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Groundhog Finger Puppet

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. So, as a Mad Crochet Scientist, I’ve done exhaustive research (a few minutes using Google image search online) and learned that groundhogs and beavers look a LOT alike. Obviously their tails are quite different but their faces are quite similar and in fact, I saw more images with the teeth of the groundhog showing than I did with beavers. So, my resulting pattern for a groundhog finger puppet could also be a beaver finger puppet. But in honor of Groundhog Day tomorrow, I shall name this the Groundhog Finger Puppet so that finally YOU can be in control of whether he sees his shadow or not.

Groundhog Finger Puppet

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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 must be given to me as the designer. U.S. crochet terms used throughout.  This pattern has not been tested so please feel free to contact me if you have any issues.

Copyright 2015 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Materials Needed for This Experiment

Size F and Size G Crochet Hooks
Worsted Weight Yarns in brown, beige, dark brown
Eyelash Yarn in Green or Worsted in Green for Grass
Stitch Market
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Safety Eyes (9mm) or Black Fabric Paint to Make Eyes
White felt, embroidery floss or fabric paint for teeth
Small Amount Polyester Fiberfill or yarn scraps for stuffing

Head

With F Hook and Beige,

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The green arrows show more of a curve on this side of head when flattened so I know that is where the increases are and will place eyes centered one on either side of where the fold is when unflattened. use markers if necessary.

1. Make 6 SC in Adjustable Ring. Change to Brown.
2. *SC 2, INC (repeat from * around) = 8
3. SC around = 8
4. *SC 1, INC (repeat from * around) = 12
5. INC 3 times, SC in remainder = 15
6-7. SC around = 15, Insert safety eyes if using. They should be inserted about 3 stitches apart in row 5 or 6 where increases happen. If you aren’t sure – you can fold the head flat in a few different areas until you can see where the increases happen on the head by noticing the shape.

8. *SC 3, INV DEC (repeat from * around) = 12. Stuff head.
9. INV DEC around = 6. Finish off, hide tail inside head.

Body

1. CH 12, join with SC to first chain to form loop, and SC in last 11.
2-10. SC around = 12
11. *SC 2, DEC (repeat from * around) = 9
12. SC around = 9. Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Ears (Make 2)

With F Hook and Beige,
1. Make 4 SC in an adjustable ring, finish off and gather tightly.

Arms (Make 2)

With F Hook and Brown,
1. CH 2. Make 3 SC in 2nd CH from hook.
2-6. SC around = 3. Finish off.

Groundhog Hole

With G Hook and Dark Brown,
1. CH 15, join with SC in 1st CH to form loop and SC in remaining = 15.
2. SC around. Change to Green.
3. *SC 4, INC (repeat from * around) = 18
4. INC in each stitch around = 36. Finish off. When working in rounds, eyelash yarns tend to be bushier on the inside so turn your work inside out and hide tails on the other side if desired.

Finishing

Pin head at an angle to Round 12 of Body and use tail from Body to sew on.
Pin ears to head 2 rounds behind eyes and use tails to sew in place.
Pin arms to about round 10 of Body at shoulders on either side of head and use tails from arms to sew in place.
Cut small square of white felt and sew or glue in place for teeth. Use fabric paint for eyes if not using safety eyes. Use fabric paint or embroidery floss to create nose. Use fabric paint or black embroidery floss to make a line on teeth.

Thread beige yarn into tapestry needle and take a stitch above each eye at a slight slant.
Insert bottom of finger puppet into Groundhog Hole and have fun!

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Last Minute Gifts to Make

I’ve put together a collage of quick make patterns that make great last-minute gifts. They include free and almost-free items and the links are under the photo.

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Twisted Chain Necklace

Baby Gnome at introductory price

Melting Snowman

Safety Cones to wish everyone a safe holiday

Mammoth at introductory price

Elephant at introductory price

Juan, the Overindulged Tequila Worm – Happy Near Year!

