up the inside edge of left ear, sc in first 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, 4 hdc in space at tip of ear, then working down the outside edge of left ear, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in last 4 sts

sk the sc st following the left ear, and sc in each remaining st around, join with a sl st to beg sc.














End off, weave in ends.  Decorate as desired.  :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Easter Egg Coaster - Free Pattern

Hello all!  I thought it would be fun to make a cheery set of Easter Egg Coasters.  Since the design has some striped rows, it also seemed like a good opportunity to include a little tutorial on how to change colors at the end of a row.  Instead of cutting yarn and re-joining for every color change, changing colors at the end of a row, and using the same strand of each color as you work up the piece means less ends to weave in at the end. And I'm always in favor of less ends to weave in!  :)




Materials needed for one coaster:
Sugar 'n Cream Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn (or any worsted weight cotton yarn)
  - 13 yards MC
  -   6 yards White
Size G (4.25mm) Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

Finished Size: 4 1/4" across x 5 3/4" tall

Pattern Notes:
Sc  2 sts tog – to single crochet two stitches together (decrease), insert hook into 1st stitch, yarn over and draw up loop, then insert hook into next (2nd) st, yarn over and draw up loop.  You will now have 3 loops on the hook.  Yarn over and draw thru all 3 loops.

Egg is worked from the top down.
Row 1 will be the top of the egg and Row 19 will be the bottom edge of the egg.


Easter Egg Coaster:
Row 1)  With MC, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 2)  2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 3)  2 sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 4)  sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 5)  2 sc in first st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Row 6)  sc in each st across, changing to white on last st, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

How to change colors to white at the end of Row 6:

When you're making the last sc on row 6, insert hook and draw up loop as seen in photo below.  You will have 2 loops on the hook.

Next, drop the strand of the MC and let it hang (do not cut, you will be using it again later), Then bring in the white yarn, holding it behind your work.  Use your hook to grab the white yarn.


Pull the white yarn through the two loops remaining on the hook. You now have the white yarn on the hook and ready to stitch the next row.  Ch 1, turn and go on to Row 7.


Row 7)  2 sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 8)  sc in each st across, changing back to MC on last st, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)

How to change color back to MC at the end of Row 8:

As before, when you are working the last sc of row 8, insert hook and draw up a loop.  You now have 2 loops on the hook.


Next, drop the strand of white yarn and let it hang (again, do not cut, you will be using it again later), Then pick up the strand of MC that was left hanging at the end of row 6.  Use your hook to grab the strand of MC.




 Pull the MC  strand through the two loops remaining on the hook. You now have the MC back on the hook and are ready to stitch the next row.  Ch 1, turn and continue to Row 9.



Rows 9 - 11) sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 12)  sc in each st across, changing back to white on the last stitch, ch 1, turn. (14 sc) (you will follow same steps from above, dropping the strand of MC, and picking up the strand of white that was left hanging at the end of Row 8).
Row 13)  sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 14)  sc first 2 sts tog, sc in each remaining st across, changing back to MC on the last st, ch 1, turn. (13 sc)
(you will follow the same steps from above, dropping the strand of white, and picking up the strand of  MC that was left hanging at the end of row 12.  You can now cut the white yarn, you will not be using it any longer.)
Row 15)  sc first 2 sts tog, sc in each remaining st across, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Row 16)  sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next 8 sts, sc last 2 sts tog, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 17)  sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 18)  sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next 6 sts, sc last 2 sts tog, ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 19)  sc first 2 sts tog, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, sc last 2 sts tog.
(2 sc, 6 dc) (this row creates the bottom edge of the egg.)
Do not ch 1, and do not turn, continue to border instructions.

Border:
The picture below shows what the egg looks like at the end of row 19.   Next, a border will be worked around the remaining 3 sides of the egg. Notice the strands on the right side where the yarn was carried up.  These will be covered up by stitching over them when stitching the border.

Start by working down the left edge, and sc in the end of each row.   Next, working in the ch sts from row 1,
sc first 2 sts tog, 2 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sc last 2 sts tog (this creates the top point of the egg).  Then,working up the right edge, sc in the end of each row, stitching over the strands that were carried up when changing colors.  End by joining with a sl st to the beg sc on row 19.  End off, weave in all ends.



Decorative Stitching (optional):
With a strand of white yarn on the yarn needle, make small stitches across the row that is one row below the top stripe and across the row that is one row above the bottom stripe, as seen in the photos below. Weave in ends.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Chocolate Easter Bunny - New Pattern in Shop

I decided that the marshmallow bunnies needed a friend, a chocolate kind of friend. :) So I came up with this chocolate easter bunny.  Although I had to admit, it made me crave chocolate the whole entire time I was working on him.  :)

Bunny takes about 150 yards of Vanna's Choice yarn, but any worsted weight will work, and a size H crochet hook.  You also need a 3/8" button for the eye, some ribbon and fiberfill.  It's worked flat, making 2 bunny shaped pieces, which are then stitched together and stuffed.

Finished size is about 7" wide (across the bottom), x 15" tall.

Pattern is $2.75 and is available in my shop and can also be downloaded by clicking on the "buy now" link below the picture.