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Pattern: My Tiny Jack

Nov 15

Here’s my Tiny Jack, part of a bunch of different patterns I’m trying from Allison at CRAFTYisCOOL. And brought on by my search for some quick knit party favors for the holidays! I call him Tiny Jackson because again I made some slight changes. I gave him button eyes, embroidery floss snaggletooth mouth, and the felt nose that the pattern called for. Here is her original design pattern. I missed the Halloween boat on this guy but maybe I’ll make him into a giant cranberry, holly berry, snowman, meatball etc… Or something round!

Tiny Jackson's Stem Tiny Jackson Tiny Jackson: Scary

Total Time: About 1 hour

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn [Size 4 Med. Worsted Weight]
Size G Hook [4.25mm]
Black Embroidery Floss
2 Black Buttons [about 6mm]
Sewing Needle and Thread
Black Felt
Cotton Balls
Note: 6mm Black Safety Eyes can be found at http://6060.etsy.com

Skill Level: Beginner

It was extremely simple and simple to follow. I included how I thought the stem was supposed to be done based on the pattern instructions. I sewed on some button eyes, made a snaggletooth mouth with some embroidery floss, and sewed on the triangle nose. And voila!

Pattern:
Starting at top of pumpkin and with orange yarn, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into the ring.
R1: Work 2sc into each st (12)
R2: (2sc into next st, sc into next st)* repeat to end of round (18)
R3: (2sc into next st, sc into next 2 st)* repeat to end of round (24)
R4: sc into each stitch (24)
R5: sc2tog all the way around (12) (I stuffed the guy at this stage.)
Mark your place with a stitch marker and insert the safety eyes into the pumpkin. The back will fit very snugly onto the eye inside the pumpkin. Push hard! (I skipped this and do buttons at the end.)
R6: sc2tog all the way around (6)

Fasten off by slip stitching into the next stitch. Leave a long tail and using a yarn needle, weave this tail through the last round of stitches. Pull it tight and the hole will close.

With the tail still on the yarn needle, thread it up through the pumpkin to the top and out, then back in close by, through to the bottom. Knot this tail at the bottom and hide the end inside the pumpkin by threading it back inside.

Using green yarn, create the stem by threading it through the top and back out, tying a knot, threading it back through and keeping a loop on the outside, then tying the tails. Snip off yarn to desired length.
Glue a tiny black felt triangle on for the nose, and a black felt smile on using craft glue. (I sewed the buttons on here, then did the mouth with embroidery floss, then sewed on the black felt triangle nose!)

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Pattern: The White Rabbit

Nov 13

I’ve been looking for quick crochet ideas for small stocking stuffers to give out for Christmas. Quick enough to make a small army of (at least 30-40) without spending hours on each. So I decided to try White Rabbit designed by Allison at CRAFTYisCOOL of Conan Blimp fame. I made a few minor changes to make it zippier. I cheated a little by making the ears easier giving White Rabbit floppier comedy ears. And skipped the satin stitch and felt heart (for now). Otherwise, I followed it exactly. The pattern was very easy to follow! I especially liked the idea of using blush to color in Rabbit’s ears. Novel!

Here is the original design pattern that Allison made. (L) Along with mine! (R) I’ll be making Baby Mushroom, Tiny Jack, and Happy Heart Pin too.

white rabbit White Rabbit

Total Time: About 2.5hrs

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft in Off White [Size 4 Medium Weight]
Size E Hook [3.50mm]
Black Embroidery Floss
Darning Needle
Cotton Balls

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

I chose this yarn because 1)I had it. 2)It has a lovely soft sheen like mercerized cotton. So I thought it would be extra cute for White Rabbit! The only downside is Caron Simply Soft splits alot especially on a hook about 3 sizes smaller! Allison’s original pattern is in blue. My changes are in red.

Pattern:
Head and body:
Make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into ring.
R1: 2 sc each stitch (12)
R2: (2sc next st, sc next st)* rep around (18)
R3: (2sc next st, sc next 8 st)* rep around (20)
R4-10: sc each st (20) (I lightly stuffed the body at this stage.)
R11: sc into first 10 st, skip next 10 st (10)
R12: starting at 1st st of R11, sc into each st (10)
R13: sc each st (10)
R14: sc2tog around (5) (I stuffed the leg at this stage.)
Fasten off first leg. Stuff bunny firmly. Join yarn at 11th st of R10. Repeat R11-14 for second leg.
(To stuff the last leg I had to sorta make him do the splits and stuff him through the crotch. It was a tight fit.)

Ears (make 2):
Start by making a chain 8.
R1; sc into each front loop (7)
R2: do not flip, turn work and sc into each back loop (7)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. It should make a long U-shape.

Arms (make 2):
Make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into ring.
R1: (2sc next st, sc next st)* rep around (9)
R2: sc each st (9)
R3: dec 1 (8)
R4: dec 1 (7)
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Stuff arm and sew to side of body.

Finishing:
Using black embroidery thread, embroider eyes using a french knot. Come back up at same spot and make a french knot over the original to make the eye a little larger. Embroider nose and mouth as a big “x”.
Using pink embroidery thread, embroider nose using a satin stitch. (I skipped this and just dabbed some more blush on for the nose!)
Cut a small red heart from felt and either sew or glue to bunny’s chest. (Skipped this too for now.)
Shade white rabbit’s ears with blush. Done!

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