 

 

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Eggs Over Easy

Here’s another example of an existing pattern turned into another pattern with some slight MADifications.  While looking at the melted snowman pattern, Wendy Austin-Rawlings read my mind that it could easily be turned into an egg pattern.  So I enlisted her help in testing it out. Wendy was kind enough to do a version in both thread and in yarn so we could see it in two sizes.  I removed a round from the melting snowman head and changed the color of yarn for that portion to yellow.  Then, she took notes of exactly what she did in the round where I indicated to freeform.  So now you can get the same results as she did!  She also added a few stitches to keep it from curling.  All the instructions are included in the pattern below.

Eggs Over Easy

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Photo copyrighted to Wendy Austin-Rawlings

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, but credit must be given to me as the designer.  U.S. crochet terms used, throughout.

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

Skills Needed to Complete This Experiment

Adjustable Ring, SS, SC, HDC, DC, Tr, INC, DEC, Ability to Work in the Round

Materials

  • Small amount of white worsted weight yarn
  • Small amount of yellow worsted weight yarn
  • Small amount of polyester fiberfill
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker, use to mark last stitch in each round when making rounds
  • Crochet hook, size F, 3.75mm

Directions

Egg White

With F Hook and White Worsted Weight Yarn,

1 – 6 SC in adjustable ring
2 – INC in each SC around = 12 SC
3 – *SC in next SC, INC in next, repeat from * around = 18 SC
4 – *SC in next 2 SC, INC in next, repeat from * around = 24
5 – SC 4, HDC, DC in next 2, HDC, SC in next 3, DC in next 7, HDC, SC, SS 4 times.
6 – For this round, make 2 stitches in each stitch as follows except as noted:

  1. SC x 2
  2. HDC x 2
  3. Tr x 2
  4. Tr x 2
  5. Tr x 2
  6. DC x 2
  7. DC x 2
  8. HDC and SC
  9. SC and SS
  10. SC x 2
  11. HDC x 2
  12. DC x 2
  13. Tr x 3
  14. Tr and DC
  15. DC x 2
  16. Tr x 2
  17. Tr x 2
  18. Tr x 2
  19. DC x 2
  20. DC x 2
  21. SC x 2
  22. SS once in each of last 3 stitches = 46

7 – This round is all SC and Slip Stitches (SS) and the last few stitches are left unworked.  Make as follows:

SC 4, INC, SC 2, INC, INC, SC 8, DEC, SC 6, INC, INC, SS 2, SC 3, INC, SC 2, make 3 SC in next, SC 5, SS.

Yolk

With F Hook and Yellow Worsted Weight Yarn,

1 – 6 SC in adjustable ring
2 – INC in each SC around = 12 SC
3 – *SC in next SC, INC in next, repeat from * around = 18 SC
4 – SC around = 18 SC.  Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Stuff yolk and sew it over Rounds 1-4 of the egg white.

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Finished egg made of yarn. Photo copyright to Wendy Austin-Rawlings.

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Bottom of egg after yolk sewn on. Photo copyright to Wendy Austin-Rawlings.

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This is the test egg Wendy made using thread and a smaller hook – it’s the perfect size for a keychain! Photo copyright Wendy Austin-Rawlings.

 

 

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Snowman and Melting Snowman Patterns

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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, but credit must be given to me as the designer.  U.S. crochet terms used, throughout.

