Granny Squares, Mr. Tom?

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Finished! Just in time, and better late than never, right?

Mr. Tom turned out so nicely!

 

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And just in time for the holidays, too.

First, a few granny squares:

 

 

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Then a body (slighty smaller than the original pattern, I like my turkeys petite, hee hee), beak, snood and cute eyes:

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I love her clever use of a shell type stitch for these neat amigurami eyes! Here is my sketch of the chart:

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Sew up according to the pattern and in no time you have a darling turkey for your table or to gift the neighbors!

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Many thanks to Petals to Picots for this sweet pattern! You can find the link here:

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-turkey-crochet-pattern/

Happy Turkey-making!

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Giving Thanks and Baby Hats

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Hellooooo Monday! Always nice to get back to my routine of cleaning and cooking after a weekend busy with outings and retail. The holiday shopping is picking up, for sure! I am busy with custom orders for the holidays and loving every minute.

Today’s feature is two of my favorite designs from my Rescue Hero series: the police officer and firefighter photo props. So cute! And their recepients were delighted. While the actual patterns are not yet written up for publication, I am including several tips below that will have you whipping up your own version, in no time!

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The Little Police Officer uses a standard diaper cover pattern (basically an hourglass shape with one end wider than the other to overlap for buttoning). The donut– so much fun to make!– was a free pattern I googled…sorry, I don’t remember which blog or I would share the link! Maybe next time…there is so much cute crochet food out there, enough for an entire series, fun!

The hat. Ah, the hat. I spent several hours researching police issue shapes to determine just the look I wanted. I ended up using a pentagon top, increasing each round until reaching the diameter I wanted. I then began the sides by crocheting in back loops only, and decreasing at each corner. Once I achieved my desired height, I switched to black and did 4-5 rounds of sc. The design of the brim I borrowed from a free newsboys cap on ravelry.

The shield is just a circle crocheted in the round with a second round of well-placed triple crochets and slip stitches for shaping. A little felt for custom lettering, and there you have it!

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 I think he likes it! Now…

 

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The Little Firefighter: the hat is an octogon with fpdc at the corners for ridges, increasing proportionally each round. I switched to triple crochet at the back for the elongated brim, turning for a last row or two just on the back.

I used acrylic worsted weight yarn and an H hook.

I hope this inspires you to try your own designs!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am excited to post my tabletop turkey later this week, I hope I finish in time for the holiday! 🙂

Monday Musings

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Good afternoon, all! I’ve decided Monday will be an excellent day to post on The Sparkly Toad. It is so nice to sit down and crochet a bit after a busy weekend with family and long evenings cashiering for a local major retailer. While I checked out customers with busy hands (I wonder if crochet skills helps with the hand over hand of checking, and quickness on the computer touchscreen?), my mind had plenty of time to consider several crochet projects currently in the works.

My sweet little neighbor girl had asked for a purple scarf. I am busy filling holiday orders, but I thought maybe a cowl for her small neck wouldn’t take too long? I started out with a ripple stitch I just love, from MondedeSucrette, but it just wasn’t warm enough for these chilly Wisconsin winters.

After a few days of thinking it over, I decided to try a waffle stitch. The blog SuburbanJubilee has a nice pic tutorial and I found myself stitching away in no time. I added a ch 2 at each end without counting that as the first dc and it has a sweet little ruffle top and bottom, surprise!

I have another hour or two to work, I might just finsh this afternoon yet. I think about twenty inches long, then slipstitch the ends together to join. You can see in the pics we are enjoying our first official dusting of snow here today. Happy hooking!

 

Ripple cowl

Ripple cowl

Waffle stitch cowl
Waffle stitch cowl

First snow!

First snow!

 

 

 

An update: finished! And she likes it. 🙂20131111_153110 20131111_153209

Today is the day!

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So kind of you to visit! Welcome to The Sparkly Toad. My enthusiasm for crochet design has been building for the past several years and become a bit of a business. I love the inspiration new ideas bring and have created this blog to pass on my favorite discoveries! Look for a new free pattern posted weekly, as well as samples of my latest work. Find me on Facebook, too! And Ravelry designers, as soon as I get my first pattern uploaded. Happy crocheting!20131016_131741 1380942327305 20130918_103118 20130918_154126