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Friday, February 12, 2010

Fun With Valentine's Day Crochet Leftovers and a Free Pattern for You!

I really enjoyed working on all of my Valentine's Day crochet projects and I thought they turned out Love-ly. I made a couple more of the hearts I showed you in my last post because they are just so cute and I thought of so many things that could be done with them. Like this face:

Another option would be to add arms and legs to this little heart face. I think that would just be too cute!

I sewed a crocheted flower on this heart and I am going to use it for a pin cushion, It would also be cute to make a sachet out of one of them, or attach a string to one and hang it from your rear view mirror.

I like making little trinkets for friends for little surprises, so I turned the turquoise heart into a key chain.

I am also making some crocheted lip balm cozies for friends, using pretty girlie colors and putting cute little lip balm tubes in them.

This is the first one I made, and I plan on making several more of these. I put a key ring on this one, but they could also be hooked on your purse so you can always find your lip balm or lipstick. They are so easy and work up in less than an hour from start to finish! They can be made in so many different colors and using a variety of cute buttons the possibilities are endless!
Here is the pattern if you'd like to make some of these for yourself or as gifts.

Supplies: Small amount of worsted weight yarn
Size F crochet hook.

Decorative button of your choice
Stitch marker

A tube of lip balm or lipstick

Round 1: Chain 2. 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Join with a slip stitch at the end of the round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. Join with sl at end of round. (10)

Round 3: Working in back loop only, sc in each stitch around. Do not join. (10)

Round 4 & remaining: Sc in each stitch around, working in a spiral, until the cozy is the length of your tube of lip balm or lipstick.

When your cozy is the correct length, decide where you want your button and either sew it on now, or mark the spot where you want it to be.

For the flap:

Stop at the end of the last round and join with a slip stitch.

Chain 1 and turn, then sc in the next 5 stitches, and turn.

Continue working 5 sc back and forth until the flap is long enough to fold over and reach the top of the button.
(I put my lip balm in the cozy at this point to make sure the flap was long enough to reach over the top of the tube and down to the top of the button.) When the flap reaches the top of the button, chain 5 and join to the other end of the flap with a slip stitch and finish off. Note: If you are using a larger button, like I did, you may want to make the chain on your flap a few stitches longer to allow it to fit over a large button

Weave in your ends and you are done!
I hope you have fun with these if you decide to make some. Thanks for visiting as always, I hope you have a terrific and crafty week!

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Amigurumi Love Birds for Valentine's Day

Hello everyone! I have been in a bit of a crochet 'slump' lately. Or I guess I should say things kept getting in the way of my crochet, which is what put me in the slump. I just couldn't seem to get any of my crochet projects finished! Things that should have taken me a day, were taking me a week due to distractions, interruptions and just 'life' in general. Thankfully things seem to be looking up in that area lately, and I finished my little amigurumi 'Love Birds" in time for Valentine's day.

These little birds were so easy to make and worked up quickly as well. Perfect for a last minute Valentine's Day gift!

The pattern can be found on the Lion Brand Yarn website here.

Still want more Valentine's Day crochet patterns? Then check these out!

Amigurumi Heart doll pattern link.

Crochet Box of Chocolates pattern link.

So cute!! Amigurumi Love Bug pattern link.

The pattern designer intended for these to be crocheted dog toys, but there could be many additional uses for these cute hearts! Pattern can be found here.

Crochet Basket Weave Valentine Heart Satchet pattern link.

Adorable crochet hearts pattern link.

All of these are just perfect for Valentine's day projects or gifts. I'm working on some small crochet gifts to give to friends.So I'm off to get those done before Valentine's day.

Thanks for visiting as always!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Amigurumi Hearts for Valentine's Day ~ Love is in the Air!

Just as fast as the Christmas and New Year's holidays were over, here comes Valentine's Day sneaking up on me, as most holidays do! Valentine's Day is so much more relaxed than Christmas though, and I always have fun with Valentine's Day crafting. I started a little earlier than normal this year because I couldn't wait to try out a pattern I found for these little amigurumi style hearts. The pattern is from Mia Zamora Johnson of Owlishly.

The pattern includes instructions for hearts in 3 different sizes, large, medium and small. I ended up making one of each.

These hearts were so much fun to crochet and they worked up really quickly too. I made all three of them in one day.

I know turquoise is not a traditional Valentine's day color, but I love it so much I couldn't resist. I'm thinking I will make a key chain out of this one.

If you are interested in crocheting some of these little hearts yourself, you can find the free pattern here.

I'm not done with my Valentine's day crochet so expect to see some more of my finished projects, as well as some more free Valentine's day crochet patterns in the next few days.

I hope you are enjoying your Valentine's day crafting. Feel free to leave a link to your projects in the comments so we can all check them out! A Valentine's day 'Show & Tell' !

Thanks for visiting, as always!

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