Yarndango Finished Project V, Free Halloween Lip Balm Holder Pattern!

For this week’s Yarndango project, I took inspiration from some very talented crocheters and the upcoming Halloween holiday to create my latest original design.  You will not believe how simple and fun this is!  So please allow me to give credit where it is due in the following paragraphs.

Regina Rioux,  who is also known as Ladylinoleum, and pretty well-known for her cool and creepy crochet designs is one of the crocheters I took inspiration from.    Specifically, this pattern on her old blog intrigued me.  I mean, there are tons of adorable  amigurumi patterns out there and I love all the cuteness, but truth be told, you can tend to get a little tired of spherical shaped, wide-eyed creatures after a while, so this severed finger really drew me in.  I mean, it’s not a common mind who thinks of this stuff, and to make it look so gruesome and realistic – well, let’s just say I have been impressed by her talent (and these fingers) for quite some time.

Another crocheter that I took inspiration from was Jaime at Crochet Dynamite.  I just have to say how over the moon I have been feeling since getting to meet so many talented crocheters after starting my Mad Crochet Lab facebook page.  Jaime is one of them.  I just became aware of Jaime’s blog and her handiwork recently but this pattern at her place really caught my attention.  It’s simple, easy, and absolutely practical!  I love all those things and together they are pure bliss.

So I started thinking how great these things would be if they came together.  You know, like peanut butter and chocolate in a peanut butter cup?  And speaking of candy, I do think that there is such a thing as too much candy.  When I was a kid, we got so much Halloween candy that you could actually get sick of it and I know I would have loved to get something just a little different at times, maybe something that wasn’t candy.  Maybe I was a weird kid, but all treats are not made of sugar after all.  So my Yarndango project this week is this:

Severed finger lip balm holder/keychains

As you can see, the one on the upper right has a lip balm inserted into it.  I apologize, but I only had one lip balm on hand for the photo.  However, I think you get the picture.  Also, you can see that these are great stash-busters as they are multi-cultural severed fingers.  I do not discriminate when cutting off crocheting fingers.  I’ve included some witch, troll, and a vampire finger just to make sure I’ve been inclusive and to represent each ghoulish heritage.

The fingernails are made of shrink plastic (I made my own – info at this site http://www.curbly.com/users/chrisjob/posts/2252-diy-shrinky-dinks) but could just as lazily easily, be done using cheap dollar-store press on fingernails or felt, cut to shape.  Mine are super-glued on.  I did the knuckles  with fabric marker but they could be embroidered or fabric painted on as well.  You could also add some blood on the severed end with fabric paint or embroidery.  They can be made to look pretty realistic but I have to say I love the way mine have a slightly cartoon-ish feel to them so that they are not too creepy for me since I am sitting here alone in the house with them for the kids.  So, these are super easy, super versatile, work up super quickly, and all you need to do is add a keyring and a lip balm to give the kids something cool that they can use this season without adding to their Halloween sugar high.  You can make them WITH your kids for their friends or their classrooms.  Seriously, I made ten in a very short time.  If you start now, you can make handfuls by the holiday!  Many of you will not need it, but I have included the pattern at the bottom of this page with helpful photos for the shrink plastic if you decide to go that route.  And yes, I know this is just one of those things that make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  Well don’t feel bad, because it takes an incredibly simple mind creative genius to put these things together for you.  You’re welcome.  😉

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.

Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Severed Finger Lip Balm Holder/Keyring Halloween Tricky Treats


Shrink plastic or press-on nails or felt to sew on for nails

Small amounts of pretty much any color worsted weight yarn (acrylic or a blend may be better than cotton for stretch factor)

Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook

Stitch marker (mark last stitch in each round and move as you do each round)

Tapestry needle

Fabric Markers, Embroidery Thread, Colored Sharpie Markers or Fabric Paint for embellishments


Rnd 1.  6 SC in Magic Circle

Rnd 2.  *SC in next SC, increase in next SC, repeat from * around = 9 SC

Rnds 3-13.  SC in each SC around = 9 SC

Finish off and weave in ends.

That’s it for the crocheting!  Now the fun part begins.  If using shrink plastic then here are some tips:

My basic shapes were colored with sharpies and then cut, measuring about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2″ wide by 2″ long.  This will get you pretty much life-sized fingernails out of the shrink plastic.  Don’t forget to include some snagged edges and hangnails if you like!

Approximate size before baking – 1-1/2″ wide x 2″ long

After baking. The three at the top were my first try and turned out too small.

After securing your fingernails onto your fingers, you may need to stretch the mouth of the finger (the crocheted one, not yours!) a bit to insert the lip balm.  When inserting it, remember not to push it in too far.  Leave a bit sticking out so that it can be easily removed.  Your fingers may be stiff (again, I’m talking about the crocheted ones here but depending on how many of these you make, your own fingers may also be stiff)  when first made but will soften a bit over time.

Thanks for stopping in!

Bonus Pattern – Snail Option

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.

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




You can make a cute little snail like this by starting out with the finger pattern.  When you start making it, you’ll be starting at the tail end.  Note that you can stuff the body lightly along the way as you go, or leave it flat and stuff the head only.  Two different looks are easily achieved.  Complete the finger patter as written but instead of finishing off after Rnd 13, just continue making rounds of 9 SC, changing colors wherever you like and until the snail is a long enough length for you to wrap in a spiral of your desired size.  Then, switch to a green color and continue making 9-SC rounds for about an inch.  Next do the following:

1. *SC in next 3, INC, repeat from * around = 12 stitches
2. *SC in next 1, INC, repeat from * around = 18
3-4. SC around = 18
5. *SC in next 1, DEC, repeat from * around = 12
6. *SC in next 2, DEC, repeat from * around = 9
7. *SC in next 1, DEC, repeat from * around = 6 Stuff and finish off.

Make 2 I-cords for antennae, if desired or use pipe cleaners or beads on wire!  To hold rolled up snail shell together, starting by sewing, beginning behind the snails head, going through all layers of the spiral out to the back, and then back again to meet behind the head, tied off and hid tails inside body.

That’s basically it. Finish as desired.


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