BAC Yarnbomb Manitout Springs, CO

 

A group of us decided to re-purpose an old yarnbomb that we took down. The Business of Arts Center in Manitou Springs, CO requested some work on their site. Our fearless group leader mapped out a plan and a group of us sewed squares together. The “color wheel” of sorts went on the stairs while the multicolored squares cozied some trees. It took a group of four two days to put them all together. Thankfully all the squares were knit/crocheted
ahead of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security Camera

Beef up security with this classic security camera. Complete with a wall mount, this camera can be positioned to point in any direction. Keep an eye in the nursery, office or your front door! This is a simple project with written directions and many pictures. The camera is constructed around cardboard and stitched together. US abbreviations used: sc, hdc, sl st. Templates for the cardboard pieces are provided.

Size: approximately 11 inches from wall mount to the tip of the lens.

For sale in the store for $1.99 USD. A low price for a little security!

Mini Organizer

This crocheted mini organizer is perfect for home or the office. The right size for paperclips, buttons, pens, pencils, scissors and other small items, cardboard keeps the shelf sturdy and wire helps the drawers maintain their shape. A few buttons and a butterfly embellishment and this is functional and adorable. Available in the store for $1.99 USD, the pattern for this crocheted mini organizer includes step by step instructions and many pictures. Finished size, 10 inches wide, 6 inches tall, 4.5 inches deep.

I asked my husband if he wanted this for his desk at work. He said he too much stuff on his desk already. I offered to make one in black, white and red with skulls. He still wasn’t interested. Oh, well. This will actually be perfect for keeping my crochet supplies organized.

One-Eyed Plant

This one-eyed plant is perfect for keeping an eye on things at home or at work. I originally designed it for my husband, the plant assassin. He has managed to kill every plant he has had in his office! The one-eyed plant pattern is for sale in the store for $1.99 USD. It is a quick and easy pattern using mostly single crochet though you will also need to know how to do a half double, double and treble crochet as well as slip stitches (US terminology). It is approximately 10 inches tall when finished and the eye and leaves can be positioned any way desired so long as wire is inserted. I put a chopstick in the stem so it would stand up tall. Popcorn in the pot helps it stand by itself. This pattern calls for a size H hook and medium worsted weight yarn. Red Heart yarn is pictured.

Rocket Ship

In keeping with the space/alien theme for my friends who are foster parents, I decided to make a rocket ship. I followed Rikkas pattern . The blog is in German, but there is an English version of the pattern available there. This ended up being a quick and easy pattern that was also a lot of fun. The white yarn I used is thinner than the other colors so I used a larger hook for that (J/10/6mm) otherwise I used a size H (8/5mm) hook for everything. The brain slug I made up as I went.

Brain Slug

A friend recently went through the process to become a foster parent and said she is low on toys for the various aged children that come to the house. She requested some hand crocheted toys. Here is the first toy I made for her. After I finished it, I thought perhaps a brain slug is not the best idea! They are alien parasites that take control of the people to whom they attach! What are the chances that the children will know that? Half my family never heard of a brain slug before! It will make a fun plush toy anyway. The eye and antennas were crocheted separately and sewn on. I didn’t follow a pattern. It was made with a size H hook and Red Heart yarn.

Panda Baby Hat

The panda is now classified as a bear again! What a shocker. They seems so adorable and cuddly, just like newborn babies. What better way to keep the little ones warm than with little panda hats of their own?

This panda baby hat is made with two strands of yarn crocheted at the same time. It could also be done with bulky yarn or with one strand of medium worsted weight yarn and one strand of fun fur. The ears, eye spots, nose and snout are all crocheted separately and sewn on. Even so, this is a quick project.

Click on Crocheted Panda Baby Hat to download a PDF version.

Materials:

Yarn: Medium worsted weight black and white. (Red Heart pictured)

Hook: L/11/8mm for hat, snout, ears, eye spots; H for nose

Stuffing for snout

Yarn needle to sew parts to hat

Abbreviations

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Dc inc – double crochet increase, two dc in 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

Sl st = slip stitch

Panda  Hat for Children 0-6 months

Holding two strands of white yarn and crochet at the same time

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. Join with a sl st. (6)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, count as first hdc. 2 hdc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 3. *Dc inc, dc* 8 times, dc inc. Join with a sl st.(18)

Rnd 4: Ch 3. *Dc inc, 2 dc* seven times. Dc inc, dc. Join with a sl st. (24)

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

Rnd 6-9: Ch 3. Dc around. Join with a sl st. (36)

Bear Hat for Children 6-12 months

Holding two strands of white yarn and crocheting at the same time

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 6-9: Ch 3. Dc around. Join with a sl st. (40)

 

Ears (make 2)

Holding two strands of black and crocheting at the same time

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 8 sc in second ch from hook. (8)

Rnd 2: Sc inc around. (16)

Rnd 3-5: Sc around. (16)

Sew ears to the top of the hat.

