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Bat Finger Puppet

mclbatfingerpuppetfinallogoThis pattern came about as a result of my Mental Health Experiment which you can read more about here.  My free Easy Amigurumi Peanut pattern was used as a basis for it.  With a few modifications and the addition of wings, we were able to create this cute little bat.  So whether you’re nutty or batty, you can enjoy this easy and quick to make treat!  U.S. Crochet terms used throughout.

Bat Finger Puppet

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2013 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Skills Necessary to Complete Experiment

Working in Rounds, Adjustable Ring, SC, DEC, INV DEC, HDC, DC

Materials for this Experiment

Size F Hook (3.75 mm)

Small amount Polyester Fiberfill

Small amount of Worsted Weight Tan or Brown Yarn

Small amount of Worsted Weight Black Yarn

Stitch Marker

Tapestry Needle

Optional 9mm safety eyes or use wiggle eyes, felt, embroidery thread, or fabric paint

Optional Felt, Fabric Paint, Embroidery Thread to Finish as Desired

Directions

Head and Body

With F (3.75mm) hook and worsted weight tan or brown colored yarn, starting at head, and working in rounds,

Rnd 1 – Make 5 SC in Adjustable Ring

Rnd 2 – Increase in each stitch around = 10

Rnd 3 – *SC in next stitch and increase in next (repeat from * around) = 15 (If work starts to turn, be sure the side facing out is the one that does not have the little horizontal lines.  The outside of this bat should be the smooth V-only side)

Rnds 4-6 – SC in each stitch around = 15.

Rnd 7 – *SC in next stitch and decrease in next using an INV DEC   (repeat from * around) = 10.  Place safety eyes if using.

Rnd 8 – SC in each stitch around (10).  Stuff head. *

Rnd 9 – *INC, SC 4, repeat from * = 12

Rnds 10-14 – SC in each stitch around (12).

Rnd 15 – *INV DEC, SC 4, repeat from * = 10  (take another INV DEC if it’s not tight enough on the finger.  Finish off.

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Wings (Make 2)

Note:  Wings are designed to create a slight arch while making – allow the yarn to lay that way.  The arch is meant to define the top part of the wings.  Several of my testers attached the wings upside-down, with the arch on the bottom – so it’s totally your preference as to the look you like best when attaching to the bat.

With F hook and darker brown or black yarn, and leaving a length for sewing, working flat,

Row 1 – CH 8, SC in 2nd CH from hook and in next.  SC next 2 together, SC in last 3.  CH 1 and turn.

Row 2 – SC in next 3 SC, skip one and SC in next, and SS in last.  Finish off, hiding tail in wing.

Thread yarn tail into tapestry needle, pin and sew to sides of bat.  One will be facing wrong way.  This is okay.  Just give it to a kid and see if they mind.  😉

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Ears (Make 2)

You may use either the darker color or lighter color for your ears, depending on how you would like your bat to look.

1. In an adjustable ring, and leaving a tail for sewing, make SC, HDC, DC, HDC, SC.  Pull tight, slip stitch, finish off, leaving additional tail for sewing.

Use both tails to sew ears onto head after pinning in place.

Finishing

Use embroidery floss, fabric paint, or felt to make facial details, as desired.  Don’t forget nose and fangs if you like.  Make as cute or scary as you like!  🙂

Note – Embroider all details for child-safe version.

 

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Spirit Finger Puppet

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This pattern came about as a result of my latest experiment, the Miracle Experiment, in which my fellow colleagues and I researched whether water could be turned into spirits, much like the miracle of the Messiah when he turned water to wine at a wedding feast.  To do this, we modified my free Phoney Drip pattern (the water) and turned it into a ghost finger puppet (the spirits).  You can read more about the experiment here and see our hilarious results from it here and here.

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit should be given to me as the designer.  Links to the original pattern location are appreciated.

Copyright 2014 Author: Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

This pattern uses U.S. crochet terms and is worked in the round.  Place a stitch marker at the end of each round and move it with the completion of each round to hold your place.

