Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks to Project Linus

On this eve of Thanksgiving Day, I am very thankful and grateful for many, many BLESSINGS in my life. There are so many!
On a crochet note, though, I will forever be thankful for organizations such as Project Linus. I would like to ask you to please support Project Linus in the 2010 Craft for A Cause contest! They could win $50,000! How great would that be for such a wonderful crochet organization! Please click HERE to go to the Joann's Craft For A Cause website and vote! You can vote once per day on their website until December 4, 2010. Please take a moment each day and vote. $50,000 could go a very long way for such an independent organization!
Project Linus has had a very special place in my heart for a few years now. When my mother was discharged from the trauma center into the rehab center after she was hit by a car, she had to travel by ambulance. The problem was that she had only her thin hospital nightgown to travel in and it was the middle of winter in New York! Her problem was solved when a wonderful therapist went down to the Services' office and came back with a beautiful, warm, crocheted afghan that was tagged Project Linus! I could not believe that someone had lovingly made something so precious for a stranger! It was a beautiful thing (see photo above) and definitely served it's purpose in keeping my mother warm AND still does! Thank you to all crocheters and knitters who lovingly donate their time, yarn and talent to such worthy craft causes!
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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Ginny Gingerbread



GINNY GINGERBREAD DOLL

Copyright by Jocelyn Sass 2010
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Ginny Gingerbread is copyrighted by Cute Crochet 2010

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Materials: Red Heart Super Saver 4-ply yarn by Coats & Clark, 5 oz. #422 Sierra, 4 oz. #256 Carrot, 2 oz. #313 Aran, scraps of #313 Black for embroidery; F (3.75mm) and G (4mm) hooks; 3/8" Off-White Shank-type Buttons, 2; ¼” (6mm) Baby Rick Rack by Wrights, #030 White; 1/8” Blue Satin Ribbon, 1-1/3 yards; Aleenes Designer Tacky Glue; polyester fiberfill;  sewing and tapestry needles; matching thread;
Gauge: F hook; 9 sc = 2 inches; 5 rows = 1 inch.
           G hook; 4 sc = 1 inch; 4 rows = 1 inch.
Size: 16" inches tall
HEAD AND BODY
Rnd 1: (right side) Starting at top of head with Carrot and F hook, ch 5; 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, 4 sc in last ch; working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last ch, join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (12).  
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc, join, ch 1, turn. (16).
Rnd 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 7 sc, join, ch 1, turn.  (18).
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn.  (24). Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (30). Rnd 6: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (36).
Rnd 7: (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (42). 
Rnd 8-14: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (42). 
Rnd 15: (Sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (36). 
Rnd 16: Repeat Rnd 8. (36). 
Rnd 17: (Sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (30).   
Rnd 18: Repeat Rnd 8. (30). 
Rnd 19: (Sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (24).  
Rnd 20: Repeat Rnd 8. (24).  
Rnd 21: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (18).  
Rnd 22: Repeat Rnd 8. (18). 
Rnd 23: 2 sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (36).
Rnd 24: (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (42).
Rnds 25-42: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (42).
Rnd 43: (Sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (36).                   
Rnd 44: (Sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (30).                   
Stuff head and body firmly with polyester fiberfill. Fasten off.

Begin Legs
Rnd 1: With F hook, join Carrot with a sc in center back st of body of Rnd 42; sc in next 14 sc, ch 1; join with a sl st to first sc leaving remaining sts unworked; ch 1, turn. 
(15 sts, 1 ch).
Rnd 2: Sc in ch 1, sc in next 15 sc, join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (16).
Rnds 3-20: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (16).
Begin stuffing leg firmly with polyester fiberfill.

Begin foot
Rnd 21: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (24).
Rnds 22-26: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (24).
Rnd 27: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (18).
Begin stuffing foot.
Rnd 28: (Sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (12).
Finish stuffing foot.
Rnd 29: (Dec over next 2 sc) around, (6), join with a sl st to first sc.
Fasten off, leaving length for sewing. Sew opening closed.


