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Making Flowers!

For the past couple of days, I’ve been experimenting with various crochet flowers. Well, I’ve been working on quite a few things–I’m preparing to open up my Etsy shop! Woohoo! Anyway, some have turned out better than others…

But one of my all-time favorite flowers is the plumeria. So I just had to make one:

There’s something just beautiful in its simplicity, yet the way the petals overlap each other and spiral out of the center gives it a very unique quality. I looked for free crochet patterns online, but couldn’t find one that I liked, so I made my own–and so I share it with you–in order to spread the plumeria love. 😉
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Materials: DK yarn and 4.00mm/G crochet hook
Petals (make 5)
Ch 6
Round 1: 3 sc in 2nd chain from hook. 1 sc in top loop only of next 3 sc. 3 sc in last sc. 1 sc in bottom loop only of next 3 sc. Join with sl st to 1st sc of round. [12 st]
Round 2: Ch 1. 1 sc in next sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 5 sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 4 sc. Join with sl st to 1st sc of round. [16 sc]
Round 3: Ch 1. 1 sc in next 2 sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 7 sc. 3 sc in next sc. Sc in next 5r sc. Join. [20 st]
Round 4: Ch 1. 1 sc in next 4 sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 9 sc. 3 sc in next sc. Sc in next 6 sc. Join. [24 sc]
Bind off.
Once you have 5 petals, sew the petals together, overlapping each other on one side as you go around. Once you get to the last petal, make sure that it overlaps the first petal rather than going behind it. All of the petals should be at least partially behind another.
 
Here’s a photo of a real plumeria flower to give you an idea:
 
Plumeria Leaves
The leaves of a plumeria plant are quite oblong, and depending on how long you’d like the leaves to be, you can adjust the length of your starting chain and increase the number of times you repeat each crochet stitch. It’ll make sense once you read the pattern.
For the purposes of what I wanted to make, the leaves couldn’t be too long, so my leaves are about 2.5 inches long.
Ch 14.
For the first “row” of stitches, you will only be going through the back loop. For the second “row,” you will go through only the front loops (although they will be in the back since you’ll be rotating your work).
Sc in back loop only in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 2 ch. Hdc in next ch. Dc in next ch. Htrc in next ch. Trc in next 2 ch. Htrc in next ch. Dc in next ch. Hdc in next ch. Sc in next ch.
Ch 3. Rotate the work so that the front loops (which were on the bottom) are now on top. Sl st to join with first ch. Sc in next ch. Hdc, dc, htrc, respectively, in next 3 ch. Trc in next 2 ch. Htrc, dc, hdc in next 3 ch. Sc in next 3 ch. Join with sl st to first sc in round.
Bind off.

You can download a FREE pdf file here: Plumeria Flower (just click on the link!)

Where, oh where, does the time go?

ETA: I began writing this post about 2 weeks ago. *Sigh*…

I don’t even know what’s been going on this past month. Oh, wait… That’s right. I had to go back to work. And despite being only once a week, it’s been quite consuming. Plus, one of my boys was sick, and I was suffering from various pregnancy-related ailments… My morning sickness began to taper off, then I developed horrible headaches, then awful shoulder stiffness and pain, which also involved a sharp pain in my sternum every time I tried to stretch and push my shoulders back or take a deep breath. Then, once that pain worked itself out, I was hit with absolute and complete congestion. I couldn’t breathe for days. I’m pretty sure that I am currently a walking Public Service Announcement for birth control. Children, this is what will happen to you if you have unprotected sex. And in the past week or so, the morning sickness has returned. It’s not the all day affair that I experienced earlier on, but in the mornings, I get up and gag several times, which is always a great way to start off the day. I am now at 18w2d, and hoping that life will get better before it gets worse again during the 3rd trimester when I’m huge and uncomfortable. Although I imagine that if I survived carrying twins, carrying a singleton will be a breeze, right? Well, I would have figured that this entire pregnancy, but it has certainly not been the case!

When it comes to crafting, my handcrafting mojo hasn’t exactly returned, but I have finished a couple of things–mainly because I was given a deadline! I was asked to make Mickey and Minnie hats for a cousin’s niece’s wedding, and here’s what resulted:

I think they turned out pretty well, considering that I totally just made up the pattern as I was going along… The bride ears were much easier–I made a basic crochet hat, but cut it short so the bride can actually pin it into her hair. It doesn’t quite reach the ears. The challenge came when I had to attach the ears to the hat. Maybe if I had used a smaller hook (I used a size H, 5.0mm hook) and the stitches were tighter, the ears would have been less floppy… But once the ears were on, they flopped over. So my solution? I used pliable jewelry making wire to add a support to the ears. So the wire had to be weaved through the circumference of the ears and to make sure they remained standing, I made a support with wire that’s hidden on the inside of the hat. It wasn’t a very elegant fix, but the messy parts should remain hidden, so no problem.