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

 

Skills Needed to Complete This Experiment

Adjustable Ring, SS, SC, HDC, DC, Tr, INC, DEC, INV DEC, BLO, Ability to Work Flat and in the Round

Materials

  • Small amount of white worsted weight yarn (the type with a shiny filament running through it works great for the look of snow and can usually be bought on sale after the holidays) but any will do
  • Small amount of black worsted weight yarn
  • Small amount of orange bedspread weight thread or about 36 inches of orange worsted weight, split into two plies, about 36 inches long
  • Small amount of polyester fiberfill
  • Your choice of black fabric paint, felt, embroidery thread, beads for eyes and buttons, twigs, brown chenille stems, to finish as desired and either invisible thread and sewing needle or glue to tack down hat and scarf.
  • Variegated Embroidery Floss for Scarf
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Stitch marker, use to mark last stitch in each round when making rounds
  • Crochet hook, size F, 3.75mm
  • Crochet Hook size 4, 1.25mm

Directions

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Full Snowman Head and Body (Made in one piece, Worked in the Round)

With F Hook and White Worsted Weight Yarn,

1 – 6 SC in adjustable ring
2 – INC in each SC around = 12 SC
3 – *SC in next SC, INC in next, repeat from * around = 18 SC
4-6 – SC around = 18 SC
7 – *SC in next SC, INV DEC, repeat from * around = 12 SC
8 – INV DEC around = 6 SC, stuff head firmly.
9 – INC in each stitch around = 12 SC
10 – INC in each stitch around = 24 SC
11-16 – SC around = 24 SC
17 – Using BLO for this round, *SC in next SC, DEC (regular), repeat from * around = 16 SC
18 – Using both loops again, *SC in next SC, INV DEC, repeat from * around and SC in last SC = 11 SC, stuff.
19 – INV DEC 5 times, and make one SC in last SC = 6 SC.

Finish off by threading yarn tail into tapestry needle and weaving through each outer loop of last round and gather tightly.  Knot and hide tail inside body.

Nose

With orange thread or half-plied worsted weight yarn and 1.25mm hook and working flat,

1 – CH 7 (1 is to turn).  SC in 2nd from hook and each across = 6
2 – SC across, CH 1, turn = 6
3 – DEC, SC 4, CH 1, turn = 5
4 – DEC, SC 3, CH 1, turn = 4
5 – SC across, CH 1, turn = 4
6 – DEC, SC 2, CH 1, turn = 3
7 – DEC, SC 1, CH 1, turn = 2
8 – SC 2, CH 1, fold long sides together so they meet and SS in sides of 7 rows, leave long tail for sewing.  Stuff nose with beginning tail and a scrap of yarn if necessary.  Use tail to sew nose to face.

Hat

With black and F Hook, Working in the Round,

1 – 6 SC in Adjustable Ring
2 – INC around = 12
3 – SC BLO around = 12
4-6 – SC in both loops around = 12
7 – *SC in next, INC in next, repeat from * around = 18
8 – INC in each stitch around = 36. Slip stitch in next and finish off. Weave in end.  Attach to snowman’s head by stitching on or gluing.

Scarf

With embroidery floss and F hook,

1 – CH 41.  SS in 2nd stitch from hook and in each across = 40.  CH 1, turn.

2-4 – SS in each stitch across, CH 1, turn until end of row 4.  Finish off, hiding ends in work. Wrap around snowman’s neck and glue or sew in place.

Finishing

Sew beads for eyes, mouth and buttons.  Insert chenille stems if arms are desired.

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Melting Snowman Head

Complete Rounds 1-5 of Full Snowman.  Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Melting Snowman Body

With F Hook and White Worsted Weight Yarn,

1 – 6 SC in adjustable ring
2 – INC in each SC around = 12 SC
3 – *SC in next SC, INC in next, repeat from * around = 18 SC
4 – *SC in next 2 SC, INC in next, repeat from * around = 24
5 – SC 4, HDC, DC in next 2, HDC, SC in next 3, DC in next 7, HDC, SC, SS 4 times.
6 – For this round, randomly make SS, SC, HDC, DC and Tr but make two in each stitch around = 48.  This makes each snowman unique and more realistic as they never melt into perfect circles.
7 – Optional round – SC around.

Stuff head and sew it towards one side or towards the back of the body.  Make hat, carrot nose, and scarf if desired.  Finish with beads for eyes, mouth, and buttons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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