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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Side-view Mirror Cozy – Rectangle


A side-view mirror cozy/cover is a quick way to personalize a vehicle, whether yours or someone else’s.   (The ninja was for my husband. The dog paw was a yarn bomb on my brother-in-law!) While I can’t give specific directions to fit every side-view mirror, I can give basic directions that will work for most rectangular shaped mirrors (or mirrors that are kind of rectangular in shape).  For a mostly rectangular shaped mirror, you will crochet a rectangle, then make it 3-dimensional by doing the sides. By leaving one of the edges unconnected, the cozy can be brought around the front and buttoned closed so that it can be quickly attached or removed. The pictures below will explain.

Click Side-view Mirror Cozy – Rectangle for a PDF version.

Materials:

Yarn: Acrylic medium worsted weight of your choice. I chose black so that it would be a little subtle and because that was the color of the mirror to begin with. I don’t think my husband would cotton to a bright colored mirror cozy!

Hook: Size L (or size desired to get gauge or tightness of stitches)

Needle: If you plan to decorate the cozy, a large needle will be needed to sew on objects.

Button: The button should fit between stitches but not be so little that it doesn’t stay fastened.

Abbreviations:

Dc = double crochet

Sc = single crochet

Step 1: Measure

First, measure the size of the mirror: back, top, bottom, and sides. There should be somewhat of a basic rectangular shape to the back of the mirror. If you are lucky, the two sides will be a similar size and the top and bottom will be similar. If not, you may have to change your stitches as you go. The mirror above is basically 9 inches wide, 6 inches tall, and 2.5 inches deep.

Step 2: Gauge

With a size L hook, I get about 3 stitches and 2 rows to an inch. With a size H hook, I get about 4 stitches per inch.

Step 3: Make the Base Rectangle

Using a size L hook, figure 3 stitches per inch. Multiply the number of inches the back of the mirror is from side to side by 3. (My mirror was 9 inches wide. 9×3=27). That’s how many chains stitches to make.

Chain 27 (or however many your mirror needs.)

Row 1: Chain 2 more (to count as the first dc). Dc in 4th chain from hook and each chain across. (27)

Row 2: Chain 2 (count as first dc), turn, dc across.

Row 3-7: Chain 2, turn, dc across. (*Note: you may need to do more or fewer than 7 rows depending on the height of your mirror.)

Step 4: Make the Sides/Top/Bottom

Determine which corner of the rectangle will go where the mirror attaches to the side of the vehicle. For instance, while looking at the back of the driver’s side mirror, the corner that attaches to the vehicle is usually the bottom left corner. In that case, the left side will not be attached to the bottom part of the project as it is made. (See picture above. Cozy pictured is facing the wrong way. It looks like the bottom right is not attached, but when it is turned and put on the truck, it will be the bottom left. If you do the wrong side, the cozy can be turned inside out and used!)

Row 8: Chain 2, turn; dc to the end. Turn the work to crochet down the side. Make 2 dc on each dc post to the end. Turn the work to crochet along the bottom (which was your initial chain). Dc in each stitch to the end. Turn the work to crochet along the last side. Work 2 dc on each dc post to the end. DO NOT JOIN! Chain 2, turn.

Row 9: Dc in each stitch around. Chain 2, turn.

Row 10: Dc in each stitch around.

(*Note: You  may want to check the project on the mirror it will go on, if possible. This will give you an idea of whether you need to do any more rows.)

Continue making dc rows until the width of the mirror is met. It is best if the cozy fits snuggly.

Row 11/Last Row: Sc dec (sc 2 together) around. Do not join. Cut yarn, weave in end.

Make sure the cozy fits. Figure out which corner you will sew the button to.

Sew on the button.

Crochet decorations or add decorations as desired. See pattern below for dog paw print.

Large Paw Pad

Chain 5

Row 1: Skip the first 3 chains. Dc in last two  chains. Chain 2, turn.

Row 2: Dc in 3rd from hook, dc, 2 dc in last stitch. Chain 2, turn.

Row 3: Dc in 3rd from hook, 3 dc, 2 dc in last  stitch. Chain 2, turn.

Row 4: Dc in 3rd from hook, dc, 3 slip stitch, dc, 2 dc in last stitch

Toes (make 4):

Chain 2

Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2: 2 sc in the stitch, chain 1, turn.

Row 3: 2sc, chain 1, turn

Row 3: 1 sc dec (single crochet 2 together). Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Notes

*Some mirrors may have tapered sides that are narrower at the top and wider at the bottom. In this case, I suggest making sc’s along the narrow sections and dc on the wider sections. For example, when working on the side piece, do half the stitches dc and half of them sc (or a third of each with hdc stitches in between). This will allow for the cozy to fit more snuggly and prevent the cozy from covering up too much of the mirror on the front.

**These directions are made with dc’s around. This leaves gaps between stitches, but allows the cozy to stretch more easily. The cozy can be made with sc’s. Simply adjust for gauge. It will more than likely start with the same number of stitches on the foundation chain, just require more rows to get the height and depth.

Median Sign Yarn Tag

This median sign looked a little chilly.  A little sweater ought to keep it warm. Located in Colorado Springs, this yarn bomb tag is made from various types of yarn using a size L hook.

Pillar Monster Feet

Make any pillar or post look like a monster with this fun monster foot yarn bomb. This park now has a monster of its own, with two feet, one on each basketball hoop! This monster is in Colorado Springs, though they have family all over. These particular monster feet were made with blue and yellow Red Heart yarn and a size L hook.

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These monster feet can also go at the bottom of pillars on homes and can have as many toes as you’d like. 3-4 is standard, though prehensile feet could have opposable thumbs, and freakish monsters could have countless toes! The monster foot at this house has a flag holder growing out of its foot!

Follow these basic instructions to make one of your own!

Monster Feet Pattern

Materials

Yarn: Two colors of any yarn will do. Blue and yellow medium weight acrylic is pictured.

Hook: size L (7.5 mm) [*Note: Use a smaller size hook to make monster feet more proportional for smaller pillars and posts.)

Yarn Needle

Stuffing

Abbreviation: hdc = half double crochet

Gauge: 3 hdc = 1 inch wide, 2hdc rows = 1 inch

Pillar Cozy/Foot Part (Color A)

Determine the circumference/length around the object being covered. Multiply that number times 3 to find how many chain stitches to make.

Row 1: hdc in 3rd stitch from hook and in every chain space to the end. Chain 2, turn.

Rows 2-10: Count the chain 2 spaces as the first hdc. Hdc to the end. Chain 2, turn. On the last row, do not chain 2. Cut and weave in end.

*Note: Make the pillar cozy as tall or short as you’d like. You may want more or less than 10 rows.

Toes:

(Color B)

Chain 2

Round 1: 4 hdc in 2nd chain from hook. (4)

Round 2: 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 3 stitch. (5)

Round 3: 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 4 stitches. Cut and weave in end. (6)

(Switch to color A)

Round 4: 2 hdc in each stitch around (12).

Round 5-10: hdc in each stitch around. Cut and weave in end.

Stuff toes with stuffing; sew onto bottom edge of the pillar cozy/foot part. Sew on 3 or 4 toes. Leave a space between two toes  if one is a prehensile toe. Sew the cozy to the base of a pillar or post of your choice.

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