Skills Needed to Make this Experiment:

Working in Round, Chain (CH), Single Crochet (SC), Half Double Crochet (HDC), Increase (INC), Invisible Decrease (INV DEC)

Materials:

F Size Hook (3.75mm), Black Felt, Embroidery Thread and Needle, or Black Fabric Paint for Facial Features, White Worsted Weight Yarn, Polyester Fiberfill, Stitch Marker, Tapestry Needle

Directions

Head and Body

Starting at top,

1. CH 2, 3 SC in 2nd CH from hook = 3

2. INC, SC in each of last 2 SC = 4 (if work starts to turn inside out on you, be sure to turn it back)

3. INC, SC in each of last 3 SC = 5

4. INC, SC in each of last 4 SC = 6

5. *SC in next, INC in next, repeat from * around = 9

6. SC in next 3, INC in next 3, SC in last 3 = 12

7. SC in next 4, INC in next 4, SC in last 4 = 16

8-10. SC in each stitch around = 16

11. INV DEC around = 8, lightly stuff a little stuffing up into the tip of the head

12.  INC, SC in each of last 7 = 9 At this point, we will make a tube to fit snugly on an adult finger and it will be comfortable but not too tight for a child.  The actual head part of the ghost should be stuffed with stuffing and finger should not go all the way up inside head, just inside tube.  If 9 stitches is not enough, add another one or two anywhere in this round.

13- 16. Work even SC around = 9 If you want to lengthen the body of the finger puppet add more rounds here, but keep in mind that childrens’ fingers are generally short.

17. INC, SC 6, INC in each of last 2 = 12

18. SC 8, INC, 3 HDC in next and INC in each of last 2 = 17, finish off.

Arms (Make 2) Starting at Hand

1. Make 4 SC in an adjustable ring.

2-5. SC in each stitch around = 4.  Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.  Stuff arms if desired but not necessary.  Attach to body by pinning in place and sewing, taking both loops of stitch on open end of arm and sewing to a single loop on body, all the way around. Knot and hide tail.

Finishing Options and Ideas

Use black felt to make eyes and mouth and sew in place, use black and glow in the dark fabric paint for eyes.  Use buttons, embroidery or anything you like to finish your little spirit as spookily or cutely as you like.  🙂  By simply changing the color of this pattern in whole, or in different areas, you can create lots of variations!

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Little pirate, courtesy Rebeckah Clayton

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Little Pumpkin, courtesy Mandj Henson.

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Or have fun with accessories! Courtesy Kathryn Sawyer.

 

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Gene Gnome Pattern

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Gene Gnome wearing Fun Genes – photo courtesy of Rhonda Provost, Crazy Curls Crocheting*

Now you can make your very own gene gnome wearing fun genes, like we did in our recent Fun Gene Experiment that you can see here.  The gene gnome has helix shaped legs, but instructions are also included for normal legs for a garden variety gnome.

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit should be given to me as the designer.  Links to the original pattern location are appreciated.

Copyright 2014 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

This pattern uses U.S. crochet terms and is worked in the round.  Place a stitch marker at the end of each round and move it with the completion of each round to hold your place.

Skills Needed for this Experiment:

Working in the Round, Adjustable Ring, SC, Latch Hook Method or Tying Hair, Increasing (INC), Invisible Decrease (DEC), Color Changes,

Materials for this Experiment:

Worsted Weight Yarns – Less than an ounce each for

  • Skin Color
  • Hair Color
  • Shirt Color
  • Jeans Color
  • Belt Color
  • Shoe Color
  • Hat Color

F Size Hook (3.75mm)

Polyester Fiberfill

Stitch marker

Tapestry Needle

Up to 5 Pipe Cleaners, depending on how many legs and whether you want wired arms, and wire cutting and turning tools.

Optional finishing items – eyes, felt, sewing needle and matching threads, beads, plastic straws, etc.

