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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9 thoughts on “Yarndango Finished Project V, Free Halloween Lip Balm Holder Pattern!

  1. These are awesome! Such a cool idea too – I’ve seen loads of lip balm holders out there but none so well themed. And what a good gift to get in your trick or treat bag (I never got to get sick of Halloween sweeties – mu Mum refused to let us go because it was ‘legalised begging!’ Mind you , Halloween wasn’t so big over here when I was kid).

    I finally found some no6 plastic to play at shrinky dinking (take away coffee lids!) but it’s black, so I was thinking it’d be unusable. Not now, now it could be a fingernail 🙂

    The cat video-bombing you made em giggle too – such nosey creatures!

    (Ps – don’t count this comment in with your contest – I wouldn’t feel right entering since I won the last one! I’m going to link to you though to help promote).

    Aw, thank you, Ruth for linking! Oh, I never thought of coffee lids but I bet there are a lot of great ideas to be done in black, not just fingernails, LOL! If you make something with it, I’d love to see what you come up with! I am hooked on the shrink plastic idea now because hey – free craft supplies! There is no better price! 😀

    • I’m gonna maybe give it a go over the weekend if I get time, see what I can do with it. I might even have to buy a white lidded one from somewhere so I can doodle too lol.

      • I found some white lids, so I tried the shrinking plastic the other day – it worked quite nicely until I split the damned thing finishing the edges! Gonna have to get more lids lol.

        Aw, nuts, Ruthi! Too bad it split! I am sorry that happened. I just noticed that some of the yogurt cups here have the recycle number 6 on them too. I wonder what would happen if I put a whole cup in the oven? Someone wrote that it would flatten out but I guess I will have to experiment for myself with it one of these days.

  2. Those are really cute Teeni! I showed them to my friend and my daughter and they both thought they were cute too…I got my Yarbdango up. Now, going to brain storm for next weeks project.

    Oh, Melanie, I’m sorry. I checked your blog before putting up my post but did not see a post there so I thought you were not doing a Yarndango this week and I didn’t want to ask because I didn’t want to pressure you. My bad. I am editing my post to include your link!

    • It’s ok teeni,I was just running behind this week, got creative with the cards over the weekend and forgot about my Yarndango project until Monday night.

  3. Your video on Flicker had me snicker… Sorry, mind was in the gutter at that time. 😛

    You? Mind in the gutter? Why does that NOT suprise me? LOL

  4. Oh my goodness, Aunty Teeni, you are wicked awesome!!! I think this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time! I’m so glad that I got to be (a tiny!) part of your inspiration!!!
    xo Jaime

    Aw, thanks, Jaime! I’m so glad you like them. I loved both yours and Regina’s projects equally but for different reasons. So you were responsible for half the inspiration. I was so excited to get your email telling me I’d won at your blog! I responded by return email. Yay me! 🙂 LOL. I’m so thankful for all the wonderful crocheters I’m meeting. It’s so nice to inspire and grow in our creativity together!

  5. Hi! Just wanted to compliment you on these fingers! I stuffed them, crocheted an end and added “dripping blood” at the base. I’m going to send them to my grandson for Halloween…he’ll love them!

    Hi Sharon! Thank you so very much for leaving a commment. I am so glad you like the pattern. For those of us who put out free patterns, it’s good for us to hear when someone likes them and keeps us wanting to continue to do so. I would love to see how yours came out if you are willing to share. Regardless, I hope your grandson loves them! 🙂

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