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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Corn on the Cob

Thanksgiving is over and I'm officially in Christmas mode! I've secretly been in Christmas mode since shortly after Halloween, but I don't let my freak flag fly til Thanksgiving. I love decorating. I have a myriad of decorations which I mix and match, creating a unique design every year. When it comes to Christmas ornaments, I can get very sentimental. I have ornaments from my grandparents that have been on a tree every Christmas since my mother was a little girl. I have treasured hand made ornaments, collectibles, mementos made by my children, and ones made by me when I was a child. It's a beautiful and well loved collection. Some of my most fond memories of Christmases at my grandparents' house with my cousins are of us kids crafting ornaments together. I still love making ornaments!

Recently I've been seeing crocheted ornaments on social media, and it inspired me to design my own! I asked my family what ornament they would like to see. My daughter suggested a tree, but everyone makes trees. I said I wanted to make something original and cute. My genius husband then chimed in, "Hey make a corn cob!". We laughed, and then I began to think. The corn cob is by no means "Christmassy" but it's adorable, comical, yummy and delightfully unexpected! Intrigued, I decided to go for it.

I'm no amigurumi expert, but I have made a few things. The basics are simple. Amigurumi are worked in the round, rounds are not joined (stitch markers are a must). Items are stuffed with your basic poly-fill, sewn shut and voila- you have an adorable crocheted plush toy!

Now, keep in mind, I'M LEFT HANDED! Shocker. I know. My cousin who is my right handed pattern tester has just come to a startling conclusion. Some of the things she makes from my patterns come out backwards, or inside out! I noticed over the years, that some things I make from other people's right-handed patterns come out backwards or inside out! Amigurumi included. She and I put two and two together and figured it out. I'M LEFT HANDED. There's nothing we can do about this.

If you're also left handed. You probably work my patterns like a dream. If you're right handed and you've made one of my patterns before, you might have noticed something off, or funny about them. This is the problem. Well, it's not really a problem, just a little hurdle we can jump together. Right-handers, don't fret, just turn whatever looks weird inside out, or turn it around, or wear it on the other hand. Boom. Problem solved. I'll be making notes on previous pattern posts when I get the chance. We never knew what was off before. Isn't life funny? And we wonder why they say left-handers live on average 9 less years than right handed persons. It is indeed a fallen world we live in. Woe unto me and my south paw brethren. (Kidding!)

Pity party aside- I mean upside down (left handed crocheting joke, insert laughter here) this corn on the cob is really fun, and really easy to make. It works up quickly and makes an adorable festive addition to your family tree. It's the cutest conversation starter your holiday party ever had!


xo- Kip

Corn on the Cob Christmas Ornament 

FREE Crochet Pattern

Hook: G6/4MM
Yarn: any worsted in yellow and green
Notions: Stitch Markers, yarn needle, small amount of stuffing/poly-fill

Notes: On cob, be sure to mark the first stitch of each round, as you will not be joining rounds, but continuing the work by making the first stitch of the next round on the first stitch of the last round. This will eliminate an unsightly seam on the toy. On husk you will be working into both sides of the beginning chain forming a u shape. Spikes on the husk are formed similar to picots, or points on a star. Once the spike is made, it is sl st into place where indicated. Work continues around outside of husk in rows.

Cob: use yellow
Begin with a magic ring.
Rnd 1: sc 10 into the ring.
Rnd 2: *sc, make 2 sc  in the next st*, repeat** around. (15 sts)
Rnd 3: *sc in each of the next two sts, make 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** around. (20 sts)
Rnds 4: working in blo, sc in each st around (20 sts)
Rnds 5-13: sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Rnds 14-23: sc2tog, then sc in each st around. (10 sts by round 23)
Pause to stuff
Rnd 24: sc2tog around.  (5 sts)
Join with a sl st. Break yarn leaving long tail and sew small hole closed. Weave in ends.

Husk: use green
Ch 14 (work into   w back bump of chain)
Row 1: dc in third ch from hook, dc in each of the next 10 chs, make 7 dc in last ch, pivot work, (continue by working back up the other side of the chain, into the "v"s) dc in each of the 11 remaining chs, do not turn, ch 4, sc in second ch from hook, hdc in the next ch, dc in the last ch, sl st to top of beg ch, ch 4, sc in the second ch from hook, hdc in the next ch, dc in the last ch, sl st to top of first dc. Do not turn, keep right side facing.

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as first dc), dc in first st, dc in each of the next 13 sts, make 2 dc in next st, 2 dc in the next, 2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 13 sts, do not turn.

Row 3: ch 4, sc in second ch from hook, hdc, in the next ch, dc in the last ch, turn, dc in each of the next 13 sts, dc 2 in the next st, dc 2 in the next st, dc in each of the next 3 sts, dc 2 in the next st, dc 2 in the next st, dc in each of the next 12 sts, do not turn, ch 4, sc in second ch from hook, hdc in the next ch, dc in the last ch, sl st to turning chain of previous row, FO weave in ends.

Nestle corn cob inside husk and using green, sew husk to cob. Add loop to hang if using as an ornament.

