Light Post Yarnbomb

The yarnbombs in Acacia Park came down on Saturday, as promised. A group of us took them apart so they can be used for another yarnbomb project, TBD. All the squares seemed to be begging for a new home right away, and I couldn’t say no. That night I decided to put some together for a light post near my home. I was really itching to see something closer to home since I didn’t really get to enjoy the one at the park as I live a fair distance away. I chose a few of my favorite squares and now I drive by them every chance I get. It’s fun to see. I hope others in the neighborhood enjoy it as much as I do.

How to Make a Pom Pom

 

Pom poms are a great addition to many projects. Pom pom makers are available for purchase, but pom poms can be make quickly and easily without one.  Small and medium pom poms can be made on one’s hand.

Step 1: Wrap yarn around fingers.

For a smaller pom pom, wrap the yarn around three fingers 25-30 times. For a medium sized pom pom, wrap the yarn around four fingers. The more times you wrap it around, the fuller the pom pom will be.

Step 2: Lay piece of 6 inch yarn horizontally.

Cut a piece of the same color yarn 6 inches long. Lay it horizontally. To make the pom pom on the hat, weave the 6 inch piece into the hat first.

Step 3: Tie yarn around yarn from around the fingers.

Take the yarn of your hand and place it on the 6 inch yarn as pictured. Tie the 6 inch piece of yarn tightly around the ball of yarn. For added security tie around the ball again.

Step 4: Cut threads for pom pom.

Cut the top and bottom of the ball to make the pom pom. Trim the pom pom as needed.

 

Sock Monkey Baby Hat

Sock Monkey is a doll traditionally made from a sock. There is no hard and fast rule on how one has to look. I used yarns in my stash though any colors will do. This baby hat is made with two strands held double and crocheted at the same time. The eyes, mouth, ears and pom pom are all made with one strand. The Ragg color is a grey/white blend. The yarn was made that way but it is not necessary to use bi-colored yarn. A similar effect can be achieved by using one strand of grey and one strand of white when crocheting. An alternate color is a brown and white. For that matter, any colors can be used. A pink and white held together would make for an adorable girl monkey hat (see picture). These hats were made for the local Army hospital neonatal unit.

Materials:

Yarn:      Red Heart Super Saver Solid Burgundy (red)

Red Heart Super Saver Solid White

Red Heart Ragg (grey/white)

Hook:    L11/8.00mm for the hat

J/10/6.00mm for the eyes, ears, mouth

Stuffing for mouth

Yarn Needle

 

Abbreviations

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

Inc = increase, crochet two stitches in the same space

Sl st = slip stitch

Sc = single crochet

St = stitch

 

Sock Monkey Hat

Newborn

White yarn held double

Ch 2 (or magic loop)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Hdc inc in each stitch around. Join with a sl st. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, *dc inc, dc* five times, dc inc. Join with a sl st. Finish off. Cut yarn; weave in ends. (18)

Attach two strands of burgundy to any st of rnd 3.Crochet with yarn held double.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, *dc inc, 2 dc* five times, dc inc, dc. Join with a sl st. Finish off. Cut yarn; weave in ends. (24)

Attach two strands of ragg to any st of rnd 4. Crochet with yarn held double.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, *dc inc, 3 dc* five times, dc inc, 2 dc. Join with a sl st. (30)

Rnd 6-7: Ch 3, dc around. Join with a sl st. (30)

Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc around alternating between crocheting in the front loop and the back loop. (Dc in the front loop, dc in the back loop… around.) Join with a sl st. (30)

 

Mouth

Red (one strand)

Ch 11

Row 1: Sl st in second ch from hook, sl st, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 sl st. Continue working around on the other side of the ch. 2 sl st, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 sl st. Sl st into next st. Finish off. Cut yarn; weave in end. (20)

Attach white to same st as last sl st of row 1.(one strand)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 space, dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 hdc, dc, dc inc, dc inc, dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 hdc, dc, dc inc. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2. (24)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc around. Join with a sl st to the first sc. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew mouth to face. (24)

Stuff the mouth and sew to the front of the hat along the bottom of the brim of the hat.