The groom hat is quite silly. I know you can’t really tell in this image (I took a few photos of my mom wearing the groom hat, but she looks absolutely ridiculous and made me swear I wouldn’t post them anywhere), but the hat is quite large and has a real Dr. Seuss quality to it. I was a bit worried as I was making it because it was becoming more and more insane as I was working… But in the end, I think it turned out really well because there’s a very silly quality to it, which is actually quite perfect. I don’t know the bride and groom personally, but I imagine that if they want Mickey and Minnie hats for their wedding, they aren’t exactly going for serious! Plus, now I have some ideas for making a Dr. Seuss hat. I just need to find someone who wants one. 😉

I have a couple of other small items that I’ve been working on for a little baby girl, despite not knowing yet if I’m having a boy or a girl. Wishful thinking? Why, yes! Although, obviously, I’ll be happy with a healthy baby. But I happen to have two cousins who are also pregnant–all of us within 3 weeks of each other–we couldn’t have planned it better if we tried!–so I figure at least ONE of us will have a girl. These items still need to be blocked, so I’ll add photos soon.

My next project? I think I’m going to work on a hat that I promised a friend whose birthday was back in August… Oh whoops… And I told him I’d get it to him by the time it got cold. Well, baby, it’s cold outside. We went from summer to winter, skipping fall altogether… But of course, the rain hasn’t stopped… I think that I’m suffering from seasonal depression–we’ve had non-stop rain for about 2 months now with only little peeks of sunlight. I feel so much more productive when the sun is shining, and I can take my boys outside to run around. They’ve been cooped up in the house so much lately. Every morning, Lincoln looks out the window and says, “No rain, no rain!” :-/

Little Gamers Ninja Pattern

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However, please do not re-post the pattern on your own blog.

 

The Cute Ninja from Little Gamers (Crochet)

I used a worsted-weight yarn (I think it was Red Heart Super Saver, but I can’t be sure. It was just some black scrap yarn that was floating around the house) and a 4.0mm crochet hook. My little guy is about 6 inches tall.

Each piece is worked in the round without joining rows. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the row in order to keep track of your rows.

HEAD:
Starting chain: Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.
Row 3: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 18 sc.
Row 4: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 24 sc.
Row 5: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* – 30 sc.
Row 6-11: Sc around.
Row 12: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* – 24 sc.
Row 13: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 18 sc.
Row 14: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 12 sc. Bind off. There will be a small opening to allow stuffing.

FACE:
Using white or flesh colored yarn, ch 5.
Row 1: 2 sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back look of next 2 sc. 2 sc in back loop of next sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. Sc in front loop of next 2 sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. 12 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. 16 sc. Bind off.
*With black yarn, sew eyes onto the ninja mask. You can make the eyes normal circles. I made mine in a “fighting stance” mode, but he looks more constipated than anything else! See samples.

BODY:
Starting chain: Ch 18 and join last ch to first chain with sl st, being careful not to twist.
Row 1: Sc around.
Row 2: *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc* – 20 sc.
Row 3: Sc around.
Row 4: *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc* – 22 sc.
Row 5-10: Sc around. Bind off.

ARMS (Make 2):
Starting chain: Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.
Row 3: Sc around.
Row 4: Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Row 5-6: Sc around.
Row 7: Sc in next 3 sc.
Row 8-10: TURN. Sc in each sc – 3 sc.
Row 11: TURN. Sc in each sc. Bind off.

FEET (Make 2):
Starting chain: Ch 5.
Row 1: 2 sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back look of next 2 sc. 2 sc in back loop of next sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. Sc in front loop of next 2 sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. 12 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. 16 sc.
Row 3: Sc around in back loop only.
Row 4: Sc2tog. Sc in next 4 sc. Sc2tog twice. Sc in next 6 sc. 13 sc.
Row 5: Sc2tog. Sc in next 3 sc. Sc2tog twice. Sc in next 4 sc. 10 sc.
Row 6-7: Sc around. Bind off, leaving a long tail to sew foot to body.

FINISHING:
Sew pieces together. You may want to sew the mask portion onto the head before stuffing the head. You may leave the arms unstuffed or stuff them for more definition. When you sew the feet on, sew the bottom row of the body onto the second or third row of the feet, shoving the feet into the body cavity a bit to create a bit of distinction between the body and the feet. In order to hide the last bit of stuffing that will peek through between the legs, sew the front of that area to the back.

Finally, for the little “notch” on the top of the ninja’s head, ch 2 and 2 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Bind off and tie the little notch to the top of the ninja. This also helps to conceal the little hole you may have at the top.