Have fun giggling and enjoying your corn cob, and watching other people's expression as they notice it hanging from the tree!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Quick Mitts

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Phew! October came and went, didn't it!? Sorry for my little hiatus, I hate leaving ya'll hanging when I know you want more quality free accessory designs! I had A LOT going on last month. My daughter had so many football games to cheer, I needed to sew my girls some Halloween costumes, and I had a very large crochet order come through that I'm almost (mercifully) done with. I admit I kinda got burnt out and I took a small vacation from crocheting as well. It didn't last long though! A few days later I was jonesing to pick up my hooks again. When this happens, I always make sure to treat myself by making something I WANT - FOR ME! This is a good lesson to learn in life in general, especially for mothers/fathers/primary care givers (you know who you are and how hard you work). You can't take care of everything and everyone unless you're taking care of yourself too! Remember that!

I'm a big fan of Bethany Dearden (and not just because we have the same name!) and her blog Whistle and Ivy. She recently unveiled an adorable CAL (i.e. Crochet-A-Long) of a Nativity of the Holy Family just in time for Christmas decorating. So, I made my stalker-like love of her official and signed up for her newsletter to make sure I would not miss a piece. Needless to say, it's SUPER cute. You should really make yourself a set. Your kids will love playing with the little figures!

To whet my appetite for getting back into crocheting,
I made this precious crochet Nativity from Whistle and Ivy.
Now I'm finishing up my big custom order and I decided I needed to share with you these quick and simple mittens. I call them "Quick Mitts". Tres original, no?

Lets face it, everyone has a smart phone. Gone are the days when a super soft comfy warm pair of mittens will do the trick. You'll wear them once and then realize you have to take them completely off to use your phone. This is less than desirable. So here's my solution. Get the look you love, comfort you crave and the warmth you want out of a crocheted pair of mittens with all the fun, flair and phone access you need!

These are a much, much simplified version of my cable design gloves, The Chrissy. They work up really quickly thanks to fluffy worsted yarn with the help of the taller half double crochet stitch. It's like my favorite stitch ever. (move over double crochet- your days are numbered)

You can make these as a gift in any color, and they will stretch to fit most hands comfortably. The best feature is, you can make them as long or as short as you want. Go almost full finger coverage, or barely there for warmer days! You decide!

Here's a pair I made for myself with luxurious Yarn Bee Glowing variegated in Mariposa Prairie 

I made the fingers and thumbs very tall for maximum warmth and I can tuck my finger tips down in the gloves when I need to, or keep them out to use my phone at any time, without the hassle of a flip over finger panel. I've tried them, they're a pain! And they stretch out. Not a fan.

I guarantee you'll be a fan of these gloves, though! 

Once you get the hang of this simple pattern, you'll want to make multiple pairs for everyone you love!

Enjoy this Quick Mitts FREE glove pattern. Please share your results on my Facebook page, and be sure to look me up on Ravelry. I'm here to help so any comments, questions or feedback are always welcome!

A printer-friendly, ad-free PDF version of this pattern is available in my etsy shop or you can click this  button to get it from my Ravelry store! Thank you for your support and for helping me create more free patterns!

It's almost Christmastime so get to craftin' people!

 xo- Kip

Quick Mitts Free Pattern:

Quick Mitts

Hook: H/8 5mm
Yarn: Any Worsted
Gauge: 13 sts, 9 rows = 4” in HDC
Notions: Yarn needle
Difficulty: Easy

Notes: Left and Right Hand gloves are made identically, except for thumb hole round. See instructions for more details. Joined rounds are worked as follows: make first hdc in next st (after join), at round end, make final hdc in join st. Length of finger and thumb coverage is totally customizable- simply add or delete rounds for a custom look!

Blo- crochet in back loop only
Hdc- half double crochet
Ch- chain
Sl st- slip stitch

Row 1: Ch 9, hdc in third ch from hook, and in each ch across, turn. (7 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in blo across. (7 sts)
Row 3-15: repeat row 2.

Fold cuff in half, matching up stitches, sl st evenly through stitches on both edges to form a tube. Do not break yarn. Turn tube 90 degrees so raw edge faces up, ch 1.

Round 1: Working loosely along raw edge of cuff tube, sl st evenly around making 23 sts in total. Do not join, ch 1.
Round 2: Hdc in next st (the first sl st made in previous rnd), hdc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 1. (23 hdc)
*Throughout pattern, at join ch 1 and st in next st, at round end, make last st of rnd in join st.
Round 3-5: Hdc in the next stitch, and in each st around, join, ch 1.

Thumb Hole:
Round 6: FOR RIGHT HAND GLOVE- Hdc in first 2 sts, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, hdc in remaining 17 sts, join, ch 1.

Round 6: FOR LEFT HAND GLOVE- Hdc 17, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, hdc in last 2 sts, join, ch 1.

Glove Continued:
Rounds 7-13: hdc in the next st, and in each st around, join, ch 1.

For more finger coverage, crochet an additional 1-3 rows as desired.

Break yarn.

Join at bottom edge of thumb hole, and hdc evenly around as follows: hdc 4 along edge, hdc 2 along side of hole, hdc 4 along top of hole, hdc 2 along side of hole, join, ch 1. (12 sts)
Work up thumb hole an additional 1-3 rounds as desired for more or less thumb coverage.

FO weave in ends.

© Haute Kippy 2016

You may sell items made from this pattern, but please be courteous, always credit Haute Kippy with the original design and link to my blog when possible.

Original pattern ‘Quick Mitts’’
copyright Haute Kippy by Bethany Sypolt 2016