 

Eyes (make 2)

Black (one strand)

Ch 3

Rnd 1: 9 hdc in third ch from hook. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew to face. (8)

Sew eyes above the mouth as desired.  If there is enough yarn left, make a couple nostril stitches on the mouth. See picture for placement.

 

Ears (make 2)

Ragg (one strand)

Ch 3

Row 1: 6 hdc in third ch from hook. (7)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in third st from hook, 6 hdc inc. (14)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across. Finish off. Cut yarn  leaving  a long tail for sewing. (14)

Sew ears to the sides of the hat.

 

Pom Pom

Make a pom pom and sew it to the top center of hat. For directions on how to make a pom pom without a pom pom maker, click on How to Make a Pom Pom.

Acacia Park Yarnbomb

To celebrate International Yarnbombing Day (6/11/11), a group of (mostly) local ladies decided to yarnbomb Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. With city approval, we made several hundred squares in yellow, blue and green to put cozies on 5 of the trees in the park. I thought the organizer seemed a little worried about getting enough squares for these trees, so I volunteered to make enough squares for one tree by myself.

I was to make enough squares to cover an area 4 feet tall and 5 feet 10 inches around. Half way through it felt like I was running out of interesting squares to make! Thanks to Ravelry, I found a bunch of square patterns that were fun and interesting. By the time I finished, I could hardly wait to put it up! I added a nice ruffle to the top and bottom to finish it off nicely.

Besides the 53 squares that went into my cozy, hundreds of squares by many ladies went into the other cozies. They were randomly assembled which made my tree cozy slightly out of place as it seemed coordinated in and of itself. Mine was stuck in the middle of the trees and fit in nicely.

A few of the pieces on my cozy were real attention getters. Hello Kitty, love, and the smiley faces were a hit.

One tree had low branches crying out to be cozied and the group used the leftover squares to cover the base and branches of the tree. Even with half a dozen people working at a time, it still took an hour to cover the tree!

Because I couldn’t stop the crocheting madness, I decided to throw in a few daffodils as well. Those I stuck in the flower bed next to the trees. They (8 in all) were “planted” at 8 am. By 4:30 pm, two were “picked”. Hopefully they made it to a nice home where they will be appreciated.

The city gave approval for these cozies to be up for about two weeks. After that, they may be re-purposed as afghans and quite possibly another yarnbomb project in town. Installation was from 7:30-9:00 am. A celebration at the park was at 10 am. We finished in time to put smiles and wonder on many children’s faces.

Skull Cap for Logan

One of the kids in the youth group saw the skull hat I knit for my husband and he asked if I could make him one. Because I crochet faster than I knit, I decided to design a crocheted one for him. The hat is made starting from the brim and works to the top. The brim is crocheted in rows in the rib stitch. This pattern assumes you already know how to change colors when crocheting and how to read a chart. You can use the fair isle or intarsia method for changing colors.  I did a modified fair isle where I stranded the yarn not used in the back for about every other stitch and crochet over top the unused color every other stitch just in the area where the skull pattern was. I did not carry the red yarn around the back of the hat. I started a new piece of red yarn for each row. This made for quite a few ends to weave in, but kept the inside of the hat neat and clean looking.

 

Materials

Yarn: Two colors of medium worsted weight yarn of your choice: hat color (black) and skull color (red). Red Heart yarn is pictured.

Hook: H/8/5.00mm

Skull Chart in PDF format

Yarn Needle for sewing in ends (optional)

Gauge: 3 sc = 1 inch; 3 rows = 1 inch

Size Made: 8 inches from brim to top and 10 ½ inches across when laid flat. This fits a teen/adult female head.

