Sunday, March 24, 2013

Corn Cub

My latest knit creation: Meet Corn Cub! He began as a freehand creation, when I started knitting in the round and decided to branch off to create 3 flaps. The flaps reminded me of a corn husk and thus the idea was born. The play on words helped me decide to make it bear versus just a plush corn. I had debated making the whole body so the bear could be removable, but in the end, the shorter method won and I only made the head.

I used worsted weight yarn and size 3 double pointed needles. The ears and snout and crocheted and the accents are sewn in.

As I mentioned I mostly freehand my projects, but here's a ROUGH outline:

-Cast on 6 stitches (2 per needle)
-Increase in rounds until you have a total of 40 stitches (18 stitches per needle)
-Continue around till you reach the desired height where the leaves will split
-Instead of continuing around, when you reach the end of the stitches on one needle, turn the work around and purl back across that section. Decrease each row by one or two to create a triangular shape. When you only have a few stitches left, bind off.
-Repeat with the other 2 leaves

-Cast on 6 stitches
-Increase in rounds until you have a total of 40 stitches (18 stitches per needle). Or make sure to match the same number of stitches as the base
-Continue around till you reach the desired height for the head
-Bind off
-Sew to body and stuff with filling

Ears and Snout (crochet)

My crochet freehand is even sketchier to describe, because I really do this by eye. So again, this is a VERY rough estimate:
-Chain 4
-HDC in 2nd chain from hook and repeat through all remaining chains.
-Chain 1, HDC in 2nd chain from hook and the next chain.
-Slip stitch the last chain. Sew onto head

Crochet in the round for 2 rows (total 12 SC), then SC around once
Sew a nose and mouth using a different color
Sew onto head and add a bit of stuffing

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Strawberry Mary Janes

These are probably the cutest things I've ever crocheted. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a baby shower coming up. After sewing a bib and failing twice more at sewing another bib, I decided to go with a craft I was more comfortable with. I found this adorable pattern on Ravelry by Yofi Design for $5. The pdf was great and comes with instructions for 3 sizes and contains lots of photos for clarification. The only thing I altered were the leaves (I made 2 instead of 3 and made them shorter and rounder).