Crocheted Owl Basket

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Designer: Deja Jetmir 

Whooooo’s ready to get organized while looking stylish?


Materials:

  • Two 5-ounce skeins worsted weight yarn: gray (such as Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather)
  • Size J crochet hook
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge: 6 rows and 8 hdc = 3″

Finished size: 8″ tall

See our guide to yarn here.

 

Abbreviations:

hdc-inc, dc-inc, sc-inc = work two of the designated st in one stitch.
hdc-dec = (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a lp) twice, yo and draw through all 5 lps on hook.
picot = ch 5, sl st in top of first st.


Crochet the Basket:

Note: The basket is worked in a spiral, so joining rounds is not necessary. Mark beginning of each round.

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of yarn held together, ch 3 (2 chs counts as hdc), hdc 7 times in beg ch (8 hdc).

Rnd 2: Hdc-inc in each st (16 hdc).

Rnd 3: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next st; rep from * 7 more times (24 hdc).

Rnd 4: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * 7 more times (32 hdc).

Rnd 5: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * 7 more times (40 hdc).

Rnd 6: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 4 sts; rep from * 7 more times (48 hdc).

Rnd 7: * Hdc-inc, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 8:
* Hdc-inc, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * 7 more times (64 hdc).

Rnds 9–17: Hdc in each st around (64 hdc).

Rnd 18: *Hdc-dec, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 19: *Hdc-dec, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (48 hdc).

Rnd 20: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 21–26: Hdc in each st around (56 hdc).

Sc in next st, sl st in next st to finish off. Fasten off, and weave in ends.


Make the Eyes:

Note: Each eye is worked in a spiral, so joining rounds is not necessary. Mark beginning of each round.

 

First Eye:

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of yarn held together, ch 2, sc 6 times in beg ch (6 sc).

Rnd 2: *Sc 2 times in each st; rep from * 5 more times (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Dc 2 times in each st; rep from * 11 more times (24 sc).

Rnd 4: *Dc 2 times in next st, dc; rep from * 5 more times, tr, dtr, picot; fasten off.

 

Second Eye:

Rnds 1–3: Rep First Eye instructions.

Rnd 4: Picot, dtr, tr, *dc, dc 2 times in next st; rep from * 5 more times, hdc, sc, sl st to finish off eye; fasten off and weave in ends.


Add Eyes to Basket:

1. Position the right eye on the basket at the point of the last st. Using two strands of yarn and a tapestry needle, tack down the center of the eye; using the center hole as a guide, bring the needle up through the center and then back down in the first round of stitches. Continue until center is secure.

2. Using two strands of yarn and the outside stitches of the eye, tack down the eye securely, leaving the picot stitches unsewn. Weave in all ends. Repeat with left eye.


Add the Beak:

1. Using two strands of yarn and long straight stitches, embroider a beak between the bottoms of the eyes.

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Crocheted Stress Reliever

stress-relieverDesigner: Kari Stecher

Filled with a lavender sachet, this flexible crocheted neck roll is perfect for soothing sore muscles.

Size: 412×1012


Materials:

  • Two 4×1112” pieces of muslin
  • Filler
  • Worsted weight yarn: ivory
  • Size I crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Two 34“-diameter buttons: ivory

Sew the Sachet

1. With right sides facing, sew the 4×1112” pieces of muslin together, leaving one of the short sides open.

2. Fill the sachet with your choice of filler through the opening. Hand-stitch the opening closed.


Crochet the Cover

Note: Gauge is not critical to the success of project.

See our guide to yarn here.

 

Ch 32.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook; *sk next ch, ch 1, sc in next ch; rep from * across; ch 1, turn (16 sc, 15 ch).

Row 2: Sk first st, *sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * across. End with a sc in turning ch from previous row; ch 1, turn (16 sc, 15 ch).

Rep Row 2 until piece measures approximately 1012” square. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Assemble the Neck Roll

1. Fold up the bottom third of the crocheted cover, and use a tapestry needle and yarn to sew short side seams on two layers, leaving the top third loose as a pocket flap.

2. Sew two buttons to front of pocket, spacing each approximately 212” from side edges. Insert pillow into pocket, and fold the top third of cover down. Fasten buttons in the openings between stitches on the flap. 

Festive Wall Decor

fallDesigner: Sarah Zimmerman

You’ll never be at a loss for words with this welcoming display, using yarn-wrapped chipboard letters to spell out a greeting!


Materials:

  • 834“-tall papier-mâché letters: F, A, L, L
  • Yarn: moss green, oatmeal,
    brown, orange
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Burlap
  • Felt: gold, moss green, brown
  • Tapestry needle
  • Hemp twine
  • Wooden frame with 712×912” opening: orange
  • Leaf and acorn patterns

1. Wrap each papier-mâché letter with a color of yarn as desired, using a hot-glue gun to periodically secure the yarn as you wrap. Cover sides and ends of each letter by working outward from the center in a spiral.