Second Leg
Rnd 1: With F hook, join Carrot with a sc in NEXT st of Rnd 42 (first unworked st of Rnd 1 of First Leg); sc in remaining 14 sc; sc in opposite side of ch 1 of Rnd 1 First Leg; join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (16).
Rnds 2-20: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (16).
Begin stuffing leg firmly with polyester fiberfill.

Begin foot
Rnd 21: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (24).
Rnds 22-26: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (24).
Rnd 27: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (18).
Begin stuffing foot.
Rnd 28: (Sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (12).
Finish stuffing foot.
Rnd 29: (Dec over next 2 sc) around, (6), join with a sl st to first sc.
Fasten off, leaving length for sewing. Sew opening closed. 
 
ARMS (Make 2)
Rnd 1: (right side) With Carrot and F hook, ch 5; 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, 4 sc in last ch; working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last ch, join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (12).  
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc, join, ch 1, turn. (16).
Rnds 3-6: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (16).
Rnd 7: Dec over first 2 sc, sc in next 6 sc, dec over next 2 sc, sc in last 6 sc;
join, ch 1, turn. (14).
Rnds 8-23: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (14).
Fasten off, leaving length for sewing. Stuff arm firmly, flatten top and sew opening closed. Sew arm to each side of body.  

EYES: Using Black yarn and Satin Stitch, embroider eyes over Rnd 12, 1" apart.

ICING TRIM: Cut one piece of White Rick Rack 12” or long enough to fit around head from shoulder to shoulder. Glue Rick Rack around head, starting first end from one shoulder, around top of head, to opposite shoulder. Let dry.
Cut two pieces of Rick Rack 5-1/2” or long enough to fit around wrist area of arm. Glue Rick Rack to each wrist of arm between Rnds 4 & 5, overlapping ends in back of wrist.
Let dry.   

DRESS
Row 1: (right side) Starting at neckline, with Sierra variegated and F hook, ch 35;  
sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across,  ch 1, turn. (34).
Row 2: Sc in first 6 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last 6 sc, ch 1, turn. (42).
Row 3: Sc in first 7 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 12 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last 7 sc, ch 1, turn. (50).
Row 4: Sc in first 8 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 14 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last 8 sc, ch 1, turn. (58).
Row 5: Sc in first 9 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 16 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last 9 sc, ch 1, turn. (66).
Row 6: Sc in first 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 12 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 18 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 12 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last 10 sc, ch 1, turn. (74).
Row 7: Sc in first 12 sc, ch 5, skip next 14 sc, sc in next 22 sc, ch 5, skip next 14 sc, sc in last 12 sc, ch 1, turn. (10 ch, 46 sc).
Row 8: Sc in ea sc and ch across, ch 1, turn, (56).
Rows 9-11: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (56).
Row 12: Working in Back Loops only, 3 sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (168).
Row 13: (Sc, 2 dc) in first sc, skip next 2 sc,  ** (sc, 2 dc) in next sc, skip next 2 sc; repeat from ** across to last 3 sc, (sc, 2 dc) in next sc, skip next sc, sc in last sc, 
ch 1, turn. (56 shells).
Rows 14-26: (Sc, 2 dc) in first sc, ** (sc, 2 dc) in next sc;  repeat from ** across, ch 1, turn. (56 shells).
Row 27: (Sc, 2 dc) in first sc, ** (sc, 2 dc) in next sc; repeat from ** across, changing to Aran in last st made, ch 3, turn. (56 shells). 

Dress Trim
Row 1: With Aran, dc in same pl as turn ch, 2 dc in ea st across, ch 1, turn. (336 dc).
Row 2: Sl st in first dc, (ch 3, sl st in next dc) across.  Fasten off. 

COLLAR
Row 1: With right side of Dress and neckline facing and F hook, join Aran with a sl st in first st on opposite side of starting ch; ch 3, dc in same ch, working across neckline on opposite side of starting ch, 2 dc in ea ch across, ch 1, turn. (68 dc). 
Row 2: Sl st in first dc, (ch 3, sl st in next dc) across to last st, ch 3, sl st in top of turning ch. Fasten off.