Instructions

HAT

With desired hat color and starting at top, working in the round:

1.  CH 2, 3 SC in 2nd CH from hook.

2.  2 SC in each around = 6

3.  SC in each around = 6

4.  *SC in next, INC in next and repeat from * around = 9

5.  SC in each around = 9

6. *SC in next 2 SC, INC in next and repeat from * around = 12

7.  SC in each around = 12

8. *SC in next 3 SC, INC in next and repeat from * around = 15

9. SC in each around = 15

10. *SC in next 4 SC, INC in next and repeat from * around = 18

11. SS in next and finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

HEAD and BODY

With Flesh colored yarn, starting at top of head and working in the round:

1. Make 6 SC in adjustable ring

2. INC in each = 12

3. *SC 3, INC, repeat from * around = 15

4. *SC 4, INC, repeat from * around = 18 place stitch marker here and pause to add hair in a ring around previous round – do this by either latch-hook method to the wrong side of work or folding a length of yarn in half and tying to underside of work, then use crochet hook to pull strands to the right side. Use long lengths because you can trim them later. I used about 6 inch lengths so once attached, they would be about 3 inches long on each side.

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Attach hair lengths to wrong side of work using latch hook or tie on method to round 3.

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Use crochet hook to then pull strands to right side of work between Rounds 3 and 4.

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A ring of hair pulled through to right side. I put a hair band around it to keep it out of the way as we move forward.

5-8. Work even = 18.

9.  *SC 1, DEC, repeat from * around = 12, stuff head

10.  DEC around = 6

11. Work even = 6, change to shirt color

12. INC around = 12

13. *SC in next 3, INC in next, repeat from * around = 15

14. *SC in next 4, INC in next, repeat from * around = 18

15-18.  Work even = 18, change to blue genes color, stuff more, being sure to stuff neck area well.  If you have an extra pipe cleaner and would like to wire arms, then fold one in half, twist it about an inch down from fold (see photo) and bend out the sides for the arms.  Pinch the circle part closed as much as you need to and shove that sucker up into the gnome’s neck.  Locate the messiest part of the hair ring – that will be the back of head – use that as a guide to determine where arms will be on sides and use crochet hook to wrap the pipe cleaners around and pull through to outside.

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Wire for arms

 

19-21. SC around = 18

22.  DEC, SC 7, DEC, SC 7 = 16.  The following rounds apply to the helix leg shaped gnomes.  Go to bottom of pattern for directions for normal two-legged garden variety gnome.

23. SC 2, Skip 12 SC, SC in last 2 (starts first leg hole).  Insert pipe cleaner into leg hole so that about half of it protrudes from leg hole and other half protrudes from larger unworked opening (see picture).  Now the crazy begins!

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Inserting first pipe cleaner

24- ???? – Here is where your personal gauge comes in.  Since I don’t know your personal gauge – I don’t know how many rounds should go here.  So – KEEP TRACK of the number of rounds of 4 SC you do here to cover all the way down the pipe cleaner, working around it and leaving only about 1/2 inch of it exposed and then finish off.  Use tick marks on a piece of paper, your photographic memory, whatever it takes to keep track of that number because you will will then re-attach blue in any stitch next to the first leg and SC 2, skip 8, SC in last 2, insert another pipe cleaner, and repeat Rounds 24-????? again.  (Note:  using 1st pipe cleaner for 1st and 3rd legs and 2nd pipe cleaner for 2nd and 4th legs, will help space them a bit and not give the gnome a pinched leg look so his legs can start with an open helix shape).

Stuff the little gnome’s body firmly and add as necessary as you go along.  Legs should not need any stuffing though.

For the third leg, you will attach blue again in any stitch next to 2nd leg, SC 2, skip 4, SC in last 2.  Bring the pipe cleaner from the FIRST leg down through this opening and work around it, repeating Rounds 24-???? again.

For the fourth leg, attach blue in any stitch next to the 3rd leg, SC 4.  Bring the pipe cleaner from the SECOND leg down through this opening and repeat Rounds 24-???? one last time.  **whew**  Take a break, have a margarita or beverage of your choice.  🙂

NOTE:  Working around a pipe cleaner can be a pain.  With other dolls, there is often enough room to just make a tube and insert a pipe cleaner afterwards, but in this case, it would actually be harder to do it that way.  So try to be relaxed and stitch loosely while doing this portion, be sure you catch both front and back loops of your SCs as you go and take your time.  I usually find it easiest to aim my crochet hook upwards once my hook is through the stitch – right up and out the middle of the tube, against the pipe cleaner and being sure I don’t accidentally go all the way through the tube and catch a stitch on the other side.  Bend other pipe cleaners out of your way as needed – they can always be bent back later.