2. Trace the leaf and acorn patterns under “Materials” onto white paper; cut out. Cut three leaves from moss green felt. Cut one leaf and one acorn nut from gold felt. Cut two leaves and one acorn cap from brown felt.

3. Use a running stitch and oatmeal yarn to stitch an outline approximately 14” from the edge of each felt leaf, acorn cap, and acorn nut. Hot-glue each leaf to burlap, spacing the shapes at least 12” apart; let dry. Cut around each leaf, leaving a 14” burlap border around each shape.

4. Hot-glue the acorn cap to the acorn nut, overlapping the pieces slightly.

5. Draw four 2″-diameter circles onto gold felt, leaving 12” between circles. Referring to how to make a felt rose, make four roses. Vary the tightness of the rolls to make bigger or smaller roses.

6. Hot-glue one rose and two leaves to the letter F. Hot-glue the acorn to the opening in the center of the letter A. Hot-glue one leaf and three roses to one L. Wrap hemp twine three times around the remaining letter L and tie the ends into a bow. Glue remaining three leaves below the bow.

7. Remove the backing from each frame and securely cover with burlap. Insert the backing back into the frame. Hot-glue a letter onto the burlap backing of each frame.

Yarn-Wrapped Pumpkin

knitted-pumpkinDesigner: Sarah Zimmerman

A miniature pumpkin gets its texture from yarn and burlap for a beautiful fall place setting.


Materials:

  • 3″-diameter foam ball
  • Serrated knife
  • Chunky yarn: orange (such as Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Pumpkin)
  • 34×1″ cork bottle stopper
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Burlap
  • Textured cardstock: moss green
  • Fine-tip marking pen: black
  • Leaf pattern (download it here)

Assemble the Pumpkin:

1. Use a serrated knife to cut a thin slice off the edge of the foam ball. The flat edge will be the pumpkin bottom.

2. Use a crafts knife or the closed, pointed end of a pair of scissors to hollow out a hole in the top of the ball to fit the narrow end of a cork bottle stopper. Hot-glue a cork bottle stopper into the hole for the stem.

3. Glue the yarn end at the base of the cork. Wrap the yarn around the cork horizontally in a spiral, gluing as you work. Continue to glue and wrap the yarn until the entire ball is covered.

4. Trace leaf pattern onto white paper; cut out. Cut leaf from textured cardstock. Glue cardstock leaf to burlap; trim, leaving 18” burlap border around leaf. Write a name on the leaf using a fine-tip marking pen. Glue leaf to pumpkin top.

Two-Tone Knitted Hat

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Designer: Melissa Leapman

Ready to knit in the round? Make this two-tone hat that begins with a simple knit 2, purl 2 band, and complete it with a decreasing stockinette stitch crown.

Size: One size fits most adults.

Finished measurements:
Circumference = approx 22″
Height = 812


Materials:

  • Super-bulky weight yarn, 120 yards (110 m) in burgundy (A)
  • Super-bulky weight yarn, 120 yards (110 m) in pink (B)
  • Sizes 13 and 15 (9 mm and
    10 mm) 16″ circular knitting needle OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Size 15 (10 mm) double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker
  • Blunt-end yarn needle
  • Button
  • Sewing needle and matching thread

 

Gauge
9 stitches and 12 rnds = 4″ in stockinette st. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

See our guide to yarn here.


Pattern Stitches
K2 P2 Rib Pattern
Rnd 1 (RS): *K2, P2; repeat from * around.
Pattern Rnd: As Rnd 1.

Stockinette Stitch Pattern
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Pattern Rnd: As Rnd 1.

Notes: The hat is knit in the round from bottom up. When decreasing for crown and there are too few stitches remaining to knit comfortably using circular needle, switch to double-pointed needles.


Instructions:

Hat
1. Using smaller circular needle and A, cast on 40 sts. Place a marker for beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist sts.

Border
Beg K2 P2 Rib Pattern, and work even for 2 rnds.

Change to larger circular needle and B, beg Stockinette St Pattern, and work even until piece measures approx 7″ from beg.

 

Decrease for Crown 

Next Rnd: *Ssk, k3; repeat from * around—32 sts rem.

Next Rnd: *Ssk, k2; repeat from * around—24 sts rem.

Next Rnd: *Ssk, k1; repeat from * around—16 sts rem.

Next Rnd: *Ssk; repeat from * around—8 sts rem.

Do not bind off.  Cut yarn, leaving 12″ tail.

 

Finishing


Weave yarn tail through rem sts at top of hat. Secure yarn tail.

Sew button to border using matching thread.


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