2.05.2016

Crochet Mouse DIY Cat Toy {Free Crochet Pattern}

free crochet pattern diy mouse cat toy
free crochet pattern mouse diy cat toy

If you have a kitty at home he or she will most definitely need one of these. A DIY crochet cat toy that works up in just a few minutes. These little mice are so quick and easy to make you can whip up a whole stack of them in under an hour. Add a bit of catnip or crinkly paper to the mouse and you'll have an adorable toy that your cat is sure to go nuts over!

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Stitch Knowledge: adjustable loop, ch (chain), sc (single crochet), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet), sl st (slip stitch)

Materials List:
Worsted Weight Yarn
(Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton for the sample)
Size U.S. I/9 (5.50mm) Hook
Scissors and Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker

BODY

Note: Pattern is worked in continuous spiral rounds. Do not join and do not turn. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker. Move the stitch marker up as each round is completed.

Starting out: Make an adjustable loop.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), work 8 sc into the loop. (8)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each stitch around. (16)
Rnd 3: {Work 1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc in next.} Repeat between {} around. (24)
Rnd 4: {Work 1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next.} Repeat between {} around. (32)

Slip stitch into next stitch to join, tie off leaving a long end of yarn (about 10 inches).

EARS (Make 2)

Starting out: Make an adjustable Loop

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), work sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc into the loop. (6)

Tie off leaving a long end of yarn (about 10 inches).

ASSEMBLY

Place the mouse body flat in front of you, right side facing, with long end of yarn at the bottom center of the circle.  Use the long end of yarn as a guide to where the center fold will be on the body of the mouse.

Tie the two ears onto the top of the body of the mouse under the last round of single crochets on opposite sides of the center fold. Space the ears seven stitches apart.

Trim yarn ends leaving the long end on the body of the mouse and the long end on the right ear in place. The long end on the right ear will become the tail of the mouse.

Finishing: Sprinkle in a bit of catnip or tuck in a small half moon of wax paper for kitty to crinkle. Thread the long end of yarn on the body of the mouse onto your tapestry needle. Fold the circle in half, ears on opposite sides, leave the tail to dangle. Whip stitch the edges together. Tie off, weave in end. Trim tail to desired length.

This pattern is available as a print friendly PDF download for $2.99 at Craftsy.

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Written pattern Copyright Sara Freisberg 2016. Please do not repost or reproduce this pattern in any way. Please do share this pattern with others by linking to this page. Feel Free to sell finished items made from this pattern. A link back to the pattern in your listing would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

2.03.2016

World Cancer Day 2016

February 4th is World Cancer Day. A global event with a goal of uniting the world in the fight against cancer. World Cancer Day is really important, because lets face it, cancer affects all of us! 

This year my World Cancer Day impact will be giving hope and support to someone I love that is living with cancer. 

Specifically my beautiful friend Jessica who was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Jessica is a 34 year old wife to 1 and mom of 3. When Jessica was in her twenties she lost her mom to breast cancer. Fast forward to 2016, Jessica is beginning her own battle with the same disease. My heart is heavy just thinking about what my sweet friend will have to endure on her journey to become cancer free. Jessica is just beginning her journey and will need lots of love and support along the way. 

I designed a t-shirt and set up a fundraiser for Jessica. This shirt suits her perfectly. Not only is she beautiful inside and out, but this girl is ready to fight! And although it was designed with Jessica in mind this t-shirt is for all the beauties out there who are facing the same fight. 

Will you join me as one of Jessica's allies? BUY A T-SHIRT and then share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. Please use #thisbeautyfights wherever you share. Don't wait to buy your tee! This fundraiser ends February 15th. Thank you for helping to support Jessica as this beauty fights back against breast cancer.

Visit worldcancerday.org for a list of other simple actions you can take to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

1.29.2016

Granny's Messenger Bag {Free Crochet Pattern}

granny square messenger bag free crochet pattern
granny square cross-body bag free crochet pattern

Granny's Messenger Bag is all about the granny square! Follow this free crochet pattern to turn 48 squares into an adorable cross-body bag. This purse is perfectly sized and large enough to carry all of your essentials, making it an awesome all-day companion. Wherever you are going proclaim your love for the granny square, take a bright cheerful granny bag along with you. 

One Size: Laying flat with front flap closed the body of the finished bag will measure approximately 14 x 12 inches.

Stitch Knowledge: adjustable loop, ch (chain), sc (single crochet), dc (double crochet), sl st (slip stitch)

Materials List:
Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
(Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton for the sample)
3 Skeins Main Color (MC)
1 Skein Contrast Color (CC)
Size U.S. E/4 (3.50mm) and F/5 (3.75mm) Hooks
Scissors and Tapestry Needle
Stitch Markers
1¼ inch Button

Granny Squares: Make 48 granny squares. (Instructions are written to change color after each round. To continue with the same color do not fasten off. After the join sl st into the next 2 dc and then into the ch 2 corner space. Continue to the next round.)

Starting out: With 3.50mm hook make an adjustable loop.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Work 2 dc into the loop, ch 2. {Work 3 dc into the loop, ch 2.} Repeat between {} two more times. Join with a sl st into the top of the beginning ch 3. Tie off.

Rnd 2: Join CC with a sl st into one of the ch 2 corner spaces. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into the same corner space as join, ch 1. {Skip next 3 dc. Work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into the next ch 2 corner space, ch 1.} Repeat between {} two more times. Join with a sl st into the top of the beginning ch 3. Tie off.

Note: Granny squares in the sample were joined by following Sarah Londons Join As You Go Method. If you use the Join As You Go Method you will begin joining as you work Round 3 of the pattern. If preferred you can whipstitch the squares together or join the squares with a single crochet seam after completing Round 3 of the pattern.