 

Abbreviations

Ch = chain

Dec = crochet two together

Rnd = round

Sc = single crochet

Sc dec = single crochet two stitches together

Sl St = slip stitch

St = stitch

 

Hat Instructions

Black (or hat color)

Ch 6

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and next four ch stitches. (5)

Row 2-68: Ch 1, turn. Sc in back loops only of each st across. (5)

Row 69: Bring rows 1 and 68 together to form the brim of the hat making sure it’s not twisted. Sc row 1 to row 68. (5)

 

From this point forward you will be working in rounds. Turn the brim so you can work along the end/top of each row.

Rnd 1: Sc on the end of each row. Join with a slip stitch. (68)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 31 sc. Start the skull pattern from the chart.The 31 sc takes you to the first color change at the bottom of the chart where the teeth start. The chart is read from right to left. Each stitch not on the chart, the back side of the hat, is done in single crochet with no increases or decreases. When you get to the end of the round, do not join. Continue working in rounds. (68)

Rnd 3: Skip the ch 1 stitch from rnd 2. Continue around using the chart as a guide.

Rnd 4-18: Use the chart to complete the skull pattern. Each stitch not on the chart is single crocheted with no increases or decreases. There are three decreases in each of the rows 16-18. The blackened spaces on the chart should be ignored as they are the stitches taken out by the decreases of previous rows. They do not count as single crochets or decreases. Consider them non-stitches.

Stitch count after each decrease round:

Rnd 16 (65)

Rnd 17 (62)

Rnd 18 (59)

 

59 stitches left after completing the skull pattern.

Rnd 19: 3 sc. *Dec, 6 sc* seven times. (52)

Rnd 20: 3 sc. *Dec, 5 sc* seven times. (45)

Rnd 21: 3 sc. *Dec, 4 sc* seven times. (38)

Rnd 22: 3 sc. *Dec, 3 sc* seven times. (31)

Rnd 23: 3 sc. *Dec, 2 sc* seven times. (24)

Rnd 24: 3 sc. *Dec, sc* seven times. (17)

Rnd 25: Sc. *Dec* seven times.(10)

Rnd 26: Dec five times. (5)

Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Pull yarn through each of the remaining stitches and pull tight to close the top. Weave in end.

 

For a taller hat, I did fewer decreases in each row. For the very long hat I did about 1-2 decreases per row and changed colors approximately every 8 rows.

 

Pom-Pom Topper

Ch 13

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, 11 sc. (12)

Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing to the top of the hat.

Make a pom-pom. Attach that to the end of the pom-pom topper.

 

How to make a simple pom-pom: For a quick and easy pom-pom, I wrap the yarn around my hand several times. The more wraps, the thicker the pom-pom. I pull the yarn off my hand and pull a piece of yarn through the middle and tie it tightly around the strands that used to be at the top of my hand. I cut the strands that were at the bottom of my hand and trim the ends so they are somewhat even. The pom-pom can then be attached to the topper. I use the same piece of yarn that I used to tie the pom-pom.

 

Baby Bear Hat

A local hospital is in need of baby items, so I thought I’d make the classic bear hat. In lieu of bulky yarn, I decided to make this hat with two strands of yarn held together. Though the ears look cute with just the regular yarn, I decided to add the fun fur to give it some extra cuteness. Though it looks nice with the fun fur, it can be a little difficult to work with. It tends to cover the stitches making them hard to see, but it is worth the effort. I can’t guarantee the sizing as I don’t have access to a baby or even a doll! I am guessing it’s for a 6-12 month old or so.

Click on Crocheted Bear Baby Hat for a PDF version of this pattern.

Materials:

Caron Simply Soft Chocolate (brown), bone (tan), black

Lion Brand Fun Fur Brown

Hook size K

Stuffing like polyfil

 

Size: 5 inches tall (not including the ears) and 6 ½ inches wide when folded flat.

