Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Crochet Mustache Bracelet


A few days ago I showed you the tiny owl pendant I made for my niece's 14th birthday. As the second part of her present, I whipped up this super fast mustache bracelet. Seriously. This took maybe 15 minutes. And I think that's an exaggeration. 

I have to admit, I don't really understand the whole mustache thing. But apparently they're in. If you have a teenager who's into mustaches - here's the free pattern for you!

Crochet Mustache Bracelet


Supplies
Small amount of black worsted weight yarn (cotton yarn pictured)
3.5mm crochet hook
Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
SL ST = Slip Stitch
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
SC2Tog = Single Crochet Two Together
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Mustache Instructions
CH 20
SL ST in 2nd CH from hook
SC2Tog, SC2Tog, SC, HDC, [2DC, HDC], SC,
SL ST, SC, [HDC, 2DC] HDC, SC, SC2Tog, SC2Tog
SL ST
CH 20*, SL ST into the beginning of the mustache
Fasten off and weave in ends.

*To increase or decrease the size of the bracelet, just add or reduce the number of chains after the mustache.

And you're done! See super fast!

If you make one of these, I'd love to see it! Tag @samsqueak on Instagram or link it to the pattern page on Ravelry.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mini Crochet Owl Pendant


So gift giving...it's not my love language. But I do love to make gifts. And if you're getting a gift from me there's a pretty good chance that at least part of it will be handmade, and most likely it will involve yarn (or at least a crochet hook). (This statement pretty much only applies to the women in my life. I don't often make things for guys - I find guys too hard to make things for). 

So, my niece is turning 14. I'm not sure how that has happened - because I think it was just yesterday that I was dating my now husband and met this adorable little redheaded three year old fireball. But apparently it was like 11 years ago and time is moving too fast and I might be getting old. Moving on.

I hear that kids these days are into owls. And mustaches. (at least this kid is). (am I still allowed to call her a kid at 14?). So I decided to try something new and design an owl necklace. And I'm really happy with how it turned out! (Hopefully she will be too...)



(Tune in at a later date for the mustache portion of the present...)

This tiny little owl pendant is made with a 2.25mm hook and embroidery floss. She's just the teeniest little thing (exactly 1 inch tall) and I think she's super adorable. I might have to make one for myself.

And these pendants are so fast to make. I went through several prototypes before I came up with this simple design that I liked best. Sometimes simpler is better - and I find this to be particularly true when miniaturizing.

Do you have a teenager who's into owls too? Do you want to make your own owl pendant? Well today is your lucky day! Here's the free pattern!

Micro Crochet Owl Pendant


Supplies:

For the owl:
White, black and yellow floss for the face
Embroidery needle

For the Necklace:
Finished chain

Stitch Abbreviations:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
FO = fasten off

Owl Body

Round 1: Color 1
Start with magic ring
SC 6 in the ring
SL ST in first SC
FO color 1

Round 2: Color 2
2SC in each st around (12 SC)
SL ST in first SC
FO color 2

Round 3: Color 3
[2SC, SC] around (18 SC)
SL ST in first SC
SL ST, [SC, 2HDC, SC], SL ST in next 2 sts, [SC, 2HDC, SC]
SL ST around to first SL ST
FO color 3

Eyes (make 2)
White: CH 2, SC 2 in first CH. FO. Knot ends to make a circle. 

Back
In color 3:
Round 1: SC 6 in magic ring
Round 2: 2SC around (12 SC)
Round 3: [SC, 2SC] around, SL ST (18 SC)
FO

Assembly:
Sew eyes onto body. You want the edges of the eyes to just touch in the center. 
With black floss make a french knot in the center of each eye. 
With yellow floss, add the beak. Make a "V" between the two eyes. Fill in the "V" with straight stitches. Make 2-3 straight "bars" across the top. 

Weave in the tail from the body. Trim all tails on the back and push them to the center of the owl. Apply a small amount of glue to keep the ends in place.

Sew the back on over the ends. Sew through both loops on the back piece and only the back loop of the front to keep the seam from showing.


With the pliers, attach a jump ring to the back piece. 

Slip it on a chain and you're done! Congratulations!

I would love to see your pendants! Tag @samsqueak on your Instagram posts or link them to the ravelry page!



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