SLEEVES
Rnd 1: With right side facing and F hook, join Sierra with a sc in any st skipped from Row 7; make 22 more sc (for a total of 23) around armhole opening; join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (23).
Rnds 2-10: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (23).
Rnd 11: Sc in ea sc around, changing to Aran in last st made of Rnd 11, join with a sl st to first sc, DO NOT turn. 

SLEEVE TRIM
Rnd 1: With Aran, ch 3, dc in same place as joining, 2 dc in ea st around; join with a sl st to top of ch-3, ch 1, turn. (46).
Rnd 2: Sl st in first dc, (ch 3, sl st in next dc) around; join with a sl st to first sl st.
Fasten off.
Sew 2 buttons to front center of bodice as shown.
Place dress on doll. Overlap back ends of dress and sew in place. 

SHOES (Make 2)
Rnd 1:  With Sierra and G hook, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (6).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (12).
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join, ch 1, turn. (18).
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (24).
Rnds 5-11: Sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (24).  
Rnd 12: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around, changing to Aran in last st made join, turn. (18).
SHOE TRIM (right side)
Rnd 13: With Aran,ch 3, sl st in Front Loop only of first sc, ch 3, (sl st in FLO of next sc, ch 3) around; join with a sl st to base of starting ch-3. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Cut 1/8” satin ribbon into 4, 12” pieces. Set one piece aside. Holding 3 remaining pieces together as one, tie into a bow. Sew bow to side of head as shown.

GINGERBREAD
Body Side (Make 2)
First Foot
Row 1: Starting at feet, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in last ch; ch 1, turn. (2).
Row 2: 2 sc in first sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (4).
Rows 3 & 4: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (4). At end of Row 4, fasten off. Turn.
Second Foot
Repeat Rows 1-4 of First Foot; DO NOT fasten off, ch 1, turn.
Joining Row
Row 5: Sc in ea sc across; working in sts of Row 4 of first foot, sc in ea sc across, joining both feet together, ch 1, turn. (8).
Rows 6-8: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (8).
Row 9: Sc in ea sc across, fasten off, Turn. (8).
 
Begin Arms
Row 10: Ch 3, sc in ea sc across sts of Row 9 of Body, ch 4, turn. (7 ch, 8 sc).
Row 11: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next 8 sc, sc in last 3 ch,
ch 1, turn. (14).
Row 12: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (14).
Row 13: Dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea sc across to last 2 sc, dec over last 2 sc.
Fasten off, turn. 

Begin Head
Row 14: Skip first 4 sts of Row 13; join Carrot with a sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, ch 1, turn, leaving rem 4 sc unworked, ch 1, turn. (4).
Row 15: 2 sc in first sc, sc in ea sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (6).
Rows 16-18: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (6).
Row 19: Dec over first 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, dec over last 2 sc, ch 1, DO NOT turn.
Rnd 20: Working in ends of rows and in ea sc, sc around outer edge of body; join with a sl st to first sc.
After first side, fasten off. After second side, DO NOT fasten off.

Joining
Holding both body sides with wrong sides together and working in BOTH Back Loops only around, sl st in Back Loops only joining sides together and stuffing body with polyester fiberfill before closing. Join with a sl st to first sl st and fasten off.

EYES
Using Black and French Knot, embroider eyes between Rows 17 and 18, ¾” apart.
Tie remaining 12” satin ribbon into a bow. Sew bow to front neckline of gingerbread. Trim ends.
Using tapestry needle and Carrot yarn, tack Gingerbread to hand of gingerbread doll.
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Fall/Autumn Linky Love

Happy Autumn! Join us for our most recent  LINKY LOVE for FALL needlecraft projects.  If you have any type of crochet/knit/sewn/handcrafted pattern or finished item, either for sale or for free, join this post! Just click on the 'Add Your Link' button below and follow the instructions! I have done the first few for you to give you an example! The ability to post to this Linky Love will expire on November 30, 2010. JOIN US!

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