Rnd 3: Join MC with a sl st into one of the ch 2 corner spaces. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into the same corner space as join, ch 1. {Skip next 3 dc. Work 3 dc into the next ch 1 space, ch 1. Skip next 3 dc. Work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into the next ch 2 corner space, ch 1.} Repeat between {} two more times. Skip next 3 dc. Work 3 dc into the last ch 1 space from previous round, ch 1. Join with a sl st into the top of the beginning ch 3. Tie off, weave in ends.

Joining Granny Squares: Join 16 squares, 4 rows of 4 to form the Front of Bag. Join 32 square, 8 rows of 4 to form the Back of Bag/Front Flap.

BACK OF BAG/FRONT FLAP

Note: To finish the back of the bag you will begin by working across the last row of 4 granny squares on the Back of Bag/Front Flap.

Starting out: With 3.75mm hook and right side facing join MC with a sl st into the bottom corner space on Back of Bag/Front Flap.

Row 1: Sc into the same corner space as join. Work 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space across. (52)
Row 2: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), turn. Work 1 sc into each stitch across. (52)
Row 3-15: Repeat Row 2.

Tie off, weave in ends.

Note: To finish the front flap you will begin by working across the first row of 4 granny squares on the Back of Bag/Front Flap.

Starting out: With 3.75mm hook and right side facing join MC with a sl st into the top corner space on Back of Bag/Front Flap.

Row 1: Sc into the same corner space as join. Work 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space across. (52)
Row 2: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), turn. Work 1 sc into each stitch across. (52)
Row 3-4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), turn. Sc 23. Ch 6, skip 6 sc. Sc 23. (46)
Row 6: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), turn. Sc 23. Work 6 sc around the ch 6. Sc 23. (52)
Row 7: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), turn. Work 1 sc into each stitch across. (52)

Edging: Work 1 round of sc around the entire piece.

Start by working up the side. Work 6 sc evenly spaced across the first 7 rows of sc. Sc into first corner space. Continue working 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space across. Work 14 sc evenly spaced across the last 15 rows of sc. (124)

Turn the corner, work 1 sc into each stitch across the bottom. (52)

Turn the corner, work 14 sc evenly spaced across the first 15 rows of sc. Sc into first corner space. Continue working 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space across. Work 6 sc evenly spaced across the last 7 rows of sc. (124)

Turn the corner, work 1 sc into each stitch across the top. (52)

Join with sl st to first sc made. Tie off, weave in ends.

FRONT OF BAG

Note: To finish the front of the bag you will begin by working across the last row of 4 granny squares on the Front of Bag.

Starting out: With 3.75mm hook and right side facing join MC with a sl st into the bottom corner space on Front of Bag.

Row 1: Sc into the same corner space as join. Work 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space across. (52)
Row 2: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), turn. Work 1 sc into each stitch across. (52)
Row 3-15: Repeat Row 2.

Edging: Work 1 round of sc around the entire piece.

Start by working up the side. Work 14 sc evenly spaced across the first 15 rows of sc. Sc into first corner space. Continue working 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space across. (66)

Turn the corner, work sc into same corner space. Continue working 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space across the top. (52)

Turn the corner, work sc into same corner space. Continue working 1 sc into each dc, ch 1, and corner space down the side. Work 14 sc evenly spaced across the last 15 rows of sc. (66)

Turn the corner, work 1 sc into each sc across the bottom. (52)

Join with sl st to first sc. Tie off, weave in ends.

STRAP

Starting out: With MC and 3.75mm hook ch 331.

Row 1: Work sc in 2nd ch from hook. Continue working 1 sc into each ch st across. (330)
Row 2: Ch 1 (not a counted stitch), turn. Work 1 sc into each st across. (330)
Row 3-6: Repeat Row 2.

Tie off leaving a long end of yarn (about 8 inches).

Finishing: Fold the strap in half and line up the edges. Thread the long end of yarn onto your tapestry needle. Whip stitch the edges together. Tie off, weave in ends.


Assembly: Starting at the seam of the strap count up 92 stitches to the left of the seam, mark the stitch with a stitch marker. Starting again at the seam of the strap count up 92 stitches to the right of the seam, mark the stitch with a stitch marker on the opposite side.

With 3.75mm hook and right side facing join CC yarn with a sl st into the top left corner stitch on Front of Bag.

Line up the stitch marker on the strap with the top left corner on Front of Bag (strap seam should be at the bottom center of the bag). Join the two pieces by working a single crochet join around the body of the bag. After joining the body of the bag continue working 1 sc into each stitch around the strap and then across the top of the Front of Bag.

Join to strap with a sl st. Tie off.

Repeat the same process for the Back of Bag/Front Flap. With 3.75mm hook and right side facing join CC yarn with a sl st into the top left corner of the 4th square from the bottom on Back of Bag/Front Flap.

Line up the stitch marker on the strap with the corner stitch on Back of Bag/Front Flap. Join the two pieces by working a single crochet join around the body of the bag. After joining the body of the bag continue working 1 sc into each stitch around the strap and then around the front flap of the bag.

Join to strap with a sl st. Tie off, weave in ends.

Finishing: Center button underneath the button hole on front flap. Sew button onto Front of Bag with needle and thread.


This pattern is available as a print friendly PDF download for $2.99 at Craftsy.


granny square messenger bag free crochet pattern
Written pattern Copyright Sara Freisberg 2016. Please do not repost or reproduce this pattern in any way. Please do share this pattern with others by linking to this page. Feel free to sell finished items made from this pattern. A link back to the pattern in your listing would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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