EARS (make 2)

With flesh colored yarn, leaving a long beginning tail, make 4 SC in an adjustable ring and leave a long end tail for sewing.  Pull stitches tight but only into a “C” shape – not completely round.  Use long tails to sew one to each side of head, positioning them above where the pipe cleaners come out of the body.  Take another break.  Have another margarita.

EYES (make 2, duh)

Felt, fabric paint or markers, embroidery, whatever – have fun.  And another margarita.

NOSE

This is a personal choice – some people don’t like to add noses, but others do, go with your preference.  I can suggest taking a 3 foot length of yarn and splitting it into equal plies, then using a smaller hook size to make a half ball for a round nose, then stuff it with a tiny scrap of yarn and sew to his face.  You may also do the same splitting of yarn and try making a triangle by CH 2, SC in 2nd from hook, turn, INC at each end for the next few rows – then fold the triangle in half and sew to face.

ARMS (make 2, duh)

With flesh color, starting at hand, and working in the round:

1. Make 6 SC in an adjustable ring.

2-4.  Work even = 6.  Change to shirt color.

5-14.  Work even = 6.  Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.  Use wire turners and snippers to trim ends of pipe cleaners so no sharp pieces stick out.  Then slide arms onto pipe cleaners and sew to body, taking both loops of each stitch on open end of arm and sewing to a single loop on body, all the way around.  Finish off, hide tail inside body or arm.  Have another margarita.

SHOES (make)

Start by leaving a long tail for sewing and making 4 SC in adjustable ring.  Then continue as follows:

1. SC in each stitch around = 4

2. SC, INC in each of next 2, SC in last = 6

3. SC in next 2, HDC INC in next 2, SC in last 2 = 8

4. SC in next 3, HDC IN in next 2, SC in last 3 = 10

5. SC around = 10.  Finish off.

SOLES (Make 2) working flat

1.  CH 4 (one is to turn), 2 SC in each loop up on side of the chain, pass over starting tail and work 2SC up the other side of the chain.  Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Attach to bottom of shoe by sewing around outer edges.  Stuff.

Join and twist the wires together from Legs 1 and 2 so no sharp edges exist and it won’t poke out from the shoe.  Sew the bottom of Leg 1 and 2 together with the same blue as from pants, so that you have a closed Helix at the bottom. Then sew shoe directly to the bottom of where Legs 1 and 2 come together.  Repeat for Legs 3 and 4.

GARDEN VARIETY GNOME

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Garden Variety Gnome – photo courtesy of Terri Swallow, Terri Rose Sews*

Round 23 – SC 4, Skip 8, SC last 4.  Begins first leg.  Insert pipe cleaner into leg hole so that about half of it protrudes from leg hole and other half protrudes from larger unworked opening.

Round 24 – ???? – Here is where your personal gauge comes in.  Since I don’t know your personal gauge – I don’t know how many rounds should go here.  So – KEEP TRACK of the number of rounds of 8 SC you do here to cover all the way down the pipe cleaner, working around it and leaving only about 1/2 inch of it exposed and then finish off.  Use tick marks on a piece of paper, your photographic memory, whatever it takes to keep track of that number because you will will then re-attach blue in any stitch next to the first leg and SC 8, and repeat Rounds 24-????? again for the second leg.

Then attach shoe color to bottom of each leg, holding gnome upside down, DEC, SC 4, DEC = 6.  Make another round of 6 SC and then continue with Round 3 from SHOE instructions above.

FINISHING

Options to create helix legs – Insert pipe cleaner and weave it through 1st and 2nd legs as to create the bonds on the Helix.  Repeat for 3rd and 4th legs.  Or, sew a piece of yarn or thread through legs and use beads to form the bonds and keep the legs separated.  You could also cut pieces of colorful plastic straws and make a slit in them to cover yarn.  There are many options to personalize your gene gnome’s legs, so go crazy!  Have a margarita.

