Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Patchwork Pups

In my quest to use up yarn scraps, I made up a quick little pattern for a small patchwork pup. This is a great way of using up those little balls of yarn that are about the size of a golf ball. 

Both of the smaller pups were made with worsted weight yarn and a size F hook. They’re only about 5” long. The larger pup (yellow & green) was made with two strands of a light worsted held together and an H hook. Gauge doesn’t matter… heavier yarn (or two yarns held together) and a larger hook will make a bigger pup. You just want your stitches tight enough that the stuffing won’t show through.
Pieces are worked in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker to show the beginning of your rounds.
Legs:
Round 1: 6 SC in magic ring
Round 2: Increase in each stitch (12)
Round 3 & 4: work even (12) –  if you are doing two-tone legs, change color here
Round 5-7: work even (12). Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing on later.

Body:
Round 1: 6 SC in magic ring
Round 2: Increase in each stitch (12)
Round 3: *1 sc, inc*, repeat around (18)
Round 4: *2 sc, inc*, repeat around (24)
Round 5: *3 sc, inc*, repeat around (30)
Rounds 6-8 (3 rows): work even (30). If you are doing a dog with a striped body, change color after row 8.
Rounds 9-13 (5 rows): work even (30). If  you are making the body striped, change color after row 13.
Rounds 14-16 (3 rows): work even (30)
Round 17: * 3 sc, dec*, repeat around (24)
Round 18: *2 sc, dec*, repeat around (18)
Stuff before the opening gets too small! J
Round 19: *sc, dec*, repeat around (12)
Round 20: dec around (6)
Finish off. Weave yarn tail through the 6 stitches and pull tightly to close.
 
This guy sold so fast, I never got daytime pictures of him! 
Head:
Round 1: 6 SC in magic ring
Round 2: Increase in each stitch (12)
Round 3: *1 sc, inc*, repeat around (18)
Round 4: *2 sc, inc*, repeat around (24)
Round 5: *3 sc, inc*, repeat around (30)
Rounds 6-7 (2 rows): work even (30).
Round 8: *3 sc, dec*, repeat around (24)
Round 9: *2 sc, dec*, repeat around (18)
Stuff before the opening gets too small! J
Round 10: *sc, dec*, repeat around (12)
Round 11: dec around (6)
Finish off, leaving long tail to sew to body.  


Muzzle:
Round 1: 6 SC in magic ring
Round 2: Increase in each stitch (12)
Rounds 3-5 (3 rounds): work even (12).
Finish off, leaving long tail to sew to face.
Using black yarn, embroider nose / mouth.

For the larger pup, I added an increase row [Row 3 = *1 sc, inc*, repeat around (18) ] to make a larger muzzle for the bigger pup. Then I just did two rows even.


Ears (make 2):
I made mine with a nice fuzzy yarn (fun fur held together with a strand of bulky yarn for the blue ears, Bernat Pipsqueak for the yellow). Since it was bulky yarn, I think I used size I hook.
Chain 7.
Sc in 2nd chain from hook and next 4 chains. 3 sc in last chain, then, working on the other side of chain, make a sc in the backside of each chain. Finish off, leaving a long tail to sew to head.

Pointed Tail (on small pup with striped body)
With worsted weight yarn and size F hook:
Leaving a long tail for sewing, chain 8
Join with a slip stitch. Chain 1 and work a sc in each chain. Mark the beginning of your round with a marker. Continue to work in rounds, decreasing at the beginning of each row, until you have three stitches left. Pull up a loop in each stitch and pull through all three stitches. Finish off, tucking yarn end inside tail.

Floppy tail:

With bulky yarn and Size I hook, chain 8. SC in 2nd chain from hook and each remaining chain. You can make it a little curlier by doing 2 sc in each chain. 

Eyes
I played with different eyes... depending on the size of the head. I used sport weight yarn and a smaller hook and did 6 sc in a magic ring, then embroidered  a small black knot. I also did more of an elongated eye by making a chain (4 or 5) and doing sc down one side, 3 sc in final chain, and sc back the other side. For the bigger puppy, I did a chain 2, and sc in 2nd chain from hook in black to make a larger pupil. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

My Star-Spangled Project List for July

7 chickens   made during s day of air travel!
Fancy title, eh? Well, working this up over the 4th of July weekend, I felt it needed a bit of a patriotic flair! 

July is going to be crazy... I'll admit that right now. Vacation Bible School at church, a week-long trip to Michigan to watch my granddaughter, and some canning of those great summer fruits and veggies... so, my lists are a bit more vague this month.

I started out the month with some organizing, getting a recent yarn gift (a tall kitchen garbage bag full) sorted into inventory, so I can easily find it when I need it for a project. That also helps me to plan out projects, knowing just what I have on hand! 


Then I dumped out the basket next to my chair. It was overflowing with yarn left over from projects. I sorted it by yardage, and made myself three bags: tiny scraps, medium size ball and large ball/slightly used skeins. I found eight balls/skeins of cotton yarn that will be great for more chicken potholders! 
Looking a little neater now.


So, here is my list for July: 
Use up 5 pounds of yarn from stash (starting point 202.7 pounds, 642 entries)
Participate in One and Two Company CAL - DONE

Start work on a Princess Dress Blanket from Melody's Makings

Make 10 projects from the scrap basket next to my chair



#1 - Scrap Yarn Puppy
#2, Puppy has a big brother.



Make 10 chicken potholders


3 added (last 3 in bottom row)




#4... made while waiting at doctor's appointment!
Finished Monday, 7/17 during 8 hours in airports and on flights, when I made 7 chicken potholders!


Make a striped giraffe
Finished 7/16