 

Abbreviations

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Dc inc = double crochet increase; 2 dc in the same st

Hdc = half double crochet

Hdc dec = half double crochet two stitches together

Hdc inc = 2 half double crochet in one stitch

Sc = single crochet

Sc dec = single crochet two stitches together

Sl st = slip stitch

 

Bear Hat

Brown, holding two strands of yarn at once

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 8 sc in second ch from hook. Join with a sl st. (8)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, count as first dc. 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (16)

Rnd 3: Ch 3. *Dc inc, dc* 8 times, dc inc. Join with a sl st.(24)

Rnd 4: Ch 3. *Dc inc, 2 dc* seven times. Dc inc, dc. Join with a sl st. (32)

Rnd 5: Ch 3. *Dc inc, 3 dc* seven times. Dc inc, 2 dc. Join with a sl st. (40)

Rnd 6-8: Ch 3. Dc around. Join with a sl st. (40)

For added length, add one more round.

 

Ears (make 2)

Holding one strand of brown yarn and one strand fun fur.

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 5 sc in second ch from hook. (5)

Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around. (10)

Rnd 3: 2 hdc in each st around. Join with a sl st. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew to the hat.(20)

Sew the ears to the hat on approximately rows 3-5.

Mouth

Tan, two strands held double, crocheted at the same time.

Ch 9

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 2-4: Sc across. Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 5: Sc dec, 4 sc, sc dec.  Ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 6: Sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec. (4)

Row 7: Sc around the whole outside, at the ends of each row and along the top and bottom. Do not put extra stitches in the corner. This will give it a raised three dimensional look. Sl st into the first stitch. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew the hat. Add a little stuffing/polyfil to give it a little depth. (24)

Nose

Black, one strand.

Ch 2

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Ch 1, turn. (1)

Row 2: Sc inc. Ch 1, turn. (2)

Row 3: Sc inc in both stitches. Ch 1, turn.  (4)

Row 4: Sc inc, 2 sc, sc inc. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew black nose to tan nose. Be sure to sew a line below the nose as well. (6)

Eyes (make 2)

Black, one strand of yarn.

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Sc inc in each stitch around. Sl st into the next st. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew the eyes to the face above the nose. (12)

 

 

Jeep Yarn Bomb

A friend saw my ninja side-view mirror cozy and casually mentioned wanting an antennae cozy. Whether said in jest or not, he got his request! We occasionally climb together and he is an avid runner, so I incorporated those into the two bombs I made. First was the antennae. At first I pictured something dangling off the top (a butterfly), but I was afraid it would get ripped off with the wind (or by him). Next I thought of something that could be more aerodynamic. The shoes are meant to look like they are in mid stride and have a slight feel of Converse. It was a little breezy that day and the shoes act as a kind of weather vane. They turn with the flow of the wind! It is hard to tell from the picture, but the shoes are two dimensional, skinnier than the antennae cozy itself. My friend said the cozy was cute, then mentioned possibly giving it to his daughter. Hmmm. Must be too cute for his taste!

I’ve never made an antennae cozy before and I’m not sure how secure they are. This one is three rows of sc with a slip stitch row to close it around the antennae. I put a few stitches at the top and bottom to make it more secure and hopefully stay on. Almost everything is made from Red Heart yarn and a size H hook.

As a bonus, I also made a side view mirror cozy following my directions for rectangular side-view mirrors. This Jeep mirror was almost a perfect rectangle with the same depth all around. That made crocheting it a breeze! I usually test the cozy on the mirror as I go, but I didn’t have access to this mirror. Turns out the measurements were enough. With a quick button, this cozy went on lickety split.

The mirror is mounted in a different place than the previous mirrors I’ve covered. I just needed to be careful where to leave a gap when crocheting the portion that would go on the depth of the mirror. The item I stitched onto the cozy is a replica of a piece of climbing equipment called a quickdraw and “climb on” is a command spoken from a belayer to a climber.

The cozy itself was made using a size L hook and Red Heart yarn using dc. The quickdraw and words were made using a size E and H hook. Perhaps next I should make a cozy that says “crochet on” with crochet hooks!

 

Floral Vine Cozy Yarn Bomb

This pretty floral vine stop sign cozy is quick, easy and attractive. Made of vines and flowers, this can be wrapped around posts, pillars, or columns of any size. One skein of each color can make multiple cozies.

Click on Floral Vine Stop Sign Yarn Bomb for the directions in PDF format.