Add a belt to your gnome if you like, using whatever materials you like, buttons, a collar, whatever you want to add at this point, even blush for his cheeks.

Trim his hair so you can see his face, use a fine toothed comb to really frizz it out or separate all the strands in the yarn to give him a wavy look.

Latch hook on a beard, and don’t forget to add a mustache and eyebrows!  Treat the beard the same way you did for hair – either with a fine toothed comb or separating the plies of yarn to get waves.

Stuff his hat and sew it to his head so it covers the bald portion and any bumpiness from the hair.

Add some embroidery or fabric paint or markers to create fancy stitching on his jeans, er genes.

Add some laces to his boots.

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*Photo credits to Rhonda Provost, Crazy Curls Crocheting

Terri Swallow, Terri Rose Sews

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The Story of the Phoney Drip

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One day, I was home alone on a cloudy, rainy day and every so often I would hear a loud single drip. Now, I panicked because we live in New England and had already had an issue with ice dams in the 1st floor bedroom (which is now my craft room). It would only happen every so often and so I’d keep listening to hear it and try and find where it was coming from.

Finally, I was pretty sure I had narrowed it down to the living room.

So I stayed in the living room, keeping still and quiet, and listening to try to narrow it down more and more. I checked every discolored spot on the ceiling, standing on a stool to touch it to make sure it wasn’t wet. I needed to find it to put a bucket under it to catch the drips.

Well, I couldn’t locate it for sure – so I finally felt defeated and called hubby at work. I felt terrible telling him that we had another leak somewhere and that i couldn’t find it because of all the work he had already done in the craft room.

And I knew it was the last thing he needed to hear while at work and thinking of other problems to solve. Poor Igor.

After hanging up with him, I still listened and tried to figure it out. Finally – a lightbulb went off in my head.

I had just gotten a new phone and had made the default tone a little drip sound so it wouldn’t be annoying or distracting if we were out. And it was sitting on the coffee table in the living room! It had been my darn phone the whole time, making the drip noise whenever i got a Facebook notification!!!!!!

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Was I ever happy to call Igor back at work and tell him I’d solved the mystery and that he had nothing to worry about. Hahaha!

P.S. Boy that drip sure sounded a lot louder when in the house alone though.

If you have a funny story due to a strange sound on your phone, please feel free to share in comments.

If you would like to make your own little drip, follow the instructions below.

Phoney Drip

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This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit should be given to me as the designer.  Links to the original pattern location are appreciated.

Copyright 2014 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

This pattern uses U.S. crochet terms and is worked in the round.  Place a stitch marker at the end of each round and move it with the completion of each round to hold your place.

Skills Needed to Make this Experiment:

Working in Round, Chain (CH), Single Crochet (SC), Increase (INC), Invisible Decrease (INV DEC), Work in Back Loop Only (BLO)

Materials:

F Size Hook (3.75mm), Pair of Safety Eyes in Desired Size, Blue Worsted Weight Yarn, Polyester Fiberfill, Stitch Marker, Tapestry Needle

Directions

Starting at top,

1. CH 2, 3 SC in 2nd CH from hook = 3

2. INC, SC in each of last 2 SC = 4

3. INC, SC in each of last 3 SC = 5

4. INC, SC in each of last 4 SC = 6

5. *SC in next, INC in next, repeat from * around = 9

6. SC in next 3, INC in next 3, SC in last 3 = 12

7. SC in next 4, INC in next 4, SC in last 4 = 16

8. INC in next 4, SC in last 12 = 20

9-10. Work even = 20

11. *SC 4, INC, repeat from * around = 24

12. *SC 2, INV DEC, repeat from * around = 18, place safety eyes now

13. *SC 1, INV DEC, repeat from * around = 12, stuff firmly

14. SC around in BLO = 12 – skip this round if you want a round bottom such as for hanging from a mobile.  Otherwise this round gives you a flatter bottom so the drip can stand up without rolling away.

15. INV DEC all the way around = 6.  Finish off.  Thread yarn tail into tapestry needle and weave through the outer loops of each stitch around, pulling tight to gather.  Knot and hide tail inside body.

 

 

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