 

Snout

Holding two strands of white yarn and crocheting at the same time

Ch 7

Rnd 1: Sc in second ch from hook, 5 sc. (6)

Rnd 2-3: Ch 1, turn. 6 sc. (6)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec. (4)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec twice. (2)

Rnd 6-7: Sc around the outside edge, along the ends and top and bottom of the snout. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. Fill with stuffing; sew along the brim of the hat.

 

Nose

Hook size: H

Holding two strands of black yarn and crocheting at the same time

Ch 5

Rnd 1: Sc on second ch from hook, 3 sc. (4)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec twice. (2)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (1)

Sew nose to the front of the snout.

 

Eyes Spots (make 2)

Holding two strands of black yarn and crocheting at the same time

Ch 8

Rnd 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (count the three skipped chains as the first dc), 5 more dc in same st, hdc in next st, sc, hdc, 3 hdc in last st. Working in the other side of the foundation ch, 3 hdc in next st, hdc, sc, hdc, sl st into the top of the first dc. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (18)

Sew eye spots next to snout with the hdc end at the top.

Skull Caution Flag

My husband requested a skull and crossbones caution flag for the bike rack that extends out behind our vehicle. My husband doesn’t make many knit/crochet requests, so I got right on this one! Using the skull pattern from my Skull Cap for Logan, I added a couple of stitches on the sides and several extra rows on the top and bottom.

The yarn is a bulky yarn from the stash my mother-in-law gave me. She wasn’t using it, and originally I wasn’t sure what on earth I’d use the red for! When people see this caution flag they will be sufficiently warned! Hopefully they won’t decide to drive up close to get a closer look!

Baby Aviator Hat

With this pattern, your little one will be flying high in no time! This is an adorable and quick hat to crochet, especially since it is crocheted with a large hook and with two strands of yarn at the same time. It could also be crocheted using bulky yarn instead. I designed this pattern so I could take some more fun hats to the Army hospital in town.

Click on Crocheted Aviator Baby Hat for a PDF copy of this pattern.

Materials

Hook: L

Yarn: Medium worsted weight (4) brown and tan.

 

Abbreviations

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Dec = decrease, crochet two stitches together

Hdc = half double  crochet

Inc = increase, crochet two stitches in the same space

Sl st = slip stitch

Sc = single crochet

St = stitch

 

Size: Newborn – circumference: 14 inches; height: 5 ½ inches; 7 inches when folded flat

 

Baby Aviator Hat

Chocolate brown yarn held double

Ch 2

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

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 3 (count as first dc), *dc inc, dc* five times, dc inc. Join with a sl st. (18)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, *dc inc, 2 dc* five times, dc inc, dc. Join with a sl st. (24)

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

Rnd 6-8: Ch 3, dc around. Join with a sl st. (30)

Row 9: Ch 3, 5 dc. (6)

Row 10: Ch 3, turn, dc dec, dc, dc  dec. (4)

Rnow11: Ch 3, turn, dc dec, dc. Finish off. Cut yarn; weave in ends. (3)

Row 12: Skip 9 stitches. Attach brown. Ch 3, 5 dc. (6)

Row 13: Ch 3, dc dec, dc, dc dc. (4)

Row 14: Ch 3, dc dec, dc. Finish off. Cut yarn; weave in end. (3)

Attach tan to the first stitch of the brim next to where the earflap joins. Work clockwise, sc around the entire edge.

Rnd 15: 9 sc, 2 sc on the end of each dc row, 2 sc in the first st on the bottom edge of the earflap, sc, 2 sc in next st, 2 sc on the end of each dc row, 9 sc along the brim of the hat, 2 sc on the end of each dc row, 2 sc in the first st on the bottom edge of the earflap, sc, 2 sc in next st, 2 sc on the end of each dc row. Sl st into the first tan st. (51)

Row 16: Ch 1, sc in the same st as sl st. (9)

Row 17-18: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (9)

Row 19-20: Ch 1, turn. Sc dec, 5 sc, sc dec. Finish off. Cut yarn; weave in end. (7)

Sew the front flap to the hat with  large “x” stitches.

 

Ear Cups (Part of the helmet where the radio ear pieces would go)

Brown held double

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 8 sc. (8)

Rnd 2: 3 sc, sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc. (10)

Rnd 3: Working in back loops only, *sc, sc inc* around. (15)

Sew to the side of the hat where the ears would be. The bottom of the ear cup lines up to the top of the first row of the ear flap of the hat.

 

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.

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