I am going easy on myself this week because I’m still working on writing up the pattern for my working candy dispenser, AND the holidays are fast approaching, AND I have swap items and gifts to make, etc. I’m sure you all know the feeling so I won’t go on and bore you with my list. I WILL tell you that this is a quick and dirty little design that I thought up, and crocheted just this morning so I could get back on track with my Yarndango schedule. But it’s cool because it uses at two recyclable materials in it. And I will get the free pattern written out and posted as soon as I can but it may not be until next week. I will also include a fly for him to try and “catch” when I write up the pattern. The fly, however, may end up being next week’s Yarndango project itself if I am not on target with my other obligations. Enough babble, already – here’s the pics:
Amiguruthi also had a post up this week, which includes an adorable pattern for one of my most favorite animals! Please also note the crafty crazy things she did with two plain boxes. I am in awe of the detail on the first one and I love what she did with the second. Seriously this girl suffers from CRAFTS (Creative Redirection of Attention and Focus Travelling Syndrome), but we all get the benefit of her free patterns from it as well as inspiration from her creative deas! 🙂
Hope everyone who celebrates a holiday this week has a lovely and safe one!
Venus Fly Trap Finger Puppet Pattern
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 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved
Soft Worsted Weight Green Yarn
Worsted Weight Brown Yarn
Hook Size F (3.75mm)
Sewing Needle and Invisible Thread
Recyclable Container with Removable Bottom (mine was a cherry tomato container)
Plastic Yogurt Container
Small bit of white fun fur yarn
Small bit of pink felt
Zig-Zag Pattern Scrapbooking Scissors or Pinking Shears and regular scissors
Hot Glue Gun
X-Acto or Razor type Craft Knife
Body and Dirt
Rnd 1 – Make 9 SC in a magic circle (9)
Rnds 2-12 – SC around (9), switch to brown yarn in last stitch.
Rnds 13-14 – SC around. (9)
Rnd 15 – *SC in each of next 2, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around. (12)
Rnd 16 – *SC in next, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 17 – *SC in each of next 2, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around (24)
Rnd 18 – *SC in each of next 3, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around (30)
Rnd 19 – *SC in each of next 4, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around (36)
Rnd 20 – *SC in each of next 5, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around (42)
Rnd 21 – *SC in each of next 6, 2 SC in next. Repeat from * around (48)
Rnd 22 – *SC in each of next 11 SC, 3 SC in next. Repeat from * around (56). My container has rounded square corners so this round accommodates that. If your container is shaped differently, then the object is just to cover the bottom of it with “dirt.” You can also add some pretty rocks or gravel when the project is finished if you like.
Row 1 – CH 4 (one is to turn), turn and SC in back bump of last three CH (3 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 2 – 2 SC in first SC, SC in next, 2 SC in last SC (5 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 3- SC across (5 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 4 – SC 2 TOG, SC, SC 2 TOG (3 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 5 – SC 2 TOG, SC (2 SC). CH 1, turn.
Row 6 – SC 2 TOG (1 SC). Finish off.
Rnd 1 – Make 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)
Rnd 2 – *2 SC in each of next 2 SC, Slip Stitch in next. Repeat from * around. (10)
Rnd 3 – *2 SC in each of next 4 SC, Slip Stitch in next. Repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 4 – *2 SC in each of next 8 SC, Slip Stitch in next. Repeat from * around (34). Slip Stitch in next stitch and finish off.
Use yarn tails to attach to top of body with wrong side facing up.
Roots (This is the part under container that protects your finger from sharp plastic edges of the container.)
Turn venus fly trap upside down and attach brown with SC to underside in any SC near the finger hole. Make 2 SC in each stitch around. There will be a small jog at the end to join with slip stitch to the first SC since work was done in a spiral. This will not be visible as this piece will be under the container.
Putting it All Together
Attach leaf to body of Venus Fly Trap using tail ends to sew on.
Cut circle from yogurt cup that is slightly smaller than open head of Venus Fly Trap. Tip: Use the bottom of the cup – it’s already circular and you can just trim it smaller! Cut circle in half. Use scrapbooking zig-zag scissors to cut teeth on outer edge of circle. Use regular scissors to cut inner edge of circle out so it is shaped like a letter “C”.
Cut circle from pink felt and sew in place with invisible thread to top of open mouth. Sew a bit of white fun fur to each half of mouth. Then glue plastic teeth in place to cover edges of pink felt.
Use X-Acto knife to cut hole in center bottom of container large enough for your finger AND yarn. I cut my hole about 1-1/2″ in diameter. File away any rough or sharp edges as best you can with a file.
Place finger puppet onto container and pull “roots” through to the bottom – this small lip of yarn will be an added protection to any sharp edges that might come in contact with your finger. Glue dirt in place where it meets the container so finger puppet will remain in place when you are playing with it.