Directions

Materials:

Yarn: Any kind of worsted weight yarn in green, yellow, white, and purple. Red Heart yarn is pictured. Flowers can be done in any color.

Hook: Size H or larger. Size L was used for the vine and flowers pictured.

Yarn Needle

 

Abbreviations:

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Rnd = round (working in the round rather than rows)

Sc = single crochet

Sl st = slip stitch

Tr = triple (treble) crochet

 

 

Vine

Using green, chain to the length desired. 6 feet or more is recommended to cover a significant portion of a common street sign like stop signs or median signs (See picture).

Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook. Dc in next 19 stitchs. Crochet a leaf pattern (directions below) at the top of the last dc stitch made. *10 dc, leaf pattern* across the length of the original chain until approximately the last 20 stitches. Do not crochet a leaf pattern for the last 20-25 chain stitches. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Leaf Pattern: Ch 3, [dc, trc, dc] in the top of the last dc made. Ch 3, slip stitch in the same stitch as the others for the leaf.

Flowers (Make enough flowers for one to go in the spaces between each leaf of the vine. If using two floral colors, half the flowers should be in one color, half in another.)

Using yellow:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook. Do not join. (6)

Rnd 2-3: Sc in each stitch around. Slip stitch into next stitch, and weave in end. (6)

Switch to a petal color like white or purple

Rnd 4: In each of the six stitches work the petal pattern (directions below). Join the last petal to the first with a slip stitch; leave a long tail for sewing.

Petal Pattern: [Sc, dc, tr, dc, sc] in the same stitch

 

Sew a flower of alternating colors in between leaves of the vine. Do not put a flower on the ends.

Using a yarn needle attached to yarn at the end of the vine, the vine can be pulled through a hole on the stop sign post (See picture). This will keep the vine from slipping over time. Pull the end of the vine through the hole, wrap it around the pole and sew it to the vine at a little lower point. Wrap the floral vine around the post making sure the flowers are pointed in the correct direction. The vine can be wrapped so that it is close together or spread out to cover the whole post. Secure the bottom of the vine like the top. Use a yarn needle to pull the bottom through a hole in the post. Wrap it around until it meets another part of the vine. Sew it together.

 

Horse Tapestry Yarn Bomb

I suspect my brother finds my yarn fetish a little odd. I mean how many attractive practical uses are there for crocheted or knitted projects? I also suspect that he finds yarn bombing a little pointless. Which is why he was the perfect candidate for a yarn bomb! His wife loves horses, so I made a horse tapestry for their gate.

I originally intended to hang the tapestry on the main part of the front gate, but it is not constructed well for it. I ended up putting it on the side part.

The tapestry is attached to cozies wrapped around the bars. The cozies are made with a size N hook done in double crochets. The tapestry itself is made with single crochets using a size L hook. I transfered a woodcutting image onto graph paper in order to crochet the image. The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver. The mood was crocheted separately and sewn on. I didn’t think a circle would show up as nicely in the tapestry.

I put it up before a snowstorm blew in. I hope my brother and his wife see it before it gets snow covered!

Garden Yarn Bombs

 

While visiting my folks in Arizona, a couple of their garden features got yarn bombed!

Without a little cart to pull, this little burro has resorted to working out. This yarn bomb is crocheted using a large variegated rainbow yarn and size L hook. The brand of yarn is unknown as it was bought in a garage sale. The headband and armbands were crocheted in single crochet and sewn onto the donkey.

As it was winter in Phoenix (temperatures only reaching the low 70’s), the little bear in the garden looked a little chilly. He needed a little something to keep him warm as he did some ice fishing.

The scarf was also crocheted using a size L hook. The scarf is 6 stitches wide and double crocheted. Tassels on the ends complete the scarf.

As luck would have it, I didn’t need to wait until the cover of darkness to dress up these garden features. When the folks were taking siestas, these guys were getting ready for fiestas! The hard part was waiting for my folks to notice the yarn bombs. They walked by the donkey multiple times before noticing! I guess bright blue, yellow